Thanks to Sony Singapore, I am able to be among the first to have a hands-on session with the latest Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 II compact camera in Singapore. The RX100 II will be available in Singapore from 7th August 2013 at RRP $999.
The RX100 II is very compact. It has a maximum zoom factor of 3.6x. Do not be fooled by the compactness of this camera. It has a one inch BSI sensor in it.
It also comes with Carl Zeiss Lens with a maximum (open) aperture of f/1.8, I think many photographers will be excited about it. For the layman, I can describe it in simple term. You will be able to get a clean image in low light condition.
Not only that, the Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 II also has a multi interface shoe that you can use to expand its usage. For example, you can attach a mic, a electronic view finder, flash or video light on it.
Another popular feature of this camera is the NFC and WiFi capability. With these two, you can tap the camera to connect to a NFC smartphone. Once connected, you can do remote shutter and etc. There is an app for it.
Here are the various views of the camera.
Back View showing the 3-inch screen. BTW, it is NOT a touch screen.
The screen can actually be tilted for challenging angle as shown below.
For those who loves to do self-portrait using the tilted screen, it is not possible. I am not sure why Sony do not want to use a pivot screen where you can swivel the screen 180 degrees. The only reason I can think of is that Sony wanted to preserve the compactness of this camera.
Here are the Top and Bottom View.
Note that the multi Interface shoe will not be able to interface directly with Canon flash (not sure about Nikon). You will need an adapter for it.
Close up of the mode dial.
Close up of the lens from top view.
The camera comes with a tripod screw port.
The battery and card compartment. Note that it is able to take in SD Card or Sony Memory Stick Duo.
Pics of the lens extended. It is actually quite protruding.
And here are the accessories for the Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 II. BTW, for reference, the Electronic Viewfinder is more than S$600.
Here is a first look video of this compact camera.
I have some images and video taken from the Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 II. Will show them in another post.