I am thinking about purchasing a new camera. I currently have an older-model Canon Powershot S120. I have really enjoyed this camera but it is starting to show its age. I love taking scenic photos; this camera is great for printing 8x10 or even 11x14, but anything larger comes out at less than 200dpi. So I would like to move up to a 20MP camera where I can print larger size photos. Additionally, I understand this older point-and-shoot camera has a 1/1.7" CMOS sensor, where a newer model with a 1" sensor has almost 3x the surface area. With a larger sensor the amount of light is greater and you can get sharper images even in lower-light scenes. Thus, I am thinking about moving up to a 20MP camera with a 1" sensor.
Here are my search criteria:
- The main thing I am looking for is very good image quality, minimal graining in higher ISO modes, colors that "pop", etc.
- I am not interested in DSLR nor anything which I cannot fit in my pocket or in a small camera bag.
- I don't want to have a debate about cell phones; I already have a decent samsung but I want a camera specifically for taking photos.
- Optical zoom is a plus but it is not my primary concern. I realize that a point and shoot with a large sensor (1") means sacrificing space within the camera normally reserved for a telephoto lens. I am okay with that. I can live with something like 3x optical zoom. I don't really use the zoom feature that much anyway.
- I never really use a view-finder. Maybe in very bright light it would be a plus. But I always found it awkward, and the modern LCD screens are very good quality these days.
- I don't take a lot of macro photos so a short focus range is not really that important to me. I would think 2" is fine for my needs.
- Cost in the range of $300-$500.
- I really could care less about hinged and articulating LCD screens. I basically never would use this feature, it seems like something that could break easily, gimmicky, etc.
- My camera is used for photos, not videos. I don't care about 4k HDMI outputs, etc.
- I place a smaller amount of consideration into things like a good grip and long battery life. If the battery life is poor I could purchase a supplemental battery. Having a good grip is important but I can't imagine a top brand having really poor grip.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-c ... c-rx100-m3
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
https://www.dpreview.com/products/canon ... anon_g7xii
I found a good comparison article here:
https://www.pcmag.com/compare/360668/so ... -g7-x-mark
First point to make is that both models fall within my price range; RX100III is $465 and GX7ii is $499 at tristatecamera.com.
After reading the reviews it seems like the Sony is a better deal, the cost is less and the reviews are better. Seems like a no-brainer. But I am still having a difficult time pulling the trigger because the Canon is something I am already comfortable with. I like the grip, and the removable battery with external charger (the Sony has an external charger option but at additional cost). Also, I wonder if the higher reviews for the Sony are due to the inclusion of an EVF, which doesn't really matter to me because I wouldn't use this feature often. Realistically I am sure both cameras are very good and I would be happy with either.
I am just wondering if anyone has these models, what is your opinion, positive/negative feedback you may have, whether you noticed any problems, etc.
Thanks for the advice!