Excerpt: Saying you’ve found “the best point-and-shoot camera” is like saying you’ve got “the best kind of toe fungus.” It’s something hardly anybody wants. We’re all carrying around perfectly capable cameras on our smartphones, so if you’re going to recommend adding the bulk and expense of a compact camera...
Pros: Truly amazing sensor packed into camera that fits in your pocket. Beautiful Zeiss lens opens up to f/1.8. Fast and accurate autofocus. ISO range from 125 to 6400, and an Auto ISO mode that never misses. The best manual control ring I’ve used on a point-and-shoot. Big LCD. Deep levels of programma...
Cons: No matter how you look at it, 0 is a lot of cheese. No viewfinder. Pre-programmed scenes lack intelligence. Video export isn’t as smooth or easy as it is on other cameras.
Summary: With an expected price of around £550, the RX100 is one of the more expensive compacts available – costing almost £200 more than the likes of the PowerShot S100 and X10 and placing itself firmly in Compact System Camera and entry-level DSLR territory.
Pros: Large sensor and the results it delivers, lens, build quality and size
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is one of the most exciting compacts to appear for some time. Until now the Canon PowerShot S and Panasonic LX series have been the compacts of choice for enthusiast photographers looking for the elusive balance of quality and control in a pocketable format.
Pros: Big sensor, pocketable compact form factor., Programmable lens control ring., 10fps full-resolution burst shooting., Shallow depth of field., Raft of stacking modes.
Cons: Rear control wheel not customisable., Digital zoom can't be disabled in movie mode., No built-in memory and lack of 'No card' warning.
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 doesn't come cheap, but it looks great and produces consistently first-class stills. Low-light performance can't be faulted, colour reproduction is excellent and movies are crisp, with a well-captured soundtrack. This is the best compact you can buy right now.
Pros: Excellent stills; impressive low-light results; Accurate colour reproduction; Large sensor; Movie mode; Wide aperture lens; Versatile control ring.
Cons: Some wind noise on movies; Control ring can be a little slow; No bundled battery charging cradle; Extremely pricey.
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 packs a relatively huge 1-inch image sensor into a point-and-shoot body, delivering close-to-SLR-quality images from a camera you can fit in your back pocket. It's expensive, but worth it.
Pros: Large image sensor. Superb image quality, even at high ISOs. Fast lens. Customizable controls. Large, extra-sharp LCD. Virtually no shutter lag. Raw shooting support.
Cons: As expensive as some D-SLRs. No EVF option, GPS, or Wi-Fi. Limited zoom range. In-camera battery charging only.
Excerpt: Camera design is all about compromise. Great pictures ideally need large sensors and fast lenses, but this usually means a heavier burden on your camera bag or wallet. Mirrorless cameras try to strike a middle ground by helping you capture DSLR-style images in a smaller, often less expensive...
Pros: Astonishing image quality for the size, Solid, pocketable design, Excellent interface
Cons: Unimpressive video performance and usability, Expensive
Conclusion: Shaking up the premium pocket camera market, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 made quite an impact here at Imaging-Resource.com. Not only did it make a lot of big claims, the Sony RX100 actually lived up to most of them, packing an astonishing amount of imaging power into a small package.
Pros: Smart controls in a compact body, Excellent implementation of Program Shift with front ring, Exposure preview as you make adjustments, Very high resolution, Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture for shallow depth of field and good night shooting, Very fast AF performance, Very good low-light AF capabilit...
Cons: Despite its simple external controls, its options are somewhat overwhelming, Some lens flare noticed at night when shooting wide open, Poor rendering of yellows - undersaturated and shifted toward green, Slow flash recycling, Autofocus very slow to lock in Continuous AF mode, Very limited flash r...