Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II lens review: does it live up to the Zeiss name?

By Kevin Carter - Thursday July 18 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II lens performance | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II lens versus competition | Conclusion
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II lens review: does it live up to the Zeiss name?

After analyzing the sensor performance of the new Sony RX100 II we’ve now had the opportunity to assess its Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 28-100mm (equivalent), f/1.8-4.9 zoom.  Read on to see how well the lens performs.

After the success of the genuinely pocketable Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, Sony has added a second mode with a slightly revised specification to run alongside. It adds a number of refinements including a new 20-Mpix Exmor-R (back-illuminated) 1-inch type CMOS sensor, a hotshoe with provision for an electronic viewfinder, Wi-Fi with NFC technology and a tilting rear 3.0-inch 1.2M-dot LCD. At $750 the RX100 II is targeting the top end of the market but as with the original model it remains attractively compact despite the larger than average sensor and the same retracting Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 1,8-4.9/10,4-37,1 (28-100mm equivalent) zoom.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II lens performance

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II lens versus competition

Conclusion