Ten Point-and-Shoot Cameras That Are Better Than Your Smart Phone

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Sony Cybershot RX1 Full-Frame Compact Camera

Sony Cybershot RX1 Full-Frame Compact Camera

The undisputed king of the compact cameras, the Sony RX1 has no equal. Sony made zero compromises when they designed the RX1: they gave it the same 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that’s in their top-of-the-line A99 DSLR; and a top-shelf 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss prime lens. In fact, because the RX1 has a fixed lens, Sony was able to make all the tolerances tighter, so the RX1 actually has better image quality than the A99. It produces shockingly sharp images in nearly any situation. The RX1 is a little big for most pockets and it costs more than most DSLRs. But if you’ve got a fat wallet and want the very best, the Sony RX1 is your only choice. The only camera that compares is a Leica M Digital with a 35mm f/2.0 Summicron lens – and that will set you back over $10,000. Kinda makes the $2800 RX1 look like a steal, huh?

Why is it better than a Smart Phone?
The RX1 isn’t just better than your camera phone, it’s better than most cameras – period. The huge full-frame sensor and f/2.0 lens means you can take pictures in the dark and still get great image quality. The RX1 costs a fortune and it’s definitely not for everyone – but there’s no doubt it can take better pictures than any Smart Phone.

Sony RX1 Review >>

  • MSRP: $2800
  • 24.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss lens
  • 1920 x 1080 60p full HDAVCHD video
  • Sensitivity: 100 to 25,600
  • 3-inch 1,229k-dot LCD display
  • Shooting modes: PASM manual, auto, and scene modes
  • RAW shooting
  • 5 FPS high-speed burst
  • Pop-up flash
  • Accessory shoe for flash, electronic viewfinder or stero mic

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About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • James Felbab says:

    Apprarently you missed this.


    For the majority of photographs taken every day, the cameras are way more advanced than the photographers. It’s really not all about the latest and best gear. What it’s really about is whats behind the gear. That could/should be your next article,IMO. Something like “How the top 10 photographers can use a smartphone to create stunning photos.” Or, “Top ten tips to make you a better photographer.” Good photographers don’t come out of a shrink wrapped box and never will. Photography is a skill and you can’t buy that skill with the latest and greatest $$$ camera. And, yes, the best camera is the one you have with you. I don’t carry around my cameras and lenses wherever I go but I do have my phone with me at all times. I’m not inclined to carry my P&S cameras as well as a phone so if/when the need arises the phone does an admirable job of capturing the moment.

    I read that the top selling camera in the world is the smartphone. Nothing else even comes close. That being the case, why not work on helping these smartphone users become better photographers. Once they realize the smartphones limitations they might be inclined to move up to a more advanced camera but it is not all about gear.

    Here are four points that are irrefutable.
    A poor photographer with a poor camera = a poor photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a poor photo.
    A great photographer with a poor camera = a great photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a great photo.

  • James Felbab says:

    That last point should have read… A great photographer with a great camera – a great photo.

  • susanne says:

    need advice: my husband has recently retired &, shall we say, not retiring well. Many years ago, he was an excellent semi-pro photographer. I’d like to find a good digital camera to get him interested in life again. We are an a very limited income (SS only). Any suggestions where I could start?

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