The size of an electronic gadget has always been one of the prime factors in influencing purchase decisions with cameras being no exception. Though DSLRs are the best at capturing the right moment they tend to be bulky. As the size of the cameras reduce it becomes progressively difficult to cram in technology which eventually results in poor performance. However all of this is set to change with Sony’s all new offering from their Cybershot department, the Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 camera.
Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 Review
The Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 is a point and shoot camera. Externally the Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 has a sleek aluminum body with a pop up flash. The sleek and slim body factor makes this camera pocketable. Images and videos reproduced on the 3.2 inch Xtra Fine LCD display on the rear are clear and crisp. The NP-BX1 battery gives you enough power to click approximately three hundred thirty shots in one charge.
At the heart of the Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 is a massive 1 inch 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor which is almost 2.7 times the size of sensor in Canon Slim Power Shot 100. Though this sensor is smaller than the ones you would find in a DSLR its performance is comparable to DSLR sensors. The Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 has an extremely wide aperture of F 1.8-4.9 which helps you in taking pictures in low light and shallow field depth. Thus Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 has the best of both the worlds as opposed to its competition which have either smaller sensor with larger aperture or vice versa.
To compliment the massive sensor and the aperture the Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 has a 3.6x optical zoom which helps in taking wide angle photographs. The camera sports a Carl Zeiss zoom lens which delivers stunning images. In addition to the Auto focus functionality the Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 also provides the manual focus function. The control ring around the lens used to adjust the focus in manual mode gives a traditional camera feel.
The Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 not only excels in capturing still pictures but in the video department as well. The Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 shoots videos at 60 frames per second at 1080p. On the software front you get a whole lot of features and functionality like Panorama Shot, scene selection, picture effects, face detection, etc. To top it up, with manual controls to adjust the shutter and aperture, you certainly can accomplish a lot with your video. Videos captured on Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 have good audio.
The Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 retails at a whopping INR 34,990/- (US$ 650 approx).
Though the Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 is expensive for a point and shoot camera, it is justified, given that you get a host of features and functionality comparable to that you get in some DSLRs in such a compact form factor. The Sony Cybershot DSC RX100 is certainly miles ahead of its competition.