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Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100

Large-sensor compact digital camera with 20.2-megapixels and an f/1.8 Carl Zeiss® lens

28 Reviews | 4 questions - 5 answers


Our take on the Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100

I don't know if you've ever seen 10 Jack Russell terriers in full sprint. In county fair season around our Crutchfield HQ region, you can sometimes witness them racing around hay bales for fun and prizes. They're so fast that unless you're looking hard they'll be streaky blurs in front of your eyes.

Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100 compact camera with its on-board flash deployed

The Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100 has the tools to make short work of your low-light challenges

Meanwhile, at the county fair

I don't know if you've ever seen 10 Jack Russell terriers in full sprint. In county fair season around our Crutchfield HQ region, you can sometimes witness them racing around hay bales for fun and prizes. They're so fast that unless you're looking hard they'll be streaky blurs in front of your eyes.

So what does this have to do with the Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100? Well, once upon a time I tried to take pictures of an event like this with a typical point-and-shoot. Predictably, I documented streaky blurs. If I'd had the high-speed autofocusing DSC-RX100 in my shirt pocket that day I'd have taken home high-resolution, 10 frames-per-second continuous action shots that would have brought home the pure fun and excitement of a classic American summer moment.

Best in show

The RX100 is a rare breed. It's got the convenience of a point-and-shoot for sure. But it's got features that you don't normally see in a camera this compact. The biggest eye-opener is a 1" Exmor CMOS sensor, which is almost two and a third times as large as most of the other sensors in the compact camera class. In combination with its light-sensitive Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8 - 4.9 lens, this camera is capable of taking vibrant, detailed pictures and video that will rival what you'd expect from a bigger, more expensive DSLR rig. Even in low light.

The Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100 features simple, DSLR-like controls

A control ring and a top-mounted mode-selector wheel lead off the DSLR-like control features on the RX100

It's all in the details

The lens has a 3.6X zoom range, so you don't have to be right next to your subject to get the framing you'd like. A control ring on the lens gives you access to intuitive manual adjustments. 1080/60p videos and 20.2-megapixel stills enjoy the benefits of DSLR-like program, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, and full manual modes (P/A/S/M). Plus, unlike most other cameras in its class, the RX100 will capture still shots in RAW mode, so you have extra information with which to pull the best possible image from your files.

Ready in moments

Tech features aside, you'll enjoy the pure spontaneous experience of having this camera available 24/7. As mentioned before, it fits in a jacket pocket. The ultra-high, 1229k-dot resolution WhiteMagic™ LCD display is specifically designed to be viewable in bright daylight. And the aluminum body is sleek, easy to handle, and tough.

    • 20.2-megapixel effective recording
    • large 1" (13.2 x 8.8mm) CMOS sensor makes for low noise and exceptional sensitivity
    • light sensitive f/1.8-4.9, 3.6X optical zoom lens (7.2X with Clear Image interpolation)
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, and Memory Stick® PRO Duo™ media
    • 10 frames-per-second continuous image capture at full 20.2-megapixel resolution
    • ultra-high resolution 3" LCD screen (1,229,000 dots) has superior visibility in bright daylight
    • delivers 1080/60 progressive frames-per-second HD video
    • simultaneously records 1080/60p and 17-megapixel still shots
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 29-105mm (16:9 still mode)
    Special Features:
    • Superior Auto and P/A/S/M modes for both video and stills accommodate any skill level
    • Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization for shake-free videos even while walking
    • saves pictures as both JPEGs and RAW files
    • advanced Exmor® 1" CMOS sensor for sharp photos even in low light
    • manual focus assist via a "peaking" display that detects in-focus edges
    • face detection controls focus and exposure for accurate portraits
    • built-in flash
    • digital level gauge to allow easier leveling of the camera
    • scene recognition chooses the appropriate scene mode based on your subject and shooting environment
    • Photo Creativity functions include: Picture Effect, Background Defocus, Color, Brightness, and Vividness
    • multi-frame noise reduction shoots multiple images and layers them to produce a single noise-free image
    • Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode detects 33 different types of scenes for photos and 44 scenes for movies, and then selects the appropriate camera settings
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • micro HDMI output (HDMI cable not included)
    • high-speed micro USB interface
    • 4"W x 2-3/8"H x 1-7/16"D
    • weight (without battery or memory): 7.5 oz.
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    Supplied Accessories:
    • rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-BX1)
    • AC adapter
    • micro USB cable
    • wrist strap (with shoulder strap adaptor)

