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Sony RX10-II First impressions, review and image samples [Photography test]

Sony RX10-Mark2 First impression video review

Sony RX-10 Mark II (images are courtesy of Sony USA)

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Sony RX10-II Specification

Image Sensor Sensor Type 1.0-type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
Number of Pixels [Effective] Approx. 20.2 megapixels
[Gross] Approx. 21.0 megapixels
Lens Lens Type ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens, 14 elements in 11 groups (7 aspherical elements including AA lens)
F-number (maximum aperture) F2.8 constant
Aperture Type Iris diaphragm (7 blades)
ND Filter Auto / On (3 steps) / Off
Focal Length (f =) f = 8.8-73.3mm
Focal Length (f=) 35mm format equivalent [Still Image 3:2] f = 24–200 mm
[Still Image 16:9] f = 25–213 mm
[Still Image 4:3] f = 26–220 mm
[Still Image 1:1] f = 31-259mm
[Movie 16:9] f = 26–212 mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 29–305 mm (SteadyShot Active), f = 33–315 mm (SteadyShot Intelligent Active)
[Movie 4K 16:9] f = 28–233 mm (SteadyShot Standard)
[HFR 960fps] f = 41-330mm (Quality Priority), f = 59-460mm (Shoot Time Priority)
[HFR 480fps] f = 28-233mm (Quality Priority), f = 41-330mm (Shoot Time Priority)
[HFR 240fps] f = 26-212mm (Quality Priority), f = 28-233mm (Shoot Time Priority)
Focus Range (from the front of the lens) AF (W: Approx. 3 cm (0.10 ft.) to infinity
T: Approx. 25 cm (0.82 ft.) to infinity)
Optical Zoom 8.3x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
Clear Image Zoom*1 [Still Image] Approx. 16x
[Movie] Approx. 16x
Digital Zoom*1 [Still Image] Approx. 33x
[Movie] Approx. 33x
Screen Screen Type 7.5 cm (3.0type) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Brightness Control Manual (5 steps)/Sunny Weather
Adjustable Angle Up: approx. 107 degrees, down: approx. 42degrees
Display panel (on top) yes
Viewfinder Screen Type / Number of dots 0.39-type electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED), 2,359,296 dots
Brightness Control Auto/Manual (5 steps)
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.70x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 (diopter) (35mm equiv.)
Eye-point Approx. 23 mm from the eyepiece, 21.5 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1 m-1 (diopter) (CIPA standard)
Diopter -4.0 to +3.0 m-1
Camera Imaging Processor BIONZ Yes (BIONZ X)
SteadyShot [Still Image] Optical
[Movie] Intelligent Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti Rolling type)
Focus Mode Single-shot AF / Continuous AF / DMF / Manual Focus
Focus Area Wide/Center/Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot/Lock-on AF (Wide/Center/Flexible Spot /Expanded Flexible Spot)
Lock-on AF Yes
Light Metering Mode Multi Pattern/Center Weighted/Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
Exposure Control Yes
ISO Sensitivity (Still Image)*2 Auto (ISO100-12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), 100 / 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800 (Extendable to ISO64/80)
Multi Frame NR:Auto (ISO100-12800), 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600*3
ISO Sensitivity (Movie) Auto (ISO100-12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), 100 / 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800
Minimum Illumination (Movie) Auto: 3.0 lux (Shutter Speed 1/30″)
White Balance Mode Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluor.: Warm White / Fluor.: Cool White / Fluor.: Day White / Fluor.: Daylight / Flash / C.Temp. / Filter / Custom
WB micro adjustment G7-M7, A7-B7
Shutter Speed iAuto (4″-1/3200*) / Program Auto (30″-1/3200*) / Manual Exposure (Bulb, 30″-1/3200*) / Aperture Priority (30″-1/3200*) / Shutter Priority (30″-1/3200*)
*At F8 or greater aperture value. Fastest limit at F2.8 is 1/1600.
Electronic Shutter iAuto (4″-1/32000) / Program Auto(30″-1/32000.) / Manual Exposure (30″-1/32000.) / Aperture Priority (30″-1/32000) / Shutter Priority (30″-1/32000)
Aperture iAuto (F2.8/F11) / Program Auto (F2.8/F16) / Manual (F2.8/F16) / Shutter Priority (F2.8/F11) / Aperture Priority (F2.8/F16)
