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.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Compact Camera
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“ 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.”
- 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
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.
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
|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)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–100 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F1.8 - F4.9|
|Digital zoom||Yes (14x)|
|Macro focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Number of focus points||25|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||WhiteMagic TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync|
|Continuous drive||10 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|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)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Micro HDMI)|
|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″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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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.
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.
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)
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Does exposure affect sensor dynamic range?
Let's say that I want to test Camera A vs Camera B in terms of sensor DR. Assume that both cameras have the same mount, sensor size, and that the same lens is being used to test both cameras. F-stop, subject distance, and lighting conditions are fixed. The test scene is a very high DR scene. Each camera is used at it's respective base ISO value. I shoot Camera A at a variety of shutter speeds until I find the one with highlight detail that is barely recoverable, just at the point of clipping in the RAW file. This happens to be a 1/4s exposure. I shoot Camera B at a variety of shutter speeds until I find the one with highlight detail that is barely recoverable, just at the point of clipping in the RAW file. This happens to be a 1/2s exposure. Now I push both of those RAW files to see which one has more recoverable shadow detail relative to noise. Is this a "fair" DR test, or does the difference in exposure (Sensor A getting only half as much light as Sensor B) affect the ...
Hi Amin, interesting discussion Amin Sabet wrote: Let's say that I want to test Camera A vs Camera B in terms of sensor DR. Assume that both cameras have the same mount, sensor size, and that the same lens is being used to test both cameras. F-stop, subject distance, and lighting conditions are fixed. The test scene is a very high DR scene. Each camera is used at it's respective base ISO value. I shoot Camera A at a variety of shutter speeds until I find the one with highlight detail that is barely recoverable, just at the point of clipping in the RAW file. This happens to be a 1/4s exposure. I shoot Camera B at a variety of shutter speeds until I find the one with highlight detail that is barely recoverable, just at the point of clipping in the RAW file. This happens to be a 1/2s exposure. Now I push both of those RAW files to see which one has more recoverable shadow detail relative to noise. Is this a "fair" DR test, or does the difference in exposure (Sensor A getting ... Continue Reading
Amin Sabet wrote: Thanks for your reply, Gordon. I'm trying to come up with a testing strategy that lets people visually assess DR rather than reading a chart or a bunch of numbers. For example, here is a test scene that I use which has reproducible, high DR: Resized images after "auto tone" in Lightroom, RX100 ISO 125 on left, E-M5 ISO 200 on right If I shoot a series of RAW files with the intent of matching the recoverable highlights, I end up with the E-M5 file getting 2/3 stop more exposure and the following crops of recovered highlights and pushed shadows: OK. In this case, THE 'DxOSO' for the E-M5 set to 200 is 107. DxO didn't test the RX100 at 125, but at 100, where it's DxOSO is 101. At 200, it's DxOSO is 146, or 0.45 stops headroom above 200. We have to guess what is the highlight headroom of the RX100 is at 125, but to accept an exposure 0.6 stops less than the EM-5, it would need to be 167, which seems unlikely. Iliah Borg (whom I'm inclined to believe on these things) ... Continue Reading
Amin Sabet wrote: l still think something weird is going on with DXOmark measurements. I can't find any visual difference between ISO 80 and ISO 125 RAW files from the Sony RX100, yet they report significant differences. I also can't reconcile their data on EM5 vs RX100 with my results. There is nothing weird. You tested them at the same exposure, so since the gain setting is the same, and therefore the read noise is the same, you saw exactly the same DR and SNR. On the other hand, DxO tested 80 ISO with a 100% exposure corresponding to 81 ISO, and 100 ISO with a 100% exposure corresponding to 101 ISO (they didn't test at 125). That is 1/3 stop difference in exposure, which will give 1/3 stop above the (identical) read noise floor, and lower shot noise also. Continue Reading
Would you buy the P8000 ?
P8000.... 1" sensor 24-120//. 2.0-3.0 lens compact size body....what's the chances you would buy it ? ie. Better than an RX100 and that sold very well.
There is NO comparison in IQ from a 1" sensor to a 1.7 sensor...And the 7800 is huge by the pocket size standard of the RX100 size that we are talking about in the 8000. Continue Reading
RX10 - How to adjust focus point?
Looked thru post and manul but cannot seem to find how one would adjust the focus point. Recall on a post or one review someone had stated was difficult to change on RX10 and that once you took a photo had to go back into the menu to readjust for next shot. I own a RX100 and wondering if RX10 focus point selection works same? When using in autofocus mode in RX10 can you readjust focus point in video? Also have a new Lumix G6 that I am checking out and may return and get a RX 10 but really do like the touch screen functionally for focus area and point selection the G6; know you cannot do touch screen the RX10 and could live setup like the RX100. Would prefer to have both my cameras have same menu system and basic function button layout as I find going from camera to the other a bit confusing. Thanks!
To move the Flexible Spot: (1) Select the Flexible Spot focusing mode in the Focus Area menu. I have set this to the Down Button to call it up quickly. (2) Optional: You can change the size (S,M,L) with the Right/Left Buttons or the upper thumb dial. (3) Press Center Button to OK the selection of Flexible Spot. The Flexible Spot will now glow red. (4) Move the spot around with Up/Down/Left/Right Buttons or the thumb dial/wheel. (5) Press Center Button (or Shutter Button) to finalize focus position. So to quickly move the Flexible Spot, I press ... Continue Reading
I'm also the rx10 user and it's bugging me so much about quick access to flexible spot. So I figured out that if u set the CENTER BUTTON to standard. If your camera is already on flexible spot focus : you can just press center button one time to access it. I always move my focus point every time I shoot picture on my full frame camera and I knew sony would not let us press the button twice to access this handy feature. So I did some research and I found your post and I followed your steps, then I figured out the STARDARD setting which is so obvious but I couldn't see. If u already know that, I am sorry for wasting your time. Thank you. Continue Reading