I don’t normally do this so that means it’s something I am excited about. I spent the last week with my wife, my son, his wife, and three little girls (age 3-8) at Disneyland. Yes–that in itself was an exciting event but just before the trip I picked up a new offering from Sony (at Shutterbug) the model Sony DSC-RX10 III. If you don’t know, this is a fixed lens 24-600 mm equivalent focal length, f-2.4-4.0, 20 MP camera. I won’t spend a lot of time on specs as you can research that on your own.
Besides the gear I own for (what I call) specialized shooting (macro, studio, wide angle, night shooting, star trails, astro, etc.), I have also been interested in a one-size-fits-all camera for when you’re traveling and don’t want to mess with changing lenses.
This rig has a 1″ sensor and weighs in at 2.4 pounds. That’s almost one pound less than the Sony 70-400 lens (not camera, just lens), about a pound less than the Nikon 80-400 lens (no camera), and also a pound less than the Canon 100-400 lens (not camera.) Let’s not get in to the discussion about 2″ birds at 400 yards or sensor size. I’m only presenting a summary of a great travel camera with a fixed lens–although I am anxious to make a trip to Finley and check this thing out there too.
On this trip to Disneyland, I did take 3,202 photos (yikes!) and only had a dozen or so that I am disappointed with. Many of my photos were of people, and thank heavens there is a pop-up fill flash. I learned quickly to use continuous shutter (burst) mode because my grandchildren are fast and this gave me several second chances. I took many landscape photos, several night shots (fireworks, etc.) but did not have the luxury of a tripod. Yes–hand-held at 600mm is possible. Below is a link to a sampler album in case you’re interested.
As others have stated, the Sony menu is an acquired taste. Some adapt to it more slowly than others. Some don’t adapt at all. But if you already own a Sony (I do), the transition to this is really fast!
I have looked for a long time for a “travel camera” and this is as close to ideal as I have found. I am really happy with 80-90% of my photos. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about this or wish to take it for a drive. This is a keeper!