Just a random thought. The Olympus OMD is very nice indeed but I’m not going to invest money in buying lenses for a second camera system. Also, with most of the available lenses attached, it’s not even a little bit pocket friendly.
The Sony RX-1, on the other hand …. Full frame sensor. 35mm fixed lens. Would fit in a jacket pocket with ease. At HK$24,000, it’s not even remotely cheap.
One might look at it by comparing it to the Nikon D600, which in all probability has the same sensor inside. The Nikon costs around US$2,000 with no lens. Add in the cost of a lens and then shrink it down so it’s pocket-sized and you’d get to that same price point.
That being said, the Sony has its flaws. The 35mm lens is just F2.0 and for that price and for a fixed lens one would think they could have done F1.4. That’s negligible.
The lack of a true EVF, the fact that you have to do all your framing and focusing on the rear LCD, really cripples the camera. You can buy a bolt-on EVF but it’s expensive and increases the camera size. Actually, I think that it was DigLloyd who decided that the true cost of the RX1 is closer to US$4,000 once one buys an EVF, a spare battery and some other accessories.
Still, a pocket-sized camera with a full frame sensor would work well for me.
I find the Sony RX100, with its APS-C sized senor, a bit quirky, based on what I’ve read. It’s possible to pick one up used in HK for just a few thousand bucks. I’m curious what Sony will change or improve with the RX200 or RX101 or whatever they choose to call the next model. And curious about the RX2, whenever that’s going to happen.
For the time being, buying a new camera isn’t going to happen. But I can still fantasize.