I have been away, so got a little bit of catching up to do on the announcement front! Sony have announced an advanced compact camera using a very large (for a compact!) 1in sensor.
Using such a large sensor in a compact camera is a very interesting prospect. Unless you’re willing to have a fixed focal length lens (X100, X1/X2), there is no other compact camera with a sensor of this size that doesn’t also sport an interchangeable lens. I say it’s interesting because for someone like myself who wants high quality images, but doesn’t always want to carry a larger camera something like this makes sense. I’ve had the advanced Panasonic Lumix LX cameras, the Nikon P7000, and toyed with the Canon S95/100 and Fuji X10, but the small sensor size just limits them too much for me. Unless under ideal conditions, their image quality is just too far from the X100 and X-Pro 1 that I am always disappointed with the images at the end of the day, and end up wishing I’d taken a ‘real’ camera with me. Early reviews seem to be giving high praise to the RX100, and samples I’ve seen on Flickr do look good. I’ll be looking into it as soon as I can!
Pre-orders are being accepted on Amazon UK at £516.70 (as of 23/07/12)
Big sensor and bright lens for better pictures in a pocket-sized body
06 June 2012
Cyber-shot™ RX100 from Sony with world’s first1 1.0-type 20.2 effective megapixel sensor and bright F1.8 lens
- Capture crisp detail with 1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) approximately 20.2 effective megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor and F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3.6x optical zoom lens
- Get low-noise handheld shots in low light with high sensitivity up to ISO 256002
- Intuitive operation with Control Ring for creative photo shooting
- Powerful features packaged into sleek, compact styling in aluminium body, thanks to newly developed AA (Advanced Aspherical) lens
- Shoot Full HD movies with extremely low noise and full creative control
- Auto Portrait Framing, Creative Style and Picture Effect modes
Travelling light doesn’t mean compromising on picture quality with the new Cyber-shot™ DSC-RX100 camera.
Sleekly crafted in aluminium for strength, lightness and luxurious looks, the RX100 inherits many advanced imaging features from Sony’s α range of A-mount and E-mount camera families. It’s an accomplished partner for travel, portraits or street photography, with impressive picture quality and intuitive, comfortable control options that make the RX100 ideal as a step-up from point-and-shoot cameras. It’s also ideal as a pocket-sized second camera for enthusiasts who want to capture pristine stills and Full HD video while they’re on the move.
At the heart of the Cyber-shot™ RX100 is the world’s first1 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels. Specially developed by Sony, the sensor has an area that’s around four times larger than the 1/2.3-type imager in regular point-and-shoot cameras. Capturing far more light than small-sensor cameras, it’s the key to beautiful, detail packed images and Full HD movie clips with very low noise.
The larger sensor is partnered with an ultra-bright Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x optical zoom range. In contrast with standard point-and-shoot cameras, the wide F1.8 maximum aperture lets in more light to complement the resolving power of the large 1.0-type Exmor CMOS sensor.
In common with high-performance DSLR optics, the lens features seven- bladed circular aperture. This makes it easy to produce pro-style ‘bokeh’ effects, with subjects in sharp focus against a smoothly-blurred background. The lens also features an Advanced Aspherical (AA) glass element that contributes to the camera’s extremely compact dimensions without sacrificing optical performance or resolution.
Complementing the 1.0-type sensor and lens, the optimised BIONZ image processor maximises shooting responses while assuring exceptionally clean, natural images. It also extends sensitivity right up to ISO 256002(using Multi Frame Noise Reduction), allowing exceptionally clear handheld images in dim light. Speedy burst shooting at up to 10 frames per second (full-resolution) lets you grab split-second photo opportunities, while high-speed autofocus locks onto your target in as little as 0.13 seconds3.
Even if you’re shooting outdoors, it’s easy to see subtle details and tones on the bright, high contrast 7.5cm (3″) Xtra Fine LCD. With an extremely high 1229k dot resolution, the screen debuts new WhiteMagic™ technology that uses white pixels in addition to RGB to boost screen brightness.
It’s easy to fine-tune your image with a wide range of manual adjustments, whether you’re shooting stills or Full HD video.
Experienced photo enthusiasts will appreciate the unique Control Ring that surrounds the lens body. Allowing smooth, fingertip adjustment of exposure, zoom, Picture Effect and other functions, it makes versatile DSLR-style creative control over your image easily accessible.
