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Sony DSC-RX100M II Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera 20.2MP Black w- Memory Card and Screen Protector by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Sony DSC-RX100M II Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera 20.2MP, Black w/ Memory Card and Screen Protector
Report Date: 10/28/2015
Based on 218 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 5.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Sensor5.0   above average
Compact4.7   average
Photo4.6   above average
Screen4.6   above average
Image4.5   above average
Speed4.5   above average
Price4.3   average
Quality4.3   average
Setting4.3   above average
DSLR4.2   average
Light4.1   average
Lens3.9   above average
Video3.9   below average
Battery3.8   above average
Focus3.8   above average
Size3.8   below average
Zoom3.8   below average
Manual3.5   below average
Wi-Fi3.2   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"It charges the battery, yes, but if you plug it in and attempt to review your pics or play with the camera, you can't."
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"Dead battery and would not charge or turn on."
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"I've taken to carrying a USB cable in my pack so that I can get enough charge from my laptop to turn the bloody thing off when I run the battery dead."
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"Get a screen protector, and check out he Vivitar compatible batteries."
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"I bought a Wasabi external charger and batteries and I'm very happy with this camera."
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"Here are things I really like:1) Ability to tilt the flash up and bounce the light.2) I like that the review screen IS NOT touch screen.3) Ability to send pictures to my phone (great for posting to social media).4) Decent battery life."
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"Battery life is excellent."
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"Better yet, it accepts low cost aftermarket batteries without complaint."
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Compact

Compact:
"Some of the disadvantages (I've listed them below) were inherent in the design of a compact, so I don't downgrade it for being what it is."
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"AND it also provides the best customization compromise any compact on the market."
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"Excellent camera, the best compact one out there by a margin!"
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"With the compact and easy portability, it's often the first camera we pick up when take impromptu shots indoors or go on trips."
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"I was looking for a compact camera for the wife that will give her the pleasure of nice memorable pictures as my Nikon and Canon DSLRs do."
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"Great compact camera."
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"The large 1 sensor does a great job in a compact body."
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Control

Control:
"The disadvantages: the inconvenience of holding and control."
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"Summarizing,PROs:-Compact-Awesome photo quality-Brilliant colors-Can easily control ISO, shutter speed, aperture-Filters-Tilting LCD screen-Wifi capabilityCONs:-No external battery charging"
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"Between the very good RAW capture, manual controls, and F1.8 (when zoomed all the way out), this is a truly great portable camera."
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"Beats remote controls :)I have no problems with the GUI, even after using only Canon cameras for years I found it very easy and intuitive."
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"Again, the old focus and then recompose or moving the AF point around with physical controls just doesn't cut it anymore when we now have superior methods."
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"It does a great job of handling higher ISO, I love that it has manual controls and that you can shoot in RAW if you want, or you can shoot smaller jpegs if you want, too."
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Fit

Fit:
"I'm not saying this is better than a good SLR but a good SLR doesn't fit in your pocket."
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"This thing fits nicely in a pocket and takes great shots."
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"I love that it fits in my purse or pocket when I'm out and about."
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"Excelent camera, fits in the pocket, no problems with setup, fantastic pictures, especially under poor light conditions."
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"All my pictures went out real nice, and the camera is small enough to fit inside the pocket of my jacket so I really recommend this camera."
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Flash

Flash:
"My only complaint so far is the functionality location of the flash."
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"Only drawback is that it still tries to use the built-in flash which the external flash blocks from fully popping up."
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"It almost looks ridiculous yet funny when you see this camera with the flash attached, but hey, the pics are great!"
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"able to do photo in dark without using flash by pushing to high iso."
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"It shoots great daytime shots but I mainly got this camera thinking I could take some good quality night shots without flash."
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"The flash is very flexible, and shooting in low light without a flash is possible with great results using the iAUTO+ (SUPERIOR AUTO) shooting mode."
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"Its really useful to be able to tilt up the flash and bounce it against the ceiling to achieve difuse flash light."
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"For example, the recommended flash with accessory is almost equal to the cost of the camera AND because of the PROPRIETARY SHOE connection, only the Sony flash will work with this camera."
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Focus

Focus:
"On the downside, i found macro is weak and cannot focus on small subjects."
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"High ISO and autofocus aren't quite as good as the EM5, but they are perfectly useable."
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"Autofocus not the best, sometime on sometimes you get an out of focus picture and one does not know why."
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"It has an absolutely horrible time focusing on any object in the foreground."
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"I routinely can get better picture on my smart phone just due to the fact that its able to actually focus on a subject"
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"The autofocusing is excellent, seamless, and quiet."
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"The Canon PowerShot S110 (a very similar version to this camera) has a touch setting that allows you to change the focus just by using the touchscreen -- this is especially helpful when recording video, since you can change the focus WHILE it is still recording and you get a pretty cool effect."
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"Also, the autofocus, while good, is slower than I might have hoped for, the camera struggles with close focal lengths, lack of intuitive manual control, a slightly slow startup time, and the paint on the hot shoe, and the LCD screen have both shown more wear than I would have hoped after only a few months of regular use."
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"Easy focus, fast pictures, lenses are top class, fast, and several pticos in terms of programs."
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Image

Image:
"(1) a more artciulated display that allowed one to hold the camera lower or higher or off to the side and allowed selfies, and (2) an option to give a big bold error if you try to take a still pic or a movie with no chip."
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"When I first started using the camera, I found the image preview quite annoying."
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"It charges the battery, yes, but if you plug it in and attempt to review your pics or play with the camera, you can't."
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"The images have less noise, but the difference isn't as meaningful to me since a little noise reduction evens results."
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"The only downside of the nikon was its image quality, even at low ISO you can see the grain."
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"Great image quality, disappointing feature flexibility."
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"Just buy it camera is amazing makes every pic look like a professional photo."
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"The fast lens and excellent image quality make it so good."
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"The images are fantastic from the camera without editing from auto mode."
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"The advantages of this camera can include small size and light weight, excellent image quality, especially in low light."
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"It has amazing photo quality, with its top-notch lens from Carl Zeiss."
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Lens

Lens:
"If you're used to a camera with a fixed lens (as opposed to one that telescopes in and out), you'll find it annoying waiting for this lens to go in and out of the camera."
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"It's very handy how compact the camera is when the lens is retracted, but the camera is quite bulky with the lens out, and since there's no lens cap, I'm always worried about getting it dirty."
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"Compared to the over-priced DM-1 hog at $1800+ and a fixed lens (no less), this is the clear winner with a fairly intuitive menu and outstanding low-light and burst capabilities."
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"This is actually a bit of a drawback; the lens is kind of huge relative to the small body of the camera, which can make it hard to hold."
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"While that's all fine, those are secondary things and quite unimportant if they failed to give you e. g. the decent lens."
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"The fast lens and excellent image quality make it so good."
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"It has amazing photo quality, with its top-notch lens from Carl Zeiss."
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"zeiss lens give nice sharp for general purpose."
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"Despite having CanonT3i with good lenses."
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"Easy focus, fast pictures, lenses are top class, fast, and several pticos in terms of programs."
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Light

Light:
"And it's low light abilities were horrible."
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"The one huge problem with RX100M2 is that if you have auto-ISO and in low light, then the max shutter speed that the camera chooses is 1 30 and even with OIS and with my best efforts to keep the camera still, I often get blurry photos in low-light situations."
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"And, unlike my large cameras, it's not great in low light."
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"I fixed the RX100m2 on a small Joby table top tripod (big mistake, the tripod is too light), opened the window, set the tripod camera on the window ledge and backed off with the intent to be out of sight of the window and trigger the camera with my smartphone app."
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"For me at least This proved very wrong, I can't express how amazingly better the images are in low light, whoever used both cameras will notice the difference in no time."
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"I also read some negative reviews about the images quality in low light conditions is worse than RX100."
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"- It performed marvelously in low light conditions (my friends frequently commented on how the photos turned out)There are many more amazing things I could say about this camera but you'll be better served by reading expert reviews."
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"Words like amazing, fantastic, easy, solid, light, useful come to mind with this camera."
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"Takes great clear pictures and is light weight."
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"The advantages of this camera can include small size and light weight, excellent image quality, especially in low light."
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Manual

Manual:
"I bought because of failed eye surgery has left me unable to use my manual settings on my pro camera."
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"Canon and Pentax don't write wonderful manuals, but at least everything is covered, this one barely goes past insert battery and card, turn on."
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"The manual you get is abysmal, by far the worst camera manual I've ever gotten, barely explains anything."
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"Between the very good RAW capture, manual controls, and F1.8 (when zoomed all the way out), this is a truly great portable camera."
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"It does a great job of handling higher ISO, I love that it has manual controls and that you can shoot in RAW if you want, or you can shoot smaller jpegs if you want, too."
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"Very exacting camera if you want it to be ...or as simple as any point and shoot your choice ..great images can be had either way .. Super for macro work ...although you do need to get close to subject for highest magnifications ....you can create a manual focus ring around camera ..a great feature"
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"I love shooting in manual with most cameras, but it's not intuitive here."
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"It also lacks a good manual."
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Photo

