Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Review

Overall 50
Imaging 19
Features 42
Size 85
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP 1" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 102 x 58 x 36 mm
  • Weight: 240 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Sony RX100 II.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Summary

This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Aug 28, 2012. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Sony has replaced this product with their most recent model RX100 II.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #14 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 50/100 and it takes a rank of #73 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F1.8-4.9
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 240 g
  • Battery Life: 330 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 390
  • Number Of Focus Points: 25
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 has the following external dimensions 102 x 102 x 36 mm (40.16 x 22.83 x 14.17″) with the weight of 240 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 36mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 — 330 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 — 36 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 — 240 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 features a 20.0 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 66 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,229k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 provides a shooting life of 330, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.

Compared to all models in the Large Sensor Compact category, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 offers the highest battery life that reaches 330 shots.

How Good is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 48. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 43. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (102 x 58 x 36 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1"(13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 25. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 can be called a 25 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (25)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (390)
  • Small battery life (330 shots)
  • Small size (102 x 58 x 36 mm)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 47. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (240 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 can be called a 80 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (12.4)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (390)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Announced Aug 28, 2012
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,229k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 66
DxO Color Depth 22.6
DxO Dynamic Range 12.4
DxO Low Light ISO 390
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1"
Sensor Dimensions 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Sensor Area 116.16 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 240 g
Physical Dimensions 102 x 58 x 36 mm
Battery Life 330 shots
Battery Type 330 shots
Battery Model NP-BX1
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1

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