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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review

July 14, 2012

Overall Rating:

5

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100


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Price as Reviewed:

£549.99

Packing a 20.2-million-pixel, 1in sensor and small enough to fit in a trouser pocket, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 could well be an ideal day-to-day camera

The Competition

The sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 brings together many key elements of different class-leading compact cameras, so it faces competition from a number of models. With a slim and simple pocket-sized body, lens ring, and raw and JPEG capture, its design clearly draws influence from Canon’s PowerShot S100. However, the S100’s 12-million-pixel sensor is significantly smaller, and it just cannot compete for large prints and performance in low light. It is almost half the price, though.

On release, Fujifilm’s FinePix X10 was a similar price to the RX100, and the size of its sensor falls between that of the S100 and the RX100. The X10 has more of a classic styling, and its manually controlled zoom lens handles much better than an electronic type like that in the RX100. Furthermore, it has an optical viewfinder linked to the zoom. Thankfully, though, the RX100’s LCD screen is excellent and users are unlikely to rue the exclusion of a viewfinder.

  • External mic: No
  • Video: Full HD (1080p) AVCHD (50fps), MP4 (30fps), VGA (480p)
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 11 presets (including 4 fluorescent), custom
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Micro SHDC
  • Output Size: 5472 x 3648 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 1,229,000-dot, TruBlack TFT LCD
  • Sensor: 20.2-million-effective-pixel, 1in, (13.2 x 8.8mm), Exmor CMOS, 3:2 aspect
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, memory, iAuto, Superior Auto+, 180° sweep shooting, 14 scene modes, picture effect
  • Weight: 240g (including battery and card)
  • Power: NP-BX1 Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Lens: 3.6x optical zoom, 10.4-37.1mm (28-100mm effective) Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T with 7 elements in 6 groups
  • File Format: JPEG, raw (ARW 2.3 format), JPEG+raw (still images)AVCHD 2, MP4 (video)
  • AF array: Multi-point (25 points), centreweighted, flexible spot, spot tracking, spot face detection
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/2000sec
  • Drive Mode: 10fps continuous high, 2.5fps continuous low, single, 2sec or 10sec timer, self-portrait (one/two people), bracketing ±0.7EV, white balance bracketing low/high
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Dimensions: 101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9mm
  • Metering System: Multi-segment, centreweighted, spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: Mini HDMI, Micro USB, hi-speed USB 2.0
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3 steps
  • RRP: £549.99
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual and direct manual
  • ISO: 125-6400 (extended to ISO 80-25,600)

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