Photos Taken with the Sony RX100 VII Compact Camera

Here's a sampling of photos I've taken with the Sony RX100 VII, the latest in Sony's high-end compact camera line.
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When it comes to choosing a pocket-sized compact to take with me on my travels for when a DSLR or full-frame mirrorless is just impractical or too intrusive, my top two contenders usually come from Sony’s RX100 or Ricoh’s GR lines. It’s not really an apples-to-apples comparison since they’re quite different in their feature sets and approaches. The cameras in the RX100 line cram in a lot more bells and whistles—things like zooms and tilting screens and boundary-pushing speed.

But one of the impressive things about the RX100 line is that those bell and whistles don’t come at the expense of image quality or usability. I’ve used several models in the series over the years, and they’ve always been excellent little cameras.

The latest model is the RX100 VII (also sometimes listed as DSC-RX100M7). I’ve been out shooting with it quite a lot lately to put it through its paces. I’ll post a detailed review separately, but in the hope it might be useful to readers trying to make their own decisions on which camera to get, below are some photos I’ve taken with it. I’ve also posted some high-ISO examples and a quick guide to its panorama features.

Sony RX100 VII Compact Camera

But first, here are some of the highlight features that have stood out for me when shooting photos with the RX100 VII:

Excellent Image Quality. Starting with the most important consideration for me, the image quality that’s coming out of the RX100 VII is excellent. I always approach small-sensor cameras like this with some trepidation, but there’s good reason why Sony is leading the pack when it comes to sensors. The images coming out of this rival or beat those coming out of some current cameras with larger APS-C sensors. Sony has sensibly limited the ISO range available to a still-respectable 12800, so you can be pretty confident of not getting some nasty surprises when you get the images home to your computer display.

20MP images. The full-size images that come out measure 5472 by 3648 pixels (you can also choose different aspect ratios for JPG output).

24-200mm Optical Zoom. A more expansive zoom has been one of the additions of the last couple of models in the RX100 range. When you factor in the small 1.0″ sensor and convert the focal lengths to what the equivalents would be on a full-frame (or 35mm) camera, they come out to 24-200mm. That’s the optical zoom range—the one with the highest quality and the one I use most of the time.

But like some other recent compacts, like the recent HX99, there are digital zoom ranges beyond that. I’ve written in more detail on those, and posted some examples, in a page specifically on the zoom range of the RX100 VII. None of the images below are using the digital zooms—only the optical zoom.

Fast. What I’m referring to here is speed of operation, not lens apertures.

Particularly with the larger a9 series cameras, Sony has really been forging ahead with camera speed, and some aspects of that are now filtering down into other cameras in Sony’s range. It’s really showing on the RX100 VII, with unusually fast autofocus. And I also found the tracking to be unusually good—something that leaves something to be desired on many other cameras.

There were other aspects of speed that I’ve liked about this camera. It has very fast burst shooting—up to 20 frames per second—and while the mechanical shutter is limited to a fairly slow 1/2000 sec, the electronic shutter can fire down to 1/32000 second. You obviously need a lot of light or a very high ISO—or both—but it opens up some fun and interesting creative possibilities.

Sony RX100 VII Image Samples

Here’s a sampling of photos I’ve taken with the RX100 VII under various conditions. Hopefully this gives a sense of how to performs in real-world shooting.

Some of these were taken in JPG-only mode. Most were shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom.

Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₅₀₀ sec at ƒ/4. Zoomed to 50mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₂₅₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 200mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 1250 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 3200 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/8. Zoomed at 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₄₀₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 150mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₅₀₀ sec at ƒ/8. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₈₀ sec at ƒ/9. Zoomed to 36mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 8000 and ¹⁄₅₀₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Zoomed to 27mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at ƒ/8. Zoomed to 33mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₀₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₈₀ sec at ƒ/8. Zoomed to 58mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₆₀ sec at ƒ/8. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 400 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/8. Zoomed to 27mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 2500 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₈₀₀ sec at ƒ/4. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 8000 and ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at ƒ/4. Zoomed to 40mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 640 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/3.5. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 3200 and ¼ sec at ƒ/7.1. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 200 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 3200 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₆₄₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 153mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₅₀ sec at ƒ/4. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/8. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 800 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₀₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 200mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 6400 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/4. Zoomed to 62mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 400 and ¹⁄₆₄₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Zoomed to 27mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 160 and ¹⁄₆₀ sec at ƒ/9. Zoomed to 57mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 250 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 250 and ¹⁄₁₆₀ sec at ƒ/8. Zoomed to 127mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at ƒ/11. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 320 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/11. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 10000 and ¹⁄₂₀ sec at ƒ/4. Zoomed to 54mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 640 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/5.6. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₈₀₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 175mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₄₀₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Zoomed to 25mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₅₀₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 122mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 4000 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₅₀₀ sec at ƒ/11. Zoomed to 109mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 80 and 0.8 sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₀₀ sec at ƒ/11. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 1000 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/5.6. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₄₀₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 66mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₀₀ sec at ƒ/11. Zoomed to 43mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at ƒ/11. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 12800 and ¹⁄₄₀₀ sec at ƒ/4. Zoomed to 62mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 12800 and ¹⁄₁₆₀₀ sec at ƒ/3.5. Zoomed to 34mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 250 and ¹⁄₃₀ sec at ƒ/3.2. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₆₄₀ sec at ƒ/7.1. Zoomed to 142mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 3200 and ¹⁄₂₀₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 200mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/6.3. Zoomed to 83mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₆₄₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 200mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₃₂₀ sec at ƒ/4. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₆₀ sec at ƒ/11. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/7.1. Zoomed to 200mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₈₀₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 129mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 200 and ¹⁄₂₀₀ sec at ƒ/11. Zoomed to 200mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 6400 and ¹⁄₁₆₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 134mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₆₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 91mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₄₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/8. Zoomed to 65mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₆₀ sec at ƒ/8. Zoomed to 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 500 and ¹⁄₂₀₀ sec at ƒ/4.5. Zoomed to 200mm (35mm equivalent).
Sony RX100 VII Sample Photo
ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at ƒ/8. Zoomed at 64mm (35mm equivalent).

Where to Find Them

You can find the Sony RX100 VII at B&H Photo.

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9 Responses

  1. Amazing pictures. I’m in the market for the RX100. But don’t know if I should get the VII or the VA. I know the VA has a faster lens but your pics are really impressive. I was always worried about the low light situations. Have you had any issues?

  2. Great images for such a compact camera, and super helpful to see similar images from the GR3. Thanks for this! To my eye the Sony images look more pleasing than the Ricoh, and without appreciably more noise. Were the Sony results tweaked more in post? If not, I’m having a hard time seeing much advantage to the Ricoh’s better lens and bigger sensor.

    1. The processing with both of these is pretty minimal, and overall there’s not more done with the Sony images than the Ricoh images. But I generally agree. In my experience, the Sony often produces better-looking images out of the camera. And it tends to be more forgiving. Some of that is probably sensor quality–Sony really know what they’re doing there–as well as more polished a sophisticated imaging engine. So I wouldn’t probably say that the Sony is a better all-around camera for more situations. That said, I have more fun shooting with the Ricoh GR III. I like it’s handling and responsiveness, and I like not being tempted to mess with things like zoom. It’s refreshing in a similar way as heading out to shoot with a DSLR with just a 50mm prime lens. And don’t get me wrong–I really like some of the images I’ve gotten out of the Ricohs. But the Sony is probably more forgiving in terms of image quality.

  3. Hi David, your RX100 VII pictures are very well. But I’ve a question. Why do you use some time a high aperture from 7.1 and above? The small “one inch” sensor has a converted (comparing to full frame) aperture of 19 ( 7,1×2,7 Cropfactor). Of course for landscape you get more depth of field with this relativly closed apperture, but I be afraid you’ll get also some problems caused by diffraction effects (with less sharpness and so on). Have you a possibility that can have a look on some original photos in Jpg or Raw. No fear I can promise, it’s only for looking, NOT for publishing. I accept your copyright!
    So I’ve a better base to find a decision – should I buy this camera or not?
    Please be not angree with my critical remark and excuse my failures. I’m mot a nativ speaker. My mother language is german. I’m the owner of a SONY Alpha 7 24-70 F4 and a RX10 IV.
    I prefer to buy a RX100 VII, because she’s more light wight (not bulky) and has place in a small pocket.
    Best regards Mario

    1. I deliberately shot these with a variety of apertures, zoom settings, and scenes precisely to test the camera under different conditions and with different settings to see how it performs. These aren’t shot for clients or print publication.

      You can click on each image to open a full-resolution version.

  4. Thank you for the info you’ve shared here. I’ve had my sony rx100vii for a while now and haven’t used it much. After seeing the images you’ve shared here, I think I’m going to print some of my work.

    1. Thanks! Most of the time I use A. Sometimes switch to M. Rarely use S unless I’m shooting fast action–and even then rarely. I hardly ever use P except occasionally for family snapshots of energetic kids.

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