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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

I am somewhat perplexed (as an RX100 owner) at the contrasting comments in this thread - sure some are from people who have only touched it (and mistakenly thought it was made from plastic) ... but as a reference point it is either unusable garbage or excellent!?

It is a compact camera not a 5x4" field plate camera. It is something that slips into actual trousers/pants pocket.

I've honestly seriously considered not having any other camera and just running my RX100 IV - now, it isn't 'that' good. It is a compact camera. And I have assumed that the OP (and anyone else reading) has held a compact camera before. And understands that to make something small it won't have the biggest EVF ever made or a medium format sensor. It is almost invisible on the street compared to the smartphone in everyone else's hand and just 300g.

Having owned (far far too) many cameras in the last 34 years I'm sure if any of my other tools broke or got lost I'd look around and think what to replace it with. With the RX100 - I'd just get another one asap.

I kinda want to see the pockets that people are slipping the a6000000000000 with super-duper zoom into ... and can y'all actually walk with this in your pocket?

Foxed I am.

I don't own one. I did hold it in my hands and play with it a bit in the store, not for me.
On EVF's; the sensor/mirror size is no longer a limiting factor in the size of the EVF's. But Sony seems to be only interested in producing tiny EVF's or full size back panel screens on their lower priced offerings. With my a77/a99 I have the screen turned in and do most shooting / navigating / reviewing through the EVF. I would seriously consider an RX100 with no back screen but an EVF the size of the a900 VF.
On invisibility; the cell phone is so ubiquitous, it is invisible to most people and no one cares. I've noted many experience where I pull out my DSLR and people act like I pulled out an AR-15.
On pockets; I don't think I would put a camera in my pants pocket but my TG-860 fits easily enough. If the camera is the size of your hand and thinner than a fist it should fit most unstylish jackets

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There is a core reason why people (like me) decide on one of the RX100s: size. These cameras can fit in many shirt pockets, which I find very handy. After buying my RX100M3 I carried it in a shirt pocket around half of Scotland. It did exactly what I wanted and needed it to do, and the results are very pleasing.

If that particular level of size reduction is not important to a person, there are certainly larger-bodied cameras that provide bigger sensors, better EVFs, longer zoom ranges, or whatnot. But since I specifically want a pocket camera, those other factors become moot. I also expect and make use of both an EVF and a tiltable rear screen, so any camera that's missing one or the other is not going to make my personal short list. The EVF and screen don't have to be perfect, they just have to be functional. People with other priorities will naturally have different short lists.

I do still have larger cameras for other purposes, of course. No RX100 is likely to become my only camera anytime soon.
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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

On EVF's; the sensor/mirror size is no longer a limiting factor in the size of the EVF's. But Sony seems to be only interested in producing tiny EVF's or full size back panel screens on their lower priced offerings. With my a77/a99 I have the screen turned in and do most shooting / navigating / reviewing through the EVF. I would seriously consider an RX100 with no back screen but an EVF the size of the a900 VF.

Oh, so true for me too. My favourite pocket camera in film days was the Rollei 35 classic (This one). Metal chassis, pocket sized, OVF the size of the A900 ... . I took one around Europe for many years with a Miranda Sensorex DSLR & prime lens set too, and the Rollei got plenty of use.


Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

On invisibility; the cell phone is so ubiquitous, it is invisible to most people and no one cares. I've noted many experience where I pull out my DSLR and people act like I pulled out an AR-15.

You're not the only one. I once saw a neat line of schoolchildren at the seaside, all dressed identically and all staring over a wall at the sea (looking away from me). I thought the scene made a nice image of the kind I used to see in those classic b/w photography year books in the 1960s and took a picture with my DSLT. The teacher turned around and gave me a long haranguing demand that I delete the picture because her children were 'vulnerable', whatever that meant. Nothing I said (including the fact that their faces were not shown) affected her but I argued my case and didn't back down. However the experience shook me, and now I find myself feeling slightly guilty whenever children appear in my pictures, which is a pity because the innocence of children enjoying themselves in the playground is an appealing one that reminds me of my own childhood.

Edited by Miranda F - 30 December 2021 at 06:57
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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

I don't own one. I did hold it in my hands and play with it a bit in the store, not for me.
On EVF's; the sensor/mirror size is no longer a limiting factor in the size of the EVF's. But Sony seems to be only interested in producing tiny EVF's or full size back panel screens on their lower priced offerings. With my a77/a99 I have the screen turned in and do most shooting / navigating / reviewing through the EVF. I would seriously consider an RX100 with no back screen but an EVF the size of the a900 VF.
On invisibility; the cell phone is so ubiquitous, it is invisible to most people and no one cares. I've noted many experience where I pull out my DSLR and people act like I pulled out an AR-15.
On pockets; I don't think I would put a camera in my pants pocket but my TG-860 fits easily enough. If the camera is the size of your hand and thinner than a fist it should fit most unstylish jackets
Well, the Canon G1x3 is for you:
EVF: nice and useable.
Invisibility: nobody takes a Point and Shoot serious these days.
Pockets: fits in your coat pocket easily.

