Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera

You Pay: $648.00
Product Highlights
  • 20.2MP 1" Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8 Lens
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28-100mm
  • 3.0" 1,229k-Dot Tilting Xtra Fine LCD
  • Full HD 1080i/p Video at 60 and 24 fps
  • Built-In Wireless and NFC Connectivity
  • Low-Light Sensitivity to ISO 12800
  • Multi Interface Shoe and Control Ring
  • High Speed AF & Manual Exposure Control

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera is a compact point-and-shoot camera that features a large 20.2 megapixel 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor to produce high resolution still imagery and full HD 1080i/p video. This sensor's design utilizes backside-illuminated technology to improve clarity and image quality when working in dimly-lit conditions as well as increase the sensitivity to an expandable ISO 12800. Benefitting the performance of this sensor is the BIONZ image processor, which helps to produce images with smooth quality and gradations as well as provide expedited performance throughout all aspects of the camera. Full-resolution continuous shooting up to 10 fps is possible as well as a quick autofocus speed of just 0.13 seconds.

The built-in Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28-100mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of environments. On the wide end of the lens, the bright maximum f/1.8 aperture benefits working in low lighting as well as aiding in controlling focus. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is also available to help minimize the appearance of camera shake when working in dimly-lit conditions and with greater zoom magnifications. The lens also features a Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating, which helps to reduce surface reflections, lens flare, and ghosting in order to produce imagery that is rich in contrast and clarity.

While small in overall size, the RX100 II incorporates a large 3.0" 1,229k-dot Xtra Fine LCD monitor that utilizes a tilting design to better serve working from both high and low viewing angles. WhiteMagic technology is incorporated into the display to increase the effective brightness of the screen for clearer, more vivid live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation. An intuitive menu structure provides access to applying a host of camera features, including Picture Effects, Auto HDR mode, Auto Object Framing, and for connecting to mobile devices using built-in wireless and NFC connectivity. A multi interface shoe is also incorporated into the camera's design to facilitate the use of an external flash, auxiliary viewfinders, and external microphones. For control over aperture settings, camera zoom, and Picture Effects, a control ring is built around the lens and offers intuitive control over these settings in a manner similar to working with an interchangeable lens camera.

20.2MP 1" Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor and BIONZ Image Processor
The large 20.2 megapixel 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor features backside-illuminated technology to enhance its low-light capabilities to an expanded ISO 12800 while still retaining vivid clarity. Using Sony's Column A/D Conversion, images are rendered with impressive image quality and smooth gradations between tones and colors due to the marked reduction in apparent noise.

Also benefitting the image quality, as well as overall camera performance, is the BIONZ image processor, which provides full-resolution continuous shooting up to 10 fps, high-speed auto focusing as quickly as 0.13 sec., and full HD 1080i/p video recording. Still images can be recorded in JPEG or RAW file formats, or both simultaneously.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3.6x Optical Zoom Lens
The built-in Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28-100mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of situations. The bright f/1.8 maximum aperture on the wide end enables enhanced low-light capabilities as well as greater control over focus placement for selective focus imagery. The lens also features a Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating to help minimize lens flare and ghosting in order to produce imagery with rich contrast and clarity.
Built-In Wireless and NFC Connectivity
Built-in wireless connectivity enables the RX100 II to instantly share imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices; no complex set-up is required. This technology also provides the ability to use Smart Remote Control, which provides for remote shutter release that is controlled by a smart device.
High Speed Autofocus
Aided by the rapid throughput of the BIONZ image processor, high speed auto focusing is possible that is equally as precise as it is quick. Utilizing intelligent response data and a refined high speed actuator motor, the RX100 II can acquire focus in a similar manner and speed to top-performing DSLR focus systems in a variety of lighting conditions.
Camera Design
An efficiently designed control ring around the lens lends itself to intuitive adjusting of some of the most crucial camera controls. This ring can be assigned to control an array of features, including zooming and aperture settings as well as more creative functions like Picture Effect modes. Its click-less design permits quick and quiet changing of settings, too, to benefit its use while recording HD movies. Additionally, for expedited changing of camera settings, a customizable function button allows you to assign one of seven different functions for quick modification when working in any shooting mode.

Also promoting greater efficiency while shooting is the inclusion of a multi interface shoe that allows for the use of external flashes, auxiliary viewfinders, and external microphones. Remote camera controls can also be connected via this accessory shoe.

