Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

$479
  • 20 MP
  • 3.6x f/1.8
  • Nikon CX EXMOR
  • 3" LCD
Released June, 2012
The combination of the f/1.8 aperture, effective built-in image stabilizer and maximum ISO speed of 6400 also makes this camera well suited to hand-held low-light photography.
Rated 100% by by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)

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First reviewed June, 2012

Features Key features of the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Angle view of Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is the company's first pocket-sized advanced compact, and comes with a rich feature set that includes a larger than average 20.3MP sensor; a high quality 3.6x Zeiss optical zoom with a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture; full manual control and the ability to shoot Raw images; a range of built-in digital filter effects and, last but not least, the ability to record 1080p Full HD movies.
Rated 90% by by TrustedReviews (Dec, 2013)

megapixels

0 MP
11.8 MP

10 MP
20 MP
20 MP
In case 12X isn't enough, Sony makes good use of the DSC-H5's 7.2 megapixels with its Smart Zoom feature, which crops the image as you shoot, to yield 5 megapixels at 14X, 3 megapixels at 18X, 2 megapixels at 22X, or VGA-size images at 57 megapixels.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)
Otherwise, it has an impressive roster of features and capabilities, including a 4.1-megapixel sensor, a Carl Zeiss 3X zoom lens, two burst modes, 640x480 video capture at 30fps, strong battery life, and fast response times.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)

sensor size

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Sony Alpha NEX-6
Canon PowerShot G1X
As good as the RX100 II's image quality is, it falls short of the high ISO and dynamic range performance of Micro Four Thirds and APS-C sensor cameras at its price point.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by DPReview (Sep, 2013)
That said, if you want a great "compact" and still want money for food, unless you're really picky the APS-C models are still an excellent choice.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)

wide angle lens

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Canon PowerShot S110
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
Well, that and it has the same wide-angle lens.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)
It also shows only about 81 percent of the actual image (at wide angle).
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)

aperture size

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Canon PowerShot G1X
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
I often used it in M mode with the lens ring set to aperture, the rear wheel set to shutter speed, the drive mode button assigned to ISO, and the center button for switching between manual and automatic focus.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by Sam-Byford (Jul, 2012)
Aperture selection is paltry, with only two choices at wide and at telephoto, f/2.8 to f/5.6 (wide) or f/5.2 to f/10 (tele), respectively.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)

zoom range

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Despite its large image sensor and correspondingly physically big zoom lens that dominates the front of the camera, the Sony RX100 is still quite small and slender, measuring just over 3.5cms in depth, 5.8cms in height and 10cms in width, and weighing 240g with the battery and memory card fitted.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by Photography Blog (Jul, 2012)
A junior version of the 7-megapixel DSC-W7, the 5-megapixel Sony Cyber Shot DSC-W5 boasts the same no-nonsense, compact, metal-alloy body; gorgeous 2.5-inch LCD (which is coupled with a modest optical viewfinder for use in bright ambient light); 3X Carl Zeiss zoom lens; and basic array of automatic and manual controls.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)

body size

101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9 mm
117 x 81 x 65 mm
117 x 70 x 57 mm
If you're looking for a compact or lightweight model, this isn't it; the Cyber Shot F828 weighs about 2 pounds with battery and media loaded, making it the heaviest non-dSLR camera we've seen.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)
One of the most remarkable things about the WX1 is the amount of technology Sony crammed into such a tiny, lightweight body.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)
 

Performance Real world tests of Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

battery life

330 photos
200 photos
250 photos
The battery life is a CIPA-rated 340 shots, which is very good, but if you're shooting a lot of video, have the display brightness cranked up, or are using a lot of the multishot modes or burst shooting, this will cut into your battery life.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)
The battery life is a CIPA-rated 240 shots, but if you're shooting a lot of video, have the display brightness cranked up, or using a lot of the multishot modes or burst shooting, this will cut into your battery life.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)

max continuous shooting

Continuous shooting yielded an average of 2.1 frames per second regardless of image size or quality.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)
The camera's burst shooting mode is capable of up to 10fps, but in our more demanding test it averaged 7.6fps, which is still very good.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)

