RX100 or 5n as backup to NEX 7

Started Sep 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Michael Everett Senior Member • Posts: 1,942
RX100 or 5n as backup to NEX 7

When the 5n price when down $200 I bought one form Amazon. Now I am trying to decide whether to keep it or go for the RX100. I see pros and cons each way:


Better IQ
Use same lenses as 7 -- I already have collection of lenses.
Excellent low light
Good for photoshoot where you keep different lens on each NEX
Mostly pocketable with 16mm pancake.
Maybe pocketable with 16-50 pancake (extra 8mm according to specs).
Price -- but would want to buy 16-50 pancake, which would neutralize that.


Smaller, easily pocketable.
Standard zoom range without extra lense
Still good IQ
Probably better lens than the NEX kit lenses.

It seems to boil down to two principal issues:

How much difference in IQ is there?
How much difference in pocketability is there.

I am not in a town where I can go to a photo store and compare, unless the 100 comes to some place like Best Buy.

Right now I am leaning to the 5n because of low light IQ and because of the ability to use my many legacy lenses on it.

Does anyone have experience with both cameras?


Sony Alpha NEX-7 Sony RX100
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