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Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (20.2MP, 3.6x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

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  • 1.0-type 20.2 megapixels Exmor CMOS, F1.8 lens, 3.6x optical zoom, Full HD 50p, 7.5cm (3.0") LCD
  • 20.2MP 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • F1.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens
  • Pro-style manual controls
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  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 5.8 x 3.6 cm ; 213 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 640 g
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  • Item model number: DSCRX100.CEH
  • ASIN: B008CNMZDW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Jun. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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A large 1.0-inch Exmor CMOS sensor captures more light from your scene and reproduces every stunning detail with great fidelity.
A large 1.0-inch Exmor CMOS sensor captures more light from your scene and reproduces every stunning detail with great fidelity.
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At a Glance

Big Sensor for Better Pictures

This camera has a large 1.0-inch Exmor CMOS sensor that captures more light from your scene and reproduces every stunning detail with great fidelity. You’ll find everything smooth and clear, even in low-light.

Sophisticated Lens

Take Carl Zeiss optics, add unrivaled Sony imaging technology and you have one extraordinary lens. Despite its compact size, this camera offers supremely accurate performance with 3.6x optical zoom and a F1.8 circular aperture for gorgeous background defocusing with beautiful bokeh.

Natural View

A 3.0-inch high-precision monitor enhances outdoor viewing with WhiteMagic, an advanced technology which combines white and RGB pixels to boost brightness and visibility. This LCD screen also features TruBlack for more contrast, less surface reflection and deeper blacks.

Go Manual

Sometimes you just want to do it your way. No problem. Simply rotate the control ring around the lens while viewing the multi-purpose interface to easily adjust camera settings including zoom magnification, aperture and Picture Effect.

Full Metal Jacket

Of course, your camera has to look good and be ready for the knocks and shocks of life on the go. This one has been designed with style and sophistication in full aluminum for light weight and heavy duty use.

A F1.8 circular aperture allows for background defocusing.
A F1.8 circular aperture allows for background defocusing.
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Big Sensor for Precision

Sporting a high resolution Exmor CMOS sensor that’s four times larger than those in a standard compact, this camera takes top notch D-SLR quality images with intense colour and rich tonal gradation. The huge dimensions of this specially-developed sensor capture more light from your scene and reproduce every stunning detail with great fidelity. Depth of field makes all your shots come alive with amazing realism. Thanks to the large sensor, you’ll be able to shoot with subtle background defocusing effects too -- really useful for evocative outdoor portraits of your cat sitting in your prize tulips. Dual noise reduction and column A/D conversion cut noise for smooth, clear reproduction, even in low-light.

True-to-life Pictures
Enjoy 20.2 megapixels with every photo you take.
Enjoy 20.2 megapixels with every photo you take.
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The sensor features 20.2 megapixels and works alongside a blazing fast BIONZ processor to give high resolution, clear images that will take you back to the moment you took the shot. Powerful algorithms are used by the processor to transform data captured by the CMOS sensor into images with accurate colour, rich tonal gradation and minimal noise. It also handles demanding tasks like 10 fps continuous shooting and Multi Frame Noise Reduction with total precision. Also, with more than 20 million pixels, you’ll be able to make large prints up to A3 size -- great if you want some framed shots on the wall.

Low Light a Speciality

Some of the most dramatic pictures are taken at twilight -- but you need a pretty decent camera to capture it perfectly. How many times have you shot at dawn or dusk, only to get back home and be disappointed with the dark, grainy results? With this camera, you’ll have no such problem -- the Exmor CMOS sensor and wide-ranging ISO sensitivity up to native ISO 6400 and maximum ISO 25600 takes care of everything. So when you’re standing on the cliff edge looking out at the fiery horizon, you know the darkness won't hide the detail in the scene.

Sophisticated Lens

The high performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens includes a multi-layer coating that reduces light reflection and flare for more natural, higher contrast pictures even in unfavourable light. Its maximum F1.8 circular aperture combines with Sony imaging technology to give versatile 3.6x optical zoom and background defocusing.

See the world with clarity and definition, no matter how bright the sun with WhiteMagic.
See the world with clarity and definition, no matter how bright the sun with WhiteMagic.
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Natural View

See the world in perfect clarity and definition, no matter how bright the sun. The 3.0” (7.5cm) high-precision LCD monitor lets you compose shots easily even in the glare of the midday sun with WhiteMagic, an advanced technology combining white and RGB pixels to boost brightness and visibility. TruBlack technology also raises contrast, reduces surface reflections and deepens blacks for more true-to-life reproduction on the 1.2 million dot screen.

Go Manual

You want to capture a dragonfly perched on the edge of a leaf with the sun streaming through, right? Auto is OK but to get the shot you really want, you need to go manual. Simply rotate the control ring around the lens while viewing the user-friendly interface and you can adjust camera settings in a jiffy. Select just the right zoom magnification, aperture or Picture Effects with ease. The ring turns smoothly as the LCD provides clear feedback for precise, intuitive adjustment.

Be in charge of every shot thanks to Manual control.
Be in charge of every shot thanks to Manual control.
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Customisable Ring and Rear Dial

Your most frequently used functions are only a touch away. Just press the customisable function button and turn the control ring and rear dial to instantly access up to seven functions chosen by you from a full range of 17.

Fine Tune Images
Full aluminum body and sophisticated design.
Full aluminum body and sophisticated design.
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With the DSC-RX100, it's easy to achieve the look you want. Just rotate the rear control dial to fine tune image properties in real-time on the screen. Photo Creativity lets you adjust background defocus, colour, brightness and vividness as well as overlay these multiple effects.

