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Sony Announces the RX100, Touted as “Best Pocket Camera of All Time”


Sony’s new Cybershot — specs and pictures of which were leaked just a couple of days ago — was just made official this morning, accompanied by quite a few nods of approval from tech and photo nerds everywhere. PC World are even calling it the “Best Pocket Camera of All Time,” and they may not be far off. That’s because the new Cybershot DSC-RX100 is a fixed lens point-and-shoot compact that packs a wallop.

At the heart of the camera you’ll find a whopping 1-inch sensor working in concert with an f1.8-4.9 Vario-Sonnar T* lens, a 3-inch 1,229k-dot LCD and a BIONZ imaging processor. As far as features go, the RX100 boasts 3.6x optical zoom at 100mm, 10fps continuous shooting, 80-25,600 expandable ISO range, RAW capabilities, full manual mode, 13 different effect options and 1080p/60fps HD video capabilities.

For a point-and-shoot it certainly is stacked with features; and that lens, which utilizes a seven-blade circular aperture, can keep f2.8 all the way through half the zoom range, making it much more versatile than other fixed-lens compacts on the market. Those who are interested will be able to pick up the camera starting in July, but be forewarned, she’s gonna cost you $649… and that’s before you grab any other accessories.