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My perfect 'take-anywhere' camera
, 12 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Sony DSCRX100 Advanced Digital Compact Premium Camera with Large 1-inch Sensor and Bright High Quality Lens (Camera)
I bought the RX100 just before my summer holiday in Greece and took to it at once. 4 weeks on I continue to be really happy with it. This is a personal thing but my main reasons are:
1) Capable of delivering wonderfully detailed images with the 20M pixel sensor and Zeiss Lens
2) Genuinely pocketable, this camera goes everywhere with me now
3) Very fast to use, from power-on it is ready to go and the focus never leaves me waiting
4) LCD display is excellent even in the Mediterranean sun, at no point did I wish I had a viewfinder
5) (Almost) silent shutter means that your photography is discrete when necessary
6) It can be used just like a 'point & shoot' - a friend or passing waiter can use it without any instruction
7) The menu system and customisation is clear and very comprehensive - I don't have a DSLR but I doubt there is much in the way of DSLR options missing from this camera.
8) Built-in flash works well for fill-in and has exposure compensation to -2EV; for me that is exactly what I want
9) Build quality is great - it is a pleasure to hold and when others pick it up they instantly realise it is a quality camera
I am coming to the conclusion that this is a camera with at least two personalities. On the one hand the RX100 is an excellent conventional compact camera which allows the photographer to think like a photographer considering ISO, speed, aperture and focus to produce the image seen in your mind's eye. On the other hand having used a range of the advanced features, especially the HDR options and the low-light features I have been absolutely amazed at the situations where this camera is able to grab an attractive picture. My results are maybe a little less predictable but the best are very good.
There have been some critical comments about flare in the lens but I have only one picture so far where I consider the flare is disfiguring. It was shot directly into the morning sun. I have many other successful pictures with the sun in shot and so I was not that upset by this one failure.
In-camera charging from USB has been a boon for me. Laptop or phone charger in car, boat or hotel room. It all works. And the RX100 only needed 3 charges in 2 weeks on holiday so I stopped worrying about battery life quite quickly. However, for those that can't afford the risk of a flat battery I see there is an affordable option (Sony NP-BX1 Charger)from "nikon-olympus-battery.co.uk"
The item I do think is missing from the box is an in-depth user guide/manual. However, a quick search on the internet led me to the US site "esupport.sony.com" followed by a search under Manuals for DSC-RX100 and that has answered most of my questions.
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