Sony Unveils New Flagship Compact: Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Sony has shown
off its new flagship compact camera, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, which features a
large 20.2-megapixel, 1-inch CMOS sensor. The sensor, which measures 13.2 x
8.8mm, is large by compact camera standards and offers the same physical dimensions
as the sensor in Nikon’s 1-series interchangeable-lens bodies.
The camera is built around a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 28-100mm (equivalent) zoom lens, which has a maximum aperture of f1.8 at the wide-angle end, narrowing to f4.9 at the telephoto setting.
For manual adjustments it has a control ring around the lens, which can be used to alter exposure, zoom, creative picture effects and a variety of other customizable functions. Additionally, frequently used functions can be assigned to the Fn (function) button, while the Memory Recall feature can store up to three groups of customised shooting settings.
There’s a choice of auto and manual focus modes, and for those that prefer focusing manually, MF Assist magnifies images to simplify fine adjustments. There’s also a video-style ‘peaking’ function, which highlights sharply-focused areas on screen.
On the back there’s a three-inch 1,229,000-dot LCD which Sony says uses additional white pixels to control brightness. Sony claims its ‘Whitemagic’ display boosts brightness and allows users to see subtle details and tones even when the screen is in bright sunlight.
The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is expected in Australia in July. Pricing will be announced closer to the release date.