A built-in pop-up flash is incorporated into the design as well, and features a unique design that allows for tilting of the flash head for bouncing off of walls, ceilings, or reflectors.
High-Resolution LCD Monitor
For live view monitoring, image playback and review, and menu navigation, a 3.0" 1,229k-dot Xtra Fine LCD monitor is integrated into the camera body and features a tilting design to promote easier use from high and low angles. The screen can tilt approximately 84° up and 45° down, giving a wide range of viewing angles. The LCD also employs WhiteMagic technology, which enhances the brightness of the display for easier use in bright conditions.
Full HD 1080p Video Recording
Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording is supported in multiple frames rates, including 60p, 60i, and 24p. When recording in full HD, the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 codec is used for highly detailed image quality that translates well to editing and sharing on HDTVs. Recording in the Internet-friendly MP4 format is also supported in 1440 x 1080 and 640 x 480 sizes at 30 fps. Sound is recorded during filming using the built-in stereo microphone or, additionally, an external microphone can be used in conjunction with the multi interface shoe.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization works to minimize the appearance of camera shake when working in low-light conditions or with greater zoom magnifications. The system can counter the effects of both vertical and horizontal movements, and, furthermore, Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that balances both clockwise and counter-clockwise movements while recording videos.
Other Camera Features
  • Auto Object Framing is an intelligent shooting mode that can automatically analyze the scene and subjects within it and determine an aesthetically-pleasing composition. The subsequent imagery will be cropped according to subject matter, resulting in a well-balanced composition that utilizes Face Detection and Tracking Focus to ensure high image quality and sharpness.
  • Auto HDR mode will automatically record a bracketed range of exposures of the same scene in order to capture greater highlight and shadow detail than a single exposure can record. These multiple exposures will then be composited into a single file that exhibits an extended dynamic range.
  • Face Detection/Registration technology can detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust the focus, exposure, white balance, and flash settings in order to deliver optimal image settings for pictures of people. Children or adults can be prioritized within this mode.
  • 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, and 16:9 aspect ratios are available and can be chosen depending on specific shooting purposes.
  • To extend the effective reach of the 3.6x optical zoom lens, 2x Clear Image digital zoom can be used to intelligently magnify scenes up to 7.2x. This digital zoom technology uses an intelligent interpolation process to minimize the amount of image degradation in order to produce realistic, high-quality images.
  • Picture Effect modes allow you to apply creative settings and emphasize certain facets of individual images for a richer, more aesthetic picture quality. Soft Focus, Posterization, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, Rich-Tone Monochrome, Miniature, Soft High-Key, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Watercolor Painting, HDR Painting, and Illustration modes are available.
  • Creative Style settings provide control over how the camera processes images based on six different predetermined styles: Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sunset, Portrait, and Landscape. Within these settings, contrast, saturation, and sharpness can also be adjusted depending on personal preference.
  • Imaging
    Pixels Actual: 20.9 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.2 Megapixel
    Sensor 1.0" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) CMOS
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVCHD
    Audio: AAC, AC3
    Max Resolution 20MP: 5472 x 3648
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
    Optics
    Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, 7 elements in 6 groups
    4 Aspherical
    EFL: 10.1-37.4 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28-100 mm)
    Aperture: f/1.8 (W) - 4.9 (T) to f/11
    Filter Thread None
    Zoom Optical: 3.6x
    Clear Image Zoom: 7.2x
    Digital: 14x
    Digital: 20x
    Digital: 28x
    Digital: 54x
    Focus Range Wide: 1.97" (5 cm) - Infinity
    Telephoto: 1.80' (55 cm) - Infinity
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 160-12800 (Extended Mode: 100-12800)
    Shutter 4 - 1/2000 sec in Auto Mode
    1 - 1/2000 sec in Program Mode
    30 - 1/2000 sec in Manual Mode
    8 - 1/2000 sec in Aperture Priority Mode
    30 - 1/2000 sec in Shutter Priority Mode
    Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Program Shift, Programmed Auto, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
    Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Shooting Modes Anti-motion Blur
    Fireworks
    Gourmet
    HDR Painting
    Handheld Twilight
    High Contrast B&W
    High Sensitivity
    Illustration
    Landscape
    Macro
    Miniature Effect
    Night Portrait
    Night Scene
    Partial Color
    Pet Mode
    Pop Color
    Portrait
    Posterization
    Retro
    Rich-Tone Monochrome
    Soft Focus
    Soft High-Key
    Sports
    Sunset
    Toy Camera Effect
    Watercolor
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
    Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 20.2 MP for up to 13 frames
    Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
    Remote Control RM-VPR1 (Optional)
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Fill-in
    Off
    Rear Sync
    Slow Sync
    Wireless
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 0.98 - 49.21' (0.3 - 15 m)
    Telephoto: 1.80 - 18.70' (0.55 - 5.7 m)
    Wide: Up To 98.43' (30 m)
    Up To 37.07' (11.3 m)
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
    Memory
    Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
    1440 x 1080: 30 fps
    640 x 480: 30 fps
    Video
    Video Clip Length Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
    Viewfinder/Display
    Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen Tilt (1,229,000 pixels)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity DC Input
    HDMI D (Micro)
    USB 2.0
    Wi-Fi Yes
    Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7, 8
    Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
    Power
    Battery 1x NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 1240mAh
    AC Power Adapter AC-UB10 (Included)
    Physical
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.5" / 101.6 x 58.1 x 38.3 mm excluding protrusions
    Weight 9.91 oz / 281 g with battery and memory card
    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera
  • NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1240mAh)
  • AC Adapter AC-UB10
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Shoulder Strap Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year USA Warranty

