Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Large Sensor Compact Camera

| June 8, 2012

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 front side view

Sony has announced the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, a 20.2 MP premium large sensor digital compact camera. Aimed at photography enthusiasts, the Sony DSC-RX100 features a larger 1-inch size sensor compared to most conventional point and shoot models, providing for enhanced image quality and better low light performance. The sensor is coupled with a high quality image stabilized 3.6x Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens (28-100mm in 35mm terms).

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 offers automatic ease of use or a range of manual override features with P/A/S/M shooting modes, and the camera also incorporates a built-in flash which raises out of the body when required.

You can record 1080p 60i HD movies with the Sony RX100 in the AVCHD format, and snap a picture while doing so with the dual record feature. The RX100 also offers the option of recording still images in the camera’s native RAW format providing enhanced versatility for photo editing.

Sony Canada has not yet announced a price for the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 back view


Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Major Features

20.2MP Exmor 1-inch CMOS Image Sensor: the camera’s large 1-inch 20.2 MP CMOS sensor captures highly detailed images that take full advantage of the camera’s sharp Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* lens. The sensor’s advanced image processing enables reduced noise levels, resulting in enhanced low light images with smooth and clear details.

Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x zoom: Newly developed large-diameter F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens delivers refined background defocusing – bokeh. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.

Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode: Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode for blur-free movies even while walking. Camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of new electronic image stabilization. Now it’s easier than ever to obtain sharp, blur-free movies even when zooming in unsteady situations, such as shooting with one hand while walking.

Sophisticated metal body: The camera’s aluminum body is lightweight, slim, and strong.

P/A/S/M modes for video and stills: Enjoy a full range of controls for video and still shooting from the beginner’s iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Full HD 1080/60p movies: Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080. This provides  fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV. With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.
Low-light ISO 6400 sensitivity: Clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor® CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ® image processor.
Capture JPEG files, RAW files, or both: The DSC-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.
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 new high speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light.
Four focusing modes: the sony RX100 offers 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.
Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps: Capture full 20.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, 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.
3-inch Xtra Fine LCD™ Display: The 3-inch (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD™ Display makes it easy to scroll through menus and preview life Picture Effects. WhiteMagic™ increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
Built in pop up flash: Enjoy the convenience of flash photography everywhere you go.

Sony DSC-RX100 digital camera front view

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Press Release

SAN DIEGO, June 6th, 2012 – Traveling light no longer means compromising on picture quality with the Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100 camera, Sony’s new flagship compact camera.

Striking the ultimate balance of form and function, the stylish, aluminium-built RX100 camera inherits many advanced imaging features from Sony’s α range of A-mount and E-mount cameras, delivering beautiful still images, crisp full HD videos and a level of manual control and creativity unmatched by any other camera of its size.

“This camera is ideal for travel, portraits or street photography, delivering impressive results in a variety of lighting conditions with an intuitive, customizable control interface,” said Yosuke Tomoda, director of the Cyber-shot business at Sony Electronics. “It’s a perfect step-up model for point and shoot users not interested in larger DSLR or compact system cameras, and also an outstanding choice for enthusiasts who may already own a large DSLR and are looking for a high-quality, pocket-sized ‘all-in-one’ second camera.”

At the heart of the Cyber-shot RX100 is the world’s first 1.0-inch type Exmor® CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels. Specially developed by Sony, the sensor has an area that’s approximately four times larger than the 1/2.3-type sensors in traditional point-and-shoot cameras. The sensor’s larger area takes in more light while capturing content, resulting in beautiful, detail-packed images and Full HD movie clips with very low noise.

The larger sensor is partnered with an exceptionally bright Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* fixed lens with 3.6x optical zoom range. In contrast to standard point-and-shoot cameras, it has a wide F1.8 maximum aperture to let in additional light and complement the resolving power of the larger sensor.

Sony DSC-RX100 compact digital camera

Similar to high-performance DSLR optics, the lens features seven- bladed circular aperture. This makes it easy to produce images with subjects in sharp focus against a smoothly-blurred, beautifully defocused background. The lens also features an Advanced Aspherical (AA) lens element that contributes to the camera’s extremely compact dimensions without sacrificing optical zoom performance or resolution.

Newly optimized to complement the 1.0-inch type sensor and lens, the camera’s powerful BIONZ® image processor maximizes shooting response times while helping assure exceptionally clean, natural images. It also extends sensitivity right up to ISO 25600 (using Multi Frame Noise Reduction), allowing for exceptionally clear handheld images in low light conditions. To capture fast-moving subjects, the RX100 camera can also shoot at up to 10 frames per second (in full resolution) and has high-speed autofocus that locks onto a subject in as quickly as 0.13 seconds (depends on scene and lighting conditions).

The new RX100 camera features a high-resolution 3-inch 1,229k dot Xtra Fine LCD™ display and also adds a new feature: WhiteMagic™ technology. This uses additional white pixels to boost screen brightness, allowing users to see subtle details and tones on the screen in all types of shooting environments, including outdoors in bright sunlight.

For making manual adjustments while shooting both still images and movies, the new camera has a smooth control ring around the lens body, which can be used to alter exposure, zoom, creative picture effects and a variety of other customizable functions. Additionally, frequently used functions can be assigned to the Fn (function) button for instant access, and the Memory Recall feature can store up to three groups of customized shooting settings based on user preference.

