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Sony RX100 II camera has been unveiled, just like the rumor mill has been expecting for a while, as a slightly modified version of the RX100.

High-quality pocketable cameras are the answers to the increase of smartphone sales. Since consumers want good cameras that fit into their pockets, Sony is looking to provide several solutions to meet these demands.

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Sony RX100 II has finally been officialized as a new compact camera with a new 1-inch 20.2-megapixel sensor, WiFi, NFC, swivel LCD screen, and a hot shoe mount.

Sony RX100 II announced with new 1-inch 20.2-megapixel sensor

After the introduction of the Cybershot DSC-RX1R, the Sony RX100 II has also been announced. Previously, it has been rumored under the names of RX200, RX100 MKII, and RX100M2, but the PlayStation maker will sell it as the RX100 II.

The compact camera features a brand new 1-inch BSI CMOS image sensor, which takes photos at 20.2-megapixel quality. It has been designed to take better shots in low-light conditions, as the new back-illuminated sensor captures 40% more light.

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The rear of the new Sony RX100 II camera is dominated by a 3-inch swiveling LCD screen.

This is Sony’s first NFC-equipped camera ever

Sony RX100 II is a decently-featured camera in the connectivity department, as it is the company’s first shooter to support Near Field Communication technology. NFC is joined by WiFi, allowing photographers to share photos to smartphones, tablets, and computers wirelessly.

HDMI and USB 2.0 are supported as well, just in case users want to show off their content directly on HDTVs or in case they do not have a WiFi connection at their disposal. Sadly, GPS is not supported, so you will not be able to geo-tag your images.

Sony RX100 II comes packed with a tilting screen and a hot shoe

The new Cybershot camera is capable of taking RAW shots and full HD videos at 60 frames per second. There is no built-in viewfinder, but the RX100 II features a 3-inch tilting LCD screen as a Live View. However, photographers can purchase an external electronic VF and attach it to the hot shoe mount.

Sony’s RX100 II features a Carl Zeiss 10.4-37.1mm f/1.8-4.9 lens, which provides a 35mm focal length equivalent between 28 and 100mm. Other specs include a shutter speed range between 1/2000 and 30 seconds, as well as a built-in flash.

The new compact camera has been scheduled for a release date in mid July and a $748 price tag. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon and Adorama, both of them asking for the same price. Meanwhile, the original RX100 continues to be available for $648 at Amazon as well as at Adorama.

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