I have just finished posting for sale the ebook versions of Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 II, a follow-up to my earlier book on the RX10. The new book has 318 pages in the printed version, and more than 450 color photographs or illustrations. The book covers all features, menus, controls, and functions of the RX10 II camera. For more information, please see the book’s main page at this site.
For a short time over the past day or two, there was a problem with the system for ordering the new guide book for the Sony RX100 IV camera. Because of a mistake in updating this website, customers who tried to purchase the bundle of the PDF and two other downloadable versions of the book were directed to the site for a particular seller that sells only one downloadable version of the book. The problem was fixed early on September 13 after a customer brought it to my attention. If you experienced this problem, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the details, and we will get the proper files sent to you.
Please note, though, that I will be out of the office for a few days for a medical procedure starting on September 14, so it may take several days for you to receive a full response.
— Alex White
Today I learned that Nikon has released an upgrade to version 1.2 of the firmware for the Coolpix P900 camera. This is not a major upgrade; according to Nikon, it fixes a couple of bugs concerning the ways the optional ML-L3 infrared remote control operates. I never experienced any problems with that remote, but it is probably a good idea to download and install the upgrade, if only to keep your camera’s operating system up to date.
Here is a link to the page with download instructions and the file to be downloaded: http://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/download/fw/150.html. I installed the upgrade in just a few minutes, with no problems. Basically, you just have to download a file, copy it to a memory card that has been formatted in the P900, then turn on the camera with the card in it, go to the Firmware Version item on the Setup menu, and follow the instructions to complete the upgrade.
A sharp-eyed reader of Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P900 just pointed out to me that the cover photo on that book shows the Coolpix P610, an earlier model, and not the P900. How this very basic mistake happened I’m not sure, but it did, and I will take steps to fix it as soon as possible. Please be assured that the text of the book and the photographs inside the book all discuss and show the P900. But I will have the corrected version available in all formats as soon as possible, and anyone who purchased the version with the wrong illustration on the cover can contact me at email@example.com and I will send you a corrected version as soon as it is available.
In January 2015 I published Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX100, a comprehensive guide book for that recent camera model. I am currently working on a similar guide for the Leica D-Lux (Typ 109), a model that is based on the LX100, but has some differences. In online discussions, I have often seen people debate whether there is much actual difference between the Leica and Panasonic versions of this camera. (There have been similar debates over the years about other pairings of Leica models with similar Panasonic versions, such as the Leica D-Lux 4 and the Panasonic LX3, the D-Lux 5 and the LX5, and others.)
As I worked closely with both cameras to write these guide books, I have developed a list of actual differences between the models, based on my experience in working with their features, menus, and controls. In the table below, I am producing that list, with a few caveats. First, I did not include minor differences, such as small variations in labeling or terminology. For example, Snapshot mode on the Leica is called Intelligent Auto mode on the Panasonic; the button for the electronic viewfinder, or live viewfinder, is labeled EVF on the Leica and LVF on the Panasonic; and the A button on the Leica is called the iA button on the Panasonic. Second, I did not engage in a comparison of image quality or internal image processing. My general impression is that there is no difference in how the images from the two cameras appear, when they are taken in the same conditions with the same settings, but I did not carry out experiments to test that impression. I am listing here only obvious, objectively verifiable differences between the two cameras. If anyone is aware of differences I have left out, or has other information that should be included here, please let me know.
|Feature||Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)||Panasonic Lumix LX100|
|Video Formats||MP4||AVCHD, MP4|
|Included software||Adobe Lightroom||Silkypix, PHOTOfunSTUDIO|
|Wireless Flash Capability||Not Included||Included|
|Menu Background Menu Option||Not Included||Included|
|Language Options (U.S. Version)||23||2|
|Image Playback on TV via Wi-Fi||Not Included||Included|
|Photo Collage Feature in Image App||Not Included||Included|
|Option to Send Images to Computer via Wi-Fi||Not Included||Included|
|ISO Values||Highest values are 12500 and 25000||Highest values are 12800 and 25600|
|Warranty Period||Three years||One year|
As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX100 is available for sale at Amazon.com in a paperback version for a list price of $29.95. This new book is 248 pages long and contains more than 350 color photographs that illustrate all menus, controls, and features of the LX100 camera. The book also includes samples of images taken by the LX100 using its various settings for creative photography.
