I am talking about Sony RX100. I am quite bored with it every time I take it in my hands. Nothing special in it. Why am I then keeping it?
There are few assets it has. First one is the small size. Because it fits so nicely in a jacket pocket it is the camera I’ll take with me if I do not care to take any camera bag with me. Another big asset is that it provides 28mm wide angle. Very useful especially in limited indoor spaces. Also nice to shoot some close-ups with wide angle end. And of course RX100 has f/1.8 at 28mm. Would be much nicer to have little bit wider apertures throughout the whole zoom range. Now RX100 has f/4.9 in tele end.
Then something about the minus side. Yes, the camera is very small. I would say too small even if I have quite small hands. It really is pain to use with any kind of gloves. You will push many of those small buttons simultaneously. Even when carrying the camera in your hand you’ll notice wen you start to shoot that you have pushed some buttons unintentionally and the camera is not anymore having those shooting parameters selected you wanted to. The metal surface of the RX100 is very slippery too. You can easily drop it. I feel quite unsure when I’m holding it.
The image quality is very good if the exposure is spot on. If not and you have to push or pull the exposure (not even much) in post-processing you’ll got remarkable amount of noise in the shot. And this is true even if you have used ISO 200. I am not happy about this at all.
For me the RX100 is not on par of all hype it has got. It still is useful for me as a snapshot camera but it is not giving any special feeling to me when I’m using it. It is a boring camera but it does its snapshot job reasonably well.