Sony RX100 - Honest Review & Test 2024

By Julius
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The Sony RX100 is a typical point-and-shoot style compact camera that offers good image stabilization and autofocus.
The specs are much better than in comparable units and if video is your main focus, then you will find a lot of good opportunities in this camera.

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Of course, we also read other opinions online but in the end, nothing beats real world experience. So we took the time for a thorough Sony RX100 test and review! Below you find everything you need to know, including features, specs and what we like, and don't like about it.

Our Rating

4.6 / 5.0

What We Like

  • Small and lightweight
  • Tilt screen
  • Good autofocus
  • Good choice for videos
  • Really helpful image stabilizer

Reasons to Avoid

  • Requires good artificial lighting
  • Reports of burned-out flash

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First Impression

In a hurry and looking for the gist of things? Here is our review in short. Keep reading for the entire version.

Point-and-shoot cameras make for great budget-friendly underwater cameras as they help stabilize your images more than other compact cameras.

The Sony RX100 is a direct competitor to the Canon G7x so if one of them interests you, it will probably be between these two which one you take. The big difference between the two is that the Sony RX100 is a little better for video (but at a higher price) and the Canon G7x takes slightly better macro shots at a lower price.

It’s of course pretty lightweight with all the advantages of compact cameras. It’s maybe even a little too light so invest in good housing to protect it from impact.

It features a tilt screen, great autofocus, and dynamic range. In my opinion, this even bests some introductory DSLRs out there.

Especially if you are looking for something that doubles as an underwater camera and a Vlogging camera, you will love the Sony RX100.

The Sony RX100 for underwater photography

The Sony RX100 is a professional-grade compact camera and excellent for underwater photography.

It has a maximum shutter speed of 1/32000 sec which is astounding for a compact camera.

Image stabilization is key, especially in shaky underwater environments and it’s something the Sony RX100 does really really well.

If you enjoy taking underwater videos, this is also a good choice which offers more flexibility than a GoPro or other action cams. In addition, the screen (which can be tilted) gives you a better preview which comes in handy.

It’s also where the super-slow-motion mode comes in handy and delivers some truly spectacular results. I really like the effect at the start of my videos when I show the water entry, for example from a boat or zodiac.

Last but not least, the autofocus is super good and makes wide-angle shots of Makos and Manta rays much easier than with other compact cameras.

A drawback is rather poor low-light performance which requires strong external lighting at all times.

Underwater housing for the Sony RX100

The best underwater housing for the Sony RX100 is the Fantasea FRX100 VII S with a depth rating of 60m / 200ft.


Get the Sony RX100 if you are looking for a mid-range compact camera that has good autofocus and dynamic range while still not breaking the bank.

Specs & Features

TypeCompact Camera
Weight0.3kg (0.64 lbs)
Megapixels20.1 MP
Resolution1080p (video)
Good forVideos
Media TypeMicro SD
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Hey! I'm Julius, professional scuba instructor, diver, outdoor lover, entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Social Diving. I write about scuba diving (including tech, cave, sidemount, and freediving), travel, and love what I do. If you have any questions, send me a message. :-)

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