Sony RX

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Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 II Front

The Sony RX is a range of high-end cameras created by Sony starting in 2012.


All units are equipped with Carl Zeiss lenses. The DSC-RX100 was designated one of 25 best inventions of 2012 by Time.[1]

1 Series[edit]

The RX1


The DSC-RX1 was released in late 2012. It is an expert-level compact with a 24 megapixel full size sensor (notably used by the Sony α99). The sensitivity ranges from 100 to 25600 ISO. The lens has a focal length of 35 mm and aperture f/2. The camera has a 1,229,000 pixel screen of 7.5 cm diagonal.[2]


Released in the summer of 2013, it is a derivative of DSC-RX1 without a low pass filter, as a full hybrid brand format, the Sony α7R.[3]

RX1R II[edit]

10 Series[edit]


The DSC-RX10 was released in late 2013, it is a bridge expert equipped with a 1" sensor (four times larger than those of conventional bridges) 20 megapixels, the sensitivity extends from 125 to 12800. (expandable to ISO 74) The target has an equivalent focal range 24–200 mm (zoom 8.3x) and an aperture constant f/2.8. The device has a screen of 7.5 cm of diagonal and a resolution of 1228800 point.[4]

RX10 II[edit]

The DSC-RX10 II is marketed in July 2015, it boasts a new faster sensor generation (Exmor RS) and the video 4K. The autofocus progresses with 0.9 seconds on a moving object. The maximum shutter speed is 1/32000 seconds, the burst passes 16 i/s.[5]

RX10 III[edit]

March 2016 Sony introduced the third version of its DSC-RX10 camera, the III. It features a much longer maximum focal length lens (24-600 equiv.), improved image stabilization and new buttons and controls. It loses, however, the built-in ND filter of the RX10 II.

RX10 IV[edit]

The RX10 IV was announced in September 2017. It is similar to the RX III but features a new sensor with on-sensor phase detect (for faster and better tracking autofocus) and the ability to shoot 24 frames per second (with autofocus tracking). It loses, however, the PlayMemories App features of the RX10 III.


100 Series[edit]

The first RX100


The DSC-RX100 is released during summer 2012. It is an expert-level compact with a 1" (four times larger than those of conventional compact), 20 megapixels sensor. The sensitivity ranges from 80 to 6400 ISO. The target has an equivalent focal range 28–100 mm (1.1–3.9 in) (3.6x) and an aperture of f/1.8–4.9. The device has a screen of 7.5 cm diagonal of 1230000.[6] His target price at launch is €650.[7]

In 2013, Hasselblad launched Stellar, based on the RX100. It used specific materials such as leather or wood. It is a device for professionals working in luxury and fashion and with celebrities.[8]

RX100 II[edit]

New version released in the summer of 2013. From an ergonomic point of view, this new model brings an ISO accessory shoe and a tilting screen.[9] The technical developments concerning the sensor becomes backlit. The quality of low light images is thus improved as well as the reactivity (AF). The sensitivity range now extends from 100 to 12800 ISO. The Wi-Fi and NFC are integrated to control the camera with a smartphone through a dedicated application. The dimensions remain the same compared to the RX100, except in thickness where the Mark II takes about three millimeters. Its target price at launch was €750.[9] and RX100 remains in the catalog.

On 26 November 2014, Hasselblad announced the Stellar II, based on the RX100 II.[10] It is launched at 1,650 €, it replaces the first Stellar and offers several materials for grip: olive, drowning, padouk and carbon fiber.[11]

RX100 III[edit]

