Apple and Samsung desperately want you to believe that the camera in your smartphone is good enough for anything and everything. With perks like HDR and even slo-mo shooting, those tiny sensors and lenses actually do a commendable job considering they’re not the primary function of the device in which they’re housed. Some of us still yearn for a dedicated camera, one that takes excellent quality pictures but is still easy enough to toss in your pocket during a graduation ceremony or a cross-country backpacking tour. Sony has stepped up to the plate to provide all that and much, much more in their RX100, aka Speedmaster.
The RX100 point and shoot camera really earns its Speedmaster nickname. It touts the ability to shoot video at over 900 frames per second and a shutterspeed that max’s at 1/32000 of a second thanks to the electronic shutter that’s as fast as it is silent. Sony’s continuing relationship with Carl Zeiss for their camera lenses always pays off with beautiful, bold colors in your pictures and the versatility of an 11x optical zoom means you can get in close without losing resolution or clarity. The Speedmaster also boasts Sony’s excellent Image Stabilization features which are especially useful for high speed and high res shooting of both images and video.
Speaking of video, the Speedmaster excels there. Those 900+ frames per second makes a huge difference for slo-mo vidcap, especially when compared to the results we get out of the iPhone 6S’s 120 fps capture. The Speedmaster makes it a breeze to get great results when shooting video of sporting events and other fast-moving action. Sony’s investment in 4K technology comes through on the Speedmaster as well, with the compact camera able to capture full-blown 4K. Unfortunately, that is limited to five minute clips since 4K will push the camera to its limits and the portable form factor limits heat dissipation.
Sony’s been in the point and shoot camera game for a long time and they made the wise creative choice to dump the awful touchscreens that dragged down their previous cameras. Better to save that for phones. When you’re trying to capture that perfect picture, the last thing you want is a wonky touchscreen sending you down a rabbit hole of menu trees. The precision feedback of physical buttons is welcome and more than makes up for the fact that the viewfinder has to share space with other action buttons on the camera’s back.
Sony’s Speedmaster’s itty bitty size, huge shooting capabilities, swappable battery and overall speed make it a reliable companion for capturing all of your summer memories. As graduation and vacation loom in the near future, anyone not happy relying on their phone’s camera to document their lives should be taking a long, hard look at Sony’s offerings.