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Old Jul 5, 2010, 12:48 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Here's a few shots from the holiday in the Alps. I'm pleased to note the HX5v did a good job, also in the sub-zero temperatures higher up in the mountains.

1 wide panorama of the glacier d'Argentiere

2 wide panorama @ sunrise with Mont Blanc at the extreme right

3 Mont Blanc

4 Stormy evening sky in Italy

5 'Post Apocalypse' like sunset in the mist
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Old Jul 5, 2010, 12:56 PM   #2
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1 wide sunset panorama from the high hut (the Gouter hut) @ Mt Blanc

2 Sunrise on summit day

3 on the summit ridge (summit is not visible)

4 zoomed view from the summit; the sharp peak is the Matterhorn

The time in the exif must be read + 1 hour; the cam was still @ UK time.
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Wow! What a nice selection, GreenBaron-

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Thank you Sarah May I guess by your nickname you've been up a few mountains yourself?

Somewhere during the trip I got myself a small beltpack to put some energy bars in, and it proved a brilliant place to put the camera too.

Here's an excerpt from the helmet cam vid, showing the moment of taking the sunrise shot; just for the fun of it

http://vimeo.com/13140071
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I love the first pic in your second series, "Wide sunset panorama from the high hut (the Gouter hut) @ Mt Blanc". They are all lovely, but this one in particular reasonated with me.

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Great shots! The HX5 indeed did a good job. It just comes to show that some times reviews and real life are 180 degrees apart!
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What a fabolous shots !
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Thanks all!


About the image quality; on the recent travel zoom compact test at DPR, the HX5 quality proved amongst the best of the bunch, and outclassed the panasonic lumix TZ series (the models that used to 'rule').

Regarding the gps feat on the HX5, it proved a bit of a challenge to make it useful. I'm working on an imac, and when uploading the photos to picasa (using iphoto), the geotag gets lost.. I had to use a winXP enviroment and use picasa (the program) to upload the pictures to keep the geotag. But after that it's big fun to have that data
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Truly great shots.

Can you say what camera modes you used in the low light shots?

It sounds like you may have kept the camera under your parka to keep it warm. Is that true or did the camera really experience sub-zero temps? I've taken cams up Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, and Aconcagua and always kept them near my body. The problem is that they take space where I'd like to keep food and water, but I just don't trust letting the cam and batteries get cold.

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Truly great shots.

Can you say what camera modes you used in the low light shots?

It sounds like you may have kept the camera under your parka to keep it warm. Is that true or did the camera really experience sub-zero temps? I've taken cams up Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, and Aconcagua and always kept them near my body. The problem is that they take space where I'd like to keep food and water, but I just don't trust letting the cam and batteries get cold.

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Hello Dave,

Thanks! Sounds like you've got 3 in the pocket. Planning to do the other 4 as well?

I used the cam in P-mode with spot metering in high-contrast scenes, iso locked at 100. Didn't carry it on the body to keep it warm. On the highest peaks that we did (Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc) I didn't take a lot of pictures, so I guess that spared the battery some. On Mt B. I carried a waist bag that provided enough space both for food, sunscreen and the camera (which is quite small). I recorded much more with an HD actioncam that can be attached to the helmet or head. That one did run out of juice just before we hit the summit, so I was pretty glad to have the Sony available to film the moment of actually stepping on the summit (and take some pictures ofcourse)

My personal experience with camera batteries is that they really don't 'drain' that fast in cold enviroments; maybe it differs per battery type, but the li-ion ones that suffered from the cold under my actions () did a very decent job in keeping a good recording time.
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