Last year I posted the Outdoor camera shootout as a response to the investigation that I had been carrying out on what would be the best outdoor camera for me.

I ended up going with Sony RX10, which I took to a multi day ski trip into the fjells of Käsivarsi Wilderness Area in Northern Lapland. I posted some photography from that trip recently where you can see the results the camera produced.

I carried the RX10 camera thrown around my back sling style. It worked very well, even when hauling a pulka with harness. The camera was not in the way when skiing but I had quick access when wanting to take a shot. After that trip, I knew I could work with a similiarly sized camera carried sling style, if it meant an improvement on my photography.

I really liked the RX10 for quick snap style of photography, which is mostly what I did during the skip trip. In regular photography, where I love to have more control, I did not get along with the RX10.

So what I did is double down on my micro four thirds gear. I sold the RX10, (also my Olympus 9-18mm and Panasonic 14mm) upgraded my camera body to Olympus E-M1 Mark II and bought the superb Olympus 12-100mm f4 PRO lens you can see on the cover photo.

As you can see, the bodies of the E-M1 mk II and the RX10 (here is RX10 II, which is the same size as the original RX10) are remarkably similiar in size. The Olympus 12-100mm is of course larger (well, thinner but longer) than the excellent lens of the RX10 (when not zoomed). I was happy with the trade-off in size for the increase in control and image quality.

Zoom wise, the 12-100mm of the Olympus is equal to the 35mm equivalent 24-200mm of the RX10. RX10 has a full stop wider aperture (f/2.8 compared to f/4 for Olympus) but the larger sensor of the E-M1 mk II more than makes up for it.

I upgraded my carrying strap for the E-M1 mk II to the Peak Design Slide which is perfect for that sling type of photography I use on hikes and ski trips.

If you are not invested in a system like Micro Four Thirds, then I still highly recommend the Sony RX10. I still miss the pocket size camera and may go for e.g. the LX100 now that it can still be found at a discount with the upgraded LX100 II available.

Another option would be a body like the Panasonic GX9 with a pancake sized lens like the Panasonic 20mm 1.7 to get that pocketable combo (similiar to E-M5 + Panasonic 14mm I had before) on MFT. But at the moment it’s all PRO level superzoomy goodness with the Olympus 12-100mm for me. I will report back with the results once I get a trip under my belt with that gear.

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