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Yesterday I was once again on site at the new Souq Waqif in Wakra. As I parked I decided once again to pull out my little Sony RX-100 from my bag and go and take some snaps. It wasn’t a planed photo shoot, I just decided on the spur of the moment to grab some more images of the project approaching completion.

So there I am clicking away, looking for angles and shots depicting the work approaching completion, and I notice a fellow photographer doing the same thing.

Souq Waqif Wakra

At first I was a little annoyed that I didn’t have my massive Sony a77 DSLR with me, complete with battery hand grip making it look even larger and a nice big fast lens to go with it. I stupidly felt inadequate with my little RX-100, and suddenly felt the need to look like a photographer. How stupid was that?! This poor guy just wanted to take some nice shots of the Souq, and I wanted a camera showdown with him.

Souq Waqif Wakra

Anyway, it wasn’t going to happen. My large professional looking camera was back at home, and so me and my little RX-100 got on with the job. After a while of not paying any attention to guy with nice big professional looking DSLR, he caught my attention again. I stood and watched as he framed his shots, and imagined what the images were he was capturing. My ego settled back down. This guy had the big camera, he had the nice camera bag and accessories, but the shots he was framing were very, errrr…. shall we say ‘money to buy big camera, but doesn’t know how to use it’ type shots.

This is when I realised that just having the biggest camera on the planet, a photographer it doesn’t make. My lovely little RX-100 goes everywhere with me. It’s always at hand. And if I had to choose which camera out of the two (RX-100 or a77) I would pick my RX-100 every time. In fact I am considering selling my a77 as it is getting so little use these days.

Souq Waqif Wakra

My next camera is going to be a high quality CSC (Compact System Camera) and probably a Sony. The only reason I produce my a77 now is when I need to look like a photographer. But I find myself more artistic, and ever ready with a small discrete camera. And when you have a small camera no one even notices you. You can take them anywhere and no one gives a damn. Take a big DSLR for a walk and everyone is on guard, they are nervous of the camera and what you are doing with it.

Souq Waqif Wakra

Once I got home I was very eager to take a look at my images and of course upload to Flickr. That RX-100 of mine never disappoints. I am so please with the images I captured on it’s large (for a compact camera) 1″ sensor. And I will bet my shots look better that Mr. I Have a Big Camera’s shots.

Well according to East 51, or is it 51 East (never can get that one right) it will be here at the end of June. Yes this is my dream camera with everything I’v ever wanted built in, almost as if Sony have read my mind.

 

Look how gorgeously small this camera is

It’s small but has a massive 1″ sensor that takes amazing high resolution, rich and detailed images comparable with DSLR’s. AND NOW!!! Drum roll…… it has a built in viewfinder that pops up. Sony say it has a:-

  • Bright and clear built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) with ZEISS T coating and high resolution OLED display


The EVF in a quality camera this small is what I have been dreaming of

I have owned the Mk 1 for over a year now. Resisted buying the Mk 2 when it came out shortly after I bought the Mk 1 because although the Mk 2 is much improved, I just couldn’t bring myself to splash that much cash again within month of buying its predecessor.

I love my RX100 and I rave about it at any opportunity I get. It literally fits in your pocket (or on a belt in my case) and goes everywhere with you. It totally removes that horrible situation where you have a great photo opportunity and no blooming camera with you. And NO! All of those who are about to argue they always have a camera with them on their phone, sit back down and keep quiet, because whilst phone cameras can grab an image, it can never (I’m sure one day I will regret saying never) reproduce the image quality of a 1″ sensor with the quality optics that the RX100 has. I have never sold an image taken on a phone, I have sold images taken on my RX100 and RX100 images taken by me are used in printed and online media on a regular basis.

I still use my big clunky DSLR when on a planned photo shoot, but I can’t take that with me everywhere I go. Well I did at one stage in my life, and I hatted lugging that heavy backpack around with me all day.

I am on 51 East’s alert list and they are going to notify me when these come into stock. I will be down there right away with my hard earned bucks to pick one of these bad boy’s up. And then I am going to write about how good it is and bore you all some more.

The above images are links from from Trust Reviews who have a very comprehensive review and video of the Mk3 which you may like to take a look at.