Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review

July 14, 2012

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

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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


LCD, Viewfinder and Video

Like most compact cameras, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 does not include a viewfinder, nor is there a hotshoe or option for one. Instead, the camera relies solely on its 3in, TFT LCD screen for viewing and composing images and navigating the camera menus. Like the company’s current crop of Alpha cameras, the screen uses TruBlack technology for strong contrast, but has an extra trick up its sleeve that Sony calls WhiteMagic.

For every red, green and blue (RGB) dot there is also a white one, designed to provide greater brightness, which the company claims gives 2.4x brightness compared to its other Cyber-shot cameras. Not only does this mean the camera has a whopping 1.229-million-dot resolution, but the power consumption of the screen is also reduced by 35%.

The camera offers a five-step brightness control for the screen, although it is set by default to auto. Most importantly, a sunny weather setting has been included that maximises the screen’s output, and makes it perfectly possible to view the screen even in bright, direct sunlight.

It is still easier to see details when the screen is shaded from the sun, but I am very impressed by its brightness and contrast. As I have discovered in past tests of Sony cameras that use this type of screen, it does pick up smudges very easily and it requires a regular wipe.

A slight shift away from the thumb pad is the movie record button, which directly accesses the function and allows capture in full HD (1080p) AVCHD files at 50fps or MP4 files at 30fps and 25fps.

  • 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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