Image Control Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, Creative Style, Colour Space (sRGB / Adobe RGB), Quality (RAW / RAW&JPEG / Extra fine / Fine / Standard)
Noise Reduction Long exposure NR: On/Off, available of shutter speeds longer than 1/3 sec.
high ISO NR: Normal / Low / Off / Multi Frame NR: Auto, ISO100-25600
Dynamic Range Functions Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level 1–5), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level [1.0–6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step])
Shooting Mode AUTO (Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto), Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure, MR (Memory Recall) 1,2,3, Movie Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), HFR Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), Panorama, Scene Selection
Scene Selection Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti Motion Blur
Continuous Shooting Speed (maximum)*4 Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approx. 14 fps, Continuous Shooting: approx. 5 fps *5
Self-Timer 10 sec. /5 sec. / 2 sec. /3 or 5 consecutive shots with 10 sec. 5 sec. or 2 sec. delay selectable / Bracketing shots with 10 sec. 5 sec. or 2 sec. delay selectable
Drive modes Single, Continuous shooting, Speed priority continuous shooting, Self-timer, Self-timer (cont.), Single-bracketing*6, Cont.-bracketing*6, White balance bracketing*6, DRO bracketing*6
Photo Creativity Yes
Picture Effect [Still Image]
Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono., Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
[Movie]
Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono.
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box
Picture Profile Off / PP1-PP7 (Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-2, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Color Level, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset)
Number of recognised scene [Still Image] Superior Auto: 44, Intelligent Auto: 33
[Movie] 44
Flash [Flash Mode]
Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Rear Sync. / Flash Off / Wireless (with optional compatible flash)
[Flash Range]
ISO Auto: Approx. 1.0 m to 10.2 m (3.28 ft. to 33.46 ft.)
ISO 12800: up to Approx. 20.4 m (66.93 ft.)
Recording Compatible Recording Media*7 Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro*8, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2)*8, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card (UHS-I), SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I), microSD Memory Card*8, microSDHC Memory Card*8, microSDXC Memory Card*8
Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Movie: XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible, MP4
Recording Format (Movie Audio) XAVC S: LPCM 2ch / AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch(Dolby Digital Stereo Creator) / MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Colour Space (Still) sRGB, Adobe RGB
File Format DCF / DPOF / EXIF / MPF
Number of Recorded Pixels (Image Size) [3:2] 20M (5,472 x 3,648) / 10M (3,888 x 2,592) / 5M (2,736 x 1,824)
[4:3] 18M (4,864 x 3,648) / 10M (3,648 x 2,736) / 5M (2,592 x 1,944) / VGA
[16:9] 17M (5,472 x 3,080) / 7.5M (3,648 x 2,056) / 4.2M (2,720 x 1,528)
[1:1] 13M (3,648 x 3,648) / 6.5M (2,544 x 2,544) / 3.7M (1,920 x 1,920)
[Sweep Panorama] Wide (12,416 x 1,856/5,536 x 2,160), Standard (8,192 x 1,856/3,872 x 2,160)
Still Image Number of recorded pixels (Image Size) during Movie [16:9] 17M (5,472 x 3,080) / 7.5M (3,648 x 2,056) / 4.2M (2,720 x 1,528)
Movie Recording Mode NTSC/PAL Selector: [PAL] mode
AVCHD: 28M PS (1,920 x 1,080/50p) / 24M FX (1,920 x 1,080/50i) / 17M FH (1,920 x 1,080/50i) / 24M FX (1,920 x 1,080/25p) / 17M FH (1,920 x 1,080/25p), XAVC S 4K: 25p 100M (3,840 x 2,160/25p) / 25p 60M (3,840 x 2,160/25p), XAVC S HD:50p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/50p) / 25p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/25p) / 100p 100M (1,920 x 1,080/100p) / 100p 60M (1,920 x 1,080/100p), MP4: 28M (1,920 x 1,080/50p) / 16M (1,920 x 1,080/25p) / 6M (1,280 x 720/25p)

