RX100 Does some Mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies

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burnymeister
burnymeister Senior Member • Posts: 1,591
RX100 Does some Mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies

In my relentless search for a compact sized camera that can deliver good IQ I came across the Sony RX100 recently. It's not a cheap camera - but then the results aren't cheap either!

This is hands down the best compact camera I've used for climbing. Last weekend I climbed Mount Fryatt. This is normally a 3 day excursion but my group decided to do it in 2. This meant ultra light packing. I left the NEX-7 at home, which wasn't easy because I knew that this area is stunningly beautiful and having only one camera / lens choice was limiting.

I think the RX100 delivered some special images though - I am very, very impressed by it. The auto-panorama function is also great and saves a lot of time PP'ing. While climbing you don't always have time to do things 'proper', so having the options of just doing a point 'n sweep was great! There are some blown highlights mostly due to me not having the time to attempt HDR or processing the RAW files. Enough talk, here's the images;

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Threshold Tech Forum Member • Posts: 84
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I have seen your many postings from various cameras, and enjoyed them all. I think you have used the camera to its best in your shots - great work once again!

We all know what they say about the best camera, and it's true. When I was at the Olympics in London for a month I couldn't drag a large camera with me everywhere or else I would have spent much longer at security and had to babysit my gear. I could work at the IBC and then shoot off to somewhere knowing the RX100 was with me ready to go. On my last day I helped strike all the technical gear at the Broadcast Centre and then, finding myself with some unexpected time, hopped on a train to Bath at a moments notice. Because of the diminutive size and quality of the RX100 I was able to leave straight from work and get the shots I wanted. It is not perfect but it is very good.

Here is a panorama of the Olympic Stadium during a high jump event. I ran over during a break, and I was glad to have such a small camera while moving about the Park and the Stadium.

Amateur Sony Shooter Veteran Member • Posts: 5,433
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Man these are killer shots! I always wanted to visit Rock Mountain your images give me the inspiration again. Thanks for posting them!

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fotophool Veteran Member • Posts: 4,340
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I gotta say, guy, your work always exhilarates me!

At the same time, just thinking about your exploits -- and what you have to go through to get these pictures -- leaves me pretty much exhausted.

Maybe if I were a half-century (or so) younger...

Keep up the good work!

Us armchair mountaineers greatly enjoy it.

fotophool

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burnymeister
OP burnymeister Senior Member • Posts: 1,591
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Nice shot! And yes - I agree that a small camera can be very handy at times...
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burnymeister
OP burnymeister Senior Member • Posts: 1,591
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fotophool wrote:

I gotta say, guy, your work always exhilarates me!

Thanks!

At the same time, just thinking about your exploits -- and what you have to go through to get these pictures -- leaves me pretty much exhausted.

Considering I put in a 24.5 hour day on the summit day (we hiked out the same day) - it left me pretty much exhausted too!

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Ray Sachs
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I was wondering how long it would take you to get ahold of one of these little guys. Wonderful shots, as always!

I'm pretty blown away by this little camera. I don't like the controls and interface worth a damn, but I'm coping with it. But the images this camera can turn out, even in really low light, are pretty incredible. It won't replace my OMD or X-Pro, but it'll go places those won't...

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burnymeister
OP burnymeister Senior Member • Posts: 1,591
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Thanks Ray! This is a wonderful little piece of gear for sure.
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busch
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I'm impressed by your exceptionally nice images and also by your hiking ability! About to turn 76 and am noticing the mountains are getting higher and the paths steeper ever year.

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Dom7 Forum Member • Posts: 62
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I am dumbfounded by the excellent pictures. Nice.

travel_bug Junior Member • Posts: 43
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Fantastic images!
Can I ask what kind of post processing you did, if any?

How did you manage to capture the stars like that? Very cool!

burnymeister
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travel_bug wrote:

Fantastic images!

Thanks!

Can I ask what kind of post processing you did, if any?

I always do some PP in Lightroom - even though these were all shot in JPEG. Basically it involves doing some contrast and highlight / shadow adjustments.

How did you manage to capture the stars like that? Very cool!

The stars are slightly out of focus since manual focus is very difficult on a screen in the pitch darkness! Taking night shots is pretty easy. You open the lens as wide and fast as it can go, expose for 20 seconds or less on as high ISO as possible. The faster and wider the lens and the better the high ISO the better your shots will turn out. Do some contrast adjustments on the photo when you get home.
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villebon Senior Member • Posts: 2,218
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burnymeister wrote:

In my relentless search for a compact sized camera that can deliver good IQ I came across the Sony RX100 recently. It's not a cheap camera - but then the results aren't cheap either!

Love the panoramic shots!

And yes, the RX100 is a game changer.

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Fabulous images...looks like the rx100 is a great camera for a hiker!
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VarmintCong Contributing Member • Posts: 540
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These shots are incredible. I don't know how much to attribute to the your talent and the great location, lighting, but it's hard to believe you could get these shots with a small sensor compact, what do you think?

burnymeister
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VarmintCong wrote:

These shots are incredible.

Thanks.

I don't know how much to attribute to the your talent and the great location, lighting, but it's hard to believe you could get these shots with a small sensor compact, what do you think?

Obviously a lot of it is knowing which shots and compositions work in the mountains but a lot of it is still the camera as well. Remember, these are all OOC jpegs (with some LR tweaking) but none of them are HDR or multiple exposure or anything like that. I think the 1" sensor is quite amazing in a camera this tiny.
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WT21 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,458
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Like Ray, I was wondering when you'd show up This camera seemed really made for you. I know I'm loving mine.

Loving your shots of the Rockies!

Ray Sachs wrote:

I was wondering how long it would take you to get ahold of one of these little guys. Wonderful shots, as always!

I'm pretty blown away by this little camera. I don't like the controls and interface worth a damn, but I'm coping with it. But the images this camera can turn out, even in really low light, are pretty incredible. It won't replace my OMD or X-Pro, but it'll go places those won't...

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Terrific set, great place to be and shoot. Reminds me of home, grew uo in Colorado. Thanks for sharing.
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OP burnymeister Senior Member • Posts: 1,591
Re: Hey Vern! Welcome!

WT21 wrote:

Like Ray, I was wondering when you'd show up This camera seemed really made for you. I know I'm loving mine.

Loving your shots of the Rockies!

LOL - I'm too darn predictable apparently... Thanks!
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Gregm61 Forum Pro • Posts: 15,843
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Your sweeping pano's are excellent. My girlfriend has one of these and has been frustrated trying to use it because it tries making her take such a long, sweeping shots. Did you somehow dial in a set number of images per sweep so you could keep the image from stretching on forever?

She says she's read the manual and can't figure it out. I'll admit, I have not read it but was just curious how you're doing what you are doing. Those are impressive. They all are.

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