The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
The RX100 II builds upon the incredibly successful RX100 by adding key features to an already feature rich palette. The "II" retains all of what made the RX100 such a success... a 1" 20 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Optical Steady Shot image stabilization for stills and video, ISO expandable to 100-25600, 10 FPS, 25 point AF, 1080 60P video and built-in 28mm-100mm equivalent optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens. The RX100 II adds a hot shoe, tilting LCD screen, and NFC enabled WiFi, plus up to 40% more sensitivity in low light thanks to a new backlit CMOS sensor.
The RX100 is credited with producing some of the best video ever seen from a compact camera, and this only gets better with the low light capability of the RX100 II. Video enthusiasts will enjoy the ability shoot in 24p in addition to the 30p and 60p from the RX100.
Controls on the camera remain very similar to the RX100. Of particular interest is the programmable Fn button that works in conjunction with user assigned menu options to take advantage of the most often adjusted settings – a first in this market segment.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Key Camera Specifications
- 1"-type Exmor-R BSI-CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm, 3:2 aspect ratio)
- 20.2 million effective pixels
- 28-100mm (equiv), f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
- Steady-Shot image stabilization
- ISO 160-12,800 (Down to ISO 100 and to 25,600 expanded)
- Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
- 10fps continuous shooting in 'Speed Priority' mode
The Nauticam NA-RX100II Underwater Housing
The Nauticam housing for the RX100 is one of the bestselling housings in Nauticam history, and for good reason. Despite the difficulty of making a housing for a camera with small controls, the NA-RX100 is unrivaled in its reliability of operation. With the RX100, Nauticam raised the bar for professional grade aluminum housings for the compact digital camera market segment. The NA-RX100II is built on that success, and similarly sports industry leading features such as the intuitive single rotating housing latch, rugged machined aluminum case, 100 meter depth rating, rear mounted o-ring, and a sculpted shutter release that give the user direct control over half press and full press of the camera shutter button.
Every button is clearly labeled and placed for ultimate ease of use. This housing is designed by photographers and engineered to capitalize on every ounce of potential from both camera and photographer alike. Front and Rear command dials are readily available to forefinger and thumb while never releasing grip. Manual aperture and shutter speed adjustment is a snap; as is white balance, ISO, drive modes, shooting modes and video recording.
The RX100 II features a standard 67mm thread on the port positioned precisely for maximum wide-angle lens performance. Also unique in this market segment is the ability to manually focus the RX100 II when desired through the front command dial. Macro shooters in particular should enjoy the manual focus with focus peaking option to dial in those subjects using a strong close up wet lens such as a +10 diopter. The use of Nauticam's new 67mm Flip Lens Holder makes this type of macro work easier than ever. Wide-angle accessory lens compatibility is crucial for underwater photography, and RX100 II provides excellent performance when paired with Inon UWL-H100 28 M67 Type 2. This system enables images with a wide 100 degree angle of view, sharp corners, and no vignetting! The system also benefits from Inon's optional Dome Unit II, a 145 degree lens that focuses on the front of the lens for exceptional close focus wide-angle photography.
Accessories and Lighting
A full line of optional accessories are available, including trays, handles, hand straps, mounting hardware for lighting. Automatic flash exposure (TTL) via external strobes is available using Nauticam fiber optic cables and popular strobes like the Inon S-2000 and the Sea&Sea YS-D1.