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8.11.2014

Thoughts Sony RX10

I have reached the point where I am starting to determine the cameras I will be keeping by the ones I don't want to give up. The RX10 is a very nice camera, but as I used it I kept thinking that there are so many small format mirrorlesss options, that for an enthusiast the RX10 is more a proof of concept than viable camera. The 8x zoom is nice and the glass is fantastic, but Micro four thirds is where you want to be if you want the best combination of size and image quality. Sure, the Sony NEX line is fabulous, but their lenses are overpriced,  the selection is kinda sucky, and I hate the fact that you buy this minuscule body and yet all the lenses except one make the camera as big as an entry level SLR. I have no idea why they are not creating a nice range of pancake lenses like micro-four thirds. Being able to jump back and forth between Panasonic and Olympus has created innovation and price cuts. I could just find no compelling reason after using it to keep it in addition to my GX7, except as a camera collector. I don't shoot much in inclement weather so weather-sealing is not a big thing for me, and the GX7 with the 14-140 lens has more zoom rang and better image quality in the same (if not smaller) form-factor than the RX10. I also find that although the dynamic range in the 1-inch sensor is better than point & shoots it still suffers on contrasty days. Now I have yet to take the E-PL5 or the GX7 out for a spin, but I can't imagine they will be less that the RX10. We'll see.

PROS

  • All-in-one camera
  • Very versatile
  • Great focus tracking modes
  • 20MP give nice image detail
  • A front focus ring that I actually did not hate (does not beat back dials, but not a huge pain)
  • Good battery life


CONS

  • Low Dynamic range
  • Bulky for sensor size
  • Flash does not fully clear lens
  • Controls usable, but not as intuitive as SLRs and micro four thirds
  • No full screen clipping view in playback
  • Expensive
  • Who is it for?

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