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Have your say: Best Fixed-lens Compact Camera of 2013

By dpreview staff on Dec 18, 2013 at 21:56 GMT
Have your say: Best Fixed-lens Compact Camera of 2013
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Have your say: Best Fixed-lens Compact Camera of 2013

2013 saw the release of five cameras in a (relatively) new class, which we're calling 'fixed lens compact cameras'. Specifically, large-sensor fixed-lens compact cameras. Fujifilm's X100S is one of our favorite cameras of the year, addressing many of the faults of its predecessor. Sony followed up on the RX1 from last year with the RX1R, which shares the same 24MP full-frame sensor but minus an AA filter for superior resolution. Meanwhile, both Nikon and Ricoh released APS-C 28mm equivalent cameras, while Sigma's DP3 offers a 75mm equivalent lens. Click through for a chance to cast your vote and decide which is best. 


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Comments

Total comments: 90
TheNomadWay
By TheNomadWay (3 months ago)

So why would you choose a fixed lens camera over something else??

http://www.thenomadway.com/

Comment edited 12 seconds after posting
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DanK7
By DanK7 (4 months ago)

Without doubt the audience for these polls is a select group of interested, engaged and (mostly) well-informed readers, so it's no surprise that Fuji and Pentax do well against Canon, Nikon and Sony. If it were based on sales numbers and general opinion, the outcomes would likely be very different. Interesting despite the survey's limitation.

0 upvotes
remo1232
By remo1232 (3 months ago)

I think you are wrong about that. Have you actually ever hold a Fuji X100S?

0 upvotes
Low Budget Dave
By Low Budget Dave (4 months ago)

All of them take good pictures. The differences come down to usability, depth of field, autofocus and so on. I carry around a Sony RX100 because I like the size and autofocus speed, and am willing to give up the rest.

It would be interesting to see a comparison of autofocus speed and accuracy. I am told the X100S is blazing fast and that the Ricoh is not too shabby. The Sony gets good reviews, but some people claim it gets distrated too easily. As far as the other cameras in the class, I couldn't even start to guess.

Nothing is worse than carrying a pocket camera around all day and coming home with 100 pictures that focused on the trees behind your subject.

1 upvote
ZoranHR
By ZoranHR (3 months ago)

Recently I bought X100 and Ricoh GR I use for 6 months now. With latest firmware update Fuji can't match autofocus speed of Ricoh,especially in poor light. It is generaly slower camera.
For X100s model,I cant tell by experience. What I read,new camera is more responsive,but af performace still same in low light.
One thing much more important: Ricoh is much easier to operate than Fuji. It is just amazing. And this aspect will not be changed with new Fuji model.

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SergeyMS
By SergeyMS (4 months ago)

In my opinion, Sony RX1R is the best camera of 2013. I compare it with all cameras, not only with fixed-lenses cameras, and no doubt, it is absolutely brilliant.

0 upvotes
kodora
By kodora (4 months ago)

The RX1R sounds interesting, but I would never buy one.

0 upvotes
flumpet
By flumpet (4 months ago)

I loved my X100, sold it to buy my X100S. No complaints. Love the way it shoots, the way it feels, and the way it looks.

At the end of the day, it's how you use your equipment no? Think about the DigitalRev Pro-photog Cheap Cam challenges....

0 upvotes
Alan Chan
By Alan Chan (4 months ago)

I vote for Sony RX1R, with the good sensor and great len in a compact body. I sold my Canon 5D2 and EF100-400L to get this camera, it worth it!

0 upvotes
ZoranHR
By ZoranHR (4 months ago)

According to "I own it/I want it/I had it" the most Popular Fujifilm 100S also has the greatest pourcentage of people wich sold it. Good look seems to be a sword with two blades. Interesting to notice.

1 upvote
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (4 months ago)

Good point. The math proves Fuji X-100S owners are 4X more dissatisfied than than Coolpix A owners. The statistics prove the Fuji is a risky crap shot.

0 upvotes
ragmanjin
By ragmanjin (4 months ago)

Probably sold them to buy X-Pro 1s. Either way, there are more than three times as many people that tried the X100s and sold it, whether to upgrade in the Fuji X system or not, than there are people who bothered with the "Coolpix" at all. That alone says something HUGE and in fact contrary to your implied interpretation. Besides, if every person who "wanted" these cameras bought them, Nikon will have sold almost enough to cover shipping of one crate of them from some factory in China to a Best Buy outlet; while only 886 people would have kept them, Fuji would have sold just four shy of 1000 X100s cameras.

