It is a virtual certainty that Sony will be announcing new camera products soon. At least one model NEX sporting a full-frame sensor is expected and that’s what is getting the most attention. However I wonder if what we might also see a new RX camera. Something to fit in between the compact, pocketable, large-sensor RX100 and the class-toping RX1. I believe this new camera–logically the RX10–will have a fixed zoom lens and a “bridge camera” design. Why? Because we’ve seen it before.
Sony’s waning, but once popular, HX series of small-sensor fixed lens cameras (I hate to call them point and shoots because isn’t that the philosophy of the RX100 & RX1?) have both a compact, pocketable model (like the HX9v) as well as a super-zoom bridge model (like the HX1v).
More to the point, Sony already sold the R1 a camera ahead of its time which sported a near APS-C sized sensor and a relatively fast 24-110mm equivalent zoom (f/2.8-4.5). The R1 was not a perfect camera and I’m told slow operational and focusing speeds at a time when DSLR were beginning to be affordable dampened its success. It also had ergonomics you either loved or hated.
Both of these issues seemed largely solved. Sony has created NEX and A-mount cameras lauded for their ergonomics and speed. The improvements of on-sensor phase-detection autofocus and the fast buffer/write speeds of Sony’s cameras could make the RX10 a real force among enthusiasts looking for top-notch image quality without the hassle of changing lenses.