Sony DSC-RX100 Image Quality
Image quality is excellent on the RX100, especially when considering the size of the camera, sensor, and pixel density. Sony managed to get almost the same image quality as the Nex Cameras with a much smaller form factor. The Nex cameras do have a more usable depth of field however, which is important for portraits and filming work in particular. That being said, if your pretty close to your subject and zoomed in a bit, you can get some great separation with the DSC-RX100!! You will see some examples of this below.
The dynamic range is also very good as you will see in the first picture below, and the Zeiss Optics are very sharp corner to corner with little fringing to be found. The lens does have slight distortion on the wider end, but it’s really not that bad in my opinion.
A Few High Res Sample Photos
I took this photo from the window of my car and to my surprise the Zeiss optics at 10.4mm was wide enough to capture the entire building. So, if you were wondering what 10.4mm gets you, this is a good example in my opinion. I was about 30-40 feet from the building I would say for reference.
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Here’s the other side of the building from farther away with a 100% Crop of the truck in the lower right corner. The detail that the RX100 captures is excellent in my opinion.
These next few shots was a highly textured church with a slate roof that made for a really good test photos!
Just look at how sharp this slate roof is when viewing a 100% Crop!!
Sharp @ 100% Crop
Here’s three shots of the same scene taken at different zoom levels: 10.4mm, 15.28mm, and 37.01mm
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