Amazing Image Quality
As a professional photographer who mostly carries a 36 megapixel Nikon D800 SLR, I also needed a strong ultra-compact camera for those times when the big camera is just too much or I need to be inconspicuous in my shooting, and also for convenient personal/family use. For both uses, I find that the RX-100, Model 2 really exceeds all of my expectations.
Chromatic aberrations are well controlled and colours accurate
With the rise of the samrtphone seemingly sounding the death knell for cheap compact cameras, it looks like only premium models like the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II II will survive their onslaught. Only you can decide if the RX100 II's premium price-tag is simply too high - for us, while it does take the edge off the overall package, the RX100 II is definitely the best compact camera that money can currently buy.
Image quality is at the top of its class
The RX100 II performs much the same as its RX100 predecessor, turning out some of the best image quality we've seen from a compact camera. With the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity and a BSI sensor, it's at the top of its class in terms of performance and features. With a few caveats regarding the shooting experience, it's a clear class-leader.
Excellent image quality, Compact, pocketable camera
The RX100 II's image quality is noticeably improved over the already good RX100, with impressive noise performance even at high ISO settings up to and including ISO6400, with the multi-frame noise reduction performing significantly better than the previous model. With additional features and greater versatility the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II could be the last compact camera you'll ever need, and is therefore Highly Recommended.
Handles low light shots well
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II is a fine point and shoot that can surely change people's perception of cameras. In fact it can serve as a very good pocket-able option for those who don't fancy lugging their DSLRs everywhere. Coupled with an Exmor R sensor and a 1" wide sensor opening, the snapper can handle light better than its predecessor, the DSC-RX100 (Rs 34,000). However, it poses a steep learning curve, which shouldn't be a deterrent.
Excellent not-quite-pocket-sized camera
the X20 is a super camera. It's not the game-changer the RX100 is (sensor size and variety of features in such a small package), but what you do get is a superior lens, no optical low pass filter - for crispy photographs, an actually usable viewfinder, 12fps, superb build quality, and delicious, delicious bokeh! If you're cross-shopping the RX100 and X20, it's certainly a tough decision. If fitting a camera in your purse or pocket is important, the RX100 wins hands down. For build quality?
Outstanding build quality
If your head has been turned by the headline-grabbing X100S, but you really, really want a zoom lens, then the X20 is on hand to more than satisfy your needs. £519 / $599 is admittedly a lot of ask for what is essentially still a compact camera at heart, despite all the fancy trappings, but for us the Fujifilm X20 delivers such a winning combination of old and new that offers so many important improvements over the original model that we can heartily recommend it for new and X10 users...
Fast hybrid AF with on-sensor phase detect points
The Fujifilm X20 is a major upgrade to the X10, with a brand new 12 Megapixel X-trans sensor and EXR II processor providing improved image quality and low light performance as well as new shooting modes, 1080p60 video and faster continuous shooting. The new sensor's phase-detect AF points provide the X20 with one of the fastest and most accurate AF systems around, at least for stills.
Excellent in-camera Raw conversion
The Fujifilm X20 is a true enthusiast's compact, with solid build quality, a fast lens, unique optical viewfinder, and sharp, high resolution photos. It offers a wide selection of manual controls, easily adjustable settings (thanks to twin control dials, the Fn button, and Quick Menu), and 1080/60p video recording. Downsides include a mediocre, hard-to-access movie mode and sub-par battery life.
Excellent image quality
The Fujifilm X20 delivers high image quality, unique handling and features, as well as an optical viewfinder, in a well built and stylish camera, with full manual controls, raw shooting and flash hot shoe. If these are features you're looking for, and have the money to invest, then the Fujifilm X20 comes highly recommended.
Low ISO images are sharp and class-leading
The Fujifilm X20 is not only the camera that irons out its predecessor's orb-related imaging issues, it's also the camera that pushes image quality up a notch to class-leading levels.
The chunky, retro-styled build doesn't make the X20 the tiniest of models and the design, even just aesthetically, won't suit all tastes - but we're big fans and think its looks are just as stand-out as its images.
Class-leading fast and reliable autofocus
The Fuji X20 is an excellent premium compact and the only one to have a mechanical zoom. Its lens is equivalent to 28-112mm which is suitable for a wide variety of subjects and has a rather bright maximum aperture. The X20 offers complete manual controls and an efficient interface, including dual control-dials and plenty of external controls.
