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  • 20.2 MP Exmor"CMOS sensor - extreme low-light shots
  • Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 3.6x zoom
  • Full HD 1080/60p video with manual control and dual record, 101.6 mm x 58.1 mm x 35.9 mm, 213g (7.5 oz.)
  • 3-Inch Xtra Fine LCD display with bright whites & true blacks
  • Ultra-slim, sophisticated aluminum body
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  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.4 x 2.3 inches ; 8.5 ounces
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  • ASIN: B00889ST2G
  • Item model number: DSCRX100/B
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 5, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Sony make . believe

DSLR quality. Wi-Fi convenience.

Exquisite image quality and creative freedom in a truly compact package.
For razor-sharp images and pro-quality defocused backgrounds, the RX100
features a large, 1" sensor and an ultra-bright Carl Zeiss® f/1.8 lens. It also
features a handy control ring for easy access to aperture settings and more
for total creative freedom.
Massive 20.2MP Image Sensor. Optimal Optics. P/A/S/M modes for video and stills.
The massive 20.2MP Exmor® 1” CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera’s sharp Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® T* lens. The sensor enables advanced column A/D processing that reduces noise levels, resulting in astonishing low light images with incredible smooth and clear details.
Legendary Carl Zeiss® optics and unrivalled Sony imaging technology come together in the RX100's high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario- Sonnar T* lens. Despite its compact dimensions, this extraordinary lens offers supremely accurate performance, 3.6x optical zoom and an enormous F1.8 circular aperture for gorgeous defocused backgrounds. An integrated control ring puts easy, intuitive access to camera settings right at your fingertips.
Enjoy a full range of controls for video and still shooting from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.

1” Exmor® CMOS sensor, 20.2 MP
Compared to the average point and shoot 1/2.3" sensor size, the RX100 boasts a large, specially developed 1" Exmor CMOS sensor to capture more light and reproduce every stunning detail with greater fidelity. Original dual noise reduction & column A/D conversion further decrease noise to ensure smooth, clear reproduction - even in low-light.
Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-
Sonnar T* lens
Newly developed large-diameter F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens delivers refined background defocusing - bokeh. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.
Wide Range ISO Sensitivity
Shoot in nearly any light with natural results thanks to sensitivity that ranges from ISO 125 to 6400. Auto ISO mode automatically determines the most appropriate setting, or manually expand sensitivity for greater control. The bright lens, extra large sensor and precision image processing work together to ensure remarkably low noise.
Complete Creative Control
Get SLR-like handling with a full range of controls for video and still shooting-from Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual (P/A/S/M) modes for more advanced photographers, to an incredibly effective iAuto mode perfect for beginners. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills and exercise greater creative control.
RAW Image Capture
Save pictures as compact JPEG files, ultra high-quality RAW files, or both at once. When shooting in RAW format, images are saved prior to de-mosaicing or applying white balance, sharpness and color enhancement for maximum latitude when enhancing images on your PC.
Gorgeous Full HD Video
Create amazingly clear, extra-smooth movies with Full HD 1080/60p video capture in the AVCHD™ Ver. 2.0 (progressive) format at a high frame rate of 60 fps. You can even record fast-moving subjects and dark settings with astonishing clarity thanks to the large image sensor and high-performance lens.

Product description and full feature list
The DSC-RX100 Digital Camera is equipped with the latest technology to bring you
incredible entertainment quality. Explore the full range of features and options below.

Massive 1” Exmor® CMOS
sensor, 20.2 MP

The massive 1” Exmor® CMOS sensor with 20.2 MP captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera’s sharp Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® T* lens. The sensor enables advanced column A/D processing that reduces noise levels, resulting in astonishing low light images with incredible smooth and clear details.

Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x zoom
Newly developed large-diameter F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens delivers refined background defocusing - bokeh. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.

P/A/S/M modes for video and stills
Enjoy a full range of controls for video and still shooting from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.

Capture JPEG files, RAW
files, or both

The DSC-RX100 saves pictures as compact JPEG files and/or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.

Full HD 1080/60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.2 With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.

Low-light ISO 6400 sensitivity
Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor® CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ® image processor.

High speed Auto Focus
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor® CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera’s BIONZ® processor, which provides intelligent response data to a new high speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light.

Capture the decisive moment
with up to 10fps

Capture full 20.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

3” Xtra Fine LCD™ Display
The 3” (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD™ Display makes it easy to scroll through menus and preview life. WhiteMagic™ increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.

Customizable function button
Assign up to seven different functions to the function button, to allow quick access to your most frequently used features.

