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July 28, 2012

Sony RX100 is in the Lab!! High Res Product Shots and More..

Sony RX100 - Back Top View

The Sony Rx100 showed up the other night and I had a chance to photograph it in the Lab yesterday!! The RX100 is a little brick of a camera and reminds me of my first camera ever, the Canon Powershot S330 ultra compact. That camera was more like and actual brick though, and only 2.0 megapixel!!

The Sony RX100 on the other hand is more like a deck of cards size wise, except for the lens mount that slightly protrudes out. It still has theat same solid as a brick type feel though. You can also easily fit the RX100 in your pocket and that is no joke!! I would be a little worried about the lens eyelids getting chaffed in my pocket though, so a thin wallet like cover for this camera would be perfect in my opinion. There’s probably already a few on Ebay ;)

Check Out These High Res Photos from the Lab

Be sure to Click on these High Res Photos for the Full 1200px Version!!

Sony RX100 - Back

Sony RX100 – Back

Sony RX100 from the side with the camera Off

Sony RX100 from the side with the camera Off

Sony RX100 - Side View Camera On!!

Sony RX100 – Side View Camera On!!

Sony RX100 - Front 3/4 with Camera On!!

Sony RX100 – Front 3/4 with Camera On!!

Sony RX100 - Top View Camera On!!

Sony RX100 – Top View Camera On!!

 

Sony RX100 Full Overview and Specs

Full Sony RX100 Overview and Feature Set

Courtesy of BHPhotovideo.com

Housed in a sophisticated aluminum body, the Sony DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black) features a 20.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor that excels in ultra low-light situations. It’s equipped with a brilliant F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens and an integrated pop up flash. You can record ultra high-definition still images in JPEG format, RAW format, or even both simultaneously. The camera also affords Full HD 1080p video capture at 60 frames per second (fps). Plus, it supports a full range of controls for video and still shooting that range from iAUTO to P/A/S/M (Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual).

The RX100 is loaded with shot-enhancing features and high-quality components. The Exmor CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor work together to facilitate fast DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low-light – and without sacrificing any detail. The lens supports 3.6x optical zoom and 7.2x clear image digital zoom. It also features a multi-layered T coating that dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection. For added convenience, the RX100 is equipped with a 3″ Xtra Fine LCD display so you’ll be able to quickly scroll through menus and pictures. The display even features WhiteMagic technology for increased visibility under intense sunlight.

Other features include a customizable function button that supports up to seven different functions and a memory recall (MR) that can memorize up to three groups of preferred settings. The camera also features Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode, which eliminates blurry images when you’re walking with the camera. Sony’s even bolstered the image stabilization with an electronic image stabilization that affords blur-free movie shooting and steady zooming in unsteady situations. You can use the Auto Portrait Framing function to capture an additional, beautifully framed and balanced full resolution portrait, when you’re out shooting stills. The camera also supports four focus modes, auto HDR, multi-aspect ratio recording, a digital level gauge, multi-frame noise reduction and much more.

Sony designed the DSC-RX100 for capable photographers looking for a high-end compact camera to take on the go. Anyone who spends a lot of time shooting family and friends will also appreciate the camera’s Face Detection and Face Registration technology. The RX100 can detect and register up to eight faces. Plus, it will automatically adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to ensure you get a clear and crisp shot of those closest to you. You can even tell the camera to prioritize children or adults. With a laundry-list of features and excellent components, the RX100 offers amazing quality and creative freedom in a stylish, compact package.

