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Colours straight from the Sony RX100 Mark II are bright and punchy, without being overly vibrant. Skies are also generally represented well.
The Sony RX100-II's large (1-inch type) sensor and f/1.8 lens make it easy to create shallow depth of field effects.
Noise is well controlled throughout the sensitivity range. This image has been taken at ISO 1600, and while noise is present, it's smooth and the image still contains plenty of detail.
Even at ISO 3200, noise and detail is still good, making this a flexible camera for low light shooting.
At the widest point of the lens, the Sony RX100 Mark II offers an equivalent of 28mm. While we perhaps would have liked to see 24mm as the widest option, 28mm still gives plenty of flexibility for capturing a wide angle of view.
This camera doesn't have a huge zoom ratio, at 3.6x (optical). This gives an equivalent of around 100mm, which is still useful for a variety of different subjects.
If you do need to get closer, you have the option of activating Clear Zoom, Sony's digital zoom technology. This boosts the zoom reach to 200mm, effectively.
Three different aspect ratios are available to shoot in. As standard, the camera will shoot in 3:2, but you can also choose to shoot in 1:1 square format, as we did here.
You can also shoot in 16:9, a useful option for capturing wide vistas.
Sony's Sweep Panorama tool enables you to move the camera across the scene to capture an ultra-wide angle of view. You lose all control over shutter speed and the like, and you can't apply digital filters, which is a shame.
A number of different Creative Styles are available. They give you more flexibility than shooting with digital filters because they can be shot in raw format. Different styles are available, including Monochrome.
Dynamic Range Optimizer
Sony's Dynamic Range Optimizer works when you have a scene with high contrast to produce a balanced exposure. You can either have the camera choose the level itself, or five different levels of optimisation are available along with turning it off altogether. In this scene you can see the difference the Optimizer makes in the grass in the foreground of the picture.
There are a large range of digital filters available on the Sony RX100 Mark II, but unfortunately you can't shoot in raw format while using them, though you can keep control over manual settings, such as aperture.