  • Included Free

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    SonyCyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera
     
    4.6

    (based on 175 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (123)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (43)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (134)
    • Compact (122)
    • Good in low light (121)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (103)
    • Large clear LCD (96)

    Cons

    • Limited zoom (52)
    • No viewfinder (48)
    • Short battery life (12)
    • Poor flash (7)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (124)
    • Family photos (107)
    • Low light (104)
    • Landscape/scenery (91)
    • Video (53)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (73), Casual photographer (31), Semi-pro photographer (28), Pro photographer (20)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (140), Yes (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A very nice 'evolutionary step'

    There are a number of things that I love about this camera. First is the small size, there's certain activities I want to photograph when a small point and shoot form is the...Read complete review

    There are a number of things that I love about this camera. First is the small size, there's certain activities I want to photograph when a small point and shoot form is the best. I also find the new tilt screen to be very handy for low or high angle shots. The images produced are super sharp, some vignetting is visible but its easily correctable in software. The overall color production is very pleasing as well, producing neutral colors that serve me well. The option for showing a level guide in the display is cool too.

    There are of course a few things that bug me. The most glaring is the power on/off button. You can quickly turn the camera on, but to get it to power you have to carefully press down perfectly vertically. So about ¾ of the time it doesn't work for my stubby fingers. As I tend to use this camera while engaging in active shooting situations this is a bigger pain for me than for most folks. This 'feature' is helpful I'm sure for those times when you mistake the power off button for the shutter (potentially turning off the camera when you thought you were using the shutter button).

    Another small complaint is in regards to the on-screen graphics that 'explain' each mode selected when you turn the shooting mode dial. They can be easily turned off by slightly depressing the shutter, but after awhile even that is annoying. (perhaps this 'feature' can be shut off and I haven't figured it out yet. )

    The screen is easy to scratch up, so be careful. Given the rest of the camera is so robust it's a bit of a surprise that some tougher material isn't used. I may invest in one of those stick-on screen protectors that people get for the cell phones and things soon.

    Although its not Sony's fault its probably worth mentioning that if you use Adobe Lightroom 4 you're out of luck in using this camera in RAW mode. I was able to update my Photoshop CS5 ACR to accommodate the camera, but there was no upgrade available for LR4. I then downloaded Lightroom 5 and it worked fine. No big deal, but I do hate getting a new camera then find myself having to shell out more bucks for software upgrades because older versions are no longer supported.

    The number one question people would likely have about this camera is whether you can use it to replace your DSLR. No, but if I have to forgo the weight, size and intimidation factor of a DSLR this camera is a great choice.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Jury still out

    The sensor is fabulous, image quality is fabulous, build quality is great, etc.

    I have a few bones to pick, though.

    1). It doesn't come supplied with...Read complete review

    The sensor is fabulous, image quality is fabulous, build quality is great, etc.

    I have a few bones to pick, though.