1080p HD video @ 60fps
The lens is the same as the X10's and has the same push-on cover. We noticed an improvement in the functionality of the focusing ring, which is now more sensitive and allows you to adjust the speed at which focus is changed. Turn it quickly to re-focus rapidly, or slowly for greater precision.
Impressive internal platform with a fantastic lens
So no, there's probably nobody who needs the RX1, but you're not an idiot if you buy one. It's not the Hasselblad Lunar. It's a genuinely great camera with a few flaws. The real issue is that it lacks the flexibility most advanced shooters would want from their primary setup, but is priced far beyond what most people would be willing to pay.
Fantastic lens in a compact and highly customisable body
Sony have truly blurred the lines between compact and DSLR in terms of the RX1's features, performance and image quality. The RX1 is the first truly pocketable camera to offer a full-frame DSLR experience, something that money can actually now buy.
Excellent image quality in both JPEG and Raw
The RX1 has no direct competition. The closest comes in the form of Fujifilm's X100S, which can't offer full frame image quality but is half the price and has a hybrid viewfinder, fast focus and digital split image focus system in its favor. However, if image quality is paramount for you, there's nothing that comes close in such a small package this side of a Leica and its small-car price tag. As a bonus, the RX1 is an engaging photographic tool.
Smallest full-frame camera available, Low noise at high ISO settings
The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is currently unique in being the only compact camera with fixed lens and full-frame sensor. Due to the expense of developing a camera like this, it's likely to be unique in its field for a long time to come, with APS-C sized sensor (or smaller) compact cameras being developed in greater numbers.
Excellent build and design quality
Quite simply, the Sony RX1 is the ultimate compact camera. With a full-frame sensor, excellent image quality and a robust build, it's designed for the discerning photographer with very padded pockets.
This camera is so good that it can be a viable alternative to a similarly-priced SLR, provided you don't need the benefits of interchangeable lenses. However, even though this is a top-of-the-line camera, you do miss out on mod-cons such as GPS and a touchscreen.
Shooting in low light levels
If you want a high-resolution full-frame camera that can fit into a coat pocket, the Sony RX1 fills the bill. Its control layout makes it pleasing to use and its performance is generally excellent (particularly at high sensitivity settings)
As a compact, fixed lens camera with a full-frame 24-megapixel sensor, the RX1 is currently in a class of its own.
Attractively smooth, out-of-focus background
There isn't the flexibility of a DSLR or SLT camera here, due to the fixed lens - and this limiting factor, coupled with the lofty price, makes the RX1 a curio rather than something you feel like you need to own. It's impressive, but we're waiting for the next generation - or at least a version that supports swappable lenses.
Great looking images with such a tiny camera
If you're swimming in money and love photography, definitely buy the Sony RX1. Is there any argument for it as a practical purchase? It would be a stretch. The cheapest new full-frame DSLR paired with a high-quality 35mm lens will run you around $3000. Without the ability to change lenses, you are severely limiting your photographic options with the RX1, and there is no getting around that.
It will be interesting to see if Sony goes forward in developing future iterations of the RX1.
Speed, good looks, and pretty pictures
While the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is pricey and imperfect, it's still darn good. Plus, based on past experience, even if competitors I haven't yet tested can surpass it in design or speed, I don't think they'll be able to match the photo quality. (Canon might be able to if it matched a fast lens to the G1 X's sensor.) Despite its drawbacks, I'd still rank it as one of the best compact cameras I've ever tested, and certainly the best under $700.
Good autofocus and shutter lag performance
The Sony RX100 packs a lot of image quality punch into a truly shirt pocket portable compact digital camera. Shutter lag and autofocus performance are quite good, still image quality is on the high end of the pecking order for true compact digitals and the ability to operate in fully automatic mode along with complete manual controls and a RAW shooting option should appeal to a wide audience of potential users. Full HD video performance is pretty good.
Big sensor, pocketable compact form factor
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is, without doubt, one of the most exciting compact releases in many years. That it comes at a time when other manufacturers - Canon, Fujifilm and Panasonic among them - are also releasing exciting compact models makes it all the more remarkable. Its unique proposition can be summed up in four words - large sensor, small body. That magical combination is what enthusiast photographers have been wishing for for a long time.
Excellent image quality
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 is one of very few compact cameras with a large sensor, and it's been a long time since Sony themselves put a large sensor in a compact camera with the previous model, the Sony Cyber-shot R1, dating back to 2005. Since then a re-surgence of "serious compact" cameras has happened, with most manufacturers having at least one offering, apart from Sony.
