LCD and Viewfinder
Sony RX100 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1,229k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
RX100 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Large Sensor Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Sony RX100 can shoot continuously at max speed of 10 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.
Unfortunately RX100 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
One neat feature that we like about RX100's built-in flash has is that the flash head can be tilted upwards manually using your finger, which can be used to bounce the flash light and create a more pleasing lighting on your subject. It is not a very strong flash so the ceiling/wall or the surface you use for bouncing must be relatively close to the camera.
Sony RX100 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 25 points to choose from.
Sony RX100 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Sony RX100, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps with bit rates up to 28 mbps and save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats. Full HD resolution of Sony RX100 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
RX100 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Sony RX100 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Large Sensor Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider or in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
With its NFC feature, RX100 can communicate with devices such as smartphones which are also equipped with this technology by simply touching each other.One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our RX100. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect RX100 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Sony RX100 is powered by NP-BX1 battery which provides a shooting life of 330 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 300 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Large Sensor Compact Cameras
Leica X Vario with its 450shots is the model with longest battery life among Large Sensor Compact cameras. Check the comparison of Sony RX100 vs Leica X Vario or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Sony RX100 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Sony RX100 is $448.00