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August 28, 2014

Sony RX1

By In Photography

I am upgrading my ‘point and shoot’ from the Ricoh GR to the Sony RX1.  Looking forward to some beautiful bokeh, low-light shooting, and going from 28mm to 35mm shooting.  Whoo-hoo!  The price of the RX1 has now come down to about half price on ebay, so I was able to pick up a second hand one for a great price.  I will miss the sheer portability of the Ricoh GR, but thinking that the iPhone 6 may become my true portable ‘always-with-me’ camera in any case, and the RX1 would be for events and targeted photo opportunities.

While waiting for the RX1 to arrive, I found some interesting tips for setting it up:
From seriouscompacts.com, a user called ccrevasse wrote:

I usually shoot raw plus B&W jpeg, so you may want to give that a try. I’ve found the B&W jpegs to be very versatile. In terms of recommended setings, many of us shoot our RX1 with focus separated from the shutter release. For example, I usually have the front control dial set to MF. My “c” button is assigned to AF/MF Control Hold; my AEL button to spot AEL toggle; my left button to AF/MF Control Toggle; my right button to Quality; and my down button to Autofocus Area. I generally keep my autofocus area set to center. With the front dial set to MF, I achieve focus by pressing the “c” button, and focus remains locked until I press the “c” button again. If I want to switch to AF on the shutter release, I hit the left button; to switch back to focus with the “c” button, just hit the left button again.

Another tip is to shoot in manual exposure mode with auto ISO. This allows you to choose your aperture and shutter speed, and the camera will adjust exposure with the ISO. Exposure compensation works in manual mode, too. The problem with aperture priority mode is that the RX1 will lower the shutter speed to 1/80 before it begins raising ISO, and 1/80 is, IMO, too slow for this camera. I try to set my shutter speed at or above 1/160

Here are some pictures I took last night.  The images are so incredibly clear, even at high ISO.  I think I will love this camera.