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Sony RX10 III — “Engadget” Contends (Provocatively) That It Is too Expensive.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access “engadget” post.


One of the ‘engadhetSony RX10 III sample pictures.

I like it. My quality. Now I don’t feel as shaky as I did when I saw these 2 from a RX10 III.

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Click to ENLARGE study & admire. From ‘engadget’.


Interesting. Of course this has crossed my mind.

In the end it all BOILS down to the 1″ sensor. I, with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, which also has a 1″ sensor, fully understand the pros and cons of this compromise sensor size.

Unlike Nathan Ingraham, the ‘engadget’ reviewer, I do use and like long zoom. So that is the trade-off. Yes, my plan is/was to get a Fuji X-T2 with the APS-C sensor. But I am not going to be able to get a 600mm zoom for that — not for the money I am willing to spend.

So that is the choice.


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by Anura Guruge

Two Sony RX10 III Sample Images, Untouched JPEGs, Gives Me Pause.

by Anura Guruge


These two ‘Out of the Camera’ (OCC) JPEGs, by famous U.S. photographer Steve Huff, using a pre-release Sony RX10 III, at the U.S. announcement on March 30, 2016, in San Francisco, gave me pause for thought. There were, of course, other images in the set, by Steve Huff, that were very good.


A crop from a Steve Huff image.

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Click to ENLARGE. Use above links to access Steve’s original — at full scale.

This is at 600mm zoom and the seal looks OK. Just not impressed with how the rocks in the background look. Not, in my opinion, a depth of field (DOF) issue. A tad to fuzzy for my liking. That would bother me.


Another crop from a Steve Huff image.

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Click to ENLARGE. Use above links to access Steve’s original — at full scale.

Yes, I am sure that it could have been easily fixed with Exposure Compensation, but I don’t like amount of shadow on her face.  I would have deleted this image!


In the case of the Sony RX10 III I have to always compare it to my own Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 given that I know it so well. Some of Steve Huff’s pictures are superb and way beyond my capabilities. But I am just looking at the camera, the senor and the optics. I will keep on looking. Just wanted to share.


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by Anura Guruge

Was Panasonic Badly Blindsided By Sony With The RX10 III — The FZ1000 Detractor?

by Anura Guruge


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Very strange that there were NO rumors of any kind about the Sony RX10 III — and as we know there are at least 3 credible Websites that do nothing but scour the world looking for new camera rumors.

Now it is also possible, given Sony’s clout and drive, that they PAID OFF sources and Websites NOT to talk about the RX10 III before it was announced.

The BIG question for I, as a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 owner (and the owner also of a Panasonic Lumix LX100), is whether Panasonic was totally oblivious to the possibility of a RX10 III.

Notice that I used ‘detractor’ vs. ‘killer’ in my title. The FZ1000, as I have found, is one heck of a camera and it is going to 1/2 the price of the RX10 III — and for many that would be more of an incentive than the added 200mm (though it is a 50% increase).

I am sure Panasonic could match the RX10 III with a 600mm zoom FZ2000. BUT, I am not sure that would be enough.

What would REALLY make a difference is IF Panasonic came up with a Micro Four Thirds FZ with a 500mm or 600mm zoom. I guess all of the lens dynamics will make it a big camera. BUT that would be the ULTIMATE Bridge Camera.

And is this what the so called LX200 is … a Micro Four Thirds with a BIG ZOOM?


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by Anura Guruge

The JUST Announced Sony RX10 III With 600mm Zoom Is Pretty Darn Impressive.

by Anura Guruge


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DPReview side-by-side of the Sony RX10 II, the BRAND NEW Sony RX10 III and my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. Click to ENLARGE and view here. From DPReview.com.


How ‘snapsort.com’ ranked my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 against the Sony RX10 II
last September.


How I ended up getting the ill-fated Sony a77 II instead of a Sony RX10 II.


In August 2015 I was nearly convinced that the then newly announced Sony RX10 II would be my next camera — my step up from my refurbished Canon T3i. Two things bothered me, the 200mm max. zoom and the 1″ sensor — especially at the then $1,298 price. I think I might have overlooked the 1″ sensor if it had at least a 400mm zoom. I ended up getting a Sony a77 II and that did not work out too well and I ended up returning it within the month. I got my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, with its 1″ sensor, as a (max.) 1-year compromise until I had more time to work out what next? The Lumix FZ1000 has served me well.

And now the RX10 III. I don’t need 600mm zoom BUT it would be nice. SMILE. Comparing the specs. the 600mm zoom is the one overriding advantage of the RX10 III over the FZ1000. Yes, the RX10 III being two younger will have better technology all around. But $1,500 is a lot for a fixed-lens 1″ sensor camera. BUT I will have to give it some serious thought. Did anybody notice that the lens is NO LONGER constant f/2.8 and instead stops down to f/4.0 at zoom (which is not half bad at 600m)?

Panasonic could counter with a 600mm zoom with a Micro Four-Thirds. I would get that in a heartbeat. Maybe that is the rumored Lumix LX200. Things are getting interesting.

Stay tuned. My current plan, of course, is to get the Fuji X-T2 when it is available.


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by Anura Guruge

Devanee Wants Me To Get A Lytro Illum At ~$450.


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After seeing my post about the deep discount on the Lytro Illum Devanee wants me to get one. To be fair, as I did point out, it did cross my mind that I probably should get one at ‘that’ price — though the current ‘non-rebate’ price is $449. So when Devanee says I should get one all the domestic dynamics change! Devanee is nobody’s fool when it comes to cars and cameras! She has worked it out that IF she encourages my taste then she can benefit from that. And there is no harm in that — and she has an MGB and a Canon Rebel T3i to prove it, with another Jag to come!

So when Devanee says I should get one … the mother stays mum. Plus Deanna is convinced that I am going to get ANOTHER camera for Christmas! She has come to the conclusion, I do not know how or why, that I am addicted to cameras. Am I?

I really, really wasn’t going to get another one this year. Seriously. But now that Devanee says I should get a Lytro Illum …

Did some reading on the Lytro Illum last night. Kind of what I suspected. It appears to be pretty USELESS in the two areas that matter most to me … landscape and low light.

But the whole notion of REFOCUS appeals to me — tremendously. Plus I am a great fan of Panasonic since my Lumix FZ1000 proved to be such a huge success. I realize that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is the BIG BOY version of my FZ1000. But I really don’t want to get into interchangeable lenses again with anything LESS than APSC. Hence my PLAN to wait for the Fuji X-T2

But then there is the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300K! Great ZOOM up to 600mm, 5 axis stabilization and a CONSTANT max. aperture of f2.8. This camera — now with REFOCUS via firmware — could BE perfect for me BUT for the sensor size. 1/2.3″ sensor. YIKES. That is SO, SO SMALL. But then again 99% of the pictures I take are for use on the Web. I can get away with a small sensor. OK. If on Cyber Monday, i.e., tomorrow, or before Christmas, I see the FZ300 BELOW $500 I will get one.