In a surprise move Sony have announced a new high end compact that contains an impressive 20Mp 1″ CMOS sensor like the Nikon 1 series.
The RX100 is petite to say the least (it will fit into a shirt / coat pocket) but boasts a “fast” F1.8 – 4.9 (28mm – 100mm equivilent) lens.
What is sure to stir up the high end compact market is the inclusion of the 1″ CMOS sensor one that is almost twice as large as the main rivals (ie Panasonic LX5, Canon G12 and Olympus ZX1). This does promises much improved image quality although 20Mp does seem a tad ambitious to my mind for such a sensor. even if it is bigger than most.
What is certain is that the RX100 won’t be cheap. If its suggested retail price is correct it is in danger of coming close to Canon G1X which has an even larger sensor and is a terrific camera, not to mention several compact camera systems.
What adavantage the Sony RX100 does have is its size, its TINY.
Rumours are hinting that the Panasonic LX5 replacement may also house a similar 1″ sensor, although one would hope that if true this sensor will have a more sensible pixel density (ie 12-14Mp?).
Either way this new tiny Sony compact that not much bigger than the excellent Canon S100 (but promising superior image quality?) is an interesting development.