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Old 08-11-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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Sony RX100

My hubby has agreed to buy me the Sony RX100 as an anniversary present!!! However, before I shell out all the money I was wondering if y'all could reassure me that this camera lives up to all the hype I have been reading. Does this camera preform well on auto? Do all the modes on the camera really work as well as they advertise? I'm ready to learn more about taking better pictures and being able to capture better pictures in low light and of moving objects. I'm always bummed out when I take pictures of parades at Disney because they always turn out blurry and crappy. Then again it could have a lot to do with the cameras I have had.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:41 PM   #2
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I'll post sample pics for you. It is quite impressive. Not as versatile as a high quality SLR of course, but very impressive results in a small package.
For improved results, you will need to leave the total auto mode, and play around in the semi auto modes. In camera HDR is surprisingly high quality. Applying your own creative style can be useful. Because of the limited zoom, it can be effective to crop your pictures after downloading.
Low light performance has been nothing short of amazing over all.
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Thanks for the sample pics and little bit of a reivew. So is the zoom in this camera not very good at all or is it just like any other p&s?
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Thanks for the sample pics a little bit of a reivew. So is the zoom in this camera not very good at all or is it just like any other p&s?
The lens is super high quality, but because of its design, it doesnt have a huge optical zoom compared to some p&s cameras. There are cameras with 15-20x optical zoom.
The Sony Rx is just a 3.6x zoom -- the equivalent of a dslr when using the kit lens that is usually included.

But because if the high mega pixels, you have a huge sharp image that can be cropped. My daughter flying through the air was taken at quite a distance, so I had to crop it. I'll post an extreme crop in a moment.
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Since havoc315 brought the Sony RX100 to my attention I've been looking at it, as well as other cameras in it's class the last couple days. It doesn't have a lot of reach compared to many point and shoots (28-100mm equivalent where many p&s cameras are breaking 500mm now) But it is on par focal length wise with the Canon G1X, the Olympus XZ1, the Fuji X10, and the Canon s100. And all of those cameras have similarly fast lenses (that surprised me when I looked at the specs).

If I were shopping I'd really look at all the cameras in the class before settling on the Sony. What I've seen coming out of it is impressive, but it's not a game changer or anything and there are other similarly capable cameras in it's class that are great performers as well. Some of which are a few hundred dollars cheaper.
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