Cyber-shot Digital Camera RX100 II
PERFECT FOR ACTIVE SENIOR'S LIFESTYLE
If you are like me, it's a great time of life... retired senior with four grandchildren under 5 years old, my photography has begun to coalesce around: grandkid portraits / parties / milestones; and exotic travel / adventure trips; together with a renewed interest in photography as a hobby.
But, life is not always that idyllic, with age have also come eyesight and dexterity limitations that caused me to put aside my DSLR and my camcorder to seek the ideal instrument -- a prosumer-level pocket-sized powerhouse -- first the RX100/B and now the RX100M2/B.
[I had my RX100 for a full year and just traded-up to the RX100M2 this past week.]
Their extraordinary compactness and brilliant LCD display make handling and portability a snap. No more squinting through a viewfinder or lugging around a stuffed camera bag, which I've often left in my room just as a great photo-op passed me by!
Sony's in-camera programs are superb. And the tiltable LCD display minimizes the stress on my neck and back. I can't wait to try out controlling the RX100M2 from my smart phone, wow.
Sony's Picture Effects can be another whole side of my art to develop. So, Net/Net, the Sony RX100M2 helps me to capture life's special moments with ease and precision-- beautiful images of a good life ... try it your self and see!
August 18, 2013
Love the camera but DISAPPOINTED
I own the RX100 and loved it except that I couldn't take pictures outdoors because the sun obscured the LED screen. I couldn't see a thing on a sunny day. Very fundamental! So I was excited to see that the RX100 11 came with a tilting screen and a viewfinder slot on top. But was so disappointed by the limited flexibility of the screen- I took the camera out on a sunny day and I still couldn't see the LCD screen, and what I could take was limited to the angles I could make the LCD flex in (up and down) .
The separate viewfinder is $400 plus and so big it negates the whole pocket camera concept. I wanted so much to love the RX100 11 - it does have all these xtra features but disappointed me on the fundamentals.
Sony, please give me the same camera with a built in viewfinder, fully flexible LCD screen (flip out 360) , more zoom- and a few fixes on button placement-
February 28, 2014
Great camera but....
The RX100 II is a great little camera: pocketable: Zeiss lens, exceptional build quality, nice features, quality pictures for the most part. I also have a NEX7 with the 24mm Zeiss lens and expected similar result from the RX100 II in the scene mode for sunsets as an example. That's not going to happen unless you use a tripod. In that mode, the shutter speed and ISO make hand holding the RX100 nearly impossible. Always blurry pictures vs. the NEX 7 shooting in the same mode. I find that many times unless i really dial up the ISO I am getting shutter speeds at 1/30th which prevents super sharp pictures even with the steady shot feature turned on. It would be nice if the tele zoom went to 140- 150 MM and didn't go to f4.9 in the tele mode.
Sharing pictures and sending to a smartphone even with the memories app on an iPhone is not as easy as it sounds and it needs wi-fi vs. bluetooth.
The camera needs a grip for man sized hands. Yet it is an accessory for $15. More important, The camera needs an accessory viewfinder for outdoor shots. The articulating screen is good and even set for daylight there is too much reflection to really compose the shot. The ACCESSORY VIEWFIDER is $449 or discounted by some stores at $349- still a great deal of money. At $699, the price of this camera is high and SONY should be making a good enough profit without gouging the customer on the viewfinder. The instruction booklet leave a lot to be desired. There's lot to learn about the capabilities of the camera beyond the list of features. The booklet that comes with he camera is not complete at all. So then you have to buy a book for $25. C'mon now. I expect more of SONY
All in all, a good camera. After all the reviews I read and spending nearly $1300 for the camera, viewfinder, battery charger, flash and grip, I probably could have considered a few other cameras. I'm going to keep it hough and continue experimenting as I believe it will probably be great....until the RX200 with built-in Viewfinder and longer telephoto range are available in June or July of this year.
February 2, 2014
Consider Your Hands
No doubt, best compact digital camera I own. I have several in addition to my bigger gear. There are other compact digital cameras worth looking at, but only a few that may compare to this little gem. Besides all the features the best thing for me is that it shoots in RAW and with a full frame sensor. Can't beat that, period. But consider your hands before you buy. I take pics for a living and even I have a little bit of a problem with how small this camera is. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing to be this small but your hands can get in the way. I know, this sounds a little nuts. I have average 'guy' hands. But consider the placement of the Info button AND the "flash" side of the control wheel. The camera is so small that both of these functions are all the way tight to the right side of the camera back. So much so that I have a little trouble holding the camera without turn one or the other on. Easy enough to turn off again but a little bit of a nuisance. You will especially have trouble holding the camera if you do not also get the grip attachment like the Sony AG-R1 for example. There is otherwise no grip on the front, nothing. On the backside, my fingers want to hold somewhere ( and its usually not where Sony designed for my thumb to go and that's on the rubbery grip next to the "record" button but instead at the bottom right hand corner ) and my thumb or fingers inevitably turn on the Info button or the flash menu function to the right side of the control wheel accidentally. You will have to adapt and learn not to do this because you will want this camera and will find out you will not regret it, despite the placement of those buttons.
January 16, 2014