Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Updated May 31, 2014
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Bottom line

Experts overwhelmingly agree: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is the best pocket-sized camera you can buy. Its secret is that it has the biggest sensor of any pocket camera. While other compact cams emptily promise fine photo quality like a bulky digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera, experts and owners say the Sony RX100 actually delivers in several key ways.

Ease of use

Geared toward experienced photographers. "It's fairly clear that this isn't a camera for novices," says David Pogue at The New York Times. As much as they adore the Sony RX100, experts do point out a few usability quirks, such as no printed user guide and the complexity of customizing the menu for the few physical buttons. The Sony RX100's squared-off body fits into a jacket or pants pocket. Some experts and users find its smooth, modern finish slippery to hold. Like most pocket cameras, there's no viewfinder. You'll frame your shot on the 3-inch LCD screen, which gets mixed reviews. For easy shooting, the RX100 does have three automatic modes.

ProsVery good photo quality, Quick-shooting, Full manual control, Fits easily into a jacket or pants pocketConsVery few buttons to handle lots of tasks, Flimsy flash stalk and USB/card doors
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