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Photographer's Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 II Paperback – December 12, 2015
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As a photographic enthusiast, I am very impressed with this book. It will take you thru every step of using this camera. It leaves no 'stone unturned' in the operation of this camera. From initial setup to concise explanation of every menu item. For the beginner photographer, especially, this guide in my view, will be very helpful. In chapter 2, the author walks us thru setting up Intelligent Auto mode from the menu setting (with the authors own suggested settings) to get the most out of that mode. And the author continues on with detailed discussions of all other modes.
The Table of Contents is 10 pages long which gives you an idea of the wealth of information contained therein. The Index is 20 pages. You've got a very good appendix on all available accessories. As well as an appendix of Quick Tips. There is one chapter of 35 pages devoted to just the physical controls. Accompanying each of 10 chapters are well illustrated pictures demonstrating the camera and its controls as well as all menus. By chapter 2 the photographer is ready to begin shooting if he so desires.
My point here that this book appears to be a well thought-out and well-written guide for both the beginner as well as intermediate photographer enthusiast.
I am very impressed with this book and I can see that a lot of work went into the preparation of this book. I was sorry to hear that author Gary Freidman had to cancel the writing of his guide for this camera. But the author of this book, Alexander S White, was able to complete this guide for us and provided a great guide for us Sony RX10 owners.
I love this camera and I totally appreciate this book. If you have any questions please write and I will be glad to answer.
If this review was helpful, and I hope it was, please respond by pressing yes, below, in the helpful comments button. Thanks. Richard
UPDATE: the Kindle version just came out the other day and it is every bit as good if not better than the paperback. I bought the Kindle version here on Amazon and I understand now that if you buy the paper format at Amazon, then you can buy the Kindle version at a deep discount of $2.99 here on Amazon. I use the Kindle format on my iPad Air and it looks and reads beautifully. Another advantage of the e-format is you can use the links available in the book a lot more readily than the paper format. And with the e-format I can take the book with me as I travel frequently instead of a bulky book.
White's photos were bright in clear on the PDF file and I appreciate his descriptions for what each feature did, in normal English. One thing that I appreciated was his sharing of his preferences- like which features he liked or didn't use much. It was very nice, even though I didn't always agree, to have him explain his thinking.
For advanced users of the camera, I suspect that you'd be ok without the book, but for my money, $10 to support a guy who put so much effort into chronicling his thoughts and experiences of a $1300 investment (or $937 investment in my case :) ) is totally worth it to me. I hope it is for many of us too.
Here's a shout out to Alexander White if you read this- thanks for all the time and effort it took to bring this book to life. The RX10 is a bit of a niche camera and for the people who are willing to make the investment in a camera like this, its nice to have a book to read to help us make the most out of our camera, and at a very reasonable price as well.
The author states that this manual is written primarily for the "beginning and intermediate photographer." It would be a handy reference even for more advanced photographers.
The guide is comprehensive, well organized and very clearly written. What more could one ask?!
(These comments refer specifically to the Kindle edition.)