Announced on 15 May 2014 and marketed in the month of July following, this new version offers a wider aperture telephoto, it increases from f/4.9 to f/2.8. The focal range is modified to receive more wide angle, it is equivalent to 24–70 (2.9x zoom). A new version of the microprocessor BIONZ (referred to as "X") more powerful and faster born. The housing incorporates an electronic viewfinder pop-up (a definition identical to that of the Sony α6000), like a flash (the latter taking the place of the ISO label, which disappears ). The sensitivity is further enhanced with a range of from 125 to 25600. The screen offers an expanded orientation with an angle of 180° up and 45° down, in particular to promote selfies.[12] The dimensions remain the same compared to the RX100 II, except thick where the Mark III takes about three millimeters. The RX100 III, sold at 850 €,[13] does not replace the previous RX100 remaining for sale at a reduced price allowing Sony to offer a range of compact cameras experts.[14]

RX100 IV[edit]

High resolution (720p, 2m33s, 25MB) slow motion video, HFR mode RX100 VI
Medium res (VP9 360p 5.7MB)
Lores (VP9 180p 2.6MB)

The RX100 IV was marketed in July 2015, it boasts a new faster sensor generation (Exmor RS) and 4K video. The autofocus progresses with 0.9 seconds on a moving object. The maximum shutter speed is 1/32000 s, the burst passes 14 i/s.[5] The stacked sensor design supports High Frame Rate (HFR) in which the camera can record 3-7 secs of video at 960/1,000fps, 480/500fps, or 240/250fps (NTSC/PAL). When played back at 1/40x rate, the result is super slow motion movies.[15]

RX100 V[edit]

On October 6, 2016, Sony announced the RX100 V.[16]

RX100 VI[edit]

On June 5, 2018, Sony announced the RX100 VI. It has double the telephoto capability of its predecessor with its 24-200mm f2.8-4.5 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens.[17][18][19]

RX100 VII[edit]

On July 25, 2019, Sony announced the RX100 VII with a list price of $1,198 (US). Physically it is almost identical to the RX100 VI, with the addition of a mic socket. The major improvement is a better auto-focus system. The number of phase detect auto-focus points has increased from 315 covering 65% of the image to 357 covering 68%. This supports Tracking Auto-focus and Eye Auto-focus on par with the Sony α9, Sony's top-of-the-line sports camera. The continuous shooting rate is reduced from 24 fps in the RX100 VI to 20 fps, albeit without blackout. A new short burst mode is introduced: a single press of the shutter release shoots 7 frames at 90 fps. Image stabilisation in video mode is improved.[20][21]


Series 100 Series 10 Series 1 Series
Model RX100 RX100 II RX100 III RX100 IV RX100 V RX100 VI RX100 VII RX10 RX10 II RX10 III RX10 IV RX1 RX1R RX1R II
Announced Jun 2012 Jun 2013 May 2014 Jun 2015 Oct 2016 Jun


Jul 2019 Oct 2013 Jun 2015 Mar 2016 Sep 2017 Sep 2012 Jun 2013 Oct 2015
MSRP $650 $650 $800 $1000 $1198 $1300 $1500 $1700 $2800 $3300
Sensor Size 1" Type (13.2*8.8mm) Full frame (36*24mm)
Resolution 20MP (5472*3648) 24MP (6000*4000) 42MP (7952*5304)
Type FSI BSI Stacked BSI BSI Stacked BSI FSI BSI
AF-points 25 CD 315 PD + CD 315 PD + 25 CD 357 PD + 25 CD 25 CD 315 PD + CD 25 CD 399 PD + CD
Lens Focal length 28-100mm 24-70mm 24-200mm 24-200mm 24-600mm 35mm
Aperture f/1.8-4.9 f/1.8-2.8 f/2.8-4.5 f/2.8 f/2.4-4 f/2
Performance Max. shutter speed


1/2000 1/3200 1/2000 1/4000
- 1/32000 - 1/32000 -
Max, FPS

with AF & AE

10 16 24 20 10 14 24 5
2.5 2.9 5.5 2.5 5.5 24 2 3
Screen Resolution 960x1280 TFT LCD
Size 3"
Tilting No Yes No Yes
EVF Resolution No 1040x1385




