When Sony announced the RX100, many of my social media peers were raving about it. So I had to try it myself.
- 1″ EXMOR CMOS sensor
- 20.9 million pixels
- 28-100mm optical zoom
- F1.8-4.9 aperture
- ISO 125-6400
- 10fps (Speed Priority Mode)
- 3-inch 1228K LCD monitor
- Supports Sony RAW+JPEG capture
From first look, the RX100 seems like any compact cameras in the market. Having a bright F/1.8 lens really doesn’t mean a lot since there are a handful of bright lens compact cameras available, with a fair share of good and not-so-impressive ones. Could the RX100 fall under the latter too?
I have to admit, the Sony RX100 is one of the most desirable compact cameras that I have reviewed for a long while. I am usually unimpressed with compact cameras due to my stringent photographic requirements from DSLR background. I expect my cameras to be fast and versatile, allowing me to make shooting adjustments without missing a beat.
While RX100 is nowhere near DSLR handling quality, its capability impresses me and its image quality wows me.
Large Sensor, Small Body
The RX100 is fitted with the largest sensor found in a compact camera – same sensor size as the bulky and heavy mirrorless Nikon 1. Combined with a large maximum aperture, the effective depth of field is also one of the most shallow among the compact cameras, while other brands have their large sensors housed in larger sized bodies. Image details are better, with lesser digital artefacts.
- First, like most Sony cameras, you to select the playback view of either still photos, MP4 movie, or AVCHD movie. This makes viewing mixed images and videos a chore.
- Then, there is no mechanical switch to pop up the flash. To activate flash, I have to select from shortcut button, then it will automatically pop up when I half-press the shutter. Good thing is that the flash can be manually tilted upwards for creative lighting.
- Battery life indicator is not in remaining minutes. Sony did not implement the InfoLithium battery that they are famed for, which means I will not be able to accurately predict my remaining battery life. Still, the battery life is surprisingly good and it can last me a day at Universal Studios Singapore, capturing over 6GB of image and video, with ample juice left.
- Lens ring requires more turning movement to make value changes and the values change rather slowly as the LCD monitor animates the sequence, so I find myself unable to make quick adjustments when using lens ring.
- The RX100 cannot focus in macro mode except at its widest angle 28mm. So that kindda limits the framing possibilities.
- When shooting close-up images at F1.8, the images exhibit softness and fringing, characteristics of a DSLR fix-focal lens. Love it or hate it.
- It can take a while to save HD video recording. While the camera is saving images, you cannot start capturing new video, and vice versa.
- Price could be more competitive. That is the first comment from most of my peers when I told them about the S$999 retail price.
A Recommended Product
Notice that my review does not mention about image quality. That’s because I’m sharing some of the images I took with the RX100. Most of them are unprocessed, so you may judge for yourself. Generally, I find the RX100 does not have the “compact camera” image look, and I attribute that largely to the large 1-inch image sensor.
|Shallow depth of field at F1.8,|
|F1.8 1/30s ISO 1000. Aperture mode. Sony RX100 handles auto exposure at night very well.
Most other compact cameras would have over-exposed this shot when shooting in auto exposure mode.
|F1.8 1/15s ISO6400.
I am speechless at the ability for me to capture my little active passenger at night, lighted only by street lamps and shophouses.
Sony RX100 is indeed good!
|F1.8 1/30s ISO 1250|
|F1.8 1/30s ISO 2000|
For more photos taken with Sony RX100, visit the Music.Photo.Life facebook page photo album here.
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