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SonyCyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 337 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (242)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (239)
  • Good in low light (204)
  • Good image quality (198)
  • Easy to use (191)
  • Large clear LCD (175)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (80)
  • Limited zoom (76)
  • Short battery life (19)
  • Poor flash (15)
  • Lag / shutter delay (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (213)
  • Family photos (198)
  • Low light (178)
  • Landscape/scenery (129)
  • Video (91)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (126), Semi-pro photographer (62), Casual photographer (59), Pro photographer (26), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (257), Yes (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb image quality and usable features

I have not read the manual, but I have used the SONY DSC-RX100 for 10,000 photographs and 400 videos.

The RX100 goes with me almost everywhere, including my trail running,...Read complete review

I have not read the manual, but I have used the SONY DSC-RX100 for 10,000 photographs and 400 videos.

The RX100 goes with me almost everywhere, including my trail running, hiking, and boating trips.

The camera has become wet, but not submerged, several times. The camera has quit working because of the water on it a couple of times. I remove the battery, replace the battery, and the camera resumes operation.

PROS:
The best image quality that I have seen from a camera that fits in my pocket.
1.8 at 28mm is fantastic for low-light photographs. I get photographs with the SONY RX100 that require a flash with other point-and-shoot cameras (see sunset photo – taken as a passenger at 65mph without flash while two point-and-shot cameras used flash). However, when the zoom is engaged (29mm or greater), the ability to focus in low light is drastically reduced.
I use features on this camera that I always wanted to use on other cameras, but was heretofore unsuccessful in getting them to work, or the result was unsatisfactory. Now, with the RX100, I take night, macro, and panoramic photographs.
Night shots without a tripod – simply amazing – ISO 25,600.
First camera that Panoramic mode works as I always thought it should. I could never get a panorama with the SONY HX9V or any CANON compact camera (I have owned 10). I have never missed a panoramic shot with the RX100.
Superior Auto (sunset and dragonfly photographs).
Shoots multiple shots quickly (6-10 fps range).

CONS:
The flash does not close automatically and will not close if in Fill-flash mode.
The flash seems flimsy. I hope it does not break.
Having to charge the battery while it is in the camera.
The cover on the camera where the charger adapter plugs in is plastic and seems cheap.

The photographs have only been cropped and/or resized.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not worth the extra cost over options

I bought this camera after it was enthusiastically recommended to me as a camera to use when a DSRL is not practical, and something to carry in briefcase for everyday use, with high image...Read complete review

I bought this camera after it was enthusiastically recommended to me as a camera to use when a DSRL is not practical, and something to carry in briefcase for everyday use, with high image quality, and good low light sensitivity, both of which it has. What got my attention was the size of the sensor. Being a camera geek, I decided that this would be a good candidate over my Canon G15, which is a bit bulky for a P&S. But I became disappointed quickly after using it for just 2 days. Yes, the low light sensitivity is better and the images are better, but not THAT much to justify the price difference with other advanced P&S. I always shoot in Manual, my main camera is a Nikon D4, so I was thrilled to have a small camera that allowed me to control the fabulous flexibility that some of these little cameras give you. What got to me was:

- Horrible ergonomics, you do not feel a solid grip at any time while holding it with one hand, and the buttons are too small (I do not have big hands). Even with two hands, the camera never feels comfortable in your hands.
- Short zoom (3.6x) and macro is not good either.
- Menu driven functions are not intuitive. You have to push a lot of buttons to change simple stuff quickly: ISO, f-stop and shutter speed. In that sense, the Canons, Nikons and other advanced P&S are more intuitive and offer superior designs. I have used both Nikon and Canon cameras without problem. I happen to be shooting with Nikon right now, but I feel comfortable with both brands and have owned very good stuff from both companies. I like buttons that allow me to change things quickly. By the time you change what you need in the menus, the photo opportunity is gone. In that sense, a G15 is a lot quicker to set up without taking our eye off your subject.

The lower light sensitivity is over other advanced P&S is noticeable almost immediately, but the images show the limitations of the lens. I notice aberrations quickly as you stray from the middle of the frame.

A last thing that I did not like was that Sony forces you to plug the camera on the AC outlet to charge the battery. Why buy another charger for an already expensive camera? Plugging the camera on an outlet immediately creates a trip hazard, or the potential to drop it while you move things around on a counter.

So I'll stick around with my G15. If this camera costed 60% of what I paid for it, I may keep it, but IMHO it is not worth its list price. So I returned it. I just have learned to know when giving something a try is worth sticking with it, but this just had to many things going against it. I really did not like it.