Optical SteadyShot™ with
Active Mode

Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode for 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. Now it’s easier than ever to obtain sharp, blur-free movies even when zooming in unsteady situations, such as shooting with one
hand while walking.

Memory recall
MR (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 quick switching of settings at the right moment.

Sophisticated metal body
The sophisticated aluminum body is lightweight, slim, and strong.

Auto portrait framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.

Auto HDR mode
Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot (up to 6 EV stops). Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Face Detection/ Registration technology
The camera can automatically detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.

Multi-aspect ratio recording
for still images

Capture still images in any of four aspect ratios — 1:1, 2:3, 4:3, or 16:9 (vertical to horizontal). This provided the freedom to choose a ratio that matches the scene or the specific shooting purpose.

3.6x optical/7.2x Clear Image
digital zoom

Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom digitally doubles optical zoom for closer photos.

Built in pop up flash
Enjoy the convenience of flash photography everywhere you go.

Four focusing modes
This camera has two Autofocus modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S) or Continuous AF (AF-C), which tracks moving objects. It also has Manual Focus for manual focusing freedom, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF), that first uses autofocusing to focus on the subject, and then allows fast and easy switching to manual focusing for even more precise adjustment.

Digital level gauge
Digital level gauge to allow easier leveling of the camera.

MF assist and peaking
Manual focus becomes much easier because peaking highlights the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focus setting can make or break your shot.

Multi-frame noise reduction
In this mode, the camera automatically shoots multiple images and layers them to produce a single noise-free image. This method provides noise reduction equivalent to a 2-stop lower shutter speed while maintaining the same aperture setting. Since the Multi Frame NR mode can be used in combination with P/A/S/M modes, it expands the user’s shooting flexibility.

Photo Creativity
The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without complex jargon. Changes can be combined/ removed and viewed in real time on the LCD making it a breeze to make adjustments. Choose from several different Photo Creativity functions using the convenient control wheel and center button including; Picture Effect, Background Defocus, Color, Brightness, and Vividness.

Picture Effect mode
Realize your creative potential with Picture Effect, a fun and simple way to convert ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Effects are Soft Focus, Posterization, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Soft High-key, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Watercolor Painting, HDR Painting, and Illustration.

Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.

Sweep Panorama™ Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together.

Superior Auto mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Backlight Correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot.

Intelligent Scene Recognition mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 33 different types of scenes for photos and 44 scenes for movies, and then selects the appropriate camera settings. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.

1. Records in 29 minute segments

2. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold separately

© 2012 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, Cyber-shot, Optical SteadyShot, Smile Shutter, Sweep Panorama, Exmor, Xtra Fine LCD, WhiteMagic, BIONZ and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. AVCHD is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac is a trademark of Apple, Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.

* From The New York Times, June 28th, 2012 © 2012. The New York Times. All rights reserved. Used under licence.

Product Description

Exquisite image quality and creative freedom in a truly compact package. For razor-sharp images and pro-quality defocused backgrounds, the RX100 features a large, 1-Inch sensor and an ultra-bright Carl Zeiss/1.8 lens. It also features a handy control ring for easy access to aperture settings and more for total creative freedom.1-Year Limited Warranty.What's in the box: Micro USB cable, Instruction Manual, Battery NP-BX1, Wrist Strap, AC Adapter AC-UD11 and Shoulder Strap Adapter. For more in depth look, check out the RX-100 brochure.