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Frank De Carlo
By Frank De Carlo (4 months ago)

Sony RX 1 & and Sony RX-100II. Period.

The RX 1 has has a full frame 24MP Exmor sensor coupled with an EXCELLENT Zeiss 35mm f2.0 lens and full manual control. Images are UNBELIEVABLE!

The RX-100II has a 1" 20MP Exmor sensor & a Zeiss 10-37mm (24-100mm) zoom lens in a package that easily fits into your pocket making this a go-anywhere camera that takes great stills and video.

1 upvote
Northgrove
By Northgrove (3 months ago)

I agree, this is an incredible combo. I use a Fujifilm X100 and have been wondering about a compact zoom to complement it, but the great part with this Sony duo for performance + flexibility is that it's a step up or two in image quality.

0 upvotes
bartovsky
By bartovsky (4 months ago)

I prefer the 28mm angle of view above the 35mm (which is not wide, neither close enough) perspective. So without a doubt then the Ricoh GR is the camera to have! I am using this camera for two months now (next to a canon EOS 5D MK2..therefor I know how a quality image looks like :-P ) with a lot of pleasure and surprise! It really gives the right kick in many sceneries. The way this GR lights up shadows and finishes the ends within the dynamic range is impressive. For the price 700 euro (here in Europe) it is also the cheapest of the bunch! A bargain. A tool of Art. Thanks Ricoh, you have made me very happy.

2 upvotes
discbrake
By discbrake (4 months ago)

Easiest pick. No brainer. Sony RX1R hands down. Full-Frame sensor with 35mm F/2.0 Zeiss lens. Perfect combination.

3 upvotes
MMS
By MMS (4 months ago)

Exactly....FULL FRAME in a very small package with an awesome Zeiss lens.

0 upvotes
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (4 months ago)

LOL! Only to be overshadowed by a smaller camera at a fraction of the price with superior IQ.

4 upvotes
GurcemZekai
By GurcemZekai (4 months ago)

I did voted for GR, only because price/value. Fuji x100s is great camera but when you compare vs Gr which has very similar spects (if not better) the price becomes important.

I believe Gr is like 600 british pounds while x100s is 900

1 upvote
tee1000
By tee1000 (4 months ago)

It's more about ergonomics and operation when it comes to practical use. The specs won't tell you that both cameras are totally different concepts. I personally love Fuji's direct control of aperture, shutter speed and exposure, which feels very intuitive. Others like program modes. When image quality is that similar, you should really try which one suits your personal style of shooting most.

1 upvote
gooseta
By gooseta (4 months ago)

The fact that the first three cameras are all incredibly similar means that there is some fuji rigging going on :)

0 upvotes
kodora
By kodora (4 months ago)

Why are they incredibly similar?

0 upvotes
hip2
By hip2 (4 months ago)

it seems like everyone is voting for the camera they own, and not objectively for the best camera :D

1 upvote
Harry S
By Harry S (4 months ago)

I would guess very, very few people have used all of these cameras, therefore the only meaningful way to vote is what you've experienced. Otherwise we would be voting by specification, or ordering them by DXO score, which is madness.

Comment edited 54 seconds after posting
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Stacey_K
By Stacey_K (4 months ago)

Isn't that always the case? Brand loyalty and defending a purchase choice rules online. :P

1 upvote
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (4 months ago)

Can there be any objectivity to a question that askes for your opinion?

For the record, my vote goes to the Sigma - and I own the Ricoh. But I would agree with your overall assessment that those who voted Fuji, were the least objective. Anyone of the 4 other cameras can produce a much better image than X-100s.

0 upvotes
hip2
By hip2 (4 months ago)

you could think that having bought the camera, it's normal for people to vote for their own.
but if you think about it, voting with your wallet has at least two limitations :
1. the most obvious one is money, you cannot always afford the camera or lens you really want. we experienced it at least once :p
2. the release dates. when you buy one camera, maybe the others were not available yet.

Here DPR is asking people to vote for the camera they really think is the best, without limiting themselves with cost and availability.
so people should vote for the camera they would have bought NOW, if someone handed them enough money to buy the most expensive of the list.
(some of you might argue that removing the cost factor is unfair, but then this vote is unfair to begin with :)

0 upvotes
JackM
By JackM (4 months ago)

Sour grapes. 35mm is so much more useful than 28mm or 75mm.

