Need some advice:
I am looking for an compact Camera or Mirrorless for climbing or high-altitude hiking.
Price unter 1500€ inclusive wideangle lens
- smaller an lighter than SLR
- focus on high image quality
- normal AF speed (shutter lag <0,5s)
- able to use an polarisation filter e.g.
- wide angle preference
I aimed at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, but there are very variying tests. (Dpreview gives not the best notes. Color foto (German magazine) says superb,...) Which test to trust?
The Fuji 100s or the X-1E?
Which model would you prefer?
I have an RX100, corners at wide angle are a weakness. Otherwise I like it quite a bit - IQ is better than any other compact I've used, but not up to the standards of my 7D. Being able to charge the battery via microUSB is an asset in the backcountry if battery life is a concern (although the RX100 already has pretty good battery life) - you could keep it charged w/ a small solar kit (I have one that works with the RX100 and weighs about 8oz).
How about the Nikon Coolpix A or Ricoh GR? Fixed 28mm equivalent lens, APS-C sized sensors (no AA filters on either), very good IQ for the size/weight.
Also consider the Sigma Merrill DP1 - amazing low ISO IQ, but a bit heavier, slower AF, slow write speeds, slower in general, battery life isn't great, high ISO performance is crap. But that low ISO IQ is amazing.
I think the Ricoh GR would probably be my top recommendation at the end of the day - cheaper than the Nikon, IQ just as good or better.