I currently use a combination of cameras for both photography and filming.
My always on-hand “camera” is my iPhone X. I always have it with me and it has a pretty good built-in camera for taking photos and recording video. It’s perfect for the spur of the moment situations when you have an opportunity to take a photo, record a video, capture an important or rare moment and don’t have a digital camera readily available. The iPhone X camera does have its limitations but in relatively ideal conditions, it does a pretty good job. I’ve taken some incredible photos while traveling and created videos using footage filmed entirely from the iPhone X.
Here are a few videos shot entirely on iPhone X:
A Trip To Hudson Yards - https://youtu.be/gU6VWXjaQbo
A Trip to Hoboken for the Waterfront View - https://youtu.be/dfKmGWakwmw
The Seaport District & New Pier 17 (NYC) - https://youtu.be/1AQWdXFUKdU
My small form factor camera of choice is the Sony RX100 VI. Previously, I was using the Canon PowerShot S120 for photos and videos, but it was time to really step up. The Sony RX100 VI has worked well. I like the quality of the photos and videos that come from this camera. The Sony RX100 VI supports both RAW and JPEG formats for still photography. The quality of recorded video on the Sony RX100 VI is crisper and cleaner even in low light situations with no adjustments to the camera settings. I did get the Sony Shooting Grip (sold separately) for the Sony RX100 VI which works great for filming and helps with stability. In addition, the grip doubles as a tripod. The flip screen is extremely useful when you’re trying to get a shot and need to position the camera in an awkward or inconvenient position yet still be able to see what your capturing or filming. The ability to flip the screen backwards for selfie-mode is great for those solo and group shots when you don’t have someone around to take a photo or video for you.
While the Sony RX100 VI has great features, there are some areas for improvement including better image stabilization, external mic support for improved audio, built-in support for interval shooting/time lapse videos and a longer-life battery (you should get spare batteries and an external battery charger).
Here are a few videos shot on the Sony RX100 VI:
2019 New York International Auto Show – Part 1 - https://youtu.be/1zcxuAWHsCA
2019 New York International Auto Show – Part 2 - https://youtu.be/uqO_quQV2Sw
Take Me Out To Cooperstown - https://youtu.be/jvHYm6GvyLY (includes iPhone X footage)
The most recent addition to my camera gear is the Sony A6400 mirrorless APS-C camera. I did extensive research into the various options and it came down to balancing size, features and price. I did get both kit lenses (the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6) which serve as a good starting point though I may eventually need to get additional lenses. The Sony A6400 has a lot of similar features to the Sony RX100 VI but also includes external mic support and interval shooting/time lapse videos. The A6400 does not have in body image stabilization but both lenses do have Optical Steadyshot. I do recommend getting spare batteries and an external battery charger for this camera. I’ve only begun to test the camera but so far, I’m happy with the investment. I’m looking forward to field testing the Sony A6400 over the next few months.
Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2HQLMyF
Sony A6400 with 16-50mm Kit Lens - https://amzn.to/2Ii6feP
Sony A6400 with 18-135mm Kit Lens - https://amzn.to/2Mzbgoq
Sony Shooting Grip - https://amzn.to/2W8Mnzq
Sony NP-BX1 Lithium Ion Battery for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2QDvHPL
Sony BC-TRX Battery Charger for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2WjHKaN
Sony Travel Battery Charger for Sony RX100 VI - https://amzn.to/2HQu3ao
Sony NP-FW50 Lithium Ion Battery for Sony A6400 - https://amzn.to/2EQUL0R
Sony BC-TRW Battery Charger for Sony A6400 - https://amzn.to/2JUP46j
JOBY GorillaPod 3K - https://amzn.to/312jPvo
JOBY GripTight ONE Mount for Smartphones - https://amzn.to/312omOr
Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC 128GB - https://amzn.to/2EOxJaK