Based on the same design as the existing RX100 model, the RX100 II features a new 1-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor, enhanced system expandability and adds Wi-Fi convenience with NFC One-Touch compatibility.
With an identical camera body and design as the existing RX1 camera, the new special edition RX1R model has had its optical low pass filter removed for increased resolution and detail.
Designed to increase sensitivity in low-light conditions and reduce overall picture noise, the new Exmor R sensor in the RX100 II camera is claimed to be the world’s first 1.0-type back illuminated sensor. It is approximately 40 percent more sensitive in dimly lit situations compared to the existing RX100 model.
The sensor is paired with an f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens to deliver exceptionally sharp, natural still images and Full HD video.
The RX100 II is equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities and is also the first ever Sony camera to include NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, giving the extra convenience of instant, one-touch wireless transfer of content between compatible devices.
Its Smart Remote Control functionality lets users preview images and control shutter release directly from their connected phones or tablets.
A Multi Interface Shoe on the RX100 II allows users to add optional accessories including an electronic viewfinder, powerful external flash and clip-on LCD monitor.
A Multi Terminal lets users add a shutter-release remote control.
The camera features a 3.0-type White Magic LCD display that tilts upwards (up to 84 deg.) and downwards (down to 45 deg.).
Additionally, the RX100 II has expanded Full HD video capabilities with the addition of 24p shooting for cinematically styled movies.
Other refinements include a step zoom function that lets users instantly choose any of five popular focal lengths for handy scene framing. Shooters can select 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 70 mm, or 100 mm focal lengths using the camera’s control ring.
In common with many digital cameras, the original Cyber-shot RX1 camera has a multi-segment optical low-pass filter (OLPF) in front of the sensor to suppress unwanted moiré and colour artifacts.
The enthusiast-oriented RX1R model removes this low-pass filter to realize, Sony notes “the full resolution potential of the image sensor and bring new levels of realism to landscapes and other finely-detailed subjects.”
Additionally, to take advantage of the OLPF removal, the camera’s processing functions have been optimized to maintain image sharpness without compromising lens/sensor performance.
Weight and dimensions remain the same as the DSC-RX1.
UPDATE: The Cyber-shot RX100 II and RX1R models will both be available mid-July for about $799 and $2,999, respectively.