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Sony DSCRX100M2 Advanced Cybershot Digital Compact Camera with Large 1 inch Sensor, Bright High Quality Zeiss Lens (20 MP, 3.6x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC, Tiltable LCD Screen, Hot shoe) - Black
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- 20.2MP back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor captures crisp detail.
- Tiltable 3’’ LCD screen and NFC make it easy to see and instantly share your photos.
- Bright F1.8 ZEISS Sonnar T* fixed lens with a 3.6x optical zoom
- Shoot at high ISO – up to ISO 12800 – and capture rich detail in night scenes
- Full manual control for more creativity, SteadyShot to reduce blur, HD video recording
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Pearls Books||Amazon.co.uk||Casky UK||Gadget247||Amazon.co.uk|
|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||10 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||20.1||24 megapixels||18.2 megapixels||20.1 megapixels|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes||Yes||—||Yes||—|
|Item Dimensions||10.16 x 3.59 x 5.81 cm||13.25 x 12.74 x 9.4 cm||—||10.16 x 4.1 x 5.81 cm||10.2 x 3.54 x 5.81 cm||11 x 4.4 x 6.4 cm|
|Item Weight||254 grams||213 grams||263 grams||271 grams||218 grams||268 grams|
|Max Focal Length||108 mm||37.1 mm||70 mm||70 mm||720 mm||270 mm|
|Min Focal Length||30 mm||10.4 mm||24 mm||24 mm||24 mm||27 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.2 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||20.1||21 megapixels||21.1 megapixels||20.9 megapixels|
|Removable Memory||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card|
|Special Feature||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||GPS||Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority|
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Sony DSCRX100M2 Advanced Cybershot Digital Compact Camera with Large 1 inch Sensor, Bright High Quality Zeiss Lens (20 MP, 3.6x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC, Tiltable LCD Screen, Hot shoe) - Black.
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Eyes uncompromised, even in the dark.
Supported in Capture One Express (for Sony)
Capture One Express (for Sony) is one of the world’s best RAW converters, rendering precise colours and detail. It contains flexible digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customisable and integrated solution. * Please direct all inquiries on purchase, usage and support on Capture One solutions to Phase One.
Works with iMovie and Final Cut Pro X
This product is compatible with Final Cut Pro X and iMovie. 2
See more detail with a big sensor
20.2 effective megapixels 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor ensures bright, clear detail in all your photos and Full HD video.
No noise, just smooth images
Back-illumination technology inside the sensor collects light more efficiently to ensure minimal levels of noise.
One-touch remote and one-touch sharing
One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera and one-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. Either way, by instaling PlayMemories Mobile app to your NFC enable Android smartphone or tablet, you can avoid complex set-up sequences and establish wireless connection simply by touching your device to the camera. You are ready to control your camera from your smartphone to take a photo from a previously out-of-reach spot or simply be in your own group shot, as well as transfer them instantly to your smartphone for sharing on SNS. No NFC? No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.
|Sensor||1.0 inch Exmor R CMOS Sensor||1.0 inch Exmor R CMOS Sensor||1.0 inch Exmor R CMOS Sensor||1.0 inch Exmor R CMOS Sensor|
|Image Processor||BIONZ Z||BIONZ Z||BIONZ X||BIONZ X|
|Continuous Shooting||10 frames per second (fps)||10 fps||5 fps (in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode)||Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approximately 16 fps, Continuous Shooting: approximately 5.5 fps|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec||1/2000 sec||1/2000 sec||1/32000 sec|
|LCD Monitor||3.0 inch||3.0 inch , tiltable (high : 84 degrees / 45 degrees down)||3.0 inch , 180 degrees rotation (selfie)||3.0 inch , 180 degrees rotation (selfie)|
|Viewfinder||No||Optional (sold separately)||Pop -up OLED viewfinder with 1.44 million dots||XGA OLED viewfinder popup with 2.36 million dots|
|Full HD Video/4 K Video||Yes/No||Yes/No||Yes/No||Yes/Yes|
|Slow motion recordings||No||No||120 fps||Super slow-motion movie up to 960 fps (40x)|
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################### Packaging and Contents ###################
Gonna keep this short - well packed, maybe a bit more spartan than you'd expect from a top-of-the-class product. The 500mA charger (with power lead cable and micro USB cable) is not exactly powerful, so charging on a PC will take the same time (500mA is the USB standard output), and you'll want to be careful not to plug it into into higher powered outputs (1 to 2A), depending on the voltage regulation inside the camera. Quick guides, the camera itself in a small, sturdy and discardable bag, and that's it! The battery comes with some charge, so you can try your new toy right away, if you wish to.
################### Sample Pictures ###################
The sample pictures I uploaded show the inside of the Revolution Bar at America Square in London (indoor shot, ISO400), the outside during well-lit conditions, a night shot of Shoeburyness East Beach in Essex (10 second long time exposure and some touch up in Adobe RAW) as well as a picture of the O2 Arena from the Thames in London (shot through the window of a boat). The pictures are downsized (and will probably be downsized even more when uploading them to Amazon).
