My favorite little camera just got better. An improved version of the popular Sony RX100, called the Sony RX100 II, has been announced.
It has a tilt screen and hot shoe for optional accessories, such as an EVF (electronic view finder), external flash, or microphone.
It has a new Exmor R®sensor, similar to the current model at 20.2mp and 1" size, but improved noise control with an increased low light capabilities and an ISO range of 100-12800. The new sensor also has faster response time and throughput to the processor resulting in increased speed and faster focusing. The larger sensor in a camera of this size is primarily accounts for its high image quality, making it the perfect, pocketable carry-along lens with enough image quality for even pro shooters. Both RAW and JPG images are supported.
Lens will be the same focal range as the current model: f/1.8-4.9 and 10.4-37.1mm (29-105mm equivalent). That is a zoom range of 3.6x. The zoom range can be increased with the 2x Clear Image digital zoom feature that purportedly has intelligent interpolation to double the effect zoom range with minimal loss of quality.
Other features include built-in WiFi and NFC to communicate with smart phones, and a 3" tilting LCD monitor, built-in HDR capacity, and the same changeable aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, and 16:9.
Video has been improved to cover 1080i/p at both 24 and 60fps.
Price of the new camera will be $749 which is $100 more than the current model. Delivery is expected around July 24-26.