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital camera (black)
    • NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V / 4.5 Wh / 1240 mAh)
    • AC-UD11 AC Adapter (DC output: 5V / 1500mA)
    • 40" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and micro USB on the other end)
    • Wrist strap
    • 2 Strap adapters (for optional shoulder strap)
    • Instruction Manual (Eng/Span)
    • Warranty Sheet
    • Online Product Registration sheet
    • PlayMemories Home sheet
    • Accessories brochure

    Picture quality due to large 1" CMOS sensor is terrific, with fast shutter speed f 1.8. Great price, pocket packable, and also comes with a good LOWE brand camera bag/case. Not much zoom but that is part of the trade off for truly sharp bright pictures. And the camera has 'image stabilization.

    Richard, Rochester, NY


    Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100 Reviews

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    (28 Reviews)

    Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100

    Crutchfield customer from Kerrville, TX on 7/22/2018

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    never had anything this small but powerful. beautiful images. quiet and unobtrusive. perfect for candid, clandestine moments

    Pros: we all need help, we all can help


    The Best of Its Type and Price

    Bob from Pompano Beach, FL on 7/21/2018

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    As always, I did a lot of research before buying. This camera is by far the the very best for its price. The "i" version doesn't have all the extra features of its newer brothers, but takes the same high-quality images. So, if you can forgo some not-very-needed bells-and-whistles and want to save hundreds of dollars, this is the one for you. At first , I thought we required a touch-screen, but after testing some models, they're not all that helpful, even for focusing. Beyond that, similarly priced cameras with touch-screens don't produce high-quality images.

    Pros: Great images Easy to use point-and-shoot Ability to use with full traditional controls

    Cons: Larger and heavier than most point-and-shooters

    A bargain and still a great camera

    Christopher from Jackson Heights, NY on 7/1/2018

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    This is still a great camera, and at the price I bought it for it is a steal. With the introduction of the RX100 mark VI, the prices all down the line have fallen and suddenly the original model looks very attractive again. I had the original model from about 2012 but about a year ago it died. I was considering the new mark VI but at such a high price I really couldn't justify it. Very happy to have stumbled across the lower price point for the Mark I. It is missing some features of the later models (articulating display, auto eye focus, 4K video, WiFi, and now a touchscreen) but it takes really good photos. We look at our photos on our 49 inch 4K tv and it is on a screen that size that the difference between the Rx100 and, for example, an iPhone X are clear. It is amazing what smartphone manufacturers have done with computational photography, but so far there is still no substitute for good glass and a large sensor.

    Pros: -Longer zoom range than the mark III-V. -Slightly smaller than future models

    Cons: -No articulating display -No EVF (especially useful on sunny days) -No ND filter

    Big sensor with fast shutter speed, light weight=refined pix

    Richard from Rochester, NY on 11/21/2017

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    Picture quality due to large 1" CMOS sensor is terrific, with fast shutter speed f 1.8. Great price, pocket packable, and also comes with a good LOWE brand camera bag/case. Not much zoom but that is part of the trade off for truly sharp bright pictures. And the camera has 'image stabilization.



    Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100

    James from NH on 10/15/2017

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    Works great so far. I am able to take pictures of soccer games and get nice action shots as well as up close foliage.



    Great Picture in a very small size

    Robert from Chester, NY on 7/16/2017

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    Great picture quality. Auto focusing is a bit tougher than an DSLR especially close up. Picture quality is better than phone and a little short of DSLR....but it isn't much bigger than the phone so I can live with that. All modes are excellent - fireworks was great! Very fast shutter speed - I have found no lag with multiple shots in a row. Bought something to fit over the camera body which makes holding it easier.

    Pros: 90% of DSLR in a very small size. Totally worth it.

    Cons: Slippery to hold - fix it by buying a camera jacket case.

    Great point and shoot

    Kristen from Fargo, ND on 1/25/2017

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    I bought this camera to put in my purse and carry with me all the time. I find my cell phone camera to be ok but not great, and I don't always lug my DSLR around with me. I want to be able to get the shot in an everyday moment that I want to preserve. When I bought this, the biggest thing I wanted to know, but couldn't find the answer to, was how fast it was from shot to shot. The answer is that you can take multiple shots in a row without lag. The picture that you just took will show up on the screen, but you can push the button again at any time to get the next shot. I have been able to take 8 pictures in a row with the only lag between shots being from the autofocus so I have been very pleased. The quality of the image is great for a point and shoot - not quite the same as my DSLR, but significantly better than my phone camera. Autofocus is very fast for a point and shoot (again, not as fast as DSLR, but significantly better than my previous point and shoot and my phone camera). It is lightweight and easy to put in my purse or coat pocket. It is exactly what I was looking for.

    Pros: -Fast autofocus with minimal lag between shots -Fast start-up for a point and shoot -Great image quality for a point and shoot

    Cons: -Because this particular model is a little older, I had a harder time finding a small (purse-size) case for it

    Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100

    Gilbert from Valatie, NY on 12/4/2016

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    Excellent photo quality. Even at ISO 3200 quality is good on a 25inch screen. Easy to change shutter lens opening by using front ring. Cons: Does not focus automatically at 2inch distance on small objects in nature photography. Camera does not come with grip attachment.


    Cons: on small objects in nature

    Sony RX100

    Ron R from Taylorsville, NC on 3/31/2016

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    Still trying to learn the camera but so far seems to be what the reviews said. Takes great photos

    Pros: small and lite weight. Is a pocket camera for sure. Takes good photos.

    Cons: Instruction manual not very helpful had to go online to look at a video to get a better idea what the camera is capable off.

    Compared to full frame Nikon

    mgforshort from California on 1/10/2016

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    Even compared to a full frame Nikon D600 which is my main camera, this small Sony is very impressive. My only complaint is that many optional adjustments are not available unless in aperture or shutter priority or the full manual mode is selected. I realize this is to prevent novice users to ruin a shot, but an experienced user should have something like a "master switch" to override the grayed out menu items.

    Pros: Great image quality and small, pocket able size.

    Cons: Limited menu access in program modes.

    So far, so good

    Lori from Wisconsin on 1/3/2016

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    Have not had it long enough for an in-depth review...however, I am very pleased with this camera so far. The image quality is excellent and seems to be especially good in low light. I am down-sizing from a DSLR, as I wanted something more mobile and always ready. I am tired of constantly switching lenses to get the right shot and lugging everything around when I travel. I had a hard time choosing which point and shoot to get, as none seem to cover all bases. This seems to be a good fit for me as it has lots of manual options, but can be used quite simply as well.

    Pros: Large sensor, excellent image quality

    Cons: No built-in viewfinder, wish it had more zoom, poor grip design - knew these things when I chose it.

    Sony rx100

    Amateur from California on 4/27/2015

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    Great camera for a small size. Very quality photos indoors/outdoors. Quality goes down as you use zoom, but that's expected I ordered the scratched/dent option, but mine had a scratch on the lcd display. I only expected scratches on the body.

    Pros: - Big sensor packed in a small camera - Very good quality photos

    Cons: - Once you start using the zoom, photo quality goes down - LCD was scratched

    Sony and Apple not playing nice

    Kenny from Long Island,NY on 12/26/2013

    Can't transfer movies from camera to Mac or Ipad. Crutchfield support tells me it's a software compatibility issue and there is a workaround if I jump thru some hoops, but that's a deal breaker for me. Usual good customer support from Crutchfield-efficient and quick .



    Best pocket camera period

    Crutchfield customer from Santa Monica, CA on 12/3/2013

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    Best pocket camera period. Used it to take more than 1000+ pictures on my recent 10 day trip to Spain. Shot all kinds of pictures including daytime, night time, indoor (good and low light), macro (food) and the shots were all amazing. Buy this camera now!

    Pros: Perfect everything. Most amazing for me was the accurate and super fast focus. Unreal camera!

    Cons: Absolutely none in terms of features and performance. The sheer number of options can definitely be overwhelming though :)

    Powerful package for its size

    AdamF from Chicago, IL on 10/24/2013

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    The quality of this camera for its size just can't be beat. I'm an experienced DSLR shooter and I am completely satisfied with carrying this around as an alternate when I just don't want to lug around the big cameras. The image quality is fantastic and it handles poor lighting almost as well as a current generation APS-C size sensor in a DSLR. There is a bit of noise and smudging from the noise-reduction in ISO 3200 and above, but surprisingly it is handled really really well. The menus and the ui is intuitive and well laid out. I come from a Nikon ecosystem and had no problem adapting to the Sony menus and buttons. The manual controls are quick to access let you make fast adjustments. The battery life is about what you would expect from a point and shoot. I wish it was better, but oh well. The screen is bright and has worked well even in daylight. I was worried about not having a viewfinder, but so far composing on the screen has been fine. The lens is fast when at 28mm (equivalent), but stops down pretty fast when you zoom. There just probably wasn't room in the lens to keep the aperture open wide at zooms unfortunately.

