Well this review took so long to conceived and posted... the RX-2 is already coming! ...
marctr6: Dear DPReview, what sense does it make to fully review a camera over a month after it hit the shelves in the stores? I shot over 2000 pictures with the A99 right now... I also own the A77 which got a 81% score at DPR last year. (that one was also reviewed over a month after I bought it). I can tell the dear readers overhere that the A99 is a rock solid performer. My verdict 95% and a gold award. - So again I test it myself and afterwards I can read if DPR agrees...
The Zeiss 24-70 F2.8 SSM is my favorite on my A99, the Sony 70-300 SSM good second. I tried the Sony Zeiss 135 F1.8 in a photo shop last weekend, if the 135 featured silent and fast SSM instead of the old screwdriver the combo would receive 100%... ;-)
Dear DPReview, what sense does it make to fully review a camera over a month after it hit the shelves in the stores? I shot over 2000 pictures with the A99 right now... I also own the A77 which got a 81% score at DPR last year. (that one was also reviewed over a month after I bought it). I can tell the dear readers overhere that the A99 is a rock solid performer. My verdict 95% and a gold award. - So again I test it myself and afterwards I can read if DPR agrees...
Just bought the A99 next to the A77 and A55. For your information: Many people 'said' the OVF is the same at the A77's which I like VERY much. Half true, the concept, large viewfinder size and versatility with overlays is the same - BUT the A99's OLED EVF is noticeably better compared side by side!! Better in low light, less saturated (excellent color) and better detail rendition - this comes very close to an old fashioned OVF! The AF speed is just incredible and a 'marker' in the EVF follows the subject when AF-D tracking is used. Following fast moving objects is a piece of cake with the A99. Regretfully only my 24-70 Z SSM is currently supported in AF-D mode (and other expensive glass I do not jet have) 70-300 SSM not - hopefully in the first firmware update! I'll take the A99 on it's first paid job tomorrow. Now play around a bit more.
The majority of the posters here don't read, they just... well you know.Like some here understand and what has been written far, far below is that the RX 100 IS an invention. NOT as a camera but because of what BIG inventive accomplishment is inside! The mechanics and physics inside the RX100 retractable lens tube is very inventive, complex and clever. You must be a mechanical/optical engineer to fully understand how big an accomplishment it is to fit the 1"sensor, OSS, lenses, zoom mechanics INSIDE the retractable diameter lens tube. In operation the 2 stage lens tube is 72 mm long, collapsed only 34 mm in which all parts fold, slide and fit neatly together...
Agree with the RX100 inclusion in the list. The inventivity is in the mechanical complexity of the two stage tubular lens barrel IN which lenses line up, a 1"sensor is housed, OSS is cramped in... All sliding back into the flatness, about 25 mm, of the very compact body when turned off. The precision of the parts is Swiss watch like. Of course the RX100 is not perfect, no industrial design is, but the goal of near APS-C image quality in a pocketable body has been achieved.
marctr6: Just fantastic... PERIOD! GOLD Award is in the pocket. However it deserves a higher PLATINUM award.
Thanks for backing up @Lucas! Not many posters here actually know how GOOD and versatile the Sony A77 is (81% and only silver award)... The A99 is a FX up-rated A77 body offering a much more high spec feature set. I do not have to look at the pictures which come out of the A99. They will be excellent, no doubt. By the way, I don't need the A99 for my work. The A77 fully fullfills my demands.
Just fantastic... PERIOD! GOLD Award is in the pocket. However it deserves a higher PLATINUM award.
Adam Arwinowski: The most important thing is the camera effect. And this is a picture. My wife complains about Sony RX100 picture quality, and this is not her first camera. So I started testing and comparing with: Canon G11, G12, Canon A720 IS, the old Canon S45, Sony NEX-5 and FUJIFILM X10. I had a chance to have them in my possession for a longer time. Later I showed all pictures to some people, not indicating a camera. Excluding night pictures, always the picture from RX100 was chosen as a worst. Pictures were good after “the Photoshop treatment”, but Photoshop cannot add missing details.My conclusion: if you need average pocket camera, with a lot of functions, easy to use, and you don’t care about the price – buy it. If you want to spend some extra bug for better than average quality, stay away from it. There are better choices. Do not listen to Sony agents – a lot of them are here.
OMG You must be hired by Canon or another VERY envious/jealous camera maker to write these texts here. I do not know what camera you were testing but certainly not the RX100!
sonydreams: I have to say as someone who has not been a huge Sony fan, from the specs and the reports, with this camera they've come up with something pretty special. I can't see there's anything to touch it in this bracket. It's pricey of course, but it starts to make sense when you consider you're looking at CSS/SLR quality images, not compact-camera quality.
It does have some cons as mentioned in http://www.squidoo.com/sony-rx100
The RX100 IS something very special. I own it for two weeks now (next to SLT A55 & A77). Friends and collegues are also very impressed and they call it the high tech mini Leica.If you use it as a compact and are aware of the fact that something soo small has some physical limitations you will be even more impressed by the results. The RX100 is blazing fast, has magnificent high iso quality and awesome low iso quality and sharpness. The use of the SLT menu system is also very handy and versatile offering a shipload of functions and customisation.I love this gem!
I wonder WHEN the DP Review will see the light of day!
Surprise! The RX100 can be charged in the car with the universal Phone charger cord (mini USB, Samsung, Nokia etc.)!! Very convenient. Btw the RX100 is a fantastic performer, love this pocket rocket next to the Sony A55 and A77!
tr6me: Very interesting article, thanks! Another option is to work with a tilt belllows device for control of DOF and focussing plane. http://forum.mflenses.com/userpix/455_tiltshift_bellows_1.jpg
Focus stacking and setting up macro compositions takes time. The insects in the photographs above were they drugged, glued to a leaf or... dead...?
P.S. Working with a DX sensor DSLR (instead of FX) gives a slight increase of DOF. Using a 24MP DX sensor would be ideal for macro.
@Erez - :-) - I'll stay tuned! @marike6 -thanks for the input!