Film Sparkling HD Video Too

Want to capture it on film? Press the Movie button to film Full HD video in razor-sharp detail at 60p. You can even record fast-moving subjects and dark scenes with astonishing clarity thanks to the combined advantages of the image sensor and lens. Expand your movie-making prowess even further by using P/A/S/M modes.

Full Metal Jacket

Looking for a camera that will slip effortlessly in your jacket pocket and travel with you, wherever you go? This camera fits the bill with its slim and sleek design in full aluminum. Ready to take the knocks and shocks of travel so you can take it around with confidence.

Digital SLR in Your Pocket

You’ve got a Digital SLR but you don’t always want to take it around, especially on day trips or weekends away. Well, now you don’t have to. This camera is an ideal lightweight alternative while still giving you the image quality you expect.

Box Contains

AC adaptor
Wrist strap
Instruction manual
Rechargeable battery
Micro USB cable

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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308 of 313 people found the following review helpful By TheProf TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Aug. 2013
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This is quite a long review because this is a serious camera and I imagine now that it has dropped dramatically in price, many potential buyers are considering it. If you want the quick lowdown on it, skip through to the end section entitled "THE LOWDOWN". Thanks !

MARK 1 VERSUS MARK 2:
Well, the price of the RX100 has fallen to under £400 brand new, which is much, much cheaper than it originally sold for. Of course, the reason for this is straightforward enough - Sony has recently (July 2013) released the mark 2 version (which sells for a fair amount more money). Let's get the issue of mark 1 versus mark 2 out of the way right now - the mark 2 has a tilting LCD, a hot shoe on which can be added a rather expensive EVF or flash units, wi-fi, a few other smaller additions, and a new backlit sensor that supposedly has slightly improved high ISO. On the minus side, some early adopters are reporting that out of camera JPEGs are a bit softer on the mark 2 compared to the mark 1. I haven't heard any complaints about raw though. Which should you go for? Well, I went for the RX100 mark 1 due to the massive price drop compared to its original retail price, and the fact that I do not feel the current launch price of the RX100 mark 2 in the UK necessarily makes it a good buy, given the competition from the likes of the Ricoh GR and mirrorless cameras.

WHAT IS THE RX100 ALL ABOUT ?
OK, so I am writing this review from the perspective of a part-time pro photographer and very keen amateur. I shoot Sony DSLRs as well as micro four thirds. For quite a few years my `take anywhere' camera was my trusty Panasonic LX3, which served well but is ready for retirement.
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139 of 143 people found the following review helpful By M David on 12 Aug. 2012
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I bought the RX100 just before my summer holiday in Greece and took to it at once. 4 weeks on I continue to be really happy with it. This is a personal thing but my main reasons are:

1) Capable of delivering wonderfully detailed images with the 20M pixel sensor and Zeiss Lens
2) Genuinely pocketable, this camera goes everywhere with me now
3) Very fast to use, from power-on it is ready to go and the focus never leaves me waiting
4) LCD display is excellent even in the Mediterranean sun, at no point did I wish I had a viewfinder
5) (Almost) silent shutter means that your photography is discrete when necessary
6) It can be used just like a 'point & shoot' - a friend or passing waiter can use it without any instruction
7) The menu system and customisation is clear and very comprehensive - I don't have a DSLR but I doubt there is much in the way of DSLR options missing from this camera.
8) Built-in flash works well for fill-in and has exposure compensation to -2EV; for me that is exactly what I want
9) Build quality is great - it is a pleasure to hold and when others pick it up they instantly realise it is a quality camera

I am coming to the conclusion that this is a camera with at least two personalities. On the one hand the RX100 is an excellent conventional compact camera which allows the photographer to think like a photographer considering ISO, speed, aperture and focus to produce the image seen in your mind's eye. On the other hand having used a range of the advanced features, especially the HDR options and the low-light features I have been absolutely amazed at the situations where this camera is able to grab an attractive picture. My results are maybe a little less predictable but the best are very good.
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244 of 255 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Bower on 27 Aug. 2012
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Although Sony haven't actually broken the laws of physics with this product, they seem to have bent them a teeny bit. Quite simply, this is the first pocketable camera I have found that is capable of approaching the image quality of a decent DSLR; moreover, it's the first I have come across - and I have tried more than a few! - that can meet the quality requirements for image submission to professional image libraries. In short, it's a bit of a breakthrough. Overnight, it has made the Canon S series, Panasonic LXs and Olympus ZXs (the previous serious pocket-rocket leaders) obsolete.

As a professional scientist and photographer, I have been all over the world with my full-frame (EOS 5DII and analogue Olympus OM4Ti) and micro 4/3 (Olympus OM-D E5) systems. Very nice, but the Canon FF kit with L-series lenses weighs 8 kilos, the OM-D plus cool primes less than 3. Since the era of digital imaging dawned, I have always been on the lookout for a genuinely pocketable camera that 1) not only meets professional and environmental stock image library QA/QC standards and 2) but also doesn't fall apart at anything above base ISO.

Well, the RX100 passes both criteria. That's why it will always now be in my pocket or bags from now on. And it has some clever new tricks up its sleeve as well, such as very usable panoramic (to jpeg only, regretfully) and low-light stacking modes. Is it perfect? - no, of course not. As a perfectionist and inveterate pixel peeper, as I have to be in my line of business, I can report that 1) edge and corner performance is slightly weak; 2) It's a bit prone to burning out highlights - inescapable with a sensor of this size 3) the manual is a joke and 4) the RAW decoder, which has to be downloaded from Sony, is dire.
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