Provia_fan: I can't understand the complaints about "retro" dials. I think the problem stems from the over simplification of designs over the years and the fact that people just want instant results, instant everything. In the old days you had to learn a given camera not expect the camera "to learn you". External controls are great and give you immediate control over features, instead of having to borrow into menus when you should be concentrating in picture taking. This is one of the reasons why I still love my Minolta 7D so much. Everything you need is one button or one click away, which is so much more logical. You learn the camera, you learn the buttons and you learn how many clicks for your exposure compensation, WB, etc and off you go. Not having to take you eye off the viewfinderto go into menus is a major bonus.
Indeed this new Fuji reminded me instantly of the Minolta 7D. I like this control layout!
Oahu Kamaaina: I have used one of Franiec's grips for my S95 for quite a while. It's excellent. Most people don't know it's not part of the original camera. It makes carrying my $400 camera more secure and comfortable. I don't regard it as a waste of money at all.Sometimes you can't judge the ergonomics of a camera until you've used it for a while, especially since everyone has a different opinion about what is comfortable /for them/. I am a little surprised at all of the mostly-negative comments from people who've never used one of his grips or this camera.
I totally agree. Have the same grip for my S95, and had one before for my G9. The camera feels more secure when using with one hand, and it's right: does feel and look as if part of the camera! I would surely buy a Franiec's grip for a Sony RX100 or any other camera that was too much designed by marketing-men.
Sergey Borachev: $1300 will make this RX10 a very hard sell, whatever it can do as it is still a 1-inch sensor fixed lens camera and a heavy one at that. The RX100 is much smaller and light. So, it is easy to forgive its limitations and most people think it is already very expensive. While you may argue that the Carl Zeiss lens is worth paying extra, unfortunately that justification is weak as the lens is stuck on this camera and not reusable when this camera becomes old and tired. I think it will be a very niche camera.
Yes, if the RX100 had the same electronic viewfinder, I would prefer it over the RX10!
Reminds me of the Rollei 35 "classic" - edition a short time before Rollei became bankrupt
Thomas Karlmann: Boo on the new studio scene! I really need to compare IQ of the GX7 with the Sony a99. Please fix!
I would prefer the old studio scene! Better relationship to real photography! I really don't like the new scene.
vapentaxuser: I think Nikon has a better understanding than Sony does when it comes to making cameras with a more well-rounded shooting experience. Yes, the RX100 beats the P series cameras in ultimate IQ hands-down. But with the P7800 you get an actual camera strap, a nice grip, 3 dials, a phyiscal dial for adjusting exposure compensation, a large battery, a versatile lens, an articulating LCD, and a decent EVF. And on top of that, it's no slouch in the image quality department either. And IMO, the IQ difference will only be realized if you are shooting at higher ISOs and blowing your pictures up to larger sizes. Most of the rest of it comes down to a person's skills as a photographer.
"you can add a EVF if you want".. yes, but then it's not a compact, pocket-size camera anymore. I really hoped Sony would bring a RX100 with EVF!
My favorite is the photo by Skarphéðinn Þráinsson (icelandic name!), but to be honest, most of the pictures look a bit too artficial for my taste.
achim k: I did hope, sony would release a version with built-in EVF, not much bigger than the original RX100 (for my purposes, I do not need a built-in flash). For photographers like me they now offer an aditional finder, that makes the camera much bulkier when attached. Sorry, not pocketable, I will again not buy the new model, although I'm very impressed by the image quality.
I'm sure, it would be possible to implement a high-end EVF like that of a NEX6 Camera! And look at the street price of a NEX6, the viewfinder cannot be that expensive!
I did hope, sony would release a version with built-in EVF, not much bigger than the original RX100 (for my purposes, I do not need a built-in flash). For photographers like me they now offer an aditional finder, that makes the camera much bulkier when attached. Sorry, not pocketable, I will again not buy the new model, although I'm very impressed by the image quality.
Flare test:putting a light source just a bit outside the frame may also mean, that reflections may be caused by a surface inside the camera body! I rate the EF 40/2,8 as one of the best flare-resistant lenses I ever had!
