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Sony DSCRX100M2/B 20.2 MP Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera (Black)
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- 20.9 MP 1"-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
- 28-100mm equivalent F/1.8-4.9 lens
- Continuous shooting up to 10 FPS
- ISO 160-12800, expandable ISO 100, 125, and 25,600
- 3.0 inch tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229,000 dots
- 1080 60p/24p HD video with full exposure control (MPEG-4/AVCHD)
- Raw/JPEG/ Raw+JPEG
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||350 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1229000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||20.2|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||RAW (ARW2.3 Format), RAW+JPEG, JPEG|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||via Multi Interface Shoe|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||Large sensor compact|
|HDMI Type||Type D Micro HDMI|
|ISO Range||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|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.29 x 1.51 x 4 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.9 grams|
|Item Weight||0.62 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1.8 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||3.5 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Aperture||4.9 mm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8 - F4.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||100 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||5,472|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||5,472 Pixels|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||28 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.9 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Yes via NFC|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.37 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic (optional)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||7.5 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.51 x 4 x 2.29 in||1.41 x 4 x 2.29 in||1.61 x 4.02 x 2.28 in||1.6 x 4 x 2.8 in||1.21 x 3.86 x 2.28 in||3.9 x 1.2 x 2.3 in|
|Item Weight||0.62 lb||0.53 lb||0.64 lb||1.5 lbs||7.4 ounces||7.2 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.9 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||20.9 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||20.1 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||other||1920 x 1080 pixels, 640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels||1080p|
|Viewfinder||Electronic (optional)||None||LCD||electronic viewfinder||fixed LCD||fixed LCD|
Capture detail in low-light conditions with Sony's Exmor R sensor and f/1.8 Carl Zeiss glass. This pocket pro boasts an ultra-sensitive ISO 12800, Wi-Fi sharing and an expandable shoe system. Better yet, a lightning-quick AF can focus in as little as 0.13 seconds. Suddenly, this award-winning camera just got a whole lot better.
From the Manufacturer
DSC-RX100M2 Digital Still Camera
When beautiful scenery inspires the artist within, capture every exquisite detail with the compact Cyber-shot RX100 II. You’ll enjoy extraordinary light sensitivity, breathtaking image quality and beautiful background defocusing thanks to a newly developed 1.0-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor and F1.8 lens.
New 1.0 inch Exmor R™ back-illuminated CMOS sensor
Extremely high sensitivity and remarkably low noise are achieved by Sony’s massive new 20.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. Its back illumination technology collects light more efficiently and combines with image processing advances to bring noise to unbelievably low levels — equivalent to noise one stop lower sensitivity in the renowned RX100 II.
Large-aperture F1.8 Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* lens
Legendary Carl Zeiss optics and unrivaled Sony imaging technology merge in a compact, high-performance lens that offers supremely accurate performance, powerful 3.6x (28-100mm at 35mm equivalent) optical zoom capabilities and an enormous F1.8 aperture with almost perfectly round seven-blade diaphragm for beautiful background defocusing.
Instantly connect to smartphones and tablets
Touch your Android™ smartphone or tablet to the camera to create a connection. No setup is required beyond downloading the free PlayMemories Mobile app to your device. Made possible by NFC™ technology, once connected, you can remotely control the camera’s shutter release from your mobile device and instantly receive the captured image via Wi-Fi.
Expanded ISO Sensitivity
With a new Exmor R® sensor that features the same adaptive noise reduction technology from Sony’s flagship SLT-A99V, the RX100 II easily offers a wide range of sensitivity from ISO 160 to ISO 12800.
Expand your shooting options via Multi Interface Shoe
A Multi Interface Shoe lets you attach wide-ranging accessories for photo and movie shooting. These include an electronic viewfinder, powerful external flash unit and stereo microphone. You can also connect with a compatible remote control via Multi Terminal.
View every scene clearly on the tiltable LCD
The 3.0-inch, 1,229k-dot Xtra Fine monitor displays scenes extra clearly, even in bright sunlight. It can be tilted up to 45° downward to shoot over crowds or up to 84° upward to capture pets eye to eye. You’ll enjoy clear, faithful reproduction thanks to WhiteMagic™ wizardry, which combines white and RGB pixels to boost brightness and visibility.
