Sony RX100 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Sony makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the RX100 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 below.
In any case, the RX100 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This fixed lens compact camera was officially introduced on June 6th, 2012, which means that, as of today, the camera is 4128 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Sony RX100 II as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Sony's help guide for the RX100
The camera's help guide is 150 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the RX100 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Sony's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Sony RX100 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your RX100 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Sony RX100 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Sony RX100 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the RX100.
What type of imaging sensor is used in the Sony RX100?
The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used in the Sony RX100 to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Sony equipped the RX100 with the BIONZ X image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Sony RX100?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Sony RX100?
The RX100 offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Sony RX100 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100.
|Camera Model||Sony RX100|
|Camera Type||Fixed lens compact camera|
|Camera Lens||28-100mm f/1.8-4.9|
|Launch Date||June 2012|
|Launch Price||USD 649|
|Sensor Format||1" Sensor|
|Sensor Size||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||15.9 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||20 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||5 472 x 3 648 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||2.41 μm|
|Pixel Density||17.18 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/60p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 6 400 ISO|
|ISO Boost||100 - 25 600 ISO|
|Image Processor||BIONZ X|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||66|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||22.6|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||12.4|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||390|
|Viewfinder Type||No viewfinder|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||1229k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000s|
|Continuous Shooting||10 shutter flaps/s|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||MS or SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||no|
|External Flash||no Hotshoe|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||micro HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||NP-BX1 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||330 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||USB charging|
102 x 58 x 36 mm
(4.0 x 2.3 x 1.4 in)
|Camera Weight||240 g (8.5 oz)|
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