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Kevin Ong
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Sandy Wijaya

Indonesia

Sandy Wijaya is a self-taught photographer who began his photography career in 2001. In 2010, he joined Perhimpunan Amatir Foto, the oldest photography club in Indonesia. Sandy quite often wanders to various exotic destinations around the world especially in the Himalayas, Silk Road and Asia. He ventures on roads less travelled, in pursuit of enchanting lights and to be on the scent of one’s culture. His aspirations lead him far away from home, visiting 92 countries in many wondrous places in the Middle East, Latin America and Europe.

Sandy Wijaya Documents Life
with the RX100 VII 

“For all the software magic that smartphones can bring to the photography table, it cannot compare to having a larger sensor. Thanks to its stacked 1-inch sensor, RX100 VII captures better image quality with lower noise, greater depth-of-field, and better colour rendering.”

Name any country and Sandy Wijaya may have most likely visited it. Afterall, his photography pursuit has taken him to as many as 92 countries in the last 20 years.

Don’t mistake Sandy as one of your regular sunglasses-touting tourists. Always setting off with intention, the Indonesian photographer ventures on roads less travelled, roughing it out on the Silk Road or scaling mountainous terrains in the Himalayas. It is because of his boldness for adventure that resulted in some of the most arresting visuals that earned him popularity in the photography industry. He even offers workshops and photography tours in various parts of the world.

While most great shots happen spontaneously for Sandy, it is probably his contemplative approach to travel photography that nails his visual stunners.  

Sandy commends the RX100 VII is not just “small and unobtrusive”, but also “fast and responsive”, “durable” and “has a good battery life.”

RX100 VII | 35 mm | 1/125 sec | F4 | ISO 800

He aptly elaborated: “Travel photography is an image that expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographical limitations.”

Unforgettable documentations with the RX100 VII

With every great capture comes a great apparatus to realise this vision. Sandy has looked to Sony’s RX100 VII for this. Right off the bat, he gushed that the camera is not just “small and unobtrusive”, but also “fast and responsive”, “durable” and “has a good battery life.” He also loves the pop-up eye-level viewfinder. 

The RX100 VII is small enough to keep in a pocket.

RX100 VII | 24 mm | 1/1000 sec | F8 | ISO 100

Sandy shared that the RX100 VII is small enough to keep in a pocket, allowing him to capture every unexpected moment. But what is surely not small is the camera’s stacked 1-inch sensor that captures high-resolution photos with reduced noise, along with richer colour rendering and intense depth of field. 

The RX100 VII's stacked 1-inch sensor captures high-resolution photos with reduced noise, along with richer colour rendering and intense depth of field.

RX100 VII | 24 mm | 1/250 sec | F3.2 | ISO 1250

Different perceptions with different zooms 

Furthermore, the RX100 VII’s 24-200mm lens has proved ideal for Sandy’s documentary needs with its flexible zoom range. He recounted how he can easily shoot a wide-angle landscape scenery, then switching to a close-up portrait of one's face, while still maintaining stunning sharp quality. 

The RX100 VII’s 24-200mm lens has proved ideal for Sandy’s documentary needs with its flexible zoom range.

RX100 VII | 200 mm | 1/320 sec | F11 | ISO 400

The RX100 VII can easily shoot a wide-angle landscape scenery, then switching to a close-up portrait of one's face, while still maintaining stunning sharp quality.

RX100 VII | 24 mm | 1/640 sec | F11 | ISO 50

All the action captured 

In his field of travel documentary, Sandy deals with a lot of fast-moving subjects that require a fast response from a camera to determine the right focus point. Thankfully, the RX100 VII is both fast and responsive, in terms of camera basic operation, autofocus and burst shooting.

He added: “ The camera’s controls are intuitive and well laid-out, so I am not missing the moments by hunting through the menu.”

The RX100 VII's fast image sensor offers up to 20fps blackout free continuous shooting.

