Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Sony DSC-RX100.jpg
Maker Sony Corporation
Type Point-and-shoot
Image sensor type Exmor CMOS sensor
Image sensor size 1.0" type (13.2 × 8.8 mm) Exmor CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2, Pixel gross: 20.9 MP (approx.), Effective picture resolution: 20.2 MP (approx.)
Image sensor maker Sony
Maximum resolution 20.2 MP
Recording medium 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
Lens Fixed lens, F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
F-numbers Focal Length (35 mm equivalent): Still 16:9 29-105mm / Still 4:3 30-108 mm / Still 3:2 28-100 mm / Still 1:1 36-127 mm / Movie 16:9 29-105 mm (Std), 33-120 mm (Active) / Movie 4:3 36–128 mm (Std), 41-146 mm (Active)

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)
Exposure Exposure/metering
Flash Pop-up, tilt-able
Frame rate US: 60p, UK: 50p
Shutter iAuto (4-1/2000) / Program Auto (1-1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30-1/2000) / Aperture Priority (8-1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30-1/2000)
Shutter speeds 10 fps at 20.2 MP
Video/movie recording US: AVCHD 2.0, 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)
UK: 1920×1080 50p Approx. 28 Mbps) (AVCHD), (1920×1080 50i Approx. 24 Mbps) (AVCHD), 1920×1080 50i Approx. 17 Mbps) (AVCHD), 1440×1080 30 fps Fine Approx. 12 Mbps) (MP4), 640×480 30 fps Approx. 3 Mbps) (VGA)
Rear LCD monitor 3.0" (7.5 cm) (4:3) / 1,229k dots TFT LCD
Battery Lithium Ion NP-BX1
Dimensions 4" × 2 3/8" × 1 7/16" (101.6 × 58.1 × 35.9 mm)
Weight 8.5 oz (240 g) with battery
Made in Japan or China

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is a compact point-and-shoot 20.2 mega-pixel camera, part of the Cyber-shot line of digital cameras made by Sony and announced on 6 June 2012.[1] It has been named as the "European Advanced Compact Camera for 2012–2013" by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).[2] It has also been named one of the Best Inventions of 2012 by TIME. [3]

Notable features[edit]

  • 1" 13.2 × 8.8 mm CMOS Exmor sensor, with a 2.7× crop factor which uses the "Column-Parallel A/D Conversion Technique" to create higher detail images in very low light conditions.[4]
  • 10 fps at 20.2MP.
  • Very fast auto focus in low light, for a point-and-shoot camera.
  • Tilt-able pop-up flash, so light can bounced off, instead of a direct flash.
  • Fast and bright variable aperture, F1.8-F4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens.[5]
  • Focus peaking.
  • 3.6× optical zoom Carl Zeiss T* Vario Sonnar lens (28–100 mm 35mm equivalent focal length range [10.4–37.1 mm actual focal length])
  • 3" TFT LCD with 1.29 million dots, using RGBW coding with WhiteMagic

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II[edit]

In June 2013 Sony unveiled a new version of the camera, called DSC-RX100 II (model number DSC-RX100M2).[6] Despite small change in the name, new revision is much enhanced compared to its predecessor. Notable new features include:

  • 20.2-megapixel 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor, notable for being a back-illuminated sensor
  • Maximum native ISO mode expanded to 12800 (because of about 40% more light sensitivity)
  • LCD display is up and down tiltable (+84°/-45°)
  • Multi Interface Shoe added at the top
  • Wi-Fi capabilities
  • NFC wireless connectivity
  • New Full HD video shooting mode (1080/24p)

Hasselblad Stellar and Stellar II[edit]

On 23 July 2013 Hasselblad announced the Stellar, a "luxury" compact digital camera based on the DSC-RX100 with wooden or carbon grip. On 1 November 2013, Hasselblad announced another three cosmetic variants of the camera, named the Stellar Special Edition. On 26 November 2014, Hasselblad announced the Stellar II based on the DSC-RX100M2.

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III[edit]

The mark-III version of the RX100, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III (model number DSC-RX100M3), was released in June 2014.[7] The new camera has a new Bionz X processor (as used in the Sony Alpha 77 II), a new Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, a 24-70mm (equivalent 35mm), f/1.8-f/2.8 for wider angle of view.[8] Unlike its predecessor, the DSC-RX100 II, it does not have a multi-interface hotshoe, but now has a pop-up OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF).[9] Like the Sony Alpha 7, the DSC-RX100 III has customizable functions. The viewfinder and the LCD rear screen can be set to different display. And as Pentax cameras as well as the Alpha 7 series, the DSC-RX100 III can be set manually with shutter and aperture fixed, but with Auto ISO.[10]

A DSC-RX100 III camera showing the extended positions of the lens, flash, electronic viewfinder, and LCD panel.

Model differences[edit]

Model RX100 RX100 II RX100 III RX100 IV
Sensor 20.2Mpx Exmor CMOS
13.2mm x 8.8mm
20.2Mpx Exmor R BSI-CMOS
13.2mm x 8.8mm
20.2Mpx Exmor RS
Stacked BSI-CMOS
13.2mm x 8.8mm
Processor Bionz Bionz X
Lens Focal Length 10.4 - 37.1mm (Equiv. 28-100mm) 8.8 - 25.7mm (Equiv. 24-70mm)
Lens max Aperture f/1.8 - 4.9 f/1.8 - 2.8
Shutter Speed 30 ~ 1/2000 sec 30 ~ 1/32000 sec
Max Continuous Shooting 10 frames/s 16 frames/s
Video record format MPEG-4, AVCHD (28 Mbit/s)
Full HD
MPEG-4, AVCHD (28 Mbit/s),
XAVC S (50 Mbit/s) Full HD
MPEG-4, AVCHD (28 Mbit/s),
XAVC S (100 Mbit/s) 4K video
Video Sampling Line skipping Full-pixel readout
Slow Motion Video Record No No No Yes (240, 480, 960fps)
Professional Video edit No No No Picture Profile w/CineGamma,
Timecode, Userbit
Custom minimum shutter spd.
at Auto ISO
No No No Yes
Flexible Spot with Lock on AF No No No Yes
Continuous Eye-AF No No No Yes
LCD 3 inch fixed 3 inch tilting (90,40 deg.) 3 inch tilting (180,45 deg.)
EVF No Optional Built-in
Hot shoe No Multi-Interface No No
Built-in ND No No 3-stops
WiFi & NFC No Yes Yes Yes
(CIPA standards)
330 shots 350 shots 320 shots 280 shots
Weight 240g 281g 290g 298g
Dimension 102 x 58 x 36 mm 102 x 58 x 38 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm
Announced Jun 6, 2012 Jun 27, 2013 May 28, 2014 Jun 10, 2015


External links[edit]

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II:

Hasselblad Stellar: