Sony DSC-RX100 II announced, Price, Specs, Release Date, Where to Buy

Sony DSC-RX100M2

Along with the Sony RX1R, Sony today also announced another new compact camera Sony DSC-RX100 II. RX100M2 is a ‘Mark II’ version of its popular Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 compact camera. The RX100 II – for which Sony has confusing given three different names) – features a new 1-inch, 20.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, which Sony claims is 40% more sensitive in low light than its predecessor. The 3-inch WhiteMagic LCD now articulates (84 degrees up, 45 degrees down), allowing for easier composition.

Another major addition is a Multi Interface Shoe, which can not only accept an external flash, but also an electronic viewfinder or stereo microphone. The RX100 II also has Wi-Fi and NFC capability, which allows for one-touch photo transfer between camera and smart devices. Lastly, the camera now supports 1080/24p video recording.

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Sony DSC-RX100 II Price

Sony DSC-RX100 II Price – $749.00.

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Sony DSC-RX100 II Features and Specifications

• New 1″ 20.2 MP Exmor R® sensor

• Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® or NFC

• ISO range 160-12800, advanced noise reduction

• Up to 0.13 seconds with high speed AF

• P/A/S/M operating modes via control ring

• JPEG and RAW

• Multi-interface Smart Accessory Shoe

• Full HD movies at 60p/24p with full exposure control

• Tiltable, 1,229k dot, 3-inch LCD

Wi-Fi features

In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, the DSC-RX100M2 also supports NFC (near field communication) – a first for Sony digital cameras – providing “touch connection” operation when transferring images to Android smartphones and tablets. Users touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. When using Smart Remote Control – a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone – the connection between the DSC-RX100MR and the smartphone can be established by touching devices.

Zippy AF claimed
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, Sony says the Exmor R® CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera’s BIONZ® processor, which provides intelligent response data to a new high speed actuator motor in the lens. Sony claims fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light.

New Shoe
A Multi Interface Shoe (Sony’s proprietary version of a hot shoe) will accommodate an external flash, stereo microphone, or electronic viewfinder. This is an important addition; rather than forcing you to rely exclusively on the LCD monitor (which may be difficult in bright sunlight and other shooting situations) you will be able to use an EVF to frame images by holding the camera up to your eye, which is a more comfortable way of shooting for many photographers.

Control Ring
The control ring around the lens can be assigned to adjust various features (at various values), from basics like zooming and aperture to creative functions like Picture Effect.

More cool features:

• A customizable function button can be assigned one of seven different functions.

• Optical Steady Shot uses 3-way digital image stabilization to avoid rolling, clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, a useful thing for video.

• HDR up to 6 stops is available and can be captured in a split second, although a tripod is recommended.

• Auto Object Framing zooms in on a person in a horizontal photo and crops to a vertical, recognizing the face in the scene. * 15 Picture Effect Modes, 6 creative styles.

Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Body material Aluminum
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 5472 x 3080, 4864 x 3648, 3888 x 2592, 3648 X 3648, 3648 x 2736, 2736 x 1824, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1944
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20.2 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 20.9 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Color space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter array RGB Primary color
ISO Auto (ISO 160 – 12800, selectable with upper / lower limit), 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 /1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Expandable to ISO 100 / 125) Multi Frame NR: Auto (ISO 160 – 25600), 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Standard, Fine
File format
  • RAW (ARW2.3 Format)
  • JPEG
Image parameters
  • Contrast: -3 to +3 steps
  • Saturation: -3 to +3 steps
  • Sharpness: -3 to +3 steps
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–100 mm
Optical zoom 3.6×
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lamp Yes, built -in LED type
Digital zoom Yes (14x)
Manual focus Yes
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97″)
Number of focus points 25
Lens mount None
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 1,229,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Xtra Fine WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)
Photography features
Maximum aperture F1.8 – F4.9
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Superior Auto
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Program Auto (Program shift available)
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene Selection
  • Sweep Panorama
Scene modes
  • Anti Motion Blur
  • Fireworks
  • Gourmet
  • Handheld Twilight
  • High Sensitivity
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scene
  • Pet Mode
  • Portrait
  • Sports Action
  • Sunset
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 15 m (ISO Auto (W))
External flash Yes (via Multi Interface Shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Continuous drive Yes (2.5, 10 fps)
Self-timer Yes (10 sec. / 2 sec. / Self-portrait One-person/ Self-portrait Two-person/ Self timer Continuous (3 or 5 shots))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Type D Micro HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes WiFi and NFC (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
Remote control Yes (Yes via NFC)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery
Battery Life (CIPA) 350
Weight (inc. batteries) 281 g (0.62 lb / 9.91 oz)
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 38 mm (4 x 2.29 x 1.51″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Sony DSC-RX100 II Release Date

The Sony DSC-RX100 II starts shipping on July 15, 2013.

Sony DSC-RX100 II Sample Images

See Sony RX100 II Sample Images.

Product images

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