20.2 Megapixel Exmor 1″ CMOS Image Sensor
The massive 20.2MP Exmor 1″ CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera’s sharp Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens. The sensor enables advanced column A/D processing that reduces noise levels, resulting in astonishing low light images with incredible smooth and clear details
Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens with 3.6x Optical Zoom
This large-diameter F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens delivers refined background defocusing. It also features a premium multi-layered T coating that dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection
P/A/S/M Modes for Video & Stills
Enjoy a full range of controls for video and still shooting from iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. There are even on-screen prompts which help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control
Capture JPEG Files, RAW Files, or Both
The RX100 saves pictures as compact JPEG files and/or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC
Full HD 1080/60p Video Capture
Record crystal clear movies in Full HD 1080p at 60 fps. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HDTV. Plus, with dual recording for stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time
Low-Light ISO 6400 Sensitivity
Capture incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, thanks to the low-noise Exmor CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor
High-Speed Auto Focus
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera’s BIONZ processor, which provides intelligent response data to a high-speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light
Up to 10 fps Burst Mode
Capture full 20.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 fps, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects
Large 3″ Xtra Fine LCD Display
The 3″ (1229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display makes it easy to scroll through menus and preview pictures. Plus, the large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation. It also features WhiteMagic technology, which increases visibility in bright daylight
Customizable Function Button
Assign up to seven different functions to the function button, to allow quick access to your most frequently used functions
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode enables blur-free movies even while walking. Plus, the camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of electronic image stabilization, which makes it easier to obtain sharp, blur-free movies even when zooming in unsteady situations, such as shooting with one hand while walking
Memory Recall
MR (memory recall) mode can memorize up to three groups of the user’s preferred settings. The settings include zoom magnification, white balance, exposure compensation, date and grid lines. This enables quick switching of settings at the right moment
Sophisticated Design with Pop Up Flash
The sophisticated aluminum body is lightweight, slim and strong. There’s even an integrated pop up flash, which affords the convenience of flash photography everywhere you go
Auto Portrait Framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. This mode combines Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds to provide beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits
Auto HDR Mode
Using auto HDR mode allows you to capture more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle – and more range than photo film. It combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second shot and the best shadow detail from a third shot for one incredible image (up to 6 EV stops). Plus, it works in a split second (recommended for still subjects)
Face Detection / Face Registration
The camera can automatically detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. You can even prioritize children or adults
Multi-Aspect Ratio Recording for Still Images
Capture still images in any of four aspect ratios – 1:1, 2:3, 4:3, or 16:9 (vertical to horizontal). This provided the freedom to choose a ratio that matches the scene or the specific shooting purpose
3.6x Optical Zoom & 7.2 Digital Zoom
Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom digitally doubles optical zoom for closer photos
Four Focusing Modes
This camera has two Autofocus modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S) or Continuous AF (AF-C), which tracks moving objects. It also has Manual Focus for manual focusing freedom, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF), that first uses autofocusing to focus on the subject, and then allows fast and easy switching to manual focusing for even more precise adjustment
MF Assist & Peaking
Manual focus becomes much easier because peaking highlights the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focus setting can make or break your shot
Multi-Frame Noise Reduction
In this mode, the camera automatically shoots multiple images and layers them to produce a single noise-free image. This method provides noise reduction equivalent to a 2-stop lower shutter speed while maintaining the same aperture setting. Since the Multi Frame NR mode can be used in combination with P/A/S/M modes, it expands the user’s shooting flexibility
Photo Creativity
The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without complex jargon. Changes can be combined, removed and viewed in real time on the LCD display, which makes it a breeze to make adjustments. Choose from several different Photo Creativity functions using the convenient control wheel and center button including: Picture Effect, Background Defocus, Color, Brightness and Vividness
Picture Effect Mode
Picture Effect is a fun and simple way to convert ordinary landscapes and portraits by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Effects include: Soft Focus, Posterization, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, Rich-Tone Monochrome, Miniature, Soft High-key, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Watercolor Painting, HDR Painting and Illustration
Creative Style Settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation and sharpness to your personal taste
Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest by continuously shooting images and stitching them together
Superior Auto Mode
In order to get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots, the camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Backlight Correction HDR technology, and lower image noise using six shot layering technology. Superior Auto can intelligently detect 33 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot
Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) automatically detects 33 different types of scenes for photos and 44 scenes for movies, and then selects the appropriate camera settings. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep
Digital Level Gauge
The digital level gauge allows for easier leveling of the camera

Sony RX100 Specs

Camera Type Compact Digital Camera
Image Sensor Exmor 1.0″ CMOS
Image Processor BIONZ
Resolution 20.2MP
File Formats JPEG, RAW, JPEG+RAW
Aspect Ratios 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Lens Type Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Focal Length 10.4 – 37.1mm (Approx. 35mm equiv. 28 – 100mm)
Aperture Range f/ 1.8 – 4.9
Optical Zoom 3.6x
Clear Image Zoom 7.2x
Digital Zoom 14x
Dynamic Range Functions Dynamic Range Optimizer, Auto HDR Mode
Continuous Shooting Spped Up to 10 fps
Focus Modes Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Exposure Modes Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps
Metering Modes Center, Flexible Spot, Multi
Scene Selection Sunset, Landscape, Macro, Gourmet, Pet, Sports Action, Anti-Motion Blur, Portrait, High Sensitivity, Fireworks, Night Portrait, Handheld Twilight, Night Scene
Picture Effect Toy Camera, Pop, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (R / G / B / Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor Painting, Illustration
Photo Creativity Functions Picture Effect, Background Defocus, Color, Brightness, Vividness
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White
White Balance Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluor. Warm White, Fluor. Cool White, Fluor. Day White, Fluor. Daylight, Flash, Color Temperature Filter, Custom
ISO Sensitivity Auto, up to ISO 6400
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot with Active mode
Video Recording Format AVCHD, MP4
Video Compression MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Video Image Size AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60i, 60p), MP4: 1440 x 1080, VGA
LCD Monitor Type 3.0″ / 7.6cm 1.229K-dot Xtra Fine LCD
Flash Type Built-in popup flash
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps
HD Output HDMI
Memory Card Types Dual format: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD, SDHC
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
 

 

Closing Remarks:

The Sony Rx100 is a much small camera than the Nex cameras, but with very similar power and performance. The Lens is made by Zeiss, so it’s very likely to be extremely sharp and a great all around performer.  Sample pics with 100% crops will be coming shortly, so stay tuned! Family fun today and I’ll have the Nex-F3, and the Sony RX100 to play with, so I should get some killer sample pics today of all sorts. My Family is up from Texas so it should be a great time!!

I’ll catch up with you all later on,

Jay


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