RX100 vs. Alpha NEX

Started Mar 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: RX100 vs. Alpha NEX
In reply to gdecourt, Mar 21, 2013

gdecourt wrote:

Hi,

I'm new to photography, and considering to take it as a hobby. I always had simple/standard P&S compact cameras, but I wasn't satisfied with the quality, so I decided to invest some money to get a better camera.

I'm in doubt If I should go with the RX100 or one of the Alphas NEX in the same price range (NEX-F3 or NEX-5R). Reading all the reviews I conclude that the RX100 seems to be a VERY nice camera, but I'm wondering If its flexibility would be too limited when compared to the Alphas - considering I'm planning to engage in this hobby.

My main uses would be for travel pictures, so as the RX100 is compact it's an edge for this model, but my main concern is about the flexibility/ potential limitation. Basically the question is If the RX100 would give me room to learn and improve, or would it be more like a "super standard camera", thus the Alpha would be more suitable.

As far as the learning part...won't make a bit of difference. Here's what I've noticed over the years, following hobby photographers here and elsewhere: they do their best, most inventive, work early on...normally with a little p&s. They get some Internet notoriety/attention, they mistakenly start thinking about the gear, they start upgrading their gear, and the inventiveness that made me like their pictures early on starts to stagnate.

Technical aspects of photography is the easy part. The creativity, and keeping it going, is the hard part, much of that even god-given.

The RX100 is a perfect blend of small size, and mechanical/technical competence. It's easy to take every where. For me, that's more important than crazy bokeh or 10fps.

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