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Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 large sensor enthusiast compact

By dpreview staff on Jun 6, 2012 at 04:01 GMT
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Sony has announced the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, an enthusiast compact camera based around a 20MP 1" CMOS sensor. It features a 28-100mm equivalent lens with F1.8-4.9 aperture range and image stabilization and is the first Sony compact to capture Raw files. It can shoot 1080p60 and capture 17MP (16:9 crop) stills simultaneously. It features a lens control dial and a 3:2 aspect ratio sensor (the same proportions as most DSLRs). It's also the first Sony compact to feature the company's 'WhiteMagic' LCD technology, promising a brighter or lower-power display. The RX100 will be available from July at a price of around $649.

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Press Release:

Sony’s New Advanced Cyber-shot RX100 Camera Packs Large Sensor and Bright Lens into Stylish, Pocket-Size Body

 New Model Contains World’s First 1.0-inch type 20.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor and Ultra-bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Fixed Lens to Deliver Outstanding Picture Quality

SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2012 – Travelling 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.

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.

Pricing and Availability

The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 digital camera will be available this July for about $650. The camera and accessories will be available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 specifications

Price
MSRPUS: $650 EU: €650 UK: £550
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Body materialAluminum
Sensor
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions5472 x 3080, 4864 x 3648, 3888 x 2592, 3648 X 3648, 3648 x 2736, 2736 x 1824, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1944
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayRGB Primary color
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • RAW (ARW2.3 Format)
  • RAW+JPEG
  • JPEG
Image parameters
  • Contrast: -3 to +3 steps
  • Saturation: -3 to +3 steps
  • Sharpness: -3 to +3 steps
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–100 mm
Optical zoom3.6×
Maximum apertureF1.8 - F4.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes, built -in LED type
Digital zoomYes (14x)
Manual focusYes
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points25
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,228,800
Touch screenNo
Screen typeWhiteMagic TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto Advanced
  • Auto
  • Program AUTO
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
  • Memory Recall
  • Tele Zoom Hi Speed
  • 3D Sweep Panorama
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Anti Motion Blur
  • Picture Effect
  • Scene selection
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Anti Motion Blur (6 shot layering)
  • Sports Action
  • Pet
  • Gourmet
  • Macro
  • Landscape
  • Sunset
  • Night Scene
  • Hand-held Twilight
  • Night Portrait
  • Fireworks
  • High Sensitivity
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single-frame advance
  • Continuous advance
  • Continuous adv Priority AE
  • Speed Priority Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Self Portrait Self-timer
  • Continuous Self-timer
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes1920 x1080 60p PS: 59.97fps Progressive (appx 28Mbps), 1920 x 1080 60i FX : 59.97fps Interlaced (appx 24Mbps), 1920 x 1080 60i FH : 59.97fps Interlaced (appx 17Mbps), 1440 x 1080 30p :29.97fps Progressive (appx 12Mbps), 640 x 480 30p :29.97fps Progressive (appx 3 Mbps)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Micro HDMI)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)330
Weight (inc. batteries)240 g (0.53 lb / 8.47 oz)
Dimensions102 x 58 x 36 mm (4 x 2.29 x 1.41)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 213
12
cjhacker23
By cjhacker23 (Jun 6, 2012)

And no hotshoe... Not even one of their bass-akwards Minolta hotshoes. WTF.

4 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Jun 6, 2012)

Do people really mount hot-shoe flashes on P&Ss?

12 upvotes
JJJPhoto
By JJJPhoto (Jun 6, 2012)

They do if they care about better looking flash photos.

1 upvote
iudex
By iudex (Jun 6, 2012)

I have NEVER seen anyone shooting with a compact with external flash.

11 upvotes
weisman
By weisman (Jun 6, 2012)

I have. Olympus XZ-1 + Sunpak 383 Super = Awesomeness. The hot shoe also also allows the use of a Pocket Wizard and PC adapter. It's quite useful.

3 upvotes
carlbraun
By carlbraun (Jun 6, 2012)

To iudex :
Yes I did use regularly my external flash on my lx3 ...

0 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Jun 6, 2012)

@carlbraun: OK, but you belong to a 1% minority of p&s users that buy external flash. I have external flash on my DSLR and it makes the camera a lot bigger and heavier, so I use it only if I really have to. If internal flash on my compact is not sufficient, I take the DSLR. Even if I had external flash on the compact, I wouldn´t take it out with the camera (I travel either light, i.e. only with small compact, or I take my DSLR bag with everything).

