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Sony RX100

Image Quality 4 Years Later (Two Cycling Selfies at Full Res)

I first reviewed the Sony RX100 in August 2012. At the time, its image quality impressed (see the examples), and its built-in fill flash was found to have an outstanding ability to improve outdoor portraits (dial in -1 2/3 to -2 stops flash compensation).

Four years later, the larger Sony RX10 III has an improved sensor, (same size and pixel count), but 2012 images from the diminutive RX100 still impresses with outstanding image quality when given a fresh lookover—impressive and yet disappointing in a way: what a pity that after four years a full frame 148-megapixel full-frame DSLR has not appeared (that’s what the RX100 sensor density would mean on full frame).

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