Customizable control ring and function buttons
Overall, we think that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 offers the best compromise between sensor size and lens optics--utilizing a larger sensor of just the right size with a fast F1.8 aperture (at 28mm) while keeping things slim and compact. The svelte shooter offers reliable programmed modes, customizable buttons, fast autofocus performance and good image quality packed in a sleek chassis which may appeal to enthusiasts and beginners alike.
Colour rendition is excellent, with good levels of saturation
Offering snappy performance, excellent image quality and a sleek design, the RX100 proves that good things come in small packages. Sony's first large-sensor compact took its time to arrive on the scene, but it's just the camera that the advanced compact category needs. An advanced camera with more than enough controls to satisfy seasoned photographers, and plenty of automatic modes to welcome beginners, the RX100 is bound to find a place in many people's hearts.
Excellent image quality
The Sony RX100 brings digital SLR-like quality to a compact camera. It's a small camera that can capture wonderfully clear and well saturated images in JPEG mode and it has manual controls that allow experienced photographers to grab the reigns and take complete control of the capturing process. It even allows for manual focusing via a dedicated ring around its zoom lens.
Excellent stills, Impressive low-light results
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 doesn't come cheap, but it looks great and produces consistently first-class stills. Low-light performance can't be faulted, colour reproduction is excellent and movies are crisp, with a well-captured soundtrack. This is the best compact you can buy right now.
Full manual controls & Raw capture
The XF1 enters a competitive field in the form of the enthusiast compact market, where it primarily distinguishes itself from its peers through its smart, retro design. The camera's leather and matte aluminium finish, along with the manual zoom operation make the XF1 a pleasing camera to hold and use. Retract the lens fully and the camera can also be easily pocketed. Despite these obvious pluses, the XG1 is not without its faults.
Image quality is good, Takes excellent panorama pictures
If you're in the market for a serious compact camera, the Fujifilm XF1 is an appealing option, particularly as it is available for less than £400. It has a wide range of features, highlights being the f/1.8 maximum aperture lens, panorama modes, advanced filters which all lead to the camera taking impressive, unique pictures. For a serious compact camera, we'd like to see a higher resolution screen and some users may like a hotshoe socket so they can add a flash unit.
Good low-mid ISO image quality
We have handfuls of love for the XF1 thanks to its decent image quality, collapsible manual zoom lens, competitive price and retro, pocketable design. But that's met with a few pinches of disappointment too: the maximum f/4.9 aperture at the full extent of the zoom, lack of optional viewfinder, ongoing "white orb" issues due to the sensor and that not-so-nice faux-leather finish.
Very low image noise, Stellar dynamic-range
The Fuji XF1 is the only pocketable digital camera with a mechanical zoom. This premium compact features direct manual-controls including dual control-dials and a highly customizable interface.
This model uses a 12 MP BSI-CMOS sensor with Fuji EXR technology which gives it a class-leading dynamic range. It is paired with a ultra-bright F/1.8 - 4.9 ultra-wide-angle 4X optical zoom lens.
The Fuji XF1 delivers good image quality for mid-size prints up to ISO 1600.
LCD is sharp and you can control many aspects of the display
If you like the look of this camera, and you want a unique model that you can show off to friends and family, the XF1's photographic quality is more than good enough to justify this camera's high price tag. However, if you aren't thrilled with this camera's retro look and if you prefer a plain-old power button on your cameras, the XF1 probably isn't worth your time.
Wide aperture, Raw shooting option, Stills image quality
The XF1 is a camera that both looks great and takes impressive photos. The unusual power control on the manual zoom wheel, however, is a little fiddly and won't suit everyone. Get beyond this, though, and the wide maximum aperture and raw image recording make for a very exciting, truly pocket-sized compact.
Raw file capture plus Full HD video recording with stereo soundtracks
Introduced at Photokina 2012 as the entry-level model in Fujifilm's X-series of cameras, the FinePix XF1 shares a lot of features with the FinePix X10 but is sleeker, slimmer and lighter. The camera's aluminium body has a synthetic leather cladding that comes in black, tan or red and the retro design is in line with other cameras in the series. Coordinating retro-style cases are available.
Really intuitive to use
There's a lot to like about the XF1: it's got plenty of retro style, it's easy to use, it's packed with useful shooting features and it takes a great picture. Yes, switching it on and off can be a bit fiddly, but the double payback for this is a super-sharp manually operated zoom that's a real pleasure to use, along with a camera that's small enough to happily sit inside a coat pocket when switched off.
