Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera

Modern DSLRs tend to be not only advanced in a lot of ways, but tend to be more compact and handier. Major manufacturing companies all over the world have made all possible effort to make professional DSLR cameras look fancier while giving up the variable weight and grip. Like Sony’s new DSC-RX100 from the CyberShot series, this supposed-to-be-DSLR camera has a lot to say about sacrifices for some things that they claim to be better.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, at a first glance, is sleek but too simple in its design. There are no observable curves and the buttons are a bit crowded. It is like a standard digital camera with added buttons to convince people by saying, “Hey, I’ve got more buttons, which means more advanced features.” The sensor looked pretty big like a man with a big nose, however, size matters for the image quality and promising performance. Added to the sensor is the big, rare spinning wheel (also called as the control ring) that can be found just right on the stomp of the sensor silo, which is in a lot of ways designed to overtake the role of the dial wheel that is located on the control interface of the camera.

Grip is also a big question here as it is the biggest sacrifice, I think. Upon holding the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, the weight may virtually feel like it is well aligned and distributed, but the overall weight seemed too hard for the grip. The grip, if there’s really any, feels like it’s going to slip if not held properly, and the coat seemed too vulnerable. This may be done so by the company, probably for the reason of exerting more aesthetics over comfort, trying the make the camera look more petite in proportion to the power and features that it sports. Nevertheless, the model can still stand steadily in tripods and can sit well without the worry.

Priced relatively high at $649, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is still having a great amount of muscle with image quality. The sensor—with focal length range of around 28-100mm and with an aperture of F4.9-13.4—is large enough to accommodate more light for better signal-to-noise ratio, resulting to a better image quality. The image processing is quiet also and feels secure enough, plus the efficient noise-reduction technology that juggles well under tricky situations. The ISO technology in this DSC-RX100 is also relatively powerful in delivering hi-quality photos under less-lit positions, and the range of 1600 is creative enough in producing a nearly perfect image in large-scale format.

Better than these, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is handy enough in giving well-toned image quality in almost all configurations. Saturation and color hues are richly delved into the color levels, and the contrast seems pretty crisp and well detailed without the usual grains. However, maybe due to the aperture ratio, capturing wide-background photos can be a bit frustrating to professionals since variables not on the focal coverage are a bit too soft.

One thing I love about this camera, nevertheless, is the pop-up flash. The flash is capable of tilting to various angles for more comprehensive lighting control. Though the light may not be powerful enough, DSC-RX100’s capability of assigning flash exposure compensation is an addend to the category. More with the flash is its tweaks from fill flash to second-curtain sync flash.

Compared to the camera’s peers within the company, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, however, is a bit amputated when it comes to shooting RAW images. Processing time is good, but some details look pretty washed out, though this concern may not be that much. But for the noise-reduction, we are happy to hear that DSC-RX100 from Sony is capable of fine-tuning the images by matching noise reduction score to the image quality. The result is a clean picture with only a bit of loss.

As for my judgment, I think the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is priced higher than expected, however, it is justified as to know how capable this small camera is at a relatively smaller size. This may be a camera for the average photographers (which means that it is not best for newbies, and is not that powerful for pros) because of the pros and cons like performance in contrast with design. Well, if you are to ask me, the new DSC-RX100 from Sony is… a good package.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 790.00

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