Timmbits

Timmbits

Lives in Canada Montreal, Canada
Works as a inventor
Joined on Oct 8, 2011
About me:

Deutscher, living in Montreal Canada.
Cycling, chess, design, inventions, nature, photography, are some of the things I like.

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On article Hands-on with the Fujifilm X70 (245 comments in total)

Fuji is still paranoid about cannibalizing IL camera sales if they came out with an x100 version with a zoom.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 20:25 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On article 2014-15 Waterproof Camera Roundup (254 comments in total)
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jeffharris: With such small sensors, If manufacturers would keep the megapixels LOWER the image quality could be much better! 10MP or below is perfectly good for cameras like theses.

I have Olympus TG1 and an earlier Tough camera (TC130?)

Daniel, I think your friends' phones might have the image marred by the plastic casings and ziplock bags. you can count the number of waterproof smartphones out there on half a hand. so you and I both know that something is covering their lenses.
now I am not a fan of smartphones.
but other users have commented that their underwater cameras are no better than the best of the smartphones (those that own one).
I agree, almost all smartphones are NOT as good as these cameras.
but these cameras are SO BAD, that they aren't any better than the best of the smartphones.

hence, what I was saying, why even bother?
just make a waterproof version of the best of the smartphones - or at least a model with the best of the lens+sensor combination, and force makers to come up with something better than this junk.

my underwater camera won editor's pick.
and it is now a toy for my little daughter.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 17:50 UTC
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davids8560: Has anyone handled both this camera and Nikon 1 AW1? What are the pros and cons as you see them? Thank you.

H:
ok, you're not a Sony fan, and neither am I. I was referring to a 1" sensor and a better lens. underwater version. why are you against that? how can you be against that?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 17:42 UTC
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Jim F: Just a tad confusing to me ... is the ZS100/TZ100 the name for one camera or two different cameras? I note the write up in this DPreview announcement speaks of two cameras, but I'm a little bit confused as to the name of the two cameras. Sorry for the basic question, folks. The write-up is not real clear to me what's what.

is TZ is travel zoom, what is ZS? zippy sport? ;p

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 17:31 UTC

Wonderful!

A step in the right direction.

I will wait for the version with the f1.7 lens.

it is a "small-ish" sensor after all - not to criticize - but it's not like you're getting a 2.8 on an APSc. in terms of equivalency, I prefer better.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 17:27 UTC as 8th comment

I purchased an underwater camera like this a few years ago. When the Panasonic and Sony were tied for first place, in a review on here that made them look brilliant. I paid for top pick figuring I don't want to regret my purchase. These tiny sensors are sooooo bad!
And up to 40ft depth my ass! No matter how careful, the seal doesn't work beyond 2ft.

I still bring the camera along on Kayak trips. But when it falls into the water I go to land and open it up to let it dry out.

And the pictures are really really bad. But it is better than waterlogging a few cellphones. Ziplock bags open by themselves when in your pocket (when the seal is bent), and the plastic pouches end up cracking on the edges. So these cameras are the only choice you have left. (unless you go for casings)

in-between kayak outings, it is now my daughter's toy camera. What these are really made for: your kids.

Now if someone would only come out with a waterproof RX100 or something, that would be great!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 17:14 UTC as 5th comment
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Rashadain: I bought this camera last month (12/2015). and used it during a 16 day trip. although i didn't take a lot of pictures underwater, and i have not looked at the picture quality on a decent screen. but from the instant reviews of the taken pictures and the pictures when viewed in camera ... this camera is so bad.

i have used Canon, Nikon, Sony ... etc both dslr and point and shoot. I am yet to see a worse camera in terms of image exposure. even before i go over all the pictures i took i can tell you i have hundreds of under exposed images. the exposure evaluation is terrible with this one. you also don't have a good control over the settings as you do with some competitors.

again, even before closely examining the IQ. I will never ever recommend this camera to an enemy yet alone a friend. very slow operation, almost always wrong exposure, GPS is too slow ( some cases i would take pictures and leave the outdoor location before it connects ).

panoramic stitching is not good at all.

please look at your pictures on a screen, and come back and tell us how you feel the pictures are.
looking at them on your camera harms the credibility of your assessment.
I agree with all you say... now use a monitor and confirm your findings.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 17:08 UTC

I guess Casio is learning a lesson... if you don't make "real" cameras for long enough you might end up making a profit one day.
They got lucky. Not sure if they'll write their new business plan around a selfie camera, but if this wanes off, they are toast.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 17:02 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (706 comments in total)
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pedromeyer: I figured that with film every frame would cost me approx one dollar, taking into account the film, processing and contact sheets. Well, with today's reality that none of this costs extra, I amortize my LEICAs in about 60 days of shooting. After that it's all free cash flow, ever thought of looking at the cost of a camera in that way?

not really. I take way more shots on digital than I ever dared take on film. so it doesn't really compare.
it's all just fictitious "value". hardly anyone makes a mono, so it's not like there will be any form of price competition anytime soon.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 07:00 UTC
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maximme: would be GREAT if

1. it has the wide angle of goPro
yet allows for some zoom in shots.

