Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100
A new point and shoot camera
We don’t know why Sony took so long to make a pocket camera complete with a great sensor and an even greater lens. But we’re glad they took this decision. Such a product was sorely needed. The superb pros of the previous model, the S100, are kept on the new Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. And we love that. The greatest charm of this device is the fact that it can be used by professionals as well as beginners. Here is what our tests revealed about this baby.
You will definitely not get bored with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100. And we can confirm that with the tests we did. Starting with its looks, this camera features aluminum in its composition. This classy design goes places. When we held it, we liked how nice it felt in our hands. It was light and easy to handle. And it did not break into a million pieces when we tentatively dropped it on the floor of our apartment a couple of times.
The lens of the RX100 has an optical zoom of 3.6x. And its value is 28-100mm lens in 35mm format. This device features the kind of aperture which makes sure that it can make pics snapped in bad light look as if they were snapped in different conditions. And it does that thanks to its T* multi-coating. The aperture on this model is f/1.8.
Easy to use
The sensor featured here is very powerful. It gets its juices flowing because of a BIONZ image processor. The latter works with advanced column A/D processing. What comes out of this union is a photo which delivers all the right notes; such as low noise and plenty of smoothness. You gain a greater rate of control over the camera’s focus. In tests we also experienced great-looking pics when sensitivity was ISO 6400 in low-light conditions.
Sony’s newest pocket camera includes optical stabilization, too. Which is, no doubt, a great pro to have on any camera.
The manual modes onboard are many and very helpful. Not to forget that such modes are always very easy to use. The creative modes are also professional. Each of them comes with different settings and effects to employ and get the most out of the RX100. The auto functions features a very wide array of offerings. The Auto HDR, for instance, helped us spend less time on post-production workflow compared to other camera models. The Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode came in extremely handy, since it practically recognized the environment we were using the device in.
Impressive image provided
If you want to capture a photo when there are objects that move fast, this device delivers 20.2MP resolution images at a high fps. Which is awesome, compared with other reviewed models. And the camera features something even more compelling: the ability to open your most accessed settings faster than usual.
Besides delivering the best in photo quality, the DSC-RX100 is also more than apt at shooting clips. Full high definition ones with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, mind you. At 60fps. The quality of the said movies is, like in the case of photos, great. Which is due to the camera’s brotherhood of lens and sensor. You also get here all kinds of modes and settings which will make your life easier.
We did not find cons when we took the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 for a ride. The device is the best combo of an interchangeable-lens cam and a point-and-shoot product. It will make you fall in love with it on the spot.