Image quality is the only reason to get this camera
This camera reminds me of large format cameras from 60 years ago - absolutely no concern for anything but outstanding images. You have to be a slow, deliberate photographer to use this thing, and it is only good in a very narrow realm; static images in good light at low ISO. But in that realm, you'll be hard pressed to beat its IQ with anything less than a Phase One setup.
Tremendous still image quality at and below ISO 400
SIGMA's DP2 Merrill produces the finest still images I've seen in any compact digital camera I've had my hands on, thanks to an optically terrific lens and well off the beaten design path sensor combination. Unfortunately, this is not the compact digital for everyone and, in fact, most casual users and in particular those looking for their first digital compact should probably look elsewhere.
Excellent image-making device
The Sigma DP2 Merrill is a slow, cumbersome, rather unrefined and expensive compact camera that's really only suited to static or slow-moving subjects. Despite all those major misgivings, the images that it produces thanks to the combination of the 30mm fixed lens and the intriguing Foveon X3 sensor are simply outstanding, by far the best images that we've seen from a humble compact camera and even rivaling a DSLR with an equivalent prime lens.
Clear menu system, New high resolution screen
The Sigma DP1 and DP2 Merrill is in a group of a limited number of compact cameras with an APS-C sized sensor and a fixed lens, along with the Leica X2 and the Ricoh GXR APS-C cameras. This niche is rarer still due to the use of a Foveon sensor which promises the ultimate in image quality, although this is when shooting RAW. The Foveon sensor is capable of resolving excellent - to stunning - levels of detail far beyond what you would usually expect from 15 megapixel images.
Highly specialised camera that will suit a limited audience
Like its siblings, the DP2 Merrill is a highly specialised camera that will suit a limited audience. At ISO 100, the slowest shutter speed is 30 seconds, which makes this camera well suited to low-light photography and can yield some excellent sunset and sunrise shots.
Camera works very well indeed
It is clear that Sigma has created a niche camera in the DP2 Merrill. For its intended audience, the
camera works very well indeed. In good-contrast light, I have not seen such a high standard of performance from a camera at this level, and the DP2 outperforms many cameras above it, too. Furthermore, its handling when using the command dial is intuitive. However, this is not a camera for those wanting responsive autofocus, fast processing, good low-light performance or a vast feature set.
Excellent image quality - very sharp results
The Leica X1 was quite unique when first announced, as one of very few cameras available with a large APS-C sized sensor. This partly justified the high price of the Leica X1, however since then, there has been a number of new cameras, with large sensors, such as the Fujifilm X100 with optical/electronic hybrid viewfinder, the Sigma DP1/DP2 Merrill with 46mp Foveon sensor, as well as a number of mirrorless cameras (with practicallty all of them cheaper than the Leica X2).
Size sensor is large and this makes for sharp, detailed images
We love the Leica X2, but it's a far cry from a mainstream camera and, therefore, won't be suited to many of our readers. However, it's this distinctiveness that makes it a desirable camera.
Not only does the X2 look delectable - that understated "for those in the know" kind of good - but its images are equally great too.
Excellent color rendition
Overall, we think that the Leica X2 is a niche camera that not everyone can appreciate. While its 35mm fixed focal length and lack of a video function may be seen as limitations, the X2's target audience of serious enthusiasts will likely appreciate the camera's build and lens quality, dedicated controls and good low-light performance. Of course, all that comes at a premium, as well.
Beautiful looks and build, Great photo quality
The Leica X2 is a bit of curio, to be honest. When compared to the likes of the Sony NEX-7, Fujifilm X10 or Panasonic GF5, it comes across as slow, light on features, inflexible and expensive. And yes, it's all those things. But it's also a Leica, with the cachet, build quality and truly superb lens that that entails.
If you're looking for something a little different, a little quirkier, a little classier than the average point-and-shoot, the X2 fits the bill snugly.
Great build quality and finish
The Leica X2 is a superb expert compact that'll please photo enthusiasts looking for a simple model that takes great-quality pictures and which isn't too slow to use. But the generally excellent quality makes it all the more difficult to overlook blips like the 230,000-dot screen and non-existent video mode.
