Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Compact Camera

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78% Silver Award
It's not a perfect camera, but it's hard to think of another that includes so much capability and yet still fits in your pocket. Not to be underestimated.”

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Key Features

  • 20.9 MP 1"-type Exmor CMOS sensor
  • 28-100mm equivalent F/1.8-4.9 lens
  • Up to 10 FPS
  • ISO 125-6400 expandable ISO 80, 100, and 25,600
  • 3" LCD screen with 1.2M dots
  • 1080p video
  • Steady-Shot image stabilization
  • Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
  • Memory Recall feature can store up to three groups of custom settings

Product Description

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is a compact camera based around a 20MP 1" CMOS sensor. It features a 28-100mm equivalent lens with F1.8-4.9 aperture range and image stabilization, and is the first Sony compact to capture Raw files. It can shoot 1080p/60FPS (AVCHD) video and capture 17MP (16:9 crop) stills simultaneously. Enthusiasts will appreciate its lens control dial, programmable function button, and 3:2 aspect ratio sensor (the same proportions as most DSLRs). It's also the first Sony compact to feature the company's 'White Magic' LCD technology, promising a brighter or lower-power display. Image quality is excellent, making the RX100 one of the few compacts that can hold its own alongside larger-format cameras.

NEWER MODEL AVAILABLE

Sony has released a new version of this camera, the RX100 II. New features include built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, accessory shoe for an electronic viewfinder, and tiltable LCD screen.

Specs

Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Sensor
Max resolution 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 5472 x 3080, 4864 x 3648, 3888 x 2592, 3648 X 3648, 3648 x 2736, 2736 x 1824, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1944
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–100 mm
Optical zoom 3.6×
Maximum aperture F1.8 - F4.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (14x)
Manual focus Yes
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points 25
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,228,800
Touch screen No
Screen type WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Continuous drive 10 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes 1920 x1080 60p PS: 59.97fps Progressive (appx 28Mbps), 1920 x 1080 60i FX : 59.97fps Interlaced (appx 24Mbps), 1920 x 1080 60i FH : 59.97fps Interlaced (appx 17Mbps), 1440 x 1080 30p :29.97fps Progressive (appx 12Mbps), 640 x 480 30p :29.97fps Progressive (appx 3 Mbps)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Micro HDMI)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control No
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 330
Weight (inc. batteries) 240 g (0.53 lb / 8.47 oz)
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 36 mm (4 x 2.29 x 1.41)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
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Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
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Optics
Performance
Movie / video mode
Value
Silver Award
Silver Award
78 %
Overall Score

The RX100 is probably the most capable compact camera on the market today, combining the image quality benefits of a mid-sized sensor with the proportions of a conventional compact. Extensive, though not flawless, manual controls make the RX100 a great second camera for DSLR shooters.

Good For

enthusiasts looking for a carry-everywhere camera. Developing photographers who don't want the cost and bulk of interchangeable lenses.

Not So Good For

Low light work (compared to a large-sensor camera) or fast action shooters.

User Reviews

4.3879 out of 5 stars
  • spitsi, Feb 26, 2013 GMT:
    expensive but the best

    suberb in every action, especially in photo quality and video capabilities! Problems: -not direct video playback access -not direct flash button -not fast at tele(f 4.9)

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  • Shamatt, Jan 14, 2013 GMT:
    Dream Camera... Almost

    I have been an avid SLR user for 25 years, more recently DSLR. I could never afford a larger format, and I'm a hobbyist, so for me an SLR was the one to have. But I have always seem my friends with their little point and shoots, and envied the portability! This camera is exactly what I was thinking about all these years - works like an SLR, fits in my pocket. Brilliant! First up - image quality - I can't fault it. Even at high ISO it's fabulous. It's easy to use in any mode, and you can ...

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  • burnymeister, Nov 20, 2012 GMT:
    Best Small Camera in the World?

    I've owned a lot of gear over the past decade or so. See my previously owned gear list if you don't believe me. I'm always looking for a big punch in a small package because I'm a mountain adventurer which includes hiking, scrambling, climbing and skiing. The RX100 is the best compact camera with a sensor size under APS-C that I've ever owned. In my mind, it even beats the m43 line up (which I've used extensively) because it's so darn small and takes such amazing photos! When processing the ...

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  • AP Hovasse, Nov 16, 2012 GMT:
    A Great Solution at Last!

    I love this little camera, and my last camera was a Nikon D3s! I have been looking for this camera for some time, was an early adopter of the Lumix LX-2 and 3, then the GF-1, always looking for high quality files in a small footprint. I read David Pogue's review in the NYT in the spring and scoured the internet until I finally bought this one, at a premium, from someone in HKG in the summer, before it was released in North America. I haven't been disappointed at all. It seems to me camera ...

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