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Sony Cybershot Digital Camera RX100 Review

By on September 4, 2012
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Sony turns the table on Micro 4/3rds and entry-level DSLRs.

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Good: Exceptional JPEG output with great noise reduction, white light and contrast capture; Live View gives accurate representation of actual image captured; Great low-light shots due to high-end lens and 1" sensor; Fast autofocus; Full manual controls for video; Very compact body.
Bad: Quickly increasing aperture as you zoom in; Slow zoom in movies; Slow autofocus at complete zoom for close objects; Flimsy flash mechanism; HD video capture modes limited to AVCHD.
Price: AED 2,600
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Camera

  • - Camera Type : Professional compact digital camera.

Optics/Lens

  • - Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T*
  • - Aperture : F1.8-4.9
  • - Optical Zoom : 3.6x
  • - Digital Zoom : 20M approx. 14x / 10M approx. 20x / 5M approx. 28x / VGA approx. 54x
  • - Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Still16:9 29-105mm / Still 4:3 30-108mm / Still 3:2 28-100mm / Still 1:1 36-127mm / Movie 16:9 29-105mm (Std), 33-120mm (Active) / Movie 4:3 36-128 mm (Std), 41-146mm (Active)
  • - Lens Construction : 7 elements in 6 groups ( including AA lens)
  • - Aperture Blade : Iris diaphragm (7 blades)
  • - Clear Image Zoom : 7.2x
  • - Focal Distance : AF approx. 5cm to infinity (W), approx. 55cm to infinity (T)
  • - Steady Shot Mode:Active : [Still image] Optical [Movie] Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti-rolling)

Exposure System

  • Metering Modes : Multi segment / Center weighted / Spot?
  • Exposure Compensation : +/- 3.0EV, 1/3EV step
  • Scene Mode(s) : Portrait, Anti Motion Blur, Sports Action, Pet, Gourmet, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, Fireworks, High Sensitivity
  • D-Range Optimizer : Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto exposure difference, Exposure difference level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0-EV step)
  • Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White
  • White Balance Mode : Auto/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluor (Warm White)/Fluor (Cool White)/Fluor (Day White)/Fluor (Daylight)/Flash/C. Temp., Filter/Custom
  • ISO Sensitivity (Movie) : Auto (ISO125-3200 equivalent, selectable with upper/lower limit), 125/200/400/800/1600/3200
  • 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

Convenience Features

  • Still Image Playback Options : Control for HDMI, Slideshow

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor : 1.0″ (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor™ CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
  • Pixel Gross : 20.9MP (approx.)
  • Effective Picture Resolution : 20.2MP (approx.)

LCD Display

  • LCD Type : 3.0″ (7.5cm) (4:3) / 1,229k dots / Xtra Fine / TruBlack / TFT LCD
  • Brightness Control : Auto / Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather mode

Drive System

  • Shutter Type : iAuto (4-1/2000) / Program Auto (1-1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30-1/2000) / Aperture Priority (8-1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30-1/2000)
  • Continuous Shooting Speed : 10 fps at 20.2MP
  • Self-timer : 10sec. / 2sec. / Self portrait / Self timer Cont.

Advanced Features

  • Sweep Panorama : Sweep Panorama
  • Face Detection : 8 Faces (Off / On(Registered Faces) / On)
  • Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode Image Stabilization4
  • Intelligent Auto : Yes
  • Superior Auto : Yes
  • Photo Creativity : Yes

Power

  • Battery Type : LITHIUM ION NP-BX1 (supplied)
  • Power Consumption (in Operation) : Approx. 1.5W

Recording

  • Media Type : Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
  • Still Image Mode : JPEG, RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
  • Still Image Size 16:9 : L: 17M (5472×3080); M: 7.5M (3648 x 2056); S:4.2M (2720 x 1528)
  • Still Image Size 3:2 : L: 20M (5472 x 3648; M: 10M (3888 x 2592); S: 5.0M (2736 x 1824)
  • Still Image Size 4:3 : L: 18M (4864 x 3648); M: 10M (3648 x 2736); S: 5.0M (2592 x 1944); VGA
  • Panorama Still Image Size : [3:2] L: 20M (5472×3648)/M: 10M (3888×2592)/S: 5.0M (2736×1824)
  • Video Format : AVCHD Ver2.0, MP4
  • Video Mode : AVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 60p) / 24M FX (1920×1080, 60i ) / 17M FH (1920×1080, 60i) MP4: 12M (1440×1080, 30 fps) / 3M VGA (640×480 30 fps)
  • Photo Capture from Movie : Yes

Focus Control

  • Focus System : Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
  • AF Modes : Multi point AF (25 points) / Center weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible sport (face tracking)

Flash

  • Flash Modes : Auto/Fill-flash/Slow Sync/Rear Sync/Off
  • Flash Coverage : ISO Auto 0.30m to 17.1m (W)/0.55m to 6.3m (T) (Approx.1′ 3/4″” to Approx.56′ 1 3/4″”)(W) ISO 6400 up to 24.2m (W)/8.9m (T)

Interface

  • Memory Card Slot : MS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible
  • HD Output : Micro HDMI
  • USB Port(s) : Micro USB, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)

Weights and Measurements

  • Dimensions (Approx.) : 4″ x 2 3/8″ x 1 7/16″ (101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9mm)
  • Weight (Approx.) : 8.5 oz (240g)
  • Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : 7.5 oz (213g )
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