Once upon a time Panasonic was among the champs when it came to “step-up cameras”—the high-quality point and shoots that bridged the gap between $200 cameras and $1000 DSLRs. Yet over the last few years, Sony’s RX100 series cameras have taken the crown thanks to a tiny camera body, excellent image quality, and fancy…
Sony's RX100 was an instant classic; a beautiful, pocketable camera that started the welcome trend of large-sensor compacts. The latest iteration keeps everything that worked last year, and adds a few bells more bells and whistles. It's the next-best thing to a DSLR—and in some ways, it's better.
When the Sony RX100 was announced, its one-inch sensor and f/1.8 aperture seemed too good to be true. Near-DSLR power packed into a body the size of a compact point-and-shoot camera? What's the catch?