Sony DSC-RX100M II Brief Review

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  • 1-Inch 20.2 MP Exmor R sensor for extreme low-light shots
  • Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens w/3.6x zoom
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi or NFC
  • 1-Inch 20.2 MP Exmor R sensor for extreme low-light shots
  • Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens w/3.6x zoom
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi or NFC
  • Recording Media Types: PRO Duo™ / Pro-HG Duo™ media Memory Stick, SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Card
  • Release Date: 2013-07-26
  • Final Grade: 96 A

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Sony DSC-RX100M II
One of the Best Advanced Compact Digital Cameras!
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 6/9/2014

We fell in love with the RX100, now Sony has released an update that adds even more features to our top pick for advanced compacts. The already large 1" sensor is now back-side illuminated, a different design that increases the camera's low light performance. The accessory shoe port allows for the addition of an optical viewfinder, plus the LCD screen can now tilt for better viewing angles. Sony also added wi-fi capability. The RX100 II maintains the same design and lens as the RX100, along with other specs like the 20.2 megapixels and 10 fps burst mode. The price was also upgraded, however, at about $100 more than it's older sibling.

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    Dennis Helliwell

    Our current Sony Cybershot has a 20X optical zoom. The RX100 only has 3.6X. Is this enough? Thank you. Dennis

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      Hillary Grigonis

      Hi Dennis. That depends completely on what you use the camera for. How often do you zoom in on your current camera? The 3.6x zoom isn't very much (compared to 20x), the popularity of the RX100 lies in the larger sensor and faster lens, but there isn't much zoom. If you use the zoom on your current camera a lot, I'd look at options like the Olympus Stylus 1 (http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/products/olympus-stylus-1) which is still an advanced compact camera but offers more zoom. The Sony RX10 is also excellent, but be prepared for sticker shock (http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/products/sony-dsc-rx10) But, if you don't use the zoom on your current camera very often, the RX100 and RX100 II are excellent cameras, you would just be trading in that 20x zoom for a much bigger sensor and better lens (which translates into better resolution, image quality and low light performance). I hope that helps!

      Reply about 10 hours ago
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    Bernie Goldstein

    Will the RX100M 11 record in raw?

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      Hillary Grigonis

      Yes. According to the tech specs on Sony's website, the RX100 II will record in Sony ARW, which is Sony's RAW.

      Reply about 10 hours ago

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