The Sony RX100 is an awesome camera. As you can see by the photo of it on my hand, it is truly a compact camera that can easily fit into a jacket or cargo pant pocket. I like the size of it for travelling, and it is a camera that takes amazing photographs.
When I was researching pocket cameras I was very concerned about image quality. I realized that just a high number of megapixels on a small image sensor could lead to noisy images. The sensor on this camera is huge in comparison to other cameras in its class. It has a 1″ CMOS sensor with 20 megapixels. The image sensor in conjunction with a sharp Carl Zeiss lens produces fantastic photos. The huge images produced allow a lot of freedom in post shooting work on a computer, regarding severe cropping into the original and still getting a very crisp shot.
The RX100 can take excellent photographs in low light with its bright f1.8 maximum aperture. I find that I never seem to use the built in flash, but rather rely on the camera’s ability to use surrounding light. If the internal flash is used however, it pops up on an extension which helps to get the flash away from the lens. The flash can also be pulled back and up to bounce light off of the ceiling in a room producing a more diffused light. Also I bought this compact Sony camera with the intention of one day having it in my dive camera set-up. Its low light capabilities are ideal for scuba diving.
Macro photography is something I enjoy, and the RX100 can take excellent close-up photographs. As mentioned earlier, the large image sensor and high megapixel count allow even more “zooming in” on my computer for some very cool close-up pictures.
I’m used to using an LCD screen on a camera, so I don’t miss having an internal viewfinder. Also this LCD screen uses new technology that makes it very bright and easy to view even on sunny days.
Overall I’m very pleased with this camera, and it has a lot of functions that allow room to grow in my learning curve of photography.
- 1″-type Exmor CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm, 3:2 aspect ratio)
- 20.2 million effective pixels
- 28-100mm (equiv), f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
- Steady-Shot image stabilization
- ISO 125-6400 (ISO 80 and 100 expansion, up to 25,600 using multi-frame noise-reduction)
- Face Recognition and Face Registration (up to 8 faces)
- Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
- 10fps continuous shooting in ‘Speed Priority’ mode
- 3″ 1.2M-dot ‘WhiteMagic’ LCD screen
- 13 Picture Effects (27 with variations)
- Memory Recall feature can store up to three groups of custom settings
- 1080p60 video, (AVCHD) with MP4 option (50p in PAL regions)
- Built-in stereo microphones
- 330-shot battery life (CIPA)