The most important thing is the camera effect. And this is a picture. My wife complains about Sony RX100 picture quality, and this is not her first camera. So I started testing and comparing with: Canon G11, G12, Canon A720 IS, the old Canon S45, Sony NEX-5 and FUJIFILM X10. I had a chance to have them in my possession for a longer time. Later I showed all pictures to some people, not indicating a camera. Excluding night pictures, always the picture from RX100 was chosen as a worst. Pictures were good after “the Photoshop treatment”, but Photoshop cannot add missing details.My conclusion: if you need average pocket camera, with a lot of functions, easy to use, and you don’t care about the price – buy it. If you want to spend some extra bug for better than average quality, stay away from it. There are better choices. Do not listen to Sony agents – a lot of them are here.
The RX100 is very good for any pocket or a woman’s purse. It is good for night pictures. Also, it is well balanced device even for large hands if the flash is set off. All buttons are well designed so accidental use of them is not a problem. Generally RX100 is easy to use. And this camera has excellent marketing (but these guys are always liars). And this is why. Resolution of pictures (landscapes and close-ups with a lot of details) is worse than from six other cameras I tested. Same object with the same settings using tripod. RX100 has a problem with high contrast scenes with any setting. HDR function is disappointing – rather than deep colors, pictures are foggy. Blue color dominates on each picture with any setting. Battery and memory compartment is very clumsy and looks like a part from different camera. The HDMI micro jack cover looks even worse. The pop-up flash is a mistake. The picture quantity is no more than 200 from full loaded battery. Only specification is excelent.