Out of ideas what to buy for Christmas? Perhaps a new small traveling camera would be appreciated.
My priority was to find a small camera that has an image quality close to an entry level system camera. (DSLR)
After some research I decided for the Sony RX 100. It is the camera that takes most of my pictures. The reason it takes most of my pictures is that it is small enough to always be carried. I have “better” cameras onboard, but as they are bigger and heavier they stay on the boat most of the time.
“The best traveling camera is the one you have with you!”
The Sony RX100 is a small camera that easily slips in to the pocket of my shorts. When I leave the boat, the camera is always in my pocket.
The Sony RX100 has a “large, one inch sensor”, and a fast (1,8) quality Carl Zeiss zoom lens that covers 24-100 mm. “Large” sensor and a quality lens, is an unbeatable recipe for a good camera.
When I say large sensor, it is in relation to the size of the camera. The sensor is much smaller than a full frame sensor, but at the same time much bigger than the normal point & shoot camera. The quality of the pictures are excellent, and fulfills my expectations.
If you want to shoot in RAW format this is also possible. If you are still reading, I guess you have an interest for photography and know why RAW format is an advantage.
The Sony RX100 comes in three models, RX100, RX100II and RX100III.
The original RX100 is some mm smaller than the other two. For me portability is very important, and I would not consider upgrading to the RX100II with a tilting LCD, or the RX1000III with a built-in view finder. Nice features, but my next traveling camera should be even smaller if possible.
The RX100 got the EISA award the 2012. Price has almost been cut in half since then, and is a steel at 370 €.
The RX100 is still an outstanding camera. The upgraded model RX100III model got the EISA award 2014. Basically no difference when it comes to picture quality if you compare the three models.
The RX100 has recently got competition from the new Panasonic LX100. The LX100 has an even bigger sensor, and should theoretically be able to produce even better pictures. Unfortunately this camera is to big for my shorts. It would, with some difficulties, be acceptable for my winter coat.
In January we visited Rio De Janeiro during the Carnival. There were hundreds of thousands of people on the streets, and I carried the small RX 100 in the pocket of my shorts. It was nice not having to carry a 2000 € camera around the neck, when walking through some dodgy neighborhoods, trying to navigate back to the Hotel at 4 in the morning.
Other advantages with a small camera is that it does not scare away strangers when taking pictures. If I point my bigger camera at people, they often look in another direction. With the RX100, I often get a smile as the camera has a innocent tourist look.
And if you are in an environment where it is not appropriate to take pictures, the RX 100 can easily be used to discretely snap some pictures.
Here some other RX100 pictures: