The Sony RX100 is the first real premium compact camera from the brand. Has it been worth the wait? Find out in the What Digital Camera Sony RX100 review.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Sony Cyber-shot RX100

Overall score:92%
Image Quality:95%


  • Large sensor and the results it delivers, lens, build quality and size


  • It’s a touch pricey compared to rivals


Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Review


Price as reviewed:


Value & Verdict

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 review – Value

With an expected price of around £550, the RX100 is one of the more expensive compacts available – costing almost £200 more than the likes of the PowerShot S100 and X10 and placing itself firmly in Compact System Camera and entry-level DSLR territory. While this is a camera that will obviously appeal to a different market than those looking for their first DSLR, the lines become more blurred when you start comparing it to some CSCs, such as the excellent Panasonic LUMIX GX1, which can be picked up for just under £600 with power kit lens or Sony’s own NEX-F3 at £499 with lens. Naturally, you’re getting a very high-end compact with a lot of features, but if portability isn’t your main criteria, then its something to think about.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 review – Verdict

For serious DSLR owners, a high-quality pocket-sized compact is often high on their wish list. We’ve seen some strong contenders in recent years, but nothing that offers quite the complete package that the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 provides.

Its an almost perfect blend of size, performance and image quality, and is a camera that will allow you to leave your DSLR behind without fear of serious compromise. If you’re looking for a premium, creative compact camera, then the Cyber-shot RX100 fits the bill perfectly.


LCD:3in 1,229k-dots TruBlack LCD
Memory Card:SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent: Warm White, Fluorescent: Cool White, Fluorescent: Day White, Fluorescent: Daylight, Flash, Colour Temp/Filter, Custom
Sensor:20.2MP 1in Exmor CMOS sensor
Video:AVCHD: 1920x1080 (50p), MP4: 1440x1080 (25fps)
Metering System:Multi-zone metering with the choice of Multi, Centre-weighted or Spot
Dimensions:101.6 x 58.1x 35.9mm
Shutter Speeds:30-1/2000th second, plus Bulb
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion NP-BX1
Lens:3.6x optical – 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9
ISO Range:80-6400, expandable 25,600 with Multi Frame Noise Reduction
Connectivity:USB 2.0, HDMI (Mini Type C)
Flash Modes:Flash Off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync,
Exposure Modes:P, S, A, M, Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Scene, Sweep Panoramic
File Formats:Raw (ARW), JPEG, Raw + JPEG
  1. 1. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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