Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 series

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 series is a high-end compact camera part of the wider Sony RX series. It started with the DSC-RX100, announced on 6 June 2012,[1] and is part of the Cyber-shot RX line of digital cameras made by Sony. Seven annual generations have been released so far until 2019, all equipped with a one-inch 20-Megapixel image sensor and rotary knob around the lens. Filming at up to 1080p (Full HD) at 60fps is supported by the first three generations, the third additionally with 720p at 120fps, and up to 2160p (4K) at 30fps and 1080p at 120fps high frame rate video since the fourth.

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 (original)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
TypeLarge sensor fixed-lens camera
LensNon-interchangeable Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens
F-numbersFocal Length (35 mm equivalent): Still 16:9 29-105mm / Still 4:3 30-108 mm / Still 3:2 28-100 mm / Still 1:1 36-127 mm / Movie 16:9 29-105 mm (Std), 33-120 mm (Active) / Movie 4:3 36–128 mm (Std), 41-146 mm (Active)
Sensor typeExmor CMOS sensor
Sensor size1‑inch format, 13.2 × 8.8 mm, 3:2 aspect ratio
Sensor makerSony
Maximum resolution20.2 MP
Recording mediumMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
FocusSingle-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus AF Modes: Multi point AF (25 points) / Center weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible sport (face tracking)
FlashPop-up, tiltable
Frame rateUS: 60p, UK: 50p
ShutteriAuto (4-1/2000) / Program Auto (1-1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30-1/2000) / Aperture Priority (8-1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30-1/2000)
Shutter speed range1/2000-30" and BULB Mode
Shutter speeds10 fps at 20.2 MP
Video recordingUS: AVCHD 2.0, MP4, Video Mode: AVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 60p) / 24M FX (1920×1080, 60i ) / 17M FH (1920×1080, 60i) MP4: 12M (1440×1080, 30 fps) / 3M VGA (640×480 30 fps)
UK: 1920×1080 50p Approx. 28 Mbps) (AVCHD), (1920×1080 50i Approx. 24 Mbps) (AVCHD), 1920×1080 50i Approx. 17 Mbps) (AVCHD), 1440×1080 30 fps Fine Approx. 12 Mbps) (MP4), 640×480 30 fps Approx. 3 Mbps) (VGA)
LCD screen3 in. (7.6 cm) / 1,229k dots TFT (3:2)
BatteryLithium-ion NP-BX1
Dimensions4 in. × 2 3/8 in. × 1 7/16 in.
(101.6 mm × 58.1 mm × 35.9 mm)
Weight8.5 oz (240 g) with battery
Made inJapan and China

The original RX100 was named as the  "European Advanced Compact Camera for 2012–2013"  by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA)[2] and one of the 'Best Inventions of 2012' by TIME.[3]

  • 1 in. type (13.2 mm × 8.8 mm) CMOS Exmor sensor (2.7x crop factor). This uses the "Column-Parallel A/D Conversion Technique" to create more detailed images in low light conditions than smaller-sensor cameras.[4]
  • 10 fps burst shooting capability at 20.2 MP resolution.
  • M, A, S, P modes available
  • Tiltable pop-up flash, allowing bounce flash.
  • Large maximum aperture, f/1.8-f/4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens.[5]
  • Focus peaking display available.
  • 3.6× optical zoom, Carl Zeiss T* Vario Sonnar lens (28–100 mm 35mm equivalent focal length range [10.4–37.1 mm actual focal length])
  • 3 in. TFT LCD (fixed) with 1.29 million dots, using RGBW configuration
  • RAW shooting possible (giving enhanced post-capture image editing options)
  • FULL HD video shooting (AVCHD, 50 fps)

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II


In June 2013, Sony unveiled a new edition of the camera called the RX100 II.[6] New features included:

Hasselblad Stellar and Stellar II


On 23 July 2013, Swedish luxury camera manufacturer Hasselblad announced the 'Stellar', a compact camera based on the DSC-RX100, incorporating a wooden or carbon grip. On 1 November 2013, Hasselblad announced another three cosmetic variants of the camera, named the Stellar Special Edition. On 26 November 2014, Hasselblad announced the Stellar II based on the DSC-RX100 II.

