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

(based on 353 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (257)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 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.

Reviewed by 353 customers

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5.0

This is an excellent travel and documentary Camera

By ELLII

from Ramsey, NJ

Verified Buyer

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

This is a terrific travel and documentary photography camera that is small enough to carry on daily commutes to work, business trips, unplanned hikes and running errands. I shoot monochrome and both the RAW and jpeg files are terrific. The movie button gets in the way sometimes and I wish that the camera had a front dial for adjusting the aperture (I shoot aperture priority) as I have to look away from the scene to adjust the f stop.

 
5.0

Amazing!

By Martin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Amazing compact semi-pro camera. Nice colors and low light sensibility.

 
4.0

Amazing Camera!

By Akshay

from Undisclosed

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Site Member

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

I will just start off by saying I love this camera! I mainly bought it for its video purposes and it does amazing for video. Manual control and video quality are just a few of the positives in this camera. I definitely recommend it!

 
5.0

Great Camera.

By Chase

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The BH Photo tech. really helped me pick a great camera. Takes great close up/low light photos.

 
5.0

Yes!

By Dave

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Compact yet powerful. No longer do I need to get a bigger/better camera, or pine for more glass. Now I can concentrate on taking great photos.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would recomend to anyone who is taking phone pics

By Jimbo

from SF, CA

Verified Buyer

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

My other cameras are a Pentax K50 for rain and an A6000 Sony for higher speed and features. This is the best carry around camera you can get for the $400-$500 price. Version 2-5 are great but you are talking up to $1000 for version V. If you need all the fancy stuff, good, if you just want a good sensor, this is it.

 
5.0

Love it!

By nerun119 on instagram

from Atlanta, GA

Verified Buyer

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

Its small and lightweight. The auto focus is accurate and fast. The menus and button layout is well thought out. I suppose it could be a bit grippier in the front but its manageable.

 
5.0

Great quality and fun to use

By scottaginn

from New Richmond, OH

Verified Buyer

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

I make my living shooting video and stills. I have always wanted something small that I could hike and travel with. I have always hauled my DSLR and pod with me while hiking and of course reaped the benefits of the quality of the camera. I bought this little camera to help lighten my load. I still wanted quality and flexibility. This camera has delivered on both fronts. The images are great. The video is good. You can shoot at 1.8 until about mid way of the zoom. Macro works fine. Speed of focus (auto) acceptable. You can do manual everything. Aperture and Shutter Priority. No touch screen. I don't have a problem with that. The screen is bright even in daylight. The camera, extra battery, charger, and belt pouch take up very little space in my carry on bag. I can bring a small tripod too. Nice to fly with. I am pleased with this purchase and would buy it again.

 
5.0

Family's best friend

By Francescacarme

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great point and shoot! It takes crystal clear, sharp images! f1.8 really helps in low light!
happy with it!! Thank you B&H!

 
5.0

Nice little camera!

By Rachael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Have only had for about a week but I love the sleek design of this camera. The low light pictures are amazing! I haven't had to use the flash at all! Also the internal user's manual is pretty darn convenient.

So happy I got it! First spurge on a nice point and shoot...

 
5.0

Excellent camera would definetly purchase again

By Scott

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a great camera, It's compact and takes great pictures. My only regret is not spending more for the next generation after this one that has NFC capabilities. I brought it to a Green Bay Packer Game and was very happy with the results both photo and video. Scenic pictures turn out very nice.

 
5.0

great

By Francisco

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

great

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Going strong after 4 1/2 years

By Gene

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I bought the original RX100 in the summer of 2012 when it was first released.  It's been a regular companion in my front pocket on many trips around both the US and other continents, and nearly 6000 shutter clicks later, it still works perfectly like the day I bought it.  I'm impressed by how well it has held up, as I've never carried it around in a case or babied it in any way.  

A few recommendations:

1)  Get a screen protector for the LCD.  If you don't, the screen will get scratched to the point it will affect its usability.  I go with bestskinsever because they're cheap and have great customer service.

2)  The biggest high quality prints you can make with this camera are about 11x14; maybe slightly larger.  At 16x20 and above, you can definitely see the limitations of the lens and sensor, even at base ISO.  If you like to print big and still want a compact camera, go with the Ricoh GR or a used Coolpix A.  I've made 20x30 prints with those, and they look awesome.

 
5.0

Would but again!

By Rhoda

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use my RX100 primarily for digiscoping birds but it took terrific, professional looking photos of my high school senior. For a compact camera this little guy is a GEM!

 
5.0

Surprisingly good quality images

By JL

from Reno, NV

Verified Buyer

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

Image quality surpassed expectations. Wanted a compact that could fit in my pocket and chose this one because of the larger (1") sensor. Well worth the extra money beyond most of the other compacts. All of the menus and features initially seemed overwhelming but they are pretty intuitive after only a couple of days of shooting. My main camera is a Nikon D610. Bought this to have on me when I don't feel like carrying a large camera. Very satisfied overall.

 
5.0

my first nice digital camera

By mark l

from ottawa,illinois

Verified Buyer

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

got this for low light street photos. i like the rich tone monochrome setting and noise reduction settings for low light. crisp and clear photos.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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