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Sony RX100 II Unboxing: The Reason Why You Need A Point-and-Shoot

by Brandon Russell | October 2, 2013October 2, 2013 1:00 pm PST

For all the improvements we’ve seen in smartphone cameras over the years, nothing beats a good old fashioned dedicated shooter. And one of the best digital point-and-shoots is Sony’s RX100 II, which was announced back in June. Over the past several months, Sony has cemented its brand as one of the top digital camera makers—we particularly like its NEX line—and it proved a solid formula can be made even better when the RX100 II was introduced.

With Jon welcoming a baby last month, it was important he used a camera that was simple and produced terrific results. The previous iteration of the RX100 was already lauded as one of the best point-and-shoots on the market, and Sony improved the experience in every facet with its Mark II. So Jon entrusted it as his go-to which, if you’re a parent, you know is a big deal.

Equipped with an upgraded 20-megapixel sensor, the RX100 II promises better low-light performance and reduced overall noise (that’s despite 40-percent more light sensitivity). Couple that with an F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, and you’ll get some really outstanding images in any situation—that’s especially important for Jon, who doesn’t have time to worry about lightning when taking pictures of his new Buffalo.

The camera also comes equipped with Wi-Fi, keeping you connected at all times, and a new tilting LCD display, which should allow for greater flexibility when shooting. Additionally, the RX100 II has NFC, meaning you can easily transfer content between compatible devices. At $748, the RX100 II isn’t the cheapest point-and-shoot around, but it’s certainly one of the best, and that’s all that matters when documenting the adventures of fatherhood.

Sony RX100 II Gallery

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