Bring Me A Higher Love

April 14, 2020

Flying over Mount Fuji enroute to Fukuoka for a last-minute mileage-run late last year…

Sony DSC-RX100M7 + 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5

To tell the truth, we have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the Sony RX100 series.

While we do love the super zoom range, tiny pocketable size, pop-up viewfinder and ability to shoot RAWs, we find that the image quality (especially the dynamic range) it can capture is highly variable, particularly for many kinds of landscape work. For some reason, many of the skies we capture with it turn out to be extremely flat and “meh” - and believe us, we’ve tried in a variety of situations and timing.

Sony DSC-RX100M7 + 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5

In general we’re still big fans of Sony’s 1-inch sensors1) but it’s frustrating to be so-close and yet (at times) so-far when it comes to the perfect tiny compact professional camera (and the dream of all long-distance hiking photographers2 such as ourselves who long to give up the weight of a larger solution whist retaining the image quality).

See more flyover mountain views here (ironically, shot with an iPhone3)…

  1. Besides the RX100m7 we also own the RX10m4 and RX04 

  2. The other challenge the RX100 series faces is that it’s a pure play camera, as opposed to something like an iPhone, which despite the much smaller sensor benefits tremendously from the built-in software to often yield far-superior results straight out of camera, especially when it comes to scenes with high dynamic range such as the aforementioned-skies. 

  3. And with arguably better results (although we post-processed both stylistically in a way that reduces some of the differences in the actual source files) 

  4. We fully admit the RX0 was a mistake… 

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