Sony RX100 II

Australian T3 - - RATED -

Big-hit­ting op­tics poured into a prop­erly com­pact cam­era

Not only does the RX100 II have the high­est megapixel count on test – 20.2, pixel fans – and a big­ger-than-usual one-inch, backil­lu­mi­nated Ex­mor R CMOS sen­sor, it also packs a bright, f/1.8 aper­ture Carl Zeiss Vario-Son­nar T* lens, with a 3.7x op­ti­cal zoom. It’s the cat’s py­ja­mas and it all comes art­fully stuffed into a sturdy but slim­line case.

ISO sen­si­tiv­ity that stretches to 12,800 matches the other cams on test. Fo­cal range, which is the equiv­a­lent of 28-100mm in 35mm terms, de­liv­ers a per­for­mance that’s more than re­spectable, if not ideal for those that pre­fer candid pho­tog­ra­phy from a dis­tance.

A now stan­dard is­sue con­trol ring han­dles quick set­ting changes and can be used for man­u­ally zoom­ing, with a cool vir­tual dial on the screen let­ting you keep track. Cre­ative func­tions, in­clud­ing aper­ture, can be ad­justed for full-HD video as well as stills, so that any­one want­ing to keep sub­jects sharp whilst blur­ring the back­ground can.

Un­usu­ally for a com­pact cam­era you get a hot­shoe for adding ac­ces­sories, such as the pricey but help­ful elec­tronic viewfinder (right). Save your cash and you still get a very hi-res three-inch screen that’s tiltable, but not touch­able. There’s also built-in Wi-Fi and NFC con­nec­tiv­ity – the first Sony cam to in­clude both.

Not just an over-achiever in the still pho­tog­ra­phy depart­ment, the RX100 II also cre­ates stun­ning 1080p videos with the added ben­e­fit of stereo sound. The ded­i­cated video but­ton is a bit too small for speedy ac­cess, but the re­sults are worth that ex­tra has­sle.

This is a heavy­weight cam­era in ev­ery sense apart from the lit­eral – at 281g, the only place it will weigh you down is the wal­let. But while the hefty price tag could bag you an en­trylevel DSLR, if you’re will­ing to splash out, you cer­tainly won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

Love Rock solid con­struc­tion. Tilt­ing LCD and hot­shoe – a rar­ity on a com­pact. Carl Zeiss lens Hate Tiny but­tons. No hand­grip. Costs the same amount as an en­try-level DSLR T3 Says An A-grade se­lec­tion of fea­tures crammed into a pocket snap­per but at a price

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