Sony RX100 review by Jordan Steele at the Admiring Light: "while it has its quirks, the Sony RX100 is definitely the finest compact camera I have ever used."

Sony RX100 review by Jordan Steele at the Admiring Light: "while it has its quirks, the Sony RX100 is definitely the finest compact camera I have ever used."

If the Nikon D800 was the Dslr camera of choice in 2012, the Olympus E-M5 the award reaper in the mirrorless segment, then the Sony RX100 appears to be the undisputed king of the compact category. Here's another +1 for Sony's miniature powerhouse:

"Overall, the Sony DSC-RX100 is a serious camera.  Not just for those looking for a high quality point and shoot as their sole camera, but even for the serious photographer looking for a take anywhere camera.  While the limited aperture at the long end would make me look elsewhere as my only camera, I loved shooting with it as a ‘take anywhere’ camera.  Most importantly, I never really felt I was compromising my ability to get high quality shots when I left my OM-D in the car and was testing this little guy.

The RX100 is actually the perfect camera for someone looking to upgrade to something like a DSLR just for the image quality, but who doesn’t want to hassle with buying multiple lenses.  All those people who own a DSLR and the kit zoom with no intention of ever buying additional lenses should seriously consider a swap to the RX100.  It has similar image quality and capabilities in a much smaller package.

There are some odd interface issues that I eventually became used to, and the lens certainly isn’t perfect.  However, while it has its quirks, the Sony RX100 is definitely the finest compact camera I have ever used."

Pros:

Very compact, rugged body with a big sensor
Controls are within easy reach and very customizable
Good image sharpness throughout the zoom range
Outstanding dynamic range
Good noise handling, allowing for quality images up to ISO 1600
Responsive with very fast and accurate autofocus
High quality video mode
Very good out of camera JPEGs

Cons:

Camera lacks any sort of front grip, so can be slick and slightly awkward to hold
Some odd limitations on controls options such as the inability to have exposure compensation on the rear dial.
Slightly confusing ‘wheel’ paradigm when changing settings
Lens is soft on the edges and has relatively pronounced chromatic aberration
Macro mode is pretty soft.

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