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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Oh, so true for me too. My favourite pocket camera in film days was the Rollei 35 classic (This one). Metal chassis, pocket sized, OVF the size of the A900 ... . I took one around Europe for many years with a Miranda Sensorex DSLR & prime lens set too, and the Rollei got plenty of use.

The Rollei 35 has an magnification of 0.6x, the A900 .73x. Close but not close enough

Let me plug another camera: the Ricoh GR (I, II or III): with the snap focus you can do the zone focussing of the Rollei and if you like the imprecise framing of the Rollei, just add an optical viewfinder.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 December 2021 at 07:14
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

The Rollei 35 has an magnification of 0.6x, the A900 .73x. Close but not close enough
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You're right, but the Rollei comes with a 40mm lens so the VF has to match that. Actually, it shows slightly less than goes on the film, which took some practice to get the framing right.
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Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

... I kinda want to see the pockets that people are slipping the a6000000000000 with super-duper zoom into ... and can y'all actually walk with this in your pocket?

Foxed I am.


I haven't had mine for long, so I've been wearing a winter coat with pockets that take my A6000 + PZ 16-50 in a neoprene pouch along with whatever else I stuff in. It will fit in my suit jacket pockets. But you do have a point, in the summer I will rarely have a suitable pocket.


Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:


On pockets; I don't think I would put a camera in my pants pocket but my TG-860 fits easily enough. If the camera is the size of your hand and thinner than a fist it should fit most unstylish jackets


Unstylish is a perfect description of my jackets.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 December 2021 at 13:12
Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:

I kinda want to see the pockets that people are slipping the a6000000000000 with super-duper zoom into ... and can y'all actually walk with this in your pocket?
Ehm, none? It is either in a small bag, over my shoulder or (most of the times) in my hand. I find it is easier to hold in my hands when walking around then bigger cameras, even the A7's.

An A6x00 with a small lens like the 16-50 or 28/2.8 or even the 35/1.8 OSS will fit in a winter coat pocket - but it shows strange bulges.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dCap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 December 2021 at 15:14
Perhaps I focused too much on the portability point - and the OPs mention of not wanting to reach into a bag to get a big camera out. So, logically is/was considering a compact. I have been there and had my small mirrorless (X-T3 + 23/2) in the small bag on my shoulder ... and just pull my phone out for a quick snap. But I'm also very happy to go for a photo wander with just a phone in my pocket and no bag at all (so no 'real' camera), or the RX100 IV in my hand.

It is also not always winter.

If it wasn't for the RX100 and my enjoyment of simple studio lit stuff I could probably not have a dSLR/mirrorless at all. For studio light I need a sync socket (or hot shoe gizmo). I think my one studio light cost just under "$100" new. But it is the wired variety and my XT-3 has a sync port. I have a side-hobby that needs macro-ish and studio light. If it wasn't for that then the X100V or GRIII (IV with flippy LCD please) would be all I really need. I've been tempted to do a year with just a phone though (my new iPhone 13 ready to be turned on having enjoyed my first ever iPhone (SE2) this year).

I'll probably do some side-by-side shoot with my RX100 IV and iPhone 13 at some point - on a sunny day for most IG type snaps I doubt many people would know which camera was being used. RX100 is more involved (has a physical button and flippy screen, and a zoom which I mostly ignore). GR III is so nearly the camera I need.

For this thread I dug through some shots and found the ONE and only time I'd shot the same subject with X-T3 and RX100 IV and iPhone SE. But the framing was quite different - I posted the triple to IG a while back as an example comparison. Doubt anyone would know which was which if I'd not labelled them.
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Thank you for your comments again.

Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:


Did you consider an A6000? With the Sigma 18-50/2.8 you get a smaller version of your A37 with a better sensor and at least the same (or better) AF. Or get the kit lens and add a small prime (20/2.8 or 35/1.8 or whatever gets your fancy). Just a thought.


I have already answered this, but I'd like to add: Yes, I have considered an A6000. I believe it would work with the 16-50 pancake very well.

But there's one thing I'm afraid of. You can buy more lenses. Mmmmm... what about a bright 35? A bright 50? Or even 85? Even the dedicated Sony 35/1.8 costs about the same as the whole RX-100 III. Do I need it? Buying a compact camera with build-in lens helps to save time (thinking about more lenses) and money.

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I have read articles comparing the RX-100 versions. I am quite sure I prefer the lower range / brighter lens (or am I mistaken?), I am not too much interested in video (Full HD is absolutely excellent for me). That's why I am considering RX-100 III or eventually Va. Or something alse in the similar price range.

