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Why The Sony RX100 V Is My Favorite Travel Camera

This camera is the bees knees.

Let me start off by saying that I’m not a professional photographer so this will not be filled with camera specs. Instead, it’ll include information that us amateurs actually need to know, in a language we understand.

Nikon D60 DSLR vs. Sony RX100 V

At first glance, which of these cameras do you assume takes better photos?

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Well, bigger isn’t always better.

I always enjoyed taking photos with my Nikon because of the looks I got from bystanders. People would say, “WOW, that’s a nice camera! Are you a photographer?” And I’d say, “No, I just use this to take several hundred photos of my cat.”

In all fairness, my Nikon was an excellent camera for many years. It took beautiful macro shots and did a fair job with portraits as well. But it’s not a realistic travel camera, it’s just way too heavy. Plus, [insert clever statistic here about how technology has come a long ways since the Nikon was released].

Enter: Sony RX100 V. I have to admit, I miss being asked if I’m a photographer. Now, I just look like a woman with a point and shoot. My dad even said, “Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen someone with an actual camera. Why don’t you just use your camera phone?” Ugh, dad!

That’s alright. That’s exactly what we were in the market for: a camera that could do all that our Nikon could do and more, in a small, unremarkable package. This will be great in our travels because it’s less conspicuous and it fits in my pocket.

Amazing AF Speed

Not even gonna lie, I 100% believed that Sony’s marketing team was saying that their camera had, “amazing as f*** speed.” Apppppparently AF means autofocus.

If you have a spouse/friend who constantly says, “Take a picture of me doing this cool trick,” this camera is for you. Here’s an example of my husband jumping off a wall and trying to pull our friend Jerry out of the car. I shot this on “action mode,” and the camera automatically took several photos in a row. No action photography experience necessary.

This camera can take 150 consecutive shots in extra fine jpeg form. Or, if you are shooting RAW files (super big photos that can be edited easily), the camera can take 72 continuous frames.

4K Movies

We’ve been dabbling in the 4K capabilities of our new camera. At first, it’s a little tricky to master because you have to follow simple instructions on the screen (don’t judge – we’re amateurs). But once you get the hang of it it’s fun to make your own videos. Below is a video we took exploring Denver’s street art in the RiNo District.

Other Sony RX100 V reviewers have noted that the fast sensor readout enables the RX100 V to shoot at 24fps, and suppresses the effect of rolling shutter (that horrible jello effect when shooting some moving subjects) in captured footage.”

In other words, the camera can keep up with fast movements. It can keep up with your child’s soccer game or with your dog chasing a Frisbee without losing focus. That’s pretty rad.

Silent Shooting

I’m a big fan of the electronic shutter and the ability to deactivate the sound, especially in public settings. Nothing is more embarrassing than everyone turning and staring at you when your camera goes, *CA-CHINK*. Plus, I can take beautiful images of my cat sleeping without disturbing her.

This setting was a little difficult to find. In the menu, go to “Wrench 2” and set “Audio signals” to off.

Macro Photography

I am proud to say with this camera I was finally able to take my first photo of a snowflake (something I could never do with my iPhone or Nikon)! As an amateur, the macro setting is my go-to. I love taking photos of things up close and seeing the incredible detail. It always makes me look far more talented than I really am, and comes in handy for product promotion photography.

The Sony RX100 V automatically focuses on the object that it believes you want to highlight. This a pro and a con; some say this is where a touch screen would come in handy. Thankfully, there’s a way to enter AF point selection and manually choose what you want your camera to focus on, it’s just a little tedious, so I rely on auto focus.


The Sony RX100V has face detection and is able to focus on the subject(s) of the photo while blurring the background just a touch. This is important to me, as I enjoy taking photos of people most of all. Something that has always bothered me about the iPhone portrait mode is that it over-blurs the background, giving a strange airbrushed effect. This camera had a subtle blur, but allows the colors to pop in the background all the same.

Sony RX100 V portrait

Underwater Housing (optional)

One of the downsides of this camera is that it is not water resistant. For $279.99 you can make this an underwater camera by purchasing the underwater housing unit. The unit allows you to dive up to 130 ft and have control of most settings with an exterior control dial. My husband and I decided to skip this, but it’s good to know the option is out there.


A reviewer once said, “The RX100 V is almost too advanced for its own good, and you have to question how many photographers actually need this level in performance in a pocket camera.”

Well, I would tend to agree. I have no idea what this camera is capable of and have really only played with the Auto and SCN settings on my camera. However, the camera is so easy to use and incredibly lightweight, encouraging me to use it all the more often. Who knows, maybe a year from now I’ll write a blog that includes actual camera specs!

For more details on the camera, including fun tips and tricks, visit Wim Arys Photography. Their guide is incredibly detailed and really has everything you need to know to produce professional photos from the RX100 V.

Thanks for reading,


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