Giveaway: Enter Here To Win A Sony RX100 Camera

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As I wrote about earlier, I’ve finally made the switch to the Sony RX100 III. This is the camera which came most highly recommended by readers, and Sony was nice enough to send me a loaner so I could test the camera and share my thoughts. After my trial was up, I decided to buy the camera, given that it really is top notch.

The Sony RX100 is generally regarded as the best compact camera, and as someone who just hopes to take great, effortless pictures, I love it.

While I went ahead and bought my own Sony RX100, Sony generously sent me a camera to give away on the blog, which I’m doing here.

To enter to win a Sony RX100, simply leave a comment on this blog post sharing what feature you value most in a compact camera. You can leave one comment per email address during the duration of the giveaway, and the deadline to enter is 11:59PM PT on Friday, June 17, 2016.


On Saturday I’ll randomly pick a winner, using

Good luck, thanks for participating, and thanks to Sony for the giveaway!


  1. The feature I value most is being able to zoom in without having the quality suffer too much

  2. When dealing with a compact camera the most important thing in my opinion is image quality. What is the point of having a small camera that fits in your pocket, if it takes horrible photos! I’d just as soon leave it behind.

  3. Love the ability to shoot and through wifi the pictures show up on my phone/tablet instantly

  4. It’s got to be being able to trust it to take over and deliver a great picture. No fiddling with the settings, just quickly starting up and capturing the moment in a way which surprises and delights.

  5. How fast I can turn on the camera. Sometimes a second matters to capture the best moment or complete miss it.

  6. Simplicity… the ability to take a reasonably high quality picture without adjusting 10,000 settings.

  7. Pocketability for sure, with the option to be able to turn the zoom on in my pocket so someone can say “is that a Sony RX100 in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”

  8. For a compact camera as small as RX 100 M3, its performance in the low light environment is superb! In addition, the operation is easy and you don’t need to be a camera guru to capture great photo.

  9. Has to take better pictures than a smartphone, and should take good pictures immediately without complicated settings.

  10. Low-light photography, particularly when traveling somewhere where “night” happens. I don’t know if you guys have experienced it, but it makes photography difficult. Anyhoo, this camera sounds pretty rad for such things

  11. As a frequent traveler, I value a camera that strikes a good balance between compactness and versatility (taking good shots in a variety of settings).

  12. Must be quick reacting (time it takes to turn on, focus, and take photos) and easy to use. Of course, pictures must be nice too!

  13. The best feature of a compact camera is that I won’t look like a creeper with my DSLR at the playground.

  14. Balanced exposure in low-light settings, good ISO for low graininess, and fast writing for quick multiple pictures!

  15. If you’re in a dark cabin, and want to take good pictures holding your glass of Krug, nothing is better than that low light sensor Sony offers to make you look like you made it.

  16. I don’t have any interest in lugging around a camera. If I win, I shall donate the thing to the thrift store at Paws Inn, which is a great homeless shelter for dogs & cats.

  17. The feature that I value most is the weight but the camera has to also take great photos, which the Sony does.

  18. the size of the sensor which produces depth of field in close shots, and captures detail in low light situations.

  19. It should be as simple as possible: all you need to care about is pressing the button. As long as the camera is used to share your hobby to others and is not the hobby itself, it has to be smart and automatic, leaving no space for error to human (you don’t want people staring at you while taking photos just because you have to adjust tons of settings before every single pic, right? Don’t attract attention, that has always been your plan, if I remember well 😉 )

  20. First of all I’d like to say I’m huge fan of you, I love the way you travel using Milepoints. My favourite Blog of your is reviewing Oman Aiport transit in bus, where you encountered the weird look of german couple 😀 Although you have no mistake.Just want you to read this comment, Btw we would love to watch your daily vlogs. My best feature of this camera would be quick autofocus, While make vlogs suoer crispy.

  21. The camera has to take great portraits (blurry background) as well as great landscapes. I have six more email addresses but don’t want to fill up your blog so this is it.

  22. I appreciate durability, with such a small camera it often gets shaken around my backpack, even in it’s case. One of the downsides to with DSLRs is that they (especially the lenses) are so fragile.

  23. I value compact size…it’s nice when you can easily stash the camera in your pocket or purse!

  24. It needs to deal well with intense glare from taking photos out of high altitude aircraft!

  25. Megapixels. If I am going to carry a camera in addition to my phone, I want something very high quality.

  26. Great image quality in a compact size with good zoom because I’m getting tired of having to lug my DSLR and multiple lenses around with me on international trips.

