I’ve been casting a green eyed look over some of Sony’s latest offerings in the photographic marketplace. Two compacts in particular. The HX100 bridge camera and the HX9 travel zoom. Which to choose? The bridge does have a faster lens at the wide angle and a longer 30x zoom. The HX9 has a wider 24mm lens though and fits in a pocket. Both have gotten rave reviews though.
Is it time to trade in my Olympus PEN? No, I still love the E-PL1. This is simply a case of wanting what I haven’t got. Something I tend to do from time to time. But what I really want is a camera the size of the HX9 with a nice bright f1.8 lens, 20x zoom and, most importantly, a full sized sensor. It’s the sensor size that counts most of all.
There are a few compacts around with a slightly larger sensor. Canon’s S95 and G12, Olympus’ XZ1 and Panasonics LX5. But the sensors are only slightly larger. And none of those are bridge cameras. What’s holding these companies back from dropping a big sensor in a bridge camera? I”m far from convinced that there is a problem marrying the two from a technological point of view.
I suspect, although cannot prove, that a bridge camera with a huge lens and huge sensor would knock a big hole in the much more profitable DSLR market. Who’d go and spend $1200 on a DSLR with a range of lens that need a big bag to carry all that gear around in, when you could get something pretty much just as good for a third of the prize in one sensibly sized package?