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.
Excellent compact digital camera, in or out of water, with 5x optical zoom
We've never had any problem with all our TX cameras when it comes to using it in the water, whether it's the ocean or local public pool or bathtub. They've always been waterproof 100%. People who had trouble usually left the camera exposed in the sun for too long, which eventually degraded the rubber that offers the waterproofing seal, or did not clean the camera properly per instructions.
Very compact form factor
Why are people still buying these cameras? Is it the big screen, the colors? We know it's not the user experience. So... what then? We've heard it before: Touchscreens move units. But why? This isn't a phone; it's a camera, and cameras need buttons. Otherwise they'll handle like the TX30.
Every spring we hear it over again: "I need a camera. It has to be cute and I have to be able to spill a drink on it."
Decent photo quality for its class, Stylish, ultra-thin metal body
The Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 is an ultra-thin rugged camera for those who don't want to worry about the camera getting a little wet. It's certainly not for divers, as the touchscreen display does not work underwater. The otherwise beautiful OLED display is also difficult to see outdoors. The flash is very weak, and battery life is poor. Photo quality is decent for its class, though details are smudged when viewed full size. Since it lacks the GPS of its peers, the TX30 isn't a great value, either.
Excellent Magnifying Glass Plus mode
All the main camera manufacturers have produced waterproof cameras, but Sony's tend to stand out from the crowd as they look more like a normal camera, rather than some of the tough models that are also available. This doesn't mean the TX30 isn't tough - it's waterproof to 10m as well as being dust, freeze and shock proof. Adding to its stylish look, the 3.3 inch LCD touch screen fills the rear of the camera, with no buttons except for those on the top.
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.
Easy but Powerful
Its a great package since it has so many features in a very light and small camera. Zoom and focus work great, panoramic pictures are very easy to take.
I bought it because I always wanted a good point and shoot for low light situations, and since it was one of the features advertised I wanted to give it a try, and I am very satisfied with them. Low light pictures are very good, even when you do not use the flash, can still get a good picture at night, with not so much light around.
Nice performance versus other small cameras
The Sony WX80 is very small, which means that its control buttons and LCD screen are also very small. This will represent a significant drawback with this camera, as anyone with large fingers will struggle to use this camera comfortably. Still, if you don't mind the small size of this model, it's a good option versus others in its sub-$200 price point.
Slim and pocket-friendly
Even though it boasts an array of attractive features, a compact body, and a few impressive highlights in our performance testing, the WX80's image quality is ultimately nothing special. While the prospect of having 1080p HD video, an 8x optical zoom, and WiFi connectivity in your pocket for under $200 seems enticing, the reality isn't quite that appealing.
Good photo quality for target audience
Overall, I enjoyed using the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V, and had the same response to it as I did to their HX200V super zoom. It's a responsive, fun-to-use camera with some genuinely useful extra features (HDR, Anti Motion Blur, Sweep Panorama), a decent set of manual controls, and a top-notch movie mode. It'll never win awards for its photo quality, though it's super high resolution means that downsized photos look very good.
Effective night-time shooting
The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX20V is a more capable and more refined version of our favourite travel-zoom camera from 2011, the HX9V, with a longer lens, higher resolution and extra features helping to maintain Sony's lead over the competition in this ultra-competitive part of the camera market.
Good photo quality for target audience
Overall, I enjoyed using the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V, and had the same response to it as I did to the HX200V super zoom. It's a responsive, fun-to-use camera with some genuinely useful extra features (HDR, Anti Motion Blur, Sweep Panorama), a decent set of manual controls, and a top-notch movie mode. It'll never win awards for its photo quality, though it's super high resolution means that downsized photos look very good.
Image quality is good
The HX20V is one of a new breed of cameras from Sony boasting its new 18.2 megapixel sensor as well as a whole load of shooting features and 20x optical zoom, making it an ideal travel camera. Image quality is good, the body has a firm, solid build, but the biggest issue with the camera is the price, there are plenty of good travel cameras available for less than £300, at least around £80 cheaper than the HX20V.
Big zoom range, small body size, super-fast autofocus
A great zoom range crammed into a small body and stacks of features including super-fast autofocus work in the HX20V's favour. But the near-£400 price tag is extortionate compared to the competition, particularly when image quality is no more refined than what's already on the market.
Versatile zoom range of 25mm to 500m
Overall, the HX20V could be a all-round camera that should satisfy the shooting needs of most users thanks to its versatile zoom range coupled with a generous feature set. It should appeal to traveling shutterbugs and casual snapshooters looking for a general-purpose camera.
Superior auto mode works excellently
Offering a wide range of features from a 20x optical zoom lens to excellent low-light modes, the HX20V is a great buy for the cashed-up traveller. The usual caveats apply, including limitations on the use of high-ISO images for enlargements due to noise, but the HX20V is one of the nicest travel cameras from the current crop.
