Review

In this Hands on Review of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-Rx100, I will go over everything you need to know!


I really tested the DSC-RX100 thoroughly and it really is a pocket sized camera with Mega-Power in the Specs department. For starters, besides the camera actually being pocket sized, it has a very large 20MP Sony Sensor, Fast AF and Processor, and a Killer f/1.8 Carl Zeiss pancake zoom lens that delivers 3.6x Optical Zoom!!

In addition to the major hardware highlights, the Sony DSC-RX100 also has 1080/60P HD Video Capabilities with full time AF. You also have full manual control over the video exposure for when you want to use real lights, or for visual effect.

Sony RX100 Sensor vs a Standard Point and Shoot

Sony RX100 Sensor vs a Standard Point and Shoot

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Highlights

  • 20.2MP 1″ Exmor CMOS Low-Light Sensor
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens
  • Xtra Fine 3″ LCD Display with WhiteMagic
  • Optical 3.6x Zoom & Digital 7.2x Zoom
  • Optical & Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Full HD 1080/60p Video Capture
  • Ultra-Fast 0.13 Sec High-Speed AF
  • Face Detection & 10 fps Burst Mode
  • Record Stills Using JPEG, RAW, or Both
  • Aluminum Body with Built-In Pop Up Flash
 

Sony DSC-Rx100 – Build Quality and Ergonomics

Lets start off this review with the build quality and ergonomics using these product shots for visual pleasure and reference ;)

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Sony RX100 - Front View with the camera off - (Pocket Sized Mode)

Sony RX100 – Front View with the camera off – (Pocket Sized Mode)

Check out the durable metal skin up close as it has a slight satin finish to it.  Also note the blue Zeiss badge and just how big in circumference the f/1.8 zoom lens actually is!!

Sony Rx100 - Photographer Side

Sony Rx100 – Photographer Side

Looking from the photographer point of view you will see a very nice assortment of buttons and a 4-way nav wheel on the right hand side. Taking up the remainder of the back is the Xtra Fine 3″ LCD Display with WhiteMagic!! The screen does not move, but is definitely better looking and easier to see in the daylight than the standard high res LCD screen like on the Nex-5n for example.

Sony Rx100 - Hands on Review

Sony Rx100 – Hands on Review

The video record button is on the top right and has a very nice carved out thumb grip that protects against accidental presses. It’s a nice balance as I can still press the button pretty easily with very few accidental video recordings. The Mode dial is also a nice feature for the experienced user as the Menus can often be more time consuming. Sony decided to keep this camera set-up more like the A57 and or Nex-7 which has the experienced user in mind when it comes to menus and buttons. The Fn button for example is a shortcut to almost every feature at the push of a button, just like the Sony A57.

Sony Rx100 - Lens Out

Sony Rx100 – Lens Out

It’s important to be aware just how far the Ziess lens comes out when the camera turns on as it almost triples the overall depth!! Also notice the grooves on the integrated control ring you can spin with your finger. It works as a zoom in some modes, or aperture, shutterspeed, if in those modes. The control ring can also be custom programed to a bunch of settings as well. I found it very nice to use when zooming or manual focusing specifically. It’s much easier to fine tune a large wheel than the standard left /right toggle switch located by the shutter button. Although for quick zooming to maximum or minimum, the left/right zoom toggle is the way to go!!

Sony Rx100 - Lens Out

Sony Rx100 – Lens Out

 

Sony RX100 Full Overview and Specs

Full Sony RX100 Overview and Feature Set

Courtesy of BHPhotovideo.com

Housed in a sophisticated aluminum body, the Sony DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black) features a 20.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor that excels in ultra low-light situations. It’s equipped with a brilliant F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens and an integrated pop up flash. You can record ultra high-definition still images in JPEG format, RAW format, or even both simultaneously. The camera also affords Full HD 1080p video capture at 60 frames per second (fps). Plus, it supports a full range of controls for video and still shooting that range from iAUTO to P/A/S/M (Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual).

The RX100 is loaded with shot-enhancing features and high-quality components. The Exmor CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor work together to facilitate fast DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low-light – and without sacrificing any detail. The lens supports 3.6x optical zoom and 7.2x clear image digital zoom. It also features a multi-layered T coating that dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection. For added convenience, the RX100 is equipped with a 3″ Xtra Fine LCD display so you’ll be able to quickly scroll through menus and pictures. The display even features WhiteMagic technology for increased visibility under intense sunlight.

