tipple: People!!!! You are looking for the "perfect" camera and it doesn't exist! If it did, there would be no more innovation and new"imperfect" cameras. Whatever turns your exposure switch, go for it. There are so many good cameras available that the potential of these cameras often exceed the ability of the photographer. That certainly includes me. Cannot let the pursuit of perfection in the hardware and software overshadow the knowledge and ability of the photographer using these instruments.
it's a tough spot - on one hand (and they do acknowledge it), much of their language holds the camera to maybe too-high of a standard (as something to be fairly compared to m4/3, for instance), and a lot of this has to do with the $800 pricetag - on the other, they also say, repeatedly, that the RX100.3 is, for a pocketable compact... peerless.
personally, as someone with an E-M5 and a trio of primes (+ a smartphone, in a pinch) -- i can't help but wait for sony to perfect their formula until i can even begin to think about spending $800 for a compact.
Ben O Connor: Unbelieveable :D
haha wow, i can't believe i did that! totally forgot. 2014 felt like so far in the future!
i think the real point being made isn't that the instagram effects are necessarily irritating, but that, unlike film or photoshop, they are thrown around too often, too easily. film and photoshop both involve much more conscious choice, whether it's the actual firing of the shutter (we can take virtually unlimited photos and delete at will with digital cameras) or choosing which images exactly to alter (i.e. not every single one of them, and each the same way) and how exactly those images are altered. the rant against instagram here is essentially the same one against social media (and not really about photography): too much information all the time, which, in my view, de-values our overall experience of sharing with others (whether virtually or actually).