SLRs are only for Santa Claus
by Gaurav Upadhyay on 2012-10-16
The RX100 from Sony is simply the best point and shoot camera in the word today, the best point and shoot every built. Don't trust me? Just google it out and then you will. I'll keep the review and comparison short, won't get much technical, so just 2 things for the RX100 :
1) SLR quality images, even tough,
2) it fits in your pocket.
But if you are someone who is okay with carrying a few KGs of baggage (including SLR camera, lenses, extra batteries, the carry bags etc), then you may continue to burden yourself for a little bit of extra clarity that SLR would offer.
But, for most practical situations, like vacations, family functions, parties etc, this is the camera that you can take with you. What good is a SLR if you don't feel like carrying it with you because it is so bulky? The vacations should be to relax, not for carrying all the SLR related weight around.
However, if you are a very, veRY, VERY serious photographer, you may stick to your SLR, as they still offer a little better photographs, given that you can carry the camera with you. Once of my friend (serious photographer) got neck sprains just by carrying his SLR+fitted lens from morning till night, while we were on a vacation.
This camera kicks some serious ***... Paronama, 1 inch CMOS sensor, 20 MP, amazing light sensitivity(low light pics are amazing), very high true resolution, amazing aperture, High Dynamic Range support, 1080p video recording... phew, i'm tired of writing all the good things this little guy has.
time to get some sleep.. and dream about the Sony RX100..
by Laukik Parulkar on 2012-09-29
This is truly the best pocket-able camera I have handled!
Primarily the specifications are killer!!
1. 1" Carl Zeiss sensor(What an achievement!!),
2. f/1.8(WOW!! Low light and night photos are a treat!!),
3. 20 megapixels(offers fantastic detail!!)
4. auto-focus (exemplary!),
5. manual control ring(one of a kind!),
6. 3.6x optical zoom (respectable although the 7.2x clear image optical zoom offers surprisingly good performance too),
7. flexible flash (no more flash in subject's spectacles!),
8. 10 shots per second Burst Mode!! (that's superbly fast!!)
9. Panorama (best on the planet!!),
10.video at 60 fps with image stabilization (stellar!!)
11.Battery 330 shots(very very respectable!),
12.A wonderfully customizable Function button(big pro!)
13.Best part : weight 240gm!!!! (Competition's wgt begins at 400gm and above. So trulr light weight!!)
1. Biggest con I would say is no articulated screen
2. No optical VF if that's important coz the 3" Whitemagic display is definitely one of the best LCDs out there
3. No hot shoe if u have additional microphone or flash to attach
4. 7.2x zoom may look petty (but remember! 20 megapixels will offer u a gigantic photo with lots of detail anyway which makes up for this shortcoming)
Should you go this? Of course you should!!! Coz for the first time ever, u will be sacrificing about 10-15% of DSLR quality in images(not in videos coz they literally are DSLR-like!) and u will be having the amazing liberty of tucking ur camera in ur pocket instead of hanging it around ur neck all the time.
Magical device in your hands
by Kunal Solanki on 2013-11-13
Have clicked more then 1200 pics now and i must say this camera is killer......Did research for almost 6 months from Point & shoot to DSLR's and finally opted for this. Bought from a local store near my place. Guys if you are not professional photographer and want gr8 images like DSLR, then RX100 is the best choice for you.
Macro / Portrait / B&W / Toy mode etc,,, have clicked almost all formats and truly satisfied with this cam.
1) Buy 16/32 GB sandisk superspeed : 45 mbps card.
2) Click photos in RAW format and later edit with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.2 to get excellent results
3) Buy Sony LCJ-RXA case from ebay.com to ease of use.
you can view quality of photos on my website : kunalnsolanki.wix.com/sublimeshots
Highly recommended !!!
by Prashant Kashyap on 2012-11-20
I own this camera and hence, I am not going to write about pros, cons, technical specs. I will write about real experience. It's not meant for average point and shoot folks. It's targetted at Professionals needing a point and shoot camera.
First, if you put it on Auto or i+ Auto mode then you will have 80% of your shots come out really well even in dark. The only problem is that when you click in dark - the focus is way off. There is a simple solution around it - put it on manual. ISO performance is rather good for a camera of this size and ilk.
