After reading some good reviews about the Sony RX100, I decided to get one myself. I was searching for a high quality portable camera, that I could easily take with me everywhere. And that’s just what this camera is. For me the most important key features are: fast lens (F/1.8 on the wide side), 1 inch sensor, 20 megapixels, high-ISO performance and ability to shoot in RAW.
The other day I went out to see for myself how the RX100 would capture one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful streets at night. I configured my RX100 to save both the JPEG and RAW files, so I could see what the so called ‘straight out of camera’ (SOOC) image would look like. Not being an expert in night photography I shot the photo in ‘Aperture’ mode at F/11. In this mode, the camera will determine the shutter time itself by measuring the available light. Besides that, I made sure the ISO was fixed at 125.
The image below is the so called ‘straight out of camera’ image. As you can see it’s a bit too dark. The exposure time was set by the camera at 8 seconds. So next time I better set the camera in ‘Manual’ mode and increase the exposure time to 10 seconds or more.
And here we have the RAW image. It looks a bit flat compared to the JPEG image, but that’s because it isn’t processed yet.
And finally below you see what the image looks like after processing. This image shows much more details than the first SOOC image. I also cleaned up the bridge, because it was covered with white stains.
By looking at the final result, I’m very happy with the overall quality of the images the RX100 can produce. The results could even be better, if I had used ‘Manual’ mode instead of ‘Aperture’ mode. And besides that, probably I should have used F/8 instead of F/11. According to this site, the RX100 introduces ‘diffraction’ at F/11. This could have a negative effect on the image quality. So next time: ‘Manual’ mode and F/8