The RX100 is fantastic for shooting portraits, producing rich colours and good skin tones. You can select the autofocus point to focus on the eye, just as you would with a compact system camera or DSLR.
The above three images show the lens set to 28mm (fully wide), 100mm (fully optically zoomed) and with full Clear Zoom (200mm) applied. If you examine the Clear Zoom image at 100% you will see there is a noticeable drop in quality, but it is still impressive at smaller sizes.
With Clear Zoom, the RX100 effectively transforms into a 200mm optic, which is very useful for shooting faraway action such as sport or when on holiday. Although quality is not as good as at fully optically zoom, By Pixel Resolution Technology does a good job of maintaining a good image.
The RX100's native image ratio is 3:2, the same as found on a DSLR, but also available is 16:9 (widescreen), 4:3, and 1:1, as in this image, which produces a square crop. This image has also been shot in Vivid Creative Style.
An example of the Sweep Panorama which is captured in-camera. It works very quickly and easily, and is a fun mode to experiment with.
There are several Creative Styles that can be deployed even when shooting in raw format, such as this "Vivid" mode which really makes colours pop.
Another of the Creative Styles is black and white. If you shoot in raw format, you can remove, or swap, the Creative Style for a different one.
One of the Picture Effects on the RX100 is Illustration, which has three different variations - this one is "Mid". Although not to everyone's tastes, it does produce a fun result.
This image shows Miniature Auto being deployed. Only the centre of the frame is in focus, to give the effect of a Tilt Shift lens and making the figures appear as toys. This works best when shooting from a high angle.
Partial Colour black and white is another Picture Effect. You have the option to choose between Red, Green, Blue or Yellow. Here, it has managed to pick up most of the green in the scene. Unfortunately, it's not customisable to make it more, or less, sensitive to different shades so it has missed some areas of the leaves.
HDR images can be shot by using the HDR Painting mode. Available in three intensities, this image has been shot in "Mid".
Another Picture Effect that won't be to everyone's tastes but has been implemented fairly well is the Watercolour effect, which gives the impression of a painting.
With a wide apertured lens and a large sensor, the RX100 is able to maintain low sensitivity settings and fast shutter speeds to produce blur free images even in lower light conditions.
Shallow depth of field effects are easy to achieve thanks to the f/1.8 aperture lens and sensor which is approximately four times larger than those found on traditional compact cameras.
Here you can see the D-Range Optimiser in action. The top image shows how the camera performs with it switched to Auto, while the middle image shows it at "Level 5". For comparison, the bottom image shows how the image would appear with D-Range Optimiser switched off.
In this image shot at f/8 we can examine the detail and sharpness of the Carl Zeiss lens. A good amount of detail is captured, even towards the edges of the frame.
This image was shot in Super Intelligent Auto. The camera was able to detect a landscape scene and deploy the most appropriate settings. This is a good option to use if you just want to concentrate on getting the images, rather than fiddling around with settings.
Colours are well represented by the RX100, here we can see the sky has a pleasing shade of blue.
Another image which shows how well the colours are captured, with bright tones which aren't overly vibrant.