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),
Also 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.
Despite the availability of comparatively small, large-sensor mirrorless cameras (at increasingly low prices), the enthusiasts’ compact boom has continued.
Most of the big names in the industry now offer models to appeal to people comfortable with a a DSLR but wanting something easier to carry around.
The RX100, Sony’s first venture into this market since 2004 (with the DSC-V3) is something rather more serious.