Sony's pocket-rocket RX100 arrives down under

Sony's large-sensor compact camera finally arrives in Australia.

Announced a little over a month ago, the Sony RX100 is the company's first large-sensor advanced compact camera.

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Designed for keen amateurs and advanced photographers looking for the best image quality in a compact form factor, the RX100 is not the first to make use of a bright f/1.8 lens or a reasonably large imaging sensor.

For the record, its 1-inch sensor size is smaller than that found on Canon's G1X, but larger than most of the other competitors in this category, like the Fuji X10 or Olympus XZ-1. The camera also has a similar control ring feature around the lens that lets photographers change exposure, zoom and so on, just like the Olympus XZ-1 and Canon S100.

If the idea of a large-sensor compact floats your boat, the RX100 is available now for AU$799 — a fair bit dearer than the US retail price of AU$649. Click through to read our first impression of the camera in full, ahead of our review.

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