Just over a year after it announced 2012’s Invention of the Year, namely the large-sensor RX100 pocket camera., Sony has updated the popular model with a “II’ version. Like its predecessor, the ‘II:” boasts many of the original’s features, which include a zoom lens, a 20Mp, 1-inch chip, and a commitment to continue marrying the best of both the company’s A and E-mount systems with the size of a point and shoot model.
So, what of the DSC-RX100 II?
For starters, the II features a lot of te same capabilities as the original,. But with some major improvements.
First headline, all-new feature: a back-lit, 20Mp, 1-inch chip, which is about 4 times larger than the standard chip found on most point and hoot models of the same size. While the sensor of the RX100 is still not as big as that found in the typical dSLR, it’s larger size than the standard point and shoot should go a long way in helping it produce pictures far better than the competition, especially considering that it is now back-lit, which Sony claims will perform about 40% better in low-light situations. See also: why small sensors make bad pictures.
The next all-new feature that is sure to please the most discriminating of photographers: an accessory hot shoe, which was missing on the original and a source of complaints among many. Well, gripe no more as Sony has listened and fixed the problem.
Third major improvement: an articulating LCD screen, which can make for easier composition at odd angles.
As for the rest, the II is largely unchanged from the original, which is not a bad thing in the least, considering that the original RX100 featured a 28-100mm film equivalent with an aperture of f1.8 on the wide end, a rounded, 7-bladed design, a 10fps (in full-resolution) shooting rate, full manual control capability, a control ring that can be used to adjust various settings, a new processor, ISO up to 25,600, auto portrait framing, tons of scene modes, and full HD video.
All in all, the RX100 II looks to be quite a camera, especially considering that it is only slightly larger than the standard, small-chip point and shoot models that it seeks to compete with and is based on a tried and true design.
Want to buy the Sony RX100 II in the Cleveland area? Well, there’s Cleveland-based Dodd Camera, with its downtown superstore. In addition, there are many smaller Cleveland metro area chain stores in the Cuyahoga County area, too. Dodd is an authorized Sony dealer. As for pricing and availability, the RX100 will hit stores in July at a price of around $750.
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