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  1. #26
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    thanks guys for the help!
    i ended up buying a rx100 M5A
    pretty happy so far : )
    i came here to choose between 1,2 or 3 and ended up getting a m5a
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  2. #27
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    Thanks to this thread I just picked up a used RX100 M3 to get myself started - figure we venture out to some of the most picturesque places on the planet, may as well... take a picture?

  3. #28
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    Big fan of the RX100 here. I've taken some of my favorite ski shots with the RX100 I -- just keep it in my ski pants pocket and snap off a shot whenever. I have also a Sony a6500 now, but it's not as easy to quickly snap off a shot. Here's an example of a shot I snapped off with the RX100 M1 while trying not to fall too far behind:



    When I have the money, I'd love to upgrade to the RX100 VI. The lack of EVF on the M1 makes it tough. I often just shoot from the hip and hope for the best. And for action shots while skiing (especially in larger terrain), I'd like the extra zoom available on the VI & VII, even though I won't use the video capabilities. Personally, I'd really love if Sony made two models of the RX100 (like they do with some of their other options): one designed for photos & one for videos. But there's probably not the market to support that, especially when so many people are even debating the utility of a pocketable camera with phone cameras getting so good.

    Aside: I'm really not a great photographer, but one thing I think is true with landscapes and especially sunset shots is that quite a few of the gorgeous professional shots you might want/hope to replicate were taken using a filter (neutral density or even reverse grad ND for sunsets) and a tripod. These filters substantially increase the dynamic range of the camera so details in, say, the clouds and foreground aren't washed out by the sun. (Just my $0.02, and maybe I'm wrong but that's my impression.) From this standpoint, I don't know that the a6500 with a nice lens takes substantially better photos than the RX100 m1 when shooting hand-held without a filter. So I guess my point is, temper your expectations when shooting sunset photos if you're not using a tripod and a filter.
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  4. #29
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    Another option that’s a bit cheaper than the RX100VI/VII is the Canon G5XII. It’s got the same sensor as the RX100IV so it’s not quite as good as the 6 or 7. The lens seems to be a compromise between the RX100V and VI. It’s got more zoom than the 5, but it’s better in low-light than the 6/7. Which works out perfect for me!

    Even for sunset photos without a tripod/filter, it seems like these high end point and shoots can do pretty much everything. Not a perfect photo, but I don’t think a graduated filter would have helped much here, there’s plenty of dynamic range as-is:Click image for larger version. 

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  5. #30
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    That, and focus stacking.

  6. #31
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    Another RX100 guy, with 2 x Mk II (with Ikelite underwater case), and a Mk VI. While the II's are great for most everything, the optical viewfinder of the VI is mandatory for ski shots, otherwise the screen washes out.

    The biggest reason for recommending the VI is both the longer lens, and particularly the 24fps burst if can do for up to 10 seconds. A good ski day with your buds and nothing can overcome bad shooting like having 150 pictures of your buds best 6 seconds of skiing ever.

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  7. #32
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    The III (w/pop-up viewfinder) is on sale, new, for $600 https://www.crutchfield.com/S-UufNOr...RX100-III.html

    VI is on sale for $1100 - https://www.crutchfield.com/S-oE5XNF...-RX100-VI.html

  8. #33
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    Just to confirm why the 24fps and an optical viewfinder are so important (Mk VI and higher). Just (try to) follow the subject and keep your finger down. Remember, these are cropped, so lose a little precision, but for something you can carry in your pocket, this camera is not too bad - Would NEVER have got the last one without following one and kept on shooting - Blue Angels yesterday in Melbourne, FL:

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  9. #34
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    Like this shot and the clarity:

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