Sony’s RX 100 camera has been exceptional. Adding to the legacy, the company has introduced the RX 100 II camera. Here is a comprehensive review on the camera:
The Sony RX 100 II has a few knick-knacks under its compact body. To start off, this camera doesn’t have a particularly large focal range. The zoom itself is a 3.6x optical zoom composed of Carl Zeiss optics, covering a focal range of 28-100mm in conventional 35mm terms. That’s neither long nor particularly wide by recent standards – many top-end compacts have a mighty useful 24mm wide-angle.
What the lens does benefit from, however, is a substantial maximum aperture at the wide end of the zoom of f/1.8. This decreases to f/4.9 at the telephoto end, which is slightly less impressive, but the benefit of the f/1.8 at the wide end is substantial. The lens on this camera is composed of a 7-blade aperture diaphragm to assist the production of pleasing Bokeh shots. The camera’s lens is supremely large and measures 1-inch with a 20.2 Megapixel Exmor R sensor. The lens is not only large, but it has a high resolution that captures more details and has more opportunity for cropping into shots. This camera also carries the back-illumination technology that helps control noise at the higher ISO settings. The camera also features a native ISO range of 160-12800 that extends all the way up to 25,600. Thanks to a large sensor, the camera captures movies at Full HD at 24 and 25 fps or 50 and 60p in either AVCHD or MP4 formats. Both video and still capture on this camera benefits from the addition of Sony's Optical SteadyShot system, with both Active and Standard shooting modes available during video capture in particular. This model features the full manual (PASM) shooting controls, as well as the option to shoot Raw files alongside JPEGs. The RX100 II also caters for those happy to let the camera do the work, with the inclusion of Auto shooting modes and a host of Creative filters. This camera also manages to find room to include Wi-Fi capabilities that can be set-up using near field communication (NFC) if you have a smart phone that supports it.
Design and Display:
The RX 100 II camera lets away its complexity in the hand. This camera might look like any other compact, but it is appropriately heavy thanks to the large sensor and lens. The camera’s body feels quite premium and has an aluminium finish that is sure to stand up to any bumps and bruises. Sadly, there is no handgrip on this camera that makes the camera much easier to handle. Overall, the camera feels quite comfortable and feels quite secure enough to use one-handed. On the rear side of the camera, there is a vari-angle 3-inch LCD screen with 1.2 Million-dot resolution. This is a White magic LCD screen that seems quite crisp and clear.
Overall, the Sony RX 100 II makes for an excellent camera. It is definitely a great come back by Sony.