    Pros: Amazing image quality. Very small size. Manual controls are intuitive and quick to access.

    Cons: Battery life could be better.

    An amazing little camera

    Ira from Idyllwild, CA on 6/15/2013

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    This is an amazing little camera. The CMOS sensor low light capability blows away everything else I've considered. The" watercolor" effect on this camera is astounding - I use it a lot. Others have said that the camera is difficult to hold, and that a special add-on grip is needed. I found an inexpensive third party camera case solves this problem.

    Pros: Low light capability, resolution, watercolor effect

    Cons: Price, location of the pop-up flash, lack of a coherent manual is a real problem, but I got great a third party Kindle download manual that has been great. Without it , I'm afraid that you are LOST.

    Review of Sony RX100

    Ken B. from Newton, MA on 5/25/2013

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    "Know your tools" This camera has a wide range of capabilities. A novice can use it and a Pro can also use the camera in different modes and obtain superb images. The difference is in understanding the challenges the photographer faces in creating a powerful image. This translates knowing which controls to use to get the desired results. The Sony RX100 has a very complex interface, or it seems to have until you have your first epiphany! Then the "work flow" of shooting with this camera suddenly pops from confusion to clarity. The Carl Zeiss f1.8 lens is extraordinary: sharpness that is hard to believe. the sensor is huge for a pocket sized camera and the Camera works very well in low-light situations. You may even get better landscapes than you have ever created before when using the controls built into this small but precise instrument. I like the camera's small size for candid shots. I suppose it seems antithetical but I do confess to placing the Sony RX100 on a small tripod for low light and night photography.

    Pros: Picture quality is superb! Fast lens, excellent for low-light photos.

    Cons: Price seems high until you use the camera then you realize what you have paid for. I too would like to have had a viewfinder. I would have been even happier had they rid the camera of the pop-up flash and installed a hot shoe instead. This would allow using radio remotes for triggering the shutter for long exposures without using the self-timer. Also a hot shoe would allow the use of variety of dedicated flash units. Be sure to purchase a separate stand-alone battery charger and a one sp

    quick shutter, great focus options, relatively easy to see outdoors

    ann from Charlottesville, VA on 5/20/2013

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    I was worried about lack of viewfinder when in bright outside light but I could see fine if I took off my sunglasses. I wish it came with a separate battery charger so you could swap charged batteries. You can buy separately. I found, however, that battery lasted longer than advertised. Did fine with auto settings but I plan on learning more about the manual settings.

    Pros: Fast, good battery life, bright screen. Good mix of settings

    Cons: Battery charger not included. Lack of viewfinder.

    Best point & shoot ever

    SteveA from Salt Lake City, UT on 4/30/2013

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    Having owned a number of point & shoot cameras in the past before I went the DSLR route, I am still able to pull up pictures from those cameras and be quite satisfied. As the ridiculous megapixel war raged on, the image quality kept getting worse and worse. Even though I haven't shot with one in years, I do keep up on all the news and, more importantly, all the image samples from testing sites. Nothing has been impressive whatsoever. That is, until I started seeing samples from the RX100. I had a Sony Nex-5n for about 6 months and 8,000 shots, and while I mostly liked the camera, the lenses really don't do the sensor any justice. I decided to try the RX100 as a portable all-in-one for my better half & so far she really likes it. I can say the image quality is quite amazing for such a dense little sensor, yet when the going gets tough, there is more than enough leeway to reduce the size of images, which often reduces most of the grain, mush and noise (especially at high ISO).

    Pros: Small, very portable, solid build, great image quality, better dynamic range than I've seen on any previous point & shoot camera. Able to set the highest acceptable ISO & the multi-shot night mode are my favorite features.

    Cons: Auto portrait produces horrible results-turned it off. Some of the scene modes, while seemingly intuitive, won't produce the desired result.


    Jeff from Lake City, MI on 3/26/2013

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    Initially, I wanted to give this camera a 4-star rating but I had to give it 5 stars because I purchased it after having read many professional and purchaser reviews and it is what it is - a high quality pocket camera that takes great photos and excellent movies. That said, after taking over 150 photos and movies in the past 2 weeks, I can see where the smooth body might be a problem securely gripping the camera with sweaty hands in the summer heat. It was my experience that the flash is too intense at close range but that can be pleasantly negated by mastering the fine art of tilting the flash to bounce it off a surface above or below the subject. I did accidently completely drain the battery by leaving it plugged into my computer's USB port when in the USB mode. One word of caution - do not misplace the USB cable as the camera end is not a standard mini-USB connector and charging or downloading could be a problem (wouldn't life be great if USB cables were all the same?). This is not a camera for the casual point and shoot user that doesn't want to take the time to study the menu and learn how to set up the Function and Memory features. Sure, it will take good pictures in one of the Auto Modes but if you're going to shoot in Auto most of the time then I would argue to save your money and consider one of the many other fine point and shoot cameras. But if you want creativity, quality photos and video, all from a camera that you can always have with you then consider this.