Other features include a customizable function button that supports up to seven different functions and a memory recall (MR) that can memorize up to three groups of preferred settings. The camera also features Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode, which eliminates blurry images when you’re walking with the camera. Sony’s even bolstered the image stabilization with an electronic image stabilization that affords blur-free movie shooting and steady zooming in unsteady situations. You can use the Auto Portrait Framing function to capture an additional, beautifully framed and balanced full resolution portrait, when you’re out shooting stills. The camera also supports four focus modes, auto HDR, multi-aspect ratio recording, a digital level gauge, multi-frame noise reduction and much more.

Sony designed the DSC-RX100 for capable photographers looking for a high-end compact camera to take on the go. Anyone who spends a lot of time shooting family and friends will also appreciate the camera’s Face Detection and Face Registration technology. The RX100 can detect and register up to eight faces. Plus, it will automatically adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to ensure you get a clear and crisp shot of those closest to you. You can even tell the camera to prioritize children or adults. With a laundry-list of features and excellent components, the RX100 offers amazing quality and creative freedom in a stylish, compact package.

20.2 Megapixel Exmor 1″ CMOS Image Sensor
The massive 20.2MP Exmor 1″ CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera’s sharp Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens. The sensor enables advanced column A/D processing that reduces noise levels, resulting in astonishing low light images with incredible smooth and clear details
Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens with 3.6x Optical Zoom
This large-diameter F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens delivers refined background defocusing. It also features a premium multi-layered T coating that dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection
P/A/S/M Modes for Video & Stills
Enjoy a full range of controls for video and still shooting from iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. There are even on-screen prompts which help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control
Capture JPEG Files, RAW Files, or Both
The RX100 saves pictures as compact JPEG files and/or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC
Full HD 1080/60p Video Capture
Record crystal clear movies in Full HD 1080p at 60 fps. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HDTV. Plus, with dual recording for stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time
Low-Light ISO 6400 Sensitivity
Capture incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, thanks to the low-noise Exmor CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor
High-Speed Auto Focus
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera’s BIONZ processor, which provides intelligent response data to a high-speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light
Up to 10 fps Burst Mode
Capture full 20.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 fps, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects
Large 3″ Xtra Fine LCD Display
The 3″ (1229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display makes it easy to scroll through menus and preview pictures. Plus, the large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation. It also features WhiteMagic technology, which increases visibility in bright daylight
Customizable Function Button
Assign up to seven different functions to the function button, to allow quick access to your most frequently used functions
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode enables blur-free movies even while walking. Plus, the camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of electronic image stabilization, which makes it easier to obtain sharp, blur-free movies even when zooming in unsteady situations, such as shooting with one hand while walking
Memory Recall
MR (memory recall) mode can memorize up to three groups of the user’s preferred settings. The settings include zoom magnification, white balance, exposure compensation, date and grid lines. This enables quick switching of settings at the right moment
Sophisticated Design with Pop Up Flash
The sophisticated aluminum body is lightweight, slim and strong. There’s even an integrated pop up flash, which affords the convenience of flash photography everywhere you go
Auto Portrait Framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. This mode combines Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds to provide beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits
Auto HDR Mode
Using auto HDR mode allows you to capture more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle – and more range than photo film. It combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second shot and the best shadow detail from a third shot for one incredible image (up to 6 EV stops). Plus, it works in a split second (recommended for still subjects)
Face Detection / Face Registration
The camera can automatically detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. You can even prioritize children or adults
Multi-Aspect Ratio Recording for Still Images
Capture still images in any of four aspect ratios – 1:1, 2:3, 4:3, or 16:9 (vertical to horizontal). This provided the freedom to choose a ratio that matches the scene or the specific shooting purpose
3.6x Optical Zoom & 7.2 Digital Zoom
Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom digitally doubles optical zoom for closer photos
Four Focusing Modes
This camera has two Autofocus modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S) or Continuous AF (AF-C), which tracks moving objects. It also has Manual Focus for manual focusing freedom, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF), that first uses autofocusing to focus on the subject, and then allows fast and easy switching to manual focusing for even more precise adjustment
MF Assist & Peaking
Manual focus becomes much easier because peaking highlights the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focus setting can make or break your shot
Multi-Frame Noise Reduction
In this mode, the camera automatically shoots multiple images and layers them to produce a single noise-free image. This method provides noise reduction equivalent to a 2-stop lower shutter speed while maintaining the same aperture setting. Since the Multi Frame NR mode can be used in combination with P/A/S/M modes, it expands the user’s shooting flexibility
Photo Creativity
The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without complex jargon. Changes can be combined, removed and viewed in real time on the LCD display, which makes it a breeze to make adjustments. Choose from several different Photo Creativity functions using the convenient control wheel and center button including: Picture Effect, Background Defocus, Color, Brightness and Vividness
Picture Effect Mode
Picture Effect is a fun and simple way to convert ordinary landscapes and portraits by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Effects include: Soft Focus, Posterization, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, Rich-Tone Monochrome, Miniature, Soft High-key, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Watercolor Painting, HDR Painting and Illustration
Creative Style Settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation and sharpness to your personal taste
Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest by continuously shooting images and stitching them together
Superior Auto Mode
In order to get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots, the camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Backlight Correction HDR technology, and lower image noise using six shot layering technology. Superior Auto can intelligently detect 33 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot
Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) automatically detects 33 different types of scenes for photos and 44 scenes for movies, and then selects the appropriate camera settings. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep
Digital Level Gauge
The digital level gauge allows for easier leveling of the camera

