I'm as excited as Kai about the new Sony RX100 II
f/2.8 @10.4 mm, 1/250, ISO 160, No Flash, In-Camera JPEG (click for full-size original)
I wanted to like the original RX100, but it left me disappointed about what I got for the price. When I heard about the RX100 II and its removal of the low pass filter and image quality improvements, I got excited. However, my enthusiasm was tempered when I read it would still try to squeeze 20.2MP in a sensor with its the one inch Bionz™ sensor. A modest 12 megapixels would have made more sense, but technology keeps improving so I always reserve final judgment until I see my real world results.
In this article I start with some sample photos, but my main review and comparison to its predecessor is featured in my part 2 review.
Real World Sample Images
I have more featured in part 2 of my review, but click here to see all of my favorite shots taken during my testing. Here’s a few that I felt like were worth mentioning for this short part 1 of my review:
Image Quality is rather tasty, as is the dynamic range
f/5 @ 10.4 mm,1/800, ISO 160, No Flash
I found myself getting addicted to its wonderful shallow depth of field at f/1.8
In-camera color is gorgeous as well!
f/1.8 @ 10.4 mm, 1/250, ISO 160, No Flash
In my studio with these models (who are also sisters), I decided to test low light conditions.
I was surprised the RX100 II aperture priority at f/1.8 chose only use ISO 640 and 1/30 sec.
However, I quickly remembered this was another feature I didn’t like about its predecessor.
f/1.8 @10.4 mm, 1/30, ISO 640, No Flash
See http://www.ronmartblog.com/2013/08/review-sony-dsc-rx100m2-vs-rx100-with.html for more details.
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B&H has loaned this camera to me temporarily (at my request) so that I may do this review.