I have danced around this camera for years. Have always wanted one. But I could never get past the asking price or the no viewfinder thing. A rough around the edges copy was included in a compact camera comparison years ago.
For that comparison, I quickly eliminated the a6000 and not because of the camera, but the lens. In theory, the Sony 20m f/2.8 would be the perfect compact setup… But that lens is awful. It is the lone Sony lens that I like less than the (since redeemed) Sony FE 50mm f/1.8. Sony really needs to release upgraded replacements for both of these lenses… But I digress. That comparison came down to a shoot-out between the RICOH GR and the RX100 IV. Both are great choices, but I ended up leaning towards the RX100 IV.
But my compact daily use camera search continued. Tried many more cameras since this post. But none stuck. More on that later in a full post after more time with the camera.
For now, some quick first thoughts followed by some early sample images.
Spoiler alert. This camera is much better than I thought it was when I first tested it years ago. Will use my samples photos to do the talking. But this bothered me enough to make me go back and review the images I took for that comparison. Two in particular
I was comparing it to the RX100 IV images. In my RICOH GR cons I stated this:
- That APS-C sensor did not blow the smaller sensor away IQ wise as I expected.
But looking at them closer with fresh eyes I now realize that these RICOH GR images were far better than I gave the camera credit for.
After more use, I realize that there were some significant issues with my comparison.
- I took far too few pictures.
- They all mostly took place over lunch.
- I did not fully appreciate or make use of snap focus.
- Lastly, I can now admit that I had a Sony bias.
I am still collecting my thoughts, but here are some last notes for now.
- Snap focus is cuss word awesome.
- Light is this camera’s friend.
- This lens is amazing.
- Macro mode is quite impressive.
- Truly DSLR performance in a tiny package.
Enough of that for this post.
After more time with the camera I have much more to say, and almost all of it is good. More on that in the next post. But what I will say for now is that this is a camera I did not understand the first time I tried it. But now I do. As is no surprise to many it is fully worthy of its fan base.
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