Af­ter charg­ing into the dig­i­tal cam­era game over 20 years ago, Sony con­tin­ues to march out new mod­els with mar­ket-lead­ing fea­tures — in­clud­ing an ever-ex­pand­ing line-up of mir­ror­less and pre­mium com­pact cam­eras


The first RX100 caused a stir when it was re­leased back in 2012, and though pock­etable com­pact dig­i­tal cam­eras had come be­fore it, its much larger sen­sor en­sured that it stood out from the crowd.

The lat­est it­er­a­tion, the RX100 V, builds on this tried-and-true for­mula. It in­her­its the RX100 se­ries’ renowned 1.0-type im­age sen­sor and ad­vances with blaz­ing­fast 0.05-sec­ond aut­o­fo­cus (AF), 315 AF points for the world’s most com­pre­hen­sive phase-de­tec­tion cov­er­age of its kind, con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing up to 24fps with AF/ AE track­ing, as well as out­stand­ing 4K movie ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Plus, with it boast­ing a 24–70mm equiv­a­lent Zeiss Var­i­oSon­nar T* Lens, you’ve got ev­ery­thing from land­scapes to por­traits cov­ered.

De­signed for pho­tog­ra­phers who love trav­el­ling light, the Sony RX100 V has an RRP of $1899, mak­ing it the ul­ti­mate com­pact for cap­tur­ing movies and stills in ar­rest­ing de­tail.

While trav­el­ling, the gear-ver­sus-weight trade-off is a con­stant strug­gle. If you want the con­trol of an en­try-level DSLR and the reach of three zoom lenses but can’t face the size or weight, the Sony Cy­ber-shot RX10 III is the ideal shoot­ing so­lu­tion.

With blaz­ing speed, but re­main­ing com­pletely silent, the cam­era makes for a new still and 4K-video shoot­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The cam­era’s 24–600mm f/2.4–4 25x zoom lens cov­ers a range from wide-open vis­tas to ex­tra-close-up ac­tion, while a 20.2MP 1.0-type stacked CMOS sen­sor max­i­mizes light-col­lec­tion ca­pac­ity and en­sures that sub­jects stand out beau­ti­fully. Plus, im­age sta­bi­liza­tion com­pen­sates for cam­era shake when shoot­ing hand­held, en­sur­ing ul­tra-sharp im­ages, even at the ex­treme end of the tele­photo range or in dim light. With an RRP of $2699, the Cy­ber-shot RX10 III makes for a com­pact com­pan­ion while on the move.

Mod­est in size but packed with all the fea­tures you’d ex­pect from an in­ter­change­able-lens cam­era, the Sony A6500, priced at $2399 RRP, is a mini mir­ror­less pow­er­house. It’s 2017’s flag­ship mir­ror­less model, fol­low­ing the ma­jor suc­cess of the now 18-month old A6300.

It of­fers a built-in viewfinder, tilt-an­gle LCD touch­screen, five-axis in-body sta­bi­liza­tion, and a Fast Hy­brid AF sys­tem that com­bines the strengths of both phase­and con­trast-de­tec­tion AF. Plus, with a class-lead­ing 425 phase-de­tec­tion points (cov­er­ing al­most the en­tire im­age) and a high-speed con­trast-de­tec­tion func­tion, the cam­era wields an im­pres­sive 11fps burst mode, as well as highly ac­cu­rate move­ment track­ing for both stills and video. With built-in Wi-Fi that links to your mo­bile for on­line shar­ing, the Sony A6500 is an ideal imag­ing tool for travel.

Bet­ter im­ages be­gin with big­ger sen­sors, but that doesn’t mean you should be bogged down with heavy gear. Sony’s A7 II (RRP $2499) boasts a com­pact de­sign yet out­classes many cam­eras in its cat­e­gory. It’s the first full-frame cam­era with five-axis im­age sta­bi­liza­tion and is a se­quel to the de­vice that bowled us over last year by man­ag­ing to squeeze a 35mm sen­sor into a mir­ror­less body for the very first time.

With a 24.3MP sen­sor paired with Sony’s ul­tra-fast BIONZ X im­age pro­ces­sor, the A7 II ex­hibits an ISO sen­si­tiv­ity range of 100–25,600, and it has an en­hanced Fast Hy­brid AF sys­tem that is about 30 per cent faster than the pre­vi­ous model. Plus, with com­pen­sa­tion equiv­a­lent to us­ing a 4.5-step faster shut­ter speed, its so­phis­ti­cated sta­bi­liza­tion lets you zoom, cap­ture close-ups, and shoot night scenes with greater clar­ity than ever be­fore.

The A7 II is com­prised en­tirely of mag­ne­sium al­loy, fea­tures a bright and de­tailed 2.3-mil­lion-dot elec­tronic viewfinder, and re­tains the three-inch tilt­ing LCD of its pre­de­ces­sor — but this time with an in­crease in res­o­lu­tion to 1.23 mil­lion dots.

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SONY A7 II Palm-sized per­fec­tion

SONY CY­BER-SHOT RX10 III Get closer than any other com­pact

SONY RX100 V DSLR fea­tures in an eas­ily pock­etable pack­age

SONY A6500 A mir­ror­less suited to those on the move

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