Sony Unveils the RX100 II: Better Sensor, Wi-Fi, Hotshoe, and a Tilting Screen


The “best pocket camera of all time” now has a successor. Sony today announced the RX100 Mark II, the followup to its highly-acclaimed RX100 premium compact camera.

The RX100 II features a new 1-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that the company claims is 40% more sensitive in low-light situations than the RX100’s sensor. The ISO range is 160 to 12800 (expandable up to 25600).

On the front of the camera is the same Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8 lens that has an equivalent focal length of 28-100mm—an optical zoom of 3.6x.


Another new feature inside the camera is Wi-Fi wireless connectivity and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows for easy and instant wireless data transferring between the RX100 II and other wirelessly connected devices. Paired with a phone or tablet, a feature called Smart Remote Control allows photographers to preview photographs and control the shutter.

On top of the camera is a new Multi Interface Shoe, which can be used to mount a number of optional accessories (e.g. viewfinder, flash, external LCD monitor).


Turn the camera around and you’ll see a sharp 3-inch LCD screen that now has the ability to tilt. It can tilt upwards at an angle of 84 degrees and downwards at an angle of 45 degrees.




People who enjoy shooting video will be glad to know that the RX100 II has the ability to shoot 24p footage for “cinematically styled movies.” This is in addition to the 1080p/60fps footage that the RX100 can shoot.

Other features include 10fps continuous shooting, a built-in pop-up flash, and a battery life of 350 shots.

The Sony RX100 II will hit store shelves in July 2013 with a price tag of $750, or $100 more than the RX100 was when it hit the market.

  • tttulio

    Bloody hell! Why can’t I have a hot shoe on the NEX-7 ?
    Maybe on the NEX-7R?

  • Markus

    YEAH … they only thing i don’t like is the f4.9 on the long end

  • tttulio

    Also, Sony. A tilting LCD is nowhere as useful as a swiveling LCD.

  • xristina

    sounds cool but the only thing i dont like is AVCHD… if it were MOV/H264 like Canon i’d buy it for video

  • Richard

    Still has flush mounted controls. Great looking, terrible using (especially in winter with glove liners on). I wonder if they sped up operation and made the front control wheel more responsive?

  • HRTV

    $750 is it just me or?

  • Mike

    I just bought an RX100 a few weeks ago. Figures :)

  • Zos Xavius

    for that kind of money you could buy a real camera. i’d gladly take a ricoh GR-D over this any day!

  • James Ascot

    I’m still going to buy a RX100, when the prices drops when Mk2 comes out. I would love to have Wifi but nothing else is needed. A hotshoe on a compact kind of defeats the point of the compact if I decide to put something on there.

  • Peter D

    Same. Such an amazing camera, has more software features than my old a65.

  • beautox

    Why? AVCHD uses the same h.264 compression. Are you saying that you don’t like the particular way that AVCHD packages up the h.264 compressed data and that this will influence your buying? Or what?

  • Genkakuzai

    The king of compacts, really.

  • Shinmusa

    I’m super curious to see all over the web the manufacture or the place this new MKII made in.. any detail so far as I knew was this camera MIC.:(

  • Long Island Dad

    Which models flashes are compatible with this camera?

  • Long Island Dad

    AVCHD, while processor intensive for editing purposes, is actually a higher quality format for H.264 compressed video, and all of the current versions of the better video editors support it.

  • Long Island Dad

    If I were you, I’d return it and spend the extra $100 for this newer model. The upgrades are worth it.

  • Mike

    I bought it for a lengthy trip to India so can’t return it. The only thing I care about is the more sensitive sensor. For me, the hot shoe and swivel screen are actually negatives adding size and weight and increased chance of breakage.

  • Arup

    Photography is about taking the picture right time right place and SONY RX100 does that quite well and its small size allows it to do so unobtrusively. For this price it beats RICOH and matches full frame DSLRs under normal proper light conditions although its low light performance isn’t that bad either.