A lot of professional photographers would agree that the Sony DSC-RX100 II is Sony’s best compact camera yet to be released this year. Although it is pricey for a pocket camera, its 1-inch 20.2 MP Exmor R sensor, classic look, and F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens make up for the price. So, you can also anticipate for the superior image quality, sharpness and varied useful functions. Though at first glance, you may not give this camera a second look with its simple finish and design, but as the saying goes; don’t judge the book by its cover. So, here’s a detailed review of the Sony DSC- RX100 MII.
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The unit is built with a flip 3-inch LCD that boasts 1,229k-dot Xtra fine pixels. Thus, the unit clearly displays the images on the monitor even under direct sunlight. The LCD monitor can be adjusted up to 45 degrees downward and 84 degrees upward. This allows you to easily see the subject you are targeting for a shoot, get better angle and see the image results as they happen.
Sony used its patented WhiteMagic technology to improve the display’s brightness as it combines RGB and white pixels. As for the material used, Sony used metal for the body. This gives the user a solid feel to the touch and firm grip to the hands.
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Versatile Shooting Options and Faster Processor
Aside from the usual shooting options expected to a compact digital camera, the Sony RX100M II has a RAW mode that you can use for shooting. One obvious advantage of shooting at the said mode is the editing flexibility. This feature would be very useful for photographers who want to immediately upload their works online. The faster image processor of this unit made it convenient for users to shoot in JPEG and RAW modes, given the fact that the camera has 20.2 MP so the file size is huge.
The Sony DSC-RX100M II 20.2 MP houses the latest Exmor R image sensor. This new chip is best known for its adaptive noise reduction feature. This means that you can adjust the ISO setting from 160 up to 12800, which is one of the highest ISO ranges ever featured on a compact digital camera. Even the latest by Nikon, AW1, you can only expand its ISO sensitivity up to 6400.
Top-notch F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens
For a high-end still camera, it is a great improvement to have one of the world’s finest lens brands. The Carl Zeiss lens used for the RX100M II is a good competitive edge over other models on the market. It is a high-performance lens that gives incredible image quality. It boasts a powerful 3.6x optical zoom in the 28-100mm lens (35mm equivalent), and within, it has seven blades to perfectly defocus and focus things on the background.
Overall, the Sony DSC-RX100M II 20.2 MP is undoubtedly a top-line still camera that is worth the money. It is best recommended for professional photographers who find it inconvenient to bring their huge DLSRs with them everywhere. This unit has the power of a professional DLSR camera in a body of a compact digital cam.