Photographer's Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II
Alexander S. White
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
With the release of the DSC-RX100 II camera, Sony has built upon the success of the earlier RX100 model, adding a hot shoe, tilting LCD screen, Wi-Fi capability, upgraded digital sensor, and several other enhancements. White Knight Press, which published a well-received guide to the RX100, has released this new guide book that addresses all of the new features of the RX100 II and includes a full discussion of the many advanced features that are common to both camera models.
With the publication of this book, author Alexander White provides users of the RX100 II with a guide to all operations, features, menus, and controls of the camera. Using a patient, tutorial-like approach, the book shows beginning and intermediate photographers not only how to accomplish things with the RX100 II, but when and why to use the camera's many features.
The book does not assume specialized knowledge by the reader as it explains topics such as autofocus, manual focus, depth of field, aperture priority, shutter priority, exposure compensation, white balance, and ISO sensitivity. The book provides full details of the camera's numerous shooting modes as well as its many menu options for shooting, playback, setup, and special effects. The book includes full coverage of the new features of the RX100 II, including the use of the camera's built-in capability to transfer images and videos over a wireless network and to allow the camera to be controlled remotely by a smartphone or tablet.
The book includes approximately 400 photographs, most in full color, which illustrate the camera's controls, shooting screens, and menus. The images also provide examples of the types of photographs that can be taken using the many creative settings of the camera, including the Photo Creativity settings, which let the photographer alter the color processing of images; the Scene shooting mode, with settings that are optimized for various subjects, including landscapes, portraits, and action shots; the Creative Style and Picture Effect menu options, which offer dramatic options for altering the appearance of images; and the camera's strong array of features for continuous shooting and shooting in dim lighting.
In addition, the book goes beyond the bounds of everyday photography, and provides introductions to more advanced topics such as infrared photography, street photography, astrophotography, digiscoping, and macro photography. The book also includes a full discussion of the video recording abilities of the RX100 II, which can shoot high-definition (HD) video with stereo sound, and which offers manual control of exposure and focus during movie recording.
In three appendices, the book provides information about accessories available for the RX100 II, including cases, external flash units, viewfinders, and filter adapters, and includes a list of web sites and other resources for further information. Also, the book includes a detailed appendix with helpful "quick tips" that give particular insights into how to take advantage of the camera's features in the most efficient ways possible. This guide to the RX100 II includes a detailed index, so the reader can quickly find needed information about any particular feature or aspect of the camera.
setting and continues going. Finally, there is one more way to select a scene type. If the Control ring is set to its Standard setting, then when the camera is in Scene mode, you can just turn the Control ring to cycle through the various scene types. You will see a circular display as the ring turns, as shown in FIGURE 3-25. Then, as shown in FIGURE 3-26, after you stop turning the ring, the icon for the selected type will appear in the upper-left corner of the screen. (If you are using manual
the right, with no space between the data lines and the right side of the chart, the highlights are clipping, or reaching the maximum value.) It is difficult to recover details from images whose highlights have clipped, so it can be a safety measure to underexpose your images slightly to avoid that situation. If you don’t plan to leave a permanent exposure compensation setting in place, you should return the setting back to the zero point when you are finished with it, so you won’t inadvertently
length you want. Of course, this feature is of use only if your desired focal length is 35mm, 50mm, or 70mm; it is easy to set the focal length to 28mm or 100mm using the normal zoom method because those focal lengths are at the two extremes of the camera’s optical zoom range. You might want to choose a focal length of 35mm, for example, if you obtain an optical viewfinder of that focal length, as discussed in APPENDIX A. Or, you might want to compare shots from the RX100 II against shots from
without that procedure, it’s best to make sure the card is set up with Sony’s own particular method of formatting for the RX100 II. FILE NUMBER This option gives you control over the way the camera assigns numbers to your images and videos. There are two choices: Series and Reset, as shown in FIGURE 7-31. Figure 7-31. File Number Menu Option If you choose Series, then the camera continues numbering where it left off, even if you put a new memory card in the camera. For example, if
Creativity feature, press the Down button on the Control wheel—the button marked with the plus and minus icon and the camera icon with three plus signs at its right side, as shown in FIGURE 2-2. When you press that button, you will see some new icons and virtual controls appear on the LCD screen, as shown in FIGURE 2-11. Figure 2-11. Photo Creativity Screen: No Adjustments Made Yet At the bottom of the screen there are five blocks, each with an icon that represents a particular setting or