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92 August 27th 2013 5:49 pm

Sony takes everything that made the RX100 a success and improves upon it, adding a new sensor, articulating LCD display, and a hot shoe. However, with a price tag increased by $100, it may be hard to justify upgrading to the RX100 II over its predecessor. Though the RX100 already took good pictures Sony wasn't satisfied, putting a new sensor inside the RX100 II that results in "magnificent pictures" according to Gizmodo, and Camera Labs says "it's genuinely better at higher sensitivities." While the RX100 maintains its small build and premium feel, What Digital Camera says it still "lacks any form of handgrip." As for speed, TechRadar says the focus speeds on "the original Sony RX100 were excellent, and continue to be so on the Sony RX100 Mark II." The one issue with the RX100 II is its cost, coming in at $100 more than the RX100. If you feel the new feature set is worth it, then splurge for the RX100 II. Otherwise, you can pick up the RX100 and still get fantastic results.

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Critic reviews

8.8
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  • Image quality
    9.9
  • Video quality
    8.7
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.5
  • Ease of use
    8.2

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9.0
PC Mag Aug 7, 2013

At $750 it's priced above many entry-level mirrorless cameras and D-SLRs. And while the RX100 II can't keep up with an SLR in terms of pure image quality or versatility, it does fit in your shirt pocket—that's the real reason to get it.

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8.0
Gizmodo Aug 8, 2013

How much better is it than the original RX100? Well, a bit. It performs a good deal better in low light, thanks to Sony’s rear-illuminated sensor tech ... Whether that's worth the $150 price difference is between you and your checking account.

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8.0
CNET Aug 29, 2013

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II's combination of looks, speed, flexibility, and photo quality makes it a great choice for enthusiasts who can afford the price tag.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Sep 22, 2013

With the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity and a BSI sensor, it's at the top of its class in terms of performance and features. With a few caveats regarding the shooting experience, it's a clear class-leader.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Aug 5, 2013

There's bags of detail and, despite that crazy price tag it seems something crazy has been triggered in our brains: we want to go and buy an RX100 II. Lots of money does deliver lots of camera, and there's stacks of goodness to be found here.

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10
TechRadar Jun 27, 2013

We tipped the original Sony RX100 as the best compact camera of its class available on the market today. With a raft of welcome improvements, it's fair to say that the Sony RX100 Mark II steals that crown now, making it incredibly worthy of your lust.

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10
Digital Versus Jul 2, 2013

The Sony RX100 II is a top-of-the-range expert compact camera. It's pricey, but it's definitely a cut above the rest. With its resolution, low-light sensitivity, video mode, Wi-Fi, optical zoom and more, this is without a doubt the best pocket camera on the market right now.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Jul 15, 2013

The RX100 II improves on what many considered to be almost the perfect compact camera. The only real issue is the premium price tag, but if you're willing to fork out then you'll own one of the best compacts money can buy.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Jul 12, 2013

The RX100 II is a sensational compact capable of producing astounding image quality. ... It's a camera that can be picked up and used instinctively, with the only downsides being its price and the cost of the optional electronic viewfinder.

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9.0
Camera Labs Aug 22, 2013

In my view the original RX100 delivered one of the most compelling balances of sensor size, lens specification and body size to date, and the RX100 II manages to improve on it further with a bunch of upgrades including even better image quality.

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9.0
ePHOTOzine Jul 10, 2013

With additional features and greater versatility the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II could be the last compact camera you'll ever need, and is therefore Highly Recommended.

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8.0
Digital Trends Sep 5, 2013

Don’t let its small size fool you. The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II is capable of capturing beautiful photos and movies. It’s not cheap, but it’s the best compact camera you can buy if image quality is your main concern.

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9.0
Photography Blog Aug 29, 2013

Only you can decide if the RX100 II's premium price-tag is simply too high - for us, while it does take the edge off the overall package, the RX100 II is definitely the best compact camera that money can currently buy.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jun 27, 2013

This "Mark II" variant of the RX100 borrows a few features from Sony's NEX line, which is never a bad thing. Looking at the camera, you'll first notice the 3-inch 1.3M-dot tiltable LCD, which can flip 84 degrees upward and 45 degrees downward.

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CNET Jun 26, 2013

The people who spend that kind of money on an advanced compact might reactively balk at BSI. A lot will depend upon the image quality of the new sensor. I wasn't excessively impressed with the comparative print samples the company showed us during the press briefing, but then I rarely am.

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Digital Photography Review Jun 27, 2013

In the premium pocket camera space, if image quality is of paramount importance, pocketability surely comes in a close second, and the Sony RX100 II has all it takes to remain king of the hill. Its high-resolution sensor is good in low light, and its lens starts out nice and fast at wideangle.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 26, 2013

Overall there's a lot to like here… except the asking price. ... the raft of improvements do make the RX100 II look to be one of the most exciting sounding compacts due this year - we've more or less blotted the price out of mind already.

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Imaging Resource Jun 28, 2013

With the Sony RX100 II, the company has shown itself unafraid of the challenge laid down by its earlier camera. Where many would simply have shipped much the same design with a slight boost in sensor resolution ... Sony has made some pretty comprehensive changes.

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SlashGear Jul 4, 2013

Moving subjects proved no problem for the RX100 II, and colors proved bright but accurate. In short, Sony has kept what made the original popular, and given it a blast of extra flexibility, particularly listening to what its more demanding users have been asking for.

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T3 Jun 28, 2013

Like the original model, the Sony RX100 II is a great looking camera and we like the idea of a step zoom, while the tiltable screen and hotshoe and also neat additions.

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Expert Reviews Jun 27, 2013

Add it all together and you've got a very significant update to a capable camera - with significant-looking upgrades to image quality, handling and controls. The ongoing lack of a touchscreen is the only downside, but we guess they had to leave something out for the Mk3 model.

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ePHOTOzine Jun 27, 2013

The RX100 II is also the first NFC Wi-Fi enabled camera from Sony. This means that you can quickly connect the camera to another NFC device, such as a smartphone or tablet to use it as a remote release and share pictures.

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9.0
brentbuford brentbuford

I've been shooting with this for about a month and it's an incredible camera for the size. Low-light performance is astonishing. The glass is great - it's no SLR, but it comes awfully close to the look of a better SLR lens. Video is also excellent; at 1080p/24fps it generates great footage. The...

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9.0
boback boback

I've had this camera for about 3 weeks now, and I am so impressed. I love the ability to very quickly pass all the photos to my iPhone and share them. I know you can do this on most new cameras, but I had a Canon S110, which had this ability, but was very flakey, and didn't always find the phone,...

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