Yes I must admit I have betrayed my Fuji camera with another brand. Sometime last January my fellow photographer told me that the Sony RX100M3 was on offer at Amazon. The price was still high for a small compact, but very tempting. As you can guess I could not resist and pushed the order button.
Since then things have changed.
This small powerhouse of a camera made me rethink my personal photography gear and what I need to take good pictures. It is no huge DSLR and not even Fuji´s X-T1 or lately the X-Pro2 with the XF 16-55 2.8 lens.
Don´t get me wrong. Both those cameras and the lens deliver stellar image quality which is much better than most of us think we need. Do we really need one cazillion percent noise free images at ISO 6400 when at the end of the day we look at the photographs either on a screen or a print not larger than 20 x 30cm? Even if printed on canvas you don´t need the super noise free, super sharp images as the canvas has a structure of its own.
This all got me thinking a lot. The small diminutive Sony RX100M3 offers an amazing image quality in a oh so small package. Yes using the small camera can be difficult at times as the buttons are a little hard to press.
What I love about it though is how it performs. The images I have managed to get out of this tool is nothing less than stunning. The photographs I am about to show you are all taken in Raw and then edited in Lightroom to my liking.
I don’t want to let this post get too long and it is by no means a review either. You can find many of these on the web by today as the Sony RX100M3 has been around for some time and as of today the M4 is on the shelves as well. All I can say is this. If you are looking for a small camera with huge image quality and a built in viewfinder then this is worth a serious look.
And I am very sorry to say that Fujifilm has lost me as a customer at the moment. The X-Pro2 and the XF 16-55 are just too big for me these days. When out and about traveling with my wonderful wife there is one thing I want. A small camera that delivers! Yes I could go for the X-T1/X-T2 with the XF 18-55 or a small prime. I myself have gone a different route and have gone all the Sony way. Just a few days ago the Sony Alpha 6000 and the Sony/Zeiss 16-70 f/4 was delivered at my door. I am sure I will do a write up on that as well as soon as I have had time with it.
Now let´s get down to the images.