[2020] Compact digital camera 3 selection that can shoot the starry sky

Starry sky photography requires a high-performance camera.

Because the star light is weak, the camera requires two things.first is a bright lens that can capture a lot of light, and second is a large sensor that can sensitly with weak light.

Many people think, “Only the expensive camera with interchangeable lenses can shoot the starry sky.”
However, Some low-priced compact digital cameras have a large sensor and a bright lens that can capture the starry sky.
Some of them have the same or better performance as the lens interchangeable type.

This time, I will introduce 3 compact digital cameras that can take a beautiful picture of the starry sky that can be purchased within the actual sale price of 400 dollars.

For specific starry sky shooting methods, please refer to the following article.

Selection criteria

I chose compact digital cameras according to the following criteria.

  • Large sensor that can sense weak light (1.0 type or more)
  • Lens that can capture a lot of light (F2.8 or less*)
  • The actual sale price is less than 400 dollars.

* The brightness of the lens is represented by an F value. The lower the value, the brighter the lens.

[SONY] Cybershot DSC-RX100

The first is SONY’s RX100.

The RX100 has a sensor size of 1.0.This is one of the big categories in compact digital cameras.
The lens is F1.8, which is in the bright category.
The weight is 213g which is the lightest model introduced this time.
It’s light to forget what you have.

Of the three models introduced this time, the RX100 will be found the most starry sky shooting examples when you google in the “RX100 starrysky”.
The RX100 is a proven digital camera that can shoot the starry sky.

The RX100 is currently available until the 8th generation.
The latest generation RX100-M7 is expensive and has an actual price, while there is no significant change in basic performance as a camera.
Therefore, if you are not particularly particular about it, it is a good idea to purchase the first RX100.

[Canon] PowerShot G1 X Mark II

The second is Canon’s G1X MarkII.

The sensor size of the G1X MarkII is 1.5 type. It is 1.5 times the size of the SONY RX100. It becomes strong in the starry sky photography by that amount.
The lens is F2.0, which is also in the rather bright class.
The weight is 516g and is somewhat heavy.
However, if you think of one 500mL plastic bottle, it would not be a big deal.

G1X MarkII is the only starry night view shooting mode among the three models introduced this time.
If you shoot in this mode, you can shoot the starry sky without difficulty.
However, if you can afford it, you can shoot a better starry sky if you drive the settings manually.

(Supplement 1)
The G1X MarkII has a similar name to the G9X MarkII.
The G1X Mark II is a high-end model with a large sensor size, and the actual selling price is also low. Therefore, it’s a good idea to purchase the G1X Mark II.

(Supplement 2)
G1X Mark II has a successor model, G1X Mark III.
In MarkIII, the sensor size has been increased in size in APS-C size.
However, the actual sales price of markⅢ is high.
If you have enough money, you may want to buy MarkIII.

[Fujifilm] FUJIFUILM XF10

The third is Fujifilm’s XF10.

The sensor size of XF10 is the largest APS-C introduced in this article.The APS-C sensor is 3.2 times larger than the Sony RX100 sensor. APS-C is the size used in general single-lens reflexcameras and mirrorless cameras. It is extremely strong for starry sky photography.

The lens is F2.8, which is a sufficient brightness for shooting the starry sky.
The weight is 241g and is lightness to forget to have.

The biggest drawback of XF10 is the inability to zoom. (Focal length is fixed at wide angle)
This will not be a problem when you shoot a starry sky or landscape.
On the other hand, it is not suitable for applications such as taking pictures of animals and portraits (people), or shooting mountains up.

Summary. Which one do you want after all?

If you think about starry sky photography first, I recommend FUJIFILM XF10.
Because the sensor size is large with APS-C, there is little noise and the star can be taken very beautifully.

If you want to shoot not only stars but also animals, people, and mountains up, we recommend The G1X MarkII of Canon.
The zoom magnification is the highest, and it is possible to shoot a variety of subjects.

It is lightweight and wants to use zoom! In that case, SONY RX100 would be good.
The RX100 is a proven digital camera that can shoot the starry sky.

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