Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Review: Simply Amazing

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 9
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 9
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Expandability
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 8.75
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Excellent still image quality
    • Good autofocus and shutter lag performance
    • Good ISO performance given resolution
    • Full manual controls along with fully automatic and RAW shooting format
  • Cons

    • Cost
    • No external battery charger
    • Below average printed user's manual
    • RAW converter must be downloaded

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is a high-quality point and shoot camera that nears the abilities and quality of an entry-level DSLR. Priced at $650 at the time of the review, the camera is also comparable in price to entry level DSLRs, but packs a 1-inch CMOS sensor in to a machine with a 3.6 optical zoom lens, 20.2 megapixel resolution and 3-inch high resolution LDC monitor. The RX100 has an aluminum body construction, weighs 8.5 ounces and is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket at 4 x 2.375 x 1.43-inches.

\"SonyThe camera has all the standard dedicated controls, which DigitalCameraReview found easy to use, however noted the location of the video capture button on the top right of the rear side makes it awkward to activate when shooting one-handed. DCR also found the device\’s menus to be simple and intuitive while a bit lengthy. DCR was disappointed in the thoroughness of the printed instruction manual, noting that the price tag of the device should warrant a more comprehensive manual. The 3-inch LCD display has a 1229K resolution and DCR found it to have an average outdoor performance in extreme lighting conditions. The device also features an ISO range of 80 to 6400 and shoots full 1080 HD video.

DCR found the overall performance of the RX100 to be of above average quality. The power up time of the device is two seconds and the shutter lag is .1 seconds. The camera has low and speed priority shooting modes and DCR noted the device has good shot-to-shot times in both modes. DCR also found the autofocus acquisition to be one of the fastest reviewed at .26 seconds. DCR found the RX100\’s video quality is very good and autofocuses well. DCR also noted good lens performance and said the JPEG fine quality is \”very good.\”

Overall DCR found the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 to have excellent still image quality and good autofocus and shutter lag performance and said the camera \”packs a lot of image quality punch into a truly shirt pocket portable compact digital camera.\” DCR notes the RX100 is a great choice for a DSLR owner looking for a compact camera capable of producing high-quality images, but also said \”you don\’t have to own a DSLR to enjoy the benefits of fine image quality from this new Sony.\”


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