Great pictures ideally need large sensors and large cameras which means a heavier burden. But Sony has come with a tiny body, larger sensor and fast lens which is just superb with a 20-megapixel, 1-inch sensor and pairs it with an f/1.8-4.9, 28-100mm equivalent Carl Zeiss lens. At a price of $649.99 and this specs, it might be the the new king of pocket size camera but whether it will be?
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Its a simple , compact black box with a control ring surrounding the lens, there is a blue Zeiss logo on the bottom right of the lens. The RX100 is slightly thicker than S100 at 36mm thick and weighs at 240g and just 102mm on the longest edge. Quality is excellent with aluminum body and looks elegant. The RX100 is a self contained box as it has no extension option,no flash hotshoe here and no external mocrophone. The tiny pop up flashi is quite powerful across the range and can be tilted back for light bouncing. The 1,229,000 dot LCD screen is amazing and uses Sony Whitemagic technology for better outdoor visibility. Since you can’t change the lenses, Zeiss made quite an effort to make it one of the best, but it gets little soft in the corners, its fast and bright and gets the job done well. The zoom range is not that wide; starting at 28mm is not wide enough for many shots.
INTERFACE AND CONTROLS
Its menu system is logical and sensible, the control ring makes it easier to use, from zoom to manual focus to aperature to ISO and a function button lets you switch between these features. The manual focus is smooth and is good for such a small camera. There is a PASM dial up too, and in these modes the RX100 priortizes the wheel surrounding the directional buttons in the back. There are different modes such as the M mode and the P which changes the aperature and ISO. Then the power button is on the top on the back of the camera there are 5 buttons ( movie, function, menu, playback, help/delete). The help button gives you advice in shooting modes.
It has the sweep panarama and handheld twilight modes found in the DSLRs mirrorless cameras. the most amazing is the tiltshift mode that lets you select the in-focus areas Instagram style and the camera has options for dynamic range optimization also.
PERFORMANCE AND QUALITY
Why anyone want to buy RX100? , well the photos it takes are just stunning where all the other compact cameras need to cope up with it. It shows great color depth and dynamic range, the right combination of lens aperature sensor size allows for blurry background low light performances. It gives you creative control over your images like never before. ISO performance is impressive at 20 megapixel sensor and when it comes to low light performance RX100 is the beast. It has no shutter lag issue as many compact cameras have and you can shoot pictures at high resolution in a comtinous mode. Autofocus speed is quite impressive and in daylight its even faster and better. Video on the other hand is quite of a mixed bag 1080p quality is good but not htat impressive. SteadyShot image stabilization doesn’t work well although the inbuilt stereo microphones capture sound reasonably well. Sony claims that RX100′s battery will last 330 shots and there is no doubt about that, its charging power is very impressive.
If you want a portable device with all the entry level DSLRs options then RX100 is for you but at this price one should go for DSLR unless portability is your preference.