    1). It doesn't come supplied with an external charger. You have to either buy a separate charger (which I did), or plug the supplied power cord into the camera itself and charge the batter that way, which means for the duration of the charge cycle, you don't get to use the camera. For a compact camera at this price point, it's ridiculous they didn't include a proper external charger.

    2. It's not a super intuitive camera to use. For the sake of comparison, while the Panasonic LX7 suffers from small sensor syndrome, it's an absolute joy to use. I didn't need a manual to figure out how to use it. The buttons are in the right place. It easy to change settings quickly. The Sony is another story. I ended up dropping 10 bucks on a 3rd party user's guide to learn how to use it since the Sony manual was a little annoying.

    3. There's no dedicated AEL/AFL button, and the only button you can customize it to is the center button. It's not intuitive.

    4. You can't program the ? button to do anything useful as far as I can tell. It's a complete waste of a button.

    5. In AF-S, you can't reset the AF point back to the center without without manually doing it. It's annoying.

    6. $449 bucks for the optional EVF? Insane! On Sony's website, I see one thing that says they dropped the price but when you click through to order, it shows the original price.

    In truth, I'm slightly frustrated with the camera and in all honesty, I haven't really shot enough with it to give it a fair assessment. I find myself reaching for the LX-7 on my way out the door as my everyday shooter, but maybe because it's less than half the price so I won't feel quite as bad if I accidentally drop it and it's far easier to use. Maybe once I get a protective case for the RX100 and take it out of the house more, I'll get used to it.

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    4.0

    Small but good

    By Bernie

    from WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

    I bought this because I was tired of carrying my Cannon T5I on international trips. Great little camera which I can carry on my belt freeing my hand to handle other bags. Pictures are clear as my Cannon. It is finally nice that compact point and shoot camera manufacturer gives you the same result and flexibility as a full DSLR .

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    5.0

    Awesome Camera

    By Plein Air Gal

    from Columbus, OH

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Awkward to hold
    • Heavy
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

    This is a quality camera. I was on the fence about buying a Sony since I have always owned Canons, but am very happy I bought this one. It was a lot more expensive than I usually spend, but it was time for me to move up to stellar images! I am still learning how to use all the features. The manufacturers booklet included is very thin and gives little information. Their online manual in a PDF is larger but not comprehensive enough and too many pages to print out. I recently bought an aftermarket book written by a photographer to learn how to use this camera.

    I like the WiFi option AFTER I figured out how to set it all up. I have both an iPad and a PC. If you are not technically savvy, you will have difficulty getting your devices to recognize the Sony. The iPad was easier because you use an App, but the PC setup was very vague. I finally found something online that told you need to register the camera as a device on your PC. Once that was recognized, it works well and transfers pretty quickly even with my slow internet.

    Another reason I bought this camera was to shoot and learn how to use RAW files. I was disappointed that Photoshop cannot work with the Sony RAW files directly. I finally saw a very simple paragraph in one of the manuals that said you needed to download the converter software from the Sony site. Once done, you can then see and edit the files within that software, and export to other formats, but still cannot use the RAW format in Photoshop.

    I do not like that you have to charge the battery within the camera. So, I purchased the external charger accessory kit with extra battery which means you can charge one battery while using the camera with another.

    The camera is a bit heavy and awkward to hold, since I am used to a point and shoot. I am sure I will get used to it eventually, but the addition of the optional Sony Jacket Case give a better grip.

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    5.0

    Awesome Camera!

    By JB

    from Tampa, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

      If you are a basic user looking for a go camera that is easy to use and takes great photos in auto.. LOOK no further here it is! Camera works great and battery lasts forever! Check out user manual on [*] for extra help since user manual is pretty basic.

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      5.0

      Great little camera

      By Jay Morris

      from Wheeling, WV

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

        I checked out some reviews and found that the DSC-RX100 II was the highest rated for cameras in the $ and below range. It has not disappointed. It is a great camera and shoots great HD video. Very satisfied

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        5.0

        Great pocket camera.

        By Joey

        from Valencia Ca

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

        I have the Sony A6000 that I totally love, but this little camera does almost as good but in a smaller package. Yes, it is pricey but it is also a great product.

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        5.0

        Great Camera but

        By Maddie Gee

        from New Jersey

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear pictures
        • Easy To Use
        • Easy Wifi Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • Poor Accurate Focus

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

        Absolutely a great camera! I am not going to lie but the zoom was kind of disappointing. I will still give this camera a 5 stars because the picture quality was amazing. I will post up some pictures.

