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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is one of the best compact digital cameras ever made. Its large 20-megapixel sensor captures very sharp images even at high ISO settings and in low-light situations, aided by the camera's fast f/1.8 lens. Its autofocus system performs very quickly, it has a full range of manual controls, and can shoot full HD video at up to 50 frames per second. However, at $649, the RX100 is more expensive than some DSLRs and interchangeable-lens compacts, and almost double the price of the Canon PowerShot S100. If you're looking for the best compact camera available, and aren't put off by its price, get the RX100. Otherwise, the PowerShot S100 remains a great option, and is a bargain by comparison.

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Critic reviews

8.7
15 reviews
  • Image quality
    9.1
  • Video quality
    8.0
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Durability
    8.2
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    9.2
  • Ease of use
    8.0

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User reviews

8.7
19 reviews
9.0
New York Times Jun 27, 2012

You’ll appreciate that the RX100 has single-handedly smashed the rule that said, “You need a big camera for pro-quality photos.” And if you care at all about your photography, you’ll thank Sony for giving the camera industry a good hard shove into the future.

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9.0
Gizmodo Aug 3, 2012

This is a camera that 90% of the population can pull out of a pocket on a whim to fire off a few beautiful shots without much trouble. Still, this is not a camera for everyone.

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9.0
Wired Feb 14, 2013

If you’re in the market for a pocket camera that possesses rocket-fast speed, isn’t a burden to carry, and delivers absolutely awesome photos, this is the one to buy.

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8.0
CNET Aug 23, 2012

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100's compact, elegant design, generally excellent photo quality, bright, fast lens, and speedy performance make a great package if you don't mind spending a little more money.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Aug 28, 2012

Overall, it's flexible and dependable tool that lets you take as much or as little control as you want. It's not a perfect camera, but it's hard to think of another that includes so much capability and yet still fits in your pocket. Not to be underestimated.

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10
Imaging Resource Jun 6, 2012

Sony's Cyber-shot RX100 takes the cake as the most premium of pocket cameras, with a much larger sensor, a very bright lens, and enough modes and special features to keep a tinkerer busy for a good long time.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 21, 2012

The RX100 will be exactly what many demanding photographers have been waiting for: a truly pocketable high-end, large-sensor compact. It’s not quite perfect, and some may query its price point against the NEX-series, but otherwise it’s a roaringly good first attempt.

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9.0
CNET AU Jul 24, 2012

An advanced camera with more than enough controls to satisfy seasoned photographers, and plenty of automatic modes to welcome beginners, the RX100 is bound to find a place in many people's hearts.

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8.0
CNET Asia Jul 20, 2012

The RX100 should appeal to first-time users as well as advanced enthusiasts with its swift autofocus system, customizable options and reliable programmed modes in a svelte chassis.

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9.0
TechRadar Jun 6, 2012

For those looking for a back-up camera for when the DSLR is too bulky or inconvenient, Sony has produced a truly great camera that should also appeal to anybody wanting to trade up from a mobile phone or budget compact camera.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Jun 7, 2012

Its an almost perfect blend of size, performance and image quality, and is a camera that will allow you to leave your DSLR behind without fear of serious compromise. If you're looking for a premium, creative compact camera, then the Cyber-shot RX100 fits the bill perfectly.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Jul 25, 2012

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is an excellent advanced compact that offers a near perfect blend of size, performance and image quality.

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8.0
Digital Versus Jul 3, 2012

Although there's scope for nit-picking, as far as expert compacts go, only the much bulkier Canon G1 X isn't completely crushed by this new arrival. Sony has raised the stakes for its competitors: from now on, this is the kind of quality we'll expect from expert compacts!

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8.0
T3 Aug 15, 2012

The premium 20.2 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is lovely to look at, to hold and to handle. ... However, the hefty price tag would also buy you a competent DSLR or compact system camera.

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10
Photography Blog Jul 23, 2012

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is the first truly pocketable camera to offer a DSLR experience, and in that regard it could almost be seen as something of a bargain - it's certainly deserving of our highest Essential! accolade.

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9.0
madavey madavey

Great camera! Massive CCD for a point and shoot, not just MP's but physical size means great color in daylight and okay at night. minimal artifacts. Some great creative modes. I've taken this across the US, to India and across Europe with excellent results all the time. I have a couple of SLR's...

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2.0
mvrossen mvrossen

What use for a camera which delivers very fine pictures but breaks down after less than 2 years? Buy another brand which delivers good bad quality and maybe less spectacular specifications.

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