Point and shoots are good gifts for early photographers, but many of them aren’t a whole lot more exciting than your smartphone. The Sony RX100 V, however, features many of the enticements of a small DSLR or Mirrorless, but without the complications of lens variability. The large sensor captures better dynamic range than most point and shoots, with results that will put your smartphone to shame.
At 10.5 oz, this super compact camera packs in a lot of useful technology. The high quality Zeiss 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 equivalent lens is great as a workhorse zoom for casual photography, encompassing wide angles nearly up to classic portraiture. The nice, wide f/1.8 aperture accommodates low light photography. Plus, even with a fixed lens, it manages to boast a 1” sensor with phase detection autofocus for a grand total of 315 points.
The 24fps burst shooting is up from 15 in the RX100 IV. This is a speedy little guy also shoots 4K, which sets it above and beyond most point and shoots in its class – as well as some interchangeable lens cameras. The autofocus system does a great job at keeping subjects in focus during video, especially for a pocket camera. Plus, the extreme slow-motion mode should appeal to newbies used to working with video through apps like Instagram. It’s a lot of fun.
While not a touch screen, the rear display boats 1,228k-dot resolution and tilts for angle accommodation. Moreover, an adaptive brightening mechanism makes it easier to see the LCD on a sunny day. In addition, the admirable ISO range is usable up to 6400, as is often the case with models like this.
With a big sensor meets powerful 4K video, the Sony RX100 V is more than your average pocket camera. As a gift for beginners, it packs as much of a punch as many SLRs, but without the complicated controls of interchangeable lens cameras.