Similar to a DSLR-style interface, there’s a choice of auto and manual focus modes on the Cyber-shot RX100 camera for enhanced image control. For those that prefer focusing manually, MF Assist magnifies images to simplify fine adjustments, and there’s also a pro-style peaking function that highlights sharply-focused areas of the image on screen.

The RX100 camera offers a generous choice of artistic options to expand creative shooting possibilities. It includes the option for six different creative styles and a variety of popular picture effects including Toy Camera, Partial Color, HDR Painting and several others, most of which can be previewed directly on screen before shooting.

The new Cyber-shot features Auto Portrait Framing – a feature found on Sony’s latest α range of A-mount and E-mount cameras — making it simple to create sharp, perfectly framed portraits. This unique feature automatically detects faces in a scene, crops the picture accordingly creates a tighter, pro-style composition at full resolution. Both the original and cropped photo are saved for review.

New accessories include a spare battery, dedicated carrying case and a battery charger designed to complement to the new camera.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 compact camera flash up

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Specifications

Image Sensor1.0″ (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor™ CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
Effective Resolution20.2 Megapixels
ZoomCarl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T*
Focal Range3.6x zoom. Focal Length (35mm equivalent): Still 16:9 29-105mm / Still 4:3 30-108mm / Still 3:2 28-100mm / Still 1:1 36-127mm / Movie 16:9 29-105mm (Std), 33-120mm (Active) / Movie 4:3 36-128 mm (Std), 41-146mm (Active)
Aperture RangeF1.8-4.9
LCD Monitor3.0″ (4:3) / 1,229k dots / Xtra Fine / TruBlack / TFT LCD
Brightness Control : Auto / Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather mode
Focus RangeAF approx. 5cm to infinity (W), approx. 55cm to infinity
Focus ModeMulti point AF (25 points) / Center weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible sport (face tracking)
Focus systemSingle-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Face Detection8 Faces (Auto / Off / Child Priority / Adult Priority / Face Registration)
ISO SensitivityISO : Auto ISO 125-6400 select w/upper/lower limit
125/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400 expand to 80/100
Multi Frame NR:Auto ISO 125-25600 equiv.
Exposure MeteringMulti segment / Center weighted / Spot
White Balance ControlAuto/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluor (Warm White)/Fluor (Cool White)/Fluor (Day White)/Fluor (Daylight)/Flash/C. Temp., Filter/Custom
Exposure CompensationExposure Compensation : +/- 3.0EV, 1/3EV step
D-Range OptimizerOff, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto exposure difference, Exposure difference level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0-EV step)
File FormatStill Image: JPEG
Movie: MP4
Image SizeStill Image Size 16:9 : L: 17M (5472×3080); M: 7.5M (3648 x 2056); S:4.2M (2720 x 1528)
Still Image Size 3:2 : L: 20M (5472 x 3648; M: 10M (3888 x 2592); S: 5.0M (2736 x 1824)
Still Image Size 4:3 : L: 18M (4864 x 3648); M: 10M (3648 x 2736); S: 5.0M (2592 x 1944); VGA
Panorama Still Image Size : [3:2] L: 20M (5472×3648)/M: 10M (3888×2592)/S: 5.0M (2736×1824)
Image StabilizationOptical SteadyShot™ Image Stabilization with Active Mode
Scene Shooting ModesPortrait, Anti Motion Blur, Sports Action, Pet, Gourmet, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, Fireworks, High Sensitivity
Sweep PanoramaIntelligent Sweep Panorama
Continuous ShootingApprox 10 fps at 20.2MP (Maximum 10 shots)
Shooting Assist FunctionsIntelligent Auto
Shooting Tips
Background Defocus
Superior Auto
Blink Detection
Video FormatAVCHD Ver2.0, MP4
Movie Recording SizeAVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 60p/50p) / 24M FX (1920×1080, 60i/50i ) / 17M FH (1920×1080, 60i/50i) MP4: 12M (1440×1080, 30/25 fps) / 3M VGA (640×480 30/25 fps)
Dual RecordYes both still and video captured at the same time
Noise ReductionClear RAW NR / NR Slow Shutter
JPEG and RAWRecord images in the camera’s native RAW format or in JPEG
Built-in Flash ModesAuto/Fill-flash/Slow Sync/Rear Sync/Off
Flash RangeISO Auto 0.30m to 17.1m (W)/0.55m to 6.3m (T) (Approx.1′ 3/4″” to Approx.56′ 1 3/4″”)(W) ISO 6400 up to 24.2m (W)/8.9m (T)
AF IlluminatorAuto / On / Off
Self-TimerOff / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
Removable MediaMS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, microSD Memory Card, microSDHC Memory Card
Interface ConnectorsMicro HDMI
USB Port(s): Micro USB, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)
Battery PowerLithium Ion NP-BX1
DimensionsW x H x D: 101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9mm
Weight240 grams
Sony DSC-RX100 Package Contents• DSC-RX100 Digital Camera• NP-BX1 Li-Ion Battery

• AC-UD10/11 Ac adapter

• Multi Connector Cable

• Wrist Strap

• Instruction manual

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