DxOMark low light performance

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Sony Alpha NEX-6
Canon PowerShot G1X
In extremely low light, where the color was almost completely drained, we were pleased to find the subject was still clearly defined.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)
During fully automatic operation, seven scene modes are available: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Snow, Beach, High-Speed Shutter, and Fireworks.
Cybershot DSC-RX100 by c|net (May, 2005)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
  • 1,229 k dots
  • f/1.8
  • 25,600 ISO
  • 20 MP
  • Optical
  • 22.6 bits
  • Stitches together multiple photos into a single ultra-wide view
  • 86.63%
  • Combines multiple photos together to capture both bright and dark areas
  • 213 g
  • 101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9 mm
  • 35.9 mm

cons

  • 2,800 ms
  • Jun, 2012
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • None
  • Won't have that film look
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • Dust may appear in your photos
  • 1/2000 s
  • 30 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 90%
Read the review (Dec, 2013)
Even with its impressive effective resolution of 20.3MP, the individual photosites on the new sensor remain 4x larger than those of its main rivals, which in turn should allow for enhanced performance in low light.
Read the review (Sep, 2013)
Rated 78%
Read the review (Aug, 2012)
Read the review (Jun, 0023)
In addition, it's as happy shooting sweep panoramas and automated HDR images as it is capturing Raw images with plenty of exposure control, which means you arrive home with a more varied selection of images and videos than you might with one of its competitors.
Rated 100%
Read the review (Jul, 2012)
As you'd expect with a screen of that size on such a small camera, the RX100 has no optical viewfinder to fall back on in brighter lighting conditions, although in practice Sony's WhiteMagic technology results in a a very high contrast screen that can be comfortably used outdoors even in harsh sunlight.
Rated 74%
Read the review (May, 2005)
A 20-megapixel sensor doesn't guarantee good image quality and most pictures from the camera viewed at full size aren't impressive.

Lens

It's easy enough to access the top-level adjustments-image quality, flash, exposure compensation, macro, and self-timer-plus the Cyber Shot DSC-W70's handful of scene modes.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)
Impervious to the outdoor nasties that wreak havoc with electronics and lenses, this Cyber Shot is a solid choice for outdoor enthusiasts who want a simple point-and-shoot camera to capture their adventures.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)
The shooting controls-zoom, camera/movie, review, flash, macro, trash/thumbnails, and self-timer-reside on the back of the sliding portion, which means they're pretty flat.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)

Sensor

Overall, the camera's JPEGs look solid up to ISO 400 and acceptable through ISO 1600, depending upon scene content.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)
Noise is minimal at ISO 80 and ISO 100 and becomes noticeable at ISO 200.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)
Photo enthusiasts looking for shutter- or aperture-priority controls, TIFF or raw file formats, or other extra features should check out the competition.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)

Image quality

In the menu system, you'll find settings for image characteristics such as contrast, sharpness, and saturation; exposure compensation; focus; spot and multi metering; white balance; sensitivity; and more.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)
For a compact camera, $750 seems like a lot, but if you're looking for an all-around solid option with good performance, a flexible feature set, and excellent photo quality it's worth it.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)
It renders natural, accurate colors, with just the right saturation.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)

Screen

Sony may be a camera-come-lately with its Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 enthusiast compact, but boy, what a debut: a fast performer equipped with a relatively large sensor and a bright, fast lens, and wrapped in a small, sleek body.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)
The screen offers a reasonably sharp if unexceptional image and works well in outdoor light.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)
Minimal control buttons-flash, macro, self-timer, image size/delete, and display-on the rear of the camera are comfortably arranged.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)

Video

As it is, it takes exceptional pictures for a camera of its size, offers a wealth of manual shooting and customization options, and takes great video.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 79% by by DPReview (Sep, 2013)
If you're more interested in video, the camera's 1080p movie capture looks a bit better.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)
In addition to taking straight 30fps, VGA-quality (640x480) MPEG-4 videos, the M1 also incorporates a hybrid video mode that uses the camera's recording buffer to store five seconds of video before and three seconds after any image you take, giving you additional context for particularly important shots.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 | Rated 74% by by c|net (May, 2005)

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  • 3.8x f/1.4
  • 1/1.8" CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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LX7 is certainly not a bad camera, but its biggest flaw is the small sensor. Compared to RX100, it's quite small as you can see here: panasonic_lumix-dmc-lx7-vs-sony_cybershot-dsc-rx100 at to in...

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The G1X AF is extremely slow. Good picture quality and very good low light performance but very slow AF.

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I have not tested the Fuji, so this is kind of a one-sided answer.  I have used the Sony, and I can tell you that the focus in low light is very good, maybe as good as my Nikon D70.  The grain in...

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The sony is the best compact camera that is available , no need for information !

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The sony has all of the features that a mom wants !