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