Nightwings: Nice phone, but I have to wonder if Lenovo missed the memo that the human eye can not discern resolution that high.
....and if you use a microskope or magnifying glass or not :-)
CameraCarl: Once again, lots of new cameras but only two with viewfinders. My wife (who is not as serious a photographer as me) won't even consider using a camera that does not have a viewfinder. And after struggling with the Panasonic LX3 and Canon S100 in daylight and bright sun, I will never buy another camera that doesn't have one. I can't figure why the manufacturers do not realize this. Why do they think photos ought to be taken at arm's length?
...and, one thing is never mentioned in this discussion: elder people need glasses to read a newspaper.... and also to see a clear screen on the back of a camera! EVFs have diopter adjustments!
I don't like dark viewfinders either, was very disappointed from Canon's dark small holes in the G series models. Fuji's X10 / X20 is a step forward. I long for a compact with EVF, Sony RX100 with NEX6 - EVF !!
I would buy it if it had a viewfinder (EVF or GOOD optical)!
"We believe that a user who buys a camera with an OLED EVF is concentrating on the shooting experience and wants to have everything at their fingertips by direct button control. We believe their interest in touchscreen capability is far less than the user who shoots with the camera held at arm's length"
...yes, I agree, but nevertheless would be happy to use the dark touchscreen-display to select the AF-point while looking through the EVF!!
EVF and touchscreen is no contradiction!
PetersJV: I too am puzzled by the confusion and negativity. I'm heavily invested in film full frame (1-Ns, 1-Vs) and have had a 10D for just knocking around for quite a while. This gets me a 7D plus full frame plus the GPS I need for travel photography (versus bulky external $$$ units) and preserves my 24-70 (which replaced my 28-70) L lens investment without needing to go buy the APS-C sensor size equivalent. And I always focus first (customize "*" button) shoot later so anything more than one focus point is gravy. Not to mention I'm tired of USB cables and pulling memory cards out to transfer pictures.
I don't have the hubris to declare I'm unique in my use of a camera. From my perspective, this is a win (full frame) win (higher resolution) win (Wi-Fi) win (GPS). Some people simply can't be satisfied. I like to crop in camera, so the 97% versus 100% viewfinder is ever so slightly irksome, but, really, show me anyone who doesn't crop, regardless, at the end of the day.
When processing RAW files with auto-correcting lens distortions, every picture is cropped a little bit. I'm quite satisfied with a 97% viewfinder!
Jan Kritzinger: I don't understand people, if you want touch screen, get the 5R, if you want an EVF, get Nex 6... Jeez, it's not that hard!
I would like to select the focus point via touchscreen while looking through the EVF!
GordonAtWork: I wish someone would recreate Kodachrome 25 or 64 or Ektachrome 200. these were my film choices back in the day. A Cibachrome print will outlast ANY modern day inkjet/dye transfer/laser print etc and the quality of the prints surpasses anything printable today.Digital has been the evolutionary step in photgraphy but Instagram isn't really the "ooh I like that" process.
I remember my own words about 20 years ago (or more): "when Kodachrome is discontinued, I will quit photography".....yes, and for a few Cibachrome-prints I spent many many hours, but still have themNow I´m with Canon 5D and love it.
Craig Atkinson: charged. Playing with it now. First thoughts, very 'electronic' like the OMD. Very fast, very good. Not very organic feeling like the X100 or Ricohs. NO WAY of turning the screen off, big shame. DMF mode stops the annoying continuous focussing but stops the control ring being used for A.No charger - a bit of a downside. Actually, pretty annoying. It's too small, an extra inch wide and a grip [grd4 style] would really make this a beast. Shoot button and zoom lever are v plasticy and wobbly. Image quality is fantastic. Compared to X100 there is little / no difference unless peeping, and even then not so much. I love what this camera does but I don't like the camera, if that makes sense?
...and an EVF, and I will buy it. No camera without viewfinder for me!!Achim