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7.18.2014

Thoughts on RX100 MK II


The RX100 II was a pleasure to shoot with, and really, after using the E-620 a couple days ago shows how much cameras have advanced in 5 years. The biggest pleasure was when I got home, how much detail 20MPs resolves. I am used to 10-15 MP cameras (mostly 12) and the 20 MP was really fun to play with. I can't say enough good things about it, and with some tweaking I can't see how this one is going back up on eBay.
The MK III did not really interest me because of the puny zoom range. I did not miss the viewfinder as it works and feels just like a point and shoot so you are not thinking EVF. I LOVED the targeting focus where you focus using the center focus point, and the camera keeps focus while you recompose. Why someone did not think of implementing something like this sooner...

PROS

  1. Compact size
  2. 20MP
  3. Focus modes and overall feature set 
  4. Nice in had with purchased Sony grip
  5. Stealth
CONS
  1. focus does not have a lot of give, found myself just using the back ring more
  2. 2000/sec shutter speed, found myself a bit limited in aperture choices on a bright summer day
  3. shutter button a little hard to press because of it's size, would be a real challenge with gloves
  4. Slippery as a greased Eel without a aftermarket grip.
After I left Shofuso, I just keep walking around shooting; I did not want to put this camera down, and I can't wait to read Photographer's Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II by Alexander White to learn all it's secrets.

It's early days, but I can see myself with just 3 cameras; the F900EXR, the RX100 II, and the RX10. we'll see how it goes.

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