Comment edited 31 seconds after posting
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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (4 months ago)

I haven't used a 35mm lens in 30 + years. But you know best. I had a 35mm on my M2R because I couldn't afford a 28mm.

1 upvote
TitusXIII
By TitusXIII (4 months ago)

Actually, I own the Ricoh GR but voted for the Fuji X100s.
Disclosure: I do own the Fuji X100.

0 upvotes
anthony mazzeri
By anthony mazzeri (4 months ago)

Except the X100S and RX1 aren't compact cameras. I think the very least definition of a compact camera is it is pocketable, both in dimensions as well as collapsible lens. They are neither of these and not even in the same category as the Coolpix A or GR.

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abluesky
By abluesky (4 months ago)

Very good reply.

0 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (4 months ago)

The definition of compact camera that is used by practically all review sites as well as the camera manufacturers and the CIPA organisation, is simply "fixed lens camera", as opposed to interchangeable lens camera. It's just a name for this category of camera, and not meant to be a literal description. In other words, not all compact cameras are compact.

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JackM
By JackM (4 months ago)

Incorrect. Carried my X100S in my pocket for 4 days at Disney, it was great.

0 upvotes
Dogonit
By Dogonit (4 months ago)

Why in the world did you include the Sigma DP3 Merrill and not the far more common and standard DP2 Merrill?

1 upvote
E_Nielsen
By E_Nielsen (4 months ago)

I also think the DP2M is the better of the two, but it was introduced in 2012. I own a DP2M, by the way, and wouldn't trade it for any of the cameras in this list.
Sadly, the Sigmas will not lead in this category because despite their stunning results (like a medium-format camera!), most people think in terms of which camera would be the best all around. The Sigmas can't win that race -- it would be like entering a Lamborghini in a comparison of family cars.
Somewhere in the description or in the comments, it was said that the DP3M would be great for portraits (with its telephoto lens), but I have found that most people are shocked at how many blemishes and wrinkles show up in the DPxM photos. That's why I use the DP2M almost exclusively for travel and landscape photography, and a lower-res enthusiast camera for family photos and portraits.

5 upvotes
Johan Borg
By Johan Borg (4 months ago)

I have both the DP3M and the DP2M and the colors and skin rendering of the DP3M are significantly better than DP2M. In fact, if Sigma comes out with a DP2Ms with the color improvements from DP3M, I'd probably buy one.

1 upvote
unlearny
By unlearny (4 months ago)

I have the RX1R, the Fujifilm 100s and the Sigma DP3. I voted for the Sigma, because, you know, it's a cult, right? Actually I voted for the DP3 because, in comparison to several incremental products in a market they founded with the DP1 (large sensor fixed-focus wide-angle P&S cameras) they broke new ground by using a 75mm equivalent lens for portraiture and macro shooting. Yeah, the macro could be more macro and it is a Sigma camera, without the tech edge of FujiFilm or Sony, but still, they are attempting something new, and I think that is what brings it to the fore.

2 upvotes
Matt Random
By Matt Random (4 months ago)

Can I vote twice? I have the Sony RX1 and FujiFilm X100S. Both are excellent cameras and each has their merits.

The RX1 seems to be better for things. The DR range is excellent for landscapes and sunsets. The sharpness of the RX1 is excellent for catalogue style shots of cameras and such. The LCD on the RX1 is beautiful and I've never had a problem using it outdoors. The RX1, like the Sony a65 I also use, can oversaturate reds. This will often affect skin tones. Using a hotshoe flash does clear this up and results in excellent portraits.

The X100S seems to be better for people. Skin tones are great. Focus is often faster and I tend to get less motion blur even when all other things are equal - at least according to the numbers. The X100S is more portable so I tend to take it with me more often. The X100S does tend to miss focus more often, but that may just be my learning curve.

1 upvote
Matt Random
By Matt Random (4 months ago)

Both cameras will remain in my arsenal and both will probably be my main workhorses since I'm finding I really like the 35mm FL.

0 upvotes
Seagull67
By Seagull67 (4 months ago)

The best fixed lens camera is probably the iPhone 5. Literally anyone can now take an excellent photo using it & applying an Instagram filter, you can make calls, email on it and browse the web too. Can't do that on any of the above, but the 100XS is a very lovely 'dad necklace', goes well with a Harris Tweed jacket.