 

NTSC/PAL Selector: [NTSC] mode
AVCHD: 28M PS (1,920 x 1,080/60p) / 24M FX (1,920 x 1,080/60i) / 17M FH (1,920 x 1,080/60i) / 24M FX (1,920 x 1,080/24p) / 17M FH (1,920 x 1,080/24p), XAVC S 4K: 30p 100M (3,840 x 2,160/30p) / 30p 60M (3,840 x 2,160/30p) / 24p 100M (3,840 x 2,160/24p) / 24p 60M (3,840 x 2,160/24p), XAVC S HD:60p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/60p) / 30p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/30p) / 24p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/24p) / 120p 100M (1,920 x 1,080/120p) / 120p 60M (1,920 x 1,080/120p), MP4: 28M (1,920 x 1,080/60p) / 16M (1,920 x 1,080/30p) / 6M (1,280 x 720/30p)HFR<Recording>
NTSC/PAL Selector: [PAL] mode
XAVC S HD:50p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/250fps), 50p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/500fps), 50p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/1,000fps) / 25p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/250fps), 25p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/500fps), 25p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/1,000fps)

NTSC/PAL Selector: [NTSC] mode
XAVC S HD:60p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/240fps), 60p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/480fps), 60p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/960fps) / 30p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/240fps), 30p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/480fps), 30p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/960fps) / 24p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/240fps), 24p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/480fps), 24p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/960fps)
Monitor: Approx. 400 / Approx. 200 min., Viewfinder:Approx. 360 / Approx. 180min.

[Movies (actual shooting)*11*12]
Monitor: Approx. 65 min., Viewfinder: Approx. 65 min. (In [MP4 28M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 20 min. and max. file size is 4 GB.)

[Movies (continuous shooting)*11*13]
Monitor: Approx. 130 min., Viewfinder: Approx. 135 min. (In [MP4 28M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 20 min. and max. file size is 4 GB.)*

Image examples

Image examples below were generated from Sony RX10-II camera RAW using capture One 8 (free Sony version) and saved as Tiff, then opened in Adobe Photoshop CS6, resized and cropped when needed, and saved for web at Jpeg quality 60.

There was no sharpening or any other adjustment applied (except shadow/highlight recovery where applicable). Capture One export to uncompressed TIFF were performed at default values.

Sony RX10 MarkII Sharpness and details (1/500 sec; f/3.2; ISO 400)

Sony RX10 MarkII Sharpness and details - 100% crop (1/500 sec; f/3.2; ISO 400)

Sony RX10 MarkII Sharpness and details (1/125 sec; f/3.2; ISO 100)

Sony RX10 MarkII Sharpness and details - 100% crop

Sony RX10 MkII highlights and shadows (1/500 sec; f/3.5; ISO 200)

Sony RX10 MarkII Sharpness and details - 100% crop

Sony RX10 MkII DOF at 200mm @F2.8

Sony RX10 MkII DOF at 200mm @F2.8 - 100% crop

Sony RX10-II Image quality - full size at 24mm F2.8 1/1600 sec

Sony RX10 MkII sample image

Sony RX10 MkII Image quality - center

Sony RX10 MkII Image quality - corners

Sony RX10-II Image quality - at 80mm (1/1250 sec F2.8)

Sony RX10-II Image quality center crop - at 80mm (1/1250 sec F2.8)

Sony RX10-II Image quality - at 80mm (1/1250 sec F2.8)

Sony RX10-II Image quality at high ISO (200mm, f2.8 1/320 at ISO 6400)

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Sony RX10-II Image quality (crop) at high ISO (200mm, f2.8 1/320 at ISO 6400)

