Sony RX-100 Mk II

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Well, go this as our RX-100 is going on to bigger and better things. So some reminders about how to reset the controls so that they work well:
For Video, it a little hard to follow, but here are the setting and how to save them in a custom mode:

  • Top dial: Movie Mode  
  • Menu – 
  • File Format: AVCHD
  • Record Setting: 60i 24M (FX) – this becomes true 30p once you drop it into your editing program.  It uses about twice as much data per frame as 60p 28mbps, resulting in fewer compression artifacts. But if you want the slow motion option at all times, use 60p instead.
  • Steadyshot: Active (switch this to Standard or Off if you want a wider angle lens)
  • Movie: Aperture Priority
  • Menu – 
  • Grid Line: Rule of 3rds Grid
  • Peaking Level: Mid
  • Peaking Color: Yellow
  • Function Button – click to enter
  • Function 1: White Balance
  • Function 2: Focus Mode
  • Function 3: ISO
  • Function 4: DRO/Auto HDR
  • Function 5: Creative Style
  • Function 6: Metering Mode
  • Function 7: Quality
  • Exit to Menu 
  • Func. of Center Button: Standard
  • Func. of Left Button: AF/MF Control Toggle
  • Func. of Right Button: AEL Toggle
  • Press Fn Button
  • White Balance: Cloudy (gives a slightly warmer, more filmic tone to daytime scenes)
  • AF-C
  • ISO Auto
  • DRO Level 2
  • Portrait Mode, -2, -1, -3
  • Metering Mode: Center
  • Raw + JPEG
  •  Press Fn Button to Exit
  • Turn Control Ring to set aperture to f/1.8

To save this setting:

  • Menu:  5
  • Memory – click to enter
  • Select Register 1
  • Press Center Button to confirm

Cinematic video settings on the Sony RX100: a step-by-step guide » Run Gun Shoot » 2013


 

I usually shoot semi-manual with the RX100.  I let the camera achieve the desired focus/aperture, then I lock the settings.  This is done by Auto Exposure Lock (AEL) and Autofocus/Manual Focus (AF/MF) switching.

  • Center subject, let AF achieve sharp focus
  • Press Left Button on Control Ring to switch to MF
  • Pan/tilt camera until you achieve desired exposure (compensating for backlit subjects, etc)
  • Press Right Button on Control Ring to engage AEL

If your subject moves or the lighting changes, just press the Left or Right Button to go back to auto mode and let the camera adjust.
Cinematic video settings on the Sony RX100: a step-by-step guide » Run Gun Shoot » 2013


 
For stills, there are lots of small hints that aren’t in any one place but here they are: 
If you’ve time, I like to use the larger color space of AdobeRGB and shoot in JPEG+RAW and post process. Although for casual use the differences are small, they are there non the less. I use Jpeg for casual quick particularly since this camera has Wifi upload now and the raw for later processing.

I advise that you set up the panorama direction to be “up”. [Mode to Panorama, then Menu to 1 Panoram Direction] This will produce larger panos, since the wider dimension of the sensor will become the short dimension of the pano. Re: New RX100 user, tips wanted: Sony Cyber-shot Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

Play with the focus assist lamp too [ 1 AF Illuminator: Off]. I turned mine off because it seems to be more of a hindrance to focusing than a help. Re: New RX100 user, tips wanted: Sony Cyber-shot Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

Setting the menu to return to ‘last used’ rather than ‘top’ helps when you’re dipping into the menu a lot at first. This is in [Wrench 1 Menu Start: Previous]. Re: New RX100 user, tips wanted: Sony Cyber-shot Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review


 There is an online book as well:

Love your new 20 megapixel wonder, but having a hard time configuring it and understanding all of its features?  Then this book is for you. Written for the advanced user (with tutorials and easy explanations in case you’re not so advanced), this easy-to-understand yet thorough guide provides a complete instruction manual which explains each feature in plain English and provides hundreds of visual examples as well.  There is no better way to learn about and get the most out of your camera.  And you can try it risk-free – read on for details! Sony Cyber-Shot RX-100 Book by Gary L. Friedman


 

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