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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

from  $448+
91
Global
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

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Engadget Summary

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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User Reviews

90
LuisC
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
100
dh813
how does this camera rate 1 pt below canon when all the reviews are higher?read more
100
Luiz Pinheiro
Best compact camera ever made. F1.8 with the 1 inch sensor capture images like...read more
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Point and shoot
Resolution (effective)
20.2 megapixels
Sensor size
Other
Image stabilization
Optical (sensor-shift)
Memory card
Sd, Ms pro hg duo, Ms pro duo, Ms duo

General

Type
Point and shoot (f /{"1":1.8, "2":4.9}) ({"1":29, "2":105}mm)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
20.2 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
Other (13.2x8.8 mm)
Image stabilization
Optical (sensor-shift)
ISO modes
Auto iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal) (Rear curtain, Slow)

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (25 points) (Af tracking, Face detection)

Imaging

Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Auto
Exposure compensation
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Night scene, Other)
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flourescent, Shade, Color temp, Custom

Other features

Remote control
No
Self-timer
Yes
Voice notes
No
Water resistant
No
3.6x (optical)
14x (digital)
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
640x480
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes) (No)

Storage

Memory card
Sd, Ms pro hg duo, Ms pro duo, Ms duo (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Video recording
Yes (H264, Mpeg4)

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro port) (Micro-USB port)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
330
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