Sony have been knocking out some damn good cameras lately, while most seem more interested in the new A7R II – I thought take a risk and get the new RX10 II.
Main reason why I was worried about this camera is the small chip and fixed lens, fixed lenses scare me haha.
The fixed lens is amazing though, a Carl Zeiss 24-200mm 2.8. Thats insane!
I love how they thought a lot about the lens, the aperture ring can be clicks or clickless for smooth iris control
My first test was the obvious, to test the amazing slow motion features. I tested this up against my Blackmagic Ursa
I shot side by side with my Blackmagic Ursa with the Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 shot at 2.8 but left it at 18MM….and to my surprise, the 24-200 on the Sony was wider.
I shot the Sony at 100fps, then 250fps in 1080P with the Ursa at 80fps UHD then 150fps 1080p.
Don’t forget the Ursa CROPS in at 1080p/150fps, so I didn’t change focal length, it was left at 18mm. I zoomed in on the Sony to match frame of Ursa, the Sony does NOT crop in.
The Ursa performs a lot smoother, cleaner but the RX10 II is a great contender.
Another thing I was shocked with, is the SONY seems to have more Dynamic Range then the Ursa.
This will obviously change with the new 4.6k Ursa and Ursa mini coming soon 🙂
When shooting video on the RX10 II, You have 2 dials:
In the mode above, you can shoot 4K 25fps and 1080P 100fps or 120fps depending on which mode you use NTSC or Pal
Also, don’t forget the Sony super slowmo limit when recording 250fps, is 2 sec max which i think is 80sec playback.
100fps or 120fps is continuous, just have to slow down after in editing…doesnt conform in camera like 250fps/500fps etc
In the HFR dial, you can shoot from 250fps, 500fps and 1000fps, but in my opinion only 250fps is worth using…unless for messing around.
Here is a quick 500fps Test:
When shooting slow motion, for best quality….shoot in Quality Priority Mode
Here is my first field test with slow motion
I also like that it conforms the speed in camera with a choice of 50p and 25p
Sony also lets you manipulate pictures profiles which is also great
Even when choosing one of their profiles, you can still change gamma etc
Just bare in mind, if you have a profile selected like pp7/slog2 etc, that you need it turned off to access the other ‘Creative Style Profiles’
When shooting in SLOG2/PP7, it can sometimes be tricky to focus as everything is flat…I recommend setting your Peaking level to high and on yellow to nail focus
SLOG2 is also locked at ISO 800, which is a lot better now as the A7S is stuck at 3200 and the RX100 IV is 1600
Handheld with this baby is also amazing, light weight and with the option of steady shot you can even get nice hand held shots even at 200mm 🙂
Regarding card speeds, these are the ones i use:
I believe San Disk 16GB don’t work well at all!
You can also control the camera via WIFI on your phone, set up like so. (you will need Play memories app – free)
Only issue I have with the camera is the app, when triggering to record a scene…I’ll set it to slog2 but it records the scene in a unknown profile that looks horrible.
Not sure if its just me or if anyone else has had this issue?! Plus there isn’t many features in the app 😦
Here is another test I did
1080p also rocks out of this camera and did I mention built in ND
The camera ships with no charger, just like the A7RII I believe, but the chargers & batteries I’ve found are so cheap, who cares haha
For the price & features this camera is kicking out, go get one NOW!
I also have a set of LUTS for the SLOG2 profile, check em out here:
Latest piece i shot, edited and graded with the Sony RX10II with a bit of DJI Inspire and GH4 on the Ronin
UPDATE! Dynamic Range test between the Blackmagic Ursa and Sony RX10II
A few people have asked for me to do a quick dynamic range test between the Blackmagic Ursa and the Sony RX10II.
Unfortunately the sun has gone away in the UK, so just some quick tests in my kitchen and living room for now haha
When you see the first comparrsion, yes the RX10II does have a lot more dynamic range, but it does come with noise too. Both cameras were set to the same f stops.
The ISO was set to the best base ISO in cameras, Ursa at 400 and the RX10II 800 as slog2 is automatically set to 800.
No ND used on both cameras, Ursa was shot in BMDFilm and Slog2 on the Sony
After the original settings, the same clips were used but I raised the shadows with the Ursa to match DR to the RX10II.
Then I made some slight curves adjustments to the RX10II footage to get rid of the noise.
Which one do you prefer, URSA or RX10II?
Should you get the Sony RX10II or the Panasonic GH4
Or you already have the GH4 and might be interested in the RX10II
Here is my quick view on both cameras as I own both…hope this helps
Shot on GH4, Sigma 18-35 art lens
graded with my LUT ‘GH4 Peach Fade’