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Eckehart Rscheisen

Version 1.0 from December 31, 2012


SONY DSC-RX100
THE POWER USER GUIDE
EDITION SCREEN2.0 QUICKBOOKS
WELCOME!
!Welcome to our e-book about the Sony Cyber-shot
DSC-RX100.
!Congratulations on owning a very sophisticated piece
of technology that pushes what we think can be done
with a ultracompact digital camera today.
!With this camera, life will never be the same.
!Enjoy!
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!This book is intended as a complement to the manual
provided with the product. We try not to copy the
structure and contents of this document but instead
provide additional relevant and pragmatic stuff that will
help you get the most out of this camera.
!This is not the rst e-book for this camera but I wanted
to make sure that I had enough experience to tell you
valuable real-world tricks with examples instead of
copying the obvious. I hope it was worth the wait.
!This is a real insiders guide targeting ambitious
amateurs and professionals. With this camera guide
your photographic results will never be the same again.
!This book is provided in digital form only.
!This book has been produced with the help of Adobe
Creative Suite CS6 & Creative Cloud.
!About the Author: Eckehart Rscheisen
!Publisher, author, computer
scientist
!Founder, Screen2.0 Publishing
!Digital Photography for more than
15 years now
!Flickr: Levels of Detail
ABOUT THIS E-BOOK
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!This section is intended to provide you with
a bit of background before we jump right
into our pro-level tricks.
!You can always come back to this section to
look up things.
THE BASICS
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!The rst ultra-compact camera with professional
quality results:
!Excellent image quality (resolution, dynamic range,
details) & solid ISO performance (very big sensor,
low noise)
!Very good video capture features & quality
!Good customization (e.g. storing custom settings)
!Fast, very responsive operation (including focussing
and RAW capture)
!Good zoom range (28mm-100mm)
!Very good built-in anti-shake sensor
!Impressive feature set:
!Perfect, timeless, usable, and extremely compact
design (almost Leica-style)
!Sweep panoramas, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
images, and image styles
!Good battery life
!USB charging does not require additional charger
!This precious little camera is worth every cent.
WHY THIS CAMERA IS REVOLUTIONARY
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BASIC OPERATION: THE MAIN CONTROLS
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Mode Dial
Lens
Control Ring
Pop-out Flash
Intelligent Auto
Superior Auto
Program Auto
Aperture Priority
Shutter Priority
Manual Exposure
Memory Recall
Movie
Sweep Panorama
Screne Selection
Zoom Lever
(W: Wide = Zoom Out, T: Tele = Zoom In)
Shutter Button
Microphones
L R
Power Button
Power/Charge Lamp
Back
Forward
Set
LCD Screen
Playback
Button
Help/
Delete
Button
Control Wheel
Zoom Lever
(W: Wide = Zoom Out, T: Tele = Zoom In)
Mode Dial
BASIC OPERATION: THE REAR VIEW
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EXPOSURE PARAMETERS EXPLAINED
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!The following chapter contains the best tips


to get the most out of this amazing camera.
!First try to experiment with the camera by
yourself to better familiarize with the
functions. Then have a look at the tricks and
see which will be helpful for your style.
POWER USER
TRICKS
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!Start smoothly, take your time.
!Try to experiment and do series to compare the
results.
!Gradually try to adapt the tricks described in this
chapter. Your results will improve rapidly.
!I hope that you will nd my examples inspiring for your
own work and style.
!Send me your masterpieces if you want to have them
published. My e-mail address is roescheisen@screen-
online.de.
!Anyways, here is what the manual wont tell you (and
its a lot)
TAKE YOUR TIME
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!In normal light, Superior Auto is always a good choice,
choose P Mode if you want to manually modify some
of the settings.
!In lowlight, shutter priority is always a good choice
(use 1/60s for portraits, and at least 1/100s for moving
objects).
!Images tend to have less sharpness at the borders.
Leave more space for framing the images and crop it
later.
!In low light, try to use wide angle because the widest
aperture (f/1.8) is only available here. Now you can
use faster shutter speeds to freeze the action.
!Don't push the ISO too high because the noise level
will increase signicantly.
!If you are using a tripod, deactivate Steady Shot.
GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
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!Use Track Focus to lock in to an object or person
while shooting away.
!This is very useful, especially in Intelligent Auto or
Superior Auto mode.
!You can use this trick with the last one.
!If you have selected continuous shooting, you can
shoot up to 10 images per secod, depending on the
mode.
!Examples:
!Seagull: f/6.3, 1/1800s, ISO 125, Auto Mode
SHOOT PHOTOS LIKE VIDEO
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!Have you got more hot tips for this amazing camera?
Send them our way so that they get included in the next
update of this e-book.
!Do you have specic questions that have not been
answered here?
!Send your feedback to roescheisen@screen-online.de.
ANY TRICKS MISSING?
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!Liked this book? Found errors? Get in touch now!
!Send your feedback to roescheisen@screen-online.de.
FEEDBACK PLEASE!
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mind:
!Fast consumption
!Many images & illustrations
!Very short texts
!Attractive magazin-style layouts
!Goal-oriented and pragmatic
!Made for digital media, not for simulating printed
books
!Screens instead of pages
!Versions instead of editions
ABOUT SCREEN2.0 QUICKBOOKS: COMPACT, ELABORATE, BRILLIANT.
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