Sony RX100 Specs

Camera Type Compact Digital Camera
Image Sensor Exmor 1.0″ CMOS
Image Processor BIONZ
Resolution 20.2MP
File Formats JPEG, RAW, JPEG+RAW
Aspect Ratios 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Lens Type Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Focal Length 10.4 – 37.1mm (Approx. 35mm equiv. 28 – 100mm)
Aperture Range f/ 1.8 – 4.9
Optical Zoom 3.6x
Clear Image Zoom 7.2x
Digital Zoom 14x
Dynamic Range Functions Dynamic Range Optimizer, Auto HDR Mode
Continuous Shooting Spped Up to 10 fps
Focus Modes Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Exposure Modes Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps
Metering Modes Center, Flexible Spot, Multi
Scene Selection Sunset, Landscape, Macro, Gourmet, Pet, Sports Action, Anti-Motion Blur, Portrait, High Sensitivity, Fireworks, Night Portrait, Handheld Twilight, Night Scene
Picture Effect Toy Camera, Pop, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (R / G / B / Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor Painting, Illustration
Photo Creativity Functions Picture Effect, Background Defocus, Color, Brightness, Vividness
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White
White Balance Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluor. Warm White, Fluor. Cool White, Fluor. Day White, Fluor. Daylight, Flash, Color Temperature Filter, Custom
ISO Sensitivity Auto, up to ISO 6400
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot with Active mode
Video Recording Format AVCHD, MP4
Video Compression MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Video Image Size AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60i, 60p), MP4: 1440 x 1080, VGA
LCD Monitor Type 3.0″ / 7.6cm 1.229K-dot Xtra Fine LCD
Flash Type Built-in popup flash
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps
HD Output HDMI
Memory Card Types Dual format: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD, SDHC
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
 

RX100 -  A Closer Look, AF Testing, and a Clear Image Zoom Demo

Check out this 1080 HD Video I made showing off the RX100 up close in my hands for a closer more detailed look. Next I’ll do some AF speed tests to show just how fast the RX100 actually is at focusing. Lastly, I do a full demo of the incredible powerful clear image zoom feature that can effectively double the zoom range to 7.2x.

 

AF Performance Analysis

As you can see from the HD video the Sony RX1oo really does focus fast!! Sony claims .013 seconds, and it totally seems possible. The AF is also extremely accurate as I barley had any missed shots due to poor focus.

In very low contrast areas and poor lighting conditions the RX100 struggles to focus occasionally and you may need to re-frame the scene temporarily to help the camera find something to focus on, or go to manual mode. This is normal for most any camera in poor low contrast lighting conditions, but Sony gives you extra tools to make it better and easier.

The Facial Recognition feature is On by default and significantly helps with focus accuracy and exposure priority if people are in your scene. Occasionally the camera may see an object in the scene and think it’s a face, which intern becomes the priority focus etc.. It only happened to me once or twice, but can simple be tuned off in the Functions Menu (Fn Button).

