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i think a lot of it is psychological – the m looks like a simple camera because it looks like an old film camera that was simple. the rx1 looks like a typical high tech compact, which we associate with feature bloat and crappy industrial design.
I think it goes quite a bit beyond that. The M9 *is* a film camera with digital inside and a few extra buttons on the back. As such, the traditional controls allow you to do almost everything you need, without touching the back at all, which is only really needed for ISO, review and formatting cards.
The Sonys are all modern cameras like Canons and Nikons, and the interface is completely different. Everything is somewhere else, for no particular reason, and features like panorama which are accessed very rarely under normal circumstances have been promoted to the most desirable locations on the body. The whole design is just a complete jumble. Some manufacturers are better, some worse, in this regard. I prefer the Nikons of the modern designs because there are something like four buttons which cover all my needs, and they are clearly labelled with a single function. Still, the Nikons are definitely also complex, and are not ideal from my standpoint.
My ideal camera would have an aperture ring with an A at the end, a shutter speed ring with an A at the end, an ISO button with a dial somewhere, and an exposure compensation button, possibly combined with one of the above dials. The rest would be tucked away or hidden in menus. There would be a quick-set menu for a few obvious settings, no more than a screenful, possible customisable, and the rest would be in some other large menu, well organised. Nothing else. No drive modes, quality settings, bracketing, WB, none of all that stuff. Maybe a single review button, a Nikon-style joystick, and an AF/AE lock, as well as the menu button.
If the RX1 had come anywhere close to that, I would have been quite interested, but another medium-sized digital camera with a modern interface and a somewhat smaller size than my DSLR is just not that compelling to me. Maybe if my back or space constraints get worse.
Edited on Nov 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM · View previous versions