I want to be clear about something: what does not work for me is the price/benefit equations and the ergonomics, I have no issue with the brand per-se. No fan-Boy stuff here.

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5.0

Welcome back

By Hafey

from Scottsdale

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

I have always carried a small camera even when hauling my bigger Canon. Of all the little cameras I qwned my favorite was the Contax T2. That Zeiss lens was so great! I missed it. Now with the DSC-RX100 its like getting an old friend back. The size is great, but the Zeiss lens and its speed is fabulous. What a great little camera.

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1.0

Camera died in humidity

By ih

from santa barbara, ca

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Died In Humidity
  • Poor Handheld Low Light

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

    Bought this camera (DSC-RX100ii) to replace my Canon G12, but one and a half years into owning it, it died halfway through my trip to Bali, Indonesia. I'm told it was the humidity, but my colleagues' cameras worked just fine under the same conditions, so I am really disappointed with Sony.

    The camera has poor ergonomics, a confusing navigation system, and it's very difficult to take a decent handheld shot in lowlight.

    Definitely do NOT RECOMMEND you buy this camera.

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    5.0

    Great P&S!

    By AuroraMok

    from Fairbanks, AK

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact
    • Takes Great Aurora Photos

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

        I got this to replace my father-in-law's old P&S. The large screen is great because now he doesn't have issues looking at the crisp image. Response is great, and most of all, we wanted a P&S that allowed for manual mode that we could adjust shutter speed, aperture & ISO independent from each other. Very happy with the features, and the compact size.

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        5.0

        Excellent Camera

        By Bob56

        from Temperance, MI

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

        I wanted a small camera with a large sensor. I did some research and decided to buy the Sony RX100 and i am glad i did. There are four versions of this camera from model 1 to model 4. I chose the original model 1 because it had the features i needed. The more expensive model 3 and 4 have 4K video, EVF, Adjustable LCD screen. These are great features but i don't need them. The RX100 has an easy menu system. It is made of aluminum and not cheap plastic. Photo and video quality is excellent. Battery life is good. Camera has a 3X optical zoom, I wish it had a 10X zoom. This is a great travel camera. I recommend an LCD screen protector because the screen can be easily scratched.

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        5.0

        Great Point and Shoot

        By Jim

        from Eureka, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Poor Flash

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

        I purchased this camera to be a "point and shoot", however it has a remarkable set of features, many of the features found on a full size DSLR. The high resolution and the ability to carry it in a pocket makes this a must backup for my DSLR.

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        5.0

        Fantastic camera at bargain pricing.

        By Jeff

        from Minnesotw

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

        Don't ignore the first generation DSC.Takes great pictures with Zeiss lens.Good point and shoot presets,as well as full adjustability of aperture and speed.Fast multishot capability.I was concerned about low light performance,versus backlit sensor,but the camera performed well under challenging lighting.Excellent color.All in a shirt-pocket sized camera.If you can do without a hot shoe, and are willing to forego the later DSC sensor improvements, this camera offers excellent performance, at a bargain price.

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        5.0

        Happy with my purchase

        By Emzi

        from RVA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Pet Photos

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

          I am still learning my way around this camera, but so far, I love it. It has fast shutter speed and great image quality. As someone who tends to use DSLR cameras like they were simple point and shoot models, this is perfect for me. I have sophisticated options but easy access to my favorite settings as well. Love it.

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          5.0

          Excellent Every-Day Camera!

          By Kel the Adjuster

          from Oregon

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Work

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

            I purchased this camera to replace a Canon Powershot SX110 that I'd been using for years for work. The Canon was adequate for work and took decent photos. Since integrating the use of this camera into my daily work routine though, I've been really, really impressed. The auto focus is friendly, adaptive and works very, very well. Macro shots come in very clearly and without multiple tries like with my old camera. The compact size is great and makes my gear bag for work weigh less and I was even able to use a smaller bag. It's noteworthy to add that in low-light situations (like when I'm taking photos under a house) this camera outperforms every single other camera I've ever had. Overall, I'd highly recommend this camera as a daily-use camera -- it takes fantastic photos!

