X
CNET logo Why You Can Trust CNET

Our expert, award-winning staff selects the products we cover and rigorously researches and tests our top picks. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Reviews ethics statement

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II photo samples

The RX100's more powerful brother delivers even better photo quality.

LoriGruninNewHeadshot.jpg
LoriGruninNewHeadshot.jpg
Lori Grunin
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
Lori Grunin
35807990_SIC1_620.jpg
1 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

Noise and JPEG processing, low ISO sensitivities

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II delivers excellent JPEG quality through ISO 400, with just a little bit of detail degradation by ISO 800.
35807990_SIC1a_620.jpg
2 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

Noise and JPEG processing, higher ISO sensitivities

You can see artifacts at ISO 1600 in shadow areas (look at the text in the shadow under the bill), but properly illuminated areas still look pretty good.
35807990_SIC14_620-1v2-200.jpg
3 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

RX100 vs. RX100 II, ISO 200

The RX100 II renders cleaner JPEGs at all ISO sensitivities than the RX100.
35807990_SIC15_620-1v2-1600.jpg
4 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

RX100 vs. RX100 II, ISO 1600

At ISO 1600 you can see a significant improvement in image quality over the RX100.
35807990_SIC3_620-100.jpg
5 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

ISO 100 JPEG

ISO 100 is in the expanded range for the RX100 II, but the image quality looks about the same as ISO 200.

(1/80 sec, f6.3, multi metering, AWB, ISO 100, 40mm)
35807990_SIC2_620-200.jpg
6 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

ISO 200 JPEG

Images look pretty natural, with no oversharpening problems.

(1/80 sec, f4.5, multi metering, AWB, ISO 200, 28mm)
35807990_SIC4_620-400.jpg
7 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

ISO 400 JPEG

The camera delivers excellent detail resolution at ISO 400.

(1/50 sec, f2.8, center metering, AWB, ISO 400, 28mm)
35807990_SIC11_620-800rj.jpg
8 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

ISO 800, raw vs. JPEG

You can start seeing a little mushiness in ISO 800 JPEG shots, but there isn't much you can do to clean them up in the raw file without exchanging softness for grain. You do gain back some detail using raw, though.

(1/40 sec, f3.2, center metering, AWB, ISO 800, 28mm)
35807990_SIC8_620-1600.jpg
9 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

ISO 1600 JPEG

Depending upon scene content, ISO 1600 can be quite usable. You can see some artifacts around the text edges and the texture of the pattern is lost in places, but it's still quite acceptable.

(1/60 sec, f3.5, center metering, AWB, ISO 1600, 28mm)
35807990_SIC9_620-3200.jpg
10 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

ISO 3200 JPEG

At ISO 3200, large areas look fine but you lose a lot of detail.

(1/60 sec, f4, spot metering, AWB, ISO 3200, 62mm)
35807990_SIC10_620-3200-sm.jpg
11 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

ISO 3200 JPEG

ISO 3200 JPEGs are fine for viewing scaled down.

(1/60 sec, f4, spot metering, AWB, ISO 3200, 62mm)
35807990_SIC6_620-color.jpg
12 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

Color

The camera delivers attractive and only slightly oversaturated colors. It lacks a neutral option, which at this price I really expect to have.
35807990_SIC7_620-fx.jpg
13 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

Effects

I still think Sony has some of the nicest in-camera effects. Shown here: Illustration (left) and Watercolor (right).
35807990_SIC12_620-flash.jpg
14 of 14 Lori Grunin/CNET

Flash

The tilting flash is invaluable for quickly controlling intensity and direction. On the left is the normal straight-on flash; on the right, flash tilted up.

(1/60 sec, f1.8, spot metering, AWB, ISO 1600, 28mm)

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
17 Hidden iOS 17 Features and Settings on Your iPhone
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

17 Hidden iOS 17 Features and Settings on Your iPhone

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos