The Sony RX100 packs a lot of image quality punch into a truly shirt pocket portable compact digital camera. Shutter lag and autofocus performance are quite good, still image quality is on the high end of the pecking order for true compact digitals and the ability to operate in fully automatic mode along with complete manual controls and a RAW shooting option should appeal to a wide audience of potential users. Full HD video performance is pretty good. The camera has a solid and well-built feel to it, owing at least in part to its metal construction.
The RX100 does not come cheap – its $650 MSRP is right there with entry-level DSLRs – and the absence of an external battery charger (at least for now) and a more complete printed user’s manual seems at odds with the camera’s otherwise fairly high performance nature. Sony rightly observes that the RX100 would be an outstanding choice for a DSLR owner who wanted a pocket-size compact camera capable of producing high-quality images, but you don’t have to own a DSLR or even shoot in anything but fully automatic modes to enjoy the benefits of fine image quality from this new Sony.