Sony RX10 II Review

Mark Galer reviews the Sony RX10 II and discusses some of its features and who this camera may be suitable for.

RX10 II Features

  • A ‘Stacked’ 1inch sensor allowing cutting-edge new features such as 40x super slow motion bursts of movie capture (1,000 frames per second).
  • 4K recording using the XAVC-S Codec
  • Super-fast Anti-Distortion Shutter of up to 1/32000 sec
  • Fast Intelligent AF
  • 14 frames per second in full-resolution stills mode
  • 100/120 frames per second at full HD with low 100M compression for high quality movies (this is not limited to short bursts as with HFR recording).



Many will look at the price tag of this camera and wonder if it’s worth the price, as they will find an A6000 twin lens kit (16-50 and 55-210) for less than the price of this camera. They will, however, find it difficult to fault the IQ or feature set that this camera delivers. This camera has many advantages over the A6000 twin-lens option. The Zeiss 24-200 f/2.8 T* Lens is more than two stops brighter at most focal lengths and not having to change lenses or worry about dust is a big plus when you need to grab shots in a hurry. The HFR and 4K video options make this very attractive for owners of older Alpha models who are happy with the stills quality and also interested in second camera ownership. For photographers who are looking for one camera that will do everything this could well be the one. My only reservation about recommending this camera to anyone would be for those photographers who take pleasure in collecting lenses. As one photographer put it “we date our cameras but marry our lenses”. Wise investment in good glass is never a waste of money and The RX10 II has some seriously good glass attached to it. It is only the permanent ‘attachment’ of the T* glass that one must consider before investing in the RX10 II. I would highly recommend this camera after these considerations have taken place.

Gallery of Images

Sony RX10 II Album on Flickr

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Available from B&H USA: Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Digital Camera

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