RX10 IV - Perfect Yellowstone Camera?

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RobbieV
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It was for me! I was fretting over camera and lens choice for a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton that I just got back from.  I wanted great quality for landscape to Wildlife and I want to be able to hike for miles with it.  I couldn't be happier with the way the RX10 handled almost all situations.  Of course, there were times when I could've used more reach and I took my A7iii with 16-35 for when I wanted to be more creative with the wide angle, but it stayed in the car most of the time.  I've got shots here that go up to ISO 6400 and I see no problem with it.  The Sigma 150-600 stayed home and I have no regrets.

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Bill Borne
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All Nice shots. Been there 4 or 5 times and never saw a wolf!

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RobbieV
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Bill Borne wrote:

All Nice shots. Been there 4 or 5 times and never saw a wolf!

Thanks!  I got lucky one morning and saw 5 wolves trying to get at a dead calf, but momma bison kept fighting them off!

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AlwynS Senior Member • Posts: 2,340
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Very nice selection.  The bursting mud bubble is my favourite

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Rodger1943
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Great looking results. The RX10 M4 certainly did the job well and you didn't have to worry about which lens to use.

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Stephen Ingraham Senior Member • Posts: 1,815
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Wonderful set!

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Dirkvd001
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Nice pictures. I concur that it is a perfect travel camera

Coyote near Storm Point Trail Yellowstone NP

Squirrel near Pelican Creek Yellowstone NP

Elk at the Wraith Falls

Bison at Hayden Valley Yellowstone NP

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LenRivers Senior Member • Posts: 1,004
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Very true, many posts about what to take and it can be overwhelming.

Yes, depends on itinerary and who all is traveling together and when you do certain types of trips at a location you just do not want to be changing lenses too much and second guessing.

It is actually less stressful when you have a camera that the user thinks will take care of what they need. This can be a RX-10 or A73 with lens or other p&s or X100f whatever.

If you see a shot you want to grab it not look away and miss it. Sometimes I will keep my eye on the viewfinder ready to go using it as my eyes and just a part of my body.

Sometimes one just does not want to be bogged down with a heavy camera bag and sometimes the location dictates common sense safety to the non photographer who may just recognize a brand name.

Most locals just know where to go and not go.

Even locally where I live I would never ever ever bring a camera into areas even during day light hours.

The caveat is some local public events where it is normal to see cameras is different be aware and put your camera away or know when to stop

Trips like this is completely different where I was going with people type photography in public

If I had a big trip planned I have the RX-10 IV or RX-100 VI on my radar.

DUTCH van Atlanta Senior Member • Posts: 1,642
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LenRivers wrote:

If I had a big trip planned I have the RX-10 IV or RX-100 VI on my radar.

Just back from a trip where both of those were used. One where I didn’t need the extra long reach, and one where I did.

RX10IV

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georgehakim
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Excellent photos. I was also fretting over camera and lens choice for an African safari later this year and finally purchased the RX10IV. I haven't used it much yet, but seeing your photos I believe I made the right decision. Thanks for posting.

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LenRivers Senior Member • Posts: 1,004
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cool thanks

LynnObie
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Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos you took in Yellowstone!  Makes me want to go back tomorrow!

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RobbieV
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AlwynS wrote:

Very nice selection. The bursting mud bubble is my favourite

I hear ya! The mud pots are so interesting and always one of my favorite things at Yellowstone!

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Dirkvd001 wrote:

Nice pictures. I concur that it is a perfect travel camera

Thank you and great coyote picture!

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georgehakim wrote:

Excellent photos. I was also fretting over camera and lens choice for an African safari later this year and finally purchased the RX10IV. I haven't used it much yet, but seeing your photos I believe I made the right decision. Thanks for posting.

If you want to free yourself from big lenses and changing lenses, I don't see how you can go wrong with the RX10iii on safari!

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Dirkvd001
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RobbieV wrote:

Dirkvd001 wrote:

Nice pictures. I concur that it is a perfect travel camera

Thank you and great coyote picture!

Thank you. He was very intrigued to see us as we were only 10 yards away and he was watching my wife and daughter closely to see what they were up to. That gave me the opportunity to take pictures from a different angle.

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mhwarner Senior Member • Posts: 1,132
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georgehakim wrote:

Excellent photos. I was also fretting over camera and lens choice for an African safari later this year and finally purchased the RX10IV. I haven't used it much yet, but seeing your photos I believe I made the right decision. Thanks for posting.

I took the RX10IV to Africa last September and came back with wonderful photos, as well as a large number of excellent videos. I did take a Canon 70D with 18-400 Tamron zoom but it became a backup only and I never used it. The Sony made it so easy to switch from stills to video and the 600mm reach really came in handy. I was limited on weight due to small plane flights between camps but had no issues without the long heavy lenses and tripods. Handholding in a safari vehicle was not a problem. I also used a Canon G7X II for night shots around the camp and a few Milky Way shots.

SONY DSC-RX10M4 ISO 800 1/250 600 mm (EQ35mm)

SONY DSC-RX10M4 ISO 500 1/400 485 mm (EQ35mm)

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georgehakim
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mhwarner wrote:

georgehakim wrote:

Excellent photos. I was also fretting over camera and lens choice for an African safari later this year and finally purchased the RX10IV. I haven't used it much yet, but seeing your photos I believe I made the right decision. Thanks for posting.

I took the RX10IV to Africa last September and came back with wonderful photos, as well as a large number of excellent videos. I did take a Canon 70D with 18-400 Tamron zoom but it became a backup only and I never used it. The Sony made it so easy to switch from stills to video and the 600mm reach really came in handy. I was limited on weight due to small plane flights between camps but had no issues without the long heavy lenses and tripods. Handholding in a safari vehicle was not a problem. I also used a Canon G7X II for night shots around the camp and a few Milky Way shots.

SONY DSC-RX10M4 ISO 800 1/250 600 mm (EQ35mm)

SONY DSC-RX10M4 ISO 500 1/400 485 mm (EQ35mm)

Wow!! I am now glad I got the RX10iv for my upcoming African Safari (Tanzania). I hope I can get shots like that with it. Thanks for posting.

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Dodge_Rock
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It sure looks like it was the perfect Y-S camera for you.  Nice weather & fantastic setting, plus perfect timing to catch all you did during your visit window.  Really like the low cloud/mist rolling in from the right at the edge of the grand canyon of Y-S.

Well done.

Luis Gabriel Photography
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Great job.

I used to bring my main gear but an rx10 IV will be my choice to Yellowstone next year for my 4th visit. The ability to quickly change focal length while getting good quality photos is too good specially since I am doing it with my wife for vacation not for a paid job.

For wide angle I will just use my Mate 20x which has a 16mm lens. More than good enough for IG and Facebook. 😁

I may even try the p1000 for super far away animals to see how it does

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