Sony’s new flagship compact camera, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, is built around what Sony says is the world’s first 1.0-inch type 20.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS Sensor and an f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* fixed lens.
Made of aluminum, the RX100 inherits many advanced imaging features from Sony’s a range of A-mount and E-mount cameras.
Specially developed by Sony, the sensor has an area that’s approximately four times larger than the 1/2.3-type sensors in traditional point-and-shoot cameras. The sensor’s larger area takes in more light, resulting in beautiful, detail-packed images and Full HD movie clips with very low noise, says the company.
As for the 3.6x optical zoom lens, it’s f/1.8 maximum aperture means the lens dominates the camera’s front.
Similar to high-performance DSLR optics, the lens features seven-bladed circular aperture. This makes it easy to produce images with subjects in sharp focus against a smoothly-blurred, beautifully defocused background. The lens also features an Advanced Aspherical (AA) lens element contributing to the camera’s extremely compact dimensions without sacrificing optical zoom performance or resolution.
Newly optimized to complement the sensor and lens, the camera’s BIONZ image processor maximizes shooting response times while helping assure exceptionally clean, natural images, says Sony. It also extends sensitivity right up to ISO 25600 (using Multi Frame Noise Reduction), allowing for exceptionally clear handheld images in low light conditions.
To capture fast-moving subjects, the RX100 camera can also shoot at up to 10 frames per second (in full resolution) and has high-speed autofocus that locks onto a subject in as quickly as 0.13 seconds (depending on scene and lighting conditions).
The new RX100 camera features a high-resolution 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD display and also adds a new feature: WhiteMagic technology. This uses additional white pixels to boost screen brightness, allowing users to see subtle details and tones on the screen in all types of shooting environments, including outdoors in bright sunlight.
For making manual adjustments while shooting both still images and movies, the new camera has a smooth control ring around the lens body, which can be used to alter exposure, zoom, creative picture effects and a variety of other customizable functions.
Additionally, frequently used functions can be assigned to the Fn (function) button for instant access, and the Memory Recall feature can store up to three groups of customized shooting settings based on user preference.
Similar to a DSLR-style interface, there’s a choice of auto and manual focus modes on the RX100 for enhanced image control. For those that prefer focusing manually, MF Assist magnifies images to simplify fine adjustments, and there’s also a pro-style peaking function that highlights sharply-focused areas of the image on screen.
The camera offers a choice of artistic options to expand creative shooting possibilities. It includes the option for six different creative styles and a variety of popular picture effects including Toy Camera, Partial Color, HDR Painting and several others, most of which can be previewed directly on screen before shooting.
The camera features Auto Portrait Framing – a feature found on Sony’s latest a range of A-mount and E-mount cameras – making it simple to create sharp, perfectly framed portraits. This unique feature automatically detects faces in a scene, crops the picture accordingly creates a tighter, pro-style composition at full resolution. Both the original and cropped photo are saved for review.