    Pros: Excellent videos but may require use of Active Steady Shot moving in rough terrain with slight loss of quality. Great panoramic photos. Wonderful portraits and mid to close range photos. 42 mm Mag Filter circular polarizing filters available. Very compact.

    Cons: Limited zoom but photos crops well. Small size could be a problem for big hands - get in habit of using wrist strap. Menu could be better organized but mostly negated by customizing Memory feature and Function button. Lense ring is very slow - use rear dial instead. USB charging cable not standard.

    Excellent pocket sized camera!

    grace2009 from New Lenox, IL on 2/1/2013

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    This camera takes impressive photos...and fits easily into your jacket pocket. Also, the shutter speed seems faster then my Nikon D5000. Overall, it takes amazing photos but I still need to learn how to use all the functions on the camera b/c it does everything the DSLR ones do....Thanks again Crutchfield!!

    Pros: Image Quality, Fast shutter speed, Pocketable

    Cons: Location of the flash is annoying! (left top side where your finger usually is on a Point-and-shoot)

    Brilliant little camera

    Crutchfield customer from Springfield MA on 1/3/2013

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    Fantastic little camera. It takes pictures you would not believe, and is small enough to keep with you all the time.

    Pros: Performance

    Cons: None

    Sony RX100

    bpc from Rochester NY on 12/20/2012

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    The Sony RX100 is a solid (metal body) but small (really pocketable) point-and-shoot looking camera. With a 1"-in-diagonal and 20 Mp sensor it beats all its competitors in terms of image quality. I have printed 17"x22" prints that can compete with 4/3 or DSLR-made images in everything but the very tip of the 4 corners. It provides all the choices that an exacting amateur or a pro may expect from a P&S in this price range. Video quality is excellent and it includes the same "sweeping-panorama" function as the NEX generation (more successful than Fuji in doing so). Except for its price, but quality has a price, it is a dream camera. [I dreamt it, Sony made it! ;o) ]

    Pros: Solid alloy body. Small body big sensor. High resolution, excellent behavior in low light. All the bells and whistles one may want in a serious/pro digital Point & Shoot camera. Excellent lens. Excellent video. Easiness of use. Shooting options (ISO, WB, format, image quality...) easily and quickly accessible. Lens maximum aperture: f 1.8

    Cons: Neither hot shoe nor potential addition of an electronic view-finder. The automatic curtain protection of the lens always makes me nervous. What if the mechanism undergoes problems opening or closing?

    Xlnt little camera

    Huntid from San Diego, CA on 10/2/2012

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    Wow. Really like it. I used and returned the Panasonic LX7 as picture quality fell short of my 5 year old Canon S90 - IMHO. This camera takes excellent photos. As an amateur that's all I need. People do reviews about every little detail on the camera. Heres the sum: IT IS SMALL - IT TAKES EXCELLENT PHOTOS! end of story.

    Pros: Xlnt Photo Quality

    Cons: Price - I guess.

    RX100 short term

    puma from san diego, ca on 9/27/2012

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    - much better than anything else - in this catagory - it could seriously use more intruction/user/function manual -LCD is about the best i've seen in sunlight -- would like it to be better - support software is lacking, software for video editing is non functioning - for the price a much much better manual (pdf) could be expected and software support for video is very very poor

    Pros: lens, lcd, size, quality execution,

    Cons: Manual, instructions Software poor, nonexistent

    Nice point and shoot

    Clayton H from Chicago, IL on 9/18/2012

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    A little on the pricey side but I really like the camera. Lots of features in a relatively small package. It's definitely a point and shoot on steriods.

    Pros: Small Lots of features

    Cons: None for what it is.

