Sony RX100 Field test

So not long after I declared my temporary war on digital SLRs I had a chance to lay my hands on a relatively decent compact camera: Sony RX100.


Since the camera has been out for some year and a half now, I’ll skip the technical details as there are some detailed reviews out there. What I was interested in the most was to see how the camera performs without processing photographs externally, the results are quite spectacular, see below:

 Built in processing (‘toy camera’) filters

 

 High tonal range from intelligent HDR

 

 HDR effect – although this is the most dramatic version, middle and low are also applicable

 

 Comparison between a single image and extended tonal range above

 

 The built in panorama mode processes images in less than 30 seconds and 3 out of 5 times my panoramas were correct despite rather dynamic image in front of me (if you zoom in close enough you will see some mild discrepancies but if used for landscapes I am sure this will not be visible).

Compared with processing several 20mb RAW images in Photoshop – pretty good I might say.

 

 Good tonal range (note how the details in the black areas are still visible


Another HDR examples. Although the statue looks like badly overdone Photoshop , I am more than happy with the Marischal college building (this was done using the medium-detailed hdr instead of high).

 

The image below is an example of the built in filter which attempts to mimic the tilt-shift effect. Far off from the real thing but a good alternative for everyone fond off the Instagram filters.




So picking up where I left previously: this camera would not stand a chance in replacing a dSLR in studio environment, but it’s more than capable of producing decent images on the go:  no need for Photoshop.


The current price is somewhere around £350 which might be a little expensive for compact camera but still nowhere close to getting a decent lens with good focal length for a DSLR. More tests to follow.

 

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