Sony RX10 II

$1298.00

Best for

Portable, high-performing zoom

Grade (Out of ten)

7.8
Image Quality : 7
Performance : 9
Design : 8
Features : 8
Price : 7
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Description

The Sony RX10 II essentially takes the Sony RX100 IV's biggest limitation (a lack of zoom) and turns it on it's head. The Sony RX10 II features an f/2.8 lens with an 8.3x optical zoom. That's paired with a 14 fps burst speed, 4K video and slo-mo capabilities. With the 5 cm macro mode, the RX10 II is a very versatile camera.

While the RX10 II offers a solid feature set, it's overpriced. The $1,200 price tag seems a bit much for a camera with a 1" sensor, even with that added zoom. The camera is also a bit heavy, at nearly two pounds. Getting that kind of zoom in a DSLR will cost more, not to mention weigh more, but with the smaller sensor $1,200 is really overkill.

The Sony RX10 II isn't the only advanced compact with zoom, either. The Panasonic FZ1000 offers a 1" sensor and 16x zoom with 4K video--the list price is $900, but since it's a little older it's not uncommon to find it for even less. The Canon G3X offers a 25x zoom with the same size sensor, and while it lacks a viewfinder and 4K, it's priced under $1,000. The Sony RX10 II is a great camera--but that price is a bit too tough to swallow.

Pros

  • Bright f/2.8 8x zoom lens
  • 1" sensor
  • 4K video and RAW

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Camera Specs:

    Quality

    • Megapixels : 20.2
    • Sensor Size : 1
    • Video Quality : 4K at 30 fps
    • DxO Mark Test Score : N/A

    Performance

    • Shutter Speed : 30 sec. - 1/1600 (1/3200 at f/8 or higher)
    • Aperture : F/2.8, 8.3x optical zoom
    • ISO : 100 - 12800
    • Burst Speed : 14 fps
    • Autofocus Points : 25
    • Image Stabilization : Optical

    Design

    • Weight : 1 lb., 12.7 oz.
    • Viewfinder : Electronic
    • Screen : 3
    • Secondary screen : Yes
    • Controls : 400 shots
    • Battery Life : Lens control ring

    Features

    • Manual Modes : Yes
    • RAW : Yes
    • Wi-Fi : Yes
    • Other : Slo-mo video