I think I love you, Sony

I purchased a new camera recently… and it wasn’t a Canon (gasp!) Canon is all I’ve known since, well, college when I bought a first generation rebel that shot all of 4 megapixels and cost me my grocery money and rent for a couple months! I won’t tell you how long ago that was, but since then I’ve owned lots of cameras, and they have all been Canons.

Kim and I had this wild idea a few years ago that we were videographers as well as photographers. We learned and practiced video and got pretty good… Good and passionate enough that we began teaching other photographers how to shoot video too! We actually have a workshop running we are starting on May 8th all about video, and if you’re interested click HERE. We’de love to have you! (There’s my shameless plug!!)

So why Sony? Well, there are lots of reasons to love them, but I’ll tell you why we are making the switch… Video! (plus a few other reasons, but that’s a biggie!) Ok, I’m about to get really nerdy on ya, so hang on to your hats.

The camera I purchased is the Sony RX10 III. This camera has a long zoom, 24–600 mm! Like whoa!! It captures 4k video, shoots up to 40x slow motion, 20 megapixels, the built in lens is Zeiss (we LOVE Zeiss lenses, another reasons to switch) face recognition focus, a variable 2.4-4 aperture, optical SteadyShot (amazing for hand holding and shooting video and stills) Wifi… the list is long, but these were the main reasons I bought it… Well, that’s a lie, the main reason was my kids!

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I love capturing my kids.. they are active in sports, school, and always adventuring with me and my husband around our land. I wanted to take more video and stills of my kids and though an iPhone is nice, and my big Canon takes beautiful pictures, I really wanted something I could grab that would cover all my needs as a mom and photographer that thrives on capturing daily life with my family. This camera is perfect for me. Honestly, at 600 mm it’s stunning for capturing lots of things you can’t get too close too. I’m a compression junkie, so this is a dream focal length for me!

The RX10 III is now my go to for videos, not just for the 4k and slow motion, but because I can get it all… the details I usually shoot with my 50mm, the wide shots I got with my 24-70mm, and the beautiful compressed look I’d shoot with my 200 2.0…. It has me covered. I love that I don’t have to swap out lenses constantly and can just be more in the moment. It’s truly a dream camera with a dream lens that isn’t a pain to lug around!

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The other day I was teaching our local 4H photography group and let my daughter Charlotte, are 10, take pictures with the RX10 III on our photo-walk.  I was amazed at her ability, with pretty limited knowledge, to take some seriously stunning images. Kids struggle with focus, but the camera made it easy for her. I’m still pretty protective of my new camera but she knows to treat cameras with respect and I was watching her like a hawk. 🙂

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Here are some of Charlotte’s images:

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My camera came right before I was going to do a little video shoot for our Life in Motion workshop about story-boarding… I didn’t know anything about the RX10 III yet or how to use the video features, and was planning on just using my Canon and a variety of lenses but but decided to give it a whirl with my new Sony anyway! It was so fun, and I’ve taken lots of video clips on it now that I just loovvve. Here’s that little video inspired by one of the greats Norman Rockwell.

Here are some more of my favorite images I’ve taken with the RX10 III so far… More to come!!

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I’ve got some Canon gear for sale to purchase a full frame Sony… more on that soon! Making the switch isn’t going to be as hard as I thought it would be. It’s an exciting time at The Wild Child! 🙂

To read more about the Sony RX10 III go visit the Sony blog HERE, and read all about it!

Kim and I are both fan girls of Sony.. You can read her post about her new and awesome little guy HERE.

We are both geeking out over the new Sony A9, and are working on our professional switch. For mom’s like us, we highly recommend going the Sony rout, and that’s pretty crazy coming from a couple of 10 plus year Canon users!

There are so many exciting things happening right now, and I can’t wait to share them all with you, but this is a biggie. I hope you’ll consider Sony for your next camera purchase, they are sweeping many, including this gal, off their feet.

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