I’ve always had my eye on the Sony RX100 series camera. It seemed like a great camera in a compact, and even pocketable, body. However, the price was just under $1,000 and I could never justify the price when other capable 1″ sensor cameras were on the market. Back in June, I said the Panasonic ZS100 was the best travel camera you could purchase for its 4k video, excellent zoom range, and overall image quality. For many people this is still true especially as it’s $200 cheaper than the newest Sony RX100v.
Yet, I couldn’t keep my mind off some of the Sony’s higher-end features, especially after the announcement of the Mark V model. High frame rate video (super slow motion), image stabilization when shooting 4k video, and log profiles for videos. For photography, it also has a superior lens, but lacks the zoom of the ZS100. Let’s not forget the new Sony RX100v now has the fastest auto-focus on the planet, comparable to Sony’s best mirrorless cameras. I’m most excited about the high frame rate video. I believe it will add some cool elements to future videos I produce.
Most importantly (for some folks), it has a flip-up screen! You may now vlog or take selfies to your heart’s content. This is something annoyingly absent from the Panasonic ZS100.
Do the new features make it worth spending an extra $200 over the ZS100 or other 1″ sensor cameras? I’ve had the camera for literally a few hours only, so it’s too early to make any conclusions. So far, the lack of a touchscreen is extremely bothersome after coming over from Panasonic cameras. I’m sure I’ll get used to it, but it’s 2016 and Sony is out of excuses.
I’ve included a few pics below. Follow me on Instagram to see additional photos over the coming weeks and I’ll update you with my impressions as I use the camera more. All of these photos were edited as jpegs in Lightroom. Adobe programs, such as Photoshop and Lightroom, and even Sony’s Phase One software, do not support the RX100v RAW files yet. I’m sure it will be at least a couple of weeks like it was for my Panasonic GX85 when it was first released.