In each of my camera guide books, I said in the introductory notes that I would post updates and corrections to the books on this web site. It took a while to get around to doing that, but now, with a new site that is easier to maintain than before, it’s my plan to post updates whenever I come across them. Also, I would appreciate it if any readers will send me information that can clarify or correct the information in any of these books.
Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX7
At page 390, the LX7 book discusses the Panasonic DMW-FL220 external flash unit, and says that one drawback to that flash is that its head does not rotate to allow you to bounce its light off a wall or ceiling. (The books about the LX5 and LX3 cameras make similar statements.) A reader has pointed out that Panasonic now sells a similar unit, the DMW-FL220E, which has a head that does rotate and swivel. It appears that that version of the FL220 is available in the United Kingdom; I’m not sure if it’s readily available in the United States. But, if you can find that newer version of the flash unit, it looks as if it would be more useful than the FL220 that I discuss in those books.
Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100
A reader has pointed out to me that the ePub version of the Sony RX100 book, which is available through the iBookstore from Apple and through this web site, had two of its images switched. Specifically, images 4-78 and 4-79 were inadvertently mixed up during the process of converting the book to the ePub format for the iPad and other devices that use that format. If you purchased the ePub version that had those two images switched, please send an e-mail message to email@example.com, and I will be happy to send you a link to download the corrected version of the ePub book.
Another reader has pointed out a problem with the suggested settings for movie recording at page 296. The table of settings suggests setting Record Setting for movies to 60p 28M(PS) and Image Size (Dual Rec) to L:17M. You can actually make those settings on the menu screen at the same time, but you cannot take a still image while you are recording a video with the Progressive setting listed in the table. In other words, the listed settings can be made, but you can’t use all of them. I would still recommend making the listed settings if you are shooting video and don’t plan to take any stills while recording the video. If you plan to shoot stills, then you will need to select a different format for the video recording.
Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P510
At Page 58, in the last full paragraph, line 6, after “well-lighted room,” the word “aperture” should be substituted for “shutter speed.”
Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX5
Page 120, Multiple Exposure menu item. A reader pointed out that you can’t zoom the lens between the multiple exposures. You can adjust some other settings using the Quick Menu, and you could, of course, move the camera between shots, but the Zoom lever is disabled during the Multiple Exposure procedure.
Page 127, the first sentence under Flash says: “The Flash item on the Recording menu is available for adjustment only if the built-in flash is popped up or a compatible external flash unit is attached to the hot shoe.” That statement is not strictly correct. Actually, the Flash item on the menu can be adjusted whether or not a flash unit is attached or turned on. However, some settings will have no effect if there is no flash unit active. For example, if you select the Forced Flash On setting but don’t pop up or attach a flash unit, the camera will be set to Forced Flash Off, regardless of the menu setting.
Page 172, the Setup menu. A reader pointed out that, if you enter the Setup menu from the Playback menu, you cannot get access to the Auto Power LCD setting; in order to use that setting, you have to enter the Setup menu from Recording mode.
For a general update to the book to deal with version 2.0 of the camera’s firmware, please click on this link to download the pdf file.