There are regular charter flights from Amman to different cities in Turkey. Istanbul has always intrigued me because it is the only city to span two continents and the capital of numerous empires. Its history is extensive. I visited a bookstore in Istanbul and the section on Turkey’s history alone was larger than the history sections of other bookstores I have visited elsewhere.
My only photographic tool for this trip was a Sony RX100 III point and shoot camera.
I chose a point and shoot because this was a family vacation first. I would traveling with three kids under the age of 10, including a 2 yr old who has occasional, spontaneous episodes of running away into a crowd or onto towering objects to climb. I needed a camera that I could shove into my pocket when I gave chase and not be carried over my shoulder as I would likely be carrying tired children during long walks.
The first place to try out the camera was the Sultanahmet Park and Sutlanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), one of Turkey’s most famous attractions and largest mosques.
I am always amazed how many of the world’s largest and most religiously significant mosques have parks or extensive courtyards for families to relax or picnic.
- Image quality is amazing at high ISO, the best I have ever seen from a point and shoot
- Camera is truly pocketable, being able to fit in my jean pocket or front pocket of a button-up shirt
- The image is stabilization is effective, none of the photographs were taken using a tripod, with most taken only with one hand.
- The fragile, electronic lens cover gets stuck and does not always fully open when the camera is turned on. I sometimes have to manually push the lens cover open whenever the cover partially opens. I checked online and this is apparently an issue that some users have experienced from pocket lint interfering with the blades. This reminded me of why I could not use most point and shoot cameras in harsh desert conditions, a little bump or grain of sand could prevent the lens cap from fully opening or closing. This was one of the main reasons, in addition to its great image quality, that I like my old and reliable Panasonic LX7 point and shoot, as it does not have an electronic lens cover.
- I am confused from the menu settings and the information in the manual about the camera settings is scant. I am not sure if my confusion is from the camera's menu or me being so familiar with the Olympus and Panasonic menu systems. I will download a more detailed manual and see if my experience changes with more use.