Sold my 5D mark II with various apertures and bought this instead. Sure you can miss system camera sometimes but this lasts surprisingly long. Above all, it is easier to get with :) Hard to take pictures with a camera that is home ...
I have photographed / developed / playing with cameras since the 70s and have driven digitally since 2001. I have never been so pleasantly suprised that over this camera even though I read all the rave reviews here and elsewhere before I decided!
It takes quite brilliant images and amazing videos. The only minus I was prepared for after reading other reviews - it was a little too "smooth" to keep in the beginning when I tried to hold it with one hand as with the old Panasonic DMC-TZ7 it replaced. When I realized that it preferably should be held with both hands instead you get a really good grip on it ... Especially if you turned off the flash and set the left index finger where it sits without being concerned that it pops up.
The reason I changed was that I too rarely drags me camera system that I use most at home. It hurts a little every holiday knowing that the images become much better with the big camera than with my old TZ7 (which iofs what right OK in its time). Now, one can wonder what I will with system camera to anyway? With this you will see the pictures usually look like they were taken with a fatty SLR anyway :)
That it has a little tiny flash really does nothing when you can just as well turn it off (especially if there is a second camera so you have other things to take on the few occasions a real flash required). With F 1.8 and really good quality at high ISO needed it barely. And so well it handles the controls in the crappy light!
Another bonus is that all the settings feels like they are optimized for someone who understands how a camera works. A really angry with what one expects and nice "fake" objectification that dynamically chooses whether it controls shutter or aperture, depending on which mode is selected. With the "P" mode, you get a nice curved list of aperture / shutter resulting rotating against each other and are really clear. As the 70's with the needles on the more luxurious models.
After looking at the photos and the first film from the son's breakfast in bed birthday I realized even my wife who gave it to me for my birthday two days before that it was worth the money. And she likes NOT expensive hardware in any form.
Hard to see that you need a better camera for handheld use - but will certainly be well justified if 6-7 years anyway ...
I have had my RX100 M2 in one year but already after few months it began to occasionally freeze after taking short, after 10 months was the backlash in the display who died when angled out.
The quality does not correspond to the price level and I've seen on various photo forums to problems with the RX100 and RX100 M2 is not uncommon.
If for a moment ignore the quality problems will take the cruel cards but at a cool price.
Today I would consider a Canon S120 which is a neater camera for just under 3000 - and it takes really good cards but is not quite up to Sonyn. I have the older Canon S100 and it is a really good camera for its size and detail that is clearly better at S100 is the control ring with its tiny clicks step, clearly easier to handle than Sony's sluggish without clicks step.
But it's just best photo quality as it is Sonyn that apply and then hopefully without any quality problems.
Had it not been for quality problems, I would have given it 8 out of 10 with a score goes away because control ring, and one point to the lack 24mm wide-angle and that something big for my pocket taste.
DP Review has made a good summary on the compact high end segment.
One of the best compact cameras on the market I think. Compare with my SLR Nikon D40 image quality is virtually equivalent. My impressions below after several thousand images primarily based on direct comparison with this SLR. On the whole, I am very pleased that such a small camera can largely replace my SLR and my camcorder. I find it difficult to take sharp pictures (1:1 magnification) at shutter speeds that are no problems with an SLR (1/30-1/60 s) as you hold the camera in a different way, much shorter shutter speed required to pictures is completely sharp.
* Like most compact cameras is handling slower than an SLR. An SLR can have hanging on the shoulder and is ready to take a picture of a second. Compact camera must fold the lens when attaching it as stealing several seconds to change settings also takes longer with many settings that change in menus instead of buttons
* The grip is better than I thought but not so impressive.
* Screen is good and works in bright sunlight (maximum strength, not auto)
* Spins the wheel around the lens I use almost since it is not stepped, rear wheel, however, is good
* Menus I think this is complicated
* Camera does not feel sturdy and the buttons are pretty dumb. The impression is shallow.
* The camera thinks for a moment when to zoom in captured image, annoying waiting
fast, equal or better than my D40. However, there are only continuous AF or manual focus in movie mode
In most situations similar to my D40 but RX100 has some problems with strong pink flowers (they are purple instead) where D40 does not have the same problem.
Good. Will not be fooled so easily.
Very similar to my SLR. Can download a lot both in högdagar and in the shadows.
Uses the most wide-angle position which gives some perspective distortions and some distortion at the edge of the picture, but is the only state that gives Aperture 1.8. It should not be the same 3-d feeling like an SLR (short depth of field) give but I'm happy with the lens. Fun and useful to be able to take macro images in wide-angle mode. The minimum focusing distance at the telephoto position, however annoying bad. Just 7st aperture blades do not completely round bright spots, even in the smallest aperture.
20MP gives huge files and fine detail reproduction. It suffices to look at the files 1:2 rather than 1:1. I convert the files to lossy DNG and evokes images in Lightroom third It gives about 10MB files instead of 30MB.
Not as confident as the D40 in auto but it goes in anyway to flash-offset and bounce flash, which works very well at short distances. The flash is obviously too weak to light up an entire room but it is incredibly smooth.
HDR and DRO
Works well in auto mode, I do use functions not so much.
* Good picture quality, better than my SD HC-96 DV camera.
* 50p gives the best reproduction of detail, but the difference with 50i is small by everyday use. The latter video is easier to discredit booms in eg iMovie.
* Good dynamic range and DRO makes videos pleasant.
* Bad to HDMI connector is under the camera
* No zebra stripes
* No live histogram in video mode
* No AF activation with footprint (ie manual override autofocus)
* No touch-focus
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