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III


The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III was released in June 2014.[7] The camera had a new Bionz X processor, as used in the Sony Alpha 77 II, and a new Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens (24-70mm (35mm equivalent), f/1.8-2.8) giving a wider angle of view (while curtailing the maximum equivalent focal length from 100mm to 70mm).[8] Unlike its predecessor, the RX100 II, it does not have Sony's multi-interface hotshoe (limiting flash photography to the small built-in unit), but includes a pop-up OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF).[9] The DSC-RX100 III has customizable functions. The viewfinder and rear LCD can be set to different displays. The RX100 III can be set manually with shutter speed and aperture fixed, but with Auto ISO (sensitivity) giving the correct metered exposure.[10]

RX100 Mark III with attachment grip.
A DSC-RX100 III camera showing the extended positions of the lens, flash, electronic viewfinder, and LCD panel.

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV


In June 2015, Sony released the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV.[11] Like its predecessors, it has the same 1.0-type ("1-inch") 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and ISO up to 12800. The RX-100 IV can now record 4K video in XAVC-S format with frame rates up to 24, 25, and 30 fps. However, due to extreme write speed and processing power, it can only record 5-minute 4K shots to prevent any serious damage to the camera.[12] It also features Slow-mo video recording and can capture up to 960 fps for NTSC mode and 1000 fps for PAL mode.[13]

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V


On 6 October 2016, Sony announced the RX100 V.[14] In this update, Sony improved the performance of the camera claiming the world's fastest auto focus, the world's most auto focus points, and the world's fastest continuous shooting for a compact fixed-lens camera.[15] Sony's claim of fastest auto focusing speed is that the camera can lock in focus in as little as .05 seconds. Sony increased the number of focus points taken per shot to 315, and also improved continuous shooting performance enabling up to 150 continuous shots to be taken at the full 20.1 megapixels at 24 frames per second.[15]

Following the release of the RX100 VI, an updated version of the RX100 V called the RX100 VA was released with improvements such as an increased buffer and processor. [16]

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI


On 5 June 2018, Sony announced the RX100 VI.[17][18] In this iteration, Sony introduced a new ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mmi f/2.8 – f/4.5 lens zoom lens. In addition, Sony once again improved the auto focus performance, improving the auto focus speed to .03 seconds.[19] Other performance improvements in continuous shooting and 4K motion video were also made.

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII


On 25 July 2019, Sony announced the RX100 VII.[20][21][22] New features include unlimited video duration (previously 30 min) and a 3.5mm TRS stereo mini jack for connecting an external microphone (previously none).

