Sony RX100 Review

 
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Model Name: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor:  
Successor: Sony RX100 II
RX100 vs RX100 II
General
Model Number: RX100
Camera Format: Compact
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $649.99
Street Price: $453.43
Date Available: 2012-07-27
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 8.5 oz (240 g)
includes batteries
Size: 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.4 in.
(102 x 58 x 36 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Sony Exmor
Effective Megapixels: 20.2
Sensor Format: 1 inch
Sensor size: 116.16mm2 (13.20mm x 8.80mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 2.41 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 2.7x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score: 66
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 22.6
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 12.4
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 390
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 5472 x 3648 (20.0 MP, 3:2),
4864 x 3648 (17.7 MP, 4:3),
5472 x 3080 (16.9 MP, 16:9),
3648 x 3648 (13.3 MP, 1:1),
3888 x 2592 (10.1 MP, 3:2),
3648 x 2736 (10.0 MP, 4:3),
3648 x 2056 (7.5 MP, Other),
2736 x 1824 (5.0 MP, 3:2),
2592 x 1944 (5.0 MP, 4:3),
2720 x 1528 (4.2 MP, 16:9),
12416 x 1856 (23.0 MP, Other),
8192 x 1856 (15.2 MP, Other),
2160 x 5536 (12.0 MP, Other),
2160 x 3872 (8.4 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG, MPO, RAW (ARW 2.3), RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 10.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60p/60i)
1440x1080 (30p)
640x480 (30p)
Movie File Format: AVCHD 2.0 / MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) with Dolby Digital (AC3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC audio
Composite Video Out: No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a
Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T*; 7 elements in 6 groups, including 4 aspheric elements, 7 blade aperture
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 28.0 - 100.0 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.60x
Aperture Range: f/1.8 (wide) / f/4.9 (tele) - f/11
Normal Focus Range: 5 cm to Infinity
2.0 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: n/a
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 2x Clear Image Zoom
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection: Multi point AF (25 points) / Center weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible sport (face tracking)
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type:  
Focus Peaking: Yes
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 1,228,800 dots (307,200 px)
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 13.6x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 6400
Minimum ISO (native): 125
ISO Settings: Auto, ISO 125-6400, with ISO 80 and 100 low extensions, up to 25600 with Multi Frame NR
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm, Cool, Day, Daylight), Flash, Color Temp/Filter, Custom
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/2000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Multi segment, Center- weighted, Spot
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Anti Motion Blur (6 shot layering), Sports Action, Pet, Gourmet, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, Fireworks, High Sensitivity; DRO, Auto HDR, Auto Portrait Framing, Sweep Panorama; Picture Effect(s): Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Self Timer: 2, 10, Portrait1, Portrait2 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Off
Flash Guide Number: n/a
Flash Range Description: ISO Auto: 0.30m to 17.1m (W) / 0.55m to 6.3m (T)
Max Flash Sync: 1/2000
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: n/a
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: MS Duo / MS PRO Duo / SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: No UHS support
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: RAW (ARW 2.3), RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format: AVCHD 2.0 / MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) with Dolby Digital (AC3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC audio
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: No
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: No
Remote Control Type:  
Connections (extended): Micro HDMI (Type D) with BRAVIA Link
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.36
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.66
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): Unlimited
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 0.62
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 10.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 13
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 10.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 13
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 10.0
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 10
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.15
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 0.27
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.032
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.37
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.013
Shutter Lag (notes):  
Startup Time: 2.8
Play -> Record Time: 1.1
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 7.2
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary NP-BX1
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary NP-BX1 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: No
Internal Charging Supported: Yes
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 330
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software:  
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Optical Image Stabilization, Programmable Control Ring, RAW Support, AF Assist/Peaking, Auto Portrait Framing, 13 Picture Effects, Face Registration/Detection, Smile Shutter, Soft Skin Effect, Sweep Panorama, Multi Aspect Recoding (3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1), Digital Level Gauge, Dual Record, MS Duo/SDXC Multi Slot, Aluminum Body


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