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Is the £800 Sony Cyber-shot RX0 a Best Buy digital camera?

We’ve recently completed testing on two premium cameras – the Sony Cyber-shot RX0 and Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III. How do they compare against our top-rated Best Buys? As newer cameras are released each year, the line between affordability and performance can sometimes be blurred.

Even though we don’t factor pricing into our test evaluation, there are times when it can’t be overlooked. Below, we discuss a few key things about both cameras, and point you to our full review. We explore whether either camera is worth the asking price, and what to expect if you splash out on an expensive model.

Compact camera reviews[1] – browse our reviews of more than 40 models tested

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0

The GBP800 Sony Cyber-shot RX0 has a large 1-inch CMOS sensor, which is quite unusual for a camera of this size. This means it can capture more light, especially in low-light conditions, compared with other compact or action cameras with smaller sensors. It’s also built to be able to withstand quite a bit of punishment, rated as waterproof to 10 metres, shockproof from heights of up to 2 metres, and crushproof under weights of up to 200kg.

But what’s the picture quality like, and how easy is the camera to handle on a day-to-day basis? Take a look at our full Sony Cyber-Shot RX0 review[2] to find out whether this expensive camera can really justify the high price.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

An enthusiast-focused camera, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is the first compact-sized camera based on an APS-C sensor to include a zoom lens. In theory, this means the G1 X Mark III should be on par for image quality with many DSLRs.

This latest model includes a built-in electronic viewfinder for framing your shots, and an articulated touchscreen, which is very useful for capturing images or video at awkward angles. You can buy the G1 X Mark III for GBP1,149, but does it deserve a spot in your camera bag? Find out in our full Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review[3].

Should you spend more on a digital camera?

With 2017 now behind us, we saw many new camera releases in the past year costing more than GBP600, with some even costing more than GBP2,500.

But if you’re spending a significant amount of money, what do you get in return? Typically, you should expect the best of the best. For example, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX10 IV[4] looks to appeal with a 25x optical zoom, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5[5] was noteworthy as one of the first mirrorless cameras to support unlimited 4K video recording.

Expensive cameras should also have the latest processors, which allows for faster shutter speeds, and quicker transfer of images or video to storage.

The camera should also be easy to handle and have wireless connectivity (for transferring images and backing up to cloud storage), but this isn’t always the case.

If you’re looking for an excellent camera bargain, head to our top five cheap compact cameras[6] or top five best cheap DSLRs[7] – we reveal the highest-rated cameras from our tests.

References

  1. ^ Compact camera reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Sony Cyber-Shot RX0 review (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX10 IV (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ top five cheap compact cameras (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ top five best cheap DSLRs (www.which.co.uk)

Sony a6300 review

The a6300 is Sony s latest and greatest compact system camera (CSC), and an update to the Sony a60001. Back in 2014 I wrote that the a6000 hits a home run for quality, performance, features and price , so the a6300 has big boots to fill.

There are quite a few similarities. They both use a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor – the same size that s found in consumer SLRs – and they re virtually identical to look at, too, with a slim, rangefinder-style design that s common to all Sony CSCs. There s just enough room for an electronic viewfinder, flash hotshoe, integrated flash, mode dial and command dial along the top plate.

Power, shutter release and a custom button are mounted on top of the handgrip, which is big enough for a secure fit in the hand. The rear is home to a tilting 3in screen, a wheel and a small collection of buttons. All of this matches the a6000, but with two years of development and a price that s around 400 more than the a6000 cost at launch, the a6300 needs to do a lot more to justify its existence.

The big news is an upgraded autofocus system with 425 phase-detect points on the main imaging sensor. It s hard to quantify the performance of an autofocus system in absolute terms as there are so many variables, but on balance I d say this is as good as I ve seen from a CSC.

Subject tracking was extremely responsive, and the 9fps burst mode with continuous autofocus produced a decent proportion of pixel-sharp shots when shooting moving subjects. Best of all, this 9fps mode includes a live view stream with minimal blackout for each frame. The experience was much closer to shooting with a professional-grade SLR than most CSCs manage.

There s a decent-sized buffer, allowing 48 JPEGs or 23 RAW frames to be captured before continuous shooting slowed down. Shooting in the single drive mode wasn t so impressive, averaging 0.7 seconds between shots.

This sensor has a higher maximum ISO speed, up from the a6000’s 25600 to 51200. This is only useful if the sensor has the noise performance to back it up, but in this instance the a6300 delivers the goods. JPEGs at ISO 1600 and above exhibited cleaner, sharper fine details than the a6000, particularly in subtle textures such as hair and skin. In fact, the a6300 wasn t far behind the full frame Sony a7R II2 for noise levels, although the a7R II established a clear lead at ISO 12800 and above.

The other significant advance is the introduction of 4K video. It may be a while before we re all using 4K TVs, but it makes sense to shoot at this resolution now. Footage will stand the test of time better, and 4K footage invariably looks sharper than 1080p even when scaled down to fit a 1080p screen.

The a6300 s 4K footage looked excellent, with precise details and little evidence of noise at ISO 3200. 4K videos also had a pleasingly neutral colour palette that’s a good starting point for colour grading in editing software. Autofocus was decisive, too, thanks no doubt in part to the phase-detect autofocus points.

However, the lack of a touchscreen is a baffling omission. It’s an extremely useful feature for moving the autofocus point when taking photos, and the only practical way to do so while recording videos. Some videographers will prefer to focus manually, but it seems daft not to allow touchscreen-controlled autofocus as an option.

The 3in LCD screen has a widescreen aspect ratio that suits video better than photo capture. However, as with other recent Sony CSCs, it was too dim to use outdoors. A Sunny Weather setting significantly boosted the screen’s brightness to help resolve the problem, but for some reason this Sunny Weather setting is bypassed when recording 4K video. Perhaps colour accuracy is better without it, but that’s little comfort if you can barely see the picture at all when shooting outside.

A microphone socket is included a feature that was noticeably absent from the a6000 but it s not a huge amount of use as there s no headphone socket for monitoring. It’s also frustrating that memory cards must be reformatted in order to switch between NTSC and PAL frame rates. Admittedly, it’s not a setting that gets changed often, but it’d be pretty annoying to have to choose between shooting at the wrong frame rate or deleting all your existing photos and videos.

References

  1. ^ Sony a6000 (www.expertreviews.co.uk)
  2. ^ Sony a7R II (www.expertreviews.co.uk)

HTC Desire 530 now available at T-Mobile

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The handset has a 5″ HD screen, to keep you up to date with personalized feeds through HTC BlinkFeed. The HTC Desire 530 comes with a high quality amp that boosts volume and bass to impressive levels without distorting the sound. Coupled with the HTC BoomSound Dolby Audio Profile, your music sounds crystal clear – no matter what ear-phones you’re using. Photography with the Desire 530The Desire 530 features a 8 megapixel main camera that also records HD video, while the 5 megapixel front-camera includes Auto Selfie and Voice Selfie modes.

For little touch ups, there s the Photo Editor, a suite of tools that help you come out looking sensational every time. HTC Desire 530 price at T-MobileT-Mobile currently sells the Desire 530 for $159.99. In addition the carrier offers various subscriptions, like 24-months contract for $6.67 a month and a free phone. Soon the phone will also be available through Verizon.

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