Frequently-used functions can be assigned to a handy Fn (function) button for instant access. Memory Recall stores up to three groups of settings for instant recall – a big time-saver when you don’t want to keep adjusting parameters for favourite scenes.
Just like a DSLR camera, there’s a choice of auto and manual focus modes for even greater control over your image. If you’re focusing manually, MF Assist magnifies your image to simplify fine adjustments. There’s also a convenient Peaking function that highlights sharply-focused areas of the image on screen.
There’s a generous choice of artistic options to expand shooting possibilities for enthusiasts and novice photographers alike. It’s easy to fine-tune the look of your image with a choice of six Creative Styles to suit the scene or your personal preference. Picture Effect offers an inspiring choice of ‘in camera’ effects that can be previewed on the LCD screen, including Toy Camera, Partial Colour, Pop Colour, HDR Painting, Miniature, Illustration, Watercolour and other (Note: real-time preview not available with all Picture Effect settings).
Shared with the latest α range of A-mount and E-mount cameras, Auto Portrait Framing makes it simple to capture personality-packed photos of family and friends. Cyber-shot™ does all the hard work, automatically detecting faces and cropping the scene to create tighter, pro-style compositions without sacrificing pixel count.
Newly created for the DSC-RX100, the NP-BX1 Type X rechargeable battery features a slim, energy-efficient design to allow up to 330 still shots or 80 mins AVCHD video shooting per charge. Exclusively designed to match the camera, the LCJ-RXA is a stylish ‘jacket style’ carry case with an attractive leather-look textured finish and supplied shoulder strap. Attaching securely to the camera, the case opens to allow easy shooting while you’re on the move.
The new Cyber-shot™ RX100 digital compact camera from Sony is available in Europe from mid July 2012.
1 Among compact digital still cameras, as of June 6, 2012.
2 ISO 12800 and higher settings are achieved through combining Superimposing technology and By Pixel Super Resolution technology.
3 Actual autofocus speed depends on scene and lighting conditions.
4 WhiteMagic is a trademark of Japan Display Inc.
|Model||DSC-RX100 digital still camera|
|Image Sensor||1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) “Exmor” CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2(Effective resolution) Approx. 20.2 megapixels
(Gross resolution) Approx. 20.9 megapixels
|Lens||Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens); F1.8 (Wide) – 4.9 (Tele); focal length = 10.4-37.1mm; 35mm effective focal length (Still Image 3:2) = 28-100mm|
|Zoom range||Optical: 3.6x; Clear Image Zoom 7.2x|
|Screen||7.5cm (3.0type) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine / TruBlack / TFT LCD|
|Image stabilisation||(Still image) Optical SteadyShot(Movie) Optical SteadyShot Active Mode with electronic compensation (anti-rolling)|
|Focus modes||Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus|
|Focus area||Multi point AF (25 points) / Centre weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking) Digital Zoom: approx. 4x (still images / movies)|
|Sensitivity (still image)||Auto(ISO125-6400, selectable with upper/lower limit), 125/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400 (Expandable to ISO 80/100) Multi Frame NR: Auto (ISO125-25600) equivalent, 200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600 equivalent
NB: ISO 12800 and higher settings are achieved through combining Multi Frame Noise Reduction and By Pixel Super Resolution technology.
|Continuous shooting||Speed Priority Continuous Mode: Approx.10 fpsContinuous mode: 2.5 fps (AF-S)|
|Shooting modes||Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Scene Selection, Movie, Sweep shooting|
|Picture Effect modes||Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration|
|Other Shooting functions||Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Dual Rec, Grid Line, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), MR (memory recall), Exposure Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, Peaking, MF Assist, Auto Portrait Framing, Photo Creativity, Shooting Tips|
|Movie record||AVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 50p) / 24M FX (1920×1080, 50i ) / 17M FH (1920×1080, 50i)MP4: 12M (1440×1080, 25 fps) / 3M VGA (640×480 25 fps)|
|Battery life||(Still Image) Approx. 330 / Approx. 165 min. (CIPA standard)(Movie) Approx. 80 min.( AVCHD, MP4, shooting in factory preset mode)|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||Approx. 101.6 x 58.1 x 35.9mm (CIPA compliant)|
|Weight||Approx. 213g (body only)Approx. 240g (with battery and Memory Stick Duo)|
|Supplied accessories||Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor AC-UD10, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Shoulder Strap Adaptor, Instruction Manual|