Model comparison

Model RX100 RX100 II RX100 III RX100 IV RX100 V RX100 VI RX100 VII
Announced 6 Jun 2012 27 Jun 2013 28 May 2014 10 Jun 2015 6 Oct 2016[23] 5 June 2018[19] 25 Jul 2019[22]
Sensor 20.1Mpx Exmor CMOS
13.2mm x 8.8mm
20.1Mpx Exmor R BSI-CMOS
13.2mm x 8.8mm
20.1Mpx Exmor RS
Stacked BSI-CMOS
13.2mm x 8.8mm
Processor Bionz Bionz X
Lens focal length 10.4 – 37.1mm
(Equiv. 28 – 100mm, f/4.8 – 13.2)
8.8 – 25.7mm
(Equiv. 24 – 70mm, f/4.8 – 7.6)
9.0 – 72mm
(Equiv. 24 – 200mm, f/7.6 – 12.2)
Lens max aperture f/1.8 – 4.9 f/1.8 – 2.8 f/2.8 – 4.5
Shutter speed 30 ~ 1/2000 sec 30 ~ 1/32000 sec
Max continuous shooting 10 frames/s 16 frames/s 24 frames/s 20 frames/s
Video record format MPEG-4, AVCHD (28 Mbit/s)
Full HD
MPEG-4, AVCHD (28 Mbit/s),
XAVC S (50 Mbit/s) Full HD
MPEG-4, AVCHD (28 Mbit/s),
XAVC S (100 Mbit/s) 4K video
Video duration limit 30 min (RX 100 IV: 30 min Full HD, 5 min 4k) 781 min
Video sampling Line skipping Full-pixel readout
Slow motion video No Yes
(240, 480, 960fps)
(250, 500, 1000fps)
Professional video edit No Picture Profile w/CineGamma,
Timecode, Userbit
Custom minimum shutter speed at Auto ISO No Yes
AF points 25 315 357
AF type Contrast Detect Phase Detect
Flexible spot with lock on AF No Yes
Continuous eye-AF No Yes
LCD 3 inch fixed 3 inch tilting (+90/-40 deg.) 3 inch tilting (+180/-45 deg.) 3 inch tilting (+180/-90 deg.)
EVF No Optional Built-in
Hot shoe No Multi-Interface No
Built-in ND filter No 3-stops No
Microphone input No Yes
WiFi and NFC No Yes
(CIPA standards)
330 shots 350 shots 320 shots 280 shots 220 shots 240 shots 260 shots
Weight 240g 281g 290g 298g 299g 301g 302g
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 36 mm 102 x 58 x 38 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm 102 x 58 x 43 mm

See also



  1. ^ "Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100: Digital Photography Review". Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  2. ^ European Advanced Compact Camera 2012–2013 – Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 _ EISA – The European Imaging and Sound Association Archived 18 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Best Inventions of the Year 2012". Time. 1 November 2012. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  4. ^ Sony Global – Technology – CMOS Sensor Exmor Archived 15 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
  6. ^ "Sony Adds Two New Premium Compact Cameras to Acclaimed Cyber-shot RX Line". Sony Press Room. 23 July 2013. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Cyber-Shot; Digital Still Camera; Black | DSC-RX100M3 | Sony US".
  8. ^ Edgar Alvarez (16 May 2014). "Meet Sony's RX100 III, a refined edition of its excellent point-and-shoot".
  9. ^ Zach Honig. "Sony RX100 III review: a fantastic point-and-shoot, but it'll cost you". Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Sony DSC-RX100 III First Impression Review". Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Sony's Press Release text for the unveiling of RX100 mark IV and RX10 mark II". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  12. ^ Digital Photography Review. "Re: RX100 Overheating During Video". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  13. ^ Lori Grunin. "Sony RX100 IV: Small camera, big video". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  14. ^ Ferreira, Louis (6 October 2016). "Sony RX100 V Press Release". Sony Addict.
  15. ^ a b "Sony Announces New Addition to Acclaimed Line of Cyber-shot RX Cameras". Sony European Press Centre. 6 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Sony replaces RX100 V with RX100 VA, bringing RX100 VI processor and firmware".
  17. ^ "Sony RX100 VI 20MP compact camera with 24-200mm zoom announced, priced at $1,200". Photo Rumors. 5 June 2018.
  18. ^ Ferreira, Louis (5 June 2018). "Sony RX100VI Press Release". Sony Addict.
  19. ^ a b "Sony's New RX100 VI Combines Versatile 24-200mm Large Aperture, High Magnification Zoom Lens with World's Fastest AF Speed". Press Release. 5 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Sony RX100 VII camera officially announced with a9 level speed performance (there is no new RX100 V model)". Photo Rumors. 25 July 2019.
  21. ^ Ferreira, Louis (25 July 2019). "Sony RX100VII Announced". Sony Addict.
  22. ^ a b "Sony Brings New Level of Power to Premium Compact Camera Line-up with Introduction of the RX100 VII". Press Release. 25 July 2019.
  23. ^ "Sony Announces New Addition to Acclaimed Line of Cyber-shot® RX Cameras – Sony". Archived from the original on 23 October 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2018.