3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 digital
camera has a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD TruBlack screen with 1,228,800 dots. The
LCD brightness control can be set to Auto, Manual (-2 to +2), or Sunny Weather
(appropriate for shooting outdoors). The camera has no separate viewfinder.
Recording Media: The camera is compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick Duo
(still images only), Memory Stick PRO
Duo (Mark 2 only for movie recording), Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
(Class 4 or higher).
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in
JPEG (with Fine and Standard compression), RAW (unprocessed), and JPEG+RAW
formats (images from both formats created at the same time). Moving images can be recorded in
AVCHD format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) with Dolby Digital 2ch audio or MPEG-4 with AAC
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera
uses a large 13.2 x 8.8mm (1") color Exmor CMOS image sensor with approximately
and 20.2-million effective pixels.
Lens: The camera is equipped with a bright Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar
T* (T-star) 3.6x zoom lens. It has a focal length of 28-100mm (35mm equivalent)
for recording still images, 29-105mm for recording 16:9 movies, and 36-128mm
for 4:3 movies (when SteadyShot is set to Standard). The aperture range is
F1.8-11.0 (W) and F4.9-11.0 (T).
Clear Image/Digital Zoom: In addition to the 3.6x optical
zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Clear Image Zoom or the
Digital Zoom, or both. The amount of zoom depends upon the image size as
|Image Size ||Optical Zoom ||Digital Zoom |
(includes 3.6x Optical Zoom)
|Clear Image Zoom ||Maximum Zoom Scale |
|L: 20M ||3.6x ||3.6x ||7.2x ||14x |
|M: 10M ||3.6x ||5.1x ||10x ||20x |
|S: 5M ||3.6x ||7.2x ||14x ||28x |
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode: Optical SteadyShot with
Active Mode can provide blur-free movies, even while walking. Camera-shake
compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the
addition of new electronic image stabilization. This makes it easier to obtain
sharp movies, even when zooming in unsteady situations.
Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still
images, the DSC-RX100 allows you to choose from the following image sizes
and aspect ratios:
| ||3:2 ||16:9 ||4:3 ||1:1 |
|Large ||5472 x 3648 ||5472 x 3080 ||2864 x 3648 ||3648 x 3648 |
|Medium ||3888 x 2592 ||3648 x 2056 ||3648 x 2736 ||2544 x 2544 |
|Small ||2736 x 1824 ||2720 x 1528 ||2592 x 1944 |
640 x 480
|1920 x 1920 |
Sweep Panorama: You can record multiple images while
moving the camera in an arc, either horizontally or vertically. You can choose
the direction to pan the camera while taking the images. These images can
be compiled into a single panoramic image, and played back on a 3D TV. The available image
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can
also record movies in AVCHD or MPEG-4 formats. Available
image sizes and movie quality include:
|Movie Format/Quality ||Average Bit-rate ||Image Size |
|AVC HD PS ||28 Mbps ||1920 x 1080/60p |
|AVC HD FX ||24 Mbps ||1920 x 1080/60i |
|AVC HD FH ||17 Mbps ||1920 x 1080/60i |
|MP4 12M ||12 Mbps ||1440 x 1080/30fps |
|MP4 VGA 3M ||3 Mbps ||640 x 480/30fps |
Note: You can shoot continuously for
approximately 29 minutes. Maximum MPEG-4 movie file size is
approximately 2 GB.
Dual Recording: When recording a movie, you can also take a
still image at the same time. When the movie recording is set to other than VGA
3M, the large images are 17M, while the small images are 4.2M. At VGA 3M, you
can record a 13M Large image or a 3.2M Small image. Dual Recording is not
available when recording 60p 28M (PS) movies.
Customizable Function Button: The camera features a Function
button that allows you to assign up to 7 functions for quick access. Assignable
functions include: Exposure Comp, ISO, White Balance, DRO/Auto HDR, Picture
Effect, Focus Mode, Autofocus Area, Drive Mode, Metering Mode, Flash Mode, Flash
Compensation, Creative Style, Soft Skin Effect, Image Quality, Image Size,
Smile/Face Detect, and Aspect Ratio. During playback, you can press the Function
button to change the orientation of the photo on the display.
