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    • This review is less about specs and more about the real-life experience of using the Sony RX100 V: how it feels, what works, and all of its quirks.

      Sony RX100 V is the camera I grab when iPhone X is not enough, and my Sony A7s is too big. It fits in my pocket and lets me shoot RAW photos to edit in Lightroom. I love pro camera controls in this tiny RX100 body.

      At the end of this review, you'll find samples of edited photos from the camera and how it compares to the iPhone X camera.

    • I bought the Sony RX100 V used on Craigslist for $500 with spare batteries and a 32GB memory card. It was in good shape, but a previously repaired lens and a missing battery release lever lowered its price.

      Sony RX100 VII was under consideration, but the $1,300 price tag without accessories was too expensive. Back then, I wasn't sure how often I would even use this tiny camera over the iPhone X.

      Fast forward to six months later, and I'm using it much more than I thought. The compact size is perfect for outdoor activities like hikes, bike rides, flowers, and street photography.

    • ZEISS Lens

      The 24-70mm (equivalent) f1.8-2.8 lens has slightly more coverage than my iPhone X with dual lenses. Sony RX100 V was the last version to have a wide f1.8 aperture.

      Newer models cover 24-200mm range at a much slower f2.8-4.5 aperture. I wanted a wide aperture for better bokeh, so I had to settle for an older version V model. In real-life, there have been only a handful of times, where I wished for more zoom. Real lens bokeh looks so much better than the artificial and often flawed one that iPhone X generates.

    • The ring around the lens is customizable. I set mine as an exposure override control rather than a focus ring. Shooting in the aperture priority lets me quickly adjust exposure without needing to hunt for a small dial on the back of the camera.

    • Flip Screen

      The second most important feature of this camera (other than the lens) is the flip screen. Though not a touch screen, it is a game-changer for me. I almost always shoot with the Sony RX100 from the waist with the screen facing up. Shooting this way creates better photo composition (in my opinion) and saves my back from bending over.

    • The flip screen works great for selfies. Flipping it up to face me, automatically turns on the "selfie" mode. Pressing the shutter button displays a 3-second countdown timer so that I can recompose a better selfie shot.

    • LCD Viewfinder

      I rarely use the manual LCD Viewfinder for shooting. Instead, it is perfect for reviewing photos to check focus and details in bright sunlight. The viewfinder on the RX100 V is manually released, but in the newer models, I believe, it is automatic.

      The viewfinder is bright with great color range and saturation. It is far superior to the flip screen to see true colors and clipping. The adjustable diopter lever on top of the viewfinder is tiny but gets the job done.

    • Camera Controls

      Top of the Sony RX100 V has the basic ON/OFF button, zoom lever, and a preset shooting mode. I wish it had at least one customizable button like on Sony A7s. The zoom lever works, but I wish it were bigger for a better grip.

    • Back of the Sony RX100 V packs a ton of buttons in a small real estate. Some buttons have dual functions based on the camera mode. It takes a while to learn the different functions for each button and the dial. A "trash" button that can be fully customized.

    • Battery Performance

      In real life, I get about 300-400 RAW photos out of a single battery, which is much more than the 220-280 shots that it promises.

      In total, I have 4 NP-BX1 batteries: 2 Sony-branded and 2 aftermarket branded. I haven't found any performance differences between these batteries.

    • Recommended Accessories

      There are three accessories I recommend getting for anyone who bought Sony RX100: finger grip, screen protector, and a camera strap.

      The $15 finger grip is essential for this tiny camera. I find my fingers always grabbing and resting on it. Otherwise, it feels like the camera will slip away.

    • The screen protector is much easier to replace than the entire flip screen. So far, the screen protector has only a few scratches, but I plan on replacing it once it gets too scratched up. It adds a bit of extra thickness to the LCD, but not too bad.

    • Camera Strap

      When I bought my used Sony RX100 V, it already had a screen protector and a finger grip installed. So I just needed a solid camera strap, and found this strap to fit Sony RX100 perfectly:

    • Final Edits

      For the sake of side-by-side comparison, I shot and edited photos from my iPhone X and Sony RX100 V. These final edits are how I would post-process photos in the Photos App and Lightroom App.

      I love shooting flowers with the Sony RX100 V. Click on the image to see it full screen:

    • White balance is challenging to get right, but shooting in RAW allows me to change it later.

    • Shooting in RAW

      The amount of hidden details that are recoverable from the RAW file is remarkable. For that reason alone, I like to shoot exclusively in RAW format on the Sony RX100 V.

    • I like to underexpose slightly to capture the bright sky and then recover the shadows during post-processing.

    • Even smaller details like the engraved KS 43 on the lock gets lost in the original photo. RAW makes recovering such details easy. So if you plan on editing photos in any way, please shoot RAW on the Sony RX100 V and thank me later.

    • I have so many thoughts about the specific features of Sony RX100 V.

      If you have any questions, please ask. Also, if you are interested in seeing originals or more samples, please comment, and I'll post them here.