Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII Review

October 16, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and Raw formats.

JPEG Raw

ISO 64 (100% Crop)

ISO 64 (100% Crop)

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ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII's 8x zoom lens offers a versatile focal range, as illustrated by these examples.

24mm

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200mm

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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are just a little soft and ideally benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. Alternatively you can change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII handled chromatic aberrations very well during the review, with some purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII has 3 different image quality settings available, with Extra Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

Extra Fine (12Mb) (100% Crop) Fine (6.28Mb) (100% Crop)
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Standard (4.31Mb) (100% Crop) RAW (19.9Mb) (100% Crop)
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Macro

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII allows you to focus on a subject that is 8cms away from the camera when the lens is set to wide-angle.

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Flash

The flash settings on the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII are Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Syncro, No Flash, with a Red-eye Reduction option in the Main menu. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

Suppressed Flash - Wide Angle (24mm)

Forced Flash - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Suppressed Flash - Telephoto (200mm)

Forced Flash - Telephoto (200mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Forced Flash setting or the Red-Eye Correction option caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash Off

Flash Off (100% Crop)
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Forced Flash

Forced Flash (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

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Night

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds in the Manual shooting mode, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography.

Night

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