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Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 Mark II Review

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CyberShot DSCRX100 Mark II

Excellent (A) 10 reviews 10/2013
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Product specification:
  • Camera Type: Compact Camera
  • Resolution: 20 MP
  • LCD Screen Size: 3"
  • Optical Zoom: 3.6x
  • Sensor Size: CX
  • Weight: 254 g … more information


Expert Reviews
10/2013
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

The main problem with Sony's Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 II is its price, since it costs more than twice of what the Panasonic LX7 demands, and although it's a truly excellent camera, you need to be very picky about image to notice significant differences between both. However, if it drops below £500, it will be a must owing to its low-light abilities, great build quality, and superb pictures.

 
Digital Photography Review
9/2013
Single test
"very good to excellent" (79%)

"Silver Award"

Like its predecessor, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II produces extraordinary images and video for a compact camera, and it boasts an impressive amount of customisation options. However, DPReview warned that true enthusiasts might want to stay away from it due to the fact that it costs as much as a midrange CSC and that shooting with it feels like using a point-and-shoot.

 
Camera Labs
8/2013
Single test
87%

Value for money: 17 out of 20 points, "Highly Recommended"

With the RX100 II, Sony has listened to the criticisms regarding its predecessor and has strived to fix its shortcomings, so there is now Wi-Fi and NFC on board, as well as a hotshoe, a viewfinder port and an articulated screen. Additionally, the new back-illuminated sensor is a huge step forward that makes image quality better than before. For Camera Labs, it's easy to recommend.

 
IT Reviews
8/2013
Single test
4 out of 5 points

Since it costs more than most CSCs and entry-level DSLRs, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II is only for those who want the best that they can fit in their pocket. There are other excellent rivals on the market, but none offer its image quality and portability, so IT Reviews reckon that if both factors are important to you, it's money well spent.

 
Pocket-lint.co.uk
8/2013
Single test
4.5 out of 5 stars

The ludicrous price of the Cyber-shot RX100 II means it's not for everybody, but if you can afford it, Pocket-lint reckon you'll be wowed to no end by its large sensor, superb build quality, gorgeous looks, lens control ring and top notch picture quality. Its Wi-Fi implementation could be better, but at the end of the day this is a camera that gives you your money's worth and then some.

 
TrustedReviews
7/2013
Single test
9 out of 10 points

Value for money: 7 out of 10 points, "Recommended"

The RX100 was already a stunning camera, but the RX100 II manages to be even better. Trusted Reviews say that if you're willing to pay the high price tag it commands you'll be bagging yourself one of the best offerings in its class thanks to its premium build, Wi-Fi connectivity, tiltable display, hotshe, and naturally, top notch picture quality. Expensive, yes, but difficult to beat.

 
ePHOTOzine
7/2013
Single test
4.5 out of 5 stars

Value for money: 3.5 out of 5 stars, "Highly recommended"

The new backlit CMOS sensor present in the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II makes it an impressive low-light performer, and its Carl Zeiss lens produces superb images thanks to its sharpness and optical stabilisation. The addition of a hotshoe is great news for ePHOTOzine, as is Wi-Fi connectivity. If you don't need these features, however, the previous model is still a great choice.

 
Digital Photography Review
6/2013
Single test
without final score

The RX100 II is an improvement over its already superb predecessor thanks to its new backlit CMOS sensor, which makes it a much better performer in low light, and new features such as wi-fi connectivity. Digital Photography Review weren't able to test it in detail, but they said that it certainly looks promising, although it's also a good deal more expensive than the previous model.

 
T3
6/2013
Single test
without final score

One of the best features of the RX100 II is its tiltable rear display, something that was missing from its predecessor. T3 were also happy to see a hotshoe adaptor and found its new step zoom to be very convenient. Its NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity are very welcome, and the increased ISO range, together with the back-illuminated CMOS sensor, should make for great low light performance.

 
TechRadar UK
6/2013
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

"Editor's choice"

It's a pity that the RX100 II still doesn't feature a touchscreen, and TechRadar were disappointed to see that some functions can't be shot in RAW, but apart from that, there's plenty to like here, from its drool-inspiring design and small size to its impressive performance in low light. Simply put, this is the best advanced premium compact on the market right now.

 
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