Sony DSC-RX100M2 review

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SENSOR AND IMAGE QUALITY

As I already mentioned, 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS sensor is the crown jewel of this camera. It has 20 megapixels (more than enough) and excellent performance in every aspect. Colors can really pop out (if you want them to) and high ISO performance is as good as it gets. With careful exposure and some post processing on PC, images can look like they were shot with an older APS-C camera. High ISO performance is subjective, but I could live with ISO 3200 shots from this camera. Even better, Sony managed to improve low ISO results. The first RX100 had visible noise even at lowest ISO values, but RX100M2 shots are cleaner.

LENS

The lens is the same as found on RX100 Mk1. It has 3.5x optical zoom (28-100mm). Aperture is excellent when zoomed out (F/1.8) but gets much dimmer at 100mm (F/4.9). Better that that might not be possible for a lens this small and if you want better take a look at RX10 camera which has the same sensor but paired to excellent 24-200mm lens with constant F/2.8 aperture.

Lens image quality is excellent, it is sharp enough (not perfect though) and without obvious optical flaws. RX100M2 is also equipped with optical image stabilization.

MEMORY AND BATTERY

RX100M2 uses the same battery as the first RX100 – NP-BX1. It is good enough for something like 300 shots (less if you use flash often). As is the case with many Sony cameras in the last year or two, RX100M2 doesn’t come with external battery charger; there is AC adaptor with USB output and you are supposes to charge the battery in camera.

I’ve ranted about this approach for some time now, but it seems Sony CEO’s do not read my blog or simply do not want to understand that high(er)-end camera (like RX100 or NEX-6) users will have two or more batteries and it is quite annoying not being able to use the camera while the spare battery is charging!

Memory card slot accepts both MemoryStick and SDHC/SDXC cards.

AUTOFOCUS

It works, but don’t expect too much in low light. If you align focus point with a well lit part of the image, RX100M2 will focus in two or three second time, but if there is not enough contrast the AF will fail. In good light there is nothing to complain.

CONCLUSION 

Once again, Sony demonstrated it can produce outstanding products when they give their best try. RX100M2 is still the only compact camera on the market (with optical zoom) that can provide high image quality.

Even more, if you do not feel the need for exchangeable lens camera and want the smallest camera possible, RX100M2 might be the only camera you need. It is that good.

PRO

  • Sensor and image quality
  • Build quality
  • Wide range of customizable buttons
  • Tilt-LCD
  • Hot-shoe

CONS

  • Somewhat slow in response
  • Small buttons
  • No external charger
  • Some weird firmware function exclusions

PHOTO EXAMPLES

ISO 160, 1/500, F/4

ISO 320, 1/100, F/4.9

ISO 200, 1/160, F/4.5

ISO 160, 1/500, F/4.9

ISO 200, 1/320, F/2.8

ISO 160, 1/800, F/5.6

ISO 200, 1/800, F/1.8

ISO 3200, 1/13, F/1.8

SONY DSC-RX100M2 VIDEO SAMPLES




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