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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

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Dynamic range

In this backlit scene, the detail in the building and in shadow areas is given a boost by using the HDR shooting mode 

Thanks to the 13.2×8.8mm sensor, the photosites in the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 are larger than those in most other compacts. Combined with the bright f/1.8 lens, the dynamic range of the RX100 stands out from most of the competition, particularly when shooting in raw format. Where a smaller sensor has a more significant drop off in dynamic range as the ISO setting increases, the RX100 holds its performance for longer, producing images with punch in low light conditions.

Of course, there are in-camera modes to enhance the dynamic range, which can be selected for quick access through the function button. HDR mode can be set to auto or controlled manually up to ±6EV. Likewise, D-Range Optimiser has auto control, or manual up to Level 5 strength. Like the rich-tone monochrome picture effect, HDR makes use of the high-speed shooting ability to record multiple images and combine them into one, so it is not entirely necessary to use a tripod in this setting.

Images taken with the HDR mode and D-Range Optimiser set to strong are not to my taste, but the auto mode of each is intuitive, adding a little tonal detail without overdoing the effect.

 

  • 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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