Image quality is good
For the price, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX100 is a great little unit. There are some previously mentioned issues with the build such as the lens and battery door. But for under £200, it's ideal for taking out on nights out and going on holiday. It may not look the nicest, but it's a wolf in sheep's clothing when it comes to performance. While not perfect, it's the sort of thing we'd expect from a camera at a higher price point.
Good build quality, Very good video performance
The Sony Cyber-shot WX100 is a very compact 18 megapixel camera with full HD video, and stereo sound. If you don't mind that the camera has a 2.7 inch screen, rather than the more common 3 inch screen in this category, then this is a great camera, with an abundance of features (and the 2.7 inch screen helps make this camera smaller). Image quality is good, with good colour and exposure. Handling is good with a solid metal body that will easily fit into pockets.
Full High Definition Movies
The Sony Cybershot DSC WX100 certainly gives you a great deal of lens power for a pocket sized camera. On top of this it also includes a lot of the latest features such as sweep panoramas and 3D shooting. It also has an advanced movie mode. For a camera with this price tag picture quality could be that bit better, but you are unlikely to be troubled by this unless you are planning to make seriously large prints. The Cybershot DSC WX100 faces a fair amount of competition.
Eye-catchingly small dimensions
If you're looking for a small, lightweight camera with good low-light performance, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX100 is a good choice; just don't zoom all the way in on the photos.
I am a regular traveler, who uses the camera on these travels only, and for me that camera worked perfectly. It's light, easy to deal with and lots of mpixels for you to have fun. The quality of the pics is something that has amazed me compare to my old digital camera. Overall, Im very satisfied with this product.
A mode for producing 360 degree panoramas
The Sony Cybershot DSC W630 may not be perfect when it comes to picture quality, but it does pack in enough features to make it worth a closer look. It scores highly for ease of use and features such as 360 panoramas and High Definition movies may make this camera an interesting option for you.
Great design and feature set
The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a near-excellent megazoom camera. To me, this camera seems more geared toward advanced users who appreciate the extras like a hot shoe, direct controls of settings, and raw support. But these are also users who would expect the best photo quality to go along with those options and that just not here. That's not to say that it can't take some very good photos; it can.
Better image quality and greatly extended battery life
On the subject of price, £439 / $499 is undoubtedly a lot to pay for a compact camera with a small image sensor. On the other hand the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a very full-featured and now responsive camera that delivers appealing pictures, particularly in more helpful lighting conditions. It definitely fits the bill as a great all-rounder and a real alternative to a DSLR, just so long as you don't expect DSLR-like image quality.
Well featured and easy to use
Given that the HS20 can still be purchased for around £260 whereas the HS30 can be found for as low as £310 online, do the various incremental upgrades make the HS30 worth the extra £50? We think that they do. The HS30's new EVF is infinitely more usable than its predecessor's, and battery life is better too. Judged against other compact cameras using small 1/2.3inch sensors image quality is pretty good and the EXR modes remain useful in a variety of challenging situations.
Shots are decent, full of colour and detail
What at first may appear nothing more than a subtle upgrade of the Fujifilm HS20 is a far superior bit of kit. The HS30EXR's new viewfinder is best in class, the addition of a rechargeable Li-ion battery is very welcome, and small (but important) performance tweaks over its predecessor make all the difference.
Image quality, both still and video, is good
Sony's new super zoom, the HX200 combines a gaggle of features such as GPS, a smile shutter, face detection, anti-blink technology, background defocus, a panorama sweep mode and one-touch full HD video capture capability in a relatively small, DSLR-like package with a big zoom lens and a high resolution sensor, at least by point-and-shoot standards. The camera establishes autofocus fairly quickly in good conditions and shoots promptly when the shutter is depressed.
Massive 30X, 27 - 810 mm zoom lens
Overall, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX200V is a very good super zoom camera. Its photo quality isn't as good as I'd like, but for the majority of people who will buy it, the smudged details that you'd see when viewing the photos on your computer will just blend away when images are downsized for printing or web viewing. The HX200's big wins are in terms of performance and feature set (not to mention its huge 30X lens), which add up to a really fun-to-use camera.
High image quality
Undoubtedly the biggest recommendation we have with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V is that, by daylight, we were able to achieve sharp results shooting handheld with it with greater consistency than we have been able to achieve with pretty much any super zoom camera to date. The hand-held twilight mode selectable from within the scene modes also comes in very useful by night.
Good photo quality, if you don't look too closely
The Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V has virtually every feature imaginable for a super zoom camera, most of which allow you to take shots that were otherwise impossible. The image quality isn't great when viewed at 100%, but for most people, it's more than adequate.
Image quality is good, Solid body
The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX200V is very similar to the HX20V, except it has more zoom, in a larger, SLR style body with an electronic viewfinder and tilting screen. There is an 18.2 megapixel sensor as well as a whole load of shooting features, extremely long battery life, making it an ideal travel camera.
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