The Fujifilm X100 made us angry in the lab with its quirky interface, but its optical and image quality results were excellent, all except for the pronounced lens flare issue, and in use it was really quite fun. Operational difficulty and the unusual lens flare prevent us from giving the Fujifilm X100 our highest recommendation, but for the right person in the right circumstances, as outlined in the review, we think the Fujifilm X100 is an excellent choice, and a very fine camera.
The Perfect Travel & Street Camera!
In summary, I think the X100 is the ONE camera I'll take whenever I leave the ship; although I'll try to smuggle the Canon into my wife's fanny pack for emergency uses or when cameras are "forbidden" or when a 90mm zoom is essential. Its optical finder is so useful on the water that I don't anything, short of a heavier and complex DSLR or electronic finder camera such as the GH2, can keep up with it.
Former Micro Four-Thirds User
This is not my only camera. It's not really designed to be an all purpose camera or dslr. I still use my D90 as my primary camera and the x100 as my carry around camera. I'd recommend this camera to those people who know what they are getting into. It's not for the casual shooter nor does it compete with higher end (and more expensive) cameras.
Outstanding Image Quality, Accurate Colors and Good Performance
I highly recommend the X100 to photography enthusiasts and believe that its manufacturer's list price is reasonable. However, I would not recommend the camera to "point and shoot" photographers who are dependent on pre-sets and don't have the patience or desire to learn photography fundamentals.
The down and dirty on the X100 (so far)
Overall, i'm in love with this camera. it's takes a bit of getting used to, but i actually like that about it. it reminds you what you should be thinking about before and during a shot, by putting the most important controls right in the places where they should go. just being able to change the aperture on the lens (which has a GREAT soft notched feel to it) is huge. i love having a camera again where i can dial in my F or my shutter at the flick of a HARDWARE dial or ring. it's a really...
Very good camera.. Best in class, with one exception...
Since owning and using this camera A LOT now..I feel confident in saying it's probably the best camera in this 10meg smallish pocketable category. I like this camera so much now I bumped it up to 5 stars from it's initial 4 star rating I gave it. If Olympus can include IN camera noise reduction adjustment, perhaps in a future firmware update this camera has no competition in this category in my opinion!
Gorgeous new Zuiko lens
The Olympus XZ-1 (MSRP $499.99) is a spectacular addition to the high-end compact camera family. We're happy to see Olympus re-entering this market, especially with this 11-megapixel sensor and gorgeous new Zuiko lens. The hardware lets the camera churn out great photos, despite having such a portable form factor.
Excellent images overall.
The Olympus XZ-1 would be a notable entry into the high end compact digital field if only for its fast lens, but throw in a dose of excellent still image quality and the camera commands serious consideration. It starts reasonably fast and acquires focus and shoots in similar fashion. Menus are intuitive and simple and the camera is a bit smaller and lighter than its chief competitors. The zoom range is decent, there are RAW shooting options and a handy one-touch video capture interface.
Excellent image quality
Panasonic has created a worthy competitor in a tough category that has several great cameras competing in it. With excellent image quality, speedy performance, awesome High ISO capabilities (for a compact), and all of the Panasonic bells and whistles we've come to love, the Lumix DMC-LX5 is an awesome prosumer camera.
Decent controls with a well thought-out layout
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5 is certainly a very nice camera to use. It feels good in your hands, sports decent controls with a well thought-out layout, features a bright and wide lens with quick and confident focusing, enjoys the choice of full manual exposures or one of the best auto modes on the market, and delivers decent quality results. What's not to like?
Superb build quality, classic design and easy handling
The much anticipated Panasonic Lumix LX5 is expensive, but it is without a doubt one of the best compact cameras on the market, offering superb build quality, classic design and easy handling, with fast performance and outstanding photographic versatility. The longer zoom range is a welcome improvement, however in terms of image quality there's just no real advantage over the older LX3.
Veritable pocket rocket
There is clearly more to this camera than immediately meets the eye, as the LX5 comes across as a veritable pocket rocket and sports the physically smaller dimensions we imagined Micro Four Thirds hybrid models would deliver, when we first saw those cameras' press shots.
All we need now is to be able to swap the optic on the front, and thus quite possibly never need to have to buy another digital camera ever again.
Ultra-wide-angle lens with F2.0 aperture
For pure manual operation without the intimidation factor of the Nikon Coolpix P7000, the Lumix LX5 is tops. Its fine-tunable settings, macro mode, focus features, video options, strong low-light performance, and classic aesthetics are sure to make photography geeks freak (in a very good way).
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