Fstoppers writer Andy Day recently published his thoughts on why Canon and Nikon should get into the full-frame fixed-lens camera segment and what that would mean for us as photographers. The Slanted Lens also did a great comparison of three existing options for a compact fixed-lens camera.
When looking for a fixed-lens compact, there are plenty of options in the consumer space and many that bridge the gap between the needs of everyday users and professional photographers. As much as feature sets vary, so do prices. Consumer options like the Fujifilm XF10 and Ricoh GR III both have fixed 28mm equivalent lenses and produce great quality images at under $1,000, with the former being well under. Taking one more step towards a camera many professionals love to have as a walkaround or second body, the Fujifilm X100F comes in at just over $1,000 and provides a unique value proposition with its exceptional lens and hybrid viewfinder. Taking the step into full-frame gives you the other two cameras compared in the video here, the Sony RX1R II and the Leica Q2. Stepping up to either of these also multiplies the price of any of the previous options. Could Canon and Nikon add something to this space an compete with the existing players?
In this video, The Slanted Lens give us a few areas where all these cameras succeed and some areas where they fail (in some cases, despite a hefty price tag that perhaps should offer more). These are great starting points for considering what you may want in a fixed-lens compact. Enjoy the video, and do share your thoughts on which of these cameras might work for your photography or what future models would require in order for you to invest in one.