The Canons G7 or G9 look nice to me, but there is no EVF. Maybe I don't need it so much?

It's nice to read your discussion.
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RX100 III/IV/V/Va all have the 24-70/1.8-2.8
IV was the first with 4K (I think).
III is gonna be a super price/size solution for a mainly stills shooter
they get progressively faster processers ... but it is a compact so III/IV is fast enough
(it won't be as fast as the Sony A1 but it is also smaller)

VI & VII are the slower 24-200/2.8-4.5 ... got to really want/need 200mm
but also has touch and one-step EVF pop up/out
and the fastest processor and fps

Having used my RX100 (IV) for 18 months I'd happily not have the EVF. The EVF is very good (for a compact camera, and it is small because the camera is also small). So I don't think it is made to be used 100% of the time as an EVF camera, it is there for bright light times. But you could leave the EVF popped out/up all the time if you want. I specifically didn't get the Canon G7XIII because I thought I'd miss the EVF. Now, I'd like to handle one but the Sony prices are so much nicer. My earlier mention of G5XII price was wrong (I was looking at the dual battery version) it is 'just' £850 - compared to £400 for the RX100 III.

Sadly, the Panasonic compacts with 1-type sensor appear to have internal dust problems. Lots of threads about that. So, I totally ruled them out. And couldn't 'easily' find mention of people saying they had dust issues with the RX100 (I don't after life in a town on a beach).

Plus I've been watching a YouTuber for over 5 years with a very muddy/dusty lifestyle and never seen dust on the videos [until he employed staff with a mirrorless camera, and now I see dust on those shoot and not when he is alone with his RX100]. Real life example.

Not being able to add anything big/expensive/good to a GRIII, X100V, or RX100 is also an important factor. No decisions on which lenses to take - you always have the correct lens attached!! Likely not to have/bother with filters too.
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I 'think' dpreview includes big sample photos with their reviews - real world stuff not the test chart garbage.

While they won't be photos that most photographers with talent would consider keeping they will at least be big files you can open on your computer in your home and look at as if they were your own to see if the small sensor does it for you. Just grab a couple of shots that you'd naturally zoom in on if you'd shot them yourself on a compact.

Just remember the camera isn't medium format though - it's a compact and it is small. And it is spring/summer/autumn and winter clothing pocket sized too.
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Originally posted by jenik.nk jenik.nk wrote:

But there's one thing I'm afraid of. You can buy more lenses. Mmmmm... what about a bright 35? A bright 50? Or even 85? Even the dedicated Sony 35/1.8 costs about the same as the whole RX-100 III. Do I need it? Buying a compact camera with build-in lens helps to save time (thinking about more lenses) and money.
That is the best reason not to go for an interchangeable lens camera

I looked at the samples over at imaging resources - that is another option next to the Dpreview sample galleries. For me, those were the reason to go for the Canon G1x3. Didn't like the foliage on any 1" camera, but the Sony's were the best among those.

If you're fine with using the screen mostly, the RX100's should be great I think. You'll have the EVF when needed in for instance sunny light or in the dark when it is inappropriate to use the screen. But it is not the best out there. It is smaller then the A6000 one (only checked mark III).

You mentioned the Canon G9x mark II. Those are the same price as the Sony RX100 III (in The Netherlands). I do not think they are worth that unless you want an even smaller camera. But the lens is not as good, has a smaller range and slower aperture. If it was 100,- less it would be a contender, but as it is I don't think so.

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If you have found a MKIII at a good price buy it right away. These are a full featured pocket camera capable of great images IF you take the time to learn how to use it properly. A lot of what it can do is hidden in menus and otherwise not obvious. It may be the only camera you need if traveling light.

I bought a MKII for aud $250 after assessing my needs and it was potentially the best money I've spent on camera equipment ever. Intended for carrying on the bike in a pocket since the iphone wasn't cutting it on a range of fronts, its been spectacularly successful.

On a trip to New Zealand when the 16-105 lens packed it in on the second week of a month long outing, RX100 saved the day.

I would suggest too that the EVF may be a thing you rarely use. The MKII doesn't have one and I don't miss it. These cameras are small and focusing on the screen is very easy, permitting shots you won't get with a bigger body using just an optical/EV finder.

You may also find that there is no need to try and use it like an SLR adjusting every little thing. The small lens is very forgiving, and I gave up worrying about using lets call them advanced settings (aperture mainly) for creative control. Zoom sits under your finger next to the ring, works well enough to not need the ring. But you can set it to do that if you wish.

But do spend some time with the manual because there is a lot of power under the hood.

The image below: 1/6 sec @ f/1.8 focal length 10mm iso 100, hand held. Focus was targeting the nearest buttons on the remote. Should give you an idea of what can be achieved with dof in a close up. Lens is very revealing when used this way, its quite incredible.



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