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.
(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…)