Marty4650: What a gorgeous camera!
This looks like a wonderful street shooter for the advanced photographer with the means to buy one.
If Leica had built it, it would be a $10,000 camera, but even $2,800 is too much for me. And yes, for most buyers this will be a second camera, because a fixed lens camera with a prime lens just isn't all that versatile.
I'd love to own one, but the odds are the only way I'd get one is to find one used, on ebay for $500... sometime in 2017 when the third generation R3 comes out...
marike6:"I'll never understand the idea that a camera with a short prime is not versatile."Show me a pretty portrait or macro with 35mm. ;-)The Sony is great for a special purpose, but for this price, many customers expect more versatility.
Glen Barrington: The X series started out so 'right' but it has steadily gone in the wrong direction. They are turning it into an Oly Pen. If I wanted a Pen, I would have bought one.
I want more QUALITY, not another 'me too' camera.
Dear Glen,maybe you simply have a weird perception of 'quality'?
Tape5: It is great to see companies crawling over each other for the consumer money. Canon probably planning a MEGApixel, Sony is kicking nice and hard, Faveon is rapidly evolving, Lenses are getting better on P&S and P&S are pushing low end DSLRs, Leica is blowing its own nerdy horn, medium formats are getting cheaper, camera phones are getting better, Social and other apps are coming in, Instagram etc etc.
It is so much fun not to buy anything at all these days. By the time you pull your credit card out, you can bet a better camera has come out already.
Huh?"It is so much fun not to buy anything at all these days. "The opposite is true, in my opinion. Choice and quality are greater than ever. By NOT buying, you miss all the good fun of a capable product.Of course this does not mean that you should change your equipment every 12 months.
photog4u: USA TODAY calls the RX100 “Groundbreaking”. Pogue at the New York Times calls the camera “a Revelation”. Butler at dpeview calls it a “Spectacular piece of engineering” with “TARDIS-like” design.
Not awarding the RX100 the Gold is an egregious error and should be corrected immediately!
I totally agree to Silver "only":Major design flaw: Lack of ND filter.
TimT999: A fun review but unfortunately a bit breathless and hyped. The ability to use cropping to zoom is useful but the real issue isn't the pixel count, it's the sensor size. And we have yet to see whether the sensor is as good as the reviewer says.
The reviewer seems to want to believe that the Nokia has an IQ that's as good or better than a point and shoot. And on occasion he even suggests the camera is as good as an entry level DSLR.
But if you're going to make big claims, back it up. Show how the IQ stacks up against the G12 or a Rebel in low light -- use the standard DP Review test suite! The reviewer doesn't take that step and his "review" is not up to the usual level of this site as a result.
I'm glad Nokia chose to push the envelop and when they give the phone a more usable operating system, it will be worth a look. But the most exciting aspect of this story is that it raises the bar for the other smartphone manufacturers.
What is mssing for you?Look at the picture comparison tool.
michelesi: i want to see image-distorsion graph.In my LX3 the image-distorsion at 24mm is very high.
Maybe you confuse lens distortion with perspective distortion?The LX3 is quite good at 24mm as long as you do not tilt the camera.Tilting will distort the image of any lens - it is an optical law that can only be corrected in post-processing or prevented with a tilt-shift lens.
Image quality is very limited - size and zoom range cause this. One of the few "superzoomers" with decent iq is (or better was) Panasonics FZ38.
Tom Goodman: Smaller sensor. Forget about it. Faster lens. How often does anyone really need that? Go on, count the number of shots you've done in the last month that needed the faster lens. It isn't going to give you DOF flexibility either.
Most of my shots are at max. aperture, starting from F1.8.Why? Because I keep ISO at 100.
Timmbits: Sorry, I changed the graphic. NEW LINK here:
These are the RELATIVE APERTURE numbers, taking into account sensor size, and everything adjusted relative to 135mm.
You're confusing "bokeh" with "DOF control".
Nice graphs, though.
malcolm82: "The LX7 features a slightly smaller sensor than the LX5, allowing it to offer the brightest lens of any compact camera with a really impressive F1.4-2.3 24-90mm equivalent range."
That should read F7-11.5 24-90mm equivalent range, not quite as impressive compared to the F4.8-13 24-100mm equivalent range of the Sony rx100.
No, malcom82.Their statement is perfectly right, because they refer to brightness and equivalent range. They do not mention "equiv. DOF".
Brightness is key for compacts to avoid high ISO.
peevee1: Finally RX100 has a competitor, at least at the longer focal lengths.
There are already a few competitors in my opinion. One of the hardest for me is Oly's XZ-1.
@Tekox: That is ok - it is due to DOF.
Kirppu: Aperture values gets wider, but at tge same time maximum focal length gets smaller in the enthusiast camera group. My opininion is that the 4x should be considered the absolute minimum zoom/focal length in the p&s group.
@Sam:I'd say, to most users your point is totally moot, because they need large DOF most of the times.
Hm, i don't think that this collection shows anything about the capabilities of this lens. We all know that you guys can do much better.
My suggestion:Please remove this collection and show a link to a more meaningful one like http://robinwong.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/olympus-mzuiko-75mm-f18-review-street.html
I really do not like Sony - to many times they tried to force customers into their proprietary solutions.
But this camera is really surprising: Large sensor in a tiny box with zoom.
If the lens quality reaches "XZ-1 level", they have a top product!
IEBA1: I almost thought this was my next camera, but a 3x zoom is not what I want. I'll take a bigger camera, even Canon XS-20 sized, if you can give me a 12x-15x zoom, tilt-swivel display, and the large sensor for very high IQ.
They talk of a hole in the sensor size market... well there's also a hole in the compact travel zoom that focuses on image quality over pixel count or zoom range or gps, etc. Like a HX9v that has a 10 or 12 MP sensor and really good glass over it that really provides good low light, no need for heavy noise reduction, and stellar image quality.
It makes no sense to cripple a large sensor with a 15x zoom.
Great functions, but terrible GUI!
The display is cluttered with frames, but you cannot even move the viewable area of the picture with your mouse. Lightroom - or even Picasa - are much better here: They use fly-outs and make intelligent use of mouse buttons. A "hand tool" is simply cumbersome.The modules are a great idea, but also mixed bag: Without them the program even refused to open some JPGs in my collection!
Am I expecting too much for 99€?
thx1138: Looks shocking value compared to an E-M5 or any DSLR. Waste of effort IMO. Only news is that they have finally come into the l21st century with 920kp screen.
It's strengths are: Lightness and video.
E--M5 is a tank compared to it, but I still want the Oly. ;-)
Sergey Borachev: This is more expensive than some DSLRs!
Yes, and better than many, too!
Octane: I was excited at first, but after reading the article I'm like, OK I guess I'm keeping my Nikon J1.
You don't like your J1? Why do you want to get rid of it already?