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 without an interchangeable lens, it’d better be truly exemplary. This is the camera that turned me around: The Sony Cybershot RX100 , a $650 point-and-shoot.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100, at first sight, might look like just another point and shoot. But with a newly designed sensor that boasts a robust 20.2 million pixels the RX100 is out to prove it can makes its way to the top of the charts. Add to those stats a Carl Zeiss lens with superior auto focus capabilities, the only thing standing in the way is the $650 price tag.
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is certainly one of best point and shoot cameras available. Although it lacks a viewfinder, zoom capability and additional features like Wi-Fi and NFC, the image quality in a camera of its size is phenomenal. This point and shoot camera is definitely built for image quality above all else.
Pros: A 1-inch sensor and high-end Zeiss lens offer exceptional image quality in a compact package.
Cons: The RX100 lacks features like Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS and has a limited optical zoom range.
Summary: For serious DSLR owners, a high-quality pocket-sized compact is often high on their wish list. We've seen some strong contenders in recent years, but nothing that offers quite the complete package that the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 provides. Its an almost perfect blend of size, performance and image quality, and is a camera that will allow you to leave your DSLR behind without fear of serious compromise.
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.
Large sensor, fast lens, tiny body... has Sony finally achieved the impossible?
27 July 2012
Summary: Sony's RX100 is nothing short of the best all-around compact camera I've ever seen. Where mirrorless cameras made waves by downsizing DSLR-quality photos into a package you could throw into your coat pocket, the RX100 does the same for your jeans. It's really no exaggeration to say that it produces images on par with an average DSLR and kit lens combination, making this a revolutionary camera that means you'll always be in a situation where you can take genuinely high...
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. It couldn't possibly escape us that they were aiming squarely at Canon's successful S-series of pocket cameras in their design, but it also seemed like a wise move.
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 capability (down to less than 1/16 foot-candle), Excellent high-ISO performance for such a compact model, Surprisingly good dynamic range, especially from raw files, Crazy-fast shutter...
Cons: 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 capability (down to less than 1/16 foot-candle), Excellent high-ISO performance for such a compact model, Surprisingly good dynamic range, especially from raw files, Crazy-fast shutter...