9 ESSENTIAL Tips for the Sony RX100 VII YOU Need!

by birtanpublished on April 7, 2021

The Sony rx100 mark 7 is absolutely one of my favorite cameras released so far this year like Sony has really been crushing it and I'm very impressed with the last two big cameras they released the Sony rx100 7 and the a 6400 two fantastic cameras well today we're gonna talk about is my 9 favorite tips and tricks of getting the rx100 Mark 7 setup to be just about the perfect travel camera what's up everyone I'm the everyday dad and if I can figure it out you can figure it out so what we're gonna do let's actually let's set this down we're gonna hook this up to the old MacBook over here so we can record the

Screen so I can show you what I'm talking about when I say it is a just can be a phenomenal travel camera like I was using this basically as the only camera to my trip to Sony condo a few weeks ago and it's just insanely good like it is an insanely good camera and can be like I said like a perfect video camera so first up I'm gonna show you how to do the different autofocus modes because unlike the a 6400 the rx100 mark 7 can do Sony's brand new I detect autofocus in videos so let's go over here basically the way that you do all of the autofocus settings is you have to

Do like this still setting so even though you want to use it for video you have to do it through this stills section so you basically go down into AF 1 you go to focus mode continuous autofocus for video I like doing continuous autofocus you can choose different kind of ways to have the autofocus set up so the big one is wide that's where basically will take the entire width of the screen like what you can see and it will prioritize whatever is closest to the lens and that way unless you have I and face on will show that in a second zone is actually my

Favorite one and that's where you can pick like bigger chunks of the screen to decide where you want it to be now one of the tricks that I use on the a 6400 to make sure I'm always in focuses I make sure that my face is in this zone area and that's like this is the one that I keep it in most of the time and then we can come back over here you also get center and that just keeps whatever is in the center of the camera in focus very useful if you're doing overhead shots like this like this camera the a 6400 above us is currently set to center you can do flexible spot and this will

Go small medium or large and this is where you can just kind of like decide where you want the focus to be set inside camera actually this is one when I take thumbnails with these cameras this is the setting I use so you can also limit where it's gonna be and you can choose like what you want to see or what you don't want to see and we're not gonna use that too much the big one is the face I set like the priority so you can set face or eye priority so you can turn it on or off and I keep this on all the time Sony's face detection auto focus

Anymore is in sane now you can one of the new things that came out with the Sony a7r for that the a 6400 and I believe the a7 3 can I do is you can switch between human or animals so if you want to take like pictures of your dog you can switch it to animal i aughtta focus that's crazy like that's nuts I love it you can switch between whether the right eye or the left eye is selected and you can show whether it'll actually show like they'll be like this little block with your eye InFocus let's see if I could show you that if I can

Get it to focus on me from the flip screen you think we can I don't know get my I see there it's got my face you can see that it's got my face and focus since it's in the gray it's not white that means it's not not tracking me come on let's focus let's focus let's do it and there you can see the eye so you see that little block around my eye that is the eye autofocus that's nuts that is so good that it can pick me up on the flippy screen on my GH five that's insane I didn't plan that like that just happened throughout the video so that's so you can get the really good eye

Autofocus while you're recording in video next up if you're new to Sony cameras one of the main benefits of using a sony camera is the picture profiles now a lot of cameras have picture profiles that's not new or specific to Sony but what is nice is their specific picture profiles now the rx100 mark 7 does have a few just amazing settings like the picture profile one's my favorite but it also has s log 2 which is their flat profile and it has their h LG their hybrid log gamma profile which is good for like really quick turnaround so you just go

Again it's in the stills mode you go over to color WB image processing one you go down to picture profiles you can turn it off take your profile one which is – always set to picture profile – is just a it's more for like their stills picture profile 3 is there like 709 profile so it's kind of like what we're shooting on right now with the gh 5 another 709 but you get down into the flat profiles like the nines the 8 and the 9 so the 8 is s log 3 I wouldn't recommend s log 3 s log 3 is there like flattest profile but since

