Sony RX100 II Review

With this cameras predecessor being named as one of the best compact cameras on the market at the time of its release, it was easy to wonder how Sony would beat it. And they did with the RX100 II. If you are planning on buying this camera, this review will help you by going through the three main factors you should be taking into consideration; the features, the performance and the image quality.


  • This camera comes with a whopping 20.2 million-pixel resolution, promising high quality images.
  • This camera is now classed as an Exmore R device that means that it is now backlit. This will allow for better images in low-lit conditions.
  • The maximum sensitivity on this camera is iso 12,800.
  • It boasts a 3.6x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens that offers a focal length of 100mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.8.
  • The 3-inch screen now tilts upwards and downwards allowing for better use when shooting at awkward angles.
  • One feature that this camera doesn’t have is a hotshoe or port, which stops you from using any accessories such as a viewfinder.


  • As mentioned earlier, this camera promises better quality images due to the backlit sensor and this promise is definitely kept.
  • The colors are bright and sharp both on the screen and in printed images.
  • There is little to no sign of image smoothing.
  • The white balance is good at producing realistic colors.
  • The larger than average sensor and lens allow you to experiment with shallow depth.
  • Noise in photos begins to creep in from midrange but final images are still very usable across a range of different platforms.

Image quality

  • A lot of people have commented on the fact that the image quality produced by the Rx100 II is not much different from the image quality of the Rx100 original. However, this is not a bad thing. This camera still takes excellent quality photos that match those produced by similarly priced cameras.
  • Any problems with the dynamic range can be solved either through the camera settings or using the D-Range Optimization technology by using one of its five settings or the auto mode.

With the only downfall of this camera being the price tag, it is definitely an improvement on the Rx100 I and you will be getting value for your money.

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