Sony RX100 Mk II extended user review

Tested so far:

  • NFC pairing with Google Nexus 7 FHD
  • Wifi file transfer
  • Wifi control

To still be tested:

  • Panorama
  • iOS integration
  • RAW quality
  • Much more…

General first impressions: Excellent speed and good handling. Very good image quality. Wifi features are a bit gimmicky but could be useful in certain situations.

Specs from Sony:

Product Specifications

Recording

  • Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™ media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
  • Color Space : sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINOS™ Color
  • Still Image Mode : JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 20.2 Megapixels
  • Still Image Size 16:9 : L:17M (5472 x 3080) / M: 7.5M (3648 x 2056) / S: 4.2M (2720 x 1528)
  • Still Image Size 1:1 : L: 13M (3648x 3648) / M: 6.5M (2544 x 2544) / S: 3.7M (1920 x 1920 )
  • Still Image Size 3:2 : L: 20M (5472 x 3648) / M: 10M (3888 x 2592) / S: 5.0M (2736 x 1824)
  • Still Image Size 4:3 : L: 18M (4864 x 3648) / M: 10M (3648 x 2736) / S: 5.0M (2592 x 1944) / VGA
  • Panorama Still Image Size : Horizontal wide (12416 x 1856 / 5536 x 2160), Horizontal standard (8192 x 1856 / 3872 x 2160) 3D Sweep Panorama: N/A
  • Video Format : AVCHD Ver. 2.0 / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
  • Video Mode : AVCHD: 28M PS (1920 x 1080, 60p) 24M FX (1920 x 1080, 60i) 17M FH (1920 x 1080, 60i) 24M FX (1920 x 1080, 24p) 17M FH (1920 x 1080, 24p) MP4: 12M (1440 x 1080, 30 fps) 3M VGA (640 x 480, 30 fps)
  • Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Audio Format : Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
  • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Stereo Microphone
  • Still Image File Format : JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
  • Wind Noise Reduction : Yes (On/Off)

Focus Control

  • Focus System : Contrast-detect AF
  • Focus Points : 25 points
  • AF Modes : Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
  • Focus Area : Multi point AF (25 points) / Center weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking)
  • Focus Sensitivity : EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
  • Focus Features : Predictive control (AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock
  • AF Illuminator : Built-in LED, Range: approx. 3′ 4” – 9′ 9” (0.3m-3.0m)

Flash

  • Flash Type : Built-in, Pop-up Auto
  • Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTL
  • Flash Modes : Flash Mode: Auto / Fill-flash / Slow Sync / Rear Sync / Off Wireless (using compatible external flash)
  • Flash Compensation : ±2.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 EV steps)
  • Flash Coverage : ISO Auto: 1’ to 49’ 2” (0.30m to 15.0m) (W) / 1’ 9” – 18’ 8” (0.55m to 5.7m) (T) ISO 12800: Up to 98’ 5” (30.0m) (W) / 37’ (11.3m) (T)
  • Recycling Time : Approx. 3 sec.
  • Flash Bracketing : ±2.0 EV

Interface

  • Memory Card Slot : Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media – SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
  • NFC : Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • HD Output : HDMI® (Type D micro)
  • USB Port(s) : USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)
  • PhotoTV HD : Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
  • Microphone Input : Via MI Shoe + Optional ECM-XYST1M
  • Remote Commander : Yes, via RM-VPR1
  • Accessory Shoe : Multi Interface Shoe
  • DC IN : Yes, via AC-UB10 AC charger and USB cable
  • Tripod Mount : Yes (1/4″ diameter, 20 threads per inch)

Software

  • Supplied Software : Supplied Software: PlayMemories™ Home, Image Data Converter Version 4 (via software download from camera)
  • Operating System Compatibility : PlayMemories Home: Windows® XP SP3, Windows Vista® SP2, Windows®7 SP1, Windows®8 (PlayMemories Home is not Mac compatible); PlayMemories Online Uploader: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista®SP2, Windows®7 SP1, Windows®8, Mac OS X (v10.5- v10.8); Image Data Converter Version 4.2: Windows® XP SP3,Windows Vista®SP2,Windows®7 SP1,Windows®8, Mac OS X (v10.5- v10.8)

Camera

  • Camera Type : Cybershot® Digital Still Camera
  • Lens Compatibility : Fixed lens

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T*
  • Aperture : F1.8 – 11 (W), F4.9 – 11 (T)
  • Aperture (Max.) : F1.8 (W), F4.9 (T)
  • Aperture (Min.) : F11 (W), F11 (T)
  • Optical Zoom : 3.6x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
  • Digital Zoom : Still Image: 20M approx. 14x / 10M approx. 20x / 5M approx. 28x / VGA approx. 54x Movie: 14x
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : [Still Image 3:2] f = 28-100mm [Still Image 16:9] f = 29-105mm [Still Image 4:3] f= 30-108mm [Still Image 1:1] f = 36-127mm [Movie 16:9] f = 29-105mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 33-120mm (SteadyShot® Active Mode) [Movie 4:3] f = 36-128mm (SteadyShot® Standard), f = 41-146mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)
  • Lens Construction : 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lenses)
  • Aperture Blade : Iris diaphragm (7 blades)
  • Clear Image Zoom : 7.2x
  • Steady Shot Mode:Active : [Still image] Optical [Movie] Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti-rolling)

