Sony RX100M2

Categoria: English Pubblicato: Lunedì, 14 Ottobre 2013 Scritto da Max Angeloni

 

1/400, f/4.9, Iso100, 37,1mm (100mm eq.)

During our RX100 review I highlighted how in a such small package Sony was able to put in a lot of innovative solutions, accepting the related compromises.
It’s not easy to put a 20MP 1” sensor, a 28-100mm retractable zoom lens in a 10cm device.
In the effort to make it as compact as possible it had to be accepted the aperture difference between the wide end and the tele end of the Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* zoom lens.

As you know at 28mm the lens boasts an incredible 1.8 aperture while, at 100mm the aperture is “just” 4.9 . Anyway this wasnot the most important concern for this camera.   The rear LCD monitor was difficult to use in some extreme light conditions, the lack of an external hotshoe for an external flash or viewfinder, the noise at high ISO settings (too many pixels in a too small sensor?) were the most criticized aspects of the camera.

1/1000, f/8, Iso 160, 37,1mm (100mm eq.)

With the introduction of the DSC-RX100M2 Sony focused its efforts in fixing some of these shortcomings introducing some innovations that allow to boost the performance of the camera without compromising its soul.

On field

1/100, f/4, Iso 160, 10,4mm (28mm eq.)

The M2 is a tad snappier than the previous model, especially the autofocus. There are some little differencies in the menu, but other than that there’s almost no difference between the two cameras in this area. When the differences become noticeable is under the sun light. The rear monitor is far more usable and the ability to tilt it helps a lot. The monitor itself is still a bit unreliable when watching pictures because it tends to show pictures better than they are. It also seems to be too easy to be scratched.

I know that it’s probably because unlike my other cameras this is the only one that fits in a pocket and has to deal with keys, coins, remote controls ecc., but this is the same for my iPhone 4, that after 3 years doesn’t show any scratch. I know that there are many protective options around, like screen protectors and similar, but I don’t like to place a film over my monitor. Anyway it’s up to you, just remember that the display is scratches prone.

1/250, f/1.8 Iso 250, 10,4mm (28mm eq.)

Moving forward to the multi-interface hotshoe I think this is a great addition, especially for who already uses Sony’s accessories (who said viewwfinder?) on different cameras, such as the RX1 and wants to share them with the little sister. Other users may not care that much and someone may also think that it is a design “fault” looking at the clean lines of the camera.

1/80, f/3.5 Iso 500, 20,4mm (55mm eq.)

1/800, f/4.8 Iso 160, 20,4mm (55mm eq.) Flash fill in

1/250, f/1.8 Iso 250, 10,4mm (28mm eq.)
The automatic white balance is very effective even in very complicated situations.

Image Data Converter is a very powerful program that interpret correctly the files in the Sony RX100M2. If you want to get the maximum quality from the Sony Raw, our advice is to try to use this software.


panorama function

 

 

But it’s the sensor that makes the big difference here. It is not just an upgrade, it’s a substantial evolution especially at high ISO settings.

The new CMOS Exmor R back illuminated sensor shares the same dimensions and pixel count of its predecessor but offers different performances in many situations. It not only allows a wider ISO range (now 160-12800 from previous 125-6400) but also provides different a color reproduction while maintaining the same dynamic range.

It’s difficult to spot any difference until ISO 800 but at higher ISO settings it is way better and allows “clean” pictures even at 3200 ISO. Kudos to Sony’s engineers. OF course it’s not the RX1, anyway I didn’t expect such a big step forward from this sensor.

 

5", f/2, Iso 160, 10,4mm (28mm eq.)

Conclusions

The Sony RX100M2 introduces lot of upgrades that allow the camera to be better than its predecessor (that was already good, don’t forget this). Probably who already owns the RX100 doesn’t necessarily need to upgrade to the new model, with the exception of those users focused on low light, high ISO kind of photography, or the ones that desperately needs the multi-interface hotshoe. New users though better look to the new model, it’s worth the price and is a great photographic tool in a tiny package.

 

1/800, f/8, Iso 160, 37.1mm (100mm eq.)

1/800, f/6.3, Iso 160, 37.1mm (100mm eq.)

1/800, f/8, Iso 160, 37.1mm (100mm eq.)

1/800, f/6.3, Iso 160, 37.1mm (100mm eq.)

1/250, f/1.8 Iso 250, 10,4mm (28mm eq.)

1/200, f/1.8 Iso 500, 10,4mm (28mm eq.)