Sony RX100 video review
I have recently had a chance to get my hands on Sony’s new little point-and-shoot, the Sony RX100. This video was done by my friends at Finderly (shot by Stefan Fleig), a product recommendation platform, in collaboration with DerStandard.at, one of Austria’s quality newspapers. That’s also why the video is in German, but I have subtitled it in English so everybody can understand. Please excuse the bad audio, they just refused to put a proper microphone on me … I was filmed with the Sony HVX10. Mind you, this review was done for a broad audience and doesn’t exclusively focus on the video part which I usually focus on!
At $650, it’s pricey for a point-and-shoot, but with a 1″ sensor, an aluminum body and a 3.6 zoom lens that starts at f/1.8 (though it slows down considerably when zooming in), it’s great camera to always carry around with you, and it’s fully manually controllable.
Its biggest disadvantage for me as a filmmaker: It has only a 50p mode, no 24p or 25p mode – which means that all motion shot with this camera looks particularly video-ish. Yet it has a feature great for filmmaking: peaking! Something unheard-of in the point-and-shoot range.
Two important things not mentioned in the video (been cut out – not by me!)
The RX100 doesn’t have built-in ND filters, like all other point-and-shoots currently on the market – which means that filmmakers have to compensate by using higher shutter speeds when shooting outside.
Also, the mini HDMI port is probably on the worst possible place ever – right next to the tripod thread on the bottom of the camera, meaning that you absolutely cannot use it while having this camera on a tripod. Sometimes I really wonder who comes up with something like this, are they not thinking?
The Sony RX100 is built very sturdy, it almost has the feel of an old Leica, and I think it really can take a beating (yet a tiny bit of black paint came off on a top edge after I used it a day, but nothing serious).