This camera has an absolutely amazing Carl Zeiss 24 – 200 constant f/2.8 lens. My DSLR system requires two bulky, heavy lenses to equal what this one lens can do. And carrying and changing two heavy lenses for my DSLR system is a real pain. It had gotten so that I seldom ever used the DSLR system unless I was planning an actual photo expedition and even then it was a pain to carry and use. The smaller, lighter and much easier to carry RX10 has been used every day since purchase and I see no end to the fun. Technology has apparently passed by my 12 year old DSLR and lenses. The Sony RX10 makes sharper, higher resolution images. My aging Canon 40D is only capable of resolving 1,700 to 1,800 lines on a standard camera test chart whereas the Sony RX10 is capable of resolving 2,200 to 2,300 lines.
So far I’m very impressed with what I can do with this camera. I purchased the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 20 camera bag. The camera, lens hood, filters, charger and two extra batteries take up just a fraction of the space and weight of my large, heavy DSLR system. I’m absolutely amazed that the sharpness and image quality easily beat the old heavy DSLR system. So far this is the most fun to use camera I’ve ever owned. Combined with the diminutive Sony RX100M3, the two make an ideal pair. I really do love these two cameras!
I should comment on image stabilization in the RX10. Image stabilization is a system of highly compliant gyros built in to the lens that compensates for hand-held camera shake movement. With my old DSLR, the 24-70 lens didn’t have any image stabilization and when using that lens you had to put it on a tripod if you wanted really sharp shots. The RX10 has a very advanced 5-point image stabilization system that, for me, eliminates the need to carry a tripod around. The hand-held images I’ve been getting are phenomenally sharp.
I have made a Sony RX10 Gallery Page under the Photo Gallery menu item. Go take a look and tell me what you think.