Sony - Cyber-shot RX100 20.2-Megapixel Digital Camera - Black

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Exquisite image quality and creative freedom in a truly compact package. For razor-sharp images and pro-quality defocused backgrounds, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 features a large, 1" sensor and an ultrabright Carl Zeiss f/1.8 lens.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • AC adapter (AC-UD11)
    • Micro USB cable
    • Owner's manual
    • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NP-BX1)
    • Sony Cyber-shot RX100 20.2-Megapixel Digital Camera
    • Wrist strap, shoulder strap adapter

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (280 out of 296)

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    Features


    20.2-megapixel Exmor 1" CMOS image sensor

    Captures high-resolution images up to 5472 x 3648.

    3.6x optical/up to 54x digital/up to 194.4x total zoom

    With 7.2x Clear Image digital zoom for precise zooming. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens provides refined background defocusing. Multilayered T* lens coating reduces ghosting and flare.

    3" Xtra Fine LCD

    With 1,229K dots enables easy navigation through menus and provides a bright, clear display. WhiteMagic technology helps improve visibility in bright light.

    1080p video mode

    Record crystal-clear high-definition movie clips. Dual record function lets you capture still images and record video simultaneously.

    BIONZ image processor

    Along with low-light ISO 6400 sensitivity provides intelligent response data for fast focusing speeds and clear, sharp images, even in low light.

    Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode electronic image stabilization

    Reduces image blur caused by camera shake and vibration.

    Scene modes

    Include portrait, antimotion blur, sports action, pet, gourmet, macro, landscape, sunset, night scene, handheld twilight, night portrait, fireworks and high sensitivity.

    Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) mode

    Automatically detects the setting and selects from 33 scenes for stills and 44 scenes for movies for optimal results. Superior Auto mode with Backlight Correction HDR technology produces quality photos.

    Sweep Panorama mode

    Continuously shoots images and stitches up to 100 shots together to help you create breathtaking panoramic scenes.

    Face detection

    Automatically detects and registers up to 8 faces and optimizes camera settings for crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Continuous shooting mode captures up to 10 fps to help you take fast-action shots.

    White balance modes

    Include auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent (warm white), fluorescent (cool white), fluorescent (day white), fluorescent (daylight), flash, color temperature/filter and custom.

    Built-in pop-up flash

    Ensures you have proper lighting for your shots. Flash modes include auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync and off to help you take quality photos under a variety of lighting conditions.

    Creative style settings

    Include standard, vivid, sunset, portrait, landscape and more. Picture Effects include soft focus, posterization, retro photo, high contrast monochrome, rich-tone monochrome and more to let you express your creativity.

    25-point autofocus

    Tracks moving subjects to ensure clear images.

    Memory card slot

    Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity and SDXC formats for expanded storage options.

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    Customer rating

    4.6
    95%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    4.5

    Pros

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great camera for a photo enthusiest

      Posted
      TBCass
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have been an enthusiast photographer since the 60's. My primary cameras have been mostly SLT types. I have on occasion tried more compact type cameras as something more convenient to carry around but they have been, without exception, unacceptable to me due to mediocre image quality, manual capabilities and overall speed and responsiveness, auto focus and shot to shot times in particular. When this camera first came out I was impressed by the universal praise it received from professional reviewers so I decided to give it a try as a take everywhere addition to my camera kit. I have had the camera for over a month now and have taken over well 1000 photos with it and am happy to say it, if anything, exceeds my expectations. The speed is DSLR like including fast auto focus. Due to the ability to customize the functions of the wheels and buttons I have it set up just the way I want it making it extremely easy to use whether for manual or automatic use. As far as handling, at first the small size put me off but after a few days I got used to it and now I have no problems. Some people complain about the lack of a hand grip but for me it isn't needed on a camera this small and light. It may make one handed shooting a touch more difficult for some but it hasn't caused me a problem. I usually shoot 2 handed anyway. I was even able to use it simultaneously with my A65 holding the RX100 in my right hand, the A65 in my left, shooting video with the RX100 and stills with the A65 pushing the A65 shutter button with the little finger of my right hand. The only thing lacking with this camera is an eye level viewfinder but I can forgive that omission because with a camera this small a decent one would be impossible to include without increasing the size of the camera significantly. The LCD is usable in bright sun when you set it to the brightest setting. Last but not least the image quality. In this area I have no complaints at all. Up to iso 800 it can compete with any DSLR, at iso 1600 and 3200, it is a small step behind. At iso6400 I find it unacceptable but few cameras of any kind are acceptable at 6400 as far as I'm concerned. All things considered, the combination of small size, speed, handling and image quality make this camera worth every bit of it's $650. In face I call it a bargain. If I could give it 6 stars out of 5 I would. A final comment about video. I am not as serious about video as I am about stills but, other than the lack of a separate microphone jack, the camera is very good with results competitive with Blue Ray quality. The built in stereo mic is adequate for general use. A final comment about the flash. Some complain about it's location but I have no problem and it can be bounced, a first for a built in flash. Besides, there's no else you could put it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      DSLR quality that fits in your pocket

