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Sony shows the DSC-RX100 point and shoot with big sensor and WhiteMagic screen [UPDATED]

Sony’s latest digicam offering, the RX100, will put a 1″ 20.9 MP Exmor CMOS sensor with BIONZ image processor in your hands sometime in July for the rather high asking price of $649.

The RX100 has a four times larger sensor than the run-of-the-mill point and shoot cameras, a 25 point Contrast Detect focusing system, and does 1080/60p AVCHD videos with stereo sound. The enthusiast camera can shoot in RAW and offers an ISO range between 120 and 6400 (which can be boosted up to 25600 using multi-frame noise-reduction).

On the back of the Sony RX100 there’s a 3″ 1229k dot LCD display with Sony’s WhiteMagic tech that has additional white pixels for enhanced brightness and outdoor visibility.

A pop-up flash is placed at the top, mimicking the Micro Four Thirds cameras’ styling. The lens is a non-interchangeable Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* with a focal length of 28 – 100mm (in 35 mm equivalent). Perhaps the nicest thing about it is the F1.8 aperture at the wide range of the zoom, which combined with the large sensor, should provide excellent low light capabilities.


The Sony DSC-RX100 digital camera

The RX100′s sensor is slightly bigger than the one in the Nokia 808 PureView monster of a cameraphone but will undoubtedly offer faster focusing and sharper images thanks to its superior optical system.

Dpreview have already done a preview of the Sony DSC-RX100 with some samples images. And here’s a video preview for you guys to enjoy.

Update: Here’s Sony SGNL video as well:

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