Photo:
"I bought this because I was sick of crappy iphone photos at concerts."
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"I did not subject it to harsh treatment and do not believe I took an excessive number of photos with it."
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"The Sony's lens' slight flaring when shooting into large bright light sources is the only real comparison fault I could find that actually shows in the photos."
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"- I was able to take hundreds of photos (probably 700+) without changing the battery."
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"- It performed marvelously in low light conditions (my friends frequently commented on how the photos turned out)There are many more amazing things I could say about this camera but you'll be better served by reading expert reviews."
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"Once you get it figured out it takes fantastic photos."
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"Like I said, I'm not a camera guru but I do know that this takes amazing photos and videos."
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"It takes decent photos but it's not worth the price tag."
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Price

Price:
"Before this camera, I always thought spending ridiculous amount of money on a camera over a point and shoot is simply ridiculous."
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"For a camera at this price it seems ridiculous that this would not be included in the bundle."
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"In the long run, this may offset the disadvantage of camera's expensive price; 2) There is virtually unlimited control if you want it, as much or more than most DSLRs."
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"Now, for why I didn't give it 5 stars...For the price, it's missing a couple of things."
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"It takes decent photos but it's not worth the price tag."
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"Buy it if you have the money and you won't regret it."
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"If you can get a screaming good price on the MI, then I suggest going for that instead."
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"Money well spent! "
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"Excellent camera for the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"The problems appear with the build quality."
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"Very high image quality, not really DSLR (more noise, weak zoom, can't do shallow DOF like DSLR) but it's good enough that I haven't used my Canon 7D since I bought this camera."
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"The only downside of the nikon was its image quality, even at low ISO you can see the grain."
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"cannot get a better deal on a camera that is so packed with features (no gimmicks) , and excellent quality of pix."
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"The video quality isn't the best (my 4-5 year old HD camcorder still gets better quality) but it's still pretty good."
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"Great image quality, disappointing feature flexibility."
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"The fast lens and excellent image quality make it so good."
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"The advantages of this camera can include small size and light weight, excellent image quality, especially in low light."
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"Picture quality is superb mainly because SONY makes pretty good cameras and has experience writing the processing firmware coupled with an outsized sensor for the camera size."
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"It has amazing photo quality, with its top-notch lens from Carl Zeiss."
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"The best thing I like about the image quality it products is the colors."
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Screen

Screen:
"-The tiltable screen is a faiulre point, it can fail over time."
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"This one is perfect, with its 90 degree tilting LCD screen."
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"My only gripe is the glass on the back screen scratches very easy."
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"I bought a case, but no screen cover - it defeats the purpose of the screen: anti-glare, good colors."
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"Get a screen protector, and check out he Vivitar compatible batteries."
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"Screen is great."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"The large 1 sensor does a great job in a compact body."
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"The 1 sensor does allow for good depth of field."
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"It is a great camera specially the lens and the low-light sensor."
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"In that case, they might as well have included an IR sensor.2."
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"Great sensor!"
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Setting

Setting:
"The Sports Action setting did not catch good night shots, the Handheld Twilight and High Sensitivity settings caught some good shots but many were blurry."
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"I bought because of failed eye surgery has left me unable to use my manual settings on my pro camera."
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"It may take great images, but if it takes forever to get the setting you want then what is the point, you have probably missed the shot."
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"It performs well in low-light situations and it is so easy to snap that I can just adjust the settings to my liking and ask a waiter or a passerby to take the shot for us if I want to be in the picture as well."
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"I chose a GX1 over the later GF models because I wanted to be able to quickly change the various settings without diving into menus."
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"It offers a number of automatic settings that make it very easy to use right out of the box, but it also allows manual settings for the more experienced photographer."
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"I love the standard settings which really do the job."
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"Maybe it is good if you set all the settings manually, I wouldn't know, I am just looking to point and shoot."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"Since there is such a small amount of room on the back of the camera for you to grip with your hands, I find myself accidentally hitting the on off or even the shutter button on the top when I attempt to prevent smearing the back LCD with my fingers."
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"So 95% of the time, its in shutter priority, which still is very frustrating and confining, but oh well."
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"Summarizing,PROs:-Compact-Awesome photo quality-Brilliant colors-Can easily control ISO, shutter speed, aperture-Filters-Tilting LCD screen-Wifi capabilityCONs:-No external battery charging"
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"Zoom is great, as is the shutter speed."
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"It's easy to avoid, but you need to use shutter priority to overcome it."
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"Better yet, create more usable aperture ISO shutter combination in Auto that's more compatible in real life situations."
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"So 95% of the time, its in shutter priority, which still is very frustrating and confining, but oh well."
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Size