      Posted
      dpoplin
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      After researching cameras for over 6 months, Sony released the RX100 and it was a perfect fit for me. I am traveling to Argentina to do mission work for over a year and I wanted DSLR quality pictures and full HD 1080p video that could fit in my pocket. I have exactly what I want in this camera. I didn't want to be carrying a huge DSLR or a micro 4/3 around in my hand and get robbed in a foreign country. This camera is perfect to whip out of your pocket, take a picture with less than a second power on time and snap that picture with almost no focus time. When people see my photos they ask if they came from a DSLR because they are so sharp, bright, crisp and clear. I love the ring around the lens that spins, you can have it adjust the zoom, the exposure, the filter, anything you want, and the Function buttons and menus are completely customizable. The shooting filters are so much fun to play with, it has in camera HDR, color selection with blue, green, yellow, and red, miniature focusing, watercolor, color pop, B&W and so much more. Photos at night time are amazing. You get what you pay for and I would pay even more for this camera with the quality you get that actually slides into your pocket. When I opened the box, I was actually surprised to see that the camera was smaller than I thought. I bought a waterproof/dustproof Pelican 1010 case that it fits perfectly in and a lcd scratch protector from Sony. I am thoroughly pleased with the camera, it is super fast, all metal build, and stunning quality. The only con that I can find is that the black paint on the exterior stratches easily, but can be fixed if kept in a case. And with the review above, the manual is lacking, but once you start using the camera it is extremely easy to catch on.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Meeting all my expectations... and then some

      Posted
      2wheeltraveler
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I appreciate well-framed, accurate and technically challenging pictures... however i'm a far cry from being able to take them myself. I have too many hobbies to take on photography too but I wanted to get "good enough" to stop having rookie mistakes in what would otherwise be great shots. Although I firmly believe that "knowing the technique" is the key to a better shot and that hardware cannot fix the eye of a bad shooter, this camera re-defines that to some extent. Out of the box it eliminated many of my "quick-shot" mistakes and it takes amazingly clear, well-focused photos. In full auto mode it does an outstanding job of picking the right settings. Can my shot's be better if I learned more about photography technique and control, absolutely! I bought this expecting to do just that... however what I have found is that I use it more as an excellent point-and-shoot and still only use 10-20% of it's full capability as a full-featured camera. It's quite a bit larger than my previous point and shoot but small enough to have with you most of the time. Jumping to a full-body SLR meant I would only have it 10% of the time I need it and with the RX-100, it will be closer to 80%. Things to consider... If you buy the form-fitted leather case for it (which is excellent BTW), it does add enough bulk that it's no longer pocketable with the exception of jackets and cargo pockets. The flash is in an awkward location. i've almost dropped the camera twice when it popped up under my finger and startled me. When zooming into a picture in playback mode, the default is to jump waaaaaay too far into the picture and you have to zoom back out. I wish this was configurable (or that I could find where if it is...). 1/2 as far would be ideal for me. It's almost as much as an entry-level full body SLR, but don't let that scare you away. It's well worth it and VERY unlikely you will get camera envy any time soon.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A pricey camera, but it lives up to its promise.

      Posted
      Nikki
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      It outclasses other cameras that are of similar size to it, but larger cameras at its price point can match or outperform it. So, you need to be interested in a small but high-quality camera to consider this one. If you use this camera as a point and shoot for vacations and other events, then you can leave it in the Auto+ mode and once you get the hang of letting it automatically take exposure brackets or just multiple shots to composite in low light then you will have very high quality images ready to go on the camera immediately. If you are using this camera as a small and easy to carry enthusiast or companion to a pro camera, then you can set it up to save the RAW data or take the exposure bracket and let you do the HDR and other processing later. Or often you can just let the Auto+ mode do its thing and go back to manual settings only if the results weren't satisfactory. Startup time is great and it takes pictures pretty quickly. The Auto+ mode slows things down since it does the processing right after taking the images, but it has enough internal buffer storage to hold 5-7 shots before having to pause to write to the card. The 1" sensor is large for this class of camera, but it still isn't all that big. Other optics and sensor features push it to a higher performance than the larger sensor would alone. Low light capability is impressive for its size and this camera takes better backlit photos than any I've had before. Supposedly the second and third versions of this camera are even better in backlit scenes than this one. There isn't much in the way of a zoom on this camera. And image quality degrades a bit the further you zoom in. At 20 megapixels though you can get away with some digital-zoom-style cropping after the fact. You will get some barrel lens distortion with this camera, more than I've seen on other compacts. But, as a tradeoff you get a wider angle lens, so hard to call this a pro or a con.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sony RX100 vs Nikon Coolpix A

