Sony RX100 M1: Technical Data

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On this page, I present a selection of technical data for the Sony RX100 M1. Please note that technical data are just one side of the coin, the way you use a camera and its possibilities are the other side...


Technical Data

Below I present selected technical data for the Sony RX100 M1 that I collected from various sources. I cannot guarantee that this data is correct.

Data Sony RX100 M1 Comment
Lens Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* 10.4-37.1 mm (28-100 mm equiv.) f/1.8-f/4.9

7 elements in 6 groups (including AA lens)

Zoom Optical Zoom: 3.6 x, Clear (Image) Zoom: 7.2 x

Digital Zoom: 20 MP approx. 14 x / 10 MP approx. 20 x / 5 MP approx. 28 x / VGA approx. 54 x

There are two types of digital zoom: Clear (Image) Zoom (higher quality, lower range), and Digital Zoom (lower quality, wider range)
Filter diameter None Use the Sony filter adapter VFA-49R1 (or from other manufacturers) to attach filters and close-up lenses
Sensor Exmor CMOS Sensor, size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm); effective/total pixels (total pixels): 20.2/20.9 Megapixels; aspect ratio 3:2 Not back-lit as in the successor models
Max. pixels 5472 × 3648 (20 Megapixels, 3:2 format)  
Aperture range From 1.8 to 11 in 1/3 EV increments Maximum aperture depends on focal length.
ISO Range Auto (ISO125-6400, selectable with upper / lower limit), 125/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400 (Extendable to ISO 80/100), Multi-Frame NR: Auto (ISO125-25600) The Sony RX100 M1 can be used up to ISO 800-1600 without much image degradation.
Autofocus system Contrast detect auto focus system (sensor)  
Focus modes Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, DMF, Manual Focus  
Distance setting range iAuto: AF (W: Approx. 5cm (0.16') to infinity, T: Approx. 55 cm (1.80') to infinity) /
Program Auto: AF (W: Approx. 5cm (0.16') to infinity, T: Approx. 55 cm (1.80') to infinity)
Macro is practically usable only at the wide end.
Smallest object field W: Approx. 75 x 57 mm (according to own tests - do not take this too seriously) or 80 x 53 mm Magnification: 0.175 = 1:5.7 or 0.165 = 1:6 (without close-up lens)
Focus metering methods Multi-point (25 points), center, flexible spot AF lock can be simulated by using the AF/MF Control Toggle function
Exposure modes Auto advanced (Superior automatic), Auto (Intelligent automatic), Program Auto, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Memory Recall, Tele Zoom Hi Speed, 3D Sweep Panorama, Sweep Panorama, Anti Motion Blur, Picture Effect, Scene selection We use only the P and A modes (and rarely Panorama)
Exposure metering Multi pattern, center-weighted, spot AE lock available (toggle)
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments  
Automatic bracketing 3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps  
Continuous picture
Approx. 10 fps Only a few images at this speed...
Shooting modes Auto advanced (Superior automatic), Auto (Intelligent automatic), Program Auto, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Memory Recall, Panorama, Video This is what the mode dial shows. We use only the P and A modes (and rarely Panorama and Video)
Shutter speed range iAuto (4"-1/2000) / Program Auto (1"-1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30"-1/2000) / Aperture Priority (8"-1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30"-1/2000)  
Self timer delay time/Interval timer 2 s or 10 s, further modes / None Has some specific self-portrait modes.
Picture Effect(s) Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration We never use picture effects.
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Anti Motion Blur, Sports Action, Pet, Gourmet, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, Fireworks, High Sensitivity We never use scene modes.
LCD monitor WhiteMagic TFT LCD / Xtra fine, 7.5 cm (3" type), 1,228,800 dots Not tiltable
Electronic viewfinder None There is no hot shoe.
Optical viewfinder None There is no hot shoe.
Video resolution/
frame rate
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)


Video recording format AVCHD, MP4  
Dimensions 10.16 x 5.81 x 3.59 cm / 4" x 2 3/8" x 1 7/16" (W x H x D) See page Size Comparisons.
Weight Approx. 213 g (7.5 US oz.), with accessories approx. 240 g (8.5 US oz.)  
Connections USB, HDMI®, Micro USB, Micro HDMI®, PAL Video out  
Power supply Lithium-ion battery NP-BX1, capacity 1240 mAh, approx. 330 pictures Battery is loaded in the camera (USB charger); a separate charger is available as an option (see page My Equipment).
Storage media

SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo


For further data (for example, flash modes and data, white balance settings, file formats and sizes), please consult the instruction manuals or see the technical data online (see references)




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