I am not one of those photographers who could go on and on about technical mumbo jumbo...half the time I feel like megapixels, shmegapixels, you know? But when people find out I'm a photographer, they almost always ask me for advice on cameras. So let me say it here - without going into extreme technical detail: this is the point-and-shoot camera I love. The Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 II. I'm embarrassed to admit how many photos I've taken since Vivi was born with my cell phone. The schlep and frazzle of motherhood makes it seem impossible sometimes to lug around my SLR, however small. There are so many days when the adorable things happen right in the middle of a time when I literally do. not. have. a spare hand. And my cell phone is in my pocket at all times, it's just so easy to grab. The result, however, is that I end up with low-quality images...and all of a sudden those megapixels seem super important after all.
Enter this guy. It also fits in my pocket - I can throw it on automatic and grab a shot with a single swoop. It's not too heavy or complicated. It's unintimidating to throw in the diaper bag and it's simple to use. And at $500-$700 (depending on which model you choose), with no need for additional lenses, it's a reasonable purchase, as far as cameras go. But here's the best part - it takes professional-quality photographs. For those of you who want the mumbo jumbo, check out the specs over at B&H (which is where I recommend buying your camera equipment, by the way) - or my father's detailed review on his photography blog About Photography (he's the techie in this family). One quick detail I'll mention is that the II and III models have built-in wi-fi, so you can even upload photos to share immediately, no need to dump the card on your computer first. For those of you interested in less-wordy proof, here are a few family snaps that we captured with - and because of - the RX100, including the very moment I first met Vivi, a photo that makes me cry each time I look at it.