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Customer Reviews

Start up is not the fastest, but now I'm nitpicking. Photo quality is incredible for such a small camera. This is now my go-to camera for weddings where I'm a guest, and… Read more ›
The picture quality and the features the camera has are…Since getting it, I rarely use my DSLR: the picture quality is as good as my Canon Rebel T3i with its $1500 lens. Read more ›
I can easily carry my…Sony matched their extraordinary one inch sensor with the excellent Carl Zeiss lens to produce image quality that is too good for a camera this small. Read more ›
but from what I found online, there are no definite difference between the Japanese and Chinese made versions. Nonetheless, built quality is very good. Read more ›
My wife and I travel all over the world and this sucker…Landcape, beaches, cities, actions shots are all easy settings to adjust to and its as simple as point and click. Read more ›
This camera is the perfect compromise between a small point and click and a large, expensive camera. The quality of photos is just stunning. I take it on vacations because… Read more ›
We considered an SLR, but the…Auto features are very nice: Blew her mind taking the first few pictures of our new daughter w/ this cam--display said BABY once it focused! Read more ›
I love the fact that it also can shot in RAW for…It does have the MR setting on the mode dial or memory recall - so you can select 3 custom settings which is very nice - Read more ›
This is my third compact in 5 years, and this is by far the best. Manual controls are easy, the camera is super-fast, and the lens/sensor are just wonderful! Read more ›
Depth of field is great on this camera. The settings are fantastic and very easy to use. Auto settings are so good, that I rarely take it off auto. Read more ›
Very…Anti-blur setting works well, in fact enabling super zoom pictures through the single eyepiece of a pair of 10X50 binoculars (with the camera set at about 3.5X zoom). Read more ›
3. Configurability: The menus are less intuitive than a Canon PowerShot for me, but once you have your Fn menu and other buttons all set up you never have to go menu… Read more ›
The…For last couple of years I use 18-200 lens which is incredibly convenient so I was afraid that 28-100 on this Sony will be a serious limitation but it wasn't at all. Read more ›
Instead of breaking the DSLR out of the case & figuring…This camera has a fantastic 1.8 lens that is PERFECT for indoor low light photography without the need of a flash. Read more ›
It is truely a professional's point-and-shoot. It has a Zeiss lens which is extremely sharp throughout the zoom range. It has a metal body and is built like a tank. Read more ›
The colors on the rx100 are too cool, and I prefer warmer colors like those produced by canon. The lens are fast, but only if you don't zoom and don't use flash. Shot to… Read more ›
The lens is sharp, while having some major distortion at the edges compared to the LX5 I own. It is faster and with much better DOF control than is available on the LX5… Read more ›
* Excellent lens; lens is very fast, F/1.8, when shooting wide. As you zoom, it quickly moves to 2.8, 3.2 and when fully extended is at F4.9. Read more ›
-Photo quality is out of this world. -Video quality is insanely good. -$300 second hand makes this a bargain. Read more ›
I bought this camera for a trip to S/E Asia, and it did not let me down. For its size, it delivers amazing pictures and the videos are excellent. Not the cheapest pocket… Read more ›
I didn't want to haul my old XTi, so I wanted something…This camera takes outstanding photos given it's size, and the video quality is superb - especially in low light. I… Read more ›
Video quality is very good. At first I thought the video quality was pretty bad because when I uploaded my videos onto iphoto from my macbook air there was so much… Read more ›
To my surprise, the images were better than what I assumed they might be. The video was stunning for a compact camera. I love the way the video looks. Read more ›
quality is amazing it rivals that of DSLR's. cameras..it is a expensive little camera, but if you want the best this is it and its worth it..pictures are very sharp and… Read more ›
The manual focus ring is smooth and well damped to prevent accidental focus slippage, and the video peaking lets me see exactly when the focus is perfect, even if I can't… Read more ›
That is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of…Granted, a dslr paired with a great lens is going to take better shots but the shots from this autofocus camera are pretty good. Read more ›
The flash can be bounced by using a finger. The autofocus is fast enough for my 7 yo and his spaz friends. One can use the illustration and watercolor effects AFTER the… Read more ›
Its auto focus is fast Pics in low light are a blast Read more ›
The f/1.8 is only available at the very widest focal length but it is still very helpful to have, and f/4.9 is not terrible for the long end. The focus is quick and accurate. Read more ›
Autofocus is BLAZING fast, tremendously accurate, and totally reliable. Face detection isn't quite as fast as I've seen (the HX9V was quicker to acquire a face) but the AF… Read more ›
While the SONY DSC-RX100 camera was fun to use and took good pictures, ours was a lemon from the start. The software fritzed out every couple of months. Read more ›
Another mis-touch caused the flash to pop up in bright sunlight. I wanted a portable alternative to my Canon EOS5 (which is the simplest device to use but bulky and heavy). I… Read more ›
It takes great pictures. I use it on automatic mostly and I find, for me, it is easy to use. I bought this camera not too long before the newer version came out. Read more ›
Great bokeh. Easy to use. Love the HDR. Read more ›
The quality of photos is amazing. I love how versatile and easy to use this camera is. Its right up there with DSLR quality but it fits in my pocket. Read more ›
If you want a crystal clear picture with correct colors, you really need to buy a camera with a…Cameras like these are great for general use and the average consumer. Read more ›
