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.
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
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.
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.
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||Large sensor compact|
|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)|
|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)|
|JPEG quality levels||Standard, Fine|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–100 mm|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes, built -in LED type|
|Digital zoom||Yes (14x)|
|Macro focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Number of focus points||25|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||Xtra Fine WhiteMagic TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Electronic (optional)|
|Maximum aperture||F1.8 – F4.9|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|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))|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)|
|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 notes||WiFi and NFC (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)|
|Remote control||Yes (Yes via NFC)|
|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″)|
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