Mountain photography - Sony RX 100 and Leica D-LUX 5

#1 May 26th, 2015, 10:34
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Hi,

I am going to go on a long trek and because of the weight constraints, I may be forced to drop my SLR.

So I am planning to take a good point and shoot namely Sony RX 100 or Leica D-LUX 5.

What has been the experience of Imers with these cameras for mountain photography? Did they regret their decision not to take an SLR?

Do air your views.
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Do you have both?
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few issues I would like to point out which I also used to face

1. battery: could you find spare 3rd party batteries?(why 3rd party?? they work pretty well. I have experience with my dslr. the money you would spent in buying one original, you could many 3rd party in the same amount). Before you leave, check how many pics you could get in one full recharge of it. You would also need to keep in mind about how long you are going to trek and recharge option on the way. Also keep you batteries wrapped in warm clothes as in cold climate they loose their charging quickly.

2. tripod: Its completely optional, if you intend to involve in night photography etc. Try to get as light as you could. With point and shoot cameras gorilla pods work pretty decently.

3. camera choice: dont bother much about the choice of camera until you are a pro and you have to sell the print. People even get decent looking pics with their tablet cameras too. Point and shoot works fine. For good pics you need to have idea about how to capture light. That's it !!!
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Vaibhav, I do not have either and thus cannot guess the quality of pics.
The Leica is my friend's and am currently testing it and the RX 100 is something I plan to buy if I am not happy with the Leica.

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Yes g7771455. I might want to write a travel book or travelogue and that is why I am concerned about the quality of pics.

Would never think about not taking a SLR but sometimes it becomes unwieldy on long treks.

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Originally Posted by g7771455 View Post few issues I would like to point out which I also used to face

1. battery: could you find spare 3rd party batteries?(why 3rd party?? they work pretty well. I have experience with my dslr. the money you would spent in buying one original, you could many 3rd party in the same amount). Before you leave, check how many pics you could get in one full recharge of it. You would also need to keep in mind about how long you are going to trek and recharge option on the way. Also keep you batteries wrapped in warm clothes as in cold climate they loose their charging quickly.

2. tripod: Its completely optional, if you intend to involve in night photography etc. Try to get as light as you could. With point and shoot cameras gorilla pods work pretty decently.

3. camera choice: dont bother much about the choice of camera until you are a pro and you have to sell the print. People even get decent looking pics with their tablet cameras too. Point and shoot works fine. For good pics you need to have idea about how to capture light. That's it !!!
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Originally Posted by ramx View Post Yes g7771455. I might want to write a travel book or travelogue and that is why I am concerned about the quality of pics.

Would never think about not taking a SLR but sometimes it becomes unwieldy on long treks.
Then I have some suggestions for you

1. I always carry my dslr with me doesnt matter how much long is the trek. If you could afford buying then check

Sony A7R 36mp digital camera

its very light weight camera. Its on my list.

2. Tripods always overweight in long treks. Now I personally own Sirui T005kx. its ultralight and sturdy.
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Originally Posted by ramx View Post Vaibhav, I do not have either and thus cannot guess the quality of pics.
The Leica is my friend's and am currently testing it and the RX 100 is something I plan to buy if I am not happy with the Leica.
You can look at flickr for the quality of pics. It's not difficult. To answer your original question though -

On some significant treks such as Shikharji, Girnarji - I didnt carry my primary DSLR - a D7000. Weight considerations are paramount on treks - preserve your back and it will serve you well.

I'd have taken the RX100 between the two. Just my opinion.
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Originally Posted by ramx View Post Vaibhav, I do not have either and thus cannot guess the quality of pics.
The Leica is my friend's and am currently testing it and the RX 100 is something I plan to buy if I am not happy with the Leica.
I have RX100(for few weeks only) and might be testing it on mountains.I just tried few pics yesterday but didn't check it on PC.I am a SONY user for almost a decade(owned 2 very good P&S) and they make very good P&S.

Would let you know about the performance asap but I guess it's a really good cam as it's a costly P&S and seems like a small wonder with lot of inbuilt features.

When are you going for trek?
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Originally Posted by theRock View Post I have RX100(for few weeks only) and might be testing it on mountains.I just tried few pics yesterday but didn't check it on PC.I am a SONY user for almost a decade(owned 2 very good P&S) and they make very good P&S.

Would let you know about the performance asap but I guess it's a really good cam as it's a costly P&S and seems like a small wonder with lot of inbuilt features.

When are you going for trek?
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