According to the New York Times, the Sony RX100 is the best compact camera that has ever been made. Strong praise that I have heard from several people now. B&H now has the camera in stock.
I generally skip over point and shoot cameras unless they REALLY grab my attention. There’s just too many of them and I have no use for 99% of them. Sony have today unveiled the RX100 though which will sit at the top of their P&S lineup and go head to head with the Canon G1X. The sensor in the RX100 is similar in size to the Nikon 1-Series cameras , though a little smaller than the Canon G1X it is still much bigger than typical P&S cameras. On top of that, I think this camera actually looks pretty stunning! I really dislike the styling of the Canon G1X but this Sony is very svelte , and I haven’t said that about a Sony camera in a long time.
The camera also boasts full 1080p/60 video recording, 20MP images and an f1.8 lens. Certainly a compelling competitor in the upper end of that market. Not everyone wants to have multiple lenses and some of those people still want to make quality images. It’s a widening sector of the market that deserves some more investigation on my part.
- 20.2MP 1″ Exmor CMOS Low-Light Sensor
- Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens f1.8
- Xtra Fine 3″ LCD Display with WhiteMagic
- Optical 3.6x Zoom & Digital 7.2x Zoom
- Optical & Electronic Image Stabilization
- Full HD 1080/60p Video Capture
- Ultra-Fast 0.13 Sec High-Speed AF
- Face Detection & 10 fps Burst Mode
- Record Stills Using JPEG, RAW, or Both
- Aluminum Body with Built-In Pop Up Flash