Some Real World Clear Image Zoom Samples

Clear image zoom is a feature that allows the Sony RX100 to effectively doubles the zoom range with almost no loss in detail. The camera uses Photoshop like technology to create a much more accurate highly detailed enlargement by adding pixels intelligently. This feature works awesome, just as it was advertised!

Check out this examples so you can see for yourself how good it works.

Zoomed all the way out at 10.4mm

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Sony RX100 - Sample Photo

Sony RX100 – Sample Photo

Zoomed all the way with Optical Zoom – 37.1mm or 3.6x

Sony RX100 - Max Optical Zoom 3.6x

Sony RX100 – Max Optical Zoom 3.6x

Clear Image Zoom at 7.2x which is the Max!

Sony RX100 - Max digital Zoom 7.2x

Sony RX100 – Max digital Zoom 7.2x

Zoomed all the way out at 10.4mm

Rx100

Whole Scene

Clear Image Zoom at 7.2x which is the Max!

Clear Image Zoom at 7.2x which is the Max!

Clear Image Zoom at 7.2x which is the Max!

 

Sony DSC-RX100 – Image Quality

Image quality is excellent on the RX100, especially when considering the size of the camera, sensor, and pixel density. Sony managed to get almost the same image quality as the Nex Cameras with a much smaller form factor. The Nex cameras do have a more usable depth of field however, which is important for portraits and filming work in particular. That being said, if your pretty close to your subject and zoomed in a bit, you can get some great separation with the DSC-RX100!! You will see some examples of this below.

The dynamic range is also very good as you will see in the first picture below, and the Zeiss Optics are very sharp corner to corner with little fringing to be found. The lens does have slight distortion on the wider end, but it’s really not that bad in my opinion.

A Few High Res Sample Photos

I took this photo from the window of my car and to my surprise the Zeiss optics at 10.4mm was wide enough to capture the entire building. So, if you were wondering what 10.4mm gets you, this is a good example in my opinion. I was about 30-40 feet from the building I would say for reference.

Be sure to Click on the photos for the best viewing experience!!

Sony RX100 - Sample Photo

Sony RX100 – Sample Photo @ 10.4mm

Here’s the other side of the building from farther away with a 100% Crop of the truck in the lower right corner. The detail that the RX100 captures is excellent in my opinion.

Sony RX100 @ f/5.6, 1/640sec, 10.4mm, ISO 125, Handheld

Sony RX100 @ f/5.6, 1/640sec, 10.4mm, ISO 125, Handheld

Sony RX100 @ f/5.6, 1/640sec, 10.4mm, ISO 125, Handheld

100% Crop – Sony RX100 @ f/5.6, 1/640sec, 10.4mm, ISO 125, Handheld

 

These next few shots was a highly textured church with a slate roof that made for a really good test photos!

Sony RX100 - High Res Sample Photos

Sony RX100 – High Res Sample Photos

Sony RX100 - High Res Sample Photos

Sony RX100 – High Res Sample Photos

Just look at how sharp this slate roof is when viewing a 100% Crop!!

100% Crop Sony RX100 - Slate Roof

100% Crop Sony RX100 – Slate Roof

Sony RX100 - High Res Sample Photos

Sony RX100 – High Res Sample Photos

Sony RX100 - Sample Photo

Sony RX100 – Sample Photo

Sony RX100 @ 11.32mm, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 125

Sony RX100 @ 11.32mm, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 125

Sharp @ 100% Crop

Sony RX100 @ 11.32mm, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 125

Sony RX100 @ 11.32mm, f/5.6, 1/500sec, ISO 125 – 100% Crop

 

Here’s three shots of the same scene taken at different zoom levels: 10.4mm, 15.28mm, and 37.01mm

Sony RX100 @ 10.4mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 125

Sony RX100 @ 10.4mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 125

Sony RX100 @ 15.28mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 125

Sony RX100 @ 15.28mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 125

Sony RX100 @ 37.01mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 125

Sony RX100 @ 37.01mm, f/5.6, 1/250sec, ISO 125

 

Updated – 08/19/12

We went to the local fair last night and I managed to get a few longer exposure photos that came out pretty cool. I simply rested the camera on the top edge of a bench and wedged a folded piece of paper under the lens to fine tune the angle a bit. What would have been perfect is This Joby Gorillapod I reviewed a few months back, and I wish I had it last night!!