################### The Camera ###################
If you're looking into this kind of camera, you probably already know what to expect - incredibly well manufactured, surprisingly heavy for its weight (but not too heavy), everything where it should be. Hooks for wrist sleeves on both sides of the camera, so both lefties and righties can dangle it from whichever wrist they prefer. All controls are easy to reach, though people with big hands (such as me) will need some training - I can comfortably hold the camera in one hand (without using it, obviously), which makes controlling it with both hands a bit problematic at times. Just needs some training.
The automatic modes on this camera produce amazing pictures, but if you want to shoot anything more complex (say, a long-exposure shot), you really have to look into manual controls - and I had to, given that I'm a bit of a beginner. I am shooting in RAW+JPEG, and it's a bit of a shame that a lot of the shooting modes aren't compatible with RAW - that being said, if you shoot in RAW, you probably do touch-up in Adobe Lightroom or Adobe RAW anyway, so that's not too bad.
The menus are orderly and easy to understand, and the help mode is amazing, giving people that hold a complex digital camera for the first time good indicators on how to shoot in specific situations or for certain effects (like light trails).
The video mode was a bit of a let-down, as it only supports shooting videos in low ISO modes, which can't be changed at all. If you're shooting in daylight, though, the results look great at 1080p50/60. But that's not what I bought the cam for anyway.
The only thing that has truly annoyed me so far is the auto focus, which loves to decide to focus on other things than I do, and manually setting it is a pain. A touch screen with "tap to focus" function would've been greatly appreciated.
################### m2 vs. m3 - Would I do it again? ###################
At this price difference? Yes. Absolutely. The image quality is almost the same, and so far I haven't missed the viewfinder. I'd really love to have the apps and the 180° swivel screen from the m3, but again, the price difference completely makes up for it.
################### Cashback Experience ###################
Just in case it's of interest to you - I bought the camera on the 15th, got it and registered for Cashback right away on the 16th together with my Amazon Invoice. I had the £40 on my account on the 23rd of July. Your mileage may vary.
Now, coming from a DSLR (Nikon D90) I know not to expect DSLR features, but let me cut to the chase:
The is no minimum shutter speed setting in aperture priority mode.
For a flagship compact of this price, and so packed with features, this is such an oversight in the firmware. It's nothing to do with the size / type of camera - this feature can be an option in any modern shooting mode enabled camera; compact to pro-DSLR - and at this price I'd expect the capability.
Essentially, it defaults to 1/30s in aperture priority, unless there is so much light that, even at the lowest auto-iso setting, the image would be over-exposure at 1/30s. The result is motion blur with indoor shots (e.g., office lighting).
The only 'fix' I've been able to find is to turn off auto-ISO and set the two control rings to ISO and aperture. You can then manually raise the ISO high enough that shutter speed increases to counter the greater sensitivity. The result is a noisier image, but I personally find that is far more preferable to a blurry image.
If anyone has any other suggestions for a better fix, or spots a firmware update from Sony to enable this feature, please comment and I'll edit my review to include it.
My dad has the RX100 and the photos were great, so I took the plunge and bought the RX100M2, which is more than double what I paid for my last compact camera. But the reviews on Amazon and photo/camera specialist sites have been very positive and encouraging. And they're right. The RX100M2 takes stunning photos in all kinds of light (it's exceptional in low light) - the photos are comparable with my Nikon D5100 and there's enough menu options to keep a very amateur photographer like myself happy. The photos are super sharp and vibrant and that's all you could ask of a camera.
I'm not overly bothered about the lack of view finder - I'm not a serious photographer by any stretch of the imagination. For me the LCD screen is perfect. A nice touch (which I suspect is available on many other cameras now) is that when you switch to different modes, the camera displays a little bit of text telling you what type of photos can be taken in that mode and how to get your desired effect within that mode. Sony has also taken note of Apple's simplicity, with a very slimline manual - a good read through of the manual and getting used to the camera took around an hour. After that, you're all set. It's easy to navigate around the different settings and menu options on the camera, so operating it is very easy.
The only downside is that the wifi is a complete pain in the bottom to set up with a Mac. It took a little bit of time to do it, but now I can control my camera (limited control) with my iPhone and send photos from the camera to my Mac without the need to plug the camera in. I can also send photos from the camera to my iPhone via wifi too.
All in all, if you have an SLR and are after a great compact that can take comparable photos at the low-end SLR scale, this is the camera to get. Yes, it's pricey, but it's well worth it. I'm not entirely sure when I'll be using my D5100 now. One of the biggest positive factors for me is that the Sony camera fits into my pockets (coats, jackets, jeans etc), which means I'm always using it (it's the size of a chunky little mobile). And if you're thinking "well my phone fits in my pockets and takes photos", there's no comparison between the photo qualities. For photos, this camera is infinitely superior to a phone.
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