This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V that Sony has first introduced to the public in Oct 06, 2016. 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 BSI-CMOS sensor.
Initially, Sony developed this model to replace their older product RX100 IV and, after some time, Sony has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one RX100 IV.
In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #20 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 50/100 and it takes a rank of #86 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 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 V. 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 V has the following external dimensions 102 x 102 x 41 mm (40.16 x 22.83 x 16.14″) with the weight of 299 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 V, 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 V is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 41mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 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 V 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 V compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 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 V 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 V comes with Bionz X processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V has the following ISO range 125 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 80 - 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 V 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 V, 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 70 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V’s sensor.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 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 V with other standard sensor sizes.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,229k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,359k dots.
100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.
Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V are its 24.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
One more highlight that makes Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 315 points.
In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 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 V, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S formats.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.
Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V provides a shooting life of 220, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V’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 V’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 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 V performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 51. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V can be called a Strong 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 V performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V can be called a 95 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 7. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V can be called a 79 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.
|Model||Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V|
|Announced||Oct 06, 2016|
|Body Type||Large sensor compact|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||2,359k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||24.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||70|
|DxO Color Depth||22.8|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.4|
|DxO Low Light ISO||586|
|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||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||125|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||315|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Max Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|Physical Dimensions||102 x 58 x 41 mm|
|Battery Life||220 shots|
|Battery Type||220 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|