Object of Desire: Sony RX10 II

September 30, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Don’t let the RX10 II’s rotund exterior fool you. Inside it has the heart of a speed demon. Thanks to a new 20-megapixel, 1-inch stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, a new processor and DRAM chip, the RX10 II can read data off its sensor five times faster than the first generation model. This speed boost enables the RX10 II to burst at a blistering 960 fps, albeit at a low resolution of 1136×384 pixels. If you’re unwilling to part with those pixels, the camera has additional options for 480 fps (1676×566) and 240 fps (1824×1026) with an option to use the movie shutter as an end trigger to record 2-4 seconds of slow motion video before the shutter was pressed. The RX10 II clocks in at a more leisurely 14 fps when shooting full-resolution stills. The fast data readout also keeps rolling shutter to a minimum. The RX10 II offers a built-in 24–200mm f/2.8 lens and is dust and weather-resistant. It can record 4K (3840×2160) video while simultaneously snapping 16.8-megapixel still photos and supports clean HDMI output, time code, picture profiles and S-Log2 recording as well. You’ll enjoy Wi-Fi, NFC, a 3-inch tilting display and electronic shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 sec when shooting at f/8 or greater. 

Price: $1,300