Help Recommend me a compact?

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by nick, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. nick

    nick Pleomorphic Adenomas R us

    Am in need of a replacement camera after my Sony Cybershot DSC RX 100 (1st generation - 2012 model) was stolen / lost on way back from holiday.

    I normally used it on IA setting, with a minimal bit of tinkering for background flash / exposure adjustment - so idiot proofness would be good

    Like the reviews and size of the new Rich GRX III, but it doesn't seem to have a flash

    Wondering if wifi enabled would be a good idea so that I could back up photos regularly when away from laptop?. Would like a bit of zoom as well (the 4* on the Sony was adequate).
    Apart from that - image quality / ease of use / robustness and small form factor are more important to me than price. I am assuming that size considerations limit me to a compact, but happy to be corrected

    In the meantime I will dig out the old Lumix LX3 that is languishing in a drawer somewhere.

    Suggestions from you experts welcome
  2. editor

    editor hiraethified

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  3. nick

    nick Pleomorphic Adenomas R us

    Ta - they seem to go up to version 6 now.
    Is there much of an improvement over the version 1 that I used to own (I see wifi and a bigger screen)?
    Is it fair to say that the newer the model the better the camera - or are there any versions to avoid?

    I see that John Lewis have the V6 for 1150 - so no doubt <£1k from online only shops.

    V6 or are there other alternatives for that money?

    PS thanks for the quick reply

    ETA - sorry for my laziness - I will read this: Sony RX100 Series Comparison (I, II, III, IV, V and VI)
    ain't google handy?
  4. editor

    editor hiraethified

    They still sell the earlier versions. I managed to get a good s/hand deal on the v6 - that has a much larger zoom range at the expense of slower aperture but as I was off on a tour of the US I decided it was worth the investment!

    There's not huge amounts of difference between the last three of four iterations - see here Sony RX100 III vs RX100 IV vs RX100 V vs RX100 VI: Specs compared
  5. nick

    nick Pleomorphic Adenomas R us

    Starting to feel love for the V6. possibly with some sort of silicone skin, if one exists, to make it easier to hold and give a minimum of protection. Thx
  6. editor

    editor hiraethified

    It's a grand camera. Be sure to buy the rubber grip thing that Sony sells.
  7. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    It's a very good camera, but at that price (even discounted) I think I'd be looking at a Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 or a DC-ZS100. The Sony edges it on spec, but it's almost double the price of the ZS200 and three times the ZS100.
  8. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    The Canon G series are worth a look - the G7X mk ii is probably the one I'd go for. I got my sister a G9X for her birthday which she seems happy with but the 7 is better specced if slightly larger. F1.8 - 2.8 zoom, longer than the Sony.
  9. editor

    editor hiraethified

    A LOT chunkier though, no?
  10. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    They're basically the same size - technically the Canon is like 2mm wider in a couple of dimensions and 20g heavier or something.

    (The G9X is noticeably smaller than the Sony but in my hands it's too small tbh.)
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  12. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Might depend on the version - the comparison I looked up was vs the mk v.

    I'd say it was worth a look either way - I mean they are both still tiny. Canon have upped their compact range recently.

    Personally I use a GX800 as a pocket camera but that ends up thicker as the lenses aren't retractable. Better image quality than either but not really in the same group.
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