Sony RX10 II
- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #8 out of 9 in Large Sensor Superzoom cameras & all-around #282 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. Remember to check out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personalized requirements.
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.
RX10 II vs RX10 IV24-600mm
RX10 II vs RX10 III24-600mm
RX10 II vs RX1024-200mm
Sony RX10 II Gallery
You can view the RX10 II from different angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Underneath is a picture of the Sony RX10 II besides a soft drink to help you get a sense of its size.
The top view under will show the button arrangement on the RX10 II.
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.
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.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.
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.
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:
RX10 II vs RX10 III420 yesyesno
RX10 II vs RX10420 yesyesno
RX10 II vs RX10 IV400 yesyesyes
RX10 II vs FZ1000360 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 71 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.