The best camera is…

…the one you have with you! (Chase Jarvis, photography legend).

For some years now, most of my photography has been done with a relatively heavy DSLR system.  I love this camera and it has great image quality but, it just isn’t convenient to take everywhere.  For a while now, I have been thinking about an alternative, small, light and compact “go anywhere” camera that I can keep with me at all times.

For many people, this need can be filled with an iPhone.  But I was looking for something a bit more serious – more creative control, better image quality and higher resolution.  There are quite a few cameras around these days in this niche but after some research, the Sony DSC-RX100 caught my eye. Indeed, the New York Times hailed it as the best compact camera ever made.  As luck would have it, Santa delivered one to me last Christmas day.

RX100The key features are:

Small (10.2×5.8×3.6cm) and light (240g)

Good lens (Zeiss T* 30 -105mm equivalent, f1.8 – 4.9)

High resolution (20.2 Mpix) on a “large” (1″) sensor

Lots of creative control options (P A S M + Auto and Scene modes)

I’m not saying this is a perfect camera. Indeed, there can be no such thing. In particular, it has taken me a while to get accustomed to not having a viewfinder.    But it suits my needs and has become indispensable to me.  On a recent overseas trip, travelling with carry-on luggage only it was my sole camera.  I’m certainly not giving up on the DSLR, but I am looking forward to the additional photo opportunities I can get with the RX-100.

As for the image quality, I’m very happy, but have a look for yourself:

 

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