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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 - Sample Images: ISO Performance

By Alex Robb



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Sony Cyber-shot RX100


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Sony Cyber-shot RX 100 sample image

The ISO test image in full. Below are 100% crops taken from the same scene at different ISO settings.

Sony Cyber-shot RX 100 ISO 100

ISO 100

Sony Cyber-shot RX 100 ISO 200

ISO 200

Sony Cyber-shot RX 100 ISO 400

ISO 400

Sony Cyber-shot RX 100 ISO 800

ISO 800

Sony Cyber-shot RX 100 ISO 1600

ISO 1600

Sony Cyber-shot RX 100 ISO 3200

ISO 3200

Sony Cyber-shot RX 100 ISO 6400

ISO 6400

Brian G

July 26, 2012, 1:50 pm

Very puzzled by the image samples.
Why use ISO 100 for the cathedral interior (pic 23), (which also looks like it's suffering from camera shake), and then use ISO 800 for the bright sunlit beach shot (pic 22)?
Also, maybe as a result of the high ISO setting, what on earth is going on with the sky in the top left of pic 23?


July 26, 2012, 8:56 pm

"there's also a stereo microphone input should you want to enhance sound recording quality"
According to other sources on the net there is no microphone input - what is correct?

Brian G

July 27, 2012, 12:45 pm

Sorry - A mistake in my text.

I meant the sky in pic 22, the sunlit beach.

Look at the blue sky in the top left corner and there are some extremely strange artifacts.

I still don't understand why the tester used ISO100 for the cathedral interior shot and ISO800 for the beach scene?

Jerome Nolas

July 30, 2012, 9:02 pm

A nice toy for the boys from the country club...."thanks" Sony!


September 30, 2012, 7:43 pm

In addition to being a "nice toy", this camera seems to be one of the best if not the best camera in the market for it size based on image quality and build. Seriously considering buying it instead of an entry level DSLR.


December 23, 2012, 2:19 am

by far the best ultra compact in term of image quality in lower and higher ISO-range! Usability is excellent. Only the image stabilisation is not as par as with the canon cameras, especially compared to the very impressive image stabilisation in the canon power shot SX260 HS
Very useful: indoor you can direct the flash to the ceiling to avoid "flashed" faces.

Tipp: use the panorama mode up/down while holding the camera at 90° to achieve greater panorama
More samples:


Jon W

April 21, 2015, 10:34 am

Do not buy this camera if you will be using it in a high humidity environment. With this camera 3 months old the menus became un-useable, cycling through all selections but not allowing any selections to be made. On returning it to Sony I was told it was due to water damage, the camera was beyond economic repair, it was not covered by the warranty, and they charged me £34 for examining it!!! The camera had been used during skiing trips and had been in my jacket pocket in high humidity but had never been in contact with water.

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