5 upvotes
MMS
By MMS (4 months ago)

If you are going that route, then I would take the HTC One, Galaxy 4 or the Nokia 1020 over the IPhone 5 any day.

6 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (4 months ago)

I'll vote for 41mp Nokia (any 41mp Nokia phone).

2 upvotes
NancyP
By NancyP (4 months ago)

I have a blast shooting with the DP3 Merrill. Images are sharp and color is subtle. This is a great landscape and near-macro camera, very well suited for nature photographers who like shooting a mix of "intimate landscapes" and close-up photos.

They are all good cameras, I would expect, but the comparison is odd - 4 wide angle fixed lens cameras, one mildly telephoto fixed lens camera. The choice of camera will depend on choice of focal length, and not everyone would find a use for a telephoto fixed lens camera.

5 upvotes
MMS
By MMS (4 months ago)

Hands down Sony RX1R. Smallest FULL FRAME camera in the world with an amazing lens, DXO score of 93!

2 upvotes
plq
By plq (4 months ago)

X100S
Fabulous camera, I have one. Goes with me almost everywhere, fits in jacket or briefcase, whatever the case may be.
Seldom misses a shot, in fact most frames are so good at the first take, that I actually shoot fewer frames with this camera than others.
Image quality is outstanding.
Fixed lens - fine, as some restrictions on your tools actually fosters creativity.
Get one, and carry a spare battery, because when it goes, then you need a new one.

3 upvotes
RFC1925
By RFC1925 (4 months ago)

I could give my vote to any of them except the Nikon because I consider GR the better camera because of its handling.

All great cameras for sure.

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (4 months ago)

If Sony had put an OVF ala Fuji, it would change the game.

The two, Fuji and Sony, would run away in the sunset and leave the others coughing in their dust...

.

Comment edited 47 seconds after posting
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mumintroll
By mumintroll (4 months ago)

I know it's not year 2013, but the best fixed lens camera is Sigma DP2 no doubt. IQ is FAR!!! better than all other fixed lens cameras on the market. All Sigmas Merrill are superior.

Don't believe? Check this photo of Prague from merrill DP3.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1196562

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 4 minutes after posting
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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (4 months ago)

The DP series could have win it by default by being the father of large sensor, fixed lens cameras.
Yet, I voted for the Ricoh GR for the unusual balance of performance, price, and usability.

0 upvotes
rsf3127
By rsf3127 (4 months ago)

The poll is for best camera and not better IQ.

And the Merrils are not that practical and versatile. But I agree they have unmatched IQ @ low ISO.

1 upvote
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (4 months ago)

@rsf3127

Unmatched is a gross understatement.

Cameras are not fashion accessories, they are for capturing images. Therefore the camera with the best image quality is the best camera.

3 upvotes
bluequartz
By bluequartz (4 months ago)

Another way of choosing them if size and budget aren't major concerns:
15 MP (effective) @ 75 mm? DP3
24 MP @ 35mm? RX1R
16 MP @ 35mm? X100s
16 MP @ 28 mm? GR or Coolpix A

They have similar image quality to begin with, and anyone looking at them are likely well-versed in post-processing to tune the camera's nuances/colours to their own liking.

They're further apart in terms of controls and operations, seeing how only X100s has a built-in EVF and the DP3 can be a slower (going by others' opinions), but pragmatically none of them are committing major usability no-nos. Still, I'll recommend testing cameras in person to see how they feel In (Your) Real Life.

Size and cost can be judged more objectively. If there's already a strong reason why only the GR is affordable, then stick to it or wait for price drops/new products.

Hence, I feel it boils down to how much resolution one wants at a given focal length (and range for cropping). That's the one thing that these cameras can't change.

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Kendall Helmstetter Gelner
By Kendall Helmstetter Gelner (4 months ago)

The DP3 is 30MP (effective), not 15... is 15 million photo sites TIMES 3. The 16MP cameras you list, have 16 million photo sites total... It's pretty well understood at this point that a Foveon sensor has as much detail as a bayer sensor with about 2X the amount of photo sites in a single layer.

Furthermore, the DP-3M is super sharp across the whole image. None of those other cameras can make the same claim.

Comment edited 42 seconds after posting
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bluequartz
By bluequartz (4 months ago)

I meant the final output when I said "15 MP effective". The generated JPEG photos that people will ordinarily see measure 4704×3136, and not the underlying pixels per R, G, B channel.