This doesn't record a 10-bit it's not something that I would necessarily use 9 is the S log 3 8 is the S log 3 I guess they're both s logged I never used the log formats if you hadn't told and we just lost their spot its your profile 8 and then picture profile 10 is the HL g2 which you can switch to either 20/20 color profile or 709 profile so those are the picture profiles those are very important and it's a really easy way to get the good image quality straight out of the camera and like I said I always use picture profile one but I know picture profile 5 is starting to be a

Very very popular one and that's the cinema one we don't necessarily need to grade too heavily imposed it's kind of like the cinah like D in the gh 5 one of the really big things about the arts 100 mark 7 and the new features is that is that it has an audio inject so if this is your very first time with an audio inject there are some things that you need to pay attention to if you want to record really good audio internal of the camera and for this we're gonna go over into the movie settings and we're gonna go over to audio recording you want to make sure that's on obviously you want

To go to the recording level now I like to turn off wind noise it gives it like a really poonam well it's super pretty if you uh leave the wind noise reduction on so I never have it on I like leaving the audio display on so when you're like recording you're in front of the camera you can see what your levels are and then you want to turn the recording levels so you can see the you can see the little display there you want to turn it down as low as possible now Sony does have some pretty good internal preamps but you want your microphone to be doing as much of the work as possible

So you want to make sure now my general rule of thumb is you can see over there you see that -12 – 12 decibels is about where you want your peak so like what's up everybody so that was too high that went over -12 so for like right now we're the internal microphones what's up everybody about an 8 would be where I'd want to be you can always I find it easier to bring up audio in post because you can't save audio that's like too hot afterwards I mean if you're really nervous just pay attention and about negative 12 for your Peaks that

Will give you really nice clean audio it's it's incredible and that the preamps on this camera it's like they were able to miniaturize the goodness of their prams it's I know I've been speaking in hyperbole but I love this camera okay something else if you are new to the rx100 if let's say you were like me and you had an Rx under mark five and this is like your first time moving into the rx100 six or seven you can also do tap to focus so the first thing you do for that is you go over to the setup menu you go over to set up three touch operation off now I have it

Turned off in the camera I you know when I'm messing with the camera because I wasn't recording myself I don't want to like mess up where the focus is but you turn it on and then you can decide whether you want it to be the touch panel in the pad or just the pad only of the panel only I only keep it to the panel because that's what's important there's another quick way to do this where if you hit the function button it comes up where you can turn on and off the the touch functionality right from the quick menu and we'll talk more about the quick menu in a second because this

Is the best quick menu that Sony has ever come up with but again I don't want to jump ahead but now when you do it I can't hold on is it gonna work through the recorder but now when you tap to focus oh it's not it's not gonna let me show you because we're recording externally but at this point you'd be able to tap and it would focus it works pretty well this is not necessarily a tip or a trick this is a recommendation for me I use polarized sunglasses all the time I very sensitive eyes so when I'm outside I have sunglasses on now what I've already done and what I

Would recommend you do you I don't know if you can see it here is I would recommend buying a screen protector for the back of it yes it's probably important to buy a screen protector anyway to protect the screen since it's always like exposed there's no way to protect it like a canon camera where you flip the screen around and it's next to the body of the camera but this also when you put a screen protector on it it will let you still see the screen even if you're wearing sunglasses now that may seem like a small like I spent like a few bucks to get this piece of glass

But it is insanely important like you cannot see the screen and if you can't see the screen when you're recording it's basically a useless feature like why pay the money for the flip screen if you can't use it right so buy a screen protector it will help so much for being able to get the most out of your rx and that's the rx-7 in the rx6 to the next thing is something that I talked about in my a 6,400 tips and tricks video but I've kind of changed my mind on it I used to tell you to expose properly use the aperture priority mode and then dial in it dial it until the

Shutter speed is correct well what I do now because motion blur is now way more important to me than shallow depth of field I think shallow depth of field is like the least important thing you can look for in a camera I now use shutter priority so what shutter priority does is you select the shutter speed that you're looking for like these shutter speed that you want the camera to stay at and then it will do everything else to make sure that that stays true so you see how the ISO is currently moving around but the shutter speeds staying

