A couple of months I shared a bit of my journey searching for a good compact camera that could serve as an „always with me cam“ because the Canon 5D Mark III is just too big for that purpose.
Eventually, I bought the Sony RX 100 Mark V and hell that is one little awesome camera!
Here are some things that I love about it:
- Amazing image quality
- In about any mode you can shoot RAW
- Amazing video quality including 4k
- Crazy slow motion video (check my test video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7YIvNzyfSc)
- Really fits your jacket pocket
- Good enough battery live and you can charge it with a USB power bank
- Pretty good flash if you consider its size
- You can flip the screen which is great for some perspectives
It is a very expensive camera, but for me, it was worth every single Euro. If you consider to buy it, use this affiliate link to support me 🙂 http://amzn.to/2glbxIR
I wrote about the G7X recently and how I was not really impressed with the camera. As I still want to have a small but powerful camera for situations where I don’t want to carry around my 5d Mark III I ordered a Canon G5X and despite it having the same lens and the same sensor as the G7X I liked it a lot better.
When I’m testing cameras I’m not doing it very scientifically, so maybe I just got unlucky with the test pictures and videos with the G7X and got really lucky with the G5X. Overall I liked the sharpness of photos and video a lot better. It also had better image quality on the edges. One thing I liked better about the G7X was the more up to date software …
Eventually, a G5X Mark II would be the right compact camera for me. According to rumors on the internet, it is supposed to be released this spring. Problem is, those rumors have never been very accurate. So it could as well be autumn.
So what to do? Wait for the release of the G5X and hope that it fulfills my expectations or go and try out the Sony RX 100 Mark V which is already ridiculously expensive for a compact camera…
Talking about more expensive … another option would be the Sony Alpha 6500 with the 16-70mm F4 lens. From all I’ve been reading great camera for photography and video, but also not really small anymore (if you take G5X or even RX100 V as a reference….).
First world problems…
I needed a new toy and I decided that it was time again to try out a premium compact camera. I already have a Fujifilm X20, but it is a bit outdated. After a couple of weeks of comparing and thinking I decided for the Canon G7X Mark II, mainly because
- it has a big 1-inch sensor
- fast lens
- good video
- flip display
- touch screen
- it’s flexibility compared to my Canon 5D Mark III
A strong competitor was the Sony RX100 IV (for quite a bit more money), but when I looked at it at the store I really didn’t like how it felt it my hand compared to the G7X.
After my one-day test of the G7X, here is what I really liked about it:
- it feels great in your hand
- small enough to fit into your jacket
- great handling and usability especially due to the touch screen display
- quick focus
Today I copied all photos and video over to my computer and that’s where the disappointment started:
- Lousy image quality (except for the colors, the colors are great)
- a lot of distortion at 24mm
- only the center is really sharp …. the rest is muddy. You don’t even have to go to 100% zoom in photoshop. You’ll see it right away
- Video are mediocre as well.
Lots of people love the G7X, but it is just not my camera. Maybe I’m spoiled by shooting with full frame and L-class lenses, but I’m not willing to pay 560€ for the image and video quality that is coming out of the G7X.
For the moment I’m back at the point where I’m thinking that the 5D Mark III together with my 40mm F/2.8 pancake is the best compact cam I’ll ever get.
There are other compact cams that I’d like to try out at some point like e.g. the Fujifilm X70. It comes with a big APS-C sensor and a fixed 18mm F/2.8 lens. Should be way better image quality than on the G7X, but from all I’m hearing video (like with the X20) still sucks…
In summer we spend a wonderful week in Provence in the South of France. Walking through the lavender fields, smelling the scent and feeling the heat of the sun on your skin is a recommendable experience.
Over time you’ll see more photos from that trip in my 500px gallery.