Sony RX100 review

  • £550
  • $850

Does Sony's "game changing" premium compact deliver the goods?

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG Signal to Noise Ratio

Sony RX100 labs data

Raw Signal to Noise Ratio

Raw Signal to Noise Ratio

Here we can see that for signal to noise ratio, the RX100 compares favourably against all of the other comparable cameras. Although it is beaten in the lower sensitivities by the Canon S100 and Canon G12, it is more consistent throughout its sensitivity range, beating all of the comparable cameras at higher ISO settings (ISO 1600, 3200 and 6400).

JPEG Dynamic Range

Sony RX100 labs data

Raw Dynamic Range

Raw Dynamic Range

In terms of dynamic range, the RX100 is again the most consistent camera in the test. At the very lowest sensitivities it is beaten by other cameras, but at mid-range sensitivities it performs very well, really coming into its own at high sensitivities, beating all of the comparison cameras at ISO 3200 and 6400, and all but one of the cameras at ISO 1600.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution20.2 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot R
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.6x
Digital Zoom14x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)213 g
Image Sensor Size1" (13.20 mm x 8.80 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.1 mm
Width101.6 mm
Depth35.9 mm
Product SeriesR
Focal Length10.40 mm to 37.10 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-RX100
Product NameRX100 Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCRX100.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Loads more detail

It's all about the sensor, and bigger is definitely better. Around four times larger than the sensor in many point-and-shoot cameras, the brand-new 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor with 20.2 effective megapixels captures detail packed images with low noise.

Package Contents
  • RX100 Digital Compact Camera
  • Battery NP-BX1
  • AC Adaptor AC-UD11
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Shoulder Strap Adaptor
  • Instruction Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year