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Canon G9X vs. Original Sony RX100

Discussion in 'Other >= 1" Sensor Cameras' started by Biro, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    I'm looking for some specific information about the Canon G9X compared with the original Sony RX100 and I'd really like to hear from those who've used both - or anyone who can add some real insight into either. I'm considering these two cameras for a specific kind of mission.

    Imagine taking some people out to a fancy restaurant on a special occasion. The lighting is quite soft, even low. I'm dressed in a suit, blazer or sport coat (But no pants!). When I take my shots of people, I want to use natural light as flash would probably bother other diners.

    So I need true pocketability - as in shirt pocket or suit jacket/blazer pocket. I need good image quality from that compact camera, hence the one-inch sensors. And I need reasonably fast but reliable autofocus in dim light. I need these to be very good snapshots but I am not creating high art in this kind of situation. Nor am I pixel-peeping.

    I had been using a Fuji XF1 for this mission. But it's clear the 2/3 sensor is at its limits in that kind of environment and the autofocus on that older Fuji model isn't really up to the task.

    It's clear the G9X is a bit more pocketable than the RX100 but the Mark I version of the Sony would probably work as well. I don't want to get any larger than that. I am specifically interested in which camera has the faster and/or more-accurate autofocus in low light as well as the better overall image quality in low light. And, finally, which would you pick between the two for my mission and why?

    The Canon and Sony are now pretty close when it comes to price, at $429 and $399 respectively. I'm agnostic on touchscreen versus physical controls. I've used both and am fine with either on such a camera. I don't know if the longer focal range of the Sony makes much difference in this case. I just need to know which will give me the best, most-reliable results in the situation I described above.

    As for the RX100 III and IV, they're out of the picture for reasons involving price, size and weight. I have mixed feelings about buying another camera at all. If I do, another camera in my oversized kit will have to go.

    Thanks for any help.

    Steve
     
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  2. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Have you considered the Ricoh GR? I know it doesn't have a zoom lens, but for low light/no flash pictures you don't want to be zooming a RX100 so you end up with f4.9 anyway.

    AF isn't blazing fast, but it's adequate, and you have snap focus as well.

    I find it much better in lowlight than my RX100 classic, well I find it better for any application that doesn't require zooming really.
     
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  3. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Yes, Chris, I have the Ricoh GR and I plan on taking it to a dinner next week to check out the autofocus in that environment and see if it'll be what I'm looking for in this case. Right now, the only other potential issue is the length of the GR's body. It tends to stick out of shirt and suit jacket pockets. Anyway, just in case, I want to be able to jump on the Canon or Sony before another, more important dinner in the near future.
     
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