Gearhead’s delight: new camera shakedown
In the interest of having a decent backup camera for a forthcoming trip to Utah (leaving next Saturday!), I purchased a Sony RX100 point & shoot. Because every good Boy Scout photographer (“Be Prepared”) needs a backup – right?
This selection went against my well-established Canon bias, primarily because of the excellent user reviews the little Sony has received. The combination of its clever engineering — which incorporates a large(ish) sensor in a shirt-pocket-sized package — and its (relatively) fast Zeiss optics sealed the deal.
The problem, of course, is that I am forced to learn a new user interface in order to get the most out of the camera: Shooting in Auto mode is never an option. Learning curves are not something I relish, but what the heck — it’s all in the interest of improving my photographic expeditioning experience.
(Besides, I just LOVE getting ahold of new gear!)
This little gem boasts a 20+ megapixel native resolution, full manual controls and a variety of cool features, including an auto HDR feature that snaps three pictures in rapid sequence with one depression of the shutter. Oh yeah, and it records video in full HD too, with a dedicated button for just that purpose. (Handy to have when that UFO lands in your back yard unannounced. I’m waiting…)
It turned cool and cloudy in Dallas this weekend, so instead of heading to the State Fair of Texas as I’d originally planned, I hiked down to the bike trail construction site below Flag Pole Hill and snapped away. These photos represent the cream of the resulting image crop, all shot as .jpgs because at present Lightroom does not yet support the proprietary RAW files Sony unfortunately decided to incorporate in the programming — damn their eyes!
Filtration and levels/saturation tweaking were done in Photoshop – since there was no intention of producing prints from these files, I was not concerned with mangling pixels.