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Sony RX100 II review

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Sony RX100 Mark II with the Panasonic LF1, Sony RX100 and Canon G15.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Sony RX100 Mark II review

These results show that the Sony RX100 Mark II's JPEG files have a stronger signal to noise ratios than those from the Panasonic LF1, Sony RX100 and Canon G15, at every sensitivity setting.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Sony RX100 Mark II review

As we can see from this chart, TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Sony RX100 Mark II have a stronger signal to noise ratios than TIFFs from the Panasonic LF1 at every sensitivity. The Sony RX100 Mark II's TIFFs have similar signal to noise ratios to those from the Sony RX100, coming out slightly stronger at every sensitivity but ISO 100, 400 and 6400. TIFFs from the Sony RX100 Mark II are beaten by those from the Canon G15 in terms of signal to noise ratio.

JPEG dynamic range

Sony RX100 Mark II review

The Sony RX100 Mark II's JPEGs contain impressive dynamic range, beating JPEGs from the Canon G15 at every sensitivity setting. The Sony RX100 Mark II's JPEGs contain greater dynamic range than the Panasonic LF1's JPEGs at every sensitivity setting except ISO 800, and beat the Sony RX100's JPEGs at every sensitivity but ISO 800 and 3200.

Raw dynamic range

Sony RX100 Mark II review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Sony RX100 Mark II show a greater dynamic range than those from the Panasonic LF1 at every sensitivity setting except ISO 100, and a greater dynamic range than those from the Canon G15 at ISO 400 and above. The Sony RX100 Mark II's TIFFs show almost identical dynamic range to the Sony RX100's TIFFs at ISO 400 and 800, and greater dynamic range at ISO 1600, but at other sensitivity settings the original camera's TIFFs were stronger.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution20.2 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot R
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.6x
Digital Zoom14x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, External Flash Shoe, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection, Smile Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4
Weight (Approximate)254 g
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor R CMOS
Total Camera Resolution21 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-BX1
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, microSD Card, microSDHC Card, Eye-Fi Card
Height58.1 mm
Width101.6 mm
Depth35.9 mm
Autofocus Points25
Product SeriesR
Focal Length10.40 mm to 37.10 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-RX100M2
Product NameRX100 II Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCRX100M2CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing InformationEffortlessly clear shooting

The sun dipping below the horizon, an epic mountain peak view, capture it all with our Cyber-shot™ RX100 II. The new 1.0 type back-illuminated Exmor R® back illuminated CMOS sensor and F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* coating lens ensures bright, detail and low-noise photos.

Battery Life350 Shot/2.92 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • RX100 II Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BX1)
  • AC Adaptor (AC-UB10/UB10B/UB10C/UB10D)
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Strap Adapter
  • Instruction Manual
  • Software Media
Display Resolution1228800 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone