Sony RX 100 III
In a day and age where virtually every tablet and smartphone has a camera, some people feel that a stand-alone camera is redundant—but I definitely disagree! As someone who loves going to new places and documenting everything there is to see and do, both for my memories and to encourage the love of travel and learning about the world in other people, picking a good camera can increase the quality of your pictures, allow you to immerse yourself in travel photography without any distractions, and work independently of other devices—meaning you won’t have a drained battery just when you need to call your parents!
One camera has really stayed with me, even with the temptation of upgrading to huge models, or simply relying on my phone and tablet. The Sony RX100 III provides all of the lovely features that a good ol’ DSLR should have, and none of the random, fiddly annoying ones that I never could quite figure out, making it excellent for those looking for a starter cam. It packs a lot of sensor power in a small package! Not only that, it’s quite light and has none of the heft or hassle that people associate with old DSLRs. Just bring your camera, and you’re good to go. No need for a giant special bag with a thick strap to hang around your neck and make you worry while you’re traveling if you’ll be able to keep it safe! I just slip it into my purse without sacrificing the space I need for essentials like water and sunscreen, which has always been a huge plus for me.
The first thing that’s of note right off the bat—apart from the sleek matte black finish of this little beauty—is the electronic viewfinder, which does get rid of the old flash feature of the previous Sony cam in this line, but is very convenient for starting up for a surprise shot since all you have to do is get it up and then pop out the eye piece, so you don’t have to wait for all the whirring bits to pop out before you can start taking photos. That’s really good for moments on the sidewalk or in moving vehicles, where seconds can make a huge difference towards getting a blur, or a photograph of an unusual sight.
I know this may seem silly, but I also love the fact that it’s become a lot easier to take selfies with it because it has a 180 degree tilting LCD screen. That was one thing that smartphones and tablets had over the traditional DSLR cameras which made the latter pretty unpopular with younger users, but with this feature I’m definitely Instragram-ready in a flash. I hate having to crane my neck and retake shots of myself, especially when every minute counts while you’re traveling. With that kind of screen, you get the perfect photo right away because you can see yourself just fine on screen!
The lens itself is also impressive, measuring around 24-70 mm f/1.8-2.8 (35 mm equivalent)—smaller than the old model, but still with solid zoom. What it reduced in magnification, it compensated in speed because you can take photographs more rapidly, especially when it’s nighttime—perfect for someone like me who often takes pictures at the spur of the moment.
The RX100 III also has great video quality. The recording rate is 50 Mb/s—which means there are more frames per second, improving how the video looks overall even when it’s dark outside. The sound quality of its recorder is quite impressive and has made it easy for me to interview people when I travel—which I do quite often for my articles.
Best of all? I don’t miss out on staying connected with my friends. It has Wi-Fi, so as soon as I’m done snapping away at gardens and beaches and beautiful buildings and amazing food and people, I can easily upload it to any of my social media accounts for quick documentation. I have no regrets with my purchase of this camera, so if you’re cruising around for a good point-and-shoot camera, this may be the model for you. I highly recommend it!
There’s an upgraded version for this, RX 100 IV, it’s not time for me to change though but if you are interested check it out here