- Top-notch image quality.
Tiltable LCD screen for more creativity.
Addition of hot-shoe gives options for flash accessories.
- No-touchscreen feature.
Over-priced because of the extra features.
Clickless control wheel might turn away some hardcore users.
What do you do when you already have a stellar product in the digital market, which has been a major hit among the users and the critics alike!
Create a Make a Mark-II like version of it and add more features to it.
When it comes to the compact camera market, image quality always comes to the forefront of the important feature list followed by pocketability and other features. SONY RX100 fulfilled all the requirements mentioned and more and became a huge hit for its low-light image performance.
SONY has introduced the RX100 II as its sister variant with the addition of features like hot-shoe compatibility, tiltable LCD screen, better performance with its BSI sensor.
There doesn't seem to be a huge difference in the design department on comparison with its predecessor. Both of them pretty much sport the same build and a slight matte finish gives off the same anti-grip, slippery feel which was present with the RX100. This highly necessitates the need for a strap as a security measure.
The build quality is pretty much the same like its predecessor. There is no major difference even with the addition of the hot-shoe and the tiltable LCD screen except that it gives the feel of a bulkier model.
The RX100 II still has the quick access control ring feature, which can be used to access the ISO, Shutter Speed features. It still has the function ring which can be customized to access 7 different settings. Another point that may put off some users is the lack of click stops on the control wheel.
SONY has not made any changes to the frame rate feature of the RX100 II and it still has a continuous shooting speed of 10fps which is pretty much good for a compact camera and does the needful, which is to not miss out any action and yet deliver quality images. However, there are two variants now – Speed based and standard based.
The most liked feature about the RX100 has been its auto-focus feature specially when it concerns low-light and its ability to deliver magnificient images nonetheless.
The RX100 II does all of the above and more.
This feature has been boosted more with the addition of a BSI CMOS Sensor, which SONY says gives an extra boost and allows for faster focussing in low-light photography.
Along with the manual auto-focus, there are 3 other focus-modes for the user -
Single, Multi and Continuous.
One of the huge addition to this model is the introduction of Wi-Fi compatibility. For a user who is very much into sharing images online, this will come as a huge interest.
It also comes equipped with NFC feature. So, if you have a smartphone which is compatible with the camera, the whole transfer process becomes hassle-free.
By CIPA testing standards, the RX100 II can cover up to shooting 350 images in one go, which is suffice to say, pretty okay for a compact camera. Although there are so much improvements SONY can do on this front.
Sensor Performance and Image Quality:
The RX100 II comes with the by-now familiarly large 1” type sensor, the type used with the Nikon 1 series compacts. In comparison to other peers among its class, it actually stands out for its sensor which is quite large and powerful with its performance.
However, this variant comes with an Exmor R-branded CMOS meaning BSI feature. This feature pretty much makes the difference in terms of noise reduction in very low-light situations.
The sensor also brings about a change in its video recording capabilities as it is able to record Full HD content at 24fps.
When it comes to image quality, the RX100 II shoots images in both JPEG and RAW format. And the image quality is top-notch. It doesn’t shy away from its performance even at high ISOs and despite the presence of noise in the images, the detailing is remarkably excellent.
Difference between RX100 and RX100 II
You might be thinking that the RX100 II is pretty much similar to its predecessor in most ways. Same build, same sensor size, same faster auto-focus.
However, there’s the 3in LCD screen rich with resolution which is absent in the RX100. And it’s also tiltable not by a huge margin, but it does the job for a user.
Presence a Multi-Interface hotshoe allows for addition of external flash accessories, remote controlled ones or even a viewfinder for added focussing power.
Wi-Fi and NFC compatibility make this model a darn good product for sharing images online whenever required.