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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“ The RX100 isn't 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
|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||10.0 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.
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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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