Earlier this year, New York Times gadget columnist David Pogue wrote a glowing review of the Sony RX100 large-sensor compact camera, calling it “best pocket camera ever made” and saying that “No photos this good have ever come from a camera this small.” It seems like his review was on the mark: the camera has since received similarly enthusiastic reviews across the web and was awarded “Advanced Compact Camera Best Product 2012–2013” by the EISA. Now, Time has selected it as one of 2012′s best inventions, saying:
Digital cameras have been getting smaller and more capable every year, but that trend took a huge leap forward in 2012 with the Sony RX100, which bridges the gap between point-and-shoots and pro-quality digital SLRs. Sony’s innovative design and 1-in. (2.5 cm) sensor allow the camera to take flawless photos even though it’s 20% slimmer than your average digital SLR—small enough to fit in your pocket.
Google Glass and a tactical ball camera were two other photo-related inventions that made the list.
(via Time via SAR)
It seems that everyone has something to say about Hasselblad’s new line of Lunar mirrorless cameras, with “ugly” being one of the common adjectives used. The fact is, Hasselblad is trying to pull a Leica by taking the Sony NEX-7, rebranding it, “upgrading” it with a new look and rare materials, and slapping a $6,500 price tag on the resulting camera. The Lunar’s Photokina booth, brochure, and website feature concept sketches that show how the camera’s design came about.
What’s interesting is that not all the sketches show a modified NEX-7. Some of them appear to show a compact camera, and others a DSLR.
Phil Wright got his hands on the Sony RX100 — the camera David Pogue was raving about — shortly after it was released back in June. It didn’t survive very long.
Earlier this month, Wright was rushing to work in the darkness of the early morning when he placed his coffee and his black camera bag on top of his car. When he arrived at work 22 miles and 25 minutes later with coffee in hand, he suddenly realized that his camera was nowhere to be found. After panicked call to his wife back home, she made the discovery: camera roadkill 300 yards from their house.
Remember the mysterious camera NYTimes columnist David Pogue was gushing over earlier this month? Turns out it’s the Sony RX100. In his review of the camera published yesterday, Pogue calls it “best pocket camera ever made” and writes,
It will be sold out everywhere. I’ll skip to the punch line: No photos this good have ever come from a camera this small.
[...] the RX100 has single-handedly smashed the rule that said, “You need a big camera for pro-quality photos.”
And if you care at all about your photography, you’ll thank Sony for giving the camera industry a good hard shove into the future.
Tiny Camera to Rival the Pros [New York Times]