We stopped by the Sony booth at PhotoPLUS and asked them to show us a camera for motorcyclists. It wasn’t a surprise when they trotted out their RX100 point-and-shoot, as Sony’s been making quite a stir, promising near-DSLR image quality from a camera you can slip into your jacket pocket. The accolades from the media have been overwhelming. Heck, Time Magazine went so far as naming it one of the 25 best inventions of 2012! Here’s what Sony had to say:
The only criticisms that I’ve seen of the RX100 are:
No flash hotshoe. RX100 has an internal flash, but some photographers like to add a more powerful flash to their little cameras. They can’t do that with the RX100.
Lens is slow when zoomed in. The lens on the RX100 lets a lot of light in when zoomed out – photographers call a lens “fast” when it lets a lot of light in. But when you zoom in, the lens “slows down”, which increases the chances of getting blurry shots in low light situations. Competing cameras from Olympus and Panasonic slow down too, but not nearly as much. The Sony has some digital tricks up its sleeve that are supposed to help in these situations.
No viewfinder. Most people take photographs by looking at the rear LCD these days, but a viewfinder is really helpful on those bright, sunny days, which are just the kind of days that we like to ride in. Sony claims new technology in the rear LCD helps visibility in these situations, but we’ll have to reserve judgement until we’ve seen it for ourselves.
All in all, the RX100 looks like a very promising camera for riders that like to travel light and take high quality photos. Like all point-and-shoots, it will probably struggle with moving motorcycles, but it does have HD video for that.
The Sony RX100 retails for $649.99