RX100: Slow shutter speed without tripod - techniques and settings

Started Jan 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Keith Lommel
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Re: RX100: Slow shutter speed without tripod - techniques and settings
In reply to 2eyesee, Jan 29, 2013

I just got an RX100 and took it out for an evening stroll and some test shots yesterday evening. At one point, I forgot that I had taken the camera off of auto ISO and left it at ISO 200, so I had a string of fairly low-light evening sky-glow photos with less than ideal shutter speeds. Camera shake is a little difficult to judge in this sort of photo because the lights tend to bloom a bit even if the camera is rock steady, so it's difficult to distinguish between lights that are fuzzy due to bloom and those that are fuzzy due to camera shake. But I found that I was getting acceptable to good results at roughly 1/13s and above when shooting at 28mm equivalent focal length, which did not improve appreciably when I reset the ISO and started shooting at faster shutter speeds. But shots at 1/8s were not usable. So yeah, in my case, maybe the IS is good for one stop beyond the 1/focal length rule. My technique with LCD framing is generally to hold the camera with both hands, tuck in the elbows, and hold my breath.

Here's an example at 1/15s:

Evening Skyline at Minatomirai - Yokohama, Japan

And another at 1/13s:

Evening Skyline at Minatomirai - Yokohama, Japan

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