RX100 "not so good for fast action shooters"?

Started Sep 1, 2012 | Discussions thread
andye53 Senior Member • Posts: 1,272
Re: RX100 "not so good for fast action shooters"?

Jared Huntr wrote:

Those shots don't tell use anything because everything is in focus due to depth of field. A better test is a continuous series of shots of a dog or kid running or cycling towards the camera when the lens is zoomed out from wide where the background is distinctly unfocused from the subject. It's these types of shots that dSLRs and mirrorless cams like the Nikon 1 do effortlessly.

Most cameras these days have pretty good short shutter lag. It's accurate AF on moving targets that's the problem.

I was mainly referring to the fact that I can get use that kind of shutter speed in an interior space and got decent results. Keep in mind even at f1.8 it needed to go to ISO3200 to get a 1/300s shutter, so your typical 1/1.7" or 1/2.3" sensor compact camera will likely not get you sufficient speed to freeze that motion since typically ISO3200 is not very useable on those small sensor cameras, and not many have f1.8 aperture, so we're talking easily two stops (or more) in shutter speed difference.

As for keeper rate, I took couple hundred shots on that trip and most are keepers as far as AF accuracy is concerned, although admittedly I have not tested CAF tracking moving subjects. CAF is something I've almost never used. BTW most of those interior shots inside the arcade were not prefocused as I've almost always done in the past; I just press the shutter release all the way to freeze motion on those shots. The RX100's impressively quick AF and low shutter lag makes prefocusing unnecessary.

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