Photographs are really well exposed and colors are controlled across the spectrum. In the video mode, you must tinker with the settings because the Auto mode just doesn't have enough intelligence to keep zooming in and adjusting the scene. It simply becomes dark as you zoom in. Auto ISO just doesnt work. Put it on higher ISO and then zoom - it would be all great. Videos at HD are just kickass. At Full HD - you will run out of all your storage space so you better stick to 720p.
It takes getting used to the controls especially the ring adjustment but once you do - it's a breeze.
The grip is okay. It wont slip out of hands but it's not comfortable either. Well, that's probably the sacrifice that you make for having this beast of a camera in your pocket.
Another thing - it's not really pocketable in the truest sense of the word. Yes, you can put it in your pocket but it's slightly heavy and the lens is quite big and protrudes a little. It's quite comfortable in the jeans pockets.
Flash is really good for the size. Doesnt cause red eye most of the time. Is able to illuminate during night and is very effective for fill flash during the day. Only gripe is that for subjects farther than about 5 feet - it doesnt light up evenly. Well, maybe it's not meant to do that trick.
At 35k, it's a not for everyone. If you are seriously concerned about quality and want the fastest point and shoot camera in the world at this moment - go and buy it. You won't regret it. Just don't expect Pro grade SLR quality.
by Vineet Dhar on 2013-03-01
I purchased this cam since I hate the bulk of a DSLR while I love the image quality. There has to be a correlation between the size of the sensor and the size of the camera, which I think this camera perfectly achieves, while keeping the price..well..lets say okayish.
Landscape Jpegs are pretty good straight out of the camera, but I must conceed that this cam does not generate enough bokeh to be interesting enough, which is understandable given the 1" sensor size. An APS C sensor in such a body would be any camera lover's delight( along with a zoom lens of say f1.4 to 5.6)...but i guess thats taking it a bit too far..:).
Build quality is impeccable, just one minor itch being the flash position. Manual controls are a delight too. Am satisfied with the video quality also. All in all, a wonderful piece of engineering.
This can be a perfect companion to someone out on a city trip or a vacation, but incase you want those long zooms for jungle safari or animal sanctualry trips or you want those perfect shallow DOF portraits..look elsewhere...
by Rajendra Bhamare on 2013-11-05
I bought this Camera during Diwali Sale. As usual Flipkart delivered before promised date, Thanks Flipkart.
I always wanted to have DSLR, but did not want the big baggage that comes with it. With two kids I always have to carry lot of baggage during travel/site seeing, water bottles, snacks, my phone, wife’s phone, kids tab etc. So any additional baggage was stick No-No. Then I found RX100 which promised very close to DSLR performance but without baggage. Since Canon DSLR 600D was available for almost similar price, It was very difficult to decide on DSLR vs this. Read lots of reviews and saw samples on internet and I decided to go for it.
While reading reviews about this, I liked a comment by one reviewer "The best Camera is the one with you".
After 10 days of usage and 1000+ photos of each and every object near and far, lighted and dark, I am fully satisfied with my decision to purchase RX100.
1.Size does matter. I can carry this in pocket anywhere and comeback with great photos.It’s very small, really compact camera for the features and options it provides. Options give you good control over electronics and optics system.
2.Feature I like most is background defocus, BULB, , i, i+ and manual mode :)
3.Images are as good as DSLR. Portraits, Macros and Landscape.
4.Could read distance sign boards in Landscape photographs that was not visible to naked eyes.
5.Extremely satisfied with low light photography. Could photograph a magazine cover in candle light from 10ft distance without flash and could ready everything. With 10s shutter speed and tripod. Photo came out as if flash was used.(Though small noise is visible)
6.Video quality is very good. Have not explored many options on videos yet.
1.Flash location, most of the time you will forget that flash is goanna pop-up below your finger where you will hold this naturally on left top edge.
2.Panorama mode could be improved.
by Deepak Aggarwal on 2014-03-30
I wanted to make a switch to DSLR from basic Digicam. Since, I've a infant and I'm not an avid photography enthusiast (but with a great willingness to shoot better photos), I zeroed in on this model so that I can play with so many settings (and feel comfortable when in future I buy a DSLR). Its been many days, but I'm still learning the features.
This camera is awesome.
- Great picture clarity & quality
- Ability to capture images while shooting video (I thought only mobiles do it)
- Too many options to get the best shot
- 1.8f value can help you achieve the background defocus (to some extent)
Since I bought it using a Flipkart offer, I got 10% off on MRP which adds to my joy. Before buying this, I went to few big retailers and everyone addressed RX100 as helm in digicam.
