DSLR = Optical Viewfinder, for me, much better.
Bjrn SWE: Cameras with viewfinders should be rated higher.
KL Matt: Will its image circle cover a full frame sensor? I'm kind of excited to find out. Not only because of this lens, but because of what it may or may not reveal about Ricoh's next move.
Not likely. It's a DA. Well maybe at the long end. But it's a 20mm, with a 55mm filter. Think about it. Every other 20mm full-framer is 72mm filter.
vapentaxuser: Even though you lose a little at wide angle and telephoto, this seems like a better option for the money than the older DA* 16-50.
Whatever. The K50, for example has high, high end features... a pentaPRISM viewfinder, weather sealing... at the same price as bargain cams from none of the brands you mention above nor those other ones you are obviously referring to.
Marty4650: Olympus Four Thirds had some really wonderful 2X zoom lenses, like the 7-14mm, 9-18mm, and 11-22mm.
A 20-40mm lens on an APSC camera results in an equivalent focal length of 30-60mm on full frame 35mm, making this the ideal normal zoom lens.
The advantage of a modest zoom range like 2X, rather then 4X or 5X, is that you can keep size and weight down, and quality way up. This little gem doesn't look any larger than a 35mm or 50mm prime lens.
Actually, compared to the DA21/3.2, this lens is faster.
This camera demonstrates that dslr's have "come of age", like when laser printers hit 600dpi and specifications didn't matter anymore.
There's really very little the manufacturers can do to "up" the ante on technology in cameras now. Thus nostalgia. And welcome relief for consumers.
It's pretty though. Makes me reminisce on my first slr, Nikon FG. Sigh. But I'm keeping my Pentax K5 (also 16mp!!!) with the gorgeous, retro, nostalgic, metal limited lenses. Hey, wait, Nikon just caught up with Pentax, er Ricoh! Good show, Nikon.
There are 1992 comments as of my comment here. I was married in 1992. Our wedding photos were shot on a Nikon FE. Therefore, Nikon made this camera especially for my wife and me. It's amazing but true.
OK, so just get a Pentax K3 (or K5 for that matter). Everything this is and more, minus full frame sensor. (Just get a KPS viewfinder magnifier for a full-frame sized view.) Backward lens compatibility. Amazing set of metal limited primes.
Perhaps DPReview might be reminded of this in their comments. Pentax rarely gets a mention with reference to the other companies and really that's forgetting some very relevant quality options.
Except for the notable exception of its being full-frame vs apsc, they seem poised to catch up with Pentax.
Is there a reason I want to have to use my thumb and index finger instead of just my index finger or my thumb to adjust shutter speed?
Kodachrome200: I would have been happier if they put mft sensor in made it a tad bigger and less of a superzoom and probably a bit more expensive
Yeah, that'd be the Sony RX10.
YiannisPP: "crop its (RX10's) 20MP output down to 12MP to match the Stylus 1, and you'll get a 260mm equivalent shot."
I think that's slightly wrong. The reason being the RX10 has a 3:2 aspect ratio sensor as opposed to the Oly's 4:3. So you can't just square root the pixel count.In the horizontal dimension the Sony has 5472 pixels as opposed to 3968 of the Oly. That is a 5472/3968 = 1.38 magnification advantage due to the pixel count, so the 200mm of the RX10 actually corresponds to 200x1.38 = 276mm tele when you crop down to the Oly's size. Not 260mm.
Wow. That's a lot of math.
So, a Pentax then.
What Red5TX said exactly sums it up. The RX10 doesn't offer as narrow a depth of focus as apsc but does kick the bee-hind of all the small sensor cams in allowing shallow depth of focus and bokeh effects (which I can attest to with my RX100). Set this thing at 100mm or longer at f2.8, and you'll see some noticeable out of focus backgrounds.
Where this camera/lens combo shines is it's aperture/shutter speed light gathering ability, where the RX10's F2.8 is completely apples to apples with any other f2.8 lens, including full-frame and apsc. For those low light situations, like events, you can stop the action because of it's light gathering ability.
Like the RX100, this camera is like nothing else on the market as DPReview says. And you pay for it.
vadims: So, Silver award... OK.
Controversy increases traffic but reduces credibility. Seems like the choice was made here already.
Next logical step is hiring Ken Rockwell as reviewer.
So find another review site. They're not your elected representatives. I agree that it's a silver award same as why Pentax K5II didn't get as high a score. Not enough improvements over the previous model. Canon 70D tangible advance. RX100 II not so much.
Spot on conclusion. Brilliant pictures for a pocket sized camera that is nicely designed and has fairly mainstream interface and features. I agree that it's not a very "satisfying" photography experience. I've had mine for six months and have yet to use much more than aperture priority and panorama modes. Point and shoot. But really, really good point and shoot in a really small package. If I'm hiking or travelling, it's the best thing if I want good quality images in something I can pocket or wear on a belt ring. No intention of upgrading to version II. If the hotshoe viewfinder was $125, maybe.
Amazing place, and some well timed shots... but they generally seem very over-processed for my tastes, almost surreal. I'm sort of tired of overdone HDR.
I think this article makes wrong poste for subject matter. Not good. Is bad and do whatver not buy this review, whatsever. The werst!!!!! Not read ing!!!!! Complete fail. I got another article. and mch very happyer. Not this one!!! nOt for shure. 1-star only, as rate it.
Gary Martin: Shorter version: "stop clicking on those Amazon links all over our site."
Anything is an enabler, if we enable it. Kudos to DPReview for publishing this on their advertising driven site.
They just took a super excellent compact camera and made it a bit better in a timely fashion for a bit more coin. I have an RX100. I'm not rushing out to replace it, but I think there's honest value in the improvements with the II. Good for Sony. I got rid of my mid-range dslr lenses and a Pentax DA21 limited prime because the Sony made them redundant. For the money, it was a great investment. Not to mention the really great video it takes. I now use my dslr for telephoto, macro, planned portraits and really wide angle. But for general shooting, the RX100 is always with me and always performs well. It's tiny! But big quality photos.