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        5.0

        Great Camera with all the options

        By Kevin the Traveler

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

        I just purchased this camera and spent two weeks using it on a two week trip to France. I used the camera in a variety of situations and found that it took consistently great sharp photos. I mainly used the automated photo settings but it was also nice to have all the various options available to set as I needed it. Video was also very sharp.

        The only concerns / issues I had with the camera were with the flash and gripping the camera. The flash placement makes it easily to accidently hold it down. The flash can get stuck coming out and you have to adjust it to ensure it correctly pops up. The case is very slippery and can come out of your hands easily. I highly recommend adding in the grip and also screen protector for this reason.

        Overall and excellent camera that takes great pictures. Multiple other travelers on my tour noticed the camera and the pictures it was taking and asked me about it.

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        2.0

        I wish I had returned this camera

        By 13millionJennifers

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Blurry Photos

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

            I own 2 full-frame Canon DSLR cameras, so I wanted a nice point-n-shoot camera that would essentially take pictures without much input from the user, but yet still have advanced options if I wanted to think. This camera does a horrible job as a point-n-shoot-- in broad daylight it defaults to a slow shutter speed (1/30) for no reason. In other situations, the camera will only choose an ISO of 160 even while on auto-ISO, and again shutter speed gets sacrificed. Needless to say, not many pictures end up being keepers, they are just a blurry mess. Yes, I can outwit the camera, but that was not the point in purchasing it.Also irritating, the camera did not come with a charger. To charge this camera one must plug it in with the battery inside of it or else spend more $ to get a separate charger.I really wish I had returned this camera for something with fewer bells and whistles that could handle taking pictures on auto.

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            5.0

            Sony Cyber shot RX100 II Camera

            By valley girl

            from MN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

            What I really like is that such a small camera can take such fantastic photos. It has the capability of doing so much. The big viewing screen is great and very clear. You can actually see what you have. Once a person finishes learning how to do many of the other options besides the auto modes, they will really have quality photo capability all the time. Sometimes, it just isn't convenient to carry a large DSLR. Love it.

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            5.0

            20.5 megapixels and it fits in my purse

            By leahnatanel

            from chicago

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

              Greatest back up camera ever! I have the RX 10 also. It is lightweight, fits in my purse, and I am never without it. 20.5 megapixels and Carl Zeiss lens,what a find!

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              3.0

              Good camera

              By Scubapop

              from Ok

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

              Take good pictures. But have to be careful with buttons if large fingers
              Free case snap broke on first use carrying in mexico. Get better case
              Great side for travel

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              4.0

              Fantastic

              By Jms

              from Westchester, NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact
              • WIFI
              • Zoomed Photos Are Clear

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom
              • Needs A Front Grip
              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

              This cybershot rx100 ii is the best point and shoot camera i have ever had. The first pictures it took right after it was charged were so good. I couldn't believe the difference from my old camera. Which I thought took great pictures.
              My favorite added feature is the wifi connection. I can now send pictures to my ipad.
              You do need to read the manual well and play around with the controls to get to know the camera. But when you do you'll be taking pictures like a pro.
              I was worried about a camera that needed to be charged but it holds the charge well. I've had the camera about a week and haven't needed to charge it again yet.

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              4.0

              Great large sensor camera fits in pocket

              By Brian

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Feature-filled
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Sensor Fits Pocket

              Cons

              • Expensive
              • Limited Zoom
              • No Viewfinder
              • Slipper Body
              • Slippery Body Needs Grip

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

              Camera arrived and produces as promised. Truly a great compact series from Sony. I just wish the new III had the longer lens reach this II has along with all the cool new features of the III, but I needed the reach so I bought the II and am quite pleased (and saved a little money)Note about the B&H included freebies: The 32gb SDHC card is very useful but the free Ruggard HFV-230 Protective Camera Case is useless. It doesn't properly fit the camera, they should have offered a slightly deeper model.

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              5.0

              My RX100 II Digital Camera by Sony

              By Arnaldo

              from Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

                Every Day

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                5.0

                Outstanding video quality in a compact

                By Kadmaro

                from Union City, NJ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Time-consuming Menu

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

                This camera is absolutely amazing! Very compact and easy to use, it will be the perfect camera to take on your vacation trips.
                The picture quality is superb particularly wide open. But the video quality is what's make it a stellar product. The 1080p 60fps shots are simply beautiful, noise free and fluid. The IS works like a charm.
                My only complaint would be that mastering the menu requires some time but it is in no way a limitation.

