Sony RX100, Fufi X20 or Similar

jtt1888

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Hi all, 1st post in the photography forum.

My Panasonic TZ7 has finally given up the ghost. I only occassionally got decent results from the TZ7 and it was particularly poor in low light.

Im considering the Sony RX100 or the Fuji X20.

Will mostly be taking family and holiday snaps so maybe i could spend less with this in mind. Both can be had for around £450 which is the top of my budget.

I initially considered a smaller DSLR but just dont think we would use it enough due to its physical size.

Anyone out there have any opinions on both these cameras or can suggest similar PQ from another model/manufacturer.

 

Fatmarley

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I had an RX100 but sold it because it had inconsistent AF and exposure. I much prefer my Canon G15. I also had a Canon S100 that took great pictures, but battery life wasn't great and it was a little slow to AF.

 

jtt1888

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Thanks for that, going to pop in to local currys store tonight to have a play with a few.

Did you think there was a specific problem with your Sony or was that a common complaint, not found too many negative comments regarding the RX100.

 

Fatmarley

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Did you think there was a specific problem with your Sony or was that a common complaint, not found too many negative comments regarding the RX100.
That's the bit I dont understand. I sold it on eBay and before anyone jumps on me and says you nasty bugger. I gave the winning bidder my email address, phone numbers and girlfriends contact details, and said that if he had any problems to get back to me, because the warranty wasn't transferable. After he recieved the camera, he phoned me to say it was a great bit of kit and he couldn't believe I sold it.

You could argue that it was user error on my part but if you put an expensive camera in auto mode (it has two auto modes and I tried both) you expect it to get the AF and exposure right, most of the time. In contrast, my Canon G15 is much, much more consistent. My old Canon S100 was more consistent too.

 
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I fancied an RX100 to replace my Canon S90, but might wait a cpl of weeks because I think it's replacement will be announced any day now...

 

jtt1888

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Need to edit thread title!

Went to the local currys but they didn't have any of the models I had considered. The better half and camera buyer now tells me she prefers a DSLR and almost bought the nikon 3200.

Not quite back to square 1 but I've spent the last couple of hours comparing the D3200 with the older D5100, both with a 55-200 lens rather than the stock kit.Both can be had for £325 body only.

Any thoughts on which of these two I should opt for?

 

jtt1888

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Thanks for your help Matt. Whittled it down to 2 nikons.

There's very little to choose between the d3200 and the d5100. I'll leave it to the better half to decide if we need the swivel screen which comes with the 5100. I personally think it 's Beneficial for video and for rear screen protection.

Appreciate your help.

 

rockmeister

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go with the 3200

In use, the 5100 has some glitches, esp with the autofocus, which freezes on occasion, despite focus confirmation 'beep', and the 3200 has, IMO a nicer menu.

 

jtt1888

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Ending up opting for the 5100 simply because it had the LCD flip screen which should also protect the rear display, thanks for your help folks.

 

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