2. quick and snappy responce shot to shot

with an already very ordinary iq, I would worry that with add-ons, it can only get worse, not better. I do agree that it should do something out of the box, for this reason.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 06:49 UTC
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davids8560: Has anyone handled both this camera and Nikon 1 AW1? What are the pros and cons as you see them? Thank you.

Am I the only one to think that there really should be a Sony RX100uw model?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 06:45 UTC
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Timmbits: Contrary to what our @dpr friend may think, xtrans is not sharper than bayer. past image tests have shown this. it is a pattern that came out to do away with moiré. it is the only reason it exists. and this comes at the price of a slight sharpness disadvantage, because it has more green, and a bit less red and blue spots.
so to me it comes as absolutely no surprise, that it performs well.

Don, I had a Fuji for a while. But I don't speak of personal results here, because they can be skewed and not done against a test group. As you could have read, I was referring to TESTS done BY DPR. you know, tests where you take a same scene, with different cameras, and then compare? Please search the site to find that so you can see for yourself.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 26, 2015 at 06:40 UTC
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Timmbits: Contrary to what our @dpr friend may think, xtrans is not sharper than bayer. past image tests have shown this. it is a pattern that came out to do away with moiré. it is the only reason it exists. and this comes at the price of a slight sharpness disadvantage, because it has more green, and a bit less red and blue spots.
so to me it comes as absolutely no surprise, that it performs well.

@Don, when looking at something good, one can't really tell... but they occasionally do direct comparisons and that is when you will see - for example, I remember there was one between the x100 and other similar models, and the x100 was the least sharp in the bunch (at 100% magnification). and we all know it has a good lens. the reason is simple: there is this big huge blob of green nestled among fewer red and blue photosites. it is not disastrous, but it is less sharp, and when you examing closely, it is noticeable.

@martinot, you can still buy Sony, that has decent lenses, if you don't like the base models from Fuji that have a bayer filter.
I don't care as much about the label that is slapped onto the front (proof: I own a Samsung NX20). although I must admit, that the Fuji interface (buttons, menu) is my favorite among all cameras I've ever tried.

I think we just have to be at peace with the fact that no camera is perfect, not even the one we own.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 23:01 UTC
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thx1138: Poor choice of name for something that is supposed to repel everything. The Hoya Repulsion would have been more apt.

I call BS on the anti-fingerprint though, every company and their dog claims to have oleophobic coatings and none work worth a damn. Time will tell.

repulsion? you can't be serious...
makes one think of repulsive.

don't quit your day job, because they won't hire you in the branding department. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 05:05 UTC

YAY!
finally!

ever since they discovered the virtues of the lotus leaf,
ever since they had aquafuge coatings on eyeglasses,
ever since they came out with paints that have these characteristics...

it is about time they are implementing this on camera lenses/filters!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 05:03 UTC as 8th comment
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Timmbits: Contrary to what our @dpr friend may think, xtrans is not sharper than bayer. past image tests have shown this. it is a pattern that came out to do away with moiré. it is the only reason it exists. and this comes at the price of a slight sharpness disadvantage, because it has more green, and a bit less red and blue spots.
so to me it comes as absolutely no surprise, that it performs well.

no, I am referring to, right out of the camera. I am not talking about software, I am talking about sensor color filter array pattern.

and I don't know why you mention optics, as the same optics are available on xtrans and bayer Fuji cameras.

we ARE talking about a Fuji XA remember? it has a bayer filter. and it is a Fuji. and it takes Fuji lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 04:57 UTC

Is/was the XA1 a more solid build than this one?
If yes, what are the disadvantages?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 18:51 UTC as 14th comment

Contrary to what our @dpr friend may think, xtrans is not sharper than bayer. past image tests have shown this. it is a pattern that came out to do away with moiré. it is the only reason it exists. and this comes at the price of a slight sharpness disadvantage, because it has more green, and a bit less red and blue spots.
so to me it comes as absolutely no surprise, that it performs well.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 18:47 UTC as 15th comment | 10 replies
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CameraLabTester: NIKON has reportedly purchased all of SAMSUNG's NX mirrorless camera technology.

3 December 2015

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@plasnu, Samsung has also been refuting the stupid rumors that it is completely exiting the camera business, so...
I guess we won't really know, until the non-disclosure agreements expire.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 18:37 UTC
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Timmbits: At these prices (and size), would you purchase a NX1 or a full-frame Sony?

For me, the answer is obvious.

If Samsung had made this a Full-Frame, they might not be at this point right now.

I am still with an NX20.
everything that came out as a replacement was larger, with limited extra benefits. so I just live with it. I have a 30mm and a 45mm lens, (and a 500/1000mm), and I think I'll just stick with that.
I think there has been a slow, constant shakeout in the camera industry, and it certainly isn't over yet. Aside from Sony, I haven't seen anyone come out with anything notable, maybe a sign that it has just gotten started, and will be accelerating.
So I'll wait on the sidelines.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 18:34 UTC
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