SONY has introduced a new premium compact camera called the Cyber-shot RX100 with an aluminium body, a high-quality Carl Zeiss lens and a large 20.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor.
The Cyber-shot RX100's 20.2-megapixel image sensor is a relatively large 1in size and has an ISO range of 125 to 6,400 (and from ISO 80 to 25,600 in ISO boost mode).
The 1in sensor in the RX100 is about four times larger than the 1/2.3in sensor used in most compact cameras and thus theoretically has comparatively lower noise at any given ISO setting.
The RX100 is fitted with a 3.6x Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens equivalent to a 28-100mm zoom lens in the 35mm film format.
At the 28mm end, the zoom lens has a wide aperture of f/1.8 which produces better out of focus backgrounds and allows the user to shoot with higher shutter speeds in low-light situations.
The LCD screen on the back of the RX100 is a 3in "WhiteMagic" LCD screen which has 1.229-million dots which includes not just red, green and blue pixels, but also white pixels which help to boost the overall brightness of the screen.
Another feature of the RX100 is the Speed Priority Conti-nuous mode which allows for shooting a burst of images at 10fps (frames per second).
The RX100 is also capable of shooting 1080p full HD video at up to 50fps using the AVCHD codec.
The RX100 is expected to be available early next month for a list price of RM2,499. - TAN KIT HOONG