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on November 11, 2013
The Sony RX 100 M2 is a complicated piece of kit. The manual supplied in the camera box is completely worthless and the online version very awkward to use and vague on details. Alexander White has hit a home run with this publication. Using plain language and avoiding technical jargon, anyone can master the swathe of features packed into this camera after reading this book. This has saved me hours of wasted time trying to look up things on the internet. A must have for anyone who owns this camera. Note to Sony, hire this guy to write your camera manuals!
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on December 13, 2013
I concur that Sony should include this book with the camera. I look at it this way: You have spent a good deal of money on this camera; why would you not want to learn everything you can about what you can do with it? Even after using the camera for a month, I discovered new features and reasons to use them on nearly every page. You may not use every feature, but you will easily pick up some ideas that will become a new permanent part of your picture taking routine. Without patronizing the reader, with deliberate and careful organization, the writer dissects every nuance of this remarkable machine with clear, readable text, photos, and diagrams. When doing so, the author explains why the particular feature he is describing might be useful in specific situations. The intent of the book is obviously to explain the use of this camera in detail, but a secondary result is that the reader comes away with a greater appreciation and understanding of the photo taking process. Well worth the print edition to keep as reference.
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on November 24, 2013
Clear, well written. Everything you need to know about this camera. This book answered many questions I had about this camera and helped me immensely in my decision to buy the camera. Way more informative than Sony's manual and goes well beyond what one would otherwise find easily by surfing various web reviews. The section on accessories is especially useful. The only gap I found was the section on panoramas was a bit too short...perhaps this could be expanded in a future update. Still, this is just a minor quibble. The book is excellent value and an indispensable companion to anyone seeking to get the most out of a very sophisticated camera.
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on November 19, 2013
All reviews are personnel but what I need in a book on a camera is a detailed description of all the functions, not a treatise on general technical details, like f stops. This book fills the bill. For the beginner there are short clear explanations of why you might want to shoot wide open but the vast majority of the text is about the functions of this camera. Perhaps I should have mentioned that I have the Kindle edition and thus don't know about the quality of the paper version.
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on December 20, 2013
I purchased the Kindle edition. It is very thorough and well-written with clear instructions and suggestions on how to use this marvelous camera. I blundered around for six months before getting this, and my enjoyment of the camera was greatly increased after learning about its various modes, adjustments and capabilities. Recommended.
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on December 21, 2013
This book was extremely helpful. Much more in depth than the manual, and the photos included provided great examples of what the camera is capable of doing. If you are going to spend a substantial amount of money on the Sony DSC-RX 100II, it's certainly worth it to spend a few extra dollars and purchase this book.
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on January 16, 2014
I researched and found the best point and shoot camera with semi professional qualities in this camera DSC-RX100II Sony.
I love the camera but instructions for it were slim and none. So I bought this book by Alexander White and he does a terrific job explaining the different parts and features of this camera. I would have missed quite a few great features if I have not read this book, in fact I will reread this book to make sure I understand everything and didn't skip over some little known facts on the camera. I highly recommend this book for anyone who bought or might consider the Sony DSC-RX100 II.
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on January 14, 2015
In as brief as I can be......the book is self-explanatory and very well written and setup........
.....and having just bought the Sony DSC-RX100M2.......I think as a customer you need to know this.....

The manual that is supplied with the DSC-RX100M2.. is... in my opinion.. "very poor" in showing how to use the features of the camera and the camera buttons themselves......

This camera has so many features that even an "advanced amateur" (myself) or "professional" will need this book at one time or another when using this camera......especially for reference...from time to time.....

If you have a lot of pro-cameras like myself.....you just can't remember every detail of each camera......especially if you don't use a certain camera "that often" as another......and this book helps a lot !

This book will bring the customer to a level where........

1. You understand the camera features better and the buttons on the camera.........
2. You will know when to use these features and combine them with your own level of photography.........
3. You will have a book that makes a great..." reference guide"....in your photo/decision making.........

Before I take a picture.... with a new camera..... I like to read the whole book/manual ...and understand it fully...before using it.

Understanding your new camera is the key to getting the most enjoyment ...and....having confidence in given photo situations !

Now.......is it worth it ?........Yes !........to have a full understanding of the DSC-RX100M2.....YOU NEED THIS BOOK !
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on May 31, 2014
The book is comprehensive and well written. Unfortunately the photos reproduced throughout the book to illustrate the camera's features are all low resolution "inkjet" style. So a page of 4 photos meant to illustrate 4 different settings all look the same. This book, properly printed, would be a gem.
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on February 3, 2014
So I have used several books by Alexander White, and I would rate them all the same. They are extremely comprehensive, explaining everything you want to know about your camera and using it. However, the photography used to make these demonstrations is pedestrian at best. For example, most "portraits" are photographs of a mannequin head.

Many photographers go to an interesting location to take compelling photographs to show you what the camera is capable of. The photos here look more like snapshots taken in his yard and house. They are shots similar to those I saw in the last book of his I used over five years ago.

In short, the book is an excellent resource that really gives the user a full understanding of the device. It is a solid read and then a useful guide for weeks and months later to refresh. The images inside, however, fall short in showing what any camera is capable of doing. Most are pictures of subjects that no one would take and this lack of subject matter greatly takes away from the book.
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