Photographing San Diego with the Sony NEX-5R
I’m excited to announce that I, along with 10 other talented bloggers with diverse niches and skills, have been selected as members of the Sony Club. What this means is that I will get to try out a series of Sony products that appeal to my lifestyle and my work, and share my experiences with you.
It’s a pretty fun gig and to kick it all off we were invited to San Diego to use some of the products given to us by Sony. We were given no instructions, but rather were encouraged to use them as we normally would in our every day life. Because I was traveling, the product that I used the most was the Sony NEX-5R, which came with a 18-55mm kit lens, though we got to borrow a variety of others during the trip (the kit also comes with a small detachable flash).
I started blogging using a Canon DSLR, which I received as a Christmas gift in 2007. I’ve upgraded within the same brand once, meaning I have been pretty loyal, though I have also been considering other options for some time and have consulted various photography loving friends because I wanted something more. I approached the new device with some hesitation, but open-minded and willing to trust it with the images I wanted to capture in San Diego – a huge leap of faith, as I am sure most people who are obsessed with photography would understand. In the end, I was pleased with the images on the camera as well as on my phone and Instagram.
Oh, did I tell you about the WiFi feature? It’s pretty stellar. Granted, shooting with my iPhone, which is really all I’ve done for Instagram, is faster because with the camera I have to connect to the PlayMemories Mobile app (which I downloaded for free), so that I can wirelessly transfer the images to my phone. Then I have to click on the images I want so I can upload them to my social media platform. A few more steps, but then I also get higher quality images to share as well. For someone who loves to share images as I go, this feature is GOLD for me. These feature also eliminates my having to wait to get home to upload to my laptop to share – something I never do on Instagram because by then the thrill is gone.
The camera is also smaller, way lighter than the bulky DSLR I’ve been carrying around, and the controls provide several features and filters that I am still learning about and having fun with. You can stay in auto (or Super Auto, which is exactly what it sounds like), but why would you? The filters are fun to play with, eliminating the steps of having to photo shop them later for similar effects. The touch screen makes for a more user-friendly experience as well.
The battery life is short, almost shockingly so when coming from a DSLR, but unlike a DSLR, you are able to charge the battery through a USB port on the camera. This is the first time I am seeing the images on a larger scale from my computer and I have to say for 16.1 mega pixels, they are not bad at all. Really crisp and vibrant. An adapter will allow me to use the Canon lens I have already invested in, though I am looking to try some more Sony lens to see how they do as well.
Below are images from my San Diego trip, taken with the mirrorless Sony NEX 5R, highlighting some of the camera’s features. Images are as is from camera with select installed filters, no additional editing done.
A day at the races with the historic Del Mar Horse Racing.
A fisheye lens view.
A morning sailing the San Diego bay with Sail Jada Charters.
Sony zoom lens view.
Another fisheye shot with Amanda Brookes (www.RunToTheFinish.com). Selfies are easier with the adjustable viewfinder.
An afternoon at Seagrove Park
Dinner at Kitchen 1540
Illustration feature in the camera.
Spontaneous sunset shoot inspired by Dave Amirault (www.DaveAmirault.com).Panoramic feature.Clear low lighting shooting.
Afternoon at Balboa Park.
Partial color feature in camera.
The 2013 Sony Club crew. Photo by passerby on Amanda Brooke’s camera.Joining me: Dave Amirault, Amanda Broooks, Shivani Cotter, Diana Elizabeth, Ryan Gargiulo, Vivienne Gucwa, Susan McLean, Kristen Sarah, Frederick Van Johnson, and Crystal Reagan. Read more about the program and our blogs at SonyClub.com. All opinions expressed are my own.
It’s close to impossible to get this many people together and have them all like each other as much as we did…but it happened. There’s a lot of talent and knowledge in this one pic. My life is enriched because of so many people here. I am lucky to have been able to spend time, learn, laugh, and connect with all of them. Many thanks to the Sony peeps (many of them in this picture) for the opportunity.
Check out all the images from the Sony Club members during our San Diego visit on Storify. Check out my Flickr all my Sony Club Trip to San Diego photos. All images are property of GirlGoneTravel.com and may not be used without consent of the publisher.