Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review - Sony RX100 Camera

John's Review of the Sony DSC RX100 pocketable digital camera ...

Sony RX100 and a quarter
We've been using this camera on John's Island since July, 2012 (with a few exceptions, like yesterday's post). (Incidentally, these 4 top pictures on this post were taken with a phone camera.)

Back is mostly display screen
 This camera does fit easily in a jacket pocket and is not heavy.
About 1 1/4 inches front to back
 This camera has endured daily use for almost 2 years with no significant problems.
About 4 inches side to side
How many times have you read camera reviews written by someone who has: 1) never owned the camera, or 2) just opened the box and hasn’t used it, or 3) used it for one week or so? Well, this isn’t one of those kind of reviews nor is it one of those tech reviews to verify all the detailed specifications.  We purchased the little (and “little” is important) RX100 in July, 2012, and have been using it, almost exclusively, for all the photos posted here on John’s Island since then. So, you have more than a few examples of what the camera can do.

Since purchasing the RX100 Sony has introduced the RX100 ii and is now preparing to release version 3: RX100 iii.  Although we’ve looked at the specs for the newer models, we’re still happy with the basic version.

Here are some examples of what the pros had to say about the camera:

Digital Photography Review (

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is an enthusiast compact camera based around a 20MP 1" CMOS sensor. It features a Zeiss-branded 28-100mm equivalent F1.8-4.9 stabilized lens featuring Zeiss T* coatings to minimize internal reflection. The rest of its specification is pretty impressive too - a 1.2 million dot 3.0" LCD (VGA resolution but using Sony's WhiteMagic technology to offer greater brightness or improved battery life), and 1080p60 video capture or 1080i with the ability to shoot a 17MP stills without interrupting movie recording. The camera can even boast a respectable 330 shots from a charge, according to CIPA tests.

Read the full Digital Photography Review here.

Engadget (

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is one of the best compact digital cameras ever made. Its large 20-megapixel sensor captures very sharp images even at high ISO settings and in low-light situations, aided by the camera's fast f/1.8 lens.

Read the full Engadget review here.

John's thoughts

The RX100 has been a trusty companion for nearly two years ... taking it everywhere and using it almost daily. It has held up well. It is not perfect, but then we can’t have it all can we? For a camera that fits easily in a jacket pocket the pictures it produces are very pleasing. Review the results by looking back at earlier posts here on John's Island.


Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

1 comment:

  1. I have been a Canon fan for years, but this review makes me wonder if I should switch. :-)


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