Any Downside to using i+ (Superior Auto) Mode as a default?

Discussion in 'Sony RX100 Forum' started by rw11, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. rw11

    rw11 SC Regular

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    Aug 7, 2014
    Assuming I don't want to use S, A, or M except in special circumstances, is there any reason not to just use i+ (Superior Auto) all the time?

    e.g. skip using P or i modes?

    - the manual is especially unhelpful on this
     
  2. It is nice if you have constantly changing conditions and you just want to point and shoot.

    However, you are then dependant on the camera getting it right. Sometimes it will, othertimes it won't.
     
  3. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    I haven't used the Superior Auto mode (yet) as I am wary of the RX100 doing unexpected overlaying tricks to increase the dynamic range when it deems appropriate. I should probably experiment with that to see if I agree with what it does.

    I can, however, thoroughly recommend using the Intelligent Auto mode as the default setting. You can always switch away to one of the other modes if you think you know better than the camera and have the time and presence of mind to do a better job. But I find it's often the case for travel and general photography that photographic opportunities can be very fleeting and there often isn't the time to consider things like aperture, shutter speed and ISO. So for that reason I generally leave the camera set to iAuto, so it's ready if I need it in a hurry. I find that it generally does a good job.

    -R
     
  4. rw11

    rw11 SC Regular

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    Aug 7, 2014
    yes, it's fleeting moments I want to catch by having a default mode

    I shoot RAW so figure I can do most things in post if I have to - I just haven't figured out i vs. i+ vs. P

    Sony doesn't explain what each mode really has as settings very well - apparently the camera takes a bit longer if it does an overlay in low light or back lit scenes
     
  5. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    The Sony online manual - which runs to about 227 pages as a PDF document - gives a brief description of the different modes. Unfortunately, it's not well written and you sometimes need to play with the camera a bit to see what they are trying to say.

    Briefly, I think the difference between P and iAuto is that you can change exposure / focus settings within P mode, but within iAuto mode you're telling the camera to do everything itself. iAuto+ adds the overlay trickery I mentioned above.

    -R
     
  6. Garylh

    Garylh SC Veteran

    I can't use center af in this mode. The af point it thinks is right, may not be what u intend. It is what I set the camera to when I give it to someone else to take a picture of my wife and I. I normally use aperture priority or program mode. The thing that drive me crazy about the RX, Nex and a7 family of camera's is macro is a scene mode. So I just leave the last selected scan as macro.. FYI...intelligent plus thru trial will figure in most cases u intend macro mode though.

    Gary
     
  7. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    I leave mine in intelligent auto most of the time. If it's low light I switch to superior auto. For macro work I use P mode with centre focus and spot metering.