RX10 or NEX-7 w/18-200?

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RX10 or NEX-7 w/18-200?
Nov 2, 2013

I mostly use my NEX-7 with Sony's first version 18-100mm lens. This camera/lens combo cost me about $2,000.

So I'm thinking, maybe the 24-200mm RX10 for a total of $1300 would better suit my purposes, albeit with some image quality compromises. Maybe. Just how much I don't know. I'm pretty sure that f/6.3 18-200 lens doesn't really let my NEX-7 really shine. But I need some reach for what I like to shoot.

The RX10 is probably smaller altogether than the NEX-7 + 18-200. And it has a much faster lens with just as much reach. And it's weatherproofed. A lot of times I don't bring my NEX-7 because of the weather. And honestly, it's kind of bulky and heavy with that 18-200 lens. And, you know, all things considered, that pricey Sony 18-200 is a measly f/6.3 on the long end!

So I'm thinking, maybe I should dump my RX100 for $400, put a fast prime or better quality small zoom lens on the NEX-7, and use it in place of the RX100. With a small lens, the NEX-7 still wouldn't be as small as the RX100, but it would be pretty small. Much smaller and lighter than it is with the 18-200. And probably yield even better results than the RX100.

What do you guys think?

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