2 upvotes
cjhacker23
By cjhacker23 (Jun 6, 2012)

"...you belong to a 1% minority of p&s users that buy external flash." [citation needed]

And @iudex, who says, "I have NEVER seen anyone shooting with a compact external flash": Whether or not YOU have seen anyone do this is, quite frankly, irrelevant.

Secondly, there are several high end compacts on the market that sport hot shoes: the Canon S95, the Nikon P7000. Panasonic, Olympus, Leica. They all make compacts with a hotshoes. And thirdly--those who actually use the hotshoe are NOT attaching flashes to it. That would be rather ridiculous, agreed. Rather, they are attaching small radio triggers which control one or more flashes.

Strobist? Hello? Anyone?

0 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Jun 7, 2012)

I have owned several high-end compacts and the external flash was really the last thing I needed. BTW on my recent Canon S100 (a 400 EUR highend compact) there´s no hot shoe.
My experience is definitely more relevant than your opinion (I am not saying something I just made up, but what I witnessed). Around me I see a lot of photographers using external flashes, but solely on DSLRs. Maybe in DC people normally use external accesories to small compacts, but not ine Europe.

0 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Jun 6, 2012)

does it have manual video control, if not, its a non-starter for me

0 upvotes
ET2
By ET2 (Jun 6, 2012)

Yes manual video control

1 upvote
Jogger
By Jogger (Jun 6, 2012)

woot

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Jun 6, 2012)

Impressive video specifications with native 1080p60 and 24p. Sony has a great video camera pedigree but it makes you wonder why other cameras, like the OM-D, couldn't at least approach some of the nice video specifications of this new Sony.

1 upvote
BlackZero
By BlackZero (Jun 6, 2012)

very happy to see Sony is serious in innovation..!

1 upvote
aleckurgan
By aleckurgan (Jun 6, 2012)

well done Sony!

1 upvote
ogl
By ogl (Jun 6, 2012)

1/7", 2/3" or 1" sensor - no any serious difference at all...
20 MP at such sensor is useless.

1 upvote
ET2
By ET2 (Jun 6, 2012)

The surface area is alnost 3 times more than 1/7". That's much bigger difference than between M4/3 and APSC ..

"20 MP at such sensor is useless."

If you ae talking about something that is useless, don't forget Pentax Q

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 36 seconds after posting
6 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Jun 6, 2012)

According to your "logic" APS-C or FF, no serious difference at all... ;-) If you are trying to look funny, you do it right. :-)

2 upvotes
Lucas_
By Lucas_ (Jun 6, 2012)

"20 MP at such sensor is useless"
Just shoot at 12Mp or one of the several other sizes you can choose from!
20MP is very useful when you want to crop, say, a group shot to isolate a person or face...!
IMHO Sony has again hit a home run with this little camera, it's not perfect but seems quite ahead of the competition.

Comment edited 22 seconds after posting
1 upvote
munro harrap
By munro harrap (Jun 6, 2012)

The sensor is tiny . When I read large sensor I thought, ah, 36x24mm compact at last, but no, large here means tiny, and in a huge body- big enough for a 36x24mm sensor, and an inbuilt 64Gb SD type memory, and a viewfinder, so I'll keep on with my DSLR until Sony do that. They will eventually, they can now, but like Olympus Nikon Canon and Samsung etc, they just love the way you will go on "upgrading" to NO purpose at all.

There isn't even a viewfinder, so it is not even a camera for me.

1 upvote
iudex
By iudex (Jun 6, 2012)

Get back to reality. The sensor is big in comparison to typical enthusiast compact, which is 1/1,7". And in this aspect it really is big: its 2,5x bigger than average. Despite that Sony is smaller than such typical compacts (e.g. Oly XZ-1).
If it had FF sensor and a viewfinder it would be as big as a DSLR. So have your FF DSLR (and try to put it in your pocket ;-)

6 upvotes
lolopasstrail
By lolopasstrail (Jun 6, 2012)

Tiny Canon SD1200- definitely tinier than even the Canon S100 and XZ-1- managed to sport a quite useful zooming optical viewfinder. The internet buzz that gets repeated that a viewfinder would take up lots of real estate is a fable and an excuse. I call absence of any kind of viewfinder simply a cost savings by the manufacturer with bogus excuses.