Capture detail in low-light conditions
With a new Exmor R sensor that features the same adaptive noise reduction technology from Sony’s flagship SLT-A99V, the RX100 II easily offers a wide range of sensitivity from ISO 160 to ISO 12800.
High speed auto focus
High speed Auto Focus To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor R® CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera’s BIONZ® processor, which provides intelligent response data to a new high speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light.
Comfortable control ring for manual operation
A unique control ring around the lens works in combination with an intuitive, displayed user interface for meticulous SLR-type control over settings that satisfies even the most fastidious users. The control ring can be assigned to adjust various features (at various values) from basics like zooming and aperture to creative functions like Picture Effect. Moreover, it turns smoothly and seamlessly, allowing quiet, click-free usage while shooting movies including a new step-zoom function that enables instant selection of commonly used focal lengths.
Capture JPEG files, RAW files, or both
The DSC-RX100 saves pictures as compact JPEG files and/or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicking, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.
Full HD Movies at 60p/60i/24p
Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.
Auto Object Framing
Give your photos a professional look with Auto Object Framing. Featuring advancements like exceptional two-person portrait capability along with Face Detection and Tracking Focus, Auto Object Framing not only turns ordinary photos into stunning compositions but does so automatically recognizing the scene then cropping accordingly.
Customizable function button
Assign up to seven different functions to the function button, to allow quick access to your most frequently used functions.
Optical SteadyShot® with 3-way Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths.
Auto HDR modes
Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot (up to 6 EV stops). Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.).
Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
Face Detection/ Registration technology
The camera can automatically detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.
Multi-aspect ratio recording for still images
Capture still images in any of four aspect ratios — 1:1, 2:3, 4:3, or 16:9 (vertical to horizontal). This provided the freedom to choose a ratio that matches the scene or the specific shooting purpose.
3.6x optical/7.2x Clear Image digital zoom
Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom digitally doubles optical zoom for closer photos.
Picture Effect mode
Realize your creative potential with Picture Effect, a fun and simple way to convert ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Effects are Soft Focus, Posterization, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Soft High-key, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Watercolor Painting, HDR Painting, and Illustration.
Please see the comparison chart below to find which RX100 series model is best for your shooting needs.
Lens focal range
Lens max aperture
LCD (degrees of tilt)
3" tilting (180/45)
3" tilting (90/40)
Max video bit rate
50MBps (XAVC S)
Yes, with NFC
Yes, with NFC
Battery life (CIPA)
102 x 58 x 41mm
102 x 58 x 38mm
102 x 58 x 36mm
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Shortly after receiving it, I set up lab tests shooting the same objects at a range of ISO settings using 4 different cameras. I expected the Sony to surpass my older Canon compact, which it did easily. The surprise came when I compared the Sony images with my Nikon D7000 SLR, itself a very fine camera. The Sony RX100 M2 matched that fine camera at low ISO settings and surpassed it at ISO 1600 and above.
This little workhorse also has nearly all the settings one would seek as a serious photographer - 3-frame bracketing, manual white balance, focus and exposure control, aperture and shutter priority, 10fps rapid multiple shots, and more. Settings are complex, though and the manual confusing, So while it can behave as a point-and-shoot, this camera is best for someone having a good knowledge of sophisticated cameras.
I purchased mine with the optional, and rather expensive, electronic viewfinder that slides into the accessory shoe. It is a great viewfinder and I highly recommend this add-on for those of us who prefer an SLR-like way of holding a camera. And the electronic finder is really better than the usual optical, because you are seeing exactly what the sensor sees, and there is no mirror slap when you shoot.
I don't work much with video, but I conducted some tests of this capability anyway - full 1080 at 60P setting. I just went to dinner, set the camera on the edge of my table and recorded people coming and going. The results, even in the relatively dim restaurant lighting, easily exceed my 4-year-old $750 dedicated video camera. The RX200, Model 2 is a winner all around for those who are serious about image quality and features, need a pocketable camera and can afford to pay for these capabilities.
My camera started buzzing for no reason after a year, of course after the warranty ran out. I had it on a tripod taking pictures of dear on my deck when it started buzzing. People report this issue after a few days, few weeks, and in my case a year. Very unreliable and the camera has even been recalled in japan from what some people were saying.
