If you bought a Sony RX100, you might have been put out to find that the camera only comes with one battery (that's normal) but no charger (that's not)—the user is expected to charge the battery in the camera. Not very convenient, because even if you can procure a second battery, it just has to sit around until the camera's free to charge it.
Aftermarket to the rescue—Big Mike's, though Amazon, sells a kit with a charger and two extra batteries for less than the price of one Sony battery alone. The charger works in the car or from the AC, and the batteries have a higher power rating than Sony's—1800 mAh vs. 1240 mAh. One user reports that the camera's battery charge indicator didn't work accurately with the replacement batteries, so keep an eye on that. Otherwise people seem to be happy.
(Thanks to John Camp)
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Edward Taylor: "I have had this charger and batteries for some time now. The charger works as advertised and the batteries seem to provide for at least as many shots as the Sony battery that came with the camera. Now I always have a battery in the camera, a battery in the charger, and a spare to carry along with me."
John Robison: "I guess batteries are the new film. By that I mean, with film cameras you dreaded running out of film. Now, with digital, you worry about running out of battery power. With either circumstance, you are left high and dry."
Freddy S.: "I don't own a RX100 but I own a Fuji F31fd which also charges its battery in camera. To be honest, I find that very convenient, espcially when you travel (light) you don't want to carry around all the accessories."
Mike replies: Can't you charge most small cameras directly, whether they come with battery chargers or not? I really don't know—I'm not in that habit myself—but I thought that was a standard option.
Barry relies to Mike: "Regarding your question about 'all cameras' and charging, the answer is absolutely not. Until quite recently (maybe this year), most cameras did not allow charging via USB connections. Just recently, Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung have started supporting this very useful feature. Canon still does not support it, nor does the new Olympus OMD. For those of us who find this an important feature, it has been very frustrating, but it looks like the trend is in our favor."