When beautiful scenery inspires the artist within, capture every exquisite detail with the compact Cyber-shot RX100 II.
1"-type Exmor-R BSI-CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm, 3:2 aspect ratio)
20.2 million effective pixels
28-100mm (equiv), f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
Steady-Shot image stabilization
ISO 160-12,800 (Down to ISO 100 and to 25,600 expanded)
NFC-mediated Wi-Fi allowing file transfer and control from smartphones
Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
10fps continuous shooting in 'Speed Priority' mode
Tiltable 3" 1.2M-dot 'WhiteMagic' LCD screen
13 Picture Effects (33 with variations)
Memory Recall feature can store up to three groups of custom settings
1080p60 video, (AVCHD) with MP4 option (50p in PAL regions)
Built-in stereo microphones
330-shot battery life (CIPA)
True breakthrough products are rare in consumer electronics and perhaps even more rare in the digital camera space. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 was one of those rare products that caught the attention of casual photographers, enthusiasts and critics alike. It successfully fitted a large 1”-type sensor into a compact camera so inconspicuous that without knowing otherwise, a casual observer would assume it to be a point-and-shoot like any other. Unassuming to the eye, it succeeded in pulling off an impressive trick - delivering excellent image quality from a truly pocketable camera.
Now Sony has introduced the RX100 II, sold as a sister model to the existing camera. A new, back-illuminated 20MP sensor (the largest BSI chip we've yet encountered), gives a claimed 40% improvement in low-light sensitivity, which Sony says will allow the RX100 II to focus faster in low light than its predecessor, as well, of course, as producing cleaner high-ISO images.
Meanwhile, the camera's enthusiast appeal is bolstered by the addition of a Multi-Interface hot shoe, allowing use of external flashguns or, significantly, accessories such as an electronic viewfinder. The rear screen also now tilts up and down, which makes the RX100 II more flexible to use and more at ease in bright light. Impressively, Sony achieved this while adding just 2mm to the camera's depth - so it retains its pocketable prowess.
The RX100 II also manages to find room to include Wi-Fi capabilities that can be set-up using near field communication (NFC) if you have a smartphone that supports it. Those of us without NFC in our mobile devices will have to set the Wi-Fi up manually. The RX100 II's video capabilities have also been expanded, with the camera now offering the ability to capture 1080p footage at 24 frames per second, in addition to the 60p and 30p the current RX100 offers (50p/25p on European models). Sony now offers a filter adapter for the RX100 II and its predecessor, a $30 accessory that makes it possible to use 49mm filters with either camera.
Captures Beautiful Shots Even In Low Light
Extremely high sensitivity and remarkably low noise are achieved thanks to Sony’s massive new 20.2-megapixel*
Exmor R™ CMOS sensor. Its back illumination technology collects light more efficiently and combines with image processing advances to dramatically reduce noise, so you can shoot amazingly clean, low-noise photos and movies in dimly-lit environments at high-sensitivity settings.
Sophisticated, Ultra-bright Lens Technology
Legendary Carl Zeiss® optics and unrivalled Sony imaging technology merge in a compact, high-performance lens that offers supremely accurate performance, powerful 3.6x (28-100 mm at 35 mm equivalent) optical zoom capabilities and an enormous F1.8 aperture with almost perfectly round seven-blade diaphragm for beautiful background defocusing.
Expand Your Shooting Options
A Multi Interface Shoe lets you attach a wide range of accessories for shooting photos and movies. These include an electronic viewfinder, powerful external flash unit and stereo microphone. You can also connect with a compatible remote control via Multi Terminal.
View Every Scene Clearly On The Tiltable LCD Screen
The 3.0-type, 1229k-dot Xtra Fine monitor displays scenes extra clearly, even in bright sunlight. It can be tilted up to 45° downward to shoot over crowds or up to 84° upward to capture pets eye to eye. You’ll enjoy clear, true-to-life reproduction thanks to WhiteMagic™ wizardry, which combines white and RGB pixels to boost brightness and visibility. Other technologies improve contrast, deepen blacks and reduce surface reflections. Brightness adjusts automatically to enhance viewing.
Instantly Connect To Smartphones And Tablets
Simply touch your Android™ smartphone or tablet to the camera to instantly create a connection. No setup is required beyond downloading the free PlayMemories Mobile™ app to your device. This convenient feature is made possible by NFC™ (Near Field Communication)*, which is available for the first time with One-touch remote on a Sony digital camera. Once connected, you can remotely control the camera’s shutter release from your mobile device and instantly receive the captured image via Wi-Fi, then upload the transferred images straightaway to your favourite Social Networking site.
Effortlessly Adjust Camera Settings
Simply rotate the control ring around the lens to adjust camera settings with ease. It turns smoothly with clear feedback on the LCD screen to provide precise, intuitive adjustment that's usually reserved for SLR cameras. The RX100 II also has a Step Zoom feature, enabling you to swiftly select any of five commonly used focal lengths (28, 35, 50, 70 or 100mm) by simply turning the control ring with your finger.