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            4.0

            closest you will get to a dslr without actually buying a dsl

            By Charlie

            from Seattle, Washington

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Great Zoom
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                pros:
                -it has a good range of movie settings so not all videos have to be shot with the preset mode
                -good zoom
                -great quality
                -you are able to change lots of settings
                Cons:
                -although the popup screen goes away after a bit, lots of popups about memory card errors have shown even with a brand new memory card
                -when you blur out the background, the quality is astounding but the more you show unblurred, the worse the quality gets (although i would not consider this a a huge disadvantage because it depends on the lighting and the difference is not that huge)

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                4.0

                Not Bad (and cheaper than the Hasselblad versio)

                By ejr

                from NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Poor Flash

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                I was going to purchase the Hasselblad version, when I learned it was the same as this older Sony version (which cost less than half the heavily discounted price). I actually prefer the zoom length on this model than the newer ones. I find 28mm - 100mm much more useful for portraits and group shots. The auto focusing is not always accurate, especially recognizing faces. I don't use the bundled charger. The door to access the battery and memory card seems rather flimsy and I decided it was best not to open it. I recharge and download images through the USB connection. I bought the accessory hand grip, but never installed it. (It attaches with adhesive -- no thanks!) The case is okay, but harder than I expected, inside and out.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Amazing little camera !!!

                By Jud

                from San Francisco, Ca.

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                  All the hype about this camera is true ! It feels well built and sturdy in the hand. I was amazed at how clear and detailed the photos look ! The camera is small and easy to carry around. My only complaint, is it takes some time to figure out how to navigate through the cameras features. I've accidentally turned on features and off features. You've got to do some homework to learn all it's settings.

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                  5.0

                  what I wanted from a compact point and shoot

                  By vietnamlit

                  from Durham NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                    shoots as good as my iphone better in that I can pull it out and turn it on and shoot one handed

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Sony RX100

                    By Rick

                    from Connecticut

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                    Very compact with loads of features. Purchased to take along on hikes, bike rides and other outdoor activities. The large sensor, quality lens and all the positive reviews were all instrumental in my selection. Just a casual photographer, I wanted something that would function as a point and shoot with the ability to maybe try some creative photography in the future. Ergonomics are excellent for such a small camera. Menus are easily assessable and intuitive in nature.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great little camera

                    By Spydercat

                    from New York

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                      I use it on trips or events when I don't want to lug around my DSLR. The 1 inch sensor does the trick.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      l would buy this product again

                      By chan r

                      from brooklyn ny

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                          this camera is probebly the best point in shoot camera out there and its the most compact one

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Awesome point and shoot

                          By Colleen

                          from Rockville, Maryland

                          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                          Sony has once again brought an affordable camera to market with features found in the competition's more expensive gear. Plus the Sony processors are superior to the competition in clarity and color reproduction. This camera is a bargain!

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                          5.0

                          Amazing camera!

                          By Electroman

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Short Lag Time
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                            Only one thought: I am still amazed how got so much optical power into such a small camera. I was surprised when I opened the box how small the camera is. But huge performance: great, super sharp images. Stabilization good. Low light photos very good. Panorama feature and watercolor and illustration effects excellent and very cool! Love it and great price from B&H.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great photos

                            By Petunie

                            from Albuquerque, NM

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                            • Flash Is Poor Location
                            • No Viewfinder

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                            Very easy to use, very compact with many features. This camera will be with me all the time since it fits so easily into my purse and only weighs about 8 oz. I needed a camera with which I could take photos in RAW format with excellent resolution that did not feel like a burden because of tis bulk and weight. This camera fits the bill perfectly and eagerly look forward to many years of use.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Excellent to have with you at all times

                            By gap

                            from Santa Fe, NM

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                            • Limited Zoom

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                            Does a great job. Many advanced features.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Best Point and Shoot Ever!!!!!

                            By Fred

                            from Las Vegas, NV

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black):

                              I bought the camera to take with me on an recent eight day trip to Dubai.

                              Needless to say, there was very hot weather there. My daughter and son-in-law went with me. Key was the ability to zoom in on the substantial Dubai skyline for crisp architectural shots from long distance. Shots in the desert captured its serenity and beauty.

                              We took the camera on our dune buggy outing 90 minutes outside thge city. I was afraid the sand would cause issues with the camera. It did not despite being literally covered in sand. I shook off the sand and kept shooting with no issues. Battery life is great, and I regrettably dropped the camera from quite a distance with a slight dent, but no functional issues. It is a rugged, reliable, and compact / convenient piece of equipment. Most importantly, it captured the first of a new family tradition of international travel. We have already scheduled next years trip to Europe and my sony will be on the next and all following trips, as a treasured new family member.

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