Size:
"It takes fantastic photos of people and scenery, but I wanted to take a lot of close-ups of small animals, which this camera doesn't do very well for two reasons."
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"There is a little bit of the big-nose effect that is hard to avoid with small cameras like this."
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"I am of the opinion that a small camera cannot take a good shot - PERIOD."
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"On the downside, i found macro is weak and cannot focus on small subjects."
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"I also purchased the small grip that makes it a little easier to handle, though its small size does present some challenges in this regard."
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"Easy to place in a small purse..."
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"Best crazy good from something so small."
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"The advantages of this camera can include small size and light weight, excellent image quality, especially in low light."
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"No, its not exactly DSLR quality but it's pretty close and the best you'll get for a point and shoot this size."
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Speed

Speed:
"Also the Sony software is so slow that it makes processing RAW files unacceptable My machine is a 6 core Intel with 9 GB of memory."
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"I tried every adjustment but was unable to increase the speed in 'P' or 'A' mode."
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"The fast lens and excellent image quality make it so good."
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"Summarizing,PROs:-Compact-Awesome photo quality-Brilliant colors-Can easily control ISO, shutter speed, aperture-Filters-Tilting LCD screen-Wifi capabilityCONs:-No external battery charging"
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"Zoom is great, as is the shutter speed."
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"Great camera, very fast, I mean really fast shots."
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Video

Video:
"(1) a more artciulated display that allowed one to hold the camera lower or higher or off to the side and allowed selfies, and (2) an option to give a big bold error if you try to take a still pic or a movie with no chip."
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"Another big inconvinient its the battery indicator its pointless to have one if only show two states full empty, being empty the shortest state signal you can get on screen and it costs me a 64Gb card cause i was filming video, the Rx100 damage the FAT structure of my SD and made it completly useless, and lost some money on the process."
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"(DO NOT BUY)Search and see Youtube video: Sony RX100II Review - Defect Problem."
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"The video quality isn't the best (my 4-5 year old HD camcorder still gets better quality) but it's still pretty good."
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"There is no technical reason why Sony couldn't provide decent MP4 videos as well."
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"Coming from MFT and after a week with this camera I have to say I am impressed, it's SO close to perfect, if only SONY would fix a few bugs annoyances..First off with cons (a firmware update could fix all these):- The separate folder views for videos stills has to go (or become an option) it's just silly and inconvenient- Some options are selected by turning the wheel in one direction, others in the opposite, this doesn't make any sense."
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"Like I said, I'm not a camera guru but I do know that this takes amazing photos and videos."
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"The pictures came out so beautiful and so did the videos."
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"And the video is as good as any camcorder on the market."
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"I love the video."
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"Recording video on this is fantastic and exceeded my expectations."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"I decided to buy this new model because of the added special effect features and the WI-FI capability, unfortunately I haven't been successful to make it work and its one of the reasons that I removed one star."
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"If I could solve the wi-fi issue then i would recommend the camera 100% but at the moment I am disappointed at the way the wi-fi does not work for me."
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"I haven't tinkered through it thoroughly yet but I did try the wi-fi features including the NFC and so far so good!"
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"I wonder if anyone here has tried to use WiFi on this camera with MAC OS 10.9 would love to be wrong on this but the answers I got from Sony TECH Support on this were crystal clear!"
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"I have to shoot at +2 at all times and in low lighting it simply fails.4) The Wi-Fi was originally usable."
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"If I could solve the wi-fi issue then i would recommend the camera 100% but at the moment I am disappointed at the way the wi-fi does not work for me."
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"With wifi & NFC it is great for taking pictures while out and still being able to easily transfer them to my Android phone."
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"I love the NFC and WiFi."
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"The WiFi and the unbelievable lack of integration with any Apple product."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I was worried that I would sorely miss the 20x zoom of my Lumix."
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"Very high image quality, not really DSLR (more noise, weak zoom, can't do shallow DOF like DSLR) but it's good enough that I haven't used my Canon 7D since I bought this camera."
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"Zoom is terrible."
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"Sure, it's apples and oranges, and rather ridiculous to expect a pocket camera with collapsing zoom to go against a full-frame sensor camera with a prime lens."
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"The zoom really slows the exposure."
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"Zoom is great, as is the shutter speed."
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"Between the very good RAW capture, manual controls, and F1.8 (when zoomed all the way out), this is a truly great portable camera."
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"But the picture quality of this Sony is so much better that I can crop a photo for as good or better zooms than I was receiving with the Lumix."
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"I attended a Joe Bonamassa concert in May, and set the camera to ISO 1600, Aperture priority, Optical zoom only, and got very good, sharp photos of the concert from our seats in the 7th row of the orchestra."
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"Only advantage the panasonic camcorder has is the superior zoom."
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