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

(based on 302 reviews)

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    (218)

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    (61)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (5)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (209)
  • Good in low light (188)
  • Easy to use (170)
  • Good image quality (169)
  • Large clear LCD (156)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (71)
  • Limited zoom (68)
  • Short battery life (18)
  • Poor flash (13)
  • Lag / shutter delay (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (190)
  • Family photos (182)
  • Low light (165)
  • Landscape/scenery (111)
  • Video (84)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (113), Semi-pro photographer (60), Casual photographer (46), Pro photographer (23), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (227), Yes (19)

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

Sony service very poor

By joseph

from nj

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Image Quality
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

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

    I bought this camera from BH last year.Somehow the edge near the pop up flash was damaged annd the flash wont pop up.I sent the camera for repair (under warrenty) to precision camera and they sent the camera to Sony in sandiago.I attached the original proof of purchase and precision camera did not send the invoice to sony.I have been calling sony everyday and they say they are still deciding.Either they repair or replace .Sony's customer service is not ok..

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    • No

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    5.0

    Semi-Pro point and shoot

    By News Strategies

    from Arlington, VA

    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
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      An astonishing amount of professional features are built-into this small camera. It delivers remarkably sharp images. Excellent but limited zoom lens.

      The back screen is not bright in sunlight.

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      5.0

      Pro quality point & shoot camera

      By News Strategies

      from Arlington, VA

      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
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

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

        It's truly astonishing the controls and quality Sony has packed into this camera that already has established itself as a photography legend.

        Easy to use. Tiny. Superb image quality.

        I also shoot with a Fuji X100 and X-E2 but suspect I will be preferring the RX100. Just slip it in a pocket.

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        • No

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        5.0

        great pocket camera

        By cymantha

        from Grass Valley, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel

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

          My husband wanted a camera that could fit in his pocket, and I wanted a camera that would take great photos. (I have a Fugifilm x-e1) The Sony RX-100 has made us both happy. We are impressed by the low light ability, it is so nice to be able to take photos indoors without a flash.

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          5.0

          Perfect lightweight camera

          By Tmp

          from Ukiah, ca

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

          So far, so good. I used it at a birthday party and was amazed at the images produced in low light. In addition, I could capture my fast moving grandchildren without blurred images. Dials are small but I have only had it two weeks so I'm still adjusting. Can't wait to use it on my next vacation

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          5.0

          A Lot of Power for a Very Small Package

          By Paperboard Engineer

          from Atlanta, GA

          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

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

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

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

          I would like to qualify my recommendation. I don't know that I would recommend it to a casual shooter who only does snapshots for special occasions. It is definitely a professional's or advanced enthusiast's point and shoot camera. It is very compact. It has a high megapixel count at 20.2, and the Zeiss lens that zooms from moderately wide angle to moderately telephoto is absolutely outstanding in producing quality photos. (so good, I almost did not believe it at first.) For a camera to carry with me at all times and in all places, I cannot imagine a better one. I use the product for scenery, and I have used it for portraits. I also use it for photography at events. It is the ideal travel camera due to compactness and flexibility in shooting different types of images. If there is a negative, to me, it would be the absence of an eyepiece type viewfinder, but this is no "show-stopper".

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Great compact point and shoot!

          By Cdsouers

          from Portland OR

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

          I am a novice photographer and just getting my feet wet so buying this camera was a little bit of a stretch for me because of the cost. I have a Sony DSLR that I love but it is too big for a lot of events that I attend. This camera is compact but very powerful!! It does everything I need and more and the quality is outstanding! I am very happy with both functionality as well as quality in such a small package! The video is tack sharp as well!

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          5.0

          I love my new camera!

          By Suskie

          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
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Photographing Artwork
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I always carry a camera and take a lot of photos for fun and for work. I also travel a lot. I like this little Sony because it has a great lens and it's small and portable and easy to use. I haven't found anything that I don't like about it.

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            4.0

            Great little camera-some disappointments

            By nine-volt

            from Asheville, 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

              • Travel

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

              I bought for a compact backpacking/casual camera that still has high quality images for nature photography and/or scouting shots.Pros: very compact, good feel to quality of body construction and weight. VERY fast lense, nice LCD display, intuitive contols in general. Good image quality, especially for size.Cons: some aborations (blues and violets) at high end of exposures (blow outs turned blue at edges), which was disappointing given the overall quality of the images. Color rendering seems a bit flat, but there is so much data to work with, this is minor to tweak in post work.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Sturdy little tank

              By Adventure Sal

              from Coupeville, WA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Complex Menus
              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

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

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

              Feels like a substantial camera body that will go the distance....durable. Still getting acquainted. Not too user friendly or intuitive but I am hopeful on quality of images and options. No regrets.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Small Camera

              By ElizinSF

              from Santa Fe, New Mexico

              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
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

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

                I am very impressed with the quality of the images. I almost feel like I can't take a bad picture with his camera. I do a lot of product shots for my work and they all have come out beautifully, a million times better than my old camera.

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                5.0

                Better than expected!

                By Andrew K

                from Beverly Hills, CA

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Poor Flash

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

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

                I knew this compact camera had great reviews but was skeptical. Such ease of use, yet such professional quality photos! I can now drop the burden of a heavy DSLR & still get great photos when out & about!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Terrific camera in a tiny package

                By Adam, writer

                from Providence, RI

                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
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  Super-compact, takes magazine-quality pictures. Loaded with onboard visual effects, which I thought campy & useless until I needed to create a comic book and used the 'illustration' mode to quickly crank one out.

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                  5.0

                  A great pocket camera

                  By Bob K

                  from Sarasota FL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor Flash

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  The intelligent auto setting assures a great pic when used in a "touristy" manner. For special pics, the IA Superior mode takes multiple shots and combines them for a super photo that normally could not be taken.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent product

                  By Lolo

                  from Atlanta

                  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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action

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

                    Used for candid family events, Zeiss lens is the best, sharpest image comparable to high end DSLR.

                    Grip and flash leaves something to be desired.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    A lovely little camera

                    By Steve

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Bought this for a trip to Europe and was looking for a small, lightweight camera that could still produce good-looking pictures. I was not disappointed in the quality. The wide aperture allows for a nice, soft background as well as really pretty low-light pictures. Only drawback was I wish the lcd screen were a little tougher. I found a small scratch on it after only a few weeks of use.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing pocket camera

                      By Eduardo Klein Fichtner

                      from Porto Alegre, Brazil

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          This is an amazing real pocket camera!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Lives up to the hype

                          By Macara Cachimba

                          from Puerto Rico

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

                          Very satisfied with the quality and performance of this little jewel. With a little time to get to know the camera I am already achieving near SLR quality images with a pocket camera I carry almost everywhere and does not call much attention to itself as a regular SRL so people act more natural. It is not a substitute, only real cons so far is not nearly wide enough lens, but I am loving it for close ups among other things. If planning to do a lot of portrait get the RX-100 III which keeps a large aperture at higher zooms (but costs $ more, yikes). This one is the one for me, glad I finally got it.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing Camera

                          By amandamohring

                          from Stony Brook, NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • 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):

                          It's an amazing camera, for people who wants a portable camera and excellent photos

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Its a excellent compact digital camera

                          By Bill

                          from San Francisco, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Image Quality

                          Cons

                          • No Viewfinder

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light

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

                          In door pictures are perfect.

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                          • No

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