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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
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.
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.
You can connect Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Announced||Aug 28, 2012|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Slow Sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||66|
|DxO Color Depth||22.6|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.4|
|DxO Low Light ISO||390|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|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|
|Physical Dimensions||102 x 58 x 36 mm|
|Battery Life||330 shots|
|Battery Type||330 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|