The new book is produced in a different format from the previous guide books from White Knight Press. The LX100 guide is printed in a new size of 8.5 by 8.5 inches (216 by 216mm) as opposed to the earlier books, all of which are printed in a size of 8.5 by 5.5 inches (216 by 140mm). I am trying this new size as an experiment, because I believe it has some advantages, including putting more information and more images on each page, so the images can be closer to the text that discusses them. Also, I believe the book will be easier to work with, because it will lie flat and stay open more easily than the narrower size. I hope readers will provide feedback through this site with their reactions to the new shape of the paperback book. I am including some images here that show the actual book, to give you an idea of what it looks like.
The book also is available in various ebook formats for download and use on various tablets, ereaders, and other devices. For more information, please see the book’s main information page at this site.
In my books about two of Sony’s compact cameras with Wi-Fi features, the DSC-RX100 II and the DSC-RX100 III, I discuss the fact that, with many Android smartphones and tablets, you can use those devices’ built-in NFC capability to establish a Wi-Fi connection with the Sony camera. NFC stands for near field communication, a feature involving the use of a radio antenna inside the device. When the camera and the phone or tablet are placed in physical contact with each other, their NFC antennas establish a Wi-Fi connection automatically so you can transfer images from the camera to the phone, and control the camera remotely using an app on the phone.
If the phone or tablet does not have NFC, then you have to establish the connection by going to the Settings app on the phone or tablet and selecting the Wi-Fi network that is generated by the Sony camera. The first time you do this, you also have to enter the password for the network. So, NFC cuts through one or two steps, and makes it considerably easier to get the camera connected with the phone or tablet over the Wi-Fi network.
In both of those books, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II and Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III, I discuss the point that many Android devices include NFC capability, but iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad do not.
With the recent release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, both of which were said to include NFC features, I was hopeful that the new iPhone models would be able to use NFC to connect directly to these two cameras (and other cameras that have similar features). But no such luck. It has been disclosed that, at least for the near future, Apple is limiting the use of NFC to its new Apple Pay service, which will let you pay for purchases using the iPhone by pointing it at a device in a store or business that has the necessary equipment. For the time being, Apple is not permitting the NFC capability to be used for other purposes, such as communicating with camera apps. Here is a link to an article that explains the situation.
I will continue to monitor developments in this area, and, when and if Apple permits the iPhone’s NFC capability to be used for connecting to cameras, I will post an update on this site.
As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II is available in a paperback edition that contains the full text of the original book, but without the nearly 400 images that the original guide contains. I have produced this new version as an experiment to see if readers are interested in having the contents of the book available for reference at a price considerably lower than the price of the full-color paperback.
The text-only paperback edition is available now for $14.95 from Amazon.com. As is stated in the book’s Introduction, I will, on request, send a free PDF with all of the text as well as the color images to anyone who purchases the text-only paperback. Once you purchase that edition, send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org to request the PDF. Just include your order number or a portion of your order confirmation message from Amazon (or other seller) to show that you purchased the paperback.
I am including below some images of the actual book, so you can get an idea of what it looks like. The book has 304 pages of text, including table of contents and index, as opposed to the 455 pages of the book with images. This edition contains only a few images, showing the camera’s controls, and those images are reproduced in black and white. It contains all of the text of the original, full-color book, except for some text that relates to images and that would not be useful without having those images available. Of course, if you buy the book and receive the free PDF, you will be able to see all of the images and read the discussions about them.
As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III, a full-color guide book to Sony’s latest RX100 series camera, is available in a paperback edition. The book is available now from Amazon.com for $26.95. The book has 493 pages, with more than 400 color photographs and illustrations. For more information about the book and its contents, please see the book’s information page at this site.
To purchase the paperback book or to get more information about it from Amazon’s site, you can search for “Sony RX100 III” in the Books category at Amazon, or just click on the button below:
The Sony RX100 III book also is available in three electronic formats: PDF, for reading on computers and other devices with Adobe Reader or compatible programs; ePub, for iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kobo, Sony, and other ePub readers; and mobi, for Kindle devices. Information about how and where to purchase those versions is available at the book’s information page.
Today I received from the printer the proof copy of the paperback version of Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III. The proof looked very good, so I approved it for production. This means that the book will automatically be added to the catalog of books available through Amazon.com and other online sellers, including Amazon sites in other countries and sellers such as Barnes & Noble (bn.com) and others.
With this book, I took advantage of a new option offered by the printer and had the book printed on heavier (70-pound) paper, to get better quality for the reproduction of the photographs. With this thicker paper, the photographs and screenshots do reproduce with more clarity and crispness than in the past, though the use of this paper, along with the length of the book, has made the paperback quite hefty. Here are a few images showing the proof copy:
It will take a few days for the book to appear as available at Amazon.com and elsewhere. I will post updates as the book’s availability status changes.