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Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 review
Ilse Jurriën : March 10th 2013 - 00:22 CET
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SonySony DSC-RX100 review : With the introduction of the CyberShot DSC-RX100, Sony claimed to launch the best compact camera ever. What makes this camera different from other compact cameras to make Sony’s claim true? The Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 is a stylishly designed digital camera. Despite the relatively large image sensor, the format is still very compact. The elegant aluminum body has nice rounded corners, and it is comfortable to handle. The Sony DSC-RX100 is an allround camera that is ideal for travel, thanks to its dimensions and weight. It can also be used for street, landscape, and portrait photography. We used the Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 on New Year’s Eve in Dubai. Our findings of this compact camera are described in the following review.

Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 review

Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 review
For the CyberShot DSC-RX100, Sony has used a CMOS sensor Type 1.0. This is a relatively large sensor with 20.2 effective megapixels. If we look at the competition, only the Canon PowerShot G1 X is equipped with a larger sensor, but that is reflected in the camera’s dimensions. The advantage of the larger sensor is that the photos show less noise, with more depth of field and a higher dynamic range. Next to the improved BIONZ image processor, the Sony DSC-RX100 is equipped with a luminous intensity F1.8 lens. Since the lens allow a relatively large amount of light to enter, the Sony RX100 is able to shoot very sharp and detailed photos, resulting in beautiful professional bokeh effects, where the subject sticks out against a blurry background. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens has a zoom range of 28-100mm, which comes down to a modest 3.6 optical zoom.

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Sony CyberShot RX100 operation
The Sony CyberShot RX100 will appeal to a broad target group. Ambitious photographers that like to travel without too much photography gear and still desire high image quality will find that the DSC-RX100 is their ideal travel companion. Professional photographers that are looking for a second camera will also enjoy the CyberShot RX100. The camera has a clear button scheme. The pop-up flash, the on and off button, and the PASM dial are found on the top of the camera. Additionally, there is a separate video button on the back of the camera. The menu has a clear interface and settings that can be adjusted in a couple of clicks. Furthermore, the Sony CyberShot RX100 has new display technology. It is a clear, 3”, high-contrast Xtra Fine LCD display. The screen has a high resolution with 1.229.000 pixels, and is equipped with WhiteMagic technology, which makes the screen extra bright. A clear disadvantage of the display is that, even though it is a touchsreen, a lot of fingerprints are visible, which are difficult to remove.

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Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 camera features
The Sony CyberShot RX100 camera has the right specifications to shoot beautiful photos, even in low light circumstances. The Sony RX100 has an ISO range of 125-25,600. Next to the automatic position, the camera can be completely operated manually. You can adjust the shooting mode, exposure, zoom, and image effect with the operation ring around the lens. The autofocus system works fast. On average it takes the camera 0.13 seconds to focus. The Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 can shoot 10 frames per second in full resolution. Moreover, the Sony camera is equipped with a handy Fn button, in order to adjust an often-used function according to choice. Memory Recall saves up to three setting groups that are accessible immediately. Similar functions make it enjoyable to shoot with the Sony RX100. The less experienced photographer can grow with the camera, as the camera delivers outstanding results even in (semi)automatic mode. Moreover, there are diverse Picture Effects and Creative Styles available that make it possible to create artistic photos. Taking Panorama photos and HDR shots are also among the possibilities.

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Image quality of the Sony DSC-RX100
Sony presents a high-quality combination of a relatively large sensor, an intelligent processor, and a luminous intensity lens. The Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 delivers beautiful shots. The color representation is realistic and there is little noise visible up to ISO 1600. The white balance is sometimes a bit off, but thanks to the many settings, it can usually be compensated. The camera will not be sufficient for true action photography, but generally the DSC-RX100 can capture moving subjects in focus without a problem. The lens also performs exceptionally. There is only a small amount of distortion to speak of, and the Sony CyberShot RX100 curbs chromatic aberration better than the average compact camera. Photos can be saved in both JPEG and RAW format, moreover, the RX100 offers various editing options in the camera. The only thing that we still miss on this camera is WiFi, in order to share the photos you just took with your beloved.

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Sony DSC-RX100 review conclusion
With the CyberShot DSC-RX100, Sony has put a versatile compact camera on the market that once again blurs the difference between a compact camera and a system camera. The sleek design of the aluminum body is easy to carry with you in your pocket or handbag. Despite its light weight and compact dimensions, Sony has equipped the CyberShot RX100 with a relatively large CMOS sensor with a mere 20.2 megapixels, a renewed BIONZ image processor, and a luminous intensity F1.8 lens. This combination makes the Sony DSC-RX100 the best compact camera that is currently available. For experienced as well as less experienced photographers, this digital camera offers many functions and possibilities. Moreover, the new, thinner, and energy efficient battery allows for hours of photography enjoyment. The only disadvantage is the price, since this is another area where there is little differenc with a system camera. The Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 has a suggested retail price of € 650 Euros. For this, Sony delivers a compact camera with an astounding image quality, which will give you daily photography enjoyment!

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Sony RX100 review rating
• User-friendliness : 90
• Features : 90
• Image quality : 95
• Design : 90
• Price : 75
• Rating : 90 out of 100

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Sony RX100 test pictures
The following Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 test pictures were taken in JPEG format with a full production camera. The pictures are taken in the United Arab Emirates, in the capital Abu Dhabi and in Dubai. The test images are compressed, download the original Sony DSC-RX100 pictures via the links under the test picture.

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