Sony Cybershot RX100

Yes! My Holy Grail has arrived! A truly pocketable Sony camera that takes amazing photos, and shoots in RAW as well as Jpeg! With a Carl Zeiss lens, sweep panorama, a respectable 13-20x zoom, and the ability to work in everything from full manual to fully auto Ö it is the answer to my prayers!

Yes! It must be the most expensive pocket camera on the market - but having started using one in September, I consider it worth every penny! If you donít believe me, then just read the reviews on Amazon US HERE 

It fits into my pocket or handbag easily - 101.6 mm x 58.1 mm x 35.9 mm. It is very lightweight, 213, (7.5oz) It takes stunningly great photos in both Jpeg and RAW!

What I was not prepared for was just how far Sony have come in their thinking and design of the menu system. Thereís a lot of talk about how difficult it is without a proper in-depth manual - and yes, Iíll be the first in line when a ĎMissing Manualí comes out! But using the on-screen navigation system I have achieved more experimentation and flexibility with the RX100 in a couple of months than I managed in several years with my Nikon. The system is easy to use, and offers a good range of customisation. For a start you can store 3 complete settings in Memory Recall. So I can have my HDR settings saved and not lost! Then there is the magic Fn (Function) button. Here you can get easy access on-screen to 7 settings that you like to use. For me some of the most used are Image Quality and Image Size. I donít always want to shoot in RAW and Fine Jpeg - sometimes I want a quick shot I can later email Ö. And so I can move to VGA and Standard and a small Jpeg is just right. Then I can scroll back to 1 of 4 options for Image size. Quality also offers 4 options, from standard to RAW. And Aspect also offers 4 options: 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The layout design is to fit all the options on screen, and then scroll sideways. This is so much easier than having a long scroll down system! And there are no sub-menus to get lost in either!

I have added a custom grip to the body - it does need one, and it is not in the original design.  It is made by Richard Franiec, and is perfect. You wouldnít believe it isnít part of the original machine.

I also bought (from the US) a set of 2 extra batteries and a charger. I like to have an extra battery - and Iíve found I really need it with the RX100. The battery can run down very quickly once it starts to lose charge. And I much prefer to have a wall charger Ö so now I have a small pouch with a couple of spare batteries, a spare SD card, and a lens cleaner.

Then I added a Joby Gorillapod Micro250 tripod. The camera sits on it comfortably while at home, and remains stable and always to hand. And it collapses to give an added stabiliser while shooting one handed. The only down side is that I need to unscrew it to change the battery or remove the SD card.



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The sun came out,

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The clouds began to return, and a chill wind undercut the warmth, and we decided it was time to leave ..... the mist that has been closing in most nights was returning, and we made our way back to the warmth of the car - and homeward!

But at least we have had ONE evening of summer!

on to the Sony NEX 6

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