AdamT: """ the only 'real' premium superzoom camera was the Panasonic DMC-FZ200. """
The FZ200 is no more premium than the SX50, P510 or Sony HX200/300, it`s still a plastic consumer megazoom with a pinhead sensor despite how fast the lens is ....... the only premium superzoom was and still is (until the RX10 lands) the Fuji XS1 . it wouldn`t be my personal choice due to being as big as a D7100 but regardless, unless the oly delivers, it`s still the next thing to the new sony in this area
Pin head sensor? Really? This sort of exaggerated hyperbole is more a symptom of a pin head brain.I suppose you are one of these people who want a 28-300 affordable compact the same size and made of titanium but with an aps-c sensor. The RX10 is twice the price and will have very limited appeal regardless of its merits.
JEROME NOLAS: Is this special for you enough?
It makes you wonder whether Timmbits main pleasure from photography is sneering at the users of smaller sensor cameras.
Nismo350Z: It won't be long before mirrors are finally obsolete in the digital age as other major brands will surely follow suit. Bravo to Sony for adding a milestone in camera history.
This is a well worn record. People if anything are wanting more compact kit so I cannot see a great rush to use these enormous full frame lenses
tkbslc: This article has to hold the record for unintelligent comments.
@jurgenvogtThat is disappointing. I was hoping for the record so we must try harder.
I thought Apple held the World rights to the rectangle. It is all very confusing.
The problem nowadays is that life is a comedy performed by people without a trace of humour.
Siff: The removal of the AA filter is very apparent especially on the little globe on top. Center "INDIAN" and you'll see the difference in details between RX1R and RX1.
Now here's my situation. I've actually decided to buy this camera. Now whether if you agree with me on whether if it's worth it or not is not the issue. Putting it's price vs value aside, which one would you recommend me buying? Which one would you recommend for me, and everyone else who's buying this camera? I'm very curious in the community's opinion. Thank you very much in advance.
I would go with the RX1R as the red R is so cool and not having an anti aliasing filter is just so now and the thing of the moment and makes it just a bit special.
Teru Kage: The G-series was a serious contender during the early boom of DCs but with the advent of MILC, I find it increasing difficult to find a justification for this line. There are M4/3 and NEX cameras that offer better quality and performance with less bulk and comparable prices, and compact DCs that fit in your pocket with similar image quality, which makes me wonder what benefit the G-series offers in today's market.
I cannot understand the NEX3 being touted as an alternative. The whole point of the G cameras is you do not have to wade through labyrinthine menus to do anything as is necessary with the stripped to the bare essentials entry level NEX's.
mcshan: That ugly Wi-Fi sticker would be the first thing to go. Makes the camera look cheap.
It is amazing that people are actually calling it a sticker but still not getting that means it can be peeled off. It beggars belief really.
Musicjohn: The G serie powershots have always been way too overpriced rubbish, are still way overpriced rubbish and always will be way overpriced rubbish. There are many other (even cheaper) cams of this format which make just as good a picture, if not better.
I am a professional photographer with 1D-mkIV and 5D-mkII and I have always had the need for a 'pocket sized' little cam which I can have with me all of the time. I have had several G-series from Canon, but always sold them again within a few weeks because I was disappointed with the image quality. About 4 years ago I even preferred a Casio Exilim to the G11.
The reason why people would buy a pocket sized cam is the need to get any picture as fast as possible onto a blog or a newspaper or news website. Considering the resolution size in which the final picture will appear (usually no larger than 600 pixels max.) one could argue that ANY compact camera would fulfill that job, even the lowest price compact cam available today.
@bored rich personWas 86 a good year for Toyotas? Probably wet pebbles with a dash of blackberry and camellia petals suffused with delicate oak flavours.
futile32: best in class... silver.... 79%.... interesting....
I own the RX100, hands down an amazing camera pocketableness asside. My only quibble about using it for my everyday 'keepers' was no tilting display (for waist level shooting) and no EVF. Both of these objections have (sort of) been handled with the MK2. I do wish the EVF was part of the body, but I am still amazed at how they managed to fit in what they did. Can't have it all.
Seriously though, this camera should be graded for what it is intended for and for its target audience. To complain that it has too many options/filtering and no in-camera raw conversion is just a joke.
If you have a camera and like it what is the importance of a review? The RX100 is a strange camera in that its users just seem to need so much acceptance from other people and to prove their camera choice is superior to others. There is no camera user base so given to gushing hyperbole on other brand user forums about their cameras as RX100 users.I suppose the RX100 is the camera of choice for the user who views photography as some sort of competitive sport in equipment buying prowess.
A valiant attempt by Sony to match the G1X but spoilt as usual in true Sony compact fashion by too many pixels when the light dims. The razor sharp image of the Queen's head if you select the G1X on the noise page, as the Sony descends into mush when you raise the ISO is pretty compelling. Especially as the ISO performance of the enormous sensor in the RX100 is supposed to offset the slow fully zoomed lens.
Art that needs explanation is not art at all.
I hope we see some manufacturers break ranks from this artificial marketing thing where you have to pay $1000 for a camera with a view finder. Hopefully the Sony A3000 can help break this nasty little habit camera makers have at the moment. Rear screen only cameras are completely useless at long focal lengths let alone in bright sunlight.They are trying to manoeuvre us all into accepting that EVF's as a luxury item which is I suspect complete nonsense.
Ben Herrmann: Bingo....glad to see this. I really like the P7700 with regards to IQ. Having this higher def EVF makes all the difference in the world. Will definitely pick this one up.
@Joe Talks etc. It is nice to have all these goodies on one camera though so I think the fact that you do not need to collectively use cameras and lug more than one about is an advantage.
Antonio Rojilla: Best ergonomics and set of controls in a compact camera ever. Now if its sensor and lens were like those of the RX/QX100...
...it would be a RX/QX100? Not sure of the relevance as this is a P8800 being discussed here.
Canon probably need to start to have have a look at these newfangled EVF thingies now.
Joe Talks Photo Gear: If only the sensor grew. If only. Isn't it time for that? A nice step forward with the evf.
If the sensor grows then the optics grow. The performance of these little 1/1.7" sensors is very good know and sufficient for the purposes I am sure.
b craw: It is nice to see this at $400, but in my opinion the poor fixed LCD and (to my eye) too sparse button/dial set-up on the back might be problematic. The Samsung NX20 is APS-C 20MP as well and is WiFi enabled, has an articulating LCD, good controls for $550.
You are missing the point that Sony are opening at this low price. As I said below the Samsung NX20 is a $1,000 camera and this $550 is just an end of line dumping price.This camera is going to put the cat amongst the pigeons in mirrorless pricing.
AbrasiveReducer: Great news for consumers. Canon, Nikon & Fuji may not go this low but everyone else will have to. There should be some amazing deals for the holiday season.
@b craw. The Samsung NX20 is not comparable as its recommended retail price is $1099 according to Samsung's site.
Sony must have made a major breakthrough here and found a way around the normally massive cost incurred in not putting a mirror in a camera.