The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II is a pocket-sized compact digital camera with the benefit of a high-end sensor. The new 20.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor is Sony's first to features back illumination and has been designed to perform better on low-light shots.
While the new model follows on from the original Sony Cyber-shot RX100, launched in 2012, it won't replace it - the Sony RX100 will continue to be sold alongside.
Sony RX100 II: Size and build
Packing a f1.8 Carl Zeiss lens,the RX100 II looks more or less the same as the original RX100, although it is slightly thicker, due to the new tiltable screen. Measuring 101.6 x 58.1 x 38.3mm and tipping the scales at 281g, it's still easily pocketable and the metal construction is undeniably premium.
Sony RX100 II: Features
One of the key features that many thought was missing from the original RX100, was an adjustable screen, which is why Sony has thoughtfully added one in here. The 3-inch LCD screen can be tilted 84 degrees upwards and 45 down, making it handing for taking shots at awkward angles.
Along with the new screen, the RX100 II also now includes a hotshoe adaptor on the top of the chassis so that's it's now possible to add an electronic viewdfinder or flash gun.
You'll also find a new step zoom which lets you speedily choose from five focal lengths using the manual control ring - a handy feature for when you're trying to compose a shot in a hurry.
The RX100 II also features an increased ISO range of 160-128000 (while the RX100 only goes up to ISO 6400). Also new on this model is the ability to switch between NTSC and PAL video formats.
Sony RX100 II: Verdict
Like the original model, the Sony RX100 II is a great looking camera and we like the idea of a step zoom, while the tiltable screen and hotshoe and also neat additions. While we didn't get the chance to try out the NFC or Wi-Fi capability in our short time with the camera, but it's something we look forward to testing out in our full review. Stay tuned...
Sony RX100 2 release date: July 2013
Sony RX100 2 price: £650