                5 STARS well deserved!!

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                5.0

                Lots of features

                By Marin Jim

                from Marin County, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom
                • No Viewfinder
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • All-around Travel Camera

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

                There have been many reviews praising this model so I won't go into the usual detail. I've only had the camera for a couple of weeks so any comment on picture quality, etc. would be premature. However, there are nice features worth mentioning: 1) fold out screen suitable for elevated or low-angle pictures; 2) wifi and NFC connectivity -- you can quickly transfer photos to your smartphone, and you can use your smartphone as a remote control (viewscreen, timer, and shutter) for the camera.
                I was surprised at how heavy the camera feels. I decided to use a binocular strap and carry it around my neck. Too heavy for a pocket, and I don't like belt cases.
                It is going to take me months to master all of the features. But, I don't think I'll be complaining about lack thereof.
                You definitely should order the finger grip attachment for better physical control and to help prevent dropping. Shame on Sony for not having it included. Speaking of that, I would have liked for Sony to offer a hard case that accommodates the grip attachment and can be hung round the neck.
                Usual problems with screen as "viewfinder" in bright sunlight.

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                5.0

                Maybe the best point and shoot ever.

                By Mahk

                from Boston MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

                  Sony has put everything into this little package. Great Zeiss lens. Easy access controls. Camera RAW. And the biggest sensor of any pocket sized camera for clear, crisp enlargements. No complaints at all; this is a wonderful camera.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing little Camera!

                  By JP LifeShots

                  from Greenville, SC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Scn Settings Are Amazing
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder
                  • Placement of flash

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

                  I purchased this pocket camera as a backup camera for international mission trip travel. I was hoping it would match the quality of my Professional Cameras. At first I was very disappointed with the quality of indoor photos. I was almost ready to return the camera. Then...I finally discovered the "SCN" settings which are automated and include "High Sensitivity" for indoor photos. Wow!!! The photos indoors are now awesome! Even the high ISO is amazingly low on grain! I LOVE the camera!! Outdoor photos are as sharp and beautiful as my Canon 5D MarkII. Indoor are less grainy than my 7D at high ISO. I was disappointed at not having a viewfinder, and am getting used to that. Disappointed to discover they are NOW coming out with a newer version that includes a pop up viewfinder and 100mm lens! I would wait for that to come out, but you will not be disappointed in this powerpacked camera, that fits in any pocket. Solid nice construction! High quality photos usable by professionals!

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By John Herr

                  from Los Gatos, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

                      I wanted a point & shoot camera that was lightweight, easy to use, and produced RAW files that I could pretend to be an expert and fool around with. This camera does almost everything my Minolta Maxxum 9000 did (and has accessories that are comparable) except use Kodak film; it weighs almost nothing compared the the Maxxum 9000; and in adjusted for inflation dollars was much less expensive.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic!

                      By Helen

                      from San Ramon, CA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera:

                        I bought this camera for my underwater addiction. I haven't had a chance yet to do that (give me 3 more weeks!) though I will come back and add a second review on that experience. So far I've used it to shoot award ceremony, students in my lab working, flowers around the garden, and an easter egg hunt. I've been very impressed with the clarity of photos. Also, being able to wirelessly load the photos to my phone, and then share with excited parents through airdrop on my phone was fantastic! The clarity is great, though as others have said the macro leaves something to be desired. I have tested it out of the water in the housing (with a +10 diopter) and strobe, the images were so clear you could see dust on the book I was photographing! I'm going to probably purchase one of the macro adaptors later for out of the water playtime! Also, the software (i usually use lightroom for underwater) isn't bad and good for quick touchups for facebook etc.

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                        Sony -  8GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
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                        Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                        Sony -  NP-BX1/M8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1240mAh)
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                        Pearstone -  Onyx 230 Camera Pouch (4.9 x 2.6 x 1.5", Black)
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                        Capture the right view with a conversion lens.

                        Sony -  VFA-49R1 49mm Filter Adapter for Select Cyber-shot Cameras
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                        Refine your angle of view.

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                        Sony -  HVL-F20M External Flash
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                        Download your pictures faster and save battery life.

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