Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review: new back-illuminated sensor promises superior low-light performance

By Kevin Carter - Friday July 05 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II key Features | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II sensor performance | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II versus competition | Conclusion
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review: new back-illuminated sensor promises superior low-light performance

Sony’s update to the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 includes provision for a optional EVF and a useful pull-out rear LCD, but the head line news is the inclusion of a newly developed back-illuminated Exmor R BSI-CMOS sensor with superior low-light performance. Read on to see how well the new sensor performs in our labs.

When Sony launched the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 in June 2012 it was well received for the compact dimensions and handy 28-100mm (equivalent) zoom range, but the main attraction was the imaging performance from its much larger than usual 1-inch type sensor. As the name suggests the RX100 II is this year’s update, adding a number of useful refinements, including a hotshoe (importantly, with provision for a EVF), Wi-Fi with NFC capabilities and a pull-out rear LCD. It retains the 20-MPix pixel count of its predecessor but perhaps the most significant revision to this model is the new back-illuminated (BSI) sensor architecture, allowing a 40-percent increase in low-light sensitivity say Sony.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II key Features

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II sensor performance

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II versus competition

Conclusion