  27. I personally value two things:
    1) wide-angle picture taking capability
    2) low-light picture quality

  28. ease of use, don’t want to have to think about it too much when a chance at a good photo comes up

  29. The amazing quality of the photos it can take but without requiring a large body and separate lense!

    As shown in your amazing photos of the airlines, airports and lounges you review!

  30. I love the small size and the sweet glass too. Closest you can get to a DSLR without the size.

  31. compact design.. I carry my d800 for when I need something else but 80% of the time I’d rather something small that can still snap quality photos

  32. With significant improvements in cell phone cameras, the draw of a compact camera would be its low light performance, depth of field and sharpness.

  33. The compact factor – were you can just store it in your pocket and don’t look like a target while roaming around the streets.

  34. Being able to take pictures in the dim cabin lighting! It’s a plus that it’s compact and not heavy to carry around all day when you’re exploring.

  35. Women’s pockets tend to be small so I really appreciate the performance of the camera despite its compact form factor.

  36. I like that it’s compact. It’s much easier to take pictures on board and not draw that much attention to yourself with a compact camera than a DSLR

  37. Outperforming my Nexus 6P Google Fi cellphone (thanks Tiffany!), while still being compact.

  38. The size – it has to be able to fit in a small bag. If it fits in a pocket, even better!

  39. I think the weight, as well as picture quality and battery life are the most important qualities of a compact camera.

  40. I value portability. I love the resolution of higher end DSLR cameras, but almost always leave them behind because they are too big.

  41. What I value the most in a compact camera is the quality for the weight! It becomes a hassle to always carry a DSLR to vlog and travel so this camera is the perfect resolution. It is an AMAZING camera.

  42. Full size sensor.
    So that hopefully the pictures would at least try to match the quality of a DSLR

  43. Excellent bacon flavored salad dressing—just squeeze the shutter for more than 3 sec.

  44. Quality optics that allow for narrow depth of field, paired with good face-detection that ensures faces are always in focus.

  45. What I value the most is the high resolution shots in a compact design that I can take while traveling!

  46. portability – light weight + compact size and shape so it can be easily carried anywhere

  47. What I value most is a great aperture but still compact enough to bring with me where ever I go.

  48. Quality multiple scene settings to take the best photo for different scenarios such as low light, bright landscape, moving animals/people, etc.

  49. Something compact and portable that won’t draw a ton of attention when I am taking pictures.

  50. So that I can use it with ease when taking photos for Trip reports without being told off by mean cabin crew who can spot a bigger camera

  51. I’ve been a prosumer shooter for 15 years. The challenge is lugging all that gear on vacation. While modern phones take excellent photos, they are still not a substitute for a real camera. The compact camera fits perfectly in this space — small enough to carry on trips yet capable of taking high quality photos.

  52. great size for easy transport without compromising quality and the flip screen is a great bonus:)

  53. Good on you for using!

    Ergonomics with good technical image quality are the most important features for me!

  54. Been looking into getting this one for quite some time. I like its compact size compared to my dslr but the superior image and video quality over the iPhone

  55. For me – it’s about size/weight while also taking high quality photos in different settings. Since I will be traveling to all different kinds of locations, I want a light camera that can handle all different environments.

  56. a high quality lens is great to have, most compacts have poor lenses but the rx100’s is great.

  57. Good enough to frame a photo if I want…small enough to carry around without looking too much like a “tourist”

  58. The size of the camera. Being compact so it does not take up too much valuable carry on space. : )

  59. Above all else, image quality is king for me. When traveling and taking photos aboard aircraft, in hotels, restaurants, etc. low-light image quality is especially crucial.

  60. Low light. Or pretty much any feature that will justify carrying it around in addition to a smartphone.

  61. Struggling right now with the bilk of my DSLR… I think I would value the compactness most, while maintaining (although I know it would lose some of) the quality

  62. Compact size, most cameras nowadays shoot perfectly fine photos but on vacation do you really want to lug around a giant camera for the “best” shot?

  63. The feature I value most in a compact camera is the compact size actually. I want to be able to fit it in my jacket pocket/small bag etc.

  64. Feature you value most in a compact camera: quick start up/power down and shutter speed! When I see something cool I don’t want to wait for my camera to power up.

