When you purchased your Sony RX100, RX100 II, RX100 III, RX100 IV or Sony RX100 V camera, you already have everything you need to begin shooting. But depending on the type of photography you’re doing, there are some accessories that can really come in handy. Let’s start with some must-have accessories for your photography.
External Chargers and Batteries
My first suggestion is to buy an external charger and extra batteries. Sure, you can always plug the cord that came with your camera into an electrical outlet to charge your camera battery, but it’s pretty hard to shoot with your camera plugged into the wall.
It’s a much better idea to purchase a Sony BCTRX Battery Charger ($31) and a spare Sony NP-BX1/M8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery ($36) so that you can keep on shooting. The best value is to buy them together as a Sony Battery and Charger Kit with NP-BX1 Battery Kit ($55)
Shooting with a fast memory card allows you to shoot even longer burst without buffer slowdowns. Good memory cards are one of the best investments you can make in maximizing the performance of your camera. Sony SDHC UZ Class 10 UHS-1 memory cards offer very good performance at a great price:
Adobe Lightroom 6 is one of the best “upgrades” you can buy if you want to get the most out of your Sony camera. Lightroom does a great job processing Sony RAW files and allows you to get the most of your camera’s RAW capabilities (Expect to see Sony RX 100 IV support in the next LR 6/LR CC update). Lightroom is particularly good at allowing you to reduce noise at high ISOs without loss of detail. Order from Adobe Lightroom 6 from B&H – or if you use both Lightroom and Photoshop, an even better deal might be the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan – 12 Month Subscription for $99/year.
Your camera came with a strap. It might be exactly your style, but if it’s not, you have lots of options. There’s no camera accessory we come in closer contact with than the strap. You can find virtually any strap your heart desires online, so if you’re in the mood for a hot-pink ostrich-leather camera strap, you’ll probably find it.
I have Think Tank V2.0-1″ Double-Sided Non-Slip Camera Straps on all my Sony cameras. It’s light and flexible and the double-sided non-slip surfaces prevent the camera from sliding off your shoulder even when wearing your favorite slick leather jacket – which should give you a clue why I switched to these.
(Your RX100 camera should have come with a couple strap adapters in the box – now you know what those things are for…)
But if your prefer a cross-body sling strap, BlackRapid Metro Sling Camera Strap may be the ticket.
Sony LCJRXF Premium Jacket Case is a two-piece polyurethane case designed specifically for RX100, RX100 II, RX100 III and RX100 IV digital cameras. The bottom half of the case screws to the camera’s tripod socket and remains on the camera while shooting. The top half, which covers the lens, slips over the camera and attaches to the base with two snap buttons. The mounting screw features a female 1/4″-20 thread allowing the camera to be mounted to a tripod with the jacket still attached. A removable, adjustable shoulder strap that attaches to the case’s two strap lugs is included.
If you’re looking for an ultra-premium half case, GARIZ Leather RX100 Half Case is made from high quality genuine leather with soft inner lining. Its metal baseplate includes a separate 1/4 20 tripod mount.
Since pocket cameras spend a lot of time in pockets, a Sony PCK-LM15 LCD Protective Cover will help keep your RX100 series camera’s LCD safe from nicks and scratches.
Sony VFA49R1 Filter Adapter for DSC-RX100 series cameras ($23 at B&H) allows you to attach 49mm ND, circular polarizer or protective multi-coated filters, for use on select Sony Cyber-shot digital cameras (compatible with Sony RX100 and DSC-RX100 II). Mounting and removal of the adapter is simple, thanks to its one-touch release mechanism, and its receiver securely attaches to your lens barrel.
The filter adapter listed above will allow you to mount 49mm filters on your RX100 series camera including my favorite 49mm Neutral Density, polarizing and protective filters. If you plan to shoot video, a Vu 49mm Variable Neutral Density Filter allows you adjust light output by 2-8 stops.
Sony AG-R2 Attachment Grip ($14 at B&H) is specifically designed to provide a more stable and secure grip when using Sony RX100, RX100 II, RX100 III or RX100 IV digital cameras. Constructed from an elastomer and polycarbonate-like material, the grip easily attaches to the front of the camera body with a just-fit design and maintains the overall sleek, lightweight profile of the RX100-series.
Fotodiox Cherry Wood Hand Grip for Sony RX100 III ($49.95 at Amazon) gives your Sony RX100 III serious wood for under Fifty Bucks! Even though Hasselblad pulled the plug on their factory that was churning out $3,000 Hasselblad Stellar versions of the Sony RX100 there’s no need to dismay. You can now trick your RX100 III with a cherry grip like the one found on Stellar and save yourself a wad of cash.
The grip attaches to RX100 III with a permanent adhesive and a mounting screw into an existing screw hole in the body. The Fotodiox Cherry Hand Grip can also be mounted to Sony RX100 & RX100 II cameras with using the permanent adhesive alone – without the mounting screw. [This grip should be compatible with Sony RX100 IV. The camera body is the same size as previous model and the location of the attachment screw “appears” to be in the same location.]
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Table Top Tripod ($25 at B&H) doubles as a tabletop tripod and a handheld grip support for your RX100 or other compact camera. The legs are rounded on their outer side, so the closed tripod provides a comfortable hand grip. When open, the tripod and head have a maximum height of 5.31″. Rubber feet prevent slipping and protect delicate surfaces. Fabricated from stainless steel and black Adapto polymer, the PIXI supports up to 2.2 pounds while weighing only 6.7 ounces. Its built-in ball head has a 1/4″-20 camera screw and a unique design that allows adjustments and locking with a single push button
Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System ($389 at B&H) weighs just 1.4 lb and can handle cameras up to 5 lb in weight. It gives you precise, smooth control for dramatic, professional you-are-there footage. The quick-release mount lets you instantly switch between your stabilizer and any tripod. This system utilizes a metal gimbal for smooth camera movement.
RX100-Series Underwater Housing
Sony Underwater Housing for RX100-Series Cameras (Pre-Order Now for $329) is compatible with ALL RX100-Series cameras. It features dual water-tight gaskets that enables you to photograph in depths down to 130′. The dedicated design maintains access to all camera controls, including a rotary lens-ring dial, zoom lever, push buttons for menu access, and a large lever-type shutter button.
The housing also permits the use of the camera’s built-in flash, and an included detachable diffuser can be used to lessen vignetting and provide a more even wash of lighting. The front of the housing has 67mm filter threads to permit the attachment of color-correction filters or other threaded lens accessories.
A top accessory shoe is available for working with an optional external flash, and the bottom of the housing also incorporates three 1/4″-20 mounts for mounting an accessory grip or handle.