Summer is coming to a close. Which, for students, means that it’s almost time to hit the books. That’s right…back to school season is upon us.

Sure, it’s a shame to have to say goodbye to days at the beach and say hello to assigned reading and group projects. But, with a little planning and the right tools, students can return to class ready to conquer any assignment.

For photography students, investing in the right gear is key to a successful and stress-free school year. Sony is among those camera brands that have been trusted by students for years.

Here are our top Back to School picks from Sony Alpha:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Digital Camera

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As stated by Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions at Sony Electronics.

“The RX100 VII sets a new standard for performance in compact cameras. Sony will continue to drive innovation in the world of imaging, constantly pushing to empower creators with the most capable tools that allow them to realize their vision, and create like they have never been able to before.”

The Sony Alpha RX100 VII is small but mighty. If you are looking for a compact body packed with pro features, you may have just found your go-to tool that can produce both high-quality photos and video.

Check out Sony’s official product feature for more RX100 VII specs:

However, if you are looking for a complete introductory setup, we highly recommend…

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Video Creator Kit

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This RX100 III kit will give you the most bang for your back to school buck. Featuring the RX100 III along with a shooting grip, rechargeable battery, and memory card, this kit can meet the demands of students across a variety of subjects. For example, aspiring digital creators, like mobile journalists, aspiring filmmakers, or contemporary video artist, may discover this camera to be a reliable companion. A number of respected creators have the RX100 III in their camera bag.

For a limited time, save instantly on the RX100 III Video Creator Kit.

If you don’t mind a little extra weight and absolutely need that additional quality and specs boost, we have two words for you: Go. mirrorless.

 Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital Camera Body

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Currently available for pre-order, the a7R IV is, as stated in its official press release, Sony’s highest resolution full-frame camera ever. The new Alpha 7R IV delivers stunning image quality with high resolution and wide dynamic range while maintaining outstanding focusing performance, high-speed continuous shooting and much, much more.

According to Sony’s Official Youtube Channel, the α7R IV is capable of recording high-resolution and wide dynamic range 4K movies. In other words, this camera is a film student’s dream. 

Now, let’s talk about supporting players…

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens

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Although it is a full-frame lens, the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens is compact and weighs only 6.56 ounces. Whether on the camera or in your bag it won’t be a burden, and it’ll be ready whenever needed. The size and weight of this lens are an excellent match for compact α7 series bodies, providing outstanding overall portability and handling.

Finally, it’s always helpful to seek out training and supplemental education outside the classroom. Thanks to our friends at Sony, Samy’s Camera offers students an opportunity to learn from some of the best photographers and videographers in the world. From free in-store events to multi-day workshops, there is a seminar that is sure to fit your budget and training goals.

Sony at Samy’s Photo School 

Here are some upcoming events and classes in collaboration with Sony:

Aug 20th: Sony Presents: Intro to the Power of Imaging – Pasadena

Aug 21st: Sony Presents: Intro to the Power of Imaging – Santa Ana

Aug 23-24th: The Sony Alpha Experience – Los Angeles

Aug 27th: Sony Mirrorless Tips and Tricks – Pasadena

Oct 5th: Portrait Mentoring Series with Scott Robert Lim: Workshop#4 – Stunning Low Light/Night Portraiture – Pasadena

Oct 23rd: Alaska Auroras with Stan Moniz – (4-Day Workshop)

With all that said, it’s now time to get out there and create. Here’s to a successful 2019-2020 school year!

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