ACR support for the Sony RX100, and some deals

Download the release candidate for ACR and DNG converter 7.2 here from Adobe Labs. Finally! Looking forward to seeing what this baby can do. MT

Update: I’ve just found out about an interesting price reductions on Amazon. Presumably this is in the run up to Photokina; though it signals something interesting is probably on the way, it also means that you can get very competent cameras for less money than previously. Do they take any worse pictures after their replacements show up? No. My old D700 still works just fine.

The Nikon D7000 – still arguably the APS-C class leader – is now down below the $1000 mark to $996.95, from $1199. Get it here. Interestingly, $999 was also the launch price for the D70 body that helped open up the DSLR world to the masses – what a big difference between what the same money buys over a span of 8 years – and that’s not even taking into account the effect of inflation.

Finally, now that we have ACR support…there are no more reasons not to have a Sony RX100. It’s the best current pocket camera out there, period. And it does fit into a small pocket. Get it here at $648.

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Comments

  1. I notice that DXO have released a Sony RX100 “module” for their raw converter DXO Optics Pro. After less than 100 images with the Sony IDC, I’m over it. So I downloaded the trial version of DXO Optics Pro 7.5 and tried a few images. Nice. The DXO converter uses a profile of the camera to automatically correct for various lens + sensor limitations.

    • Are you noticing a huge improvement in quality over the JPEGs? I still don’t feel ACR is really doing that well with the RX100 files.

      • I haven’t tried the ACR route, but DxO gave me a noticable improvement over my first attempt at a workflow: .ARW -> Sony IDC -> 16 bit TIFF -> CS3 + Topaz Denoise. The only tasks I perform in the Sony IDC: lower contrast, disable NR, straighten, crop.

        DxO Optics Pro 7.5 has a decent UI and the RX100 module automatically does a [very] good job of colour, highlight retention and NR. I also set WB manually within DxO which gives a better result than doing it later in CS3.

        So, I haven’t been comparing IQ using JPEGs, nor have I been using ACR. But using DxO Optics has been a noticable improvement to the technical IQ and also made my workflow more pleasant 🙂

        You can download a fully working version of DxO Optics for a 31 day trial. It outputs JPEG, TIFF 8/16 and also DNG. Strangely, I don’t think it lets you edit a DNG which is bad news for Leica + Pentax raw shooters.

        Ming, perhaps give it a go and let me (or your readership) know what you think. Also google “dxo optics pro 7 review”.

        • Thanks for the suggestion, Sven. Changing workflow isn’t high on my list of priorities because for me, efficiency is paramount. I’ll look into it though, I have another couple of students who swear by it.

  2. Ming, Check out the prices on this site next time you’re in switzerland digitec.ch

  3. I think Photokina this year is for you!
    New Leica M10 and 28Lux!
    Hope you have some spare cash around after the Reverso. 🙂
    Look forward to your reviews!
    Not sure if I will get a RX100 or a bigger sensor NEX for smaller street camera.
    Heard RX100 lens is not as good at long end of the zoom.

    • It’s going to be an interesting year, and not just because of Leica. I only review stuff I buy or actually use; we’ll see if they deign to give me the M10 or not.

      The RX100’s lens does fine at the long end – I think there’s definitely going to be some sample variation out there, especially with such a complex, moving design.

  4. Ming, are you gonna do a review soon on Sony RX100? Luminous landscape and NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/technology/personaltech/a-pocket-camera-even-pro-photographers-can-love-state-of-the-art.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all) hav rave about this small cam

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