My Experience with the RX100 in Disney (Example Striking Differences)

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Craig Gillette Forum Pro • Posts: 11,030
Re: My Experience with the RX100 in Disney (Example Striking Differences)

agentBG425 wrote:

Hello! New to the forum, but wanted to share a few pics.

Last Christmas, before the craziness of COVID, we visited the crowded Disney parks in Florida. I took the first picture with the RX100 vii. The camera was in auto mode, I was in the middle of a crowd, I didn't even try to take a good shot. I think most of us, even with a critical eye, would agree it is a good shot given the circumstances I just described, and especially for a camera that fits in my pocket!

But then how do I explain the second and third pictures? They were taken within an hour of the first picture, and there are many like them in the library. In the first pic where you can kind of see the plastic Santas, there are several shots in a row like this, even though I was standing still.

The third shot, again there are many like it, were in a slow moving boat ride (It's a Small World).

I am sure many of you are going to say this could have been avoided by properly setting up the camera, and I don't disagree for a second, but the reality is that there are times in life (like in Disney of all places) where that is not possible - and it would be great to have an understanding how the same camera can produce such different results on the same night. Was this user error? Just the reality of auto modes?

I'm new here so please go easy! But thoughts/input is greatly appreciated!

As above, the first shot has plenty of light so it was able to achieve focus and doesn't require so long a shutter time that either camera or subject motion is shown.

The second shot didn't acquire focus.  That could be a couple of things.  A quick glance on line didn't show if the RX100s had a release priority setting.  Some cameras can be set so they will not release the shutter if not in focus, the alternative being allow the camera to release the shutter when the shutter button is pressed, regardless of focus.   Or, maybe it just allows shutter release when it's fully presses.  In which case, being sure the focus was acquired would be needed.  Now it is possible that sometimes a focus will acquire and then depending on motion, light levels, etc. lose focus again.  It might be that you'd need to be more deliberate, half pressing, pausing to be sure then firing.

The third, again, a fairly dark environment.  Because you will be getting a slow exposure, you might try panning, holding on the main subject and moving the camera.  If the boat is moving to the left, the pan will be to the right.

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