Panorama mode disables the zoom - is that normal? (rx100 M5)

Discussion in 'Sony RX100 Forum' started by MrJoshua, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. MrJoshua

    MrJoshua New to SC

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    Mar 16, 2017
    Jim
    Hopefully this is an easy question but it appears that when using the panorama mode on the camera, it disables the zoom operation so each frame can only be done at 24mm end of the zoom.

    My question is this:
    Have I caused it to be locked out somehow and is it normally operable, or, is it just always disabled in this mode, with no way to get around that?

    The reason I'm not sure is I could have sworn that when I was first messing with the camera after receiving it, I was fairly sure I did zoom first then take a panorama sequence, but now I'm thinking I must have imagined that....

    Thanks in advance if someone can clarify!
     
  2. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    I can't vouch for the Mk5 but the Mk1 always goes to the widest focal length (28mm) whenever you go into panorama mode. I would bet that this applies to every version.
    NB the zoom is fully available in panoramas on the A6000, I have just discovered. Neat!
     
  3. MrJoshua

    MrJoshua New to SC

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    Mar 16, 2017
    Jim
    Thanks for the quick reply!

    I guess that's it then, and I must have imagined using the zoom.

    A shame though, I presume there's a technical reason that must make a zoomed focal length difficult for the camera to deal with in this mode, but I can't think of what that would be.
     
  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I don't think any camera I have, which also has a panorama mode, allows zooming at the same time.
     
  5. MrJoshua

    MrJoshua New to SC

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    Mar 16, 2017
    Jim
    Just to clarify, I don't mean using the zoom function while actually in the process of taking the panorama sequence, as that would be a bit absurd, but I don't see why you can't zoom to a particular focal length that you want, then take the shot sequence.

    I guess there's some tech limitation meaning that would present a difficult task for the camera to deal with, but I'd love to know what that is, as I can't see why it would make any difference really, as long as the zoom is disabled after the shutter is pressed.
     
  6. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Oh OK. Yeah my cameras just automatically switch to the widest angle, with no other f/l possible. I wonder if camera manufacturers are making assumptions about what people expect to do with a pan mode.
     
  7. MrJoshua

    MrJoshua New to SC

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    Mar 16, 2017
    Jim
    Possibly yeah, after all, companies often do tend to decide "what's best" for the consumer on our behalf, but it just seems a little odd in this instance unless there's a reason it'd make things difficult for the camera.

    For instance if you're zoomed in more than the widest angle then the variation of the held camera angle up & down will be effectively magnified, so it would probably make it harder to then stitch the images accurately together.
     
  8. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    Fully zoomed in and without using a tripod, perhaps it is near impossible for the camera to stitch together the individual images. So rather than receiving a constant stream of complaints from customers that the panorama mode doesn't work, manufacturers only allow the widest focal length to be used.

    -R
     
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