Sony RX100 II PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Sony makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the RX100 II offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II below.
In any case, the RX100 II is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This fixed lens compact camera was revealed to the public on June 27th, 2013, which means that, as of today, the camera is 3379 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Sony RX100 III as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Sony's instruction manual for the RX100 II
The camera's instruction manual is 120 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the RX100 II is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Sony's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Sony RX100 II manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your RX100 II by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Sony RX100 II is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Sony RX100 II FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the RX100 II.
What technology is the imaging sensor in the RX100 II based on?
The camera has a BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Sony equipped the RX100 II with the BIONZ X image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the RX100 II?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800.
Can the camera be equipped with an optional viewfinder?
Yes, Sony provides the FDA-EV1MK as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Sony RX100 II?
The RX100 II offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Sony RX100 II feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
Which battery does the RX100 II use?
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II.
|Camera Model||Sony RX100 II|
|Camera Type||Fixed lens compact camera|
|Camera Lens||28-100mm f/1.8-4.9|
|Launch Date||June 2013|
|Launch Price||USD 749|
|Sensor Format||1" Sensor|
|Sensor Size||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||15.9 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||20 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||5 472 x 3 648 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||2.41 μm|
|Pixel Density||17.18 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/60p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 12 800 ISO|
|ISO Boost||100 - 25 600 ISO|
|Image Processor||BIONZ X|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||67|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||22.5|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||12.4|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||483|
|Viewfinder Type||Viewfinder optional|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||1229k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Tilting screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||No front-flip|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000s|
|Continuous Shooting||10 shutter flaps/s|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||MS or SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||no|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||micro HDMI|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Near-Field Communication||NFC built-in|
|Battery Type||NP-BX1 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||USB charging|
102 x 58 x 38 mm
(4.0 x 2.3 x 1.5 in)
|Camera Weight||281 g (9.9 oz)|
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