Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Review – The Follow-Up to the RX10

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II shares the same magnesium alloy as that of the RX10 bridge camera. It has a twin-dial body design, and has a built-in fast, 24-200-millimeter f/2.8 equivalent lens that can deliver sharp images.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Review - The Follow-Up to the RX10

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Falls in a Category Where Its Predecessor is Its Main Competitor

Under the hood of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II, it uses the company’s latest 20.2-megapixel 1-inch Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor and a Bionz X processor. With these, it gives faster processing and better image quality, or so Sony claims. It is the same sensor being used by the Sony RX100 IV.

This sensor also has an integrated DRAM chip. This will help in buffering out all the information coming off of it. The result – longer bursts of still images before hitting the shutter buffer. It will also make for impressive video capture functionalities.

Speaking about the camera’s video functions, it pushes the boundaries hard as it adds 4K resolution into the mix. It can also shoot at 240, 480, and even at 960fps high frame-rate mode. There is also an image stabilization feature (much like its predecessor) in doing away with some motion in stills in videos due to accidental camera shake.

There is also a new top shutter speed of 1/32000 of a second and a new Anti-Distortion Shutter Mode. Another big upgrade is the new electronic viewfinder which sports 2.35-million dots as compared to the 1.44-million of its predecessor.

When you take a look at these comparisons, it is clear that the biggest competition of the DSC-RX10 II is its predecessor. It aims to shake its older brother off as it plans to bring Sony’s line of compact cameras into the new age.

What the RX10 II has that sets it apart from its predecessor are its components. Even though both cameras have the same magnesium allow body, the RX10 II has very impressive hardware specs. For instance, it has the same imaging sensor as that of the new RX100 IV, which also represents Sony’s latest photo capturing technology for compact cameras. It can also shoot stills in both RAW and JPEG formats.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II is something of an interesting beast. Generally speaking, it can handle many shooting scenarios quite well, but it won’t win awards. There are a lot of improvements to go around with the new camera, but it still feels that the tech giant has still a long ways to go in perfecting their formula for their compact digital camera line.


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