The reason why I'm pointing out the resolution is not to rekindle the Megapixel myth/race in this category of cameras, but to highlight the fixed lens limitation and the maximum viewable resolution one can get out of them.

Hypothetically, an infinite amount of firmware upgrades can give these cameras better noise control or usability enhancements, but the upgrades will do nothing to improve what they capture in the most raw sense.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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CarVac
By CarVac (4 months ago)

@Kendall:

"None of those other cameras can make the same claim."

Clearly you haven't used a GR, the lens of which may as well be perfect corner-to-corner and at all focus distances.

Unless you consider it below "super" even in the center...

Comment edited 56 seconds after posting
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SansPeurVJ
By SansPeurVJ (4 months ago)

Even though this started off as a fun exercise, it became a bit frustrating as I realized that one is in fact comparing apples and oranges. Sometimes one wants an orange. At other times, an apple! One isn't really "better" than another, is it? X100S has an APS-C size frame and a Xtrans array sensor which eliminates the need for an optical low pass filter and it leverages the power of using a randomized pattern of pixels to simulate image capture similar to that of exposing analog negative film. On the other hand, RX1R is full frame thus potentially capable of greater dynamic range and uses a conventional Bayer array sensor and, further, deliberately drops the AA to enhance resolution at the expense of some moire. These different characteristics alone make it somewhat of a dubious task comparing the cameras with the sole aim of determining which is the "best". Actually, each camera has its own place in a photographer's repertoire. One's objective and taste will determine which suits.

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Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (4 months ago)

Don't forget that Sigma has 3 cameras in the form of DPMerrill. Not sure if the other two were released in 2013.
The DPM's are wolf in ship skin if you think about sheer Image Quality (sensor and optics). What kills the appeal is the performance on the slow side and lack of some features the competition has.

3 upvotes
NancyP
By NancyP (4 months ago)

DP1M and DP2M were released in 2012, only DP3M was released in 2013.

0 upvotes
Vinc T
By Vinc T (4 months ago)

How can I view the results without voting? I am not familiar with the cameras here and I will not vote.

2 upvotes
edu T
By edu T (4 months ago)

Your honesty is laudable, you want to see the score but don't want to skew the poll with a vote you humbly believe is not qualified.
So I suggest you pick one at random (6 candidates beg a dice) and vote; I can tell you that, since 1000+ votes are already tallied at his moment, a single vote will hardly bias the results.

0 upvotes
2eyesee
By 2eyesee (4 months ago)

@edu T
My thoughts exactly. I'll put my hand up as one who was forced to 'skew the poll' just so I could see the results. I wonder how many other there are like myself and Vinc T? It diminishes the value of the poll to construct it this way - but I guess it's more important for DPR to artificially inflate the number of responders.

1 upvote
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (4 months ago)

Is there a non of the above option.

1 upvote
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (4 months ago)

Oh so little love shown for the Coolpix A!

1 upvote
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (4 months ago)

No bad cameras in the batch, only the Sigma is perhaps a little behind. Still, it was an easy choice for me. Ricoh GR : for pulling off what us GRD owners dreamed of but considered impossible: putting an APSC sensor in that oh-so-slim case.

1 upvote
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (4 months ago)

As an owner of the GR, I will concede that when it comes to sheer IQ, the Sigma Merrill positively smokes everything, including the RX1R.

6 upvotes
Ricardo Maia
By Ricardo Maia (4 months ago)

Yes, but only at certain ISO values, since it is terrible at high ISO...

0 upvotes
mcshan
By mcshan (4 months ago)

I wonder how many voting have tried or at least picked up and handled each camera?

1 upvote
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (4 months ago)

(Raises hand...)

0 upvotes
Adamaflex
By Adamaflex (4 months ago)

yeah i work in a camera shop ive used every camera on every voting list

0 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (4 months ago)

I own none of the above mentioned cameras, but my vote goes to Sony RX-1R because it's an FF in a small package. Nobody has achieved this before. If I can vote more than one, they will go to x100s(cool factor) and the merill(sharpest lens+sensor combination of any format, period).