In any event, these shots came out sharper than I was expecting considering my support rig.

Be sure to Click on the photos for the best viewing experience!! (1200 pX)

Sony RX100 @ 10.46mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 @ 10.46mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 - 100% Crop - Top Right@ 10.46mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 – 100% Crop – Top Right@ 10.46mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 - 100% Crop - Center area @ 10.46mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 – 100% Crop – Center area @ 10.46mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 - 100% Crop - Spotlight and shadows @ 10.46mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 – 100% Crop – Spotlight and shadows @ 10.46mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 - 100% Crop - Left Side @ 10.46mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 – 100% Crop – Left Side @ 10.46mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 @ 19.1mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 @ 19.1mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 - 100% Crop - Center area @ 19.1mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 – 100% Crop – Center area @ 19.1mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 - 100% Crop - Top Right @ 19.1mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

Sony RX100 – 100% Crop – Top Right @ 19.1mm, f/10, 3.2sec, ISO 100

 

I also took a few pics in Illustration Mode last night, so be sure to check them out below!!

 

RX100 – Illustration Mode

The Sony Rx100 has a ton of picture effects including : Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration

Most of them are a lot of fun and basically what they do is add some Post processing effects to your images after you take them. The one that stood out in the bunch this go around was the New Illustration Mode. It’s incredible to say the least and it seems to have an artistic touch that I cannot duplicate in any program I’ve tried. It can be done by hand in Painter X, but will take a long tome to get a result like this unless your pretty skilled.

Layla and Austin Having a blast!!

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Sony RX100 - Illustration Mode

Sony RX100 – Illustration Mode

My Michele and John

Sony RX100 - Illustration Mode

Sony RX100 – Illustration Mode

Michele and layla

Sony RX100 - Illustration Mode

Sony RX100 – Illustration Mode

I got really lucky with this capture as it took about 10 tries and the ride did not go much longer:) The Sony Rx100 AF performed plenty fast enough, but it was still hard due to the coaster speed and over lapping directions of the composition from my vantage point. The front of the coaster was moving right directly in front of me, and also going to the left in the distance on the opposite side of the track. Michele and Layla were ultimately the goal, but I really wanted this composition!! Check them out in the last row of the coaster.

Sony RX100 - Illustration Mode

Sony RX100 – Illustration Mode

Sony RX100 - Illustration Mode

Sony RX100 – Illustration Mode

 

Take a look a this standard scene below as a Photograph, then the same exact scene with Illustration Mode On and set to High.

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Sony RX100 - Standard Photograph

Sony RX100 – Standard Photograph

Sony RX100 - Illustration Mode On set to High

Sony RX100 – Illustration Mode On set to High

 
Sony RX100 - Standard Photograph

Sony RX100 – Standard Photograph

Sony RX100 - Illustration Mode On set to High

Sony RX100 – Illustration Mode On set to High

 

I took this shot on the way to work the other day and the composition has been staring at me for some time! Only for a split second a day in the mirror and in my peripheral vision. Well, I finally stopped the car and put it all together as I’ve been seeing it for a few years now ;)

Sony RX100 - Standard Photograph

Sony RX100 – Standard Photograph

Sony RX100 - Illustration Mode On set to High

Sony RX100 – Illustration Mode On set to High

 

Layla, the young artist just finder her medium of choice. Today it appears to be the washable crayons and large chalk :)

Sony RX100 using Illustration Mode on High

Sony RX100 using Illustration Mode on High

 

Theses next few shots are my Nephews who is a really great kids!! All of them were a blast to visit with and I can’t wait to see them again :)

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Sony RX100 using Illustration Mode on High

Sony RX100 using Illustration Mode on High

Sony RX100 using Illustration Mode on High

Sony RX100 using Illustration Mode on High

Sony RX100 using Illustration Mode on High

Sony RX100 using Illustration Mode on High

 

The Illustration Mode picture effect is very powerful and I took so many pictures using this mode I have a whole article dedicated to it over Here>>. I have a ton more samples under all sorts of lighting conditions and scenes. Definitely take a look at those as the artistic interpretation by the Sony RX100 is always a surprise and at the very least interesting to look at.

