Sony RX10 II

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II front
 
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-200mm (F2.8) lens
  • 813g - 129 x 88 x 102mm
  • Released June 2015
  • Previous Model is Sony RX10
  • Replacement is Sony RX10 III
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
58
Imaging
54
Features
77
Overall
63

Sony RX10 II overview

Sony RX10 II is Sony's Large Sensor Superzoom camera first announced on June of 2015. It houses a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Sony brought out this camera to improve the earlier Sony RX10 (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently launched the newer Sony RX10 III (Read Full Comparison) to improve this model.

The RX10 II stands at #6 out of 9 in Large Sensor Superzoom cameras & all-around #239 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. Remember to check out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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Below is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony RX10 II family

The Sony RX10 II has a history of related cameras. Below, you can find all past and newer models alongside main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-IV front thumbnailSony RX10 IV
RX10 II vs RX10 IV
24-600mm
F2.4-4.0
20MP1"2017
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-III front thumbnailSony RX10 III
RX10 II vs RX10 III
24-600mm
F2.4-4.0
20MP1"2016
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-II front thumbnailSony RX10 II24-200mm
F2.8
20MP1"2015
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10 front thumbnailSony RX10
RX10 II vs RX10
24-200mm
F2.8
20MP1"2014

Sony RX10 II Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and drawbacks of the Sony RX10 II based on features which are usually viewed as crucial in a camera.

built-in flash
does have Top display
environment proofing
good zoom range (24-200mm 8.3 x zoom)
has a tilting screen
has external microphone jack
has HDMI support
has headphone jack
high resolution screen (1,229 k dot)
high res video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
NFC connection
provides face detection focus
provides tracking autofocus
quiet mode (1/32,000s)
relatively wide (24mm)
saves RAW files
screen size is good (3 inches)
sensor size is decent (1")
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of Timelapse recording
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Sony RX10 II Sensor features

The Sony RX10 II is powered by the Bionz X processor. The sensor measurement on the Sony RX10 II is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20MP and delivers a native ISO range of 125 to 12800. The ISO can be expanded electronically to 64 to 25600. RAW files are supported which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the RX10 II's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The RX10 II sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is highlighted in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II sensor size Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony RX10 II dimensions

Sony RX10 II weighs about 1.79 pounds (813 gr or 28.68 oz) & the size of the camera is 129mm x 88mm x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0"). The weight of normal Large Sensor Superzoom camera is 874 gr and the Sony RX10 II is on par compared to other competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the Sony RX10 II besides a soft drink to help you get a sense of its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button arrangement on the RX10 II.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II topview buttons dials

Sony RX10 II Lens features

The RX10 II comes with a fixed lens giving a focal range of 24-200mm making it a 8.3 x zoom which may not be outstanding but it would certainly be convenient in certain conditions.

At it's widest 24mm, it has an aperture of f2.8 and that's really sluggish and not great for low light conditions and you may struggle to get good bokeh. You might also have to boost your ISO setting resulting in noisy photographs.

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Sony RX10 II Connectivity

The RX10 II has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and oftentimes adjust camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Certain apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Sony RX10 II Video features

The maximum video resolution on the Sony RX10 II is 3840 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S format. 2160p gives you an excellent resolution for video recording. You can downsample to Full HD to get clearer results. Be wary of the huge file sizes and make sure you own high quality SD cards with good write speed. The camera does come with both headphone and microphone jack making it especially useful while recording audio.

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Sony RX10 II Weather Sealing

Sony RX10 II comes with environment sealing which makes it a very good option for use for tricky places. This can be particularly useful in case you are unsure about the elements you might encounter for outdoor photography.

Sony RX10 II Display and Viewfinder

The Sony RX10 II is equipped with a 3" tilting display with a resolution of 1,229k dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support. The RX10 II also comes with a Top display so its possible to quickly view your settings.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II screen and viewfinder Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

The View Finder specs for Sony RX10 II are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,359k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.7x

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are particularly helpful.

Sony RX10 II Shutter features

Sony RX10 II continuous shooting rate is 14.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/32000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter can cause "rolling shutter" in some circumstances.

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Sony RX10 II Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony RX10 II has both built-in flash as well as external flash ability.

Sony RX10 II Autofocusing features

Sony RX10 II has only Contrast Detect AF & does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier and accurate compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detect which is useful for portrait photography.

The Sensor supports 25 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking AF for objects that move. Sony RX10 II comes with manual focus when required for low light scenarios or you need to have more precise control on focus.

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Sony RX10 II Battery life

The battery (NP-FW50) on the Sony RX10 II is made to last for 400 images as per the CIPA measurements making it about average when compared to it's rivals. The general Large Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 373. Sony RX10 III offers the highest possible (420) battery life for this category of cameras.

Below is a collection of Large Sensor Superzoom cameras having the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-II front thumbnailSony RX10 II400 yesyesno

Sony RX10 II for various styles of photography

The following diagram presents a overview of the Sony RX10 II for various styles of photography. To find out more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony RX10 II Portrait photography highlights

The Sony RX10 II receives a score of 72 which is above average, and means the camera is a very decent choice to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support & capability to work with off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
supports face detect focus
delivers RAW files

Street photography with Sony RX10 II

Coming in at a nice points tally of 72, the Sony RX10 II is a good pick to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
weather proofing

Sony RX10 II as a Sports photography camera

A very good sports photography score of 69 indicates the Sony RX10 II is a good pick for shooting sports. A camera needs to have great tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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silent shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
supports tracking autofocus
weather proofing
lack of phase detect AF

Travel photography with Sony RX10 II

Portability is pretty critical in selecting a travel camera. All things considered, the Sony RX10 II gets a reasonable 56 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat adequate to take with you on your travels.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
weather proofing
MP count good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)

Sony RX10 II Landscape photography details

If you are planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Sony RX10 II at it's nice score of 63 for a landscape camera is a very decent choice among its competitors.

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has manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
saves RAW files
weather sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
missing Timelapse function

Sony RX10 II Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera really should come with a moving display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Sony RX10 II is just not good for vlogging as it comes to a terrible rating of 31.

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pretty wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with microphone jack
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly screen

Sony RX10 II Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the RX10 II, here is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall under the category of Large Sensor Superzoom.

The graph underneath shows you a summary of the RX10 II vs it's highest scored rivals mentioned earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may look into as alternate options. To check out a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Category
Large Sensor Superzoom
Released
2015-06-10
Body design
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Chip
Bionz X
Sensor size
1"
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
116.2mm²
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW files
Max native ISO
12800
Max boosted ISO
25600
Min native ISO
125
Min boosted ISO
64
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points
25
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-200mm (8.3x)
Highest aperture
f/2.8
Macro focus distance
3cm
Focal length multiplier
2.7
Screen
Display type
Tilting
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.7x
DXO scores
DXO All around score
70
DXO Color Depth score
23.0
DXO Dynamic range score
12.6
DXO Low light score
531
Features
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed
1/32000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
14.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
10.20 m
Flash options
Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution
3840x2160
Video format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
813 grams (1.79 lb)
Physical dimensions
129 x 88 x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0")
Other
Battery life
400 shots
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-FW50
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Single
Price at launch
$998