The Sony DSC-RX100 III camera has many great features, including a pop-up electronic viewfinder, a great lens with a wide aperture, a tilting LCD screen, and Wi-Fi capability. One feature it lacks is a flash shoe. So, in order to use an external flash unit with this camera, you need to use a flash with optical slave capability. I have put together a short video that demonstrates the use of an external flash with the optical slave feature. Here is the link to the video on YouTube:
For more information about using an optical slave flash with the RX100 III, or for general information about the camera’s features and operations, see Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III, available through this site and through various sellers.
If you have visited this site recently, you know I have been having problems with the availability at Amazon.com of the paperback version of Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II. For some reason, Amazon started listing the book as unavailable except from third-party sellers, even though they should have a steady supply available from the print-on-demand company that prints them. I am still working to get that issue resolved. In the meantime, today I received a good shipment of books from the printer myself, and they are available for sale at the list price of $25.95 through Amazon.com, under my seller name of White Knight Press. I process and ship orders very quickly; orders received by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time will ship the same day. I hope Amazon will soon show the book as available for direct shipment from Amazon, but until that happens I plan to keep this book in stock myself as much as possible.
A few days ago I noted here that my newest book, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II, was having availability problems at Amazon.com, and that the paperback version was listed there as available only through third-party sellers. The problem appeared to be solved earlier today when I first wrote this post, and the paperback version book was briefly listed as available again directly from Amazon for $25.95. Not long after that, though, the book went back to being available only from third-party sellers. I hope to have some books available to ship myself within a few days. Until then, I will keep monitoring to see when Amazon finally gets the availability straightened out.
The paperback book also is available from Barnes & Noble and other online sellers, and in downloadable versions through this site and elsewhere. For details, please see the book’s main product page at this site.
As of today, Fujifilm has released firmware version 2.0, an upgrade to the internal programming of the FinePix X100 camera. The upgrade promises to improve the manual focusing and autofocus operations of the camera, as well as improving its start-up time. I will not be able to test the new firmware, because I no longer have an X100 camera; right now I am working on a new book about the updated model, the X100S. But the upgrade sounds very useful and worth checking into. Here is a link to the official release from Fujifjilm.
As of today, the paperback version of Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II is listed for sale at Amazon.com. If you would like to visit the book’s product page at Amazon, you can click on this link to the page, or you can click on the button below, which also will take you to that page. The list price of the book is $25.95, but Amazon may offer it at a slight discount from time to time.
The book also will be available in three downloadable formats: PDF, mobi (for Kindle), and ePub (for iPad and other Apple devices, as well as Sony, Kobo, and other compatible e-readers). Those versions are still being developed; if you order them now, they will be sent to you as soon as they are ready, probably about October 23. For more information about purchasing those versions of the book, please visit the book’s information page at this site.
In addition, you can order the book directly from White Knight Press through my eBay store. Here is a link to the book’s page on eBay. I will be receiving my shipment of books within about a week, and any books ordered on eBay will be shipped as soon as I receive them.
The book will start showing up with a listing at Amazon.com within the next few days. At first, it will probably be listed as being out of stock or unavailable, then as shipping within 1-3 weeks or something of that sort, and then, maybe within a week or so, as shipping within 24 hours.
For now, in response to some requests from people who wanted to pre-order the paperback version, I have listed the book for sale on eBay on a pre-order basis. If you purchase a copy there, I will ship it as soon as I receive a shipment of copies from the printer. I ordered them today, and my copies should arrive here within about a week. The price of the book is $25.95. This is higher than the price of the RX100 book; the reason for that is that the RX100 II book is considerably longer. The new book has 455 pages, while the RX100 book has 378. The printing costs for a full-color book like this are quite high. It may be that Amazon.com will offer the book at a discount at some point, but I have no control over the price that Amazon charges.
The next book coming from White Knight Press is Photographer’s Guide to the Sony RX100 II, a complete, full-color guide to the operation of the RX100 II camera, successor to the very popular RX100. On October 9, 2013, the book was sent to the print-on-demand company that will be printing the paperback version of the book. If there are no production delays, the printed book should be available for sale within about 10 days to 2 weeks after that date.
The electronic (downloadable) versions of the book are in the process of being prepared; that process may take a bit longer. Those versions should be available by late October if all goes well. I will continue to provide updates as the book moves toward publication.
I have just put together a video that demonstrates some of the numerous accessories that are available for the Sony RX100 II camera. The video covers the Sony electronic viewfinder, external microphone, and filter adapter, as well as some other viewfinder options, a battery charger, remote control, and Sony’s external LCD display screen. The video does not discuss flash units, which would be a whole topic in themselves, and it does not show any cases, because there are so many options in that category.
Here is the video, which went on YouTube yesterday:
Today I put together a short video showing how to set up a wireless connection between the Sony DSC-RX100 II camera and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z using the NFC (Near Field Communication) system. With this system, you can just touch the NFC areas on the two devices (marked with a fancy N logo on the bottom of the camera and on the back of the tablet. When those two spots come into contact, the devices establish a Wi-Fi connection without having to have any menu options used. Once the connection is established, the camera can be controlled remotely by the tablet, using Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app. Here is the link to the video on YouTube:
There will be more information about the Wi-Fi abilities of the RX100 II and about its other features in Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II, coming in October 2013. Please visit this site for updates on the status of that book.
Today I recorded a short video showing how to connect the Sony DSC-RX100 II camera to the Xperia Tablet Z, an Android tablet made by Sony. The RX100 II (also known as the RX100M2) and the Tablet Z both have built-in Wi-Fi capability, and also built-in NFC, or Near Field Communication. With NFC, the two devices can establish a Wi-Fi communication just by touching them together.
When I first tried this a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t sure exactly where the NFC areas were or how closely you have to touch them together. I found out where the areas are; you have to find a fancy-looking capital N somewhere on the device. As for the closeness, you really have to physically touch those two N-areas together to get the connection to work.
Anyway, here is a short video I posted today on YouTube to show how this works for transferring an image from the camera to the tablet.
I will discuss this process and many other topics in my guide book to the RX100 II, which should be published by late September or early October 2013.