Memory Recall: The Memory Recall mode can memorize up to
three groups of the user's preferred settings. Settings include zoom
magnification, white balance, exposure compensation, date, and grid lines. This
enables you to quickly switch the settings at the right moment.
Drive Modes: The camera offers multiple Drive Modes. In
addition to single image shooting, you can choose from the following:
- Continuous Shooting: The camera shoots continuous
images while you press and hold down the shutter release.
- Speed Priority Continuous: Shoots full 20.2 megapixel
images continuously at up to 10 frames per second while you press and hold
the shutter release button.
- Self-Timer: You can set the
Self-Timer mode to a 10-second or 2-second delay so you can be in the
- Self-Portrait: A Self-Portrait Timer mode will
capture the image 2 seconds after the face of one or two persons is
- Self-Timer Continuous: The Self-Timer Continuous shooting mode
takes continuous frames after a 10
second delay. You can choose the number of frames from 3 or 5.
- Bracket Continuous: The Bracket Continuous mode lets you shoot a series of 3
images, each with a different exposure setting--one at normal exposure, one
under exposed, and one over exposed. You can select two different step
values: 0.3 EV or 0.7 EV.
- Bracket WB: The Bracket WB mode shoots three images, each with
different degrees of brightness according to the selected settings of white
balance, color temperature, and color filter. You can choose the a low or
high bracket deviation value.
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing
- Multi AF: The camera focuses in all ranges of the
finder frame automatically. When you press the shutter button halfway, a
green frame is displayed around the area that is in focus.
- Center AF: The camera focuses on a subject in the center of the
frame. By pressing the shutter release halfway, you can lock the focus on
your subject and recompose your shot with the subject off center.
- Flexible Spot AF: The camera focuses on a very small area
that can be moved around the frame to the desired point on the screen.
Tracking Focus: If you are trying to photograph a moving
subject, you can use the tracking focus feature to keep the subject in focus as
it moves around the frame. If Face Detection and tracking focus are used at the
same time, the camera will track a selected face if it is registered with the
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto
focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject
in dark surroundings. You can set the AF Illuminator to Auto or Off.
Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to
eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to
deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. It can also give
priority to children or adults. You can also select and register an individual's
face to be given priority.
Smile Shutter Mode: The Smile Shutter technology
automatically detects and captures a smiling face. Simply activate by pressing
the Smile Shutter button and the camera will capture a smile the moment it
happens. You can adjust the degree of Smile Detection
Sensitivity as desired.
Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings:
Portrait, Baby, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight,
Landscape, Spotlight, Low Brightness, and Macro. You can select from Auto or Advanced
Scene Recognition modes.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can
select from the following shooting modes:
- Intelligent Auto Mode (iAuto): Allows you to shoot
still images with the settings adjusted automatically.
- Superior Auto Mode (iAuto+): Allows you to shoot
still images with higher quality than with Intelligent Auto mode.
- Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and aperture value). You can also
select various settings using the menu.
- Aperture Priority: You can shoot still images after
adjusting the aperture setting manually. The camera will determine the
- Shutter Priority: You can shoot still images
after adjusting the shutter speed manually. The camera will determine the
- Manual Exposure: You can set the exposure manually. The shutter speed can
be set between 1/2000 and 8 seconds. The aperture (F value) can be set
between F1.8 and F11 (Wide Angle) or between F4.9 and F11 (Telephoto).
- Memory Recall: You can set and store often-used modes
and numeric settings for recall at a later time.
- Movie Mode: Allows you to record Full HD AVCHD or MPEG-4 movies with
- Sweep Shooting: Multiple images are shot while
the camera is moving, and these images are compiled into a single panoramic image.
- Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
Portrait, Anti-Motion Blur, Sports Action, Pet, Gourmet, Macro, Landscape,
Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, Fireworks, and High Sensitivity.
Note: The Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter
Priority, and Manual shooting modes are available for movies as well as
Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +3.0EV to
-3.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash
features a range of 11-3/4"
to 56' 1-3/4" with the zoom set
to wide and 1' 9-1/2" to 20' 8" with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash
- Autoflash: the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are
dark or when there is backlight
- Fill Flash: the flash strobes with every shot
- Slow Sync: the flash is used regardless of the amount of
ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions,
allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit
- Rear Sync: the flash operates before exposure is
completed every time your trigger the shutter
- Off: the flash does not operate
Red-eye Reduction: The flash pre-strobes before shooting to
reduce the red-eye phenomenon. You can set to Auto (when Face Detection is
activated), On, or Off.
Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the
exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is
strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering
measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the
brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is
divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The
camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a
White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the
white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject,
and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting
conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can
select the flash white balance mode. The white balance can also be set to
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (warm white), Fluorescent (cool white), Fluorescent (day white),
Fluorescent (daylight), Color Temperature/Filter, Custom
(adjust white balance depending on the light source) or Custom Set (memorizes
the basic white color which will be used).
Grid Lines: The cameras
on-screen grid lines make it easy to set a subject's horizontal and vertical
position. You can choose from three grid line overlays: Rule of 3rds, Square,
and Diagonal + Square.
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image.
The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a
dark image when skewed to the left side.
In-camera Guide: An
on-screen function guide text/icon display makes it easy to learn the camera
functions that give you greater creative freedom to adjust photo settings. The
function guide can be turned on or off as desired.
Strap: The camera includes a wrist strap and two adapters
that allow you to attach an optional shoulder strap.
Folder View Modes: The Sony DSC-RX100's View Mode allows you to
select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into three folders:
Still, MP4, and AVCHD.
Index View: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full
screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index view mode. The index
feature lets you to display a total of 4 (2 x 2) or 9 (3 x 3) images at once.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back
images one after the other. You can select from the following slide show effects
(Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, or Active). The interval between the pictures can be adjusted,
allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds. When repeat
is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to
8x the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left
to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in
90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Picture Effect: You can add effects to images to make them
look like a watercolor or illustration. The original image as well as the
retouched image can be saved.
Images: You can delete a selected
image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid
accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.
Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark
is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF
(Digital Print Order Format) standard.
Battery Information: The DSC-RX100 is powered by the
supplied NP-BX1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-UD11 AC
adapter, the battery can be fully charged in the camera in approximately 155 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the
battery has the following capacity:
| Function ||Battery Life ||Number of Images |
Images ||Approx. 165 min ||Approx. 330 images |
| Viewing Still Images ||Approx. 250 min ||Approx. 5000 images |
| Recording Movies ||Approx. 80 min ||--- |
Internal Battery: The camera has an internal rechargeable
battery for maintaining the date and time and other settings regardless of
whether the power is on or off. The battery is continually charged as long as
you are using the camera. If the camera isn't used for about a month, the
internal battery can become discharged. The camera can still be used with a
discharged internal battery, however, the date and time will not be shown. The
internal battery can be fully recharged in approximately 24 hours with the power
off and a charged battery pack is in the camera.
HDMI: The RX100 has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output on the
of the camera for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is
required to make the connection. If you are connecting to a Sony Bravia TV with
Bravia Sync, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control. A
3D-capable TV is required for viewing 3D Panorama Sweep
Micro USB : The camera features a single micro USB jack
on the bottom of the camera for connecting the supplied USB cable for
downloading your photos to your computer or printer, or charging the battery in
the camera. The interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible.
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-RX100 has built-in PlayMemories Home software that can be installed on your computer when you connect the camera via
USB. With the PlayMemories
Home software you can:
- Import and display images recorded on the camera.
- View images in your computer by organizing them by shooting date on
- Correct still images (red-eye correction, etc.) print, send images
by email, and change shooting date/time.
- Save and print images with the shooting date inserted.
- Create a disc from AVCHD movies imported to a computer.
Note: The "PlayMemories
Home" software is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP operating
systems only. If you wish to play back images on a Mac, you can use
applications that are pre-installed on your Mac.
Image Data Converter: Image Data Converter software is
required to process images recorded in RAW format. It is not included with the
camera, but can be downloaded to your computer, using a URL printed in the
manual. Image Data Converter is compatible with Windows and Mac. Functions
available when using Image Data Converter include:
- Edit RAW images using multiple correction functions, such as tone curve
- Adjust images using white balance, aperture, and Creative Style, etc.
- Save displayed and edited still images to your computer.
- Display and compare the RAW/JPEG images shot with the camera.
- Rank images in five levels.
- Set the color label.