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Sony RX100 Hands-On Review
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August 3, 2012
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Eric Reagan
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Sony RX100

I have been using the Sony RX100 for about a week now and I have to say that it is a stunning little camera.  It packs 20MP CMOS image sensor and the fixed zoom lens provides 28-100mm equivalent zoom range with a max f/1.8 aperture.

The RX100 gives a proper use of that little 2.7x crop sensor that's also found in the Nikon 1 Series.  And, best of all, it's a pocketable camera.

While we can stretch or carrying comfort to pack along an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, very few of us wear jeans that allows us to stuff one of those in our front pockets.  The RX100, however, looks and feels like any ordinary compact camera - but it's not quite ordinary.

While the little 1-inch class image sensor is quite a bit smaller than a DSLR sensor, the RX100's sensor is still roughly four times the physical size of your typical point and shoot sensor.  All of that real estate means your going to get better images out of the RX100 than your run-of-the-mill point and shoot camera.

The other thing you notice when using the RX100 is just how fast everything is.  Shot-to-shot times are crazy fast.  Just keep snapping and the RX100 keeps on capturing those images.  I've haven't performed any formal tests on the buffer speed; however, I have yet to witness the camera slow down from clearing the buffer in the normal course of casual shooting.  (Note that I'm using a 32GB SanDisk Extreme SD card with it.)  Focus speed is also very snappy.  Sony really did a great job in making the RX100 sing.

The lens is quite nice.  While it's not got the zoom range of what we have become accustomed to on a point and…

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