Very disappointed in Sony. Waste of $650
For that, I usually use a Canon 60Da--with lenses, not a telescope. As others have pointed out, sometimes less is more, and I needed a little "less" bulk to do much the same thing. The Canon is supposed to be used at night, not during the day because it has an IR filter modification. I've been using a Sony HX400V that I really like for daytime shots.
I don't want to imply that this camera can replace the Canon 60Da: the Sony only goes to F11 in aperature; and ISO settings are limited. However, as I drive around during the day, I sometimes spot sites I want to visit at night; in those cases, I'll come back with this little camera and take some quick "proof" shots--which tell me in 1 or 2 shots whether this is a good place to shoot at night. This is very useful and time saving--it's it's no good, I haven't dragged out my big Canon or my big tripod.
I take a few road trips a year; carrying both the Sony and the Canon; I thought this might be able to replace the larger Sony, especially on long road trips; and also complement the Canon on night sky shots.
I'm not giving up the Canon--it has more incremental technical abilities than the RX100, but I wanted to downsize even more from the HX400, and I wanted to be able to shoot in RAW format whenever I could. So far, I am very impressed. Because of it's f1.8, and 10.4 lens (in reality), I wondered how well it would do on the night sky, even though that was not the reason for buying it.
In manual mode, on a Bulb setting with a wired remote (yes I have the Smartphone app, and it works also), it should work--and it does a good job.
One of the night sky issues is focusing in manual mode: It was easy--very intuitive--much more than my larger Canon. Very sharp on stars.
The camera buttons are small--even for my small hands. And they are nearly flush with the body. That is taking some time to get used to.
The manual that comes with it is not as helpful as I'd like: I recommend a book by Alexander White-- "Photographer's Guide the RX100 II". It has been extremely helpful. For example, the RX100 II has a memory recall feature--you set up the camera the way you want it, and then you put in Memory. You dial MR up and pick your setting. It works very well for me to be able to call up my manual mode on the fly. And that is but one of the easy to use features.
The camera has a small built in flash--don't expect much beyond 8-10 feet for any small camera. I did some research, and the best TTL (through the lens--automatic) add on flash I found was the Neewer 320. Not as cheap as a manual flash, but I wanted the TTL advantage. Believe it is also sold under other names. This add on flash provide a little more "oomph" in your lighting. It also works with the Sony HX400, so that was a big plus.
There is also a few aftermarket lens kits--Sony makes one as well. That is if you want to add other lenses: UV, CPL, ND, etc.
Surprisingly--this camera doesn't seem to have the "PlayMemories" functions that others do. At least I can't find a way to make it work. When connected to the computer, it loads the pictures normally, you just can't download apps to the camera. This surprised me, because Sony seems so invested in this product.
The Wifi works well -- I have to keep reminding myself that the *camera* generates the wifi signal, and the phone connects to the camera. My phone is used as a hotspot -- in my mind, it's the phone generating the wifi. Once you turn off the mobile hotspot, and turn on the phone's wifi, connection is no problem.
I am using a Sony 128GB SD card in this--putting the card in a PC then using it in the camera seems to give the camera problems. Not the first time I've seen this with a Sony product. I transfer all my pictures to an external drive and catalogue them. Sometimes my Dell PC doesn't read the card. Right now I'm using a USB card reader and that seems to work on the PC.
My camera came with the LCD glass screen attached (I like this). It also came with a CamRon case which is functional and stylish. You want to do everything you can to protect your investment. I wish the camera had a "LoJack" application.
This is the best point and shoot camera I've ever owned, and I intend to keep it for a long time. I highly recommend this camera.
I've provided some images. If you've never seen what "processing raw" can do: The first four on the golf course I used a tactical flashlight to "light paint", as was the street scene with the clouds coming in--processed via PhotoShop Elements 13.
The last two pictures are the same exact picture (I mean the exact same photograph): the next to the last one is the unretouched JPEG (i shoot RAW and JPEG -- this creates two files; and the last one is the JPEG created from the RAW image in PhotoShop Elements 13. The streak in the sky is an airplane--but you couldn't see it until it was processed.
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