Sony RX10-II Image quality at high ISO (200mm, f2.8 1/320 at ISO 6400)

Sony RX10-II Shadows and Highlights recovery (Maximum possible recovery with a single slider on Capture One)

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Sony RX10-II Shadows recovery (Maximum possible recovery with a single slider on Capture One)

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100% from above:

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Sony RX10 MkII Shadows and Highlights recovery (24mm, 1/500 @F3.5)

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100% from above:

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Update: Sony RX10-II vs Sony a7-II in-studio images

For this test we used broncolor strobes, ISO 100 on both cameras, autofocus set by camera and turned off after.

On both Sony RX10-II and Sony a7 we set aperture f9, at around 100mm zoom. On Sony a7-II we had Sony FE 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS Lens

Sony- RX10II vs Sony A7 II

100% crops of different parts of the image above

Default ACR settings were used. Sony RX10-II on the left, Sony A7MKII on the right.

Sony RX10MKII is on the left, Sony a7MKII  is on the  right

Sony RX10MKII is on the left, Sony a7MKII  is on the  right

Sony RX10MKII is on the left, Sony a7MKII  is on the  right

Conclusion

I have this Sony RX10-II with me only for a few days, and there is no verdict yet:-) However, from what I see based on image quality, this camera is way below the quality of what Sony a7 with 35mm F2.8 Lens delivers.

Sensor is too small to deliver acceptable (for me) image quality.  The only hope for this camera is to be outstanding video performer.

I’ll post sample videos including hight speed (you’ve seen one on the test video already), 4K and HD on a second part of this review.

UPDATE:

The image quality form a tiny sensor is not good enough – for me. However, this must be one of the best image quality from 1” sensor.

Watch the second part here:  Sony RX10-II review, part 2: video performance

Update: Adobe Camera RAW update to support this camera!

New Camera Support in Lightroom 6.1.1

• Sony a7RII (ILCE-7RM2)
Sony DSC-RX10M2
• Sony DSC-RX100M4
• Canon PowerShot G3 X
• Casio EX-100F
• Casio EX-ZR3000
• Leica Q (Typ 116)
• Olympus AIR-A01
• Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
• Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
• Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330
• Pentax K-3 II
• Phase One IQ3 50MP
• Phase One IQ3 60MP
• Phase One IQ3 80MP
• Ricoh GR II

Download new Raw converter here: Adobe DNG Converter 9.1.1

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5918

 

 

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 6.1.1

While all the current Sony FE lenses were already profiled by the previous last update, this update adds lens profiles for lots of new lenses including:

Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6
Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Mitakon 35mm f/0.95
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8

4 responses on "Sony RX10-II First impressions, review and image samples [Photography test]"

  1. Thank you for your time and energy in giving a proper review. As your result show the a7 II is much better in terms of IQ hands down. Maybe thats why the a7II + 70-200 lens cost $3190. then add another $1200. for 24-70 brings you to a whopping $4300 and you are still stuck with f4 all the way home.

    Its understandable that some casual shooters just cant roll that large. ;-( I will say that for the money the RX10 II (USD 1300.00) is not a bad camera for what it does.

    Q? Be Interesting to see the same comaprsion with the A6000, seeing how its in the middle of the two.

  2. Alex,
    I bought a Sony RX10M2 and was so excited about having a small/light camera that was capable of sharp pictures….boy was I wrong!!! No matter what I did I came up with the same results to published…soft pictures. I returned the camera. I am still searching for a replacement for my Canon 5DMII (It go too heavy).

    Maybe you could give me a recommendation?

    Much thanks for you very informative website.

  3. Thanks for the review. I was looking into this since I am planning to do both photo and video. The sony a7RII is too expensive right now and more expensive with the right lens. The photo samples are good enough for me while saving for the A7r2.

    The photos are acceptable and the videos are great from what I saw. I just wish Canon will make their 5d M4 with a 4K but I highly doubt it. I’m going to end up selling my canon’s to buy the sony instead.

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