Tuesday, July 3, 2012

And I held my heart, cupped in shadow

Today I read David Pogue's review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. Pogue seems to be completely taken with the camera, almost to the point of forgetting all other cameras.

Is the RX100 a game-changer? Maybe it is, time will tell, as there are always new cameras coming up.

In any case, I'm still very happy with the LX5, but I'm keeping an eye on the RX100, maybe I'll try it out some day soon.

(Posting title is from Love Poem by Duane Niatum.)

Update: Apparently Samsung is not giving up in advanced compacts either, their EX1/TL500 which had good specifications is followed by the strangely named EX2F, boasting a f/1.4-2.7 lens starting at 24 mm equiv.


Francesco said...

I like the light effect on the bus windows in blur.
Have you got experiences with Samsung EX1? (as it is a camera which is sometimes compared to the LX5)

Juha Haataja said...

@Francesco: I haven't used the EX1, but I read a lot about it when I was thinking about the next camera after my LX3. (By the way, when you view the letters EX1 upside down, you get LX3!)

There were some shortcomings in the EX1, and when the LX5 came out, it proved to be an excellent followup to the LX3. But with the EX2F it seems that Samsung has corrected many of the problems with the EX1, and then there is the new lens and the new sensor.

The 24-80 mm, f/1.4-2.7 lens is quite a feat, and it even has a macro mode with 1 cm as the shortest focusing distance.

And the sensor is a backside illuminated CMOS, which promises quite an improvement in the high-ISO area.

Given the bright lens and the new sensor, the EX2F could have two stop advantage compared to the LX5. It will be interesting to see what is the response from Panasonic.