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Using Yongnuo Flash and Transmitters and Receivers with Sony RX10 Camera

Today I received some interesting and useful information from a reader of Photographer’s Guide to the Sony RX10Risto Hellgren of Finland sent me a message asking whether the Sony RX10 camera is compatible with the Canon-compatible version of the Yongnuo YN-622 transmitter or receiver for triggering flash units remotely. I replied that I didn’t know, because I had never tested those units with the RX10, but I said I doubted there would be any harm in trying the units out with his camera.

I was somewhat surprised and pleased when Risto later wrote me back to say he had gone ahead and run some tests, and found that the Yongnuo units worked well with the RX10 camera for triggering a Yongnuo YN-568EX II Canon-compatible flash unit. In order to make sure I don’t misstate anything that Risto found from his experiments, I am going to include the text of his message here. (He gave me permission to do so).

Here is what he said:

“I have tested now Sony RX-10 with following Yongnuo flash equipment:

– Master:   YN 622 C   (Canon compatible radio tx-rx command link, acts as a tx)

= Test 1

YN 622 TX  (Canon compatible radio tx controller link, tx only)              

= Test 2

– Slave:     YN 622 C   (acts as a rx, attached to the flash via a hot shoe)

– Flash:     YN 568EXII (Canon compitible versatile flash)

I just put a Master unit into RX-10 hot shoe as such, configured master and slave flash group and channel to be the same.

Then basically took images in dim conditions. Then changed master unit from a command link (YN622 C) to real controller (YN622 TX).

To my great suprise everything worked perfectly (both in Test 1 and 2). Especially the YN622 TX as a master is here very good, because with that I can from Sony RX-10 (top of the camera) control remotely many flashes. With full control of three groups (A,B,C), flash duration (amount of light), shape of flash light (zoom). Certainly ETTL will not work, but I don’t miss it much. I have not tested HSS (high speed sync) yet, but I think it will work.

I have bought these Yongnuo units for my Canon DSLR, but they worked out of the box with Sony RX-10 too. Without any adapters or configuration hassle. I never imagined this when looked the physical look of Sony MMI ann Canon hot shoes.

I hope this piece of information is also beneficial for you – if somebody is asking this. I attached a photo to show the basic arrangement.”

The photo Risto included with his message is below. It was really helpful of him to report back with his findings, and I thought they might be useful for other RX10 users.

Sony RX-10 and Yongnuo equipment

Sony DSC-RX10 Camera Gets New Video Format with Firmware Update

Sony has released an update to firmware version 2.00 for the DSC-RX10 camera, giving the camera a new video format. With this release, as seen in the screenshot below, the File Format item on screen 2 of the Shooting menu has a new entry, XAVC S, at the top, in addition to the existing AVCHD and MP4 formats.

RX10-File-Format-Menu-Screen-for-Web

The XAVC S format is a consumer version of the XAVC format, which is used for recording 4K video. The 4K standard has a higher resolution than normal HD (high-definition) video, having roughly 4,000 pixels in each horizontal line, instead of the 1,920 pixels in HD video.

The RX10 does not shoot 4K video with the new format, but the XAVC S format does provide a higher bit-rate than the other formats, of 50 megabits per second. In addition, if you select XAVC S for File Format, the Record Setting option, just below File Format on the menu screen, offers choices of 60p, 30p, 24p, and 120p, meaning the camera can shoot progressive video with 24, 30, 60, or 120 full frames per second, as shown on the next screenshot. (These choices are different with cameras sold in countries that use the PAL/50i video standard, which have options of 50p, 100p, and 25p.)

Sony-RX10-Record-Setting-Menu-Screen-for-Web With the 60p or 120p setting, you can record at the fast frame rate and then slow the footage down in your video editing software to produce high-quality slow-motion footage.

So, if high-quality video is important to you, this firmware update is well worth getting.

One important note: If you want to use the XAVC S format for video, you have to use an SDXC card with a speed of at least class 10 and a capacity of at least 64 gigabytes. This is not just a strong recommendation; if you use a card that does not meet those specifications, the camera will display an error message and will not record video using that format.

To get the firmware update, visit the Sony site at http://esupport.sony.com. Here is a link for the update in the United States; there are other links for sites in other countries.

There is a good discussion of the update along with links to various sites for obtaining the update at the dpreview.com website.

Sony RX10 Guide Book is Now Available from Amazon.com

As of March 28, 2014, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 is available for sale through Amazon.com in a paperback version for a list price of $25.95.  Within the next few days and weeks, the book will start to become available at more sites and in other formats, including electronic versions for computers, iPads, iPhones, Nook, Kindle, and other devices.

To visit the product page for the book at Amazon.com, you can search for the book’s title there, or click on the button below to go directly to that page:

 

For more information, please see the book’s main page at this site, send a message to contact@whiteknightpress.com or use the Contact page at this site.