  65. The feature I value most in a compact camera is compactness … the ability to easily fit in most pants pockets.

  66. The beauty of a compact camera is that you can keep it accessible all the time. My biggest frustration with my dslr is that I just don’t take it very many places.

  67. In a camera, I’m looking for something that’s compact and lightweight, but also one that starts up quickly.

  68. Fast startup time – from pressing the on switch to actually being able to take a picture

  69. i love the Steady-Shot image stabilization because i always feel like my pictures come out blurry and this sounds like it will take perfect pictures!!

  70. I value image (both photo & video) quality most in a compact camera, along with quick startup time to capture the moment.

  71. I would love a camera that’s as convenient and portable as my iPhone, but with better low-light capability!

  72. having a top of the line camera that doesn’t require you to carry a backpack/bag to every tourist spot

  73. Needs to strike the right balance between picture quality and sleekness/lightness of the camera itself. I want to travel light, so if I feel like it’s a burden to take it with me, I’d just leave it at home.

    (Jetzt nur noch die Daumen drücken … ^^)

  74. I love the size of the sensor on this camera…for a compact camera it is almost as good as a DSLR!

  75. I’d say the feature the most needed would be thinness so it fits neatly in a shirt pocket or pants.

  76. For me, it’s all about the size and weight. Must be super compact and light for easy travel and multiple trips in one.

  77. The best camera is the one you have with you – since this is so compact it’s easy to carry

  78. Reliability! It has to work correctly every time, and quickly too. Hope I get picked!

  79. I would want a camera that can take great low light shots and is compact enough to carry everywhere.

  80. Shooting in RAW is a must have for a camera in that price range, image performance should be the same as an equally priced SLR.

  81. Light, easy to carry, easy to transfer pics to Ipad for sharing 🙂 Quit taking my SLR years ago so love hearing about P&S alternatives!

  82. The portability/compact size, so its can fit nicely in my day pack. Although a good zoom lens is always nice to have =D

  83. A compact camera that I can take anywhere is the most important thing to me. The RX100 is the perfect fit for me!

  84. As a consultant, I have to lug a bunch of electronics with me anyway, so I value two things in a camera: (1) It must be lightweight (sorry no bulky DSLRs for me!) and (2) It has to be compact enough that I can carry it around like my mobile phone. Number 2 is probably most important– after all as the adage says, “the best camera is the one you have with you!”

  85. Love that you can take it anywhere without being a burden. Also takes better pictures than smartphones!

  86. It is time I started using something other than my phone for pictures and this looks perfect

  87. Needs to be able to take decent enough photos, but most importantly compact and lightweight! I carry my DSLR around and that is a pain!

  88. Compact, quick and easy, and gives a good night/low light photo. That’s the RX100 all over!

  89. Most valued feature: time from power on to first picture. Don’t want to miss whatever I was trying to get a pic of.

  90. You know the old photography saying: “The best camera is the one you’ll use.”

    The best thing about the compact Sonys is they are compact. IOW, I’ll actually take one with me. I have given up on carrying SLRs with me on vacation.

  91. The convenience of its compact size with the high quality pics it ensures even in low light.

  92. I love the portability of this camera. It’s easy to pack, easy to carry, and most of all, takes great photos.

  93. Pick me! Just like you, I want simple, fast, and easy point-and-shoot pictures from my camera.

  94. I appreciate the ability to take a good photo in low-light as compared to other cameras!

  95. Having DSLR-like quality photos with the simplisticity and flexibility of a compact point-and-shoot camera.

  96. How it does in poor lighting and if it is compact enough that I’m not tempted to leave it behind.

  97. I think the size is the most important. If it is not easy to carry you will not take it with you.

  98. A portable camera that is not too noticable/eyecatching but take good pictures in lowlight.

  99. I normally shot with my 6300, but the little Sony compacts come highly recommended. Being free of extra lenses, filters, and what not would be freeing for every day street and candid shots!

  100. My Nikon DSLR is just to large carry when I’m traveling with just a backpack. So it is important for the camera to be small and lightweight with features of a DSLR camera.

  101. Small and lightweight so I don’t have to look like such a tourist when traveling!

  102. Definitely being small and lightweight, I often need to whip out camera to take quick pictures.

  103. Easily the fact that it’s so compact yet has such amazing features. So much, yet so little.

  104. Compact size is most important to me. If the camera is too big, I’ll just stick with my phone as a camera since I’m already carrying it.

