Sony RX100 Review & Tests – New Camera

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Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21 After years of needing an upgrade (from my low quality pocket cam) I finally went on the search (online) for a new camera.  I wanted a good worthy upgrade, something compact, high quality, robust and with manual settings, mainly for video.  I was looking at DSLR cameras (”Digital single-lens reflex”), specially interested in Canon, but where not as attractive to me because of the bulky size (needing to have a bag always with me), this was what made me step back. I needed something compact, a camera I could always take with me, capture all moments and expect out of it the best quality, which a big chunky DSLR would be a pain to take skateboarding, out on bike or a run, traveling (for capturing anything in my life with no problems and worries)… I had my eye on mirorless sony cameras (‘NEX’- branch) and Canons Powershot cameras, i was looking also at these and not a ‘specific’ videocamera only with video because i also could get use of it as a camera (upgrade my instagram game non-iPhone), but I wasn’t totally sure on what to get until I stumbled upon a random video where the youtuber was fully recommending the ‘SONY RX100’, a compact  camera from Sony very high quality (like a full DSLR features in a tiny body no interchaneable lenses). After days of technical research looking for reviews,  video tests and opinions (which where all good qualifying the camera as one of the bests out there of it’s type). I decided to get it  I went for the old model, the sony RX100 ‘i’ and not the new version ‘ii’ because it’s practically the same and I was saving a lot of money. Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21

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TOP FEATURES:

  • 1″-type Exmor CMOS sensor (13.2 x 8.8mm, 3:2 aspect ratio)    //   – Really good 1” (nice sharp and fast)
  • 20.2 million effective pixels    //       -Lots of megapixels, too may, only means i can crop and not loose quality
  • 28-100mm (equiv), f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens  //  -Nice Lens
  • Steady-Shot image stabilisation    //   -Awesome for fluid video, helps
  • ISO 125-6400     //    – (Lightsensitivity) can’t expect more or less for such a small camera 
  • Face Recognition/Registration (up to 8 faces)  // -For autofocus, but it’s not going to be used for selfies
  • Rear control dial and customisable front control ring   //   -Nice total customisation for your needs
  • 10fps continuous shooting in ‘Speed Priority’ mode  //  -FAST pictures for action
  • 3″ 1.2M-dot ‘WhiteMagic’ LCD screen    //  -Decent screen
  • 13 Picture Effects (27 with variations)     //   -Useless just for ‘comercial’ appearance and use
  • Memory Recall feature can store up to three groups of custom settings     //  -More to customisation
  • 1080p60 video, (AVCHD) with MP4 option (50p in PAL regions)    //   -Nice, but to expect now a days (4k?ha)
  • Built-in stereo microphones     //    -Two microphones for best quality (not possible external)
  • 330-shot battery life (CIPA)    //    -Good battery life

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Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21 The camera came with no SD card but luckily I had bought previously a SDHC of 32GB (Class10), plenty of space, but not as much because I will be shooting photos at 20MPX RAW (raw, makes it easier to edit-more tweak able)/20mb each/ and videos at 1080p 60fps (‘1080′ is the quality(Best HD) and ’60’ means ‘Frames Per Second’ more than normal making it fluid an perfect for SlowMO). I got an offer which included the ‘official’ case. The case is really high quality, leathery ‘look’ and comes with a strap for wearing it all hanging from your neck (it’s cool, but personally not my style and i don’t find it practical. Prefer in the pocket). I also bought online a cheap screen protector (just 0.70€… worth it.) And a battery, not the official one but a ‘generic’ which had good reviews and apparently has more ‘charge capability’ (the original is 1240mAh and the cheap generic 1800mAh) i’ll have to do more tests to see how it keeps up but so far well! Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21 Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21


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So after 2 months of full use in all kind of circumstances, I am happy to review and give my  personal opinion (I think ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ will work perfect to show). Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21

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PROS

  • Full Manual
  • Speed (On-Off, Autofocus…)
  • Totally configurable (Buttons, Outer Ring…)
  • Impressive Battery Life
  • Good low light performance
  • Solid design (+good looking)
  • Nice modes (Panorama and HDR -Work fantastic)
  • Tracking focus (You select the object anywhere in the screen and wherever you move the it’s going to be focus)

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  • No External Battery Charger (It’s just a micro USB directly to the camera & only charges if not in use)
  • Not ‘as’ grippy (But because its so small, you can also buy a ‘grip‘ you stick on it)
  • No ‘built in’ Time-lapse MODE
  • Null or few video setting modes (No 720p or 30fps etc…)
  • Screen hard to see (Depending ‘outside’ in what sunlight situation… like any tec. device, always happens)
  • Slightly confusing menus (Gets a while to control, and pretty fussy to see playback)
  • Sensor is pretty narrow with crop (Normal for 1” +Causes more noise, but amazing for it’s size)

Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21 EXTRA NOTE: If this review would have been done when it came out, ”PRICE” would have been a CON, now after 2 years of release, it’s much cheaper, although newer models ‘ii’ or rumoured ‘iii’ to come out are more expensive, depends on your needs.   //Notice many CONS are extra, non essential, and PROS are really vital for any camera//

As a final conclusion, couldn’t be happier, I knew after so much research what i was getting and on tests it has been fantastic for all kinds of use. Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21 Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21

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Full professional reviews: The Verge //  DPreview //   – Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21   Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21

 

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Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 14.28.21//Just put together some quick shots, not colour corrected or stabilised//

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