RX100 VII | 200 mm | 1/2000 sec | F8 | ISO 200

With 20fps blackout free shooting

The RX100 VII is both fast and responsive, in terms of camera basic operation, autofocus and burst shooting.

RX100 VII | 24 mm | 1/320 sec | F2.8 | ISO 1000

Every moment captured with the RX100 VII's 90fps Single Burst Shooting.

The RX100 VII’s high speed is proven by its incredible 0.02-sec super fast AF for once-in-a-lifetime captures. The camera’s fast  image sensor also offers up to 20fps blackout free continuous shooting and up to 90fps Single Burst Shooting that takes seven shots in rapid succession. 

The RX100 VII's Real-time Tracking automatically zeros in on Sandy’s target and maintains constant focus, capturing every moving moment

RX100 VII | 200 mm | 1/320 sec | F4.5 | ISO 800

High speed is also demonstrated by the RX100 VII’s Real-time Tracking. This feature automatically zeros in on Sandy’s target and maintains constant focus, capturing every moving moment of a speeding vehicle or a galloping horse. 

Spotlighting the soul 

Real-time Eye AF also plays equal importance in Sandy’s photographic works. The feature lets him concentrate on the framing and storytelling of his subjects, while leaving the eye-focusing to the camera. “With Sony’s AF technology, miss-focus is a thing of the past,” he added. 

Real-time Eye AF also plays equal importance in Sandy’s photographic works.

RX100 VII | 105 mm | 1/30 sec | F5.6 | ISO 1600

RX100 VII's Real-time Eye Af lets Sandy concentrate on the framing and storytelling of his subjects, while leaving the eye-focusing to the camera.

RX100 VII | 200 mm | 1/500 sec | F5.6 | ISO 200

Along with all its pro features, the RX100 VII’s durability is truly displayed in Sandy’s many adventures, from the humid-heavy tropics to ice-capades.  

RX100 VII’s durability is truly displayed in Sandy’s many adventures, from the humid-heavy tropics to ice-capades.

RX100 VII | 24 mm | 1/100 sec | F5.6 | ISO 1000

How the RX100 VII brought change 

Without a doubt, Sandy is regarded as a serious, professional photographer. His captures are made with precision and purpose. However, getting his hands on the RX100 VII has reminded him of the joys of creative shooting.

“I rediscovered the meaning of true fun and creativity in photography,” he shared, particularly crediting the RX100 VII’s features of high speed performance, effective AF, broad zoom range in its compact-sized build.

The RX100 VII has impressed Sandy to the point that he would recommend the camera as the ultimate secondary camera to countless enthusiasts and professional photographers in Indonesia. He urged aspiring photographers to start defining a style and find their niche. A good attitude is also the right way forward to becoming a great photographer.

He fittingly concluded: “The RX100 VII is a perfect companion. Like I said, it is the best pocket camera in the world.”

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication are those of Sandy Wijaya. They do not reflect the opinions or views of Sony Singapore.

Sandy’s Gear
ILCE-1
Alpha 1

ILCE-1

ILCE-7RM4A
Alpha 7R IV

ILCE-7RM4A

DSC-RX100M7
RX100 VII 

DSC-RX100M7

ILCE-7RM4
ILCE-7RM4

ILCE-7RM4

SEL35F14GM
FE 35 mm F1.4 GM

SEL35F14GM

SEL50F12GM
FE 50mm F1.2 GM

SEL50F12GM

SEL1635GM
FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

SEL1635GM

SEL2470GM
FE 24-70 mm F2.8 GM

SEL2470GM

SEL70200GM
FE 70-200 mm F2.8 GM OSS

SEL70200GM

SEL24F14GM
FE 24mm F1.4 GM

SEL24F14GM

SEL85F14GM
FE 85 mm F1.4 GM

SEL85F14GM

SEL135F18GM
FE 135mm F1.8 GM

SEL135F18GM

DSC-RX100M7
RX100 VII

DSC-RX100M7