After having rented the G1X M2 when it was first released, I decided not to purchase it based on its inability to lock focus in some low light situations. Then about 2 weeks ago, I reconsidered, as I wanted a new toy for an upcoming backpacking trip. I've still had the focusing issues, as well as some focusing issues I was previously unaware of; the camera often locks focus on some tiny object in the frame rather than object desired. That aside, I'm really enjoying the camera and any shortcomings in IQ (compared to a DSLR) are more than made up for in shooting enjoyment.
I have always loved Panasonic cameras, but was frustrated with the color inaccuracies, color casts, and poor AWB. Although there are only a handful of sample images here, I don't see these problems. I may find myself migrating back to Panasonic.
NeilJones: How do you hold those things? Seriously, so awkward, no grip, just a slippery box. Not a great design at all. At least the Panny's give you something to hold.
I've got larger hands than most men and yet have never had a problem holding any of the S-series cams. Take off the mittens.
Angus Rose: I've waited sooo long for this camera!And I'm not bothered that it lacks an EVH, and it'll probably bring down the price.
The irony in that statement josseee is that the RX100 has oft been called a copy of the S-series (and rightly so).
Yes, it has some shortcomings, but every camera does. For the first time in a long time, I am genuinely excited about a Canon product.
B1ackhat: That is a completely ridiculous defense to copyright infringement. If I set my camera up on a tripod remotely controlled by my phone and one of my dogs licks the screen thereby triggering the shutter, the photo then becomes the property of no one. That's ludicrous.
Easycass, my pack is spoiled rotten so I think they would be quite pleased. :) Besides, it costs us ~$300/month just to feed them so they should start earning their keep. ;)
That is a completely ridiculous defense to copyright infringement. If I set my camera up on a tripod remotely controlled by my phone and one of my dogs licks the screen thereby triggering the shutter, the photo then becomes the property of no one. That's ludicrous.
Sony has produced yet another excellent pocket cam ... with the same problems as its predecessors (awful IS, poor color accuracy, less malleable RAWs, etc.). I ditched my RX100 when I had paid $550, but just picked up another for $280. I would gladly pay $800 for the M3 if they could fix those same damn problems, but until then, I'll just wait until I can snag one for $400.
So Firefly is essentially going to do what the apps I have already do. Tell me why this would be appealing?
Well accurate color is a lost cause with either camera, so that's a wash. The better sensor is almost inevitably going to be found in the Sony. Panasonic, however, is (imho) a far better camera maker. And that price is very reasonable!
chris100uk: Richard...how does the stabilisation compare with previous models? Is it true 5 axis?
According to Sony's reps, it applies to video only.
"However, one significant change is that you can now use Auto ISO when in Manual mode - effectively creating a Pentax-esque 'Shutter and Aperture Priority' mode."
OK, this is huge. The IS on the RX100 series sucks and the camera often chooses a lower shutter speed than it is capable of stabilizing, so adding auto ISO to manual mode is truly a godsend. I still can't wrap my head around the price tag for this thing, but I am thrilled to see this change implemented.
Altruisto: Sony don't have the best colors, their jpegs can be messy, their skin tones yellowish, but they are the most innovative. Rx100 iii will do a lot of harm to other companies if the lens quality is decent. Let's pray to Zeiss.
It is this issue with color (and the fact that they cannot be fixed in raw 99% of the time), that gives me the most pause when considering a Sony camera. I look back at all my RX100 photos and am wowed by the image quality, but terribly disappointed by the color inaccuracies and general haze present (the latter of which IS fixable, but I get tired of having to do so).
Nice updates, but the horribly inaccurate color (which remains unfixable in raw in most cases), poor AE system, senseless auto behavior (e.g. often choosing too slow a shutter speed), and nearly nonexistent IS still persist. I still think the RX100s are all great cams, but I am frustrated by Sony's seeming inability to fix these very basic problems. :/
Now they just need a few patents for a decent IS system, color accuracy, and non-epileptic continuous AF.
Nice ad for the Xrite ColorChecker Passport. Get yours today from DPR's parent company, Amazon.com.
If you love nature, then leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. This reminds me of the article regarding the incredible, one-of-a-kind, massive wild boar - that some buffoon shot and killed. These are simply expressions of human greed, not a love of nature.
Artistico: Surely you could have come up with a better and less obvious April fool's joke than that, DPreview? Not to mention a better photoshopped picture with the lens. And, as everyone(?) knows, the reason the old Zuiko lenses are so compact is the large film-to-flange distance of the old OM cameras. It simply wouldn't work on a body like that.
Oh well. Better than no joke, I guess. Kudos for trying. I'm sure some people were fooled.
You will need lots and lots of wine (or drugs) in order to find any Monty Python film funny.
April 1st? OMG? C'mon.