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SonyCyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera
 
4.5

(based on 287 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (195)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (167)
  • Compact (150)
  • Good in low light (146)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (129)
  • Easy to use (122)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (64)
  • No viewfinder (58)
  • Short battery life (13)
  • Poor flash (11)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (150)
  • Family photos (132)
  • Low light (127)
  • Landscape/scenery (117)
  • Video (65)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (90), Casual photographer (42), Semi-pro photographer (33), Pro photographer (26)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (176), Yes (11)

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.

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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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5.0

I take this camera everywhere. I Love it!

By Susan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is an incredible piece of technology. I am loving everything about this camera. I use it all the time. So far, this camera has surpassed my expectations.

 
5.0

Great performing camera in a compact design.

By Maximus

from Seal Beach, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Overall, Highly complex camera with plenty of features and high quality. At 20 megapixels the image quality is excellent. There are plenty of settings to utiliize so I would highly recommend reading through the manual a few times. This camera packs a powerful punch so get ready for a very versitile and professional camera in a compact design. I like the scene selection settings the best but also the intelligent auto settings take great shots as well. The Superior A+ overlay is a bit slow but does layer shots and creates beautiful pictures. I can tell it will take me a while to be able to understand and utilize the settings in this great little camera. Button placement is good, and placed well for a small design. A few flaws not in camera design but what came with my last compact - no external battery charger, they want you to charge the batt through the camera, Battery life seems ok but not great, however this camera does a lot. The optical zoom is good but could be a bit more powerful, perhaps 4x more. I don't know about Sony's repair or customer service ratings, but Canon's reputation is excellent, I wanted to get into a Canon instead but this RX-100M2 was around $550 in comparison. My recommendations: You will need an extra battery and external charger. The Watson batt and charger seem to work well. (B&H Photo is a great source and do well with the pricing and packaging.) LCD screen protector - cut one down from a cell phone pack. Small case - Case logic DCB-302 works well for $10. If shooting movies you will need a rig, like the Opteca X-grip or similar. A small mount/clampete - High Sierra M2. Overall great camera, you will not be dissapointed.

 
4.0

Very Nice Camera

By CLICK

from Central PA

Verified Buyer

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

I like the Sony DSC-RX100 11 Digital Camera. It has a sharp lens and is easy to use.
I have shot both landscapes and closeup photos. It has many features that are the kind four in larger DSLR camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Camera

By JRock

from South Carolina

Verified Buyer

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

When looking for a camera i had a handful of musts:
* It had to be portable - This camera fits easily into my jeans pocket (without a case). Which makes its super easy to take out when I want to take a shot of my family
* it had to take great pictures in low light situations - This is probably the area where this camera excels the most. I'm stunned at how crisp the images are with virtually no light.
* it had to record high quality video - the sharpness of the videos created by this camera are incredible. Even in fast motion like sports

the only cons i have:
* The camera itself is a little on the heavy side.
* I've noticed that when taking family shots of more than 2 people, there's a tendency for the image to be out of focus - especially in the auto modes. I've had to almost ditch using the cameras built in auto settings because of this annoyance.
* there's a lot of modes and settings. So if you are someone who just wants to pick up the camera and take shots, you might be overwhelmed with the number of options and customization
* I've nearly dropped this camera twice in the last couple weeks. Each time my heart stopped. I wish there was a protective case i could add to the body that would not add much size to the camera - that would serve to lessen the blow of damage it may incur on an impact

 
5.0

Great quality

By Eddy

from Florida

Verified Buyer

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

The camera is strudy and compact ......and image quality is similar to a dslr ...I take more images now with this than my dslr obvioulsy due to the weight .absoultely fantastic at candid shots in not so great lighting and in time with study i know this beauty will shine

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE IT!

By Rita

from Boca Raton, FL

Verified Buyer

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

I've had the Sony RX100 since it first came out. Took it everywhere and everyone loved my pictures. It finally broke and I used one of my other cameras but the quality is just not the same. Broke down and bought the RX100 II as my birthday present to myself! Best present ever!

 
5.0

World class camera!!

By Dennis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Awesome camera! Great travel camera and perfect for street shooting. Excellent build quality. Professional grade menu selections coupled with Zeiss optics. Finally someone cleared the playing field of all the humdrum point and shoots. Hesitated at first because of price but well worth it once in your hands!

 
5.0

Great little camera

By bv

from OKC

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this camera to take on vacation. I don't want to take my bulky SLR and stand out like the tourist that I will be:-) Great little camera... almost a little TOO small for my hands, but it just takes some time. Great features, from full auto to full manual. I like it a lot

 
5.0

A most excellemt camera.

By Lonnie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Really like this camera; I slip it into a pocket and have it when those unexpected photo ops present themselves. The usual lens on my DSLR is a 17-70 macro so I don't surrender any capabilities with this Sony. The color rendition of the sensor is top notch. I would recommend it to anyone.

