There are some moments which just need to be captured. While home is the place for most beautiful moments, most of the adventure is outside! But, when it comes to handling a camera while you are having fun, things might sometimes go a little south. While cameras have become very portable in the past years, there has always been a trade-off between delicacy and quality of cameras. However, we have filtered down a list of Best Sony Cameras for Outdoors that are perfect for holidays and outdoor shooting.
Sony CyberShot DSC TX10
The debutant of the TX series, DSC TX5 had features which made it just perfect for outdoor shooting. With this camera, Sony tried to create a new niche of ‘rugged’ cameras. These cameras offer great picture quality but are water proof and resistant to shocks from drops or excess pressure. Along with these, Sony also concentrated on the portability of the device, making it thin enough to slip in the pocket. While this wasn’t the first time the idea of such a camera was pitched, DSC TX5 was the best looking ‘ruggedized’ camera. DSCTX10 is an increment on that. It has better water-proofing, is stronger and can operate at more harsh conditions. DSCTX10 has a great image stabilisation, and quality resolution. The camera looks so trendy, that one might even forget that has features like being drop-resistant. It does have a slight problem at being a little off in colours for videos, but that’s forgivable for the pricing of $330. The camera would be an excellent choice for those who like outdoor adventures like rock-climbing, or rowing and like to capture memories of the places they have been to.
Sony CyberShot WX150
Launched in the middle of 2012, Cyber-shot WX150 is a great package for casual users. It has a powerful 10x Zoom, has a pocket-sized chassis and provides a good overall quality to the image. It doesn’t come packed with the smarty-pants features like GPS, touchscreen or Wi-Fi, but has a better-than-expected sensor and zoom for such an ultra-compact camera. May be slightly overpriced at $249, WX150‘s 18 MP, CMOS sensor captures sharp images at all viewing sizes. It takes noticeable amount of time to process pictures taken at full resolution, but anyone hardly looks at 18 MP pictures. It has SteadyShot image stabilisation, which works good enough even in low-light conditions. It has features like 3D capture, digital filters and effects, and panorama capture. It can operate at frame rates of 60i and 30p, and aspect ratios of 16:9 & 4:3.
Sony CyberShot RX100
Too many cameras in the market have been touted of having ‘DSLR-like’ image quality. Even though many of them produce high quality images, none can truly produce images at DSLR calibre. There are some mirrorless cameras, which are indeed capable of producing DSLR-like pictures, but they aren’t compact enough for outdoor use. RX100 is probably the first camera which can truly produce DSLR quality images, and is compact. RX100’s strengths rest on two pillars – great sensor and a great lens technology. It has astonishing resolution, and an aperture size of f/1.8. Now that’s not very rare, but when one couples that with Sony’s new 1-inch sensor, things become pretty awesome. Owing to the large lens, RX100 produces lively images having excellent colour depths. Stabilisation and other features are quite mediocre with the camera with a price of $648. But the optics makes it one of the best outdoor cameras which Sony has to offer.
Sony CyberShot HX20V
HX20V is a member of the flagship travel camera series in Cyber-shot family. It sports a 20x optical zoom, complimented with a 40x Clear Zoom function. At it has the 1/2.3 inch backlit Exmor CMOS sensor, which offers an overall resolution of 18.2 MP. The camera can shoot images at an impressive 10 fps, thanks to the latest generation BIONZ image processor which cohorts with the sensor. As far as the video recording goes, it has a generous range of recording options. One can record in the HDTV compliant, AVCHD format at 1080p Full HD or the more ubiquitous MP4 format at 1080p, 720p and even at VGA mode. It has a rich feature set starting with the built-in GPS, which can come very handy in outdoor excursions. It has a high resolution panorama mode, large set of picture effects to choose from and a friendly interface. The camera is available at around $350, which is pretty understandable, given the robust features it boasts.
Smartphones with better cameras have been taking over the place for outdoor cameras for quite some time. But that doesn’t mean an extinction of dedicated digital cameras. Portability has become an important issue, given the fact that people want to capture and share almost everything that they do. With increasing competition in the market, we can expect only an increase in the quality of the portable cameras.
Asif Iqbal Shaik works with MySmartPrice, which is the best price comparison website in India that helps users find the best price for Gadgets, Books, Electronics and more. He is a computer sciences graduate [B.Tech Computer Sciences] from JNTU, Hyderabad. He loves analyzing and blogging about Technology Trends, Gadgets, SEO, Social Media and Internet Industry.