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| p.108 #9 · Sony RX1 FF Mirrorless (fixed lens) |
Seeing as how it has great base to high ISO, excellent close up capability, high micro-contrast and DR, good video, great bokeh and colour separation, the social camera niche is too strong a constraint in general.
My view on its inherent versatility is borne out by the images thread I believe. To see a variety of 'found objects', patterns, open field and intimate landscapes, close up work, cars, night time, streetscape, cafe photography and animals just take a look at the last few pages. Indeed there are few straight shots of people on that thread, save for a few environmental portraits, which is another strength.
Restricting use to a social camera omits a lot of its proven and identifiable capabilities, and argues against the very concept of this kind of camera - a jack of all trades, perhaps a master of most trades, we could even say - at the 35mm FL in any case.
But it does mean buyers can 'grow' into the camera's abilities. Even the allegedly slow AF is mitigated by good MF capability (focus and aperture rings and peaking and magnification) for those so inclined, who make up the target clientele.
Bottom line: different niches and styles are well catered for with a high level of user satisfaction. So you would need a top modern FF DSLR and excellent similar lens to get close, and how much would that cost and how much would it weigh?
It is actually good value for advanced artistic photography by discerning users, the reason why so many Leica m8/9 users have one or are eyeing it off. Fitting an integrated EVF and a simple tilt LCD would sway a lot more potential buyers, though.