1singur: the next logical step for a compact would be the android-compact-camera. just imagine the apps, filters and whatnot!
Apps, filters, internet connection, direct upload to Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox.
jj74e: I don't understand the point of pancake design for DSLR. It's not like the rest of your system isn't already big? Why not just make it a little bigger and put in IS or something?
Is this Canon's way of going mirrorless without going mirrorless? ;)
Of course, I'm not saying it doesn't or won't appeal to anyone. The aperture could be bigger, but given the price, I guess it works out.
Another advantage is that it's less intimidating/conspicuous, which can be an advantage.
topstuff: 40mm is a lovely length on FF.
Pop that puppy on a 5D series camera ( classic, 2 or 3) and you would have a relatively compact camera with amazing IQ.
Nice to see Canon copying Pentax !!
Can't wait to try it on my Eos 3 :)
toomanycanons: Did all the major camera makers get together and agree to be done with viewfinders? Is their consensus that us buyers don't want them (WRONG) or what?
I love my DSLRs, don't find them too bulky, love their IQ and versatility. A camera such as this Sony comes along, looks great...but alas, no viewfinder so I immediately cross it off my list of potential next buys. Pentax just did that as well. What gives?
IT'S A POINT AND SHOOT FOR GOODNESS SAKe.
Ulfric M Douglas: I wish they'd stop intentionally lying to customers by using the terms "1-inch" and "large" in relation to the sensor.And DPReview going along with this ... repeating the stuff.
That said, isn't this another Nikon1?
a) the sensor is large, relative to the body, more than 200% larger than the closest competitor's sensor.
b) the body is smaller than the Nikon 1, and it doesn't use interchangeable lenses.
c) IQ beats Nikon 1.
d) IMO, an ILC system doesn't make sense at this sensor size, a fixed lens does.
AbrasiveReducer: Just took a look at the test shots at Imaging Resource. Looked at the wide angle 10.4 mm setting in raw and it's pretty clear why they didn't go wider. Fisheye lens included at no extra charge. The jpeg processing removes the distortion but either way (raw/jpeg) the corners weren't what you would hope from Zeiss. Complaining? I pre-ordered one. Hope springs eternal.
See, that digital correction is exactly where the 20MP resolution comes in handy...
fberns: If this camera size, sensor andlens is possible, why the heck didn't anyone build a camera like that before???And why are all the peers much larger?
I'm at the same time happy about the seemingly great package in a small size and wonder what the camera engineers have been working at if not a camera like that?Dpreview got it exactly right: Size versus image quality and the capability for a shallow depth of field is the main problem that is to solve for a compact enthusiast camera!
I think the answer is sensor cost. Sensors get exponentially more expensive as size increases. Sony are the undisputed leaders in sensor manufacture, and might be more competitive on that front.
Other manufacturers might be opting for smaller sensors to maintain profit margins.
ogl: The problem is only one. Sony's P&S cameras have the worst IQ between other brands. If Sony produce new and good processor for RX100, it will be good camera.
One word: RAW.
roblarosa: $500 tops. $650 is a bad joke.
Go away, cheapskate!It's only about 60% more expensive than an S100, but it's more than 60% better.
Jens_G: Dear Sony: Please make a version with the same body, but with a 35mm prime (still retractable) and an even larger sensor.
I will love you forever.
I have a Nex 5, It's still quite big compared to this.
tesch: I love to see people complain about too many mega pixels.....shows their ignorance.
I think many people make the mistake of comparing 100% crops from cameras with different sensor resolutions - effectively zooming in more on the one with the higher resolution sensor - Of course it will look worse! You are looking closer!
If you look at equivalent crops, it's a different story.
Sony sensor tech is really good, I bet they could cram even more pixels in there without degrading lowlight performance...
+20 000 000
Dear Sony: Please make a version with the same body, but with a 35mm prime (still retractable) and an even larger sensor.
keeponkeepingon: Bravo sony!
An S95 with a larger sensor and faster AF? What's not to like?
PEOPLE. PLEASE. More pixels does NOT necessarily mean worse low light performance, not in 2012! Go look at the damned samples on IR.
Carlos AF Costa: I like it. Very good spec for a real compact camera. It doesn´t compete with my Canon G1X, wich has a larger sensor and a fantastic image, but has a true compact it might be my first choice for a second camera
Sony's sensor technology is much more advanced than Canon's, plus the Sony has a faster lens. But I'm not surprised that you're of the opinion that the Canon is better, since you incurred the expense associated with procuring it :)
ogl: IQ of samples are close to P&S cameras. Maybe RAW will be better?
You should visit an optometrist at your soonest convenience.Wishing your sight a speedy recovery.
Nathaniel George Weir: Why over 20 megapixels in a small(er) sensored camera? Why would you ever need more than 12? I've made an incredibly sharp 30x40 with a 12mp dslr.
People really need to stop complaining about too many pixels. It may have been a problem 5 years ago, it isn't any more. The only downside is larger files, and there are several upsides, especially in terms of post processing.
Timbukto: Sample images here and on imaging resource is mind boggling good IMO! Just sold my t3i and I have to say looking at things like this come out...quite happy I did. Still happy with my 5D MK II, but I have to admit Sony are magicians in sensor technology.
@Jack, Sony are surging ahead of the pack in terms of sensor performance. I doubt canon can beat them at this game.
kwa_photo: I'm glad to see more manufacturers catching on to this idea...it's time is long overdue! Now Fuji, Canon, Nikon and Sony offer larger than compact sensors. Nice. I'm still not a fan of Sony design or their products at all, but I'm glad they are here...they have a big market and it will push others to progress!
I've been a fan of Sony design since I bought my first DSLR, an A200.
After that I upgraded to a 5D and canon lenses, but I've been missing Sony design the whole time. Got a Nex 5 and absolutely LOVE it.
The RX100 will be my next camera purchase.
BlackZero: Sample images are great for this camera. Price tag is albeit too high.
No price is too high for the best. I was about to buy an S100, pre-ordering this in stead.