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.”

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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.

Reviews

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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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Should I buy a Canon S120 or a Sony DSC-RX100? (Pocket User-Friendly Buying Question)

Hello guys, I have a question to ask and I need your help. I have a Nikon D3200 with a few lenses and an external flash, but you know when you are hanging out with your friends or travelling a DSLR is not that friendly to carry it around. I have an iPhone 5 but the image quality in my opinion is not good, so I am looking to buy a premium pocket camera, a camera that would fit in my jeans like my cellphone a pocket-friendly gadget , that will take great photos at day and at night. I found two good cameras, Canon S120 and Sony DSC-RX100 (First Version) .I heard that RX100 (First Version) is better as an overall camera. But the reason I am going to buy a new camera as you can see is about the pocket-friendly compatibility. I want to feel comfortable when I carry it around.About what I’ve searched I found that RX100 (First Version) has better image quality but it’s bulkier and that S120 is more pocket friendly. What would fit my needs guys, what do you advice me? Is there any other ...

stelios112 asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

Don't rule out the Nikon P330. It is much improved over its predecessors. I still have the P300 and despite the critics, I still like mine and pop it into a pocket regularly. Continue Reading

Footski answered
1 month ago

No problem, but remember, when you have a short list, the only way to make a final decision, is to handle the cameras. Then buy the one that feels best to you. Continue Reading

Footski answered
1 month ago

I don't know if this is relevant to you, but the S120 has a 24 mm equivalent lens, the RX100 is limited to 28 mm. For holiday shooting, I find the extra wide angle useful. Continue Reading

Klaus dk answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

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 ...

Amin Sabet asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

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

bobn2 answered
1 year ago

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

bobn2 answered
1 year ago

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

bobn2 answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

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.

jonrobertp asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

Yes ;-) Continue Reading

Jennyhappy2 answered
2 months ago

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

jonrobertp answered
2 months ago

I just can't buy a camera anymore without an LCD that tilts AND swivels. If the published figures are true AND it has a swivel screen I will rejoice and lay down my hard earned dollars in free flowing ecstasy. Continue Reading

Tony Kindred answered
2 months ago

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