July 28th, 2012, 12:26 PM
Go over to the Sony talk forum on DPR and you'll find a lot of people who will tell you its the very best camera in the history of the world, or at least since the Renaissance. So if you're just looking for some confirmation, head on over...
As with everything, there are tradeoffs. Its a very small body for what it tries to do. The sensor is amazing, the lens is less amazing but seems mostly up to the test of the sensor. The handling is all some people want - maybe you're one of them? It would personally drive me crazy in anything other than a highly secondary role (no, I haven't handled one, but I feel reasonably confident saying that given how much its modelled after the S90-100 and my reaction to the handling on those cameras).
Sounds like its definitely worth checking out for you - its a major step forward in sensor technology for compacts and a lot of people love it and are shedding DSLR's. So maybe its up to your standard for shedding m43 gear. For me, these little cameras are always gonna be secondary to my m43 and APS gear, which always get a lot of use. When I have one of these compacts, it's the one that gets left behind almost all of the time, and then I end up selling them and then at some point wishing I had one again. But they seem to be the black sheep on my camera shelf, rather than m43.
Last edited by Ray Sachs; July 28th, 2012 at 12:28 PM.
July 28th, 2012, 12:42 PM
The m43 primes will give you better image quality, but If you compare rx100 lens to the m43 kit lenses there is little difference in kit lens speeds. The sensor difference between m43 and 1" sensor is more close to m43 to aps-c sensor size difference. Similarly the newer Sony omd sensor is close or near aps-c performance vs newer Sony RX100 sensor is close or near m43 12MP sensor performance. RX100 AF is very fast compared to my s95 so I don't put them in the same category because of that. The AF speed is more close to my nex-5n/omd but the accuracy is less. I haven't used it much since for photography I carry m43 with the lenses vs RX100 is a carry-on for casual photos for me. I think it can easily replace the 12MP m43 kit lens set up and rx100 has very good macro. Both the lx3/5 and most m43 lenses including the wider primes use heavy lens distortion correction so I don't think Sony rx100 is not that different. For me Nex-5n and screw/m-mount Voigtlander lenses are the norm if I don't want the heavy distortions on the corners of the lenses due to lens corrections....You can check the online reviews for rx100 with full size samples are available. Then you can decide depending on your needs/ IQ expectations.
July 28th, 2012, 04:54 PM
I had a Full Frame kit with a Canon 5D and a couple of lenses.
Since it was not getting used I decides to trade it for a m43 kit.
I've built a pretty good m43 kit, but I'm finding I'm not using it also.
I just use it when I travel, and even for that, I think a compact would be enough.
I enjoy taking pictures and coming home and seeing them with my family, but I just don't find myself going over to lightroom and photoshop and editing the pictures and sorting them and all that...
I guess I'm going through a loss of interest in photography...
So I think I could buy a rx100 for those times I want a camera such as vacations, family and friend events and such, and just let go of my kit...
Cheers and thanks for the replies!
July 28th, 2012, 05:15 PM
If you do get an RX100, I would suggest (if you can afford it) to get it first, before selling your m43 gear -- in case you feel you need to buy that gear back.
Alternatively, do you have one of the newer smart phones? See if that serves your need for shooting. If you can wait 6 months or so, the RX100 is likely to drop in price quite a bit.
Just some random thoughts.
July 28th, 2012, 05:53 PM
I just acquired an RX100, I have an XPro 1 and a Nikon V1. I've found myself using the V1 and RX100 more than the XP1, the V1 I can pop on the 70-300 and get fabulous handheld moonshots,
the RX100 is just so pocketable and FAST, has the same size sensor as the V1 but twice the megapixels and the IQ is really phenomenal I simply use it more.
Last edited by BruPri; July 28th, 2012 at 06:03 PM.
M9/Cron35 and OK, fine... now an RX1
I think I'm done now.
July 28th, 2012, 06:29 PM
I am using the RX100 exclusively this weekend on a trip to Maryville, Tennessee, and am thoroughly enjoying it as a street camera. I spent time at a farmers' market this morning. Some of those pics are on my flickr thread. It is very quiet, and works well in my relatively big hands. While most of the time I am using it at 28mm, the zoom is nice to have at times. It produces files in the range of 114M. One would have to do some pixel-peeping to see the difference between these files and the m4/3 files. Not that close pixel examination is bad. It has a place, but my point is that the files are quite nice for most purposes, and more than adequate for the web and up to moderate print uses.
July 28th, 2012, 07:23 PM
Dan, have you looked at the Franiec grip yet? I just ordered mine...really helps with largish hands.
Originally Posted by Country Parson
M9/Cron35 and OK, fine... now an RX1
I think I'm done now.
July 28th, 2012, 07:31 PM
I've ordered one as well.
Originally Posted by BruPri
July 28th, 2012, 07:40 PM
I'd be interested in the grip too, but I'm not sure where to order it from. Can one of you point me in the right direction? Thanks.
July 28th, 2012, 10:20 PM
I have seen the grip but have not ordered one yet. I suppose it would help, though I feel pretty secure using the wrist strap so far. I will be interested in your comments you who get it and try it.
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