Sony Cyber-shot RX100 – Compact Camera With A Big 1″ CMOS Sensor

Sony Cyber-shot RX100
Sony Cyber-shot RX100

6 June 2012, Singapore – With the popularity of premium compact cameras such as the Canon S100 of Leica D Lux 5, Sony has entered this market with their latest Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 camera.  It comes packed with an impressive 1″ Exmor CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels in a pocket-sized body.  The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 sensor is over two times larger than its rival, and in the digital photography “Sensor Size Does Matter”. The bigger sensor equals clearer, sharper, more details in the picture captured and better image quality in low light conditions.

The larger sensor is partnered with an ultra-bright Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 3.6x optical zoom range and a wide F1.8 maximum aperture that lets in more light to complement the resolving power of the large 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor. The Control Ring that surrounds the lens body allows smooth, fingertip adjustment of exposure, zoom, Picture Effect and other functions, it makes versatile DSLR-style creative control over your image easily accessible.

The new Cyber-shot RX100 digital compact camera from Sony will be available in Asia Pacific from July 2012.  We are looking forward to reviewing an actual unit of this new compact camera.  Check back again for our review.


  • Capture crisp detail with 1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) approximately 20.2 effective megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor and F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 3.6x optical zoom lens
  • Get low-noise handheld shots in low light with high sensitivity up to ISO 25,600
  • Intuitive operation with Control Ring for creative photo shooting
  • Powerful features packaged into sleek, compact styling in aluminum body, thanks to newly developed AA (Advanced Aspherical) lens
  • Shoot Full HD movies with extremely low noise and full creative control
  • Auto Portrait Framing, Creative Style and Picture Effect modes

Specifications Sheet


Model DSC-RX100 digital still camera
Image Sensor 1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) “Exmor” CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2(Effective resolution) Approx. 20.2 megapixels(Gross resolution) Approx. 20.9 megapixels
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T, with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens); F1.8 (Wide) – 4.9 (Tele); focal length = 10.4-37.1mm; 35mm effective focal length (Still Image 3:2) = 28-100mm
Zoom range Optical: 3.6x; Clear Image Zoom 7.2x
Screen 7.5cm (3.0type) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine / TruBlack / TFT LCD
Image stabilisation (Still image) Optical SteadyShot(Movie) Optical SteadyShot Active Mode with electronic compensation (anti-rolling)
Focus modes Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Focus area Multi point AF (25 points) / Centre weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking) Digital Zoom: approx. 4x (still images / movies)
Sensitivity (still image) Auto(ISO125-6400, selectable with upper/lower limit), 125/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400 (Expandable to ISO 80/100) Multi Frame NR: Auto (ISO125-25600) equivalent, 200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600 equivalentNB: ISO 12800 and higher settings are achieved through combining Multi Frame Noise Reduction and By Pixel Super Resolution techno,ogy.
Continuous shooting Speed Priority Continuous Mode: Approx.10 fpsContinuous mode: 2.5 fps (AF-S)
Shooting modes Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Scene Selection, Movie, Sweep shooting
Picture Effect modes Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft Highmkey, Partial Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
Other Shooting functions Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Dual Rec, Grid Line, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), MR (memory recall), Exposure Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, Peaking, MF Assist, Auto Portrait Framing, Photo Creativity, Shooting Tips
Movie record AVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 50p) / 24M FX (1920×1080, 50i ) / 17M FH (1920×1080, 50i)MP4: 12M (1440×1080, 25 fps) / 3M VGA (640×480 25 fps)
Battery life (Still Image) Approx. 330 / Approx. 165 min. (CIPA standard)(Movie) Approx. 80 min.( AVCHD, MP4, shooting in factory preset mode)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9mm  (CIPA compliant)
Weight Approx. 213g (body only)Approx. 240g (with battery and Memory Stick Duo)
Supplied accessories Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor AC-UD10, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Shoulder Strap Adaptor, Instruction Manual




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