    Persistent smudge on images - returning

    josh P from Portland, OR on 9/4/2012

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    Beautiful images, compact form, good battery life. A zillion settings and options it will no doubt take me a long time to figure out, will stick with the basics for now and those 2 or 3 shooting modes I use most frequently. Theroblem is that on every single photo, there's a smudge that shows up in the exact same spot. I've carefully cleaned the lens but the smudge remains, it must be in the inner optics or an issue with dust on the sensor, or something else in the bowels of the camera. I would otherwise give this camera a solid 4 stars (maybe even 5?)... I like this camera so much I'm sending it back to Crutchfield for a replacement, not a refund. Hopefully #2 will be free from this annoying defect.

    Pros: Small, lightweight, good battery life, stellar photos

    Cons: Defect causes smudge on same spot of every photo, flash seems fragile

    Everything a point and shoot should be!

    HTGamingPC from Milford, CT on 8/31/2012

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    Super fast and super discreet with super image quality! It has everything you need from a point and shoot and lots of stuff I wish my d700 had. I'm comfortable using iso 1600 at the drop of a hat. That's just about how I felt about my dslrs from just a couple of years ago. It focuses smarter than anything else I've seen, with its freakishly good face recognition and tracking focus. If you like to pretend it's a dslr or rangefinder, you will find it odd; too techy feeling, not Leica-like, etc. I personally find this camera so refreshing. I can stick it on a tiny tripod and do other serious stuff with it without attracting any attention. I can also snap away like it's a cell phone camera anytime anywhere.

    Pros: Pocket sized, quiet, fast.

    Cons: Screen isn't great in the brightest light, but you can still frame with it. Sony doesn't make a 100 dollar underwater case like canon does for their point and shoots. 1/2000 max shutter speed is a bit of a let down.


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    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi No
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-100mm
    Optical Zoom 3.6x
    Digital Zoom 2x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing Yes
    Manual Exposure Yes
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Micro
    Internal Memory None
    Memory Media Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
    Sensor Size 1"
    Megapixels 20.2
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 5472 x 3648
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1920 x 1080/60p
    Width (inches) 4-1/16
    Height (inches) 2-3/8
    Depth (inches) 1-7/16
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 8.5
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

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    Recording Features
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    Recording Features

    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 stereo audio.

    Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a large 13.2 x 8.8mm (1") color Exmor CMOS image sensor with approximately 20.9-million total pixels 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 follows:

    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 sizes include:

    • Standard:
      • Vertical: 3872 x 2160
      • Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
    • Wide:
      • 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 picture.
    • Self-Portrait: A Self-Portrait Timer mode will capture the image 2 seconds after the face of one or two persons is detected.
    • 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 areas:

    • 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 camera.

    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 speed.
    • Shutter Priority: You can shoot still images after adjusting the shutter speed manually. The camera will determine the aperture setting.
    • 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 stereo audio.
    • 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 still images.

    Exposure Compensation: 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 settings include:

    • 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 area
    • 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 well-balanced exposure.

    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.

    Playback Features

    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.

    Deleting/Protecting 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

    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
    Recording Still 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 bottom 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 images.

    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.

    Supplied Software

    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 a calendar.
    • 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 or sharpness.
    • 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.

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    Bright lens, big sensor, and fits in your pocket

    Written by Zak Billmeier, Video Producer, on 10/23/2012 10:56:00 AM

    I've been blown away by the RX100. As a photo nut, it ticks all the right boxes — fast lens, shoots RAW, big sensor, manual controls. And it has perhaps the best implementation yet of my favorite digital camera feature: sweep panorama (where you hold down the shutter button and sweep the camera from side to side).

    The RX100 is made of metal, which gives it a solid feel without being cumbersome. It's a true pocket camera, too, meaning it'll fit in your blue jeans. Thankfully, there is no lens cap for you to lose. My one quibble is that the camera's smooth metal finish makes getting a proper grip a minor challenge — I'd recommend Richard Franiec's add-on grip.

    Sony packs a 1" (diagonal) sensor inside, much bigger than those found on most other point & shoot cameras. That helps keep noise to a minimum as the sensitivity rises. I've come away impressed with the amount of detail captured by the RX100, and never thought once about leaving it home since it'll fit into any spare pocket. Highly recommended.

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    4 questions already asked

    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 You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the camera's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. [ Ryan  Jun 20, 2018 ]  Staff
    This camera has been pretty reliable to identify center of focus and will light up that object (or will tell you it's out of range). Don't expect objects to be evenly lighted if they are at various ranges. [ John  Jun 20, 2018 ]
    I can't see where it says either on the camera or in the owners manuel. Sorry [ TIM  Dec 15, 2016 ]
    Thanks for your question. I'm sorry we only have it in black. [ Kenny  Apr 16, 2016 ]  Staff