BEST TRAVEL CAMERA Under $1000 | Sony RX100V Minimalist Camera Review & Tips

BEST TRAVEL CAMERA Under $1000 | Sony RX100V Minimalist Camera Review & Tips


Finally the big day is here. You’re about to go on an epic trip that’s somewhere awesome, and you need a camera to capture all the experiences. Problem is your budget’s not huge and neither is your backpack. Don’t worry. We’re the Vagabrothers, and we’re here to help. One of the most common questions we get is what camera we recommend for travelers, whether you’re just snapping some photos from mom and dad or starting your first travel vlogs. We shoot our videos with a wide variety of cameras, from drones to action cams and pretty much all of the Sony Alpha series. But if there was one camera one of our cameras that we would recommend to you that does it all, it would be the Sony RX100V. No matter where we go, we never leave home without the Sony RX100V. It’s an essential piece of our kit because it does it all, super versatile if it’s in any bag, and it doesn’t break the bank. That’s why we’ve collaborated with Sony to bring you this video. Glad that camera wasn’t any bigger. You’re watching Vagabrothers, and this is the best travel vlogging camera under a thousand bucks. These days if you’re tight on cash, you can do a lot with a smartphone or an action camera. However, there are certain looks and functions that you’re just not going to be able to capture. so if you’re serious about your photography or your filmmaking, you need a real camera. On the other hand top-quality cameras, like the Sony Alpha series, which we use quite a lot are larger; they’re more technical; they’re heavier, and they’re definitely not under that $1000 price point especially when you start investing in lenses, which is what makes the RX100 V such a great deal. It packs a lot of punch of these larger cameras into a small, easy-to-use point-and-shoot camera body that fits in your pocket. It’s pretty crazy that this tiny body holds a one-inch sensor that shoots full 4K. 1080 is the standard, but if you want a future-proof your memories and create content that’s going to last into the future, you need to be shooting in 4K. If you want to take your videos one step further and get that cinematic look, shoot in S log to gamma, which is Sony’s raw video format It gives you a lot more wiggle room and creative expression in post-production, especially with color grading. Most of the other cameras that are competitors for this don’t shoot in 4K, and they don’t have a raw video format. We shoot all our videos on the Sony Alpha series and the RX100V, and the footage blends together seamlessly. That’s why when it comes to the balance between quality and size the RX 100V is pound-for-pound on the best cameras on the market. The main benefit of such a small camera is that it is compact, fits in your pocket, and you can take it anywhere. For filmmakers and photographers, capturing the essence of travel is all about documenting those spontaneous moments, which you can’t capture if you don’t have a camera on you. Larger cameras can be burdensome when traveling and filming, but this guy is small enough to take with us at all times in all situations: when we don’t feel like carrying a camera bag, late night at bars, or in a crowded festival when a larger more conspicuous camera could get stolen. That’s why no matter where we’re going, we know we can capture anything we encounter without compromising quality. Another great feature is the excellent slow motion or HFR high frame rate ,which can capture footage in up to 1000 frames per second or 960 if you want to be exact. This feature is one of the secret weapons in our filmmaking arsenal. When there’s a lot going on around you, it helps slow everything down. It’s great for food shots, popping a bottle of champagne, pouring a beer into a glass or smashing that egg Yolk that dribbles down all over that plate. It has three different HFR modes 250 frames per second, 500 frames per second, or a thousand frames per second so the real question is, how slow can you go? It’s so slow that it captures things we don’t even notice until editing like the time we were using it in the middle of a medieval battle reenactment in York, England ,and dudes were getting it impaled all around us. Nothing conveys the agony of a medieval battle wound like 1000 frames per second. However, there are some limitations with the slow-mo. It only shoots in Five-second burst and takes another 5 to 10 seconds to process it after you’re done recording. It doesn’t always work with every single light temperature. That being said, it’s never failed us yet and remains an essential piece of our toolkit. You know when it’s game time? When you flip it. The RX100V has a flip screen which tilts 180 degrees so you can check that you’re in focus before you start vlogging and you can also take a look behind you and frame your shot. Let’s talk about background real quick and framing. So many people who start off vlogging are oblivious to the framing of their shot and what’s happening in the background. Trust me. People would much rather see a street than a trash can or a bathroom. So use the flip out screen make sure you’re in focus and check what’s going on behind you. Let’s be real. Even the most experienced filmmakers using the best equipment can struggle to get everything in focus all the time, especially while traveling. That’s not an issue with the RX100V because it’s got super fast auto focus with 315 points of focus. In layman’s terms that means it gets your subject super sharp and keeps it sharp even as you move around. It’s super important for travel if you’re trying to vlog in the back of a rickshaw and everything’s bouncing around. If you want to use the shot it needs to be in focus and the RX100V keeps you in focus every time. You know when a picture is really blurry in the background but it’s sharp and crisp in the foreground? That is called depth of field, and there’s a reason why filmmakers use it. It helps draw attention to where you want the viewer to look. Usually when you’re vlogging, you want people to pay attention to you not the the kook in the background doing dabs. DAB on Alex. You see what I mean? DAB? No DAB! The RX100V has a great lens too, a Zeiss 24 to 70 millimeter equivalent with an f-stop of 1.8 which gives you that cinematic depth of field and helps blur out potential photo bombers. Zeiss makes some of the best lenses on the market, and the lens on the RX100V is amazing for macro shots, meaning that you can get very close to your subject, whether it’s a flower, incredibly cute puppy, or an awesome meal. In fact we use the RX100 a lot when filming food even when we have our larger more cinematic lenses because those big lenses won’t allow us to get close enough to film the food properly. The RX100V does. Whenever we film in bars, nightclubs or festivals that go into the evening, we never leave this camera at home. If the Sony A7SII is the king of the night, then the RX 100V would be the crown prince. It does great in low-light, which is really important. If you want one camera that does it all. Whether it’s noon or midnight, outside or inside, the RX 100V can capture quite a lot. Unfortunately, it doesn’t film in total darkness But with an ISO that goes up to 12800, it does a pretty good job. Plus, you can just turn on the light from your cell phone, flip it like this, and you’re golden. Of course, you can’t travel without taking some pictures, and the Sony RX100V five is great for that .. It shoots 20.1 megapixel photos on a one inch sensor. That means it’s great for Instagram. But you can also blow the photos up into full-size prints when you get back home. Not to mention, it’s super easy to transfer your photos from the camera to your phone without a computer. Just download the Sony PlayMemories app, and you can wirelessly pass the photos to your phone and post them straight to Instagram. Super simple. The only notable downside is the internal audio which records through two tiny microphones located at the top of the camera. These are kind of susceptible to wind interference. The good news is that this can easily be fixed with a DIY dead cat. I’m not talking about going home and killing your cat… Talking about a wind muff. Just super glue or velcro one near your microphone, and you’re going to be good to go. Another simple upgrade is the Joby mini tripod. It screws into the bottom of your camera and it basically unfolds into a little tripod. It also breaks back down, And there you go…Ready to vlog. It folds up flat and snug against the camera, and it’s perfect for those walk up to camera and vlog shots. Last but not least, you can make the camera waterproof using Sony’s custom built underwater housing. So when you think about all the features mentioned, 4K, ultra slow-mo, high-speed autofocus, and great low-light performance, and you take them underwater, the RX100V is pretty lethal. So whether you’re surfing, scuba diving, or cliff jumping, the RX 100V has got you covered. All right Vagabuddies, thank you for watching. Big thanks to Sony for partnering with us to bring you this video. If you want any more information about the camera, click the link in the description box. if you guys liked the video, you know do: give it a big thumbs up, share with your travel buddies and subscribe to Vagabrothers. And turn on notifications, if you have not already. And in the meantime remember, stay curious, keep exploring, and we will see you on the road somewhere new. Peace.