 

More Sample Photos and Illustrations – 08-26-12

Note: You can turn a standard photos into an Illustration or Watercolor after you take it by simple going into the menu under the Picture Effects while viewing your photos on the camera. This will then make a copy of your original photo, apply the effect, and then save it as a new file leaving the original intact. This method is definitely the preferred way to do use it in my opinion as family will often ask for the original photos!!

Here’s a few more sample photos and Illustrations from the past week or so!!

Be sure to Click on these High Res Photos for the Full 1200px Version!!

Sony RX100 - Sample Photos

Sony RX100 – Sample Photos

Sony RX100 - Sample Photos

Sony RX100 – Sample Photos

Sony RX100 - Sample Photos

Sony RX100 – Sample Photos

Sony RX100 - Sample Photos - F/1.8, 1/800sec, ISO 400

Sony RX100 – Sample Photos – F/1.8, 1/800sec, ISO 400

Sony RX100 - Sample Photos

Sony RX100 – Sample Photos – f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 125

Sony RX100 - Sample Photo - Illustration Mode - High

Sony RX100 – Sample Photo – Illustration Mode – High

Sony RX100 - Sample Photos @ f/2.5, 1/200sec, ISO 400

Sony RX100 – Sample Photos @ f/2.5, 1/200sec, ISO 400

Sony RX100 - Sample Photo - Illustration Mode - Low

Sony RX100 – Sample Photo – Illustration Mode – Low

 

Sony DSC-RX100 – Sample HD Video

I took some decent HD footage before I sent the RX100 back to BHPhotoVideo.com, but after I published this review. I recorded this footage using the .mp4, 1440×1080 12M option for ease of use and uploading etc..

Check out the video below and be sure to Select the 720p HD Option in the player preferences for the best viewing experience!

 

The video quality on the Sony RX100 is pretty good, although not as good with depth of field as the Nex cameras due to the smaller sensor and fixed lens. It does do a good job though overall and offers a ton of formats for easy uploading and workflow accommodations. The continuous focus in movie mode is not quick enough to accurately track fast moving objects, but it can track faces, people, and other objects pretty well if they are moving relatively slow.

I was also impressed by the digital and optical stabilization after looking at the video on my computer. The auto exposure also transitions gradually for smoother video.

 

AutoPano Mode

The AutoPano Mode is not a new feature to the Sony cameras, but does continue to do a good job in my opinion.

Sony RX100 - Autopano Mode

Sony RX100 – Autopano Mode

Sony RX100 - Autopano Mode

Sony RX100 – Autopano Mode

Sony RX100 - AutoPano

Sony RX100 – AutoPano

 

High ISO Performance

The Sony RX100 has a max ISO of 6400, or 3200 when using Auto ISO. ISO 3200 is not to bad as long as you get a good exposure, but ISO 6400 is not that good even with a good exposure. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very good high ISO performance for such a small sensor with so many pixels on it, but I’ve seen better on larger sensor cameras. One nice advantage to the RX100 is the fast f/1.8 aperture which allows for extremely low light shooting at relatively low ISO values.

ISO 6400 Sample with 100% Crops – Be sure to click the pics!!

Sony Rx100 - High ISO Sample - ISO 6400

Sony Rx100 – High ISO Sample – ISO 6400

Sony Rx100 - High ISO Sample - ISO 6400

Sony Rx100 – High ISO Sample – ISO 6400

Sony Rx100 - High ISO Sample - ISO 6400

Sony Rx100 – High ISO Sample – ISO 6400

 

Conclusion:

After using the Sony RX100 for almost a month now, I can honestly say it is by far the best point and shoot style camera I have ever used. The Rx100 is a much smaller camera than the Sony Nex, but with virtually the same power and performance. The Lens is made by Carl Zeiss and it’s a Pancake Zoom, which is extremely sharp and a solid all around performer in my opinion. Sample pics with 100% crops prove how good the sensor and lens performs is at all different focal lengths and lighting conditions. HD Video with full time AF is pretty good and has smooth silent transition and exposure shifts in full auto mode, yet full manual controls as well for the professionals out there. The illustration mode feature is amazing to me and I can totally see photographers and artists buying the RX100 for just this feature alone.

The Sony Rx100 is the perfect camera for the photographer who can only carry a camera that fits in the pocket, but demand the best quality possible!!

Overall I highly recommend the RX100 for its un-beatable Power, Quality, and Size for the money!!

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