Sony Cybershot RX100 large sensor compact camera announced

The Sony Cybershot RX100 compact camera with 1" sensor is now official. The price is $648, specs and preview video after the break:

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 technology.
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 High-key, 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 (1920x1080, 50p) / 24M FX (1920x1080, 50i ) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 50i)MP4: 12M (1440x1080, 25 fps) / 3M VGA (640x480 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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  • kick and ouch

    where’s the hotshoes

    • spam

      Sony has sacrificed everything for size (again). Canon did the same on the S90/S95/s100 and IMO that’s a reasonable tradeoff. They get an excellent pocketable camera and S100-competitor while it will be more difficult to compete against models like XZ-1, G12, G1 X, LX5 etc which have hotshoe, built in or optional viewfinders and (on some) tilt and swivel LCDs.

      It will also beat a Nikon J1 with kit zoom on size, lens speed and zoom range with a sensor equally big (small) and twice the pixel count. Interesting that Sony chose a 3:2-sensor which could fit straight into a Nikon 1 body.

      • J Shin

        > where’s the hotshoes

        That was my first question, too, but the more I read about it the more intrigued I am. I have been drooling at the TX20 for a while, because I wanted something I can just keep in the purse all the time. This is twice as thick, and does not come in pink :-), but it has a much nicer sensor, and does raw, and other dimensions are basically the same. I think it’s pretty, too. It just might work. I’ll have to play with it and see.

        The lack of hot shoe I can probably live with, since a lot of my flashes are slaves anyway. I don’t need an EVF for this, since I won’t be mounting a manual lens on it. The Elmarit won’t fit in my purse; I like small purses. 🙂

        Now, if the Panasonic LX6 is anything like this, with hot shoe, I’m really interested.

        Or I can just not get a compact. We’ll see.

    • Yeah, dual hot shoes, or a hot shoe and an accessory shoe, would have been nice.

      As fro the camera, it may beat the S100 and XZ-1, but I think it’ll have a hard time against the X100 and G1X…

      .. unless it has working autofocus.

      • Harold Ellis

        it will not beat S100 because it is HUGE and NOT POCKETABLE

        • ASD

          It’s actually about the same size as S100, just tiny bit thicker, but the IQ is much better than S100

        • Sina

          It is almost exactly the same size as the S100, only slightly thicker.

          • Harold Ellis


            too lazy to check it out, but looks too thick to put into a pocket

          • Adn

            I did check out the size, Harold Ellis. Are you stupid or a troll? RX100 is almost the same size as S100

        • AlexRW

          Can0n S100 = 98.9 x 59.9 x 26.7 mm

          Sony RX100 = 101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9mm

          The Sony is 2.7mm wider, 1.9mm shorter, and 9.2mm thicker.

    • John Gaga

      Agreed, people that know that big sensors are better generally like EVF/OVF’s and hot shoes (not to mention lots of add-ons)… doesn’t anyone know this besides Olympus/Panasonic?! Nikon did it wrong and the G series’ Canon OVF is terrible. Even Lord Leica gave the new X2 an Olympus EVF!!!! If you want photogeeks that like large sensors to buy you high-tech P&S GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT! People that use the live view back screen to compose pictures do appreciate high quality pictures, but I would argue to say that the majority of them leave the dial set on the green rectangle, don’t know how to press half way to focus or know what an f-stop is, let alone the care about sensor size. There should be a guide that camera manufactures use, if you’re giving it a bigger sensor, make the people happy that are going to want it! If you’re not going to make it a standard feature, make it attachable! No matter how many DSLR-like features you give to a small-ish compact camera, it’s not going to eat into DSLR sales. Large sensor compacts are bought by people that have DSLR’s and appreciate the photographic experience, but want to have a camera that is up to their standards when a DSLR is impractical, undesirable, too conspicuous, or too awkward. If those are the people that want a large sensor, again, GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT! Props to Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji, and Leica for figuring this out.

