Sony RX10. Pixel size and noise are holding me back from buying

Started Apr 6, 2014 | Discussions thread
nannyg Senior Member • Posts: 1,649
Re: Sony RX10. Pixel size and noise are holding me back from buying

As is usually the case with new products, there was a lot of over-the-top praise for the RX10 when it came out in November(?) and in the month or so that followed. Things seem to have finally come down to earth a bit. It seems to be a great camera for those who want better than average video capability and fairly good well-lit stills in ONE fixed-lens camera, and who don't mind the almost dSLR size.

However, if your interest is primarily in stills, there are better, smaller, cameras for nearly the same price. You can buy a body with a larger sensor, a zoom lens and a decent prime lens for $1300. But if you don't like changing lenses, then the RX10 may be for you.

The 1" sensor will (like most sensors) do very well in good light. In mediocre light, it will do ok. In poor light, it has a lot of noise. That's just how it is with every camera, to varying degrees, depending upon sensor size.

The RX100 has the same sensor, and is an excellent shooter whose shortcomings can be ignored because it's tiny. The RX10 isn't tiny. So for many people, the bar to judge it is much higher.

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