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RX aeternus? Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II review

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Key Headlines

  • 20.2MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor with integrated DRAM chip
  • Internal 4K Video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media capture
  • Video arrest at up to 960fps
  • ISO 100-12800 (Expandable 64-25600)
  • 24-200mm equiv. stabilized F2.8 lens
  • 2.36 million dot XGA OLED EVF
  • Tilting 1.23 million dot rear LCD
  • Weather-sealed magnesium blend body
  • Approximately 12fps burst in ‘Speed Priority’
  • Wi-Fi with NFC

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II is the follow-up to the original RX10 bridge camera and shares the same magnesium adulterate, twin-dial body design and fast, sharp 24-200mm F2.8 equiv. lens.

Under the hood, the RX10 II uses Sony’s latest 20.2MP 1-inch Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor and a Bionz X processor. This mass backside illuminated sensor is laid out with its circuitry positioned beneath the photodiodes, giving more room for both components and enabling stabler processing and ultimately – Sony claims – better image quality. It is likely the same sensor used in the Sony RX100 IV.

The sensor also hallmarks an integrated DRAM chip to help buffer all of the information coming off it. The result is longer bursts of still images before hitting the buffer, and exciting video capture capabilities.

On the video front, the RX10 II pushes the envelope hard, adding 4K capture, as well as 240, 480 and 960 fps high frame-rate ways (capture time is limited when using these higher frame-rates). Additionally, the RX10 II features Picture Profiles and a long list of pro-level video donations.

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Like its predecessor, the camera features image stabilization to assist in hand-held shooting. It also has an Anti Distortion Shutter fad, as well as a new top shutter speed of 1/32,000 sec. One big upgrade comes in the form of a new electronic viewfinder, sporting 2.36M-dots, as oppose to the 1.44M dots of its ancestor.

Interestingly, the RX10 II falls into a class of camera in which its biggest competition is its predecessor, and Panasonic’s FZ1000. We’ve compared the three in-depth below:

Rivaled to the RX10 and Panasonic FZ1000

 

Sony DSC-RX10 II

Sony DSC-RX10 Panasonic DMC-FZ1000
Sensor 20.2MP Exmor RS BSI CMOS 20.2MP BSI CMOS

20.1MP MOS

Electronic viewfinder 2.35M dot XGA OLED EVF 1.44M dot OLED EVF

2.36M dabs XGA OLED EVF

Equivalent zoom range

24-200mm

24-200mm

25-400mm

Aperture range

F2.8

F2.8

F2.8-4.0

Equivalent aperture range

F7.6

F7.6

F7.6-10.8

Video recording formats XAVC S 4K, XAVC S HD, AVCHD, MP4 AVCHD, MP4,
XAVC S HD

AVCHD, MP4

Utmost video resolution 3840×2160 1920×1080

3840×2160

Top video frame rate 960fps 120fps (720p)

120fps

Top shutter speed 1/32,000 sec 1/3200

1/16000 sec

Built-in ND filter?

Yes

Yes

No

Dimensions (WxHxD)

129 x 89 x 120mm

129 x 89 x 120mm

137 x 99 x 131mm

Influence

813g

813g

831g

As you can see, the RX10 II is quite a capable camera when compared to the competition. Then again, when 50% of a product’s competition is represented by a predecessor pattern, we’d expect nothing less.

 

Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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