Sony RX100 Review

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Updated July 21, 2022
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The larger sensor, Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens, and full creative control make the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 one of the best point-and-shoot cameras under $500. This camera offers great video quality in 1080p 60fps mode, and has an excellent high ISO range. It also allows RAW image capture and has P/A/S/M modes for both video and stills. Visit our best digital camera list if you want 15 more cameras to browse.

Why We Like It – Sony RX100 Review

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 features a large 1/2.3” CMOS sensor with 20.1-megapixel resolution and delivers very good image quality. It also features an ultra-bright Carl Zeiss/1.8 zoom lens and a control ring for aperture settings. The large sensor size enables improved low light performance.

Pros
  • 20.1 megapixel Exmor CMOS 1/2.3” large sensor
  • 10 frames per second continuous shooting
  • High-speed autofocus system
Cons
  • No viewfinder

Performance

The Sony RX100 comes with a 20.1-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor that can capture plenty of light due to its large size. But, the Hasselblad digital camera beats the RX100 in bulk and size. It takes full advantage of the Carl Zeiss lens to offer images with reduced noise levels, precise details, and a high dynamic range. The focal length of the lens is 28-100m, which means that it also delivers up to a 3.6x optical zoom range. This mirrorless camera also offers a shutter speed of up to 10 frames per second. The Nikon Coolpix B700 is a great alternative if you don’t need a mirrorless camera.

Related: Read our Sony CyberShot TX9 review

Design

In terms of design, the Sony DSC-RX100 is similar to other mirrorless cameras available on the market. However, it does lack an optical or electronic viewfinder, which means that users have to rely on the 3-inch LCD display with touch support. This is a compact camera that has a fixed lens system, which makes it a great companion for your travels. It also gets an in-built pop-up flash, a customizable function button, and other features. Moreover, there is no built-in stand to use, which means you’ll need a tripod like the Gary Fong Flip Cage. You could also check out the Nikon P7700, if you need something compact and light.

Value

Just like another mirrorless camera, the Sony A7II, this Sony Cyber-shot mirrorless camera is total value for money. It’s got a great CMOS sensor, optical image stabilization, a powerful zoom lens with 3.6x optical zoom, and a 3-inch LCD touch display, which are features you’ll also find on the Sony CyberShot T110. The camera is also great when it comes to Face detection and autofocus. It can capture full HD videos at 60fps and the ISO range of 6400 makes it a good camera to use in low light as well. If you’d like more zoom, perhaps you should try the Canon Powershot SX530.

Related: Find out what so great about this camera with our Fujifilm XF10 review

Sony RX100 Review Wrap Up

The Sony RX100 is a great compact camera that you can carry around with you anywhere. It has a powerful high-resolution sensor, good quality fixed lens with 3.6x optical zoom, a high-speed autofocus system, and up to 10fps continuous shooting support. Although not having a viewfinder is a little bit annoying, it’s not a dealbreaker. This mirrorless camera is a great buy for beginners.

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