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Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 Flagship Compact Launched

Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 Flagship Compact Launched

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Features 20MP, 1-inch sensor

By Adorama News Writer

June 6, 2012

Sony today announced the CyberShot DSC-RX100, a high-end compact that offers a slightly smaller than Four Thirds-sized sensor.

Note: Adorama is now taking pre-orders for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis when the RX100 arrives. Credit cards will not be charged until orders ship.


Sporting a 20MP, 13.2x8.8mm sensor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is the first self-contained compact camera to feature this larger sensor. the RX100 is a high-end, self-contained compact digital camera announced today by Sony that stakes a middle ground between small-sensor compacts and APS-sensor-based mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, claiming better-than-compact camera image quality without the hassle of changing lenses. The camera features a 30-108mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.8-4.9 lens with a minimum focus under 3 inches, an ISO range of 80-25,600, a 3-inch LCD monitor with 1.299 million dot resolution, and continuous shooting up to 10 frames per second. The sensor is apparently the same one found on the Nikon 1 system cameras. The DSC-RX100 shoots RAW and JPEG files, and captures 1080p AVCHD video at 60p. The is no eye-level viewfinder.

Key features:

  • 20.2MP Exmor 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • 30-108mm (35mm equiv.) f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • P/A/S/M operating modes via control ring
  • JPEG or RAW
  • 1080/60p video with manual control
  • Claimed clean high ISO 6400
  • Claimed 0.13 AF acquisition speed
  • 3-inch 1,299,000 dot resolution LCD monitor
  • Customizable FN function button
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Aluminum body
  • Auto portrait framing
  • Auto HDR
  • Face detection and registration
  • 1:1, 2:3, 4:3, 16:9 aspect ratio


The Sony DSC-RX100 is expected to be available in early July for $649.


For details, read the Sony press release:

Big sensor and bright lens for better pictures in a pocket-sized body


Cyber-shot™ RX100 from Sony with world’s first1 1.0-type 20.2 effective megapixel sensor and bright F1.8 lens

  * Capture crisp detail with 1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) approximately 20.2 effective megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor and F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3.6x optical zoom lens
  * Get low-noise handheld shots in low light with high sensitivity up to ISO 256002
  * Intuitive operation with Control Ring for creative photo shooting
  * Powerful features packaged into sleek, compact styling in aluminium body, thanks to newly developed AA (Advanced Aspherical) lens
  * Shoot Full HD movies with extremely low noise and full creative control
  * Auto Portrait Framing, Creative Style and Picture Effect modes

Travelling light doesn’t mean compromising on picture quality with the new Cyber-shot™ DSC-RX100 camera.

Sleekly crafted in aluminium for strength, lightness and luxurious looks, the RX100 inherits many advanced imaging features from Sony’s α range of A-mount and E-mount camera families. It’s an accomplished partner for travel, portraits or street photography, with impressive picture quality and intuitive, comfortable control options that make the RX100 ideal as a step-up from point-and-shoot cameras. It’s also ideal as a pocket-sized second camera for enthusiasts who want to capture pristine stills and Full HD video while they’re on the move.

At the heart of the Cyber-shot™ RX100 is the world’s first1 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels. Specially developed by Sony, the sensor has an area that’s around four times larger than the 1/2.3-type imager in regular point-and-shoot cameras. Capturing far more light than small-sensor cameras, it’s the key to beautiful, detail packed images and Full HD movie clips with very low noise.

The larger sensor is partnered with an ultra-bright Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x optical zoom range. In contrast with standard point-and-shoot cameras, the wide F1.8 maximum aperture lets in more light to complement the resolving power of the large 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor.

In common with high-performance DSLR optics, the lens features seven- bladed circular aperture. This makes it easy to produce pro-style ‘bokeh’ effects, with subjects in sharp focus against a smoothly-blurred background. The lens also features an Advanced Aspherical (AA) glass element that contributes to the camera’s extremely compact dimensions without sacrificing optical performance or resolution.

Complementing the 1.0-type sensor and lens, the optimised BIONZ image processor maximises shooting responses while assuring exceptionally clean, natural images. It also extends sensitivity right up to ISO 256002 (using Multi Frame Noise Reduction), allowing exceptionally clear handheld images in dim light. Speedy burst shooting at up to 10 frames per second (full-resolution) lets you grab split-second photo opportunities, while high-speed autofocus locks onto your target in as little as 0.13 seconds3.

Even if you’re shooting outdoors, it’s easy to see subtle details and tones on the bright, high contrast 7.5cm (3”) Xtra Fine LCD. With an extremely high 1229k dot resolution, the screen debuts new WhiteMagic™ technology that uses white pixels in addition to RGB to boost screen brightness.

It’s easy to fine-tune your image with a wide range of manual adjustments, whether you’re shooting stills or Full HD video.

Experienced photo enthusiasts will appreciate the unique Control Ring that surrounds the lens body. Allowing smooth, fingertip adjustment of exposure, zoom, Picture Effect and other functions, it makes versatile DSLR-style creative control over your image easily accessible.

Frequently-used functions can be assigned to a handy Fn (function) button for instant access. Memory Recall stores up to three groups of settings for instant recall – a big time-saver when you don’t want to keep adjusting parameters for favourite scenes.

Just like a DSLR camera, there’s a choice of auto and manual focus modes for even greater control over your image. If you’re focusing manually, MF Assist magnifies your image to simplify fine adjustments. There’s also a convenient Peaking function that highlights sharply-focused areas of the image on screen.

There’s a generous choice of artistic options to expand shooting possibilities for enthusiasts and novice photographers alike. It’s easy to fine-tune the look of your image with a choice of six Creative Styles to suit the scene or your personal preference. Picture Effect offers an inspiring choice of ‘in camera’ effects that can be previewed on the LCD screen, including Toy Camera, Partial Colour, Pop Colour, HDR Painting, Miniature, Illustration, Watercolour and other (Note: real-time preview not available with all Picture Effect settings).

Shared with the latest α range of A-mount and E-mount cameras, Auto Portrait Framing makes it simple to capture personality-packed photos of family and friends. Cyber-shot™ does all the hard work, automatically detecting faces and cropping the scene to create tighter, pro-style compositions without sacrificing pixel count.

Newly created for the DSC-RX100, the NP-BX1 Type X rechargeable battery features a slim, energy-efficient design to allow up to 330 still shots or 80 mins AVCHD video shooting per charge. Exclusively designed to match the camera, the LCJ-RXA is a stylish ‘jacket style’ carry case with an attractive leather-look textured finish and supplied shoulder strap. Attaching securely to the camera, the case opens to allow easy shooting while you’re on the move.

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