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Just Posted: Sony DSC-RX100 preview with sample images

By dpreview staff on Jun 6, 2012 at 04:03 GMT

We've been using a Sony DSC-RX100 for the last few days and have prepared a hands-on preview of the 20MP, 1" sensor compact. Its 13.2 x 8.8mm sensor is over twice the size of most of its peers and, despite this being the same size as Nikon's 1 system cameras, the RX100 is genuinely pocketable. We've used our time with the camera to prepare a detailed preview, looking at the camera's key features, and have also shot a gallery of real-world samples in a variety of shooting situations.  

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 preview video

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futile32
By futile32 (Jun 6, 2012)

looks promising. looking forward to the review.

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Alpha Phil
By Alpha Phil (Jun 6, 2012)

Ahhh, another sloooooow compact zoom. Just what we've been waiting for......C'mon. Have the guts that little old Olympus or Fuji have.

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ET2
By ET2 (Jun 6, 2012)

The sensor on this camera is much larger than Fuji and Oly, but despite that, it's size is similar to S95

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Alpha Phil
By Alpha Phil (Jun 6, 2012)

Well, I guess they have size going for them.

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NorthwestF
By NorthwestF (Jun 6, 2012)

Look at studio images on IR

http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM
it blows the Olympus or Fuji for IQ .. and it's much smaller

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futile32
By futile32 (Jun 6, 2012)

those IR samples are amazing... looks to compete well with the G1X. Not looked at the higher ISOs though.

1 upvote
NorthwestF
By NorthwestF (Jun 6, 2012)

Even at high ISO, IQ looks better than Nikon 1, despite 20 MP sensor

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T3
By T3 (Jun 6, 2012)

Slow? Were you expecting it to be f/1.8 at the 100mm (equiv) end? LOL. Good luck with that. 28-100mm (equiv), f/1.8-4.9 is actually quite decent. And it's pocketable!

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eivissa1
By eivissa1 (Jun 6, 2012)

testimages show that the Sony is more or less on par with the 2 year old Panasonic LX5 with its tinier sensor. So big deal!

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Don Kiyoti
By Don Kiyoti (Jun 6, 2012)

What is the point of these interstitial pages? I have long wondered why, when one clicks on the link on the home page, it doesn't go directly to the review/preview.

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GlobalGuyUSA
By GlobalGuyUSA (Jun 6, 2012)

Completely agree. Half the time, I don't even click through. What is the point of clicking a link, just to have to click another one. These "middle man" pages need to go away.

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LSHorwitz1
By LSHorwitz1 (Jun 6, 2012)

The point of this page is, as you demonstrated, to post comments......

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Don Kiyoti
By Don Kiyoti (Jun 6, 2012)

But it's been annoying since long before DPR implemented comments, or ads. It's a design quirk that they wouldn't tolerate on a camera.

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tonywong
By tonywong (Jun 6, 2012)

Yeah I bet it is a legacy thing. It will go away when Canon gives us a mirror lock up button on the EOS systems.

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micksh6
By micksh6 (Jun 6, 2012)

But there are different comment threads here and on actual preview page. Same topic, just two separate threads (more comments on the preview page). This is puzzling.

BTW, Nokia 808 has sensor almost as large, will be cheaper, smaller, and it's also a smartphone.

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peter42y
By peter42y (Jun 6, 2012)

This camera is a game changer , indeed. It is the first truly pocketeable camera with a sensor larger than the Canon s100 sensor. The other cameras ( Nikon j1, Canon G1X ) are not truly pocketeable. The sample pictures look very nice.

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Samuli Pulkkinen
By Samuli Pulkkinen (Jun 6, 2012)

I think these extra pages are a mandatory.

First of all, I wouldn’t be that surprised, if platform they use is only able to show news items in front page’s news feed. So direct jump wouldn’t even be possible.

Plus it wouldn’t be that good thing from the UX perspective to suddenly throw you out of the news section anyway – more so if you navigate to this page directly from next/previous news article.

But what they could do, would be to publish more info from the pre/review articles in these pages, so it would be easier to decide, are we interested to open the articles or not. (Unless it would affect too much their advertisement income).

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Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jun 6, 2012)

Advertisements/ page clicks/ revenue.

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Jack
By Jack (Jun 6, 2012)

The Nokia 808 should've used this sensor for superior quality with its prime lens. Its pictures look more "cameraphone" now than the 2 year-old N8's.

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gingerbaker
By gingerbaker (Jun 6, 2012)

"This camera is a game changer , indeed. It is the first truly pocketeable camera with a sensor larger than the Canon s100 sensor."

a good point!

OTOH, this cam has a sensor only half as large a m4/3, yet is the same price as a NEX-5N with kit lens.

If a person can stand the noise and dynamic range limitations of this cam compared to those with larger sensors, it is a great choice.

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Gabi
By Gabi (Jun 6, 2012)

The camera would be very tempting if it would have at most a 12 MP sensor.

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ripleysbaby
By ripleysbaby (Jun 7, 2012)

Nokia 808 ! almost as large ! what are you smoking :-)

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