  105. The RX100 is perfect for travel and works great in low light. Been reading some reviews and it’s rated the highest in it’s class. Best feature: Portability without compromising on image quality.

  106. I think the most important feature would be:

    1. Wide enough angle
    2. Big aperture, meaning takes a good picture in a low light condition.
    3. GPS for coordinate would be nice.
    4. Easy to carry.
    5. Obviously takes a good picture.

  107. Compact size has to be the most important feature. You assume that if you are buying a good camera it will be better than your iPhone’s, but that’s not much use if you can’t have it on you all the time.

  108. Low light performance , ergonomics, fast and responsive, compactness are what I look for

  109. Hi Lucky.. Our compact canon decided to die on our first flight in 1st with Emirates from Houston to DXB

  110. Looking for a camera that is quite compact, but doesn’t sacrifice quality. Wide angle lens is also key.

  111. My wife and I travel frequently, she has a Nikon D3300 and loves to take pictures, however, I usually end up holding the thing and it weighs me down 🙂 I would love to win this camera and carry this in lieu of the clunker that may or may not take marginally better photos than this little beast.

  112. Great quality pictures.

    I win, just gimmie the camera…:)

    But seriously, I cannot believe the number of comments on this thread!

  113. Use in different light conditions. The phone doesn’t handle brights and darks very well!

  114. I prefer them for their ease of transport, but my “must have” for any travel camera is low-light performance..

  115. Aside from excellent image quality, simplicity which allows very quick from-the-pocket to shutter release.

  116. I want a compact camera that is really quick to use (not a lot of settings to adjust all the time). That way I can get it out of my pocket and instantly be ready to take photos.

  117. The smaller the camera, the tighter the pants! The tighter the pants, the bigger the muffin top! Win-Win! 😛

  118. Great variety of exposure and contrast settings – manual controls along with High resolution screens.

  119. It’s most valuable feature in a compact camera is how well it performs in low light conditions.

  120. Do things that phone cameras can’t. One of the most important is good low light performance.

  121. I often felt like a target walking around cities with my big camera. I just feel safer carrying a small camera.

  122. Hi Lucky,

    The beauty of Mother Nature in all of Her awe inspiring wonder, tranquility, and fury can be captured or lost in a heart beat, but a high quality compact camera gives us our best chance.

  123. The most important features to me in a compact are increased zoom capabilities, GPS geo-tagging, and HDR. Thanks for the chance to win.

  124. Please use you’re new camera to review etihad’s business class 🙂

    (Hopefully this is a good enough application)

  125. Simplicity of instructions…I finally gave up on a $600+ DSLR because it was so confusing to use! I took far better pictures with my old Nikon SLR which has, for the most part, gone the way of the dinosaurs.

  126. How easy it is to use especially in a short time frame when snapping a pic in a plane of a crowded space.

  127. Being able to quickly and conveniently capture that perfect sunset picture at 30.000 feet.

  128. I currently have a Canon DSLR T3I. It is great except if I want to travel and take something that has great optical zoom and can fit in my pocket. I would love this Sony camera. Been on my wish list for 2 years now.

  129. Its small size light weight easy to carry around & store, easy to use point & shoot, easy to share pic via wifi, zoom quality, great pic and video above smart phone camera levels, wrist band, tripod ready and reasonable price.

  130. Ability to quickly point and shoot, like when you are taxiing and a 747 quickly rolls by.

  131. Ease of use to capture that perfect picture that will allow people to be right there with you in the moment.

  132. Not fidgeting with setting like my SLR, but being able to quickly take a quick photo that is still great quality.

  133. I enjoy the higher quality images and telephoto/macro capabilities of stand-alone cameras.

  134. The low light performance and light weight makes makes it worthy of using this instead of my phone for everyday shoots.

  135. The Sony RX100 is the ideal travel companion: an easy-to-use, 20.2MP compact camera. It is small enough to slip into your pocket so you never miss the action and shoots up to ISO 6400, so you will get fantastic night-time or low light shots of unforgettable places and friends.

  136. For me, the most important feature is the ability to easily take photos without having to adjust lots of settings. I love cameras where I can just take a photo and the camera does all the complicated things itself e.g. Focusing, face recognition and this camera seems to do just that!

    Thanks for being so generous Lucky!

  137. Light sensitivity is much better in cameras like your new one as oppose to my iPhone 6S which I usually use…