Go for it. You won't regret.
Flipkart delivery, as usual, nothing new, was stupendous :)
by anand kumar on 2013-01-07
there is no better point and shoot camera right now on Planet. very good low light performance, fast auto focus, great manual control on video recording. little expensive but overall if comes to features and image quality it is as good as mid range DSLR.
Excellent DSLR replacement
by Monalisa Mohanty on 2016-01-11
I am fond of travelling and taking photographs regularly. This comes as a nice small camera to replace the bulky DSLR for typical trips. I would suggest any photography enthusiast to have one. There are many good sites for detailed review.
(1) Its very compact
(2) DSLR quality pictures
(3) RAW image processing
(4) Proven vintage
(1) Price (however it is worth paying it)
(2) Continuous up gradation (you regret not having the latest)
Oh god ! what a brilliant piece of engeneering.
by Aniket Banerjee on 2015-10-15
many people have described the detail specification. I don't want to go there. friend just buy it and feel its amazing power. it can beat a entry level DSLR easily.
Better than a DSLR in certain aspects
by Rahul Deviah on 2014-01-13
Simply put, this is the best point & shoot camera on the market right now... perhaps only the RX100 II is slightly better...
Comparing it to any APS-C DSLR ... picture quality is amazing... easily equal in good light... and only slightly lagging in low light... maybe 1½ stops difference at best...
Video is stellar! The sheer level of detail recorded in full HD in any environment including low light has to be seen to be believed... In this category the RX100 gets the better of most DSLR's with the exception of perhaps the recently introduced Canon 70D...
Autofocus is incredibly fast and intuitive... it locks on instantaneously... and almost never misses no matter the situation...
Sony seem to have integrated a very high quality Carl Zeiss lens into this model... the sharpness is brilliant... including the edges... even shots at full zoom are head over heels superior to the standard 18-55mm lens you get with most DSLR's...
Build quality is fantastic... feels like premium quality in your hand... full aluminum... not your typical plastic P&S experiences...
And the best part is that you can slip it into your pant or coat pocket without any problem... always good for discreet photography...
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Best Camera of its time and category. Some QC concerns though
by ASKM on 2016-02-21
I have bought this camera a year and a half back, and over the period I have realized its potential. This is one of the best in its category and for its time. I will just try to put the Pros/Cons I have had based on my way of usage.
- Day time performance is almost flawless and picture come out very well in terms of clarity, color and details.
- Since I use this to capture pics of my daughter most of the times, the Sport's mode pics come equally well as its hard to make children stay still for long :)
- On days where I put this on a tripod and want photos auto-clicked, I would just enable the face detect feature, as soon as it gets a face in focus it would take the pic.
- Indoor photos come very natural toned if u pull the flash towards ceiling to make the light reflect from top rather than flash throwing all light on the subjects. Again the movable flash makes it possible.
- Again low light photos where flash is not possible or subjects are a little far, you can achieve good pic by switching to manual mode (though you need some knowledge of what setting to do and how as per the Envt.) Fo those who are really new, thye can chose modes like Aperture only/Shutter Only rather than full manual mode
- Not really much to complain on picture quality side, but the camera had to visit service center twice over 1.5 years due to lens Jam. Not sure if I am unlucky or its a problem in this model. Lets hope it does not die on me after 2 year warranty is over.
PS: Pl vote yes, if u find the review Useful.
A Solid 4 star - Mini Bomb
by Ashish Jain on 2016-03-15
There are so many reviews out there, what to say more. However, these are my summarized points:
1) Better than almost all small cameras out there in terms of image quality and low light capability.
2) Quickly locks focus even in dimly lit environments (better than many DSLR in this regard) and quick to release shutter (very less shutter lag).
3) Tilting the flash up to bounce from ceiling is very useful feature.
4) Video is good
5) Raw capability is there although jpeg are also very good.
1) Not really for critical use, can't be compared with DSLR when taking about sharpness and details. In low light, ISO 3200 is usable for small prints but if you enlarge image (pixel peep), details are not there due to noise reduction. Even in good light, 20MP is an overkill on 1 inch sensor and really won't help with large prints. I am sure than a 10MP sensor of older DSLR will result in larger and better prints than this 20 MP camera. Anyway, all smaller cameras with high MP count will fail in this comparison :)
2) Not good for portraits as compared to DSLR or some advanced cameras but still much better than most smaller cameras and phone cameras.
