Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
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Sony DSC-RX100 Review
24 June 2013
Summary: The Sony DSC-RX100 is a very modern and beautiful compact camera with an aggressive design and elegant and characterized by the use of high-quality materials. The performance and features are anything but compact and help to make the price of this device quite high, reaching figures that can be safely relate with the sisters of the world Reflex.
Pros: Lens F1.8 Carl Zeiss ® Vario-Sonnar ® T; Video Full HD 50p Mode SteadyShot, Clear Image Zoom up to 7.2 x; design and materials; Large Exmor CMOS sensor 1; Xtra Fine LCD high resolution; ring control, ISO 25600 in Multi Frame NR.
Sony's RX100 hits the right notes for advanced photographers
19 October 2012
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100's compact, elegant design, generally excellent photo quality, bright, fast lens, and speedy performance make a great package if you don't mind spending a little more money.
Pros: Speed, good looks, and pretty pictures number among the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100's strengths.
Cons: The camera tends to clip bright highlights more than we typically see, and the slippery body lacks a grip. Plus, the lack of a manually triggered macro mode might put off some fans of close-up photography.
Summary: The Sony DSC-RX100 is by no means a DSLR replacement, but it is definitely a strong companion for those who are used to DSLR-like quality and features. There's a lot to love about the RX100 like the compact form factor, the control ring on the lens, the fast aperture and the larger than usual sensor. While the camera does offer a large f/1.8 aperture, the maximum aperture changes rather quickly to higher numbers the further one zooms, going all the way to f/4.9.
Pros: Compact form factor, Large 1-inch sensor for great image quality, Fast f/1.8 aperture allows low light shooting, Excellent Build Quality
Cons: Lack of ergonomic grip, Control ring doesn't have stops, so rotating it feels a little arbitrary, No hot shoe for external flash, No optical viewfinder
Summary: The RX100 is probably the most capable compact camera on the market today, combining the image quality benefits of a mid-sized sensor with the proportions of a conventional compact. Extensive, though not flawless, manual controls make the RX100 a great second camera for DSLR shooters.
Pros: Excellent image quality and solid ISO performance, Class-leading movie features and quality, A good degree of customization puts your favorite settings at your fingertips, Fast operation, including focus and Raw capture, Flexible lens range (though a brighter zoom would have been nice), Excellent range of additional features (sweep panorama and auto HDR in particular), Good battery life for this class of camera, USB-charging (with fast charger) makes it easy to travel...
Cons: Clickless control dial contributes to vague and unengaging shooting experience, Flash metering is unpredictable, Lack of ND filter can limit the ability to use wide apertures, Screen hard to see in direct sunshine, despite WhiteMagic technology, No official option to fit filters onto the lens (third-party glue-on adapters are available), In-camera raw conversion would add flexibility, Playback confusingly separated into stills, MP4 and AVCHD sections, Lag when trying ...
Summary: The basics The Sony RX100 is a digital compact camera with 20.3 megapixels Exmor CMOS sensor and an F1.8 lens. The RX100 also has a 3.6x optical zoom and shoots full HD video, which can be previewed on its 3-inch LCD viewfinder. Other RX100 features include face detection, auto focus and a sweeping panorama mode. The good As compact as the Sony RX100 is, it still feels very sturdy, not that we’d expect any less from Sony.
Pros: As compact as the Sony RX100 is, it still feels very sturdy, not that we’d expect any less from Sony. The design is smooth, weighty and pleasing enough to want to be seen carrying one around. There’s a bit of a retro, yet modern charm about it. Good design extends to a sensible button layout that won’t confuse even the most novice of camera types. The RX100 is dead easy to use. Its features well-laid out and easy to find. Another neat feature is the ring around the le...
Cons: There are few real complaints to be had here, but it’s a shame the LCD viewfinder isn’t touchscreen, and the RX100 could be quicker to fix its autofocus on subjects - something bound to irk the more practiced photographers. You also won’t be able to use the fun photo effects on board when shooting in raw mode.
Summary: The RX-100, with its beautiful design, is aimed towards enthusiasts and beginners looking to make the jump to a more advanced camera. The camera is only 13.2 mm x 8.8 mm in dimensions and feels really light in your hand. The glossy feel of the design feels a little slippery, but the camera is so sleek that you would easily be mistaken for someone holding a point and shoot. The image quality from 80-6400 ISO is perfect.
Pros: Small size, Large sensor, High ISO range, 8 face recognition, BIONZ image processor
Cons: No Wi-Fi, which is becoming common in other cameras in this class.
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is an excellent camera as far as performance and features go. The slim design, with the metallic body is stylish, the body seems rugged and yet incredibly lightweight, considering what it packs. In addition to automatic mode, the enthusiast gets full manual control with a whole bunch of features. The image stabilisation and autofocus work like a charm, and the macro mode is brilliant.
Pros: Compact and lightweight; Excellent image quality; Fast; RAW image format; Good low-light performance; Manual focus ring; Gorgeous, large display.
Cons: Detail loss due to excessive noise reduction; Pop-up flash is delicate; Slippery body makes it hard to get a grip.
Conclusion: There are 10 shooting options provided in all, running the usual gamut of manual and full auto modes, with a Superior Auto choice automatically enhancing images at the point of capture. Imagine an in-camera Photoshop ‘Auto Levels’ tool, though processing slows marginally in this mode.
Pros: One of the largest image sensors to be found in a compact camera; high 20MP resolution; Full HD video with stereo sound; full manual controls and intelligent auto settings; solid aluminium construction and understated design
Cons: Very expensive for a pocket camera; backplate buttons are small enough to warrant fingertip precision; image quality not exact match for DSLR or system cameras offering even larger sensor for a similar cost
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is a new "serious compact" camera with manual controls, RAW shooting, a large 1 inch 20.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor and f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3.6x optical zoom lens.
Pros: Good noise performance, Large sensor, Excellent image quality, High resolution screen, Highest resolution compact camera available, Extremely stylish leather case available, Stylish metal body, Electronic level
Cons: Tripod plate can stop front lens-ring dial working, f/4.9 at telephoto end, High price / High price case, Lack of grip at front
Excerpt: Sony's RX100 created a frisson of excitement when it was announced on 6 June because of its 'winning' combination of a small camera body plus a relatively large, high-resolution sensor. The 20.2 megapixel sensor is supported by a fast (f/1.8-f/4.9), 3.6x optically stabilised Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens.
Pros: You're looking for a pocketable, large-sensor digicam with PASM shooting modes., You want raw file capture and Full HD video recording., You don't mind having to dive into menus to adjust camera settings., You want good-looking photos at high ISO settings., You'd like a built-in flash.
Cons: You want an optical viewfinder., You want interchangeable lenses., You require quick access to key camera settings., You don't like in-camera battery charging.