Alex Permit: For me, a "satisfying photographic experience" is taking photos and then being satisfied with the results when i look and/or print them at home.
The images i get from my rx100 ii are satisfying, while those from my previous powershots/Lumix/ et al are not. I know of no other POCKETABLE camera that gives pictures which satisfy but for the rx 100.
DPR's objective tests back up my subjective views.
The "user experience" of the rx 100 does not match my x100s, or even my nex 6. Those cameras, however, don't fit in my pants pocket. Neither does my D3s. So what. Each camera size class fits a purpose.
The rx100 is, imho, a clear gold star.
"By DaveE1 (3 months ago)@Boky, I had two RX100II's in my short pockets recently, as I minded one for a friend who was swimming. What's supposed to happen?
Are you talking about boxer shorts? If so, why would you want to put a camera into your underwear?"
To keep the camera warm so the battery would last longer.
Richard Franiec: Possibly the most boring camera segment of the year 2013.
"By Richard Franiec (33 min ago)What I'm saying is that DSLR's seems to be the slowest advancing segment. Solid but hardly exciting in comparison to models from previous few years."
This segment has long reached the plateau phase of development. Do you expect rapid advancement when a product line has matured? Be realistic.
whtchocla7e: Why the big lens? I would've liked to see the rx100 lens/sensor combo in this Nikon body.
Flagship + superzoom just doesn't compute..
Because it covers the most used range in general photography, for which this camera is intended.
rhlpetrus: Why can't Nikon put a 1 sensor in this body?
Simple, won't fit.
GabrielZ: Canon's G series compacts need an EVF to replace their awful optical one's.
Well, at least it doesn't suck up the battery.
Julian Kirkness: Just what I have been looking for - I bought a Panasonic LF1 a couple of weeks ago which has basically the same spec (plus WiFi) but I found it too small (my wife loves it though and is replacing her Nikon J1 which she never liked because of no viewfinder).
As a summary, ideal focal length range and EVF make this the first all in one camera for years which may persuade me to leave my system camera behind when travelling (OM-D + lenses).
So pre-order is in - now the waiting begins! If only we didn't get ripped off price wise in the UK!!! Our price in Dollars is £781 - over 40% higher than the USA!
Well, how much in the UK?
ScottRH: Nikon seems to be upgrading all products in their line up except D300. And loosing customers because of it.
Not necessary, as there are already newer/better cameras than the D300 in their lineup for those who wish to upgrade.
Dimit: Will I ever be excited by Canon (and Nicon for sure..)?Always tiny,veeeeery tiny steps forward..seems like Sony,Fuji,Ricoh deal with the innovation,freshness,excitment thing..
We have vibrating phones, so yes, a vibrating camera is in the works, be patient, next year's upgrade.
fastlass: I have never seen you guys praise a camera's jpegs as with this one. Does this Fuji have the best jpeg output ever? Or in its class?
Everything is in the eye of the beholder, including RAW.
Rod McD: "Large and chunky build won't suit everyone......." (See conclusion 'cons'). Large and chunky? Really? Half the appeal of mirror-less is that they are smaller for the same sensor size than DSLRs and I thought the XE1 does an exemplary job of being small and retaining very high useability. Sure it won't suit phone and shirt pocket camera users but it's not intended to.
Otherwise a review that confirms what users have been reporting - it's a great camera.
lighter weigh yes，but compactness is determined by volume，so lighter does not always mean compact.
ifi: That explains why the full review was delayed, DP wanted to give Nikon enough time to calm d600 users down.
Thankfully I got my 6d few weeks ago otherwise this review might have changed my decision. In the future I will take these reviews like a grain of sand.
Very happy with my 6d, its a great camera.
everything can be improved
rfsIII: No one ever complained about the tiny film size of the Minox. People just shot with them and were cool with the results. Think of this camera a Minox for the 21st century.
kenbass: I wonder how many people complaining about looks and it will never take good pictures has even shot pictures with a V1. Try putting a F mount lens on a V1 and go shoot some pics before complaining it will never take good pics. And as for looks of the camera. I have never had anyone say anything one way or the other about the looks of my gripped D700. Who cares what it looks like as long as it takes good pictures. Who cares what anyone else thinks what the camera looks like. Get over it.
I have a V1 that takes great pictures especially for wildlife. I use a 70-300 VR lens on it and I have a 810MM setup that is great for wildlife. It also takes great pictures with the kit lenses and all of my f mount lenses.
"Get over it", it's you that need to get over it.
peterwr: Some of the nicest, most natural pictures I've seen from a compact. Plenty of detail, even at 1600iso, and beautiful colour rendering - though admittedly, I'm not viewing on a calibrated monitor.
If only this camera had an eye-level viewfinder (optical or electronic, I don't mind)*, I'd rush straight out to buy one before the shops close.
* weatherproofing would be the icing on the cake...
if you are happy with what you see, who needs a calibrated monitor.
Seems like everyone has a reason not to buy.....
Ermac: The only thing I don't like is the price.... I know the size is a factor but when $500 buys a decent DSLR and lens with a larger sensor in a fairly compact body, who's going to go for this?
Call me when this costs $200.
"Call me when this costs $200."and your phone number is?
marike6: Don't know why everyone is carrying on about the V2. It actually looks like a decent shooter with an ergonomic body. And it has super fast processing, a large buffer, great build quality, etc. It's not as pretty as a Fuji XE1 or X100, but few cameras are. Certainly a Pany G5 or GF5 aren't going to win any design awards either. To me the V2 looks all business. Besides I rarely take photos OF my camera but WITH them.
"Besides I rarely take photos OF my camera but WITH them."
But you do look at them before you take photos with them!
AstonC: It doesn't look too bad to me. It is certainly not good-looking but at the end of the day it looks FUNCTIONAL which is not a bad thing.
Looks like Nikon put in the main improvements asked for by many (grip, built-in flash, mode dial) and improved (hopefully) the sensor.
I am a V1 fan and am actually quite excited about the V2. The fact that many think it's ugly means its prices will fall quickly for me to buy at $500 soon? :-) every cloud has a silver lining!
Well, there are always exceptions, maybe this cloud only comes with a bronze lining. ok, by the time you can get it at $500, you get a tarnished silver lining at best.
Paul JM: Sadly, time has passed this series by, and I am surprised that Canon had bothered. I own the original G1, and ultimately bought back into the series with a G10 after Michael Reichmann declared it the best thing since sliced bread, but ultimately found it disappointing, and still do. The manual controls on this camera are rendered useless by the size of the sensor. Frankly, it does not matter how much you open the aperture on a sensor this size, you simply cant achieve an adequate shallow DOF. I cant see why anyone would be prepared to buy this over, say, the RX100, which has a much larger and better sensor, in a smaller format. If you are keen on more manual control, then try the OM-D, which also has a far better sensor, as well as manual control
“If you are keen on more manual control, then try the OM-D, ”
But OM-D is much bigger。
Ken Aisin: The price is absolutely right. I'm pre-ordering this.
If people want "the price is right", they should STOP this silly "pre-ordering" practice. After all, all consumers products today are mass produced on assembly lines, there will be plenty to go around and more. Pre-ordering just encourage price gouging.