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Olympus E-520, E-1, 14-54 f/2.8-3.5, 50-200 f/2.8-3.5
Olympus C2040
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On Just posted: Our Canon EOS 70D hands-on preview article (355 comments in total)
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57even: If you had a choice between better live view AF and better DR and noise performance, which would you choose?

@yabokkie: what do we know about the DR, SNR etc. of the 70D compared to what other brands are currently offering? All we know so far is what Canon says about noise in comparison to its own previous sensors, and I have seen nothing about its DR and low ISO performance.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 18:18 UTC
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RedFox88: We now know what Canon has been working on these past few years while continuing to warm up the 18 MP design. They are always in the top for number of patents filed.

@utomo99: that is a roughly 2MP (1920x1080) video sensor; its photosites are excellent in low light by the simple strategy of being huge, and few in number.

Those same 19micron pixels would give 0.9MP in Canon's 22.5x15mm "EF-S" format. So no, not if interest for DSLR still images.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 18:10 UTC
On Just posted: Our Canon EOS 70D hands-on preview article (355 comments in total)
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fjbeiderbecke: I see most of the references to the AF in regards to video. Will this make much of a difference to a still photographer?

I expect no IQ advantage over a normal 20MP design.
The image output is 20MP, not 40MP, because the signals from the two photodiodes at each photosite (under the same microlens and color filter) are merged into a single output value. If anything, the extra complications of putting two smaller photodiodes at each photosite instead of one bigger one is likely to lose some electron well capacity and some QE (light detection efficiency.)

P. S. I agree that the IQ of stills in LV mode could improve by being in better focus!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 20:15 UTC
On Just posted: Our Canon EOS 70D hands-on preview article (355 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: Oops - commenting her goes fast. And your question is fast far away from the top. So - I reiterate my question.

Can you get all 40 MP as an output?

That would be fun, both for 3D images and depth detection.

The two photodiodes in each photosite are under the same micro lens (and the same color filter), so I doubt that they see spatially different information, just a difference in the incoming angle of that light, used for focus measurement. If so, there would not be any extra spatial detail to be got from reading all 40 million photodiodes separately.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 19:32 UTC
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whtchocla7e: New sensor in an ancient shell. Canon is playing hard. Are they trying to bury the competition?

@utomo99 That link is to a 2MP (1920x1080 HD resolution or close to that) video sensor; hardly of interest for still picture cameras. The pixel count is not mentioned, but can be calculated from the fact that the pixel size is a huge 19 microns.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 13:50 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1311 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Much like binning, will combining two photodiodes to form a pixel actual reduce noise as noise are random?

It will reduce the _per pixel_ SNR for the merged pixel compared to what it would be if the signal from each of the 40 million photo-diodes were output, but not compared to having a single photo-diode at each of the 20 million photo-sites. In particular shot noise will be about the same as with 20 million normal "single diode" photo-sites, because it just depends on the total photon count, whether that count comes from one bigger diode or two smaller ones. FInal output SNR might be a bit worse with the dual diode setup, due to them missing some photons that fall between the two photo-diodes. (There must be some slight gap between the two photo-diodes in each photo-site.)

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 13:40 UTC
On Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 article (276 comments in total)

ILC = interchangeable lena cameras which obviously covers DSLRs too, so it isa poor replacement for CSC or MILC or my favorite, EVIL. With Olympus, Panasonic amd Sony all at times using "Compact System Camera" when referring to their MFT or NEX products, I do not think that DPReview alone has the power to "forcibly retire" that naming.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 17:42 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
On Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor article (174 comments in total)
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Yanko Kitanov: At higher ISO BIS is clearly better - but is high ISO what you buy a pocket cam for? What do you use more often - low ISO or high ISO? If you have your answers, please note that at low ISO the older non BIS sensor is BETTER, the BIS architecture has some clear drawbacks at low ISO, fact.

What are the low ISO disadvantages of BSI? (not BIS by the way).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 23:41 UTC
On Sony unleashes Cyber-shot RX100 II with BSI CMOS sensor article (174 comments in total)
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MarkInSF: I'd love to know what conceivable drawback bsi could ever have. Oh, I suppose you could claim another surface (the sustrate) in front of the photosites, but that isn't necessarily a major problem. I'm surprised at Sony's 40% claim, because I doubt bsi alone would give that much improvement on a sensor this large, though it is rather packed with photosites. They likely made some other improvements, too. In any case, this looks like a killer camera that addressed most concerns about the original. Oh, a wider, faster lens would have been nice, but this will do.

Manufacturing difficulty is the only one I know of. Usually the back side of a sensor is a relatively thick, opaque slab of silicon. For BSI, this has to be thinned down until it is transparent, which probably makes the sensor more fragile. Bigger sensors still have to be equally thin, which probably makes them even more fragile. (Edit: fragility leading to more rejects and so higher overall prices.)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 23:39 UTC
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birdbrain: Forgetting the size aspect for the moment, the sort of money this camera is going for I would get a Canon 5D3. Having used the 5D3 for a while now and seen what the real world results that one can get, then I can live with its size and with carrying it around.