The Sony DSC-RX100/B 20.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with 3.6x Zoom is an excellent pocket sized power house. It will produce excellent photos, photos that rival… Read more ›
Despite my loathing of Sony's fiddly menu-driven interfaces, this is…It takes amazing photographs, has image stabilization, a wide-ranging zoom, and is exceptionally small. Read more ›
This camera has an amazing sensor: the resolution…Sony also managed to make a very convincing lens: the zoom range is very useful, the lens is also fast at the wide end. Read more ›
(You can zoom further digitally). For most photographs, in most situations, this zoom is good enough. Further, with 20 megapixels to work with, you can easily crop to get a… Read more ›
Sony, 8 months w/o firmware fix for this!) 18. Video active stabilization is effective, panning and zooming is butter smooth. 19. dedicate modal dial, with memory recall… Read more ›
As for the interchangeable little mirrorless cameras, I wasn't looking for a replacement for my 1Ds3, I wanted something I could carry with me, preferably in my pocket and… Read more ›
i'm hard pressed to differentiate a portrait from this vs my mark iii. the sharpness, clarity, contrast and colors are incredible for such a small toy! i got it so i don't… Read more ›
This is an awesome compact camera! Great photos with outstanding color saturation. I haven't taken it off automatic mode, and I'm not sure if I ever will. Read more ›
YES!!! The Carl Zeiss lens give perfect clarity and color balance. No more iPhone photo picture albums for me, I'm keeping my Sony handy in my purse for every day use. Read more ›
It's actually as good as my higher end consumer camcorder, especially when shooting outdoors. Still great indoors, but color is slightly saturated in auto mode. That can be… Read more ›
What i will tell you is that this a wonderful, well made camera. Fast and beautiful color. It has just about every feature you can think of! Read more ›
Paramount would be the ability to acquire high quality images - rich, accurate colors, high resolution, RAW and JPEG formats, and nice dynamic range - using the smallest… Read more ›
Day or night, light or dark, the results, again, amazing. I have to mention the LCD, which is the brightest I've ever seen in bright sunlight. Usually I can't see a thing… Read more ›
The Zeiss lens is razor sharp and has quick focusing. The screen is bright enough for use in the sunshine, something my DSC-TX10 cannot do. My one reservation is the lack… Read more ›
Fortunately, the display works perfectly and is usable for reviewing the pictures, but I'm very concerned that the accumulation of scratches after a year or so will render… Read more ›
Good battery life. LCD is perfectly acceptable in sunlight - no real need for evf. I consider the usb charging a plus. Read more ›
THE LCD screen is very bright and sharp. The screen in default view displays al of the key settings (albeit rather small). Read more ›
I suggest a screen protector for the LCD as you want this in your pocket guilt-free, otherwise there is no point. The LCD is good, VGA but bright. You could glue on a cheap… Read more ›
That means that I can snap beautiful photos very quickly. Flash is actually excellent and have never experienced a camera where the flash doesn't ruin the shots. This… Read more ›
It's great and will blow cheaper point and shoots away. The flash is surprisingly POWERFUL and is still very bright when tilted up to bounce off a ceiling. Autofocus is… Read more ›
So, I sold it and bought a Sony NEX 5N - a brilliant camera, with awesome HD video…And the flash was too bright indoors - had to adjust settings, became a headache. So… Read more ›
It has a lot of features that you find…The flash is really good, but you'll find you don't really need it much because of the Zeiss lens 1.8, except for some indoor pics. Read more ›
- The lens sticks out of the body a little (up to the ring), basically adding a third of an inch to…- The popout flash is great, though I fear it will eventually break. W… Read more ›
You won't miss any precious shots again because you couldn't haul your big camera over. 14. The flash is very bright. Auto-focus focuses well in near completely black, and… Read more ›
They're all had their pluses but in terms of overall image quality…Photos taken at 1600 ISO are perfectly usable; something I would never have thought with a compact. O… Read more ›
Image quality at lower ISOs is excellent. Sharp, detailed, good dynamic range. Read more ›
I think it sees better than I do. I have yet to take a flash picture, because the results using a high ISO are so good. On top of that, the 1080 HD video is superb. Read more ›
Auto iso is fully programmable for low and high. Default maximum is iso3200 which I changed to 1600. Read more ›
Sony has made good use of the 20 megapixels. Low ISO files are excellent and as good as recent generation DSLRs. The larger sensor does make a difference. Read more ›
Its image quality is excellent, I can charge it directly via a USB from the computer, fully manual operation including focusing when needed (like in low light macro),… Read more ›
This is a great little guy. I've had it for about a year now and the image/size performance is outstanding. One thing I do not like about this camera is that the autofocus… Read more ›
- PQ: both make good pictures comparable to entry level SLRs with mid range lenses. Low light performance is also good, I feel that Sony is a bit better - Macro: RX100 can… Read more ›
The 20MP sensor resolves a…Focusing is fast, the built-in flash is decent, and low light performance is substantially improved over the last generation of compact cameras. Read more ›
I gave up on the idea of finding such a camera until I ran into this Sony RX100. It's low-light performance is amazing. I love this sensor. Read more ›
Shutter lag is minimal and the camera feels like an SLR in terms of speed. High ISO performance is very good with excellent quality up to 800 ISO. Video quality is also… Read more ›
- captures subtle tonality "nuances" much better, than other P&S cameras with smaller sensors - very good high ISO performance up to ISO 1600 - 20 mpx might be a… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

