A couple of days ago I bought myself a new camera for my birthday.
For the last couple of years my primary camera has been a Canon S100. It was the state of the art for pocket cameras when I picked it up a couple of years ago, but it felt like it was time to upgrade. I spent a few days doing research and bouncing back and forth between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera.
At the end of the day I made the same decision I usually do – that portability is more important to me than super high-end functionality. I bought a Nikon D70 DSLR back in 2004 and took it on one trip to Italy. It’s mostly sat idle ever since. I got a lot of use out of the S100 because I could carry it in a jeans pocket.
Most of my photos are of food or my dog Cthulhu. That means that I need a camera that can take great low-light shots up close, and action shots at a distance.
I eventually decided on the Sony DSC-RX100M II. The M2 is brand-new, but the previous model got great reviews across the board. It’s got the largest sensor in the class, a great lens, and can shoot at 10FPS for getting those critical puppy action shots.
The truth is that I have no idea how to get the most out of it right now, but I’m planning on learning. Today I took it to the dog park, figured out how to enable Speed Priority mode and set it to 1/320. Here are the results: