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On the Topic of: photography

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Sony RX100 Test Shots

Not really. Post-processed. Special thanks to Dennis Rosenfeld for lending me this wonderful little magic. It is really beautiful how creative you can get with a camera that is hardly bigger than a Point and Shoot. Very daily carry pocketable–as long as you do not need a big case. The processing chip is well done. Sometimes I like the camera’s color reproduction more than Adobe’s. (This photo is still processed). The camera is super easy to manipulate on the fly. There is a ring on the lens, and a ring around the traditional navigational buttons. The former’s function is painless to change since there is a dedicated button concerned with its function. The latter is concerned with the current function. I do wish that the ring around the lens changes much more though. Sometimes I have to turn it enough to contort my hand before it made the desired changes. Additionally, I do feel that the buttons and rings are slightly too easy to press. Maybe it was because I was not used to it, but I find myself often pressing a button when I meant to turn the ring, and taking a picture when i meant to focus. It may be more noisy in non-optimal situations in comparison to full blown DSLRs, but I love the aberration and noise–it’s not a disgusting one. Almost artistic. The camera focuses fast. In addition to half shutter focus, there is also a great function that allows you to focus and track an object.  You can often take a picture without thinking and come out with a great picture with this camera. Again, I love the artifacts this camera produces. While shot to shot time is quick and painless, start up time is quite slow. This is a notable issue considering the beauty of the RX100 is that you can pocket it and have it anytime, anywhere. However, since the start up time is slow, sometimes you will miss the shot that would have affirmed why it is nice to always have a good camera on you. Overall the camera is worth considering, even with it expensive price tag and in place of DSLRs. The biggest reason I see to NOT getting the RX100 is if one is considering buying multiple lenses, or is interested in taking outdoor night time photography. If one is looking for a pocketable daily camera that can produce impressive results, the RX100 has no competition.

Further Reading

  • DP Review: standard
  • The Verge: trusty and well designed tech blog’s review
  • Snapsort: easily compare features of different cameras and find a camera’s competitors
  • Camerasize: easily compare size of a camera–great for something like the RX100