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Sony RX100 IV Sample Photos

January 11, 2016

Lizard Head Pass, CO taken with the Sony RX100 IV

Click here: First 12 images are RX100 IV images

I’ve owned all four Sony RX100 cameras: models 1, 2, 3, and 4. I haven’t kept all of them. When a new model appeared, I bought it and then sold the previous model. All have been great, pocketable cameras, and I’m always amazed at the clarity and color accuracy of each camera. After using all of them, I’m convinced that Sony found just the right combination of the camera’s processor, sensor and lens. These three units work beautifully as a team. I’m especially impressed with the distortion-free Zeiss telephoto lens.

The Sony RX100 cameras from versions 1 though 4 have offered various improvements; some are small, others are more substantial. For example, models 1 and 2 are quite similar, but model 3 has more features than the previous cameras and the photos are somewhat clearer.

Click here: First 12 images are RX100 IV images

But model 4 is the best. It’s more effective than model 3 in low light: It’s almost noiseless at 800 ISO, and noise is very minor at 1200 ISO. The burst mode is 16 frames/second compared to model 3’s 10 fps, and the shutter speed limit has been raised to 1/32,000/second (vs the 3’s 1/2,000/second). Also, the video has been upgraded to 4K (but I still prefer my Canon 7D Mark ll for shooting videos).

The Sony RX100 lV photos below were taken hand-held, and a polarizing filter was used for some of them.

Clearly, the Sony RX100 lV still is king of pocketable cameras. The photo quality compares with some larger, more expensive cameras. Being able to produce such excellent photos with a convenient camera is an incredible plus for both professional and amateur photographers.

Memory Cards Explained

August 31, 2015

Memory cards explainedPhotographers usually do a lot of research to find the best cameras, tripods, and accessories, but sometimes they don’t think about memory cards. All they know is they want a reliable SD or Compact Flash card that won’t break or go bad over time, and is fast in transferring photos to and from the card.

But it’s useful to have a better understanding the features of memory cards. All cards are labeled with codes that indicate transfer speed, and it’s a good idea to understand these codes. After all, you want to buy a card that’s best suited for your camera (stills and videos) and your type of shooting.

Cris Silvestri’s article identifies these codes and describes their meanings, making it a lot easier for you to buy the right card.

And also do your research on the various brands. Like most other products, memory cards vary from company to company!

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44 Tips to Improve Your Photography

May 21, 2015
Foxglove Flower

Copyright by Kevin Bruce Taylor

Some of these tips just might be reminders; on the other hand, there might be some new information you can use.

1. Shoot every day  Like any skill, the more you do it, the better you can get. The best camera you have is the one in your hand, so if you aren’t out with your full DSLR kit, don’t be afraid to take great photos with your cell phone camera or a point-and-shoot. Photography is photography, make pictures with a camera. Any camera.

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Sony RX100 III Low Light Performance

August 29, 2014

In my last post about the Sony RX100 III, I wrote about the issue of the high price of the Sony RX100 III versus its photo quality. I concluded that the camera is worth the price (about $768) because its features and photo quality are outstanding.

Amphitheater In Cascades Park

f2.8, 1/8 sec, ISO 3200, 28mm

However, the photos I posted were made in daylight – with plenty of available light. But Sony also advertises the RX100 III as a nighttime shooter, basically because of its fast f1.8 – f2.9 lens and also due to its one-inch 20.1 MP Exmor R sensor.

I decided to test that claim by shooting photos with the RX100 III in various low light situations.

Park and Monroe, Tallahassee, FL

f4.0, 1/16 sec, ISO 3200, 31mm

My photos are shown in this post, along with their camera settings. I didn’t use a tripod. It seems to me that most people will like to use this little camera as an impromptu “city shooter” at night, rather than taking time to install it on a tripod. Besides, who’s going to carry a tripod at night – especially on an informal city excursion?

College and Monroe, Florida

f4.0, 1/16 sec, ISO 3200, 24mm

These photos were shot in the A (aperture or f-stop) setting. My starting point for taking photos was f5.6 and ISO 800. If that didn’t work for a particular scene, and especially if the camera’s indicated shutter speed was 1/20 second or below, I lowered the f-stop to a bigger lens opening so I could capture more light, and/or I raised the IS0 above 800 (also allows more light, but at the expense of more noise in the image).

All the photos were taking in jpg “fine” mode, and were lightly post-processed.