3) Although small, not really pocketable... atleast i can't carry it in jeans or trouser pocket. Yes, in winters.. it goes well into jacket pocket.
In short, a very good camera for demanding (but not-so-much-demanding) photographers.
for a good price. Thanks to the seller (TechFone) for providing ...
by Nataraju on 2016-02-05
I bought this little gem (DSC RX100, the first version/model in that series) from Amazon, for a good price. Thanks to the seller (TechFone) for providing memory card, case and HDMI cable, additionally for free. Packaging was very good, and looked novel to me.
I have used the cam only briefly so far, but my observation is that it's delivering images of excellent quality - comparable to DSLR quality. In particular, I'm very impressed with its low light performance - I think it outperforms some of the DSLRs (with default configuration) in that aspect. Portability is the key advantage here; it's smaller than a typical smartphone of these days, except in terms of thickness.
There are things that may be seen as shortcomings, such as no native 24p/25p HD video option, depth of field not as good as one might see in DSLRs, fixed LCD screen, no viewfinder, not hotshoe (- personally the last 3 are not really a problem to me, since I don't typically use viewfinder or hotshoe, nor tilt the screen) and obviously no option to interchange the lens, but for the price (I got it for), I wouldn't ask for all those.
A couple of pictures I took using the cam are uploaded.
Update: After using this little wonder for some more weeks, I really agree with the Sony caption "Power in your pocket" for this cam. It's nice to feel the combination of capability and portability. I hadn't realized the benefit of portability so much before. Uploaded some more pics.
Update: After using this marvel some more, it's clear to me that the low-light performance of this camera is indeed not easy to match. I realize it's due to the f/1.8 max aperture of the lens on this. Many DSLRs' default lens will not have f/1.8, but only something like f/3.5 max aperture, so those cameras have to make up by increasing ISO considerably and thereby introducing noise, in low-light conditions. But this little gem can, and does when set in auto mode, simply select f/1.8 straightaway and take a wonderful picture, in low-light.
A limitation to be noted is that you wouldn't want to shoot subjects very close, as it introduces distortion in the image... but apparently that is a general limitation with wide-angle shots, not specific to this.
Compact and great photo quality...
by Manish Pathak on 2016-03-06
If you want to click great pictures without much effort and without carrying cumbersome SLR cameras then this is perfect device for you. It takes great pictures in daylight as well as in low light conditions. It has some great Shooting modes like Portrait, Night, Macro etc. Doesn't always work great in superior auto mode but once you change the shooting mode you get great results. Also it can operate in manual mode as well. The best thing is that it can easily fit in my pocket and I can carry it anywhere easily.
... for use and while it may undoubtedly be a good camera from the reviews I have read
by Amazon Customer on 2016-05-07
Very complicated to understand the directions for use and while it may undoubtedly be a good camera from the reviews I have read, for an amateur it is difficult to comprehend and the directions for use do not simplify matters.
by Ramesh Babu on 2014-06-15
I ordered in amazon( teckihome sellers)..and got Japan Piece..Thank u so much for sending Made in Japan piece as i was worried by some reviews tht China piece is not tht good when compared to Japan piece.Product shipped in good condition and camera is simply superb.:) and its 4GB memory card and pouch included in the piece,im pretty happy..Thanks Amazon :)
amazing picture quality and ability to shoot in raw
by Amazon Customer on 2016-10-09
I own this camera ,amazing picture quality and ability to shoot in raw.its MRP is RS 27999.00 but one can get this for 26k at physical store.but one cannot get background defocus in portraits and bokeh effect through this camera for that on DSLR with prime lenses.
by senthil nathan on 2014-06-24
I'm sure that if you are purchasing rx100 specifically, you must have done adequate research about this great product. If you landed here by chance, go ahead and buy. This is one of the greatest electronic product of the decade. Compact and classic with rich features you will love. You don't need dslr anymore, unless you are particular about hanging the camera around your neck for fashion
Delighted by Amazon service.
good low light performance
by Vilas Rokade on 2015-02-15
Fast focus, good low light performance, almost pocketable (the protruding ring is a bit of an issue unlike Canon S120)
All the features are good except that there is no viewfinder
by Arjit Goel on 2016-07-19
All the features are good except that there is no viewfinder. Otherwise it works like any DSLR with a prime lens.
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