0 upvotes
Kendall Helmstetter Gelner
By Kendall Helmstetter Gelner (4 months ago)

The Sigma DP-3M is just amazing in terms of sharpness:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kigiphoto/8731086248/sizes/o/in/set-72157633459763493/

5 upvotes
jimi1127
By jimi1127 (4 months ago)

Sony RX1R - Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2.0 mated to a 24MP full frame sensor.
Expensive? Oh yea, however images are superb - all in a very carryable package. Fixed lens cameras allow engineers to optimize the glass/sensor relationship. Hope more are on the way.

My Sony RX1R snaps --
http://www.flickr.com/photos/joejosephs/sets/72157635738589763/

0 upvotes
optongo525
By optongo525 (4 months ago)

nice photos

0 upvotes
KGP
By KGP (4 months ago)

It was very easy to choose the best mirrorless, dslr and enthusiast zoom compact, but this is a hard decision. Fuji X100s and Ricoh GR. Both excellent cameras, but i can only vote one. Well... Fuji.

1 upvote
Jimmy jang Boo
By Jimmy jang Boo (4 months ago)

Popular vote will probably go to the Fuji, but all the other cameras in this stated category have better IQ. It's not even a contest for the Sigma and Sony. Those two cameras are in a different class altogether. If you want a truly compact camera that is pocket-able, then it pretty much comes down to the Ricoh GR or the Nikon A. In addition to having better IQ than the Fuji, these two cameras are by far lightest and smallest of the lot! So while the Fuji will appeal to the nostalgic retro crowd and those who like excessively punchy OOC jpegs, all the other cameras are superior for various reasons, the chief reason being image quality.

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CarVac
By CarVac (4 months ago)

Agreed. When I held one in a store, the X100 was a lot bigger than I expected it to be, and the build quality surprisingly worse.

Maybe I was expecting too much, but when I rented a GR it exceeded all of my expectations.

4 upvotes
mike kobal
By mike kobal (4 months ago)

this just shows you that a good camera is the sum of all parts, not just image quality and pocketability. I use both, the X100s and the GR, love the GR for street and agree, it has the best sensor/lens combo of any apsc (not counting foveon) still it has its quirks in operation and low light af sends you back to 1999

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Ricardo Maia
By Ricardo Maia (4 months ago)

Nikon A with better quality than the X100S? Where?!?!?
Sigma does deliver, but when it comes to high ISO values, it's a mess...

1 upvote
Cailean Gallimore
By Cailean Gallimore (4 months ago)

X100S is the best overall package.

1 upvote
Ecorone
By Ecorone (4 months ago)

Hard to answer the question. The RX1 has the best IQ but you can buy 4 GR's for the price of it. As for handling, the Fuji and GR are excellent.. they're both a bit more elegant than the RX1.

The Fuji has a 35mm focal length and it's got a faster lens than the GR, but it's a bit bigger and more expensive. I've never touched a CoolpixA so I won't comment on it.

Best bang for the buck: GR. Best absolute IQ: Sony. Best compromise (and yes, prettiest): Fuji. (I opted for bang-for-the-buck and bought a GR and I love it.)

6 upvotes
hexxthalion
By hexxthalion (4 months ago)

Best absolute IQ gives Sigma - there's no comparison ;)

4 upvotes
Ecorone
By Ecorone (4 months ago)

Am I getting old or was the Sigma added to the poll after the fact? I could have sworn when I posted that there were only four choices: Nikon, Sony, Ricoh and Fuji.....

0 upvotes
hexxthalion
By hexxthalion (4 months ago)

that's fine, all of these cameras are brilliant in their own right and nobody could go wrong with either of them and each fulfils different needs

0 upvotes
MooseBorrowdale
By MooseBorrowdale (4 months ago)

x100s - own it, love it. Forgot there were any other cameras out there.

4 upvotes
mike kobal
By mike kobal (4 months ago)

X100s by a landslide :) glad the results reflect the overall superiority of this cam out in the field

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (4 months ago)

Scott Schuman just bought one of these.

I’ve used a friend’s similar X100 quite a bit, and it grew on me. Is it better than the dream-come-true Ricoh GR, though? The Ricoh does so many things right if you like a twenty-eight. Tough one.

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mike kobal
By mike kobal (4 months ago)

as a pure street camera, the GR beats the X100s, just barely, IF you like the 28mm equiv
overall the X100s is the better, more versatile camera

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tinternaut
By tinternaut (4 months ago)

The results don't surprise me. Soft spot for 28mm, so I voted for second favourite.....

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Hentaiboy
By Hentaiboy (4 months ago)

The X100S is the purdiest ;-)

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