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 6, 2012)

The SD1200 didn't have a honking fat, fast lens to block its tiny viewfinder.

0 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Jun 6, 2012)

I liked you Olympus XZ-1...

0 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jun 6, 2012)

Meh.....nothing wrong with your xz-1. Wait for the review.

0 upvotes
shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Jun 6, 2012)

It doesn't have enough pixels :/

*sigh*

0 upvotes
Nathaniel George Weir
By Nathaniel George Weir (Jun 6, 2012)

Why over 20 megapixels in a small(er) sensored camera? Why would you ever need more than 12? I've made an incredibly sharp 30x40 with a 12mp dslr.

4 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Jun 6, 2012)

I definitely agree. I have just printed 20x30 cm pictures with 10MPix resolution (I do not even shoot at the highest resolution of my DSLR) and see no problem. I have never printed bigger pictures, in reality most of the prints are 10x15 cm. Why would I need 20 MP?

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Jun 6, 2012)

To crop, and get sharper pictures at the same size (especially when viewing images on the screen). Price obviously is a little bit worse IQ at highest ISOs, but let's face it: most of photos are made at ISO100-200 and this compact got brighter lens then most of the competition making it more capable in low-light.

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Jun 6, 2012)

For digital zoom, which is needed to compensate for fixed zoom of very limited range.

0 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jun 6, 2012)

People really need to stop complaining about too many pixels. It may have been a problem 5 years ago, it isn't any more. The only downside is larger files, and there are several upsides, especially in terms of post processing.

4 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jun 6, 2012)

1/2000th of a second shutter speed kills me!....why! 1/4000th is truly more useable!

0 upvotes
Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Jun 6, 2012)

Hardly on a leaf shutter in a P&S camera.
Use ND fiilter, like all P&S have already integrated, for the sake of reducing diffraction problmes.

1 upvote
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jun 6, 2012)

Does this have an nd filter? Not many actually do.

1 upvote
Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Jun 6, 2012)

Looked over at Imaging Resource, Sony RX100 Technical Info, but couldn't see mentioning of a ND filter. Haven't seen a filter thread or adapter for the Sony RX100 either. Don't know the smallest aperture it uses, f/11 perhaps?

0 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Jun 6, 2012)

Thanks for the helpfulness! We can only hope it does! My xz-1 does, but I forget to turn it off a lot of the times....that's why I prefer a higher shutter. Though the nd's are usually 2 stop. Either one would be good! Lol

Maybe the "next" model will. If there is one. Little bigger, brighter zoom, with 24mm cz lens. F2-3.5 maybe. 24mm-120.....

Meh, I can dream...

2 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Jun 6, 2012)

IQ of samples are close to P&S cameras. Maybe RAW will be better?

0 upvotes
Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jun 6, 2012)

You should visit an optometrist at your soonest convenience.
Wishing your sight a speedy recovery.

Comment edited 16 seconds after posting
1 upvote
systemBuilder
By systemBuilder (Jun 9, 2012)

Did you check out the ISO 6400 picture @ 1/100th of a sec and almost no color noise (the utensils hanging on the wall?) If you didn't see it please revisit that photo and study it carefully.

0 upvotes
dbo
By dbo (Jun 6, 2012)

When Nikon released the 1 series I thought why Sony (who produces the sensor of it) doesn't talk about a high end compact - although I know that Nikon has for those sensors 1/2 year sole commercial explotation rights when using it.

Now i know. Rhe RX100 looks great, offers featurewise almost everything we need (at least on paper). BUT - no external flash possible, and the integrated one looks awkward than the NEX7' one.... (meaning more or less useless)

Unfortunately Sony goes for this "hierarchy Pixel amount", so it was in their understanding to put more pixel on it than the HX20 has. 14MP would have been a perfect choice.

Presumably it will anyhow for sure have a better picture quality than any other compact cam. Maybe the G1X will be close or better but for this camera class performance is a big issue and there the RX100 is far ahead.

0 upvotes
Couscousdelight
By Couscousdelight (Jun 6, 2012)

Nikon 1 sensor is made by Aptina, not sony.

5 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Jun 6, 2012)

G1X is a different category IMHO. It's HUGE so if someone looks for "compact" compact - the G1X looses badly to RX100.

1 upvote
Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Jun 6, 2012)

The focal magnification factor is 2.73x and the pixel size is 2.4µm, compared to 3.4µm for the Aptina sensor in Nikon 1 System.

