2012 saw a slew of prosumer digital camera releases, with fast lenses and large sensors the main draws. With so many choices, there's bound to be one for users looking for an upgrade to a better compact camera, as well as for those looking for something smaller to complement their existing DSLR camera. But a good prosumer camera will definitely appeal to both types of users, with advanced controls and image quality, while still being user-friendly. This category seeks to find the camera that offers the best balance of performance, advanced controls and features, and interface simplicity in a compact package.
While the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 looks like an ordinary digital compact, it is anything but. Sony has managed to fit an impressive 1-inch sensor into the RX100’s svelte body compared to the others' smaller sensors. This large sensor lets the RX100 outperform the rest of the prosumer compacts in terms of image quality and noise performance. Controls are well laid out and the ability to add up to seven functions to the control ring only serves to sweeten the deal, making the RX100 ideal for advanced shutterbugs who prefer customizing their controls. Of course, the RX100 is just as comfortable and capable with shooting in Auto mode.
The RX100 doesn't possess a built-in ND filter which does limit the ability to shoot at wide apertures at times, but this is something most users may not notice unless they're shooting wide open frequently. Naturally, all of the good points of the RX100 come at a price, and at S$999, the RX100 is the most expensive camera of the lot. But what you get is great image quality as well as a good deal of control customization in an unassuming, compact package.
For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.