Pros Superb automatic functions.
LCD display is excellent.
Build quality is great.
Built-in flash works well.
Cons Optical zoom is just 3.6x.
There's no Macro button.
Summary I wanted a compact camera that I could carry everywhere, all the time, with ease. What I read about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R100 sounded really good, so I ordered one plus a Lowepro pouch to keep it safe. The camera is considerably better than I expected. It produces absolutely stunning photographs so I am completely delighted with it.
I really don't find the lack of a view finder any hindrance as the screen brightness can be turned up enabling it can be viewed in sunlight. The only thing that I miss is a fully articulated screen like the Nikon D5100 has, or a tilting screen like the Sony NEX cameras have, but I suppose it would have increased the front to back thickness.
The camera's on-line user guides leave some room for improvement so I look forward to a good book becoming available. I'm still trying to get my head around the differences between the dial settings of Intelligent Auto ("Automatically identifies the scene's characteristics and shoots a photo") and Superior Auto ("The device beautifully shoots automatically while reducing blurring and noise") - why and when you should use either!
The camera's superb automatic functions and its provision for full manual control is a powerfully enticing combination for such such a tiny package. One minor criticism, the blue Zeiss label on the front of my camera is coming unpeeled. I haven't had the camera long though it has been in daily use. I have taken hundreds of photos with it. The camera is both delightfully easy to use and yet very versatile. I love it.
Unfortunately Sony's software only supports Windows or Mac, which is not a lot of use to me as my OS is Linux. Nevertheless, Ubuntu 12.04 detects the camera automatically and Shotwell 0.12.3 imports photos without any difficulty.
I still find the camera's menu a bit baffling though. For example, no matter which setting the top dial on the right is turned to (P, A, S, M, MR, and so on), the DRO/Auto HDR option (under the camera icon, in menu 3) remains permanently greyed out. So I fail yet to understand its purpose, or how it can be selected. Nevertheless, the camera is really wonderful, so I can recommend it most highly. I'm glad I chose this one rather than the NEX 5N that I contemplated buying. The RX100 complements my DSLR perfectly.
The DRO/Auto HDR option was re-enabled when I reset the camera to its default settings, so I must have inadvertently changed some setting to disable it in all modes. I still haven't figured out what I did! I really don't find Sony's user guide or manual () very helpful and hope someone (eg David D Busch) will produce a book soon. Concerning the Zeiss label, it seems that I was mistaken because what unpeeled appears to have been a protective film leaving the label itself intact on the camera. I have managed to find an external charger for NP-BX1 batteries via Google.
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Hope my review is helpful.
Pros Compact size, easy to carry and looks discreet when traveling.
Great Video quality even in low light at high ISO.
Very nice Bokeh, shallow DOF.
Minimal Lens Warping
Lots if Useful SCENE mode
Functions can be assigned to focus ring.
Cons no 24fps for film look although shooting at 1/30 shutter speed looks close.
NO OEM filter system - but there are Mag Filter solutions out there.
Focus Ring takes a lot of turning to focus.
MTS video format - hard to preview files in Adobe Premiere.
Summary I needed a camera with quality Video and fast, snappy action before a trip to South East Asia. I got the A77 and then returned it for the Rx-110,( due to bad low light performance) and I was really happy I did: Video looks amazing, Shoots Stills fast with no shutter lag, and is discreet due to size. I was able to bravely shoot anywhere, got great results from moving vehicle as well. Video came out fantastic, friends could not believe it came from a camera that fit into my pocket. I recommend filter adapters from Carry Speed and buying extra battery. Overall this camera offer serious quality performance at a compact size and reasonable price. Its fast, does not lens distort and take nice shallow DOF shots. Great back up cam for any DSLR user.
Pros 1. Takes crisp and clear pictures.
2. Great in low light conditions.
3. Decent battery life.
4. Awesome features.
5. Beautiful compact design.
Cons 1. No GeoTagging or Wi-Fi.
2. It's a bit pricey.
Summary In short, this is a great camera! I got the RX100 has a replacement to a Canon SX230. It's such an improvement. Also, if you're a DSLR user and don't want to lug around a large camera this is the camera for you. The picture quality is simply amazing. Also, great ease of use and packed full of features that I'm still discovering with every use.
Pros SWEEP PANORAMA AND HANDHELD TWILIGHT ARE GENUINELY USEFUL ,MANUAL FOCUS IS A JOY ON THE RX100,LOW-LIGHT PERFORMANCE AND SPEED BOTH FEEL DSLR-LIKE .
Cons nothing ,nothing
Pros super High resolution, strong built-in flash
Cons low Zooming power. I wish it could be more than 3.6x !!!
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