957 of 1,001 people found the following review helpful By Z. Wu on July 19, 2012
I have NEX-7 and E-M5, I want to write some comparison notes here.
RX100 is from Sony which have more similarity with NEX than E-M5, so this list is mostly compare the RX100 to the NEX-7, the NEX-7 have a wonderful hardware and bad implemented software really pi-ss me off.
On contrary, this RX100 is an almost excellent camera both in hardware and software.

1. Size of s100 with 1' sony sensor, the auto-focus is super fast and very accurate, much better than NEX-7, better than E-M5 with some lens but fail to match in the tele side.
2. It charges with USB, I can attach it to my car charger or remote battery for my mobile phone in emergency.
3. It unlike Olympus xz-1,Fujifilm x10, Panasonic lx5/lx7, Canon g1x, it has build-in lens cap, which makes it smaller and a LOT more convenient than those in real life shooting.
4. ISO can be as low as 80, compensate some margin for the 1/2000s shutter speed(E-M5's 200 base iso is a horrible decision from Olympus)
5. The software(operation system) is derived from Sony Alpha DSLR, unlike the NEX's bad UI implement from Sony P&S digital camera. It gives you 3 custom profiles, with their own iso range setting. different picture quality setting etc.
6. The face detection can be set on for ALL light metering and focus mode. this is a big evolution from NEX(which can only used with matrix metering and multi-focus).
7. 20m pixels is very good with pixel peeping or cropping, thanks to it's large sensor and quality lens, lots of details with base iso.
8. It still keep the Sony camera's features:
Sony's color profile. I really like this kind of realistic color rendering.
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442 of 469 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
I ordered this from B&H the morning it was announced. Having it for a day and about 500 photos, I'm glad I bought it. After some very late night prints, I'm thrilled. Bottom line: the photo quality is great.


Quick to focus and quick between shots
Excellent lens with decent zoom range
Good JPEGS and very good RAW files
Nice controls and the front adjustment ring helps
Well built
Excellent manual controls
The first pocket camera with good manual focus


Sony's menu's are a bit confusing
Somewhat limited battery life, though par for the category
No manual
Slow aperture at full zoom
No external batter charger

Make no mistake, this is as good as current technology allows for a pocketable camera. It's about the same sizes as my Canon S95. It has a similar design, but IMO looks classier. Sony has made good use of the 20 megapixels. Low ISO files are excellent and as good as recent generation DSLRs. The larger sensor does make a difference.

Is this worth the extra $200 over a S100 or LX7? That depends. If you print your photos larger than 11x14, the answer is an unqualified yes. Photos show more detail and better sharpness. If you mostly post your photos online, then the advantage lessens, especially if you shoot JPEG. What's the advantage of having 20 MP if your photo is displayed at 2 MP? Yes, the Canon and Panasonic cameras will output RAW files, but in practice, there is little advantage from doing so. You gain little if any dynamic range and all three cameras do a good job with white balance in most cases.

If you shoot RAW, the RX-100 is the first pocketable camera that gives you a real advantage with RAW. There is a noticeable difference in dynamic range.
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251 of 274 people found the following review helpful By MyKeyReviews on July 22, 2012
As soon as I saw information released about this camera, I knew instantly I wanted to get my hands on it; it looked awesome and the specifications mentioned seemed incredibly impressive for a camera it's size, so when I finally got it(which of course made a big hole in my credit card), I was super excited to play around with the features and see what it could actually do and if it would live up to the expectations Sony had created about this camera.

First impressions were definitely positive, it looks remarkably suave and holding the camera itself I found it to be really comfortable even though it only has one grip which is located precisely for your thumb. I personally think they got a good balance between grip and style, because if they had added any more grip it would have ruined that nice sleek design it has, for example if you take a look at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V, you will see it has a huge grip which whilst gives maximum grip it does overwhelm the side of the camera.

Included in the box are the following:
Camera | AC adapter | Battery pack | Micro USB cable | Wrist strap | Two shoulder strap adapters | Manual.

Things you NEED:
SDHC Card (You can choose a different brand/memory capacity, though do remember as this is a 20MP camera, files sizes average around 5MB if your using Jpeg in fine detail, or is around 20MB if using the RAW format (RAW image has a '.ARW' file extension)).

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