May 17, 2017 / Travel
Chinatown with the Sony RX100V
Yeah, another light on content non-wedding photography blog post this week… but, I’ve got some REAL blog posts coming up soon I hope :). I was in Manhattan last week dropping off a lens for repair (dropped at Supriya & Joe’s engagement session, oops!) and I decided to walk around the city with the newly acquired Sony RX100 Mark V to kind of test it out for photos, and actually NOT shoot video with it this week! I’ve been shooting my last couple of Behind the Scenes Vlogs with the RX100V now, which was the main reason I got the camera, but it’s a camera… so I should probably take photos with it too. With some Summer travel coming up this year, can I get away with not taking a DSLR with me, not even the Sony A7ii??? Let’s see…
Okay so I walked from Midtown, where the repair shop is, to Chinatown so here are some random sights in between.
This photo above, with the light streaks, is the ONLY photo taken on a tripod (gorillapod), everything else was handheld!
Okay technically those last shots were from the West Village I think, but it’s all in the same general area :).
So how do I like using the RX100V for photos? I freakin’ LOVE it! Not that I don’t enjoy taking photos with any of my larger cameras, the Canon 5D Mark IV or the Sony A7ii, but their is just something about the small form factor that makes carrying the RX100 around out in the open and inconspicuous. I never felt awkward with the smaller camera, but maybe I’m just not as bold as those street photographers slinging their DSLRs everywhere on the street.
I’m still debating if I can leave the DSLR at home for things like traveling, as the 20 megapixel files that come off the RX100V are pretty darn good, and to the average consumer these photos are going to be amazing. As a professional wedding photographer, I can critique the way that the camera handles low light is not exactly ideal of course, a common complaint of any camera that is not a huge full frame DSLR is low light, the photos and videos at high ISO have visible noise and artifacts in the shadows. In daylight everything is forgiven, and that is always the case even with an iPhone, great photos in good light are easy.
This wasn’t supposed to be a review of the Sony RX100 Mark V but I guess it’s turning into a mini review. I’ve only shot with it at two actual weddings so far while vlogging, and an engagement session vlog, so I’ll save a more lengthy review of the video features until I put it through it’s paces but I do loooooove love love the HFR mode (High Frame Rate) for slow motion! Finally having a camera that can shoot 1080p 120 easily and of course having the option for the huge 4k video is great. I’m still fiddling with the settings on what is the best way to vlog whether that’s shooting everything in 4k and downscaling or 1080p, as well as working with slog2 which is slightly annoying to edit in Adobe Premiere having to use LUTs for even a simple vlog. Okay, stopping there, this wasn’t supposed to be a review! More photos and videos taken with the Sony RX100 V soon!