It's also a Sony CMOS Sensor "Exmor", using the "Column-Parallel A/D Conversion Technique", which will put the Canon G1X to shame, having Canon's in comparison somewhat outdated sensor technology.

The teorethical performance difference between Sony RX100 and Canon G1X is 1.17EV. The brighter (f/1.8-f/4.9) Zeiss lens of the Sony, compared to the slower (F2.8-5.8) in Canon G1X, alone leverages the performance handicap with respect to the sensor size. (Canon's f/2.8 isn't better than f/1.9 in Sony's equivalent.)

Additionally, with Sony's anticipated better sensor technology, both better read out noise and better dynamic range, this camera seems like a winner.

15 upvotes
Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Jun 6, 2012)

Great release after Canon G1X....but could have decreased the amount of MP to provide better low light performance.........

Who's next ?? Nikon .. but they have already released the 1 system......

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (Jun 6, 2012)

With constantly improving sensor technology, more MP does not automatically mean worse low-light performance. Look at the D800 at 36mp, which only 2 DSLRs, the D4 and D3s have better low-light, high ISO performance.

4 upvotes
JordanAT
By JordanAT (Jun 6, 2012)

Actually, yes - higher pixel count does end up with lower low-light performance. Look at the D800 at 36MP, then compare it to the D4 of the same generation sensor with fewer pixels - it blows it away. Even the last-generation sensor in the D3s is better than the sensor in the D800 for low light.

To say that this Sony 20MP is better than a camera from X years ago and because of that discount the degradation due to too many pixels is disingenuous. A 10MP enthusiast camera (even 12) would have given better low iso results.

Props to Sony for getting bright glass on this thing, at least at the wide end.

0 upvotes
Colin46
By Colin46 (Jun 6, 2012)

actually if you downsample the d800 to 16mpixel its as good as the D3s / D4 and the D800 retains more detail at high iso so is very receptive to noise reduction. The D4 turns to mush.

the D800 also has higher dynamic range than the D4.

2 upvotes
RunStrom
By RunStrom (Jun 6, 2012)

This P&S seems the perfect upgrade to my old Ricoh. I would have loved 24mm instead of 28mm at F1.8 .

2 upvotes
flipmac
By flipmac (Jun 6, 2012)

Seems like a good P&S, looks more apealing than the G1X or Nikon 1 if you don't to buy more lenses.
Good screen, fast AF, high burst rate, good zoom range, bright lens (at the wide end), relatively compact (much smaller/lighter than G1X, and etc.

1 upvote
semorg
By semorg (Jun 6, 2012)

20MP? Why not something between 10-14mp and use the extra pixel size for better low light performance. Lame!

2 upvotes
NorthwestF
By NorthwestF (Jun 6, 2012)

Have you seen IR samples?

http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM

Same sensor size, but high ISO, at least jpegs, look better than Nikon 1's 10 MP sensor

6 upvotes
Neimo
By Neimo (Jun 6, 2012)

To crop in to for the lack of zoom. I understand the zoom though. A worthy sacrifice to be so thin it fits in a cargo pocket.

3 upvotes
semorg
By semorg (Jun 6, 2012)

@NorthwestF it doesn't matter, it would have even been better at lower MP. This would be like if canon released a 5D IV with 150+MP vs. their 20 MP.

0 upvotes
MikeNeufeld30
By MikeNeufeld30 (Jun 6, 2012)

awesome. Sure hope the IQ is great. Was thinkung G1x but the f1.8 lens is perfect..

1 upvote
Absolutic
By Absolutic (Jun 6, 2012)

will probably produce the best picture out of all compacts, and could be on the same level with M4/3 when pictures downsampled from 20MP to 12 or 16MP.

4 upvotes
Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Jun 6, 2012)

With the access to both bright primes and new bright zoom lenses, remember the MFT has 1EV better theoretical performance to start with.

5 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (Jun 6, 2012)

And 100 points worse portability, not even saying about the effort of jumping between lenses, issues with dust, etc.
Still - in day-to-day usage m4/3 will be able to provide better images, but... even better images can be made with any DSLR.

0 upvotes
lolopasstrail
By lolopasstrail (Jun 6, 2012)

What is meant by 'bright' zoom? Is this the same thing as a fast zoom? I understand how lenses are slow or fast, depending upon max aperture- what the heck is 'bright?'

0 upvotes
Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Jun 6, 2012)

-Sorry about the language confusion. Fast, yes!