Alleyway

f4.0, 1/4 sec, ISO 3200, 24mm

I was amazed at the low light performance of these RX100 III photos. They’re sharp, even when ISO was set at 3200. Of course, you can see some noise in the Photos above 800; but still, they’re quite acceptable (unless you intend to make a large print). Of course, you can remove noise in post-processing.

Bank, Tallahassee, Florida

f5.6, 1/32 sec, ISO 1250, 25mm

Finally, I was pleasantly surprised at my ability to take photos at slow shutter speeds. Well, it’s not really my ability. It’s the Camera’s ability to account for shaky human hands. Sony’s SteadyShot system is outstanding!

Fountain downtown Tallahassee, FL

f4.0, 1/32 sec, ISO 1600, 34mm

Sony RX100 III Best Point and Shoot

July 18, 2014

The Sony RX100 III has been getting rave reviews, thus attracting lots of attention from people who want to buy a quality small camera. But price is a big factor ($798). Before buying an RX100 III, the prospective buyer will want to know if the camera is worth that high price: Is the camera easy to use, has enough features, and most important – can it produce truly outstanding photos?

St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

f8, iso 200, 1/640, 70mm

I own the RX100 I and RX100 II cameras and have put them to the test for some time. Although they’re great little cameras, image noise above 400 ISO can be distracting. The RX100 II is little better than the I, but not significantly so.

When the RX100 III was announced by Sony, I had to buy it because Sony claims its sensor generates less noise at higher ISOs than previous models. However, it has a shorter lens (24 – 70mm) than the RX100 I and II, but it’s also brighter, ranging from f1.8 to f2.8. An excellent popup electronic viewfinder has been added, and the 180 degree tilting screen is a nice touch.

fire hydrant

f4.0, iso 200, 1/800, 24mm

So how does the RX100 III perform in the “real world”?  For example, if you’re on a trip and you have the RX100 III with you, how good are the photos when you pull the camera out of your pocket and shoot a scene – any scene?

Look at the photos in this post. I made them in “fine jpg” mode, using aperture priority. In the interest of real world photography, I didn’t use a tripod. I did some very basic post processing in Adobe Lightroom 5 (other post processing programs will work as well).

st. marks wildlife refuge

f8, iso 200, 1/800, 70mm

Here’s my opinion: Yes, the RX100 III produces outstanding photos, and I believe it’s worth the price. I strongly recommend that you use the camera’s aperture priority setting, as it allows you freedom to select the appropriate f-stop for the scene. The fine jpg mode is quite good and frankly, I like it better than raw mode. You still can do some post processing “tuneups” or special effects on your jpg photos, but you might be satisfied with your photos as they come out of the camera.

red hills surgical center

f8, iso 200, 1/800, 24mm

f4, iso 200, 1/400, 24mm

f4, iso 200, 1/400, 24mm

Sony has done a masterful job in combining all its amazing technology into such a small package. It’s obvious that they intended the RX100 III to be (1) a portable carry-around, almost professional camera, and (2) a very able sidekick to your professional DSLR camera.

Please leave me a comment or questions about the Sony RX100 lll

Look for my next post: Using the RX100 III in low light.

Should The RX100 ll Be Your Only Camera

December 14, 2013

 

Very positive reviews about the Sony RX100 II camera have been posted on the Internet. It’s  pricey (around $750), but it has impressive features: 20.2 megapixel sensor, f1.8 Zeiss lens with 3.6x zoom (28-100mm), tilting LCD monitor, and built-in Wi-Fi. It’s nicely constructed and is compact: 4” wide x 2.25” tall x 1.5” deep. I bought it because of these features and also because it fits nicely in my pocket. I use my Sony RX1R and Canon 5D Mark lll cameras for almost all my photos, but I find that the RX100 II is handy for quick photos when I don’t want to use my more expensive cameras.

But for people who want only one camera, here’s the big question: Is the RX100 II worth the high price? Does it take excellent photos in most photography situations? I was particularly interested to see the quality of photos in “point and shoot” mode (Sony calls it “intelligent automatic”). This way, the camera would be ready for immediate shooting. Just turn the camera on, point it, and press the shutter release button.

I tested this on a recent trip from Florida to Wisconsin.

Tree Trimmer Mississippi River Town Spring Flowers BNSF Train

As you can see, these photos are quite good. They haven’t been processed with photo software. I feel comfortable that the RX100 II’s automatic mode can be used in many situations, but there are instances when I would use some manual settings.