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| p.81 #4 · Sony RX1 FF Mirrorless (fixed lens) |
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.
ah, you are one of those people that likes to make adjustments while looking down at the camera. i prefer to be looking through the viewfinder when i make adjustments. that's why i prefer the controls on my minolta slr to my contax slr – everything can be done through the viewfinder without moving your hands out of shooting position and you can see what the settings are through the viewfinder.
the ideal camera for me has an aperture ring on on the lens, a shutter speed dial, an iso dial, an exposure compensation dial, a AEL button, and a focus assist button. all of these except the aperture ring must be operable with the right hand while i look through the viewfinder, i'd like to keep my left for focus and aperture control. the rx1 one checks all those boxes so i will be perfectly happy with it's controls (much happier than i would be with any current dslr). the only extraneous thing i see on it button and dial wise is the shooting mode dial, like you i would just add an A setting to the iso, shutter speed and aperture controls. were i designing it, i would make the shooting mode dial into the iso dial, i would switch the exposure compensation and shutter speed (main jog dial) dials around, and i would leave the iso dial (wheel below thumb rest) unassigned.