0 upvotes
Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Jun 6, 2012)

Re: issues with dust

-What will you do with sensor dust on your fixed lens camera? It will show up sooner or later, like it does on the present 1/1.7" sensor luxury compacts. None to my knowledge are using ultrasonic filterings on a P&S.

-On a CSC, you can yourself remove the lens and even do a wet cleaning of the sensor if absolute necessay.

But I do agree with portability, that's the reason for the popularity of the LX5, XZ-1, S90/S95 cameras in the past. RX100 definitely runs to the top of this group.

0 upvotes
putomax
By putomax (Jun 6, 2012)

it REALLY HAS TO be 4 times (sensor wise) better that little brother hx9v... 'cause images from the latest are quite disappointing. Also hope they implemented AE-lock function and manual focus in video mode... which is the best use you can give the hx9v and that the "new" record button works (in the hx9v you need squirrel nails). For the price they could have redesign the shitty tripod mount. In my experience, the bracketing range is not enough.

gashô

0 upvotes
futile32
By futile32 (Jun 6, 2012)

Will probably pick one up, been waiting for Sony to make a camera like this for about 6 years. Was on the verge of getting an S100. I think this one has won me over though.

Will hold out for the Review though, but looks promising.

2 upvotes
cadet stimpy
By cadet stimpy (Jun 6, 2012)

Same - I was just about to buy an s100 then I saw this...

2 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Jun 6, 2012)

Intresting, but no EVF

0 upvotes
Neimo
By Neimo (Jun 6, 2012)

But pocketable.

4 upvotes
Jefftan
By Jefftan (Jun 6, 2012)

Although sensor is much smaller than NEX (about 1/3 size) it is:

BSI CMOS

and the NEX sensor is not.
May help overcome some IQ loss to sensor size

0 upvotes
Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Jun 6, 2012)

BSI-CMOS, where did you get that from???

No BSI-CMOS seen larger than 1/2", and that's from Fujifilm with their "EXR-CMOS" Sensor!!!

0 upvotes
ET2
By ET2 (Jun 6, 2012)

Look at the DPR preview .. it says BSI sensor

0 upvotes
Gabi
By Gabi (Jun 6, 2012)

It would have been better (more favourable for the IQ) to restrict the sensor to 12 MP...

0 upvotes
Knight Palm
By Knight Palm (Jun 6, 2012)

Re: Look at the DPR preview .. it says BSI sensor
It's most likely a typo!
Haven't seen any mentioning in the Sony press release about BSI-CMOS, so it's probably not.

0 upvotes
FTW
By FTW (Jun 6, 2012)

Being a 1/3 sensor at 20 mpix means that Sony is at this moment able to manage a FF at 60 mpix, so let's wait for the next step higher in pixel race bullsh... I a wait still to see a development in mid pixel count sensors, 12 -16 mpix, sensors that can handle just any situation and deliver shots in reasonable sizes. i do not see why we have to play with giant files, shots as big as the whole wall of the living room and loss of time in rework. We go higher and higher and develop new things all time, useless things for the most, and if a mid sized chip is pushed in quality, he appears in a body the common mortal will not want and not be able to pay for. If Olympus can put on the market an affordable small body, with Pro features and weather sealing, why can't the others do that?

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Plastek
By Plastek (Jun 6, 2012)

It doesn't have BSI sensor.
dPreview has a typo.

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AndyHWC
By AndyHWC (Jun 6, 2012)

Looks like a great pocket able DSLR replacement but I dont like the price.

IR already reviewed the camera, it complains about uneven flash coverage, poor colr rendering and color balance shifts as lens zooms. Some of the problems can be fixed by firmware.

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kevin_r
By kevin_r (Jun 6, 2012)

" 1.0-inch type Exmor® CMOS sensor "
What's with the "1/3" you mention? Don't understand that.

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tomtom50
By tomtom50 (Jun 6, 2012)

It is like a larger sensor S100. Same width and height and 10mm thicker. Lens that is fast wide and slow at tele.

2.8x sensor area, 1.7X pixels, Dxomark ISO will likely be 250-300.

Like many here I would have preferred 10MP to get the extra ISO since the lens is pretty slow except at wide angle. How often do we print 13x19? How often do we zoom in in indifferent light?

Very nice overall, but pricy.

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MichaelEchos
By MichaelEchos (Jun 7, 2012)

More like 150MP.

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