Pat Kay Sony RX100V Review

RX100V

Sony’s compact powerhouse. There’s really no better compact camera on the market. With its tiny form factor, fantastic imaging from its 1-inch sensor, pop up flash and more features than you can poke a stick at, the RX100V is your ultimate ‘carry-everywhere’ camera. One that beats your smartphone every time.

It’s especially great for street photography due to its unassuming body and stupendously fast capture abilities (a burst fire rate of around 24 frames per second in RAW) and autofocus. The 24-70mm focal range is also the best ‘do-it-all’ range for most people – a great general purpose range that will get you most of the way, most of the time.

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Who is it for?

You. Your mother. The guy on the street. Anyone. Everyone. Seriously, this camera is for everyone. It’s great as a travel camera, a camera for beginners, a sidekick for pros, something discreet for formal situations, everything. It does it all.

Okay, maybe not for people with gigantic hands.

Well, actually… you’ll get used to it.

$1699 AUD from the Sony website

 Pat Kay Sony RX10 III Review

RX10 Mark 3

A ‘bridge’ style camera that does it all. Borrowing the imaging prowess of its little brother, the RX10M3 also sports a DSLR-style body that enables it to produce fantastic images whilst having all the I/O and usability benefits of a larger body. That means things like a hot shoe, an external mic input, more physical dials for exposure changing, a fantastic grip and more.

The real standout feature for me though, is the lens. A staggering 24-600mm Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens mounts the front of this beast, giving you access to focal ranges most people have probably never experienced. There’s just something so cool (and slightly creepy) about 600mm. It opens up a new world, and the versatility of the range is endless.

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Who is it for?

People who want an ‘all-in-one’, one body, one lens-type camera. This thing does it all. It’s also fantastic for video. A great camera for all skill levels. Outstanding first camera that will take you a long time to outgrow, or a great second shooter to the Alpha series.

$2299 AUD from the Sony website

 

RX1R Mark 2

This is a camera close to my heart. It’s the most expensive of the bunch, but shooting with the RX1RM2 just feels right. There’s an emotion behind it, something I can’t quite quantify. Maybe it’s the fantastic ergonomics, with its dials in just the right places. Maybe it’s the form factor and build quality. Maybe it’s the incredible image quality. Maybe it’s all of it together and more that makes it feel so great.

Whatever it is, the RX1RM2 gets a lot of things right, and for me, it’s the perfect ‘do-it-all’ camera – even with the fixed 35mm focal length. The price tag is extreme, but so is the tech behind it. I mean, full frame. In a compact. It still blows my mind.

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Who is it for?

Prosumers and up or people with a lot of money. It’s a fantastic street photographers camera, great all round camera, and one that will last a long time.

$5499 AUD from the Sony website

Hope you enjoyed this round up! By far my favourite camera in the RX series is the RX1RM2, but I’m quite fond of my RX100V also.

If you haven’t seen the reviews for each of these cameras yet, check them out here:

RX100V

RX10M3

RX1RM2