vaflower wrote in post #15696078
Maybe not, Sigma DP2Merrill is arguably better at ISO 100-200 and it is 800$. Still RX1 is an all round compact camera.
Good point, I hadn't thought about the sigma merrill cameras. I tested one out and was amazed at the image quality. I stand corrected on what I had to say about the Fuji XTrans sensors being the best APS-C available. These sigma foveon sensors are remarkable. I personally found that a percentage of photos while razor sharp with gorgeous color were still somewhat "flat" and very slightly unnatural looking with the foveon, whereas the same images looked very slightly more natural and had more pop with a full frame sensor. I suspect the physics of the sensors themselves make this inevitable, as a larger sensor captures a wider angle of light and allows a shallower depth of field. Again I think the whole APS-C vs Full Frame debate is apples and oranges, each has specific strengths and weaknesses. If I had the time and patience for it, I'd carry and shoot with a large format view camera just for the look of it. For my budget and needs, the RX1 is perfect. I didn't like the overall feel or performance of the Sigma DP2 Merrell and while I did like the feel and performance of the X Pro1, issues with RAW workflow and the overall flatness of images killed it for me. I think I've probably been so spoiled by analog film and full frame digital that no cropper will ever satisfy me.
If you go up to Helenas' photos a few posts above this and look at the fourth image down, of a tree, it has such a natural feel and depth to it. Almost like you're looking out a window at the actual scene. That little extra uumph even if very subtle makes the image for me. It's gorgeous and makes me feel happy inside. I need that from the equipment I use.