  • ARL

    Studio Samples

    IQ looks better than Nikon 1 …

    Another reason why Nikon can’t live without Sony’s sensor

  • Timo

    Looks interesting for a compact camera. Reasonable sensor and a lens starting at f/1.8. Would be interesting to know the f/stops over the entire zoom range. What I would loved to have seen is wide angle start at 24mm (35mm-equiv.).
    But let’s see where the street price will be in a few months…

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  • joel

    13.2 x 8.8mm does not make a 1″ sensor. The sensor diagonal is 0.624 inches or 15.86 mm.

    • Alan

      Don’t think in terms of accurate sizes. Think that a sc called 1” sensor will fit very loosely within in a 1” circle (why they adopted a system based on old valves escapes us all my friend).

  • Alan

    This is the sort of thing we were expecting from the Nikon P300/310 but they offered us a 1/2.3” sensor!

    • spam

      Nikon offered exactly what I’d expect from a Coolpix – small sensor, now RAW.

  • Kevin

    wow… they were able to make this camera about the same size as the S100 but with a much larger sensor!

    this is a high end P&S enthusiasts have been waiting for… thanks sony.

  • Nobody Special

    I don’t see much to complain about – it is a ‘compact’ after all. The flash – built in (?) – seems like a logical way to proceed.

    What caught my eye is the design – strangely, it reminds me of a basic ‘M’ body shape. The glass, which is designed by Zeiss should work quite well. It wouldn’t take much imagination to see this form in a Sony APS sensor camera. Either way, can’t say I’m disappointed by it.

  • photonut

    $648 ? You must be kiddin’ me !!!

    • Boing Wronkwell

      +1 … Twice the price it should have been … If it were $299, it would be “too cheap” and right on the nail at about $349, but $648???


    • Boing Wronkwell

      +1 @Photonut.

      $399 might have been Ok, but not $648 …

      • Adn

        $399 was the launch price of S100 which has 3 times smaller sensor. Sony would lose money if they could sell it at that price. Sensor and lens is the most expensive part of the camera, and bigger sensor means both of them would be more costly to manufacture.

        I however do expect for the street prices to come down to $599 by fall, and by Christmas to $549…

  • Zeusman

    Like the new camera but agree at $649, it’s too expensive. Would consider at $499. but it’s crossing a threshold into some pretty nice cameras. Not necessarily as small of course, but small and good.

  • Zeissgit

    This looks delicious! If the iso is up to modern standards why buy digital leicas and the like? (unless u really need to spend thousands for wide f tele?) Look at the fuggin price and aperture!

    • J Shin

      The IQ looks fantastic on the Imaging Resources samples. For candid shots, it will more than do, and I’d say it can keep up with the M9 at least at slow speeds. Lens resolution is satisfactory, too. Good work, Sony!

      (Of course, Leica M lenses can easily handle 100 lp/mm, or 35 MP, so it’s a completely different ball game.)

      I’m noticing the f/stop value going up so much with telephoto. The LX5/D-Lux5 starts with f/2.0 at 24mm, and only goes up to f/3.3 at 90mm. Love the 1.8 at 28mm, but f/4.9 at 100mm might mean something somewhere had to be sacrificed or controlled, but what?

      Since I shoot portraits with 100mm at f/5.6-f/8 for full-frame, I would want something like f/2.8-f/4 for half-ish-frame. I’m taking a closer look at the LX5 again.

      Will I EVER buy anything? Geez! 🙂

  • For that money I’d better buy nikon d3200 although I already have d300s and so i don’t need d3200 )

  • Where Is The 24mm??

    I just say it again, a lens Not starting at 24 mm (35mm equiv.) for an enthusiast pocket camera is highly disappointing, add to that the premium price of $648 I am Very disappointed, the camera is so attractive in many ways but the lens is a definite deal breaker!

  • Luis

    Nikon & Sony working with 1″ sensor size…….Would be this the minimum sensor size to not be cannibalized on sales by smartphones in the future?.

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