Two weeks Traveling in Japan with Sony RX10 MKIII camera
My trip to Japan in April was the third visit for me. Each time I visit Japan, I'd plan 10-14 days stay so that I have enough time to recover from jetlag and then really enjoy my trip. Fortunately enough, I never really had a jetlag issue when I visited Japan.
On my first trip to Japan, I chose standard destinations, from Tokyo to Kyoto, and then Osaka. My Sony A6000 was the main camera I used on that journey. During my second visit, I revisited Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, and added an extra stop to see the famous Nachi Falls in Wakayama. That was when I started to use a M4/3 cameras, and Olympus OMD-EM5 MKII, which was an excellent tool for me to document that trip.
Last April, I decided to make another tour to Japan to see cherry blossoms before going back to visit friends and family in Malaysia. Interestingly enough, my primary camera was back to Sony again. I just traded in all my Canon gear and picked up a Sony RX10 MK III and a Panasonic LX10. I was really curious how this combo would work for travel. Both cameras are with 1" image sensors, with hesitation, I also brought along my Olympus OMD-EM5 MKII and Panasonic GX8. At the end of my trip, I realized I barely touched my m4/3 cameras. The Sony RX10 MKIII was sufficient for most situations, and I just stuck with it throughout the whole trip without thinking much!
On top of seeing cherry blossoms in Tokyo, I also flew to Hokkaido and took a road trip while I was there. Tokyo and Hokkaido have very different scenes. In Tokyo, it was more about the street photography and the architecture. In Hokkaido, I got to focus more on landscape photography. First of all, I am not a night shooter, and secondly, I am not a critical pixel peeper. Thus, in both scenarios, I never felt like the 1" image sensor Sony RX10 MKIII wasn't enough. Consider a few pictures that I uploaded to Adobe Stock started selling, I would say it surely works well for me! I am not going to compare it to bigger image sensor cameras because it is like comparing an apple to an orange, they are never the same. However, if you are comfortable with 1" image sensor cameras, Sony RX10 MKIII is an excellent camera for travel. Even at 600mm, the image quality still holds up quite well!
Sony RX10 MKIII is a very straightforward camera to use. Most of the time the focus is very accurate, and the stabilizer seems to be quite capable. One thing I would like to remind you is, this camera shoots from 24mm-600mm, you may want to pay attention to the shutter speed you choose while changing the focus range to avoid blurred images that caused by camera shake.
All the photos in this article are shot on Sony RX10 MKIII and edited in Lightroom. Let me know what do you think and comment below if you have any questions regarding my experience with the camera.