The CX2's new "Miniaturize" mode makes real, normal scenery look like a diorama, and is especially effective when taking pictures looking down from a high vantage point. What will real-life scenery look like with this mode?
In this experiment, we took pictures of the same scene from a high vantage point in Miniaturize mode and Normal mode.
Camera: CX2 ●1/570sec ●F4.6 ●ISO80 ●85 mm *35 mm conversion ●Shooting elevation: approx. 55 m
Camera: CX2 ●1/1070sec ●F4.0 ●ISO80 ●35 mm *35 mm conversion ●Shooting location: slightly elevated
Camera: CX2 ●1/84sec ●F4.8 ●ISO200 ●105 mm *35 mm conversion ●Shooting elevation: approx. 88 m
Even though the scenery is the same, the pictures in Normal mode and Miniaturize mode look quite a bit different.
Miniaturize mode blurs the top and bottom areas of the image, increases overall contrast, and makes colors deeper, which makes the picture look like a miniature world straight out of a model diorama.
See below for more details.
Switching to Miniaturize mode
Using Miniaturize mode lets you take pictures that look like close-ups of miniaturized scenes. The mode is particularly effective when shooting scenery looking down from a high vantage point.
Turn the mode dial to SCENE.
The camera is ready to shoot and the selected scene mode is displayed at the top of the picture display.
Press the MENU button
The SCENE mode selection screen appears.
Press the ADJ./OK button and select "Miniaturize"
Press the ADJ./OK button
Compose your picture and half-press the shutter release button
Press the shutter release button all the way down
[Image settings] are not available in Miniaturize mode.
The focus of the final image differs slightly from that in the image displayed immediately after shooting.