This really needs to be a whole lot cheaper, or are Sony the new Leica? :)

The Canon 35L is one stop faster at f/1.4; the RX1 lens is 35mm, f/2, so one could instead compare to
- Canon 6D ($1900) with Canon 35/2 ($289)
- Nikon D600 ($2000) with Nikon 35/2 ($360)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 15:30 UTC
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Dave Oddie: One day fuji will put a tilt-able LCD and an EVF on a camera in this line and then I might be tempted to buy one!

Wafting a camera about to use a rear LCD is no more ergonomic a way to do it now that it's ever been for normal shooting particularly vertical shots. Cameras with viewfinders are so much easier to use.

However an LCD that tilts when you are faced with awkward angles or want to get down low is great. So fixed LCD's on these kind of cameras are equally annoying.

Oly are just as bad. With the ELP5 you have buy a separate EVF which ruins the cameras compactness.

Someone please take the design to its logical conclusion and give us a built in EVF like the XE-1 and a tilt-able LCD the XM-1 in the same camera.

Felts: just because snap-shooters most often wave the camera in front of themselves when using the LCD doesn't mean that you have to. Try putting your upper arms and elbows to your body and then bringing the camera about 10 inches [25cm] from your face. It ends up a bit below eye level (so you can glance over the camera to check your subject) and quite steady.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 21:10 UTC
On Just posted: Our Fujifilm X-M1 hands-on preview article (117 comments in total)
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Trollshavethebestcandy: Awesome dimensions to sensor size ratio for an EVIL cam.

It is easy to put an APS-C sized sensor (width 23.6mm, less than one inch) in a body that is tiny, or even too small to operate easily. It is usually the size of the _lenses_ used with it that dictate total camera size. Except if one uses small wide-to-normal primes a lot of the time.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 14:05 UTC
On Just posted: Our Fujifilm X-M1 hands-on preview article (117 comments in total)
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Davidgilmour: Look, it is the X-10 with interchangable lenses:,129

The sensors are very different: 28mm diagonal in the XE-1 vs 11mm diagonal (2/3") in the X-10. Body size might be similar, but lens size (and thus low light ability) goes up with sensor size.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 13:54 UTC
On Just Posted: Samsung Galaxy NX Hands-on article (114 comments in total)

A better solution would be normal cameras controls plus WiFi or bluetooth connection to the phone that most NX camera users will be carrying anyway.

This instead seems like a toaster-fridge: a camera with the size and bulk of a DSLR, but with all the DLR controls replaced by a phone's touch so that the controls that you most often want to adjust while using the EVF cannot be, because they rely on looking at the touch screen.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2013 at 22:40 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies
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tko: $1265, all manual, 760g.

Canon 85MM F/1.8 = $365, all auto, 425 G

Less performance, more expensive, and heavier. A whopping 0.3" smaller in one dimension, 0.1 in the others.

A perfect example of how M34rds rips of the unsuspecting buyers who think that a F0.95 lens is amazing, and close their eyes to the real specs.

No wonder M43rds doesn't want equivalence spec published - they reveal the sham.

For someone who owns a m4/3 body, but not a 35mm format one, this lens gives a big saving in overall cost, kit size, and weight. On the other hand, for people who have other reasons for buying a bigger and far more expensive 35mm format DSLR body, then of course the 85/1.8 has a cost advantage.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 18:16 UTC
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Everlast66: This is not completely true!

Sony NEX & Alpha cameras run some sort of linux and Sony HAVE been releasing source code for the corresponding firmware since at least 2010 if not earlier!

For example NEXs can be found here:

The main portal:

Indeed, both Samsung and Sony are probably obliged to release this source code, due to the open source licensing of the GNU/Linux software used in the cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2013 at 23:22 UTC

How about calling this technology "X3", which is the jargon adopted as an industry-standard by CIPA? "Foveon" is just one approach to X3, and not the one that Canon is pursuing, and the "X3" tag is also well-known.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 18:52 UTC as 53rd comment | 12 replies
On Leica teases 'Mini M' for 11th June release article (304 comments in total)
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Mssimo: If it is a u4/3 camera...i hope they make some nice manual focus lenses for it.

It won't be 4/3" format: it is placed above the X2 in the teaser, which is APS-C. Probably an "X2 with interchangeable lenses".

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 18:50 UTC
On Leica teases 'Mini M' for 11th June release article (304 comments in total)
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Vladik: I wonder what happens when Kodak stops making sensors for them.

Leica uses sensors from Sony (probably) in the X2 and CMOSIS (definitely) in the new "M", so problem solved. Only the Monochrom-M, S2, and the older M models use Kodak CCD's anymore.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 18:06 UTC
On Leica teases 'Mini M' for 11th June release article (304 comments in total)
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cprevost: My guess is that it's going to be a re branded Panny. The new GX2 is coming out at that time. It'll have built in viewfinder, micro four thirds sensor, and in body image stabilization. Supposed to harken back to the Panny L1. Look for Leica to rebrand that one with the red dot and a few firmware tweeks.

Leica has placed it above the X2, which it tags as "micro M", so I doubt it will have a sensor smaller than the X2's "APS-C".

My guess/hope is using the same sensor format as the X2, but with interchangeable lenses (and some AF lenses). Would Leica dare share E mount or other NEX technology with Sony? Can it be priced low enough to avoid the fate of the Hasselblad Luna?

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 17:23 UTC
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