The same the aperture will also try to stay as wide open as possible if that's what you want but you see the ISO is changing because I have it set to auto ISO now if I set the ISO to a specific number then the shutter speed the one is gonna be the one to to try to change and you can see the shutter speed changing with the light now if it's blinking like that like you're seeing right now that means it can't go any more so it can't properly expose the image if you do that I would recommend like going back to auto ISO or I'd go to auto ISO because ISO you don't want to have the ISO go

Too high but shutter priority I think is the way to get your best image quality out of the camera because one of the negatives about the camera is it does not have a built-in ND filter like my arcs 100 mark 5 so you do kind of need to manage that exposure a little more um and I think the best way to do it is with the shutter speed motion blur much more important than aperture fight me something else that's really nice on the rx100 mark 7 is the stabilization I think the stabilization on this camera is some of the best that Sony has come up with and I don't even use you can use

An app like you download the app onto your phone you run the footage through that it will stabilize it a little more I don't do that I think the stabilization built into this camera is incredible I mean it's not FDR x3000 good but it's pretty good so to keep up with the stabilization you go down here to movie 3 inside of the movie menu you go to steady shot you can do intelligent active active standard basically what that means is the more you go up that line the more it's going to crop the image now if you're shooting in 4k you don't have the option of intelligent

Active so I just keep it an active which crops in a little bit the standard is just the lens stabilization so the active gives you the best of both worlds you will lose a little bit of the width but I'd rather have a tighter shot than shaky footage because I don't like stabilizing with my editing software you can also do that but I never find it to be as good the cameras gonna use its internal sensors to like kind of judge and use algorithms to kind of judge where to stabilize whereas I find that like Final Cut Pro which is my editing software it doesn't do that as well so

Active is what I would recommend it it's it's pretty good so we've been talking about how to do all this stuff now I'm gonna show you the cheap way and the quick way to do basically all of it and that's the function menu we talked about earlier the function the quick menu of this camera is one of the best things that Sony's done so you can see you got audio recording level which you can change right from the quick menu you've got the focus modes right from the quick menu you've got the focus area you've got the exposure compensation now this is if you

Want to make sure like so if you've got auto ISO it will expose a little brighter a little darker depending on how you have that set up I always set it to like zero auto ISO metering mode I never mess with metering mode exposure mode you get your manual your programed auto your aperture shutter will keep it in shutter touch operation white balance picture profile and steady shot like the quick menu on this camera a Sony good job like people that complain about Sony's menu system not being able to find stuff quickly or easily this quick menu has just its put everybody to shame

Like it has everything you could want like everything a video shooter wants is in this quick menu and I have no could the only thing that's not in here is the I autofocus and you can always use your customizable button there's a customizable button on the back that I have set to ISO which I will probably change now that I'm thinking about it to the face and I autofocus section because like I said I so it's right in there it's nuts it's awesome and the last tip and this is the best most important tip of this camera that's why we saved it for last it is the temperature mode so

If you go to Sony's website it will tell you this can record in 4k for five minutes at a time but that's not true this can record for 4k I've gotten this camera record in 4k for over 30 minutes inside of my studio net studs there are high-end dslr's that cannot record more than 30 minutes at a time let's show you how to do this you go over to set up three auto power off temp if you turn this to standard that gets you five minutes at a time of 4k if you turn this to high yep you got to acknowledge that it may make the camera hot this will

Give you 4k for long periods of time now I've seen some videos where they will go for like an hour I've seen other videos where they go for shorter amounts of time I've been able to personally get it to over 30 minutes like 34 minutes that and the audio in Jack are what make this such an incredible incredible camera what I want a 1.8 at the wide yeah absolutely what I want to built-in nd yeah absolutely but even what this is this is the best absolute best most complete travel video camera ever made now I've used cameras like the NX 80 which is basically like a

Professional camcorder version of this and what that does is it gets you XLR and built-in ND this is incredible this is incredible and those are my eight or nine I forget where we actually were best tips and tricks for setting up the Sony rx100 Mark 7 if you've got any of your own tips or tricks that you'd like to share with the community leave a comment below I mean that's where we find out how to do the coolest and best stuff is by learning from each other thanks for watching

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