Sony's pocket-rocket RX100 arrives down under

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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolour. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things photography related for CNET.

Announced a little over a month ago, the Sony RX100 is the company's first large-sensor advanced compact camera.

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Designed for keen amateurs and advanced photographers looking for the best image quality in a compact form factor, the RX100 is not the first to make use of a bright f/1.8 lens or a reasonably large imaging sensor.

For the record, its 1-inch sensor size is smaller than that found on Canon's G1X, but larger than most of the other competitors in this category, like the Fuji X10 or Olympus XZ-1. The camera also has a similar control ring feature around the lens that lets photographers change exposure, zoom and so on, just like the Olympus XZ-1 and Canon S100.

If the idea of a large-sensor compact floats your boat, the RX100 is available now for AU$799 — a fair bit dearer than the US retail price of AU$649. Click through to read our first impression of the camera in full, ahead of our review.



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CorporateFlyer posted a comment   
Australia

hi lexy - is this camera along way ahead of competitors? I went into shop with list of canon s110, olympus xz-1, panasonic lx7, sales guy was very adament that rx100 was a long way in front - what is your view. Use is family/travel, like close in pics of kids etc

 

sTaMa posted a comment   
Australia

Nice ! Thanx heaps !
I'll wait to see your review.

Cheers,
George

 

sTaMa posted a comment   
Australia

Hey Lexy,
Im looking at this or the S100 for a great pocket size camera instead of carrying my DSLR. What would you recommend out of these two models or anything similar ?

Cheers,
George

 

Lexy Savvides posted a reply   
Australia

Hi George,

Hard to say how the RX100 will perform just yet, as obviously it's brand new and I haven't got a review unit at the moment. The S100 is a great little pocket camera, but has had some lens error issues in the past few months with some users reporting problems.

Other cameras to look at include the Olympus XZ-1 and Panasonic LX5, they all do similar things to the RX100 and S100. I've reviewed both fully so have a search around here on the site to check them out. Hope this helps!

 

narcher37 posted a comment   
Australia

Hey Lexy,
Do you think this will effect the sensor sizes in the new compacts coming out, like the S100 and Ricoh GRD?
Also, will the Ricoh GRD 5 come out this year?
Are they released in September?
Nicholas.

 

Lexy Savvides posted a reply   
Australia

Hi Nicholas,

Possibly, for compacts more generally. For those two cameras though, I'd say not.

The Canon range will probably stay with the same 1/1.7-inch size sensors in the PowerShot S range (like the S100 etc) because the G1X is classified as the large-sensor compact.

I can't say for sure if the GRD 5 will come out this year. I'd wager that it won't, simply because it was updated at the end of last year, and the GRD line usually takes a little longer (on average 2 years) than the Ricoh CX range to refresh. Again I'd doubt that it would have a larger sensor either given the legacy of the previous cameras.

 

narcher37 posted a reply   
Australia

Thanks Lexy!
Thats extremely helpful.
Thank you!
Nicholas.

Also, is it too late to do a video review of the GRD 4? ha ha ha.
Thanks!

 

Lexy Savvides posted a reply   
Australia

I'll add it to my list but given all the new cameras sitting waiting to be reviewed, it may be quite some time ;)

 

narcher37 posted a reply   
Australia

Thanks so much. :)
Nicholas.




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