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Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX100: The Evolution of an Iconic Point-and-Shoot

Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX100: The Evolution of an Iconic Point-and-Shoot

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In 2012 the obituaries for pocket-size point-and-shoot cameras outnumbered the number of announcements for their replacements. Five years earlier, Apple had unveiled the original iPhone, and though the image quality of the then-current iPhone 4 still wasn’t enough to plant a knockout punch to the point-and-shoot market, every generation of smartphones that followed further pounded away at what was left of it. And then Sony came along and introduced the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100.

The Birth of a Classic—The Original Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100

Design-wise, the RX100 was the right camera at the right time. In addition to a small, smartly designed form factor, the camera contained an all-new 20.1MP Exmor CMOS “1-inch” (13.2 x 8.8mm) sensor format that singlehandedly breathed new life into the premium point-and-shoot and bridge-style camera market.

The RX100’s 28mm-100mm f/1.8-4.9 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens was equally well matched for the camera. The lens was fast on the wide side for low-light street photography and long enough for tight headshots at more modest apertures. Under brighter light, the RX100 was capable of capturing up to 10 fps in “Speed Priority” mode, and for video, switching to 1080p (ACHHD) with stereo sound capture was a matter of pressing the little red button next to your right thumb. As for image quality—the pictures that came out of this camera were sharp and gorgeous.

Other features found on the original DSC-RX100 included Steady-Shot image stabilization, an ISO range of 125-6400 (expandable to 80-25600), and Face Recognition for up to 8 faces.

Pros quickly caught onto the RX100’s imaging abilities and began taking RX100s along on assignment as an “after-hours camera.” It wasn’t a big surprise when photographs captured with what was technically a point-and-shoot camera began gracing magazine covers.

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