My New Pocket Camera – Sony RX100 IV


I’ve been on the lookout for a camera that would serve a specific purpose; I wanted something that would literally always be with me.

Enter the Sony RX100 IV

The camera was to serve two main purposes:

#1 – I like to share my adventures on the blog, my social media accounts and on Shutter Muse, as well as creating plenty of behind-the-scenes type images for reviews and articles that I write. It needed to be good enough quality that I could publish large images from it and also connect to it via WiFi so that I can upload to social channels from in the field (cellular connection permitting…).  I also wanted Raw shooting, a decently fast lens and an EVF. Not an OVF.

#2 – It needed to be small enough that I could carry it everywhere with me without feeling encumbered by it.  I wanted something that I can take with me when I’m also taking my DSLR kit, but also something that I can carry in my pocket for those moments when I don’t have my bigger gear.

The RX100 Mk III was a nice camera, and widely reviewed as the best point and shoot camera on the market. For the Mk IV, Sony added a new EVF, new Stacked CMOS sensor design, AF improvements and massively upgraded video functionality with the XAVC-S codec shooting 4k, as well as slow-motion video up to 960fps (420fps in 1080p).

How they managed to fit all of this into such a small package is totally beyond me…

I’ll post a full review of the camera after I’ve had some more time with it, but so far it’s ticking all the right boxes and I’m having a ton of fun with it.

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(Please excuse the slightly less than ideal photos of the camera.  I’m currently on the road and updating the blog in a public library with my phone…)

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Dan Carr

Founder of Shutter Muse, full time photographer and creative educator. Dan lives in the Canadian Yukon, but his wanderlust often sends him in search of images all around the world to meet the needs of clients and readers alike.

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