No 768*1024 RBG
Magnification 0.59x 0.7x 0.74x
Video Resolution 1920*1080 60fps 1920*1080 60fps

1280*720 120fps

3820*2160 30fps

1920*1080 120fps

1824*1026 240fps

1920*1080 60fps

1280*720 120fps

3820*2160 30fps

1920*1080 120fps

1824*1026 240fps

1920*1080 60fps 1920*1080 60fps

1280*720 120fps

Full sensor readout No Yes (60fps) No
Max. bitrate 28Mbit/s 50Mbit/s 100Mbit/s 50Mbit/s 100Mbit/s 28Mbit/s 100Mbit/s
Connectors USB Yes, 2.0, Micro
HDMI Yes, Micro
Hotshoe No MIS No MIS
Microphone No Yes Yes No Yes
Headphone No No
Wireless No 802.11b/g/n + NFC No 802.11b/g/n + NFC
Body ND filter No Yes, 3 stops (ND8) No No
Battery NP-BX1 (4.5Wh) NP-FW50 (7.7Wh) NP-BX1 (4.5Wh)
Weight 240g 281g 290g 298g 299g 301g 302g 813g 1051g 1095g 482g 507g
Length*Width 102*58mm 129*88mm 133*94mm 113*65mm
Depth 36mm 38mm 41mm 43mm 102mm 127mm 145mm 70mm 72mm
Model RX100 RX100 II RX100 III RX100 IV RX100 V RX100 VI RX100 VII RX10 RX10 II RX10 III RX10 IV RX1 RX1R RX1R II

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Best Inventions of the Year 2012: Sony RX100 Digital Camera". October 31, 2012. Archived from the original on September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Sony RX1: 24x36 mm compact a". LesNumeriques.
  3. ^ "Test: Sony RX1R". LesNumeriques..
  4. ^ "Test: Sony Cyber-shot RX10". LesNumeriques.
  5. ^ a b Arthur Azoulay (June 11, 2015). "Sony Mark IV and RX100 RX10 II: 4K Exmor RS and 1,000 fps". Digital Focus.
  6. ^ "Test .. Sony Cyber-shot RX100". LesNumeriques.
  7. ^ "Cyber-shot RX100: compact equal expert SLRs". 01net. August 14, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "Stellar: the RX100 Hasselblad sauce". LesNumeriques.
  9. ^ a b "Test Sony Cyber-shot RX100M2". LesNumeriques.
  10. ^ "Hasselblad Stellar launches the II (based on the RX100II)"..
  11. ^ "Hasselblad Stellar II: a pure luxury dressed RX100 II". Digital Focus.
  12. ^ "Test Sony RX100 Mark III". Digital Focus.
  13. ^ "Sony dévoile les prix de ses RX100 III et Alpha 7S: 850 € et 2400 €" [Sony Announces Pricing of its RX100 III and α7S. €850 and €2400]. LesNumeriques.
  14. ^ Branco (May 16, 2014). "RX100 III: the king is offering a compact viewfinder and a high-end optical". 01net. Retrieved May 24, 2014..
  15. ^ "Sony RX100 IV - The Speed Master with memory-attached 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor". Sony. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  16. ^ "Sony Corporation of America: Sony Announces New Addition to Acclaimed Line of Cyber-shot® RX Cameras". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  17. ^ "Sony RX100 VI 20MP compact camera with 24-200mm zoom announced, priced at $1,200". Photo Rumors. 2018-06-05.
  18. ^ Ferreira, Louis (2018-06-05). "Sony RX100VI Press Release". Sony Addict.
  19. ^ "Sony RX100 MK VI". Ken Rockwell. 20 Aug 2018. Retrieved 6 Apr 2020.
  20. ^ "Sony RX100 MK VII". Ken Rockwell. 25 Jul 2019. Retrieved 6 Apr 2020.
  21. ^ "Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Review". Digital Photography Review. 22 Aug 2019. Retrieved 6 Apr 2020.

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