      Posted
      orijin

      Please understand they do not really compete with one another although they could one uses a aps c sensor while one uses a 1" sensor. There is no argument at ~$1000 the coolpix A does in fact have a larger image sensor than the ~$600 rx100. Using the Coolpix A what really bugs me is the lack of actual zoom on this thing and the slow autofocus on this thing as well. Lastly there is an annoying thing where there is a little switch on the side to switch to between: macro, auto focus and manual focus. The lack of image stabilization is another bad thing *** the RX100 lens does have image stabilization. RX100 advantages does have faster auto focus, in superior auto you do not need to physically hit a switch to go in between macro and auto focus. (it does what it suppose to do auto detect that its a macro picture or other scene options) *** The Macro on the RX100 is also significantly better as well, I prefer the macro on the RX100 as I can get a closer shot to the object before the focus does not work anymore. But do realize in real world situations a faster auto focus, image stabilization will generally snap you a better picture than a camera with slower auto focus especially when you are using auto mode on these two cameras. *** Where the RX100 shines is the faster auto focus being able to snap multiple pictures at once and choosing the best picture of the bunch it snaps. To me if you want an all around camera the RX100 would be the definite choice but if you are maybe just taking pictures of landscapes or non moving pictures on a tripod the Coolpix A might be a better choice. If you google rx100 vs coolpix a you'll find spec comparisons and reasons why you might wind up falling in love the RX100 over the coolpix A. I also recommend trying them both in person I bought the rx100 first and *** then bought the coolpix A seeing if I would replace the RX100 but winded up returning the coolpix A.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Spectacular IQ - beats everything in it's class

      Posted
      iowapipe
      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      An inexperienced photographer who will only use the Program mode will get great results from this camera. You will need to adjust the autofocus choice I think, but otherwise you won't have problems. The camera makes good choices. The experienced photographer will be getting this camera because they want something more DSLR like, but can fit in a pocket and/or be inconspicuous when used. How this beats all other pocketable cameras: 1. (most importantly to me) it is low-light capable and leaves plenty of pixels for cropping a wide shot where the aperture is 1.8, 2. the 1" sensor gives great DOF as expected, 3. the control ring is useful (I would prefer it to be stepped, and not have to be turned quite as far for use) 4. very quick to take pictures even in low light with the assist beam turned off. Trumps the Panasonic LX7 in IQ, as well as pocketability. Quite similar in size to the Canon S110, but better IQ due to the larger sensor. These are the only 2 that are cheaper that would offer similar low-light capability if you need to save $150 or so. I think this camera would be better priced at $525ish. Having said that, I would not willingly give it up for any other pocket camera no matter how much cheaper. I have been waiting for an upgrade from my Canon SD4000 (2 years ago it was the only pocketable camera with low-light capability). But nobody has provided one that did anything better at the same size. The Canon S95,100 had RAW capability, but there wasn't much to be gained from such a small sensor. So their purchase wasn't justified. Bottom line - if you want a small camera with good IQ, THIS is the camera to get. All other camera's in this size fall short.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love It

      Posted
      Lori
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is a great camera. I'm a novice so it was a little confusing at first but then I realized for every option or feature you can hit the ? button and it explains what the function option means so all the options and settings are not as confusing or scary. It took me a few hours to understand the basics because I ? every option vs trying to study manual. It also has a way to save favorite option setting choices to scroll through that you might use more often. It is great in low light, sunny, panoramic, foggy all settings. Indoors at night in low light like a bar scene I don't even need a flash in fact I haven't even used the flash yet. Megapixels are great. Every shot comes out great. Pictures included are hand held shots no tripod because I don't have one yet. Zoom feature is really great also. The defocused background can get a little confusing but you can widen the area so it focuses more of the picture and if you zoom it tends to pick up the background more like in my sunset pic with tree branch hanging down in front of me, the sunset came in clearer which is what I wanted. Love Love Love this camera. Click on the photo tiles below, the tiles look blurry but not the shot when you open it ;)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very Good camera with lot's of features

      Posted
      Byxarik
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The sensor in the RX100 is the same 1" format that Nikon uses in its 1-System. It is considerably smaller than those used in most interchangeable lens cameras but it significantly larger than those used in most enthusiast compacts. Conclusion - Pros Excellent image quality and solid ISO performance Class-leading movie features and quality A good degree of customization puts your favorite settings at your fingertips Fast operation, including focus and Raw capture Flexible lens range (though a brighter zoom would have been nice) Excellent range of additional features (sweep panorama and auto HDR in particular) Good battery life for this class of camera USB-charging (with fast charger) makes it easy to travel light Conclusion - Cons Clickless control dial contributes to vague and unengaging shooting experience Flash metering is unpredictable Lack of ND filter can limit the ability to use wide apertures Screen hard to see in direct sunshine, despite WhiteMagic technology No official option to fit filters onto the lens (third-party glue-on adapters are available) In-camera raw conversion would add flexibility Playback confusingly separated into stills, MP4 and AVCHD sections Lag when trying to zoom in playback mode is irksome USB-only charging makes it awkward to use a spare battery

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 43 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about connectivity, manual adjust., optics and glare. Editors are less positive about viewfinder and memory and have mixed opinions about shutter. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 88/100 = Very good quality.
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