Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100: A Competent All-Rounder Missing out on Affordability
Sony starts off rather perfectly with the set of compacts as the Cybershot DSC-RX100 makes a hard-hitting and enthralling debut at the bigger stage. Fast performances followed by a large sensor make this gadget a worthy buy whereas the sleeker exteriors accounts for a better and comfortable handling. It seems that the company has moved way ahead of mere discussions and the latest innovation in DSC-RX100 portrays the functionality in a much improved manner. This gadget packs in quite a lot for the price while the faster lens makes snapping fun. Backed up by the most futuristic design cues, this compact camera from Sony is all set to attract a lot of eyeballs.
Pros: The pace at which the DSC-RX100 clicks is kind of enviable whereas the vibrant image quality is more of the shining armor. This camera looks perfect and does bring in a lot of sleekness into the mix.
Cons: Brighter highlights are clipped at most times whereas this might feel a tad slippery while holding and carrying around. The macro mode sets off only in the auto mode thus putting off a lot of enthusiastic photographers who often vouch for close-ups.
Here is a detailed review which would allow the customers to look into that the company has to offer in terms of specs and in-built features. The package seems to be pretty nice and whether the innards feel as trendy as the layout will surely be interesting to see.
Image and Video Quality:
JPEG processing is fast and highly improved in comparison to some Point and Shoot cameras. Noise reduction aspects are fantastic as this gadget strikes the perfect balance between softness and aberrations for varied ISO levels. While we did see a bit of mushiness covering the areas which are out of focus, the detailing and sharpness otherwise look topnotch. ISO 400 is mostly the tipping point for images which aren’t focused that well whereas one may extend it to ISO 800 for better focusing points, JPEGs look kind of perfect eve at ISO 400 but once we start going up the ladder, softness and noises creep in, mostly beyond ISO 1600. For most parts the 13x19 print feels adequate rather than the full resolution at the higher ISO levels. Aperture changes are in sync with the user requirements whereas the gadget mostly concentrates on the wide angle aspect a bit more. As this determines the depth of the field, cameras need to be quite vigilant of what they are providing in terms of aperture range and even the sensor size. The DSC-RX100 comes with quite a sizeable sensor size which provides a larger focusing range and allows more light into the aperture, realizing better images. Tonality is maintained at all times whereas the lack of the neutral creative styling option is certainly an impeding aspect of this camera. Videos look highly saturated and exceptionally bright with no noticeable noises and artifacts even at the brightest of backdrops. Autofocus can be implemented even during the video captures whereas the zoom prowess can be well excavated. Audi support is definitely clear and the sounds do come out clear and loud.
This gadget is significantly pacier than most compacts in the given price range. The 2.1 seconds power on and shooting hiatus is quite acceptable whereas most focusing needs take a minimal 0.3 second to come alive. Automatic autofocus expansion is another positive attribute whereas the sequential shots take only 0.2 seconds to shift sides. Flash enabled shooting takes only 2.3 seconds and we did not experience any frame drops while shooting videos or stills. Burst rate isn’t the most encouraging aspect of this device at 2.5fps which runs up to unlimited frames without compromising on the image quality. RAW shoots extend up to 17 shots at 2.2fps while going further at a minimized frame rate. What we did find as a common thing is the lagging autofocus tracking mechanism which falls apart even when slow moving objects are in frame. The LCD panel may look a tad washed out under direct sunlight but can still be viewed quite easily.
This is one sleek and exceptionally designed camera which is more of a compact entity. One might feel great about the aluminum chassis which is extremely sturdy. What falls behind is the lack of an evident grip which makes it quite a slippery device! Even a textured surface would have been a great addition but Sony chose to do away with this aspect as well for a better and sturdier body. Dropping the grip isn’t as wise as it seems which in turn makes the device prone to those frequent drops. The control ring is perfectly etched out whereas the multiple settings feel great to maneuver around. One can customize the camera as per the Fn button whereas navigation is also supported with the back dial. Memory recall option includes multiple slots as per the custom settings. The camera avoids clutter by judiciously adding buttons to the front and rear end without being too flashy at times.
Features and Camera Specs:
The DSC-RX100 includes a 20.2 EXMOR CMOS sensor which works perfectly for clicking out exceptional videos and stills. While the sensitivity range is more of an exhaustive one at ISO 100-25600, this camera comes out with vibrant and high quality images while keeping the aberrations at bay. The Autofocus is carefully dished out with 25 points which involve the area contrast technology while being assisted by the regulatory shutter speeds. One can go as low as 1/2000 second which allows one to snap the stills faster than usual. Hot-shoe stays out of contention but the built-in flash does perform as per the company claims. Optical image stabilization is quite an improved aspect whereas this device features an optical zooming prowess of 3.6X.
The DSC-RX100 is certainly overpriced but the specs sheet and an enthralling layout make up for this exorbitant range. This may be considered as one perfect option for the festive season as the pacey captures and image clarity do contribute to the popularity of the same.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Rivals:
Canon PowerShot G16
Canon PowerShot S110
Sony CyberShot DSC HX50V
Sony CyberShot DSC RX100 II
At the time of writing this article, the best available price for Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 in India is Rs.27298/-. The price will be updated regularly in this page.