Sony has introduced a new fixed-lens camera with a 1-inch-type stacked sensor with DRAM memory chip in the body of the RX10 II bridge camera.
The A7R II has been unveiled by Sony as the world’s first camera with a back-illuminated full-frame sensor. The company has also announced the RX 100 IV as the world’s first camera with a 1-inch-type stacked sensor with a DRAM chip. On the same day, the PlayStation maker is revealing another camera with a stacked sensor. It is the replacement to the RX10 and it is called RX 10 II. The bridge camera will offer similar features to the RX 100 IV, including the 40x Super Slow Motion modes.
Sony announces RX10 II bridge camera with stacked CMOS sensor
Sony RX10 II is a bridge camera with a new 20.1-megapixel 1-inch-type stacked CMOS sensor with a DRAM chip. The memory chip and sensor combination allows the camera to read data five times faster than its predecessor.
The stacked sensor separates the circuitry and the pixels into multiple layers. This way, the photo-sensitive areas are more sensitive to light when it comes to each individual pixel. This means more light sensitivity and higher image quality for photographers.
Sony RX10 II records 4K videos and shoots photos at 1/32000s
The RX10 II is powered by a BIONZ X engine that processes data fast. The whole system comes with an Anti-Distortion Shutter that captures photos at up to 1/32000th of a second.
This bridge camera will also record up to 14fps in burst mode, while a 40x Super Slow Motion mode is available, too. This mode supports a frame rate of up to 960fps in addition to 480fps and 240fps frame rates.
Sony RX10 II is also aimed at videographers as it is capable of recording 4K videos with a bitrate of up to 100Mbps, courtesy of the XAVC S codec.
WiFi, NFC, and EVF are all available in the new RX10 II
The new bridge camera employs the same design as its predecessor. This includes the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens providing a 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-200mm and a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the zoom range.
Both WiFi and NFC technologies are available in the Sony RX10 II, so that it can be remotely controlled by users via a smartphone or tablet. The specs list includes an extended ISO range between 64 and 25,600 along with a minimum shutter speed of 30 seconds.
The company’s shooter has a tilting LCD screen on the back and an OLED electronic viewfinder for composition. In low-light, photographers can use an autofocus assist lamp and a built-in flash.
Release date and price details are also official
Sony has confirmed that the RX10 II offers USB, HDMI, headphone, and microphone ports. Despite all that, the camera is weathersealed, so you can use it in poor environmental conditions.
The bridge shooter comes with a battery life of 400 photos on a single charge. Its weight stands at 813 grams / 28.68 ounces, while its dimensions are 129 x 88 x 102mm / 5.08 x 3.46 x 4.02 inches.
The availability details have been confirmed, too, so the RX10 II will be released in July for a price of $1,300. Amazon is listing the product and pre-ordering is expected to begin on June 17.