Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 with Nikon 1 format sensor

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Sony has announced a new large sensor compact, the RX-100, using the same 1.0-inch type size sensor (13.2x8.8mm) as the Nikon 1 series. The new Sony has proprietary 20.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor but uses a non-interchangeable lens; a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3.6x optical zoom. Although the rival Nikon cameras are reported to use an Aptina sourced chip, the appearance of this sensor suggests that we may soon see an update to the Nikon V1 and J1 series cameras (and would certainly explain the current round of rebates on offer on both sides of the Atlantic). There's no mention of a hybrid AF system (CD/PD -AF), but that's not to say there's a derivative in the pipe, it seems too much of a coincidence. Apart from the zoom and lack of an EVF, where this camera scores highly, in my opinion, is in the size or lack thereof; it's seriously small (about the same size as the Canon Powershot S100).

The RX100 will be available in mid July 2012 at $650

Pre-order the RX100 at B&H ($648)

Product Highlights

Cyber-shot™ RX100 from Sony with world’s first1 1.0-type 20.2 effective megapixel sensor and bright F1.8 lens

    •    Capture crisp detail with 1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) approximately 20.2 effective megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor and F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3.6x optical zoom lens
    •    Get low-noise handheld shots in low light with high sensitivity up to ISO 256002
    •    Intuitive operation with Control Ring for creative photo shooting
    •    Powerful features packaged into sleek, compact styling in aluminum body, thanks to newly developed AA (Advanced Aspherical) lens
    •    Shoot Full HD movies with extremely low noise and full creative control
    •    Auto Portrait Framing, Creative Style and Picture Effect modes

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