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- Nov 12, 2010
One of the rumor sites said it'll be announced on the 6th (tomorrow), so we'll see soon enough!
The sensor is much larger than that of the Canon PowerShot S100. Would the sensor of the S100 be as large without changing pixel density, it would have 33.4 million pixel. Digital Photography Review has posted a hands-on preview of the Sony with some sample images. I have looked at some pictures and noticed their quite good quality. At base ISO the image quality should be very fine, since these are just JPEGs out of the camera. I have also looked at a photo shot at ISO 1600 and it looked very fine for a compact at that high ISO. Since I can get much better image quality from raw files, I am not worried at all.It looks very interesting. and I'll try to keep an open mind. I'm still concerned about 20mp on a sensor that size.
Sorry, but you are mixing up your wants and those of others. This camera is one of the smallest cameras on market offering good enough image quality and is surely one of the best compromises between size and image quality. It is not much bigger than the Canon PowerShot S100, but offers a much larger sensor and a faster lens. In my opinion there is a big market for cameras like this and I am sure that enthusiasts are one of the main targets the camera is aimed at.And the lack of a viewfinder of any kind makes me want to pound my head against the wall. That single omission is a clear indication the camera isn't really intended for enthusiasts.
Sony has a tradition of selling their sensors to others. Hopefully, that will happen with this one too.I don't think so, their NEX line is already built around being the smallest CSC (excluding the Pentax Q), so to introduce an even smaller system would dilute that message. I do hope they'll make a range of several serious compacts around this sensor, all small enough to be considered pocketable!
My theory is that there simply wasn't a competitive need to, plus the sensors weren't readily available. Now that mirrorless and cell phones are encroaching on the compact market, there's a need to offer something 'unique' to draw in customers (and not lose existing ones).The fact that the RX100 is so much smaller than an XZ-1 or LX5 or similar camera really makes me wonder why we haven't seen something like this a long time ago, even if it was in a larger form. Has compact lens design advanced that quickly?