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The Cyber-shot RX100 was introduced by Sony in June 2012. It belongs to the enthusiast Compacts category.
Sony is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Sony.
The Cyber-shot RX100 features a CMOS sensor in 1" size that has an area of approximately 13 x 9 mm² (0.52" x 0.35").
This infographic compares the Cyber-shot RX100's sensor to other common formats:
(The 1-Euro coin used for scale has a diameter of 23.25mm, slightly smaller than a US quarter.)
The Cyber-shot RX100's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 20 megapixel. The resolution is above average and will be sufficient for the foreseeable future. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.
The Sony supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Sony's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.
|Sensor area||13.20 x 8.80mm²|
(0.52" x 0.35")
|Resolution (physical)||21.00 megapixel|
|Resolution (effective)||20.10 megapixel|
|Pixel size||18.40 µm²|
The Cyber-shot RX100 has a built-in lens that can not be changed.
The Sony's focal length goes from 28mm to 100mm, a zoom range of 4x. The aperture varies from F1.8 at the short or wide-angle end, to F4.9.
|Focal length (min)||28mm|
|Focal length (max)||100mm|
The Cyber-shot RX100 does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera's display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.
The Cyber-shot RX100's shutter speeds range from 1/2000s to 30s.
The highest shutter speed of the Sony is just 1/2000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.
|Max. shutter speed||1/2000s|
|Min. shutter speed||30s|
The Cyber-shot RX100's sensitivity goes from 160 ISO und 12800 ISO, a very useful and practical range.
|Min. sensitivity||160 ISO|
|Max. sensitivity||12800 ISO|
The Cyber-shot RX100 supports all common metering modes.
The Sony will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.
The Cyber-shot RX100's auto focus processor uses 25 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. with low contrast subjects).
Manual focus is also possible with the Sony, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.
The Cyber-shot RX100 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 10m (33 ft.). That range will work for most situations.
A hotshoe is missing from the Sony.
The Cyber-shot RX100 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.20 megapixel. That's about average.
Unfortunately, the Cyber-shot RX100's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.
The Cyber-shot RX100 does not feature a touch screen.
Display characteristics at a glance:
When recording videos with the Cyber-shot RX100, the highest supported resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixel, in other words Full HD Video. 4K videos are not supported by the Sony.
A connector for an external microphone is missing from the Sony. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.
Videos with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 at a glance:
|Max. resolution||1920 x 1080 pixel|
|...with frame rates||24 frames/second|
|CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS|
Built-in wireless connectivity is not available with the Sony. You will need appropriate accessories to wirelessly transfer images between camera and smartphone.Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.
The Sony connects to your PC over USB 2.0.
The Sony's connectivity at a glance:
What memory cards can be used with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100?
The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.
With an average image size of 8 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 4000 images.
Supported memory cards at a glance:
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro
Let's have a look at some other features of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100:
The Cyber-shot RX100 doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom.
The Cyber-shot RX100 features a built-in stabilizer. With a 4x zoom, that's not necessarily a requirement, but nice to have nonetheless.
A nice addition is the Sony's electronic level. The camera displays an indicator on the monitor that makes it super-easy to level the camera horizontally, very useful when doing architectural photography.
The camera has a built-in function to facilitate creating panoramas: While panning the Sony over the scene, the camera takes a sequence of images which are then automatically assembled to form a panorama.
The camera can create HDRs automatically. That saves you from manually creating sequences of images with variying exposure values.
The Cyber-shot RX100 is not environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; keep that in mind in the rain and on the beach.
The Sony's features in a handy table:
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 works with a NP-BX1 LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 330 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.
The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.
The Cyber-shot RX100's battery at a glance:
|Battery life||330 photos|
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100's dimensions are 101.6 x 58.1 x 36mm³. (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is only 240 grams (7.7 oz.), lens included.
Front and top view of the Cyber-shot RX100 with dimensions:
To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).
The Cyber-shot RX100 is not much bigger:
|Download||Specs, manual & software|
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Our rating of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100
Sony's RX100, introduced in 2012, offers a lot in a small package: a 1" sensor with 20 megapixel resolution, a nice 4x Zeiss zoom, built-in support for panoramas plus reasonable speed and responsiveness. Today (2017), no less than five generations of RX100s are available. The latest model (Cyber-shot RX100 V ) offers all the latest bells and whistles you'd expect from an current enthusiast compact, but one pays for that with much higher price and mediocre battery life.
As a compact and portable travel camera, the original RX100 still gets our recommendation, especially when on sale.
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