Sony DSC-RX100M2 Preview

Last summer (2012), we previewed the Sony DSC-RX100, which was then the "world's first 1.0-inch type Exmor CMOS image sensor." For summer 2013, Sony has upgraded the RX100 as the DSC-RX100M2 (or Mark II). Both RX-series cameras have a 20.2 megapixel 1.0-inch image sensor and utilize the same BIONZ image processor chip coupled with the 3.6x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T f1.8 Lens, but the RX100M2 uses new BSI (backside illumination) technology, which is not only another "world's first", but should also improve low-light performance.

Other upgrades include improved ISO (up to 12,800 without any noise reduction), a tilting LCD (it's the same 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD, but it now tilts 84 degrees upward or 45 degrees downward), a new Step Zoom Feature, the option of shooting Full 1080p HD video at 24 frames per second, a multi-interface shoe like found on the RX1/RX1R (which opens door for using RX1/RX1R accessories like the eye-level EVF, external Mic, etc.), and Triluminous Color HDMI output.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M2 Features
  • 20.2 megapixel 1.0-inch type Exmor BSI-CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • 3.6x Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T f1.8 Lens
  • 3.0-inch Xtra Fine Tilting LCD display (1,229k dot)
  • Full HD Video Recording
    • now with 24p
  • ISO 160-12800
    • ISO 160-25600 (using Multi Frame Noise Reduction)
  • 10 frames per second burst speed shooting in full resolution
  • Auto Focus in as little as 0.13 seconds
  • Auto and Manual Focus Modes
  • Exposure Settings (Still)
    • Superior Auto
    • Intelligent Auto
    • Program Auto (Program Shift available)
    • Shutter Priority
    • Aperture Priority
    • Manual
    • Scene Selections
    • Movie
    • Sweep Panorama
  • Exposure Settings (Movie)
    • Program Auto
    • Aperture Priority
    • Shutter Priority
    • Manual
  • Picture Effects (Still)
    • Toy Camera
    • Pop Color
    • Posterization
    • Retro Photo
    • Soft High-Key
    • Partial Color
    • High Contrast Monochrome
    • Soft Focus
    • HDR Painting
    • Rich-tone Monochrome
    • Miniature
    • Watercolor
    • Illustration
  • Picture Effects (Movie)
    • Toy Camera
    • Pop Color
    • Posterization
    • Retro Photo
    • Soft High-Key
    • Partial Color
    • High Contrast Monochrome
  • Memory Recall
  • Assignable Fn (function) Button
  • Auto Portrait Framing (both original photo and cropped version are saved)
  • HDMI Output (Type D micro)
  • USB 2.0
  • Multi-Interface Shoe

Sony's DSC-RX100M2 will be available in mid-July (2013) for around $749.

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