100 thoughts on “BEST TRAVEL CAMERA Under $1000 | Sony RX100V Minimalist Camera Review & Tips”

  1. I am a canon user but do admit this trumps the g7x mark ii currently, though it is 300+ more to buy. Nice video guys, looking forward to the mark 6 review 🙂

  2. Vagabonds, you didn’t talk about the main feature. The amazing pop-up EVF, which no competitor has.

  3. I still don't know how to fully use my Sony RX camera. I saved hundreds of footage from my India trip in AVCHD, but had difficulty converting the MTS format so they've laid dormant. I'm planning a trip to Laos next month and not sure how to handle video footage. Perhaps, a post-production tutorial??

  4. sure is a good camera for the size, but shooting in such high frame rates will make you lose a lot of quality unfortunately .

  5. Hey guys! Was fun running into you at Northstar! Thanks again for all your work. Look forward to many more videos ahead. Take care!

  6. It is very much $999 which is basically $1,000 – but I can’t get mad. Love Sony and love you guys. All those features are great if only for the size. I’ve been wrestling with the idea of a DSLR but this just suits me way more.

  7. I recently purchased this camera, and I love it! I'm still learning how to use it but this video helped, thanks yall!

  8. it really is a minimalist camera! i love sony cameras. i just got my a6300 and im stoked to make films with this bad boy haha

  9. Please help : I want a either sony A7Riii or A7iii – And I need a small lens for everything for travel in all situation. I want it to be light but super sharp image. Please advice.