(0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

All camera text is in an Asian language

By Nicholas

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I just turned on this nearly $500 product to find I have no idea what language this is.  Ironically the only English text on the screen is "error" when I turned it on.  The serial number plate is all in the same tongue, so I have no idea how this was missed in the repackaging/shipping.  I'm awaiting customer service's response and will update or delete this post depending on their actions.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this camera!

By Kevin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is an amazing little camera. I would buy it again and again!

 
5.0

Great pocket camera for traveling & shoots RAW

By Blinded by the light

from CO

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this camera before going on a trip and while it took a little bit of time to get used to the programming, I enjoyed the camera. This is the first pocket camera I've had that shoots raw and I love it. There is not secret that the menu isn't as well organized as some other cameras but I finally figured a system that works for me. I shot both RAW/jpeg and it can use up some GBs.

 
5.0

I love it ! Small and very nice quality camera ! -)

By Nick

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

I love everything in this camera !

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Compact Substitute for the A7r

By Triffid Nursery Landscape Company

from Berkeley, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this as a backup for when I don't want to carry around the A7r. I've only been using it about a week, so far so good. It nails the focus and I like that it has almost all the same features found on my bigger camera. I watched a couple of youtube videos explaining how to use the menu and adjust the settings, which helped getting started. So far, I've reviewed some of the captured images, of course they don't have the detail and clarity up close that the A7r has, but when I'm out and about, I've been carrying this in my pocket, so it's perfect for that. Wish the II it had the EVF, but so far it hasn't been an issue seeing the screen in daylight.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Definitely a great purchase

By audtothepod

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Reviewer

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

I wanted a good point and shoot camera to take with me on my travels. I didn't want to carry my DSLR on vacations where I wanted to pack light. For awhile, I was debating between the RX100 III vs the RX100 II, but then decided that the improvements don't worry the price difference. I just had a mini vacation where I decided to test run this camera, and so far I love it!! I would have given this review 5 stars but for one flaw.. I felt like the camera was a little bit difficult to navigate in. It's not very intuitive, but one you play with it, it makes sense.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very impressed so far

By sjwright36

from Wooster, OH

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Wifi Difficult To Set Up

Best Uses

  • Backpacking
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

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

I bought this camera for a backpacking trip this summer. It had the best reviews by far for a lightweight camera without sacrificing image quality. I've experimented with it hiking, at sunset, and this past weekend at a horse show. The image quality I was able to capture from a great distance, with poor lighting, was excellent. So far, I am very impressed! I've taken at least 100 pictures over the last 2 weeks and the battery still shows fully charged. It's been very easy to use. My only complaint so far is that I have been unable to use the WiFi to connect the camera to my phone. It's probably operator error, but the instructions don't seem to be the best for explaining this.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Great Camera

By mrweb

from New York

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Great Zoom
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      We use this camera to take pictures of jewelry for our catalog and web site. The pictures are very clear and impressive.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Terrific little camera!!

      By GarageBoy

      from CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • Limited Zoom
      • Poor Flash

      Best Uses

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

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

      Arthritis prevents me from lugging around 50 lbs of photo gear, so I bought the RX100 II just short of 2 yrs ago. I can only imagine how good the new version is, but if you can get the RX100 II, it's really a steal. Just don't expect it to work as well as a full-fledged dSLR, although it has most of the usual pro features. I mainly use it on the auto settings and haven't been disappointed, but manual works great once you get used to the little controls. Most important, photo quality is outstanding. The only features I'm not happy with are the horrible file system (particularly for the video files), Sony's video file format (although the videos are awesome and the mp4s are just fine), and the WiFi features.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Low light fabulous

      By TJZim

      from Queens, NY

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

      This camera was meant to replace a Nikon D70. The Sony is sharp and effective at low light. It focuses quickly and processes RAW+JPEG data comparably fast. The size and shape of the camera is quite different but the quality of the screen makes it OK to live without them optical viewfinder. One last point: ergonomics. There are many settings available in the menu and they are accessible on the fly. The more important seettngd can be adjusted at the barrel of the lens on a wide knurled ring which makes the camera fairly nice to adjust for a frequent adjuster such as myself.
      The price BandH offered this camera kit was really the best part.

       
      5.0

      Wonderful camera!

      By Tommy in Iowa

      from Fairfield, Iowa

      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
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This is a versatile camera that takes detailed photos with its 20 megapixels. It's a pocket-size camera that performs as well as many big cameras. You can use its fully automatic modes or go full manual control or anything in between. It has many wonderful, valuable features arranged so they are easily accessible to the practiced user. It takes time to get familiar with all the features, but it's worth the effort to have control over your photos. Meanwhile, you can go automatic while you're learning.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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