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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1060 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the usability and image quality. The responsiveness and performance are also mentioned favorably. The energy efficiency and zoom get less positive views, and there are mixed opinions on the shutter and flash.

portability, performance, responsiveness, image quality, usability

value for money, features, viewfinder, zoom, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is an enthusiast compact camera based around a 20MP 1" CMOS sensor. It features a Zeiss-branded 28-100mm equivalent F1.8-4.9 stabilized lens featuring Zeiss T* coatings to minimize internal reflection. The rest of its...

Excellent image quality and solid ISO performance ; Class-leading movie features and quality ; A good degree of customization puts your favorite settings at your fingertips ; Fast operation, including focus and Raw capture ; Flexible lens range (though...

Clickless control dial contributes to vague and unengaging shooting experience ; Flash metering is unpredictable ; Lack of ND filter can limit the ability to use wide apertures ; Screen hard to see in direct sunshine, despite WhiteMagic technology ; No...

The RX100 is probably the most capable compact camera on the market today, combining the image quality benefits of a mid-sized sensor with the proportions of a conventional compact. Extensive, though not flawless, manual controls make the RX100 a great...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100


Sony may be a camera-come-lately with its Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 enthusiast compact, but boy, what a debut: a fast performer equipped with a relatively large sensor and a bright, fast lens, and wrapped in a small, sleek body. It seems like Sony made a...

Speed, good looks, and pretty pictures number among the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100's strengths.

The camera tends to clip bright highlights more than we typically see, and the slippery body lacks a grip. Plus, the lack of a manually triggered macro mode might put off some fans of close-up photography.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100's compact, elegant design, generally excellent photo quality, bright, fast lens, and speedy performance make a great package if you don't mind spending a little more money.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 ($649.99 direct) is the point-and-shoot camera that many an enthusiast has dreamed of. It's got an image sensor that's the same size as the mirrorless Nikon J1 and a 3.6x zoom lens that opens up to f/1.8 on the wide end,...

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

As expensive as some D-SLRs. No EVF option, GPS, or Wi-Fi. Limited zoom range. In-camera battery charging only

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.

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Sony RX100 review


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...

Astonishing image quality for the size ; Solid, pocketable design ; Excellent interface

Unimpressive video performance and usability ; Expensive

If you want something portable, the RX100 is impossible to beat

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Preview


Sony has just announced its new flagship compact camera, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. With the world's first 1.0-inch type Exmor CMOS sensor, good for a whopping 20.2 megaxpixels, the RX100's image sensor is approximately four times larger than 1/2.3-type...

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Sony Cybershot RX100


Sony's pocket camera possesses rocket-fast speed, isn't a burden to carry, and delivers absolutely awesome photos.

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...

No matter how you look at it, $650 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

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100


Sony's Cyber-shot RX100 takes the cake as the most premium of pocket cameras, with a much larger sensor, a very bright lens, and enough modes and special features to keep a tinkerer busy for a good long time.

Smart controls; Small body; Bright lens; Very fast shutter response; Excellent LCD

Lens flare at night; Poor rendering of yellows; Slow flash recycling; Soft corners wide open; Continuous AF mode slow to lock

Shaking up the premium pocket camera market, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 made quite an impact here at 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...

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Review: Simply Amazing


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...

Excellent still image quality ; Good autofocus and shutter lag performance ; Good ISO performance given resolution ; Full manual controls along with fully automatic and RAW shooting format

Cost ; No external battery charger ; Below average printed user's manual ; RAW converter must be downloaded

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100


The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is a 20MP point and shoot camera. But this isn't just any point and shoot camera. The RX100 sets itself apart from every other compact camera out there thanks to a much larger image sensor, which measures the same size as the...

Given the sensor size the the solid performance of the RX100, I can’t see a better point and shoot camera on the market right now. The RX100 is fast and produces extremely solid images for a camera that easily fits in your pocket.

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Cyber-shot DSC-RX100


($649) may look like just another compact camera, but if you were to pry off the lens and take a look inside, you'd see what makes it stand out from the crowd. That big feature is its sensor size -- 1-inch -- which is nearly four times as large as what...

Excellent photo quality in a compact package; noise performance blows other compacts out of the water ; Fast F1.8-4.9, 28 - 100 mm Zeiss lens ; Ultra-sharp 3-inch LCD display, with good outdoor and low light visibility ; Full manual controls, including...

On the expensive side ; Some highlight clipping ; Redeye a problem ; Needs a grip, badly ; Other design annoyances: control ring around lens hard to get ahold of, HDMI port located on bottom of camera, can't access memory card or battery when using a...

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is easily one of the top compact cameras on the market. For those looking for a pocketable companion to their interchangeable lens camera or D-SLR: here it is. At $650, it's not cheap, and the fact that you have to visit...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:13,2 x 8,8 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-BX1
Battery Type:Sony NP-BX1


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes