Having read more articles about DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, premium compacts, the new iPhone 7 Plus bokeh (“portrait” or depth-of-field) feature – take a look here, I have decided that I’d go for a camera that I am already familiar with. The Sony RX100 mk IV – the next iteration from 2014’s mk III (and the one I had sold).
I’d have like to have gone for one of the Canon EOS systems – but the thought of buying more lenses and maintaining them, as well as carrying them with me, was offputting. And then there’s the upkeep of both lens and body. And I’m really not that great a photographer yet to fully comprehend f stops, apertures and shutter speeds. So DSLR is wasted on me – for now.
What I have decided to do this time around is to buy a couple of books that will guide me through all the features of the RX100 mk IV, and teach me the basics of digital photography. I said last time that I wanted to get into photography, but for whatever reason (mainly procrastination, I suppose) it never happened. But this forthcoming cruise is awakening the desire to really get to know my kit. As I do with computers and technology.
I also plan a holiday back to the Scottish highlands sometime in the first or second quarter of next year – the perfect opportunity to really get to grips with the camera and any gubbins
One camera I was looking at was the Nikon Coolpix P900 – an absolute beast of a camera that offers 83x zoom that’s capable of close-ups of the moon. THE MOON. Take a look:
But ultimately I was looking a for a good balance of portability and image quality against cost. I did look at some of the higher-end Sony cameras (although definitely not the £3k compact camera which spits out 43-megapixel images), alongside Fujifilm and Nikon. But the RX100 series is just a great combination of everything.
Once I’m up and running, I’ll post some examples of my work regardless of however good or (more likely) bad it is.