  10. I may not have 1000 but i have 0001, i mean guys whats the difference and we all know that 0 values nothing as in N O T H I N G, so lets not complicate things instead let us give love and share our abundance. Thank you.

  11. I have a Nikon D5200 a few nice lenses, tripod and external flashlight…I "collected" all this stuff the last few years (my teenage years boiii). I have been a lot into photography and my equipment is hella heavy. Next year I will travel the world and – of course – don't want to take all this heavy equipment with me. Will I sell all my equipment to get the Sony? Can it keep up with a good DSLR equipment?

  12. “S-Log 2, which is Sony’s RAW video format”
    No. No it is not. It is Sony’s Log video format. Log is great. It does not compare in the slightest to RAW video. Log is for color grading. RAW is omnipotent. Don’t be confused between them.

  13. Justified advertisement for the little SONY. I bought it myself and love it as a companion (not replacement) of a big rig Canon DSLR on our travels. But some buts remain: The body and the buttons are tiny, making it clumsy to operate especially if you want to use manual settings. I also really, really miss a touchscreen, e.g. to set a focus point. Absolutely awesome is the electronic viewfinder though. In short: I think the RX100 is pretty much perfect for video. For photos it's great if you have the time to fiddle with its settings (e.g. landscape pictures) or just automatic point and shoot. For real action shots and full control, I prefer a hefty DSLR with big a$$ buttons that I can operate blindly at a fraction of a second. That said, great channel Vagabrothers.

  14. I'm curious how much of what you used here was shot with the camera you're promoting. All of it? Props for great quality video in all your posts.

  15. Did Sony happen to give you a promo code? I'll probably buy one as a result of this video and it would be nice for them to know that the you guys were the deciding factor in my purchase.

  16. Sony has surpassed Canon in making the world's most expensive point & shoot cameras for beginners and amateur to use after they upgraded from Apple Iphone X or Samsung S10.

    But in reality, point and shoot cameras are dead like APS film cameras.

    Any fools going to buy the world's first expensive camera with a 8.8mm {it's never (25.4mm = 1 inch), like many are saying it is} to over $2,000 USD (don't forget flash and ton of batteries)? Then Sony got the DSC-RX100 IV with a slow F4.0 Japan Zeiss lenses.

  17. i've been googling all day for "best value camera in 2018" and it seems that the a6000 is ranked really high. Could you tell me if i should just get the rx100v instead. I understand there's a big price gap but I'm torn between paying cheap for a decent camera? Or just get the rx100v for 2018? any tips is appreciated!

  18. Definitely the camera I want but sadly 4x my budget so bought the Sony WX500 to get ball rolling, gotta start somewhere right although still not confident on camera so why spend big now just to struggle and lose interest

  19. Hello! Thanks for the awesome review, it certainly looks like you've had a moment to put it through its paces! I was wondering if there is a way to remotely view the image, the way one could when using a GoPro? I'm looking to use this camera in some tight places, and would like to be able to mount my camera in a corner, and frame up by viewing through my cell phone. Thanks!

  20. How come all your shots with the camera are either over exposed or flickering. Not the best shots to show this off

  21. I have an a6000 but it is kinda awkward to bring everywhere so I am thinking of buying RX100 va on the next payday 😀

  22. I am not good at technical stuff but image quality wise, is this better than lumix lx10? and is this better than lumix lx10 in low light?

  23. Do you know how to wirelessly transfer video clips from the sony to an iPhone? the ap only works well for photos I've found so far.

  24. So it has a internal bokeh like filter like the g16? What about off camera flash. Can it trigger some
    Canon flashes I have without a hotshoe?

  25. Waiting for this camera to be delivered right now, thanks for making me feel way more confident in my decision! So excited 🙂

  26. Omg you guys are the BESSSSSTTTT buying this camera next week for my big Europe trip. Thank you for letting the world pick your brains and for sharing your valuable knowledge!!

  27. Okay, granted. This is probably one of the best options out there if not the best but on a budget? Please!!!! These guys no longer relate to being on a budget! Still love the vlogs though!!!!

  28. S-log 2 is not RAW – it's a log format. Here's a great article with more info between the two: https://wolfcrow.com/raw-vs-log-vs-compression-codecs-vs-uncompressed-hdmi-and-sdi-a-primer/

  29. I have a Nikon D5100 with 24/70 lens and a prime 50mm 1.8 lens. Should I sell this equipment to buy this RX100V?

  30. I bought the sony a7II last year and sometimes I feel like it is cumbersome, especially when I don't want to attract attention on myself for solo travel

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