Ron Martin reviews the Sony RX100, supplies plenty of full sized samples along: He likes it a lot, but will keep it not.

Ron Martin reviews the Sony RX100, supplies plenty of full sized samples along:  He likes it a lot, but will keep it not.
Ron Martin reviews the Sony RX100, supplies plenty of full sized samples along:  He likes it a lot, but will keep it not.
Ron Martin reviews the Sony RX100, supplies plenty of full sized samples along:  He likes it a lot, but will keep it not.
Ron Martin reviews the Sony RX100, supplies plenty of full sized samples along:  He likes it a lot, but will keep it not.

Bad rhymes of mine aside, this is actually the current state of the high-end in  the very compact prosumer camera segment: The RX100 was the king of 2012, but it is now stuck between the rocks and that hard place. The rock are its main competitors like the Nikon P7700 and the Fujifilm X10 that are now available at discounted prices, and the hard place is the forthcoming Fujifilm X20, a camera that according to not-so-modest Fuji executives will thrash the RX100 in every way imaginable.

"My wife loved using this camera and found herself taking a lot more images with it because of its one hand operation. She never really got used to the features and missed both the EXR mode and the exposure compensation dial (which we call the make it brighter/darker knob at home <g>) on her x10. If this were a $300 camera we’d probably keep it, but at $648 (at the time this was written) it’s definitely going back to B&H in favor of the x10. It’s

compact size doesn’t make up for the performance and features of her x10, and the benefits just don’t justify the price – for her.

The judge is still out for me if I’ll keep it for my own personal point and shoot. Come back again later to find out what I do!

Compared to Other Compact Cameras

I’ll cover comparisons in another article, but I’ll say right now that I’d take this over a Canon s110, G15 or G1X in a heartbeat. I also find the practical use of its zoom and size to make it more desirable to me than all other compacts I’ve tested except the x10. 

As common sense dictates, cameras like the RX1, XPro-1, etc… destroy it in image quality. However, if you are only printing 4x6 prints (but it can easily do 16x24”) and sharing your images on Facebook (etc…) with small images like I have here then this is all the camera you need for that output format."

 

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