Mike FL: Have not seen that any body tested RX10's weather sealed performance yet.
Hopefully, DPR will run the test.
Eleson, from Sony's site:
"Magnesium alloy top and front casings make RX10 light, solid and robust enough for long, rigorous use by advanced photographers and videographers. Shoot in rugged outdoor environments without worry as the dust- and moisture-resistant design gives you that added level of confidence to follow your subject wherever they may roam."
Also, from the following link, the guy said, "Rest assured guys, this camera is weather resistant. It was wet to the bone after about 10 min and kept on working. Once back home, I extended the zoom barrel, dried it thoroughly and found no issues."
Again, my RX10 has been quite drenched by melted heavy snowfall and rain, and I've not had problems at all.
Chanex: Now someone bring out a rival to the rx100mkIII so I can pick that up for a couple hundred less??
If what is desired is a truly pocketable camera with a truly functional viewfinder (unlike the one on my Fujifilm X10, which is all but useless), I think it's going to be a little while--just guessing.
I just can't imagine that Fujifilm (with the X30, or whatever the next one is called) or Panasonic (with the LX8) will have thought to put a pop-up EVF on it. Perhaps they will now that Sony cleverly (or perhaps to some "cludgily") snuck an EVF into a camera the size of the previous RX's.
I think if the M3 does well, then perhaps in the LX9 or X40 we'll see a true M3 competitor. I just don't think it'll be the LX8 or X30.
Anyway, I bought the M3, and love it so far.
oselimg: it's amazing that some people even present this huge price cut for a new model as "smart move". It sounds like coming from a Sony executive trying divert attention from the fact how much the consumer was about to be ripped off. It would have been a dumb thing not to reduce the price against a very strong competition named FZ1000 but, one can hardly call it as smart. Or perhaps most of comments here are written by "brand lovers". Yes, love is a blinding thing but we mustn't fall in love with big, multinational companies.
oselimg, perhaps it was selling well at the original price. If so, why lower it? It was worth it to me when I bought it--it's just a better deal now, likely spurred on by this new competitor.
I'm not a one-brand lover. I own cameras of almost every make.
So tell me how it is Sony ripped you off?
Mike FL, my RX10 has gone sledding during heavy snow fall. It has been in heavy rain a couple of times, too. And during these episodes, I was using it.
While that might not be the rigorous testing that perhaps you were hoping for, it's something.
G1Houston: Just tell you how much SONY has been overpricing its products ...
Yes, oselimg, nothing says poser, hipster, wannabe like a camera that everyone thinks is either a compact superzoom, a small, inexpensive DSLR, or a too-old digital camera from the days when the small ones were this size.
Ohhhh yeahhhh..when my RX10 comes out, it's like...look out, ladies. Giggity, giggity!
I don't even take pictures with it. I just carry it around, takin' in the stares of admiration.
"Uhhh huhhh...yeah...it's an RX10, alright."
Retzius: Does it come in red and grey?
arhmatic, if you have the need for something like a D4--and if you've actually shot a D4--you might begin to understand how style isn't really a concern where cameras like this are concerned.
Aaron801: I know this is a really ignorant question, but I know nothing about this class of cameras... I'm wondering why a camera so bulky and so expensive is only 16mp?
Low-light performance is certainly one key reason. I still haven't experienced better low-light performance than from the D4.
iShootWideOpen: A better version of the D4S has been out a while, it's a 1DX. No "S" needed at the end of the X.
If I wasn't surrounded by Nikon glass, I'd seriously consider the 1DX over the D4. I've been very impressed with the Nikon in super-low-light settings, though, and it seems from what I've seen from others that perhaps the D4 has an edge in that one respect. If you read Morten Hilmer's blog--an extreme example of low-light shooting in practice--you can see his experience with both cameras.
Most importantly, though, if you visit his blog, you can see his stunning, beautiful shots from both cameras. I'm a fan of his work.
Oh, and XQD...
Still sticking with XQD, eh, Nikon? As a D4 owner who figured they'd probably abandon XQD after the D4, there's a positive and negative where that's concerned--positive in that it's perhaps a sign that they're still somewhat behind XQD; negative in that it's perhaps a sign that they're still only somewhat behind XQD.
I'm not big on having to travel with an XQD card reader in addition to my combo CF/SD reader. By the way, is there a USB 3.0 combo reader that supports them all, including XQD?
Would I prefer two CF slots instead of one CF and one XQD? Yes, absolutely. Heck, I'd even rather have one CF and one SD, given how fast SD has gotten since I bought my D4.
XQD. Is there another SLR other than the D4/D4s that uses XQD?
As a D4 owner, I was actually hoping for something I'd want to upgrade to. More megapixels; higher speed (a la 1DX), which is something I rarely desire, but have admired in the 1DX for those rare times I do need it; greater improvement in the autofocus tech (again, a la 1DX); improvements to its handling as a video camera.
I have the Sony RX10, and love its focus peaking and zebra (and how it handles with video in general, including how it autofocuses in video). Once you've used focus peaking (or better, more camcorder-like video autofocus), it's all missed when going back to my D4.
The D4 is still the one that's most an extension of me, my fingers able to rapidly press and sequence-out all the controls and settings I need, even blindly if I had to (in most cases)--and the D4's image quality and the latitude it provides me in PP still amaze me--so it's just picayune disappointment I'm feeling.
D4x. D5. D5s. I'll wait, but I was hoping for some good, fun reasons to pick up a D4s.
I seem to be one of the few who's actually happy about this. I had two Creative Cloud subscriptions (due to the number of computers I use Adobe stuff on), but the only thing I used on either of those subscriptions was Photoshop and Lightroom.
The functionalities of both are absolute necessities for me, and I have neither the time nor the inclination to learn anything else. There's the additional fear that I'll learn something else and find that it doesn't work for me after all (like I found with Aperture), compounding the wasted time.
I called Adobe to facilitate this, and was charged no cancellation fees (they were one-year commitments, subject to cancellation fees).
So, perhaps I'm in the minority, but this guy's happy to have transitioned both accounts to the Photography Program, and thus "save" $1017.60 per year compared to what I was paying...well, at least until they raise the Photography Program rates (which I wouldn't be surprised to see after the first year's up).
Outstanding read, Amadou! Thanks to Dean and John for the insights into their careers, and the tools they use in them.
Though I am a Nikon D4 shooter, my commitment to one platform over another is mostly motivated by the glass I've already bought. (If I'd started with Canon glass, I'd be a 1DX shooter.)
As for connectivity (which was briefly discussed), I do use Nikon's WT-5, and love it. I use it mostly for iPad-controlling the D4 for shooting videos of myself, which has been great, as I previously needed someone to operate the camera, for focus, exposure, etc., which I can now do on my own.
Stunning. I have a preorder for the D4 in; and, given my Nikon glass (and a love of Nikon ergonomics), I'll likely keep that preorder in. But this 2-way wireless flash system from Canon had me seriously considering selling it all and going back to Canon, for a 1Dx, ST-E3-RT, and three 600EX-RT's (plus the lens equivalents to replace my Nikon glass).
But, after really realizing I'd need to buy a 1Dx, ST-E3-RT, and three 600EX-RT's (plus the lens equivalents to replace my Nikon glass)--*and* the huge hit I'd take on the sale of my Nikon rig--I came to my senses.
Admittedly, though, I can't stop thinking how amazing it would be to have that setup, as I do a lot of flash photography, and that level of control and functional integration from the ST-E3-RT...again, stunning. Not having to mess with a few different flashes; being able to control them so fully without taking them down from where they're at (or out of what they're in); being able to so quickly experiment with light balance...