I recently returned my OCD attention to camera gear and picked up a Sony DSC-RX100 M5A in preparation for a trip. I’m used to shooting with the Olympus mirrorless system and a Ricoh GR for street photography. As a parent, the Sony’s autofocus precision and overall speed attracted me, and oh boy does it deliver!
Just fooling around with it for a couple of days I’ve already gotten nearly a thousand stills and a good bit of video, with a fair number of keepers!
I used to shoot RAW almost exclusively, but at these volumes I’m not going to be able to keep up in post. Thankfully, Sony provides a ton of control over color, gamma curves, detail, white balance and such, and I’ve already tweaked my settings to where I’m liking the out of camera JPEGs a lot.
Just one example of the level of control it gives me…
Every camera I’ve shot and every editing software I used end up picking up too much of the color cast of ambient lighting when using auto white balance, which drives me up the wall. It’s particularly noticeable with incandescent soft white lights, but not confined to it. This little Sony has a setting that allows me to bias the auto white balance towards finding true white rather than picking up the ambient light, and so far it’s working pretty well. When I actually want to pick up more of the ambience, I can change the setting. Pretty cool!
Under perfect conditions when I nail focus and exposure, the Ricoh GR is definitely capable of better ultimate IQ, but for anything other than landscapes, the higher rate of keepers on the Sony is far more important to me.