Exposure System

  • Metering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Metering Sensitivity : EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens attached)
  • Exposure Compensation : +/- 3.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
  • Exposure Settings : [Still] Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Scene Selection, Movie, Sweep Panorama [Movie] Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
  • Scene Mode(s) : Anti Motion Blur, Fireworks, Gourmet, Handheld Twilight, High Sensitivity, Landscape, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Pet Mode, Portrait, Sports Action, Sunset
  • D-Range Optimizer : Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto / Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto exposure difference, Exposure difference level (1.0 – 6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step)
  • Auto Exposure Lock : Yes (AE Lock button). Can be disabled from menu
  • ISO : [Still Image] Auto (ISO 160 – 12800, selectable with upper / lower limit), 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 /1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Expandable to ISO 100 / 125) Multi Frame NR: Auto (ISO 160 – 25600), 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600
  • Creative Style : Black & White, Landscape, Portrait, Standard, Sunset, Vivid Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps)
  • White Balance Mode : Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluor (Warm White) / Fluor (Cool White) / Fluor (Day White) / Fluor (Daylight) / Flash / C. Temp., Filter / Custom
  • Color Temperature : 2500 – 9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom
  • Exposure Bracketing : 3 continuous or single shots in 1/3 or 2/3 EV steps
  • ISO Sensitivity (Movie) : [Movie] Auto (ISO 160 – 3200 equivalent), 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
  • Picture Effect(s) : [Still Image] Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High- key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration [Movie] Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome

Convenience Features

  • Media/Battery Indicator : Yes
  • View & Index : Single (with or without shooting information), RGB histogram and highlight/shadow warning, 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 13.6x, M: 9.9x, S: 6.8x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off), Image orientation (On/Off), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (still), Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect

Weights and Measurements

  • Dimensions (Approx.) : 4” × 2-9/32” × 1-1/2” (101.6 x 58.1 x 38.3 mm) excluding protrusions
  • Weight (Approx.) : With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo Approx. 9.9 oz. (281 g)
  • Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : 7.8 oz. (222 g)

Service and Warranty Information

  • Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor : Exmor® R 1.0” CMOS sensor (13.2 X 8.8mm) (3:2 aspect ratio)
  • Processor : BIONZ® image processor
  • Pixel Gross : 20.9M pixels (approx.)
  • Effective Picture Resolution : 20.2M pixels (approx.)
  • Focal Length Conversion Factor : 2.7x
  • Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters

LCD Display

  • LCD Type : 3.0” (7.5cm) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD / Tiltable (up approx. 84 deg., down approx. 45 deg.)
  • Angle Adjustment : Tilt angle: Up: Approx. 84 degrees; Down: Approx. 43 degrees
  • Brightness Control : Auto / Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather mode
  • Coverage : 100% Field of View
  • Live View : Continuous Live View
  • Real-time image adjustment display : Yes (On/Off)
  • Histogram : Yes (On/off)
  • Peaking : Yes Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off Color: White/Red/Yellow
  • Grid Display : Yes (Rule of Thirds, 4×6 Square, Diagonal & 4×6 Square Grids, Off)
  • Customization : Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback

Drive System

  • Drive Mode : Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority Continuous, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.), Self-portrait One-person, Self-portrait Two-person, (with 10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures), Bracketing
  • Continuous Shooting Speed : 10 fps at 20.2MP
  • Self-timer : 10 sec. / 2 sec. / Self-portrait One-person/ Self-portrait Two-person/ Self timer Continuous (3 or 5 shots)
  • Shutter Speeds : iAuto (4 – 1/2000) / Program Auto (1 – 1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30 – 1/2000) / Aperture Priority (8 – 1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30 – 1/2000)
  • Burst Buffer : JPEG Standard (12 shots) JPEG Fine (12 shots) RAW (13 shots) RAW+JPEG (10 shots)

Advanced Features

  • Auto High Dynamic Range : Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
  • Sweep Panorama : Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)
  • Face Detection : On, Off, Face Registration, Face Selection; maximum eight faces detected
  • Smile Shutter™ technology : Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
  • Image Stabilization : [Still Image] Optical [Movie] Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti-rolling)
  • Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : Yes (eight faces max)

Power

  • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® NP-BX1 (3.6V)
  • Battery Capacity : 1240 mAh
  • Number of Still Images : Approx. 350 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
  • Power Consumption (in Operation) : Approx. 1.8W

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