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Sony RX100 II review

Popular premium compact gets an upgrade

Sony RX100 Mark II review

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Colours straight from the Sony RX100 Mark II are bright and punchy, without being overly vibrant. Skies are also generally represented well.

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The Sony RX100-II's large (1-inch type) sensor and f/1.8 lens make it easy to create shallow depth of field effects.

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Noise is well controlled throughout the sensitivity range. This image has been taken at ISO 1600, and while noise is present, it's smooth and the image still contains plenty of detail.

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Even at ISO 3200, noise and detail is still good, making this a flexible camera for low light shooting.

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At the widest point of the lens, the Sony RX100 Mark II offers an equivalent of 28mm. While we perhaps would have liked to see 24mm as the widest option, 28mm still gives plenty of flexibility for capturing a wide angle of view.

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This camera doesn't have a huge zoom ratio, at 3.6x (optical). This gives an equivalent of around 100mm, which is still useful for a variety of different subjects.

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If you do need to get closer, you have the option of activating Clear Zoom, Sony's digital zoom technology. This boosts the zoom reach to 200mm, effectively.

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Three different aspect ratios are available to shoot in. As standard, the camera will shoot in 3:2, but you can also choose to shoot in 1:1 square format, as we did here.

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You can also shoot in 16:9, a useful option for capturing wide vistas.

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Sony's Sweep Panorama tool enables you to move the camera across the scene to capture an ultra-wide angle of view. You lose all control over shutter speed and the like, and you can't apply digital filters, which is a shame.

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A number of different Creative Styles are available. They give you more flexibility than shooting with digital filters because they can be shot in raw format. Different styles are available, including Monochrome.

Dynamic Range Optimizer

Sony's Dynamic Range Optimizer works when you have a scene with high contrast to produce a balanced exposure. You can either have the camera choose the level itself, or five different levels of optimisation are available along with turning it off altogether. In this scene you can see the difference the Optimizer makes in the grass in the foreground of the picture.

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Dynamic Range Optimizer off

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Dynamic Range Optimizer Level 1

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Dynamic Range Optimizer Level 2

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Dynamic Range Optimizer Level 3

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Dynamic Range Optimizer Level 4

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Dynamic Range Optimizer Level 5

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Digital filters

There are a large range of digital filters available on the Sony RX100 Mark II, but unfortunately you can't shoot in raw format while using them, though you can keep control over manual settings, such as aperture.

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Pop Colour

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Posterization (black and white)

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Posterization (colour)

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Retro Photo

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Soft High-key

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Partial Colour: Red

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Partial Colour: Blue

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High Contrast Mono

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Soft Focus (low)

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Soft Focus (mid)

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Soft Focus (high)

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HDR Painting (low)

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HDR Painting (high)

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Rich-tone Mono

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Miniature
Miniature

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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
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Rear Slow Sync, Slow Sync, Red-eye Fix
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