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 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (250 comments in total)
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Timmbits: DO NOT BUY ANY OF THESE!!! is the best advice I can give you.

I purchased the best of the past years' roundups, the Panasonic, figuring that it should be a little bit better than the dismal tiny-sensor cameras out there.
Boy was I wrong, and it was wasted money. It became an expensive hand-me-down for my 8 year old girl - at least she can drop it, we can take it out on the inflatable kayak, and she is delighted with all she does with it (stop motion video, pictures of her dog...) and she's just too delighted to discover what she can do with a camera to worry about IQ.

If you are to get yourself a waterproof camera, get at least something with a 1" sensor or larger if any are available. I haven't researched this in the past months, but I do remember Nikon has the waterproof version of their Nikon-1. That is what you should get.

If you're going to have crappy image quality that these things deliver, you may as well just get the Sony waterproof smartphone and use that instead.

well said @Kawika

about the 1aw1 system:
I do believe that in the density of water, IS is superfluous, but it is nice to have out of the water.

?maybe they detected that the physics causes wobbles underwater if the rotational frequency is the same as in atmosphere?

Regardless... with the LX100, the GX7, and other models coming out next year, having an ILS with a 1" sensor has become less relevant.

It would be nice/interesting to see if any of the cameras with fixed lens will be introduced in a waterproof version.

PS: I simply gave my Panasonic TS (a gold award winner here) to my little girl. she plays with it, takes films and pictures of her little dog, makes stop motion video, and we took a few underwater pics in the public pool. it's OK for that. but it's rather expensive for a toy.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 06:04 UTC
On High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (264 comments in total)
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Timmbits: @DPR, with a title like that "High End Compact Roundup"...

one would expect an Actual Roundup of High-End compacts.

But no... 3 out of 6 have a tiny sensor, 1 has a very small sensor, of which none are "high end"... only 2 out of 6 is a failing mark in everyone's book.

Who composes your article titles? Someone who used to work in a paparazzi sensationalism newsroom?

A more apt title would have been simply "Xmas gift ideas" I know it sounds disappointing... but so is the roundup.

PS: " large sensors (compared to those in smartphones)" seriously, anything larger than a smartphone sensor is a "large sensor"? When did this new standard come about?

@anayv
"Small sensors are needed for such smallish camera's, in case you didn't know."

I guess that's why the RX100 has a 1" sensor, Fuji has a 2/3" sensor...
the specs are right there for you to check, before shooting off your mouth with trash-talk.

With advancements in lens design, and makers going higher-end with bigger sensors to differentiate their products from smartphones, even a 1/1.7" is outdated now for a higher end product.

the title says "high end". a tiny sensor camera is not "high end"
period.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 05:41 UTC
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (435 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: another LX-series Lumix part-time ES-LV only (x)
fixed rear screen (x) ... touchscreen AF? (✓) or not? (x)
rainbow evf (x) ... fixed angle evf (x)
manual aperture ring on lens (✓) ... or select-by-wire in only 0.5 EV increments!!? (x) or 1/3 EV (✓)?
manual focus ring on lens (✓) ... or select-by-wire? (x)
no manual zoom ring (x) ... toggled zoom
shutter speed dial (but only 1.0 EV increments!!?) (x)
hotshoe (✓) ... tack-on mini speedlight ... (x)
tripod mount offset from lens center axis (x)
insubstantial grip (x)
24-75mm eq.ff.fov zoom (✓: 24 fov wide) f/1.7-2.8 luminance (x2.2 crop)
10.9-34mm zoom:
max.ap.diam (wide): 10.9/1.7 = 6.4mm (f/3.7 eq.ff.dof)
max.ap.diam (tele): 34/2.8 = 12.1mm (f/6.2 eq.ff.dof)
4k video (✓) ... manual? (✓) or auto only? (x)
AE comp 1/3 increments (✓)

sdaniella, sometimes things are done the way they are, simply because of a legacy design they are evolving out of, because of common systems and the economics of using those, practicality, ease of design, manufacturing economics... and sometimes a design decision is made to just not compete with another model in the lineup, simple as that. They have nothing to do with what is possible or not possible as you seem to be so adamant about.
You of all people, who also studied in microprocessor design and also come from the computer industry as my entire family does, should know better.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 05:00 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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Timmbits: @DPR:
it would be awesome, to see a head-to-head comparison,
between the G1Xii and the LX100.
(ditto for G7X versus RX100iii)

thanks Richard!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 04:20 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (817 comments in total)

@DPR: sensor size is incorrect.
if the outer perimeter is being thrown away, it is obviously not the actual sensor size being used.
please correct the specs, so we can better compare with 1" sensor size.
(what is thrown away is quite irrelevant, because it's not being used - this is obviously because it's more economical to keep on using the same sensor than to incur higher manufacturing costs with a new one - so just give us the actual dimensions of what is alive, not the "dead matter"!)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 00:55 UTC as 10th comment
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (91 comments in total)

In a world where everything is done via digital editing effects, there are many features I see advertised that can simply be accomplished with a small aperture, and defocusing effect in Lightroom or whatever.

As mentioned by HenryT macro might be the killer app for this technology.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 00:46 UTC as 2nd comment
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (91 comments in total)
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HenryTt: Can you imagine a good macro camera with this feature? Imagine a macro of a praying mantis or the pistil of a flower with all the intended parts in focus!

I suspect that if you had a decent sensor at least at the level of current aps-c and a quality lens element, you could charge $10K+ for a good macro camera that allowed infinite depth of field.

I think you have hit the nail on the head... the one application where you can't substitute with software editing effects.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 00:43 UTC
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (299 comments in total)
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gmke: Obviously, the Nikon 1 does not belong in this group because it doesn't look like an SLR. Serious, it doesn't belong at all, because of its many photographic shortcomings. A flagship? It is a rowboat only a Nikophant could love. DP says the category is for cameras with photographic prowess that fits up against, just below enthusiast full frame. Bah.

the camera selection in the other category, "high end compacts" with a "large sensor (larger than smartphone)" is wrong too.
it's a bit ridiculous, really.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 18:39 UTC
On High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (264 comments in total)

@DPR, with a title like that "High End Compact Roundup"...

one would expect an Actual Roundup of High-End compacts.

But no... 3 out of 6 have a tiny sensor, 1 has a very small sensor, of which none are "high end"... only 2 out of 6 is a failing mark in everyone's book.

Who composes your article titles? Someone who used to work in a paparazzi sensationalism newsroom?

A more apt title would have been simply "Xmas gift ideas" I know it sounds disappointing... but so is the roundup.

PS: " large sensors (compared to those in smartphones)" seriously, anything larger than a smartphone sensor is a "large sensor"? When did this new standard come about?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 18:05 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
On High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (264 comments in total)
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Jennyhappy2: Ricoh GR will be covered in a separate Roundup as noted below since its a fixed focal length.

with the new compacts, is the GR still relevant?

(wait, I'll read the reviews to find out)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 17:49 UTC

Wish they had this for Samsung NC mount too.

...then again, they might not sell any, given that the excellent Samsung 45mm, (albeit) f1.8 goes for only $200.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 12:14 UTC as 1st comment
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (453 comments in total)
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Timmbits: Given the size of this thing... a little massive for a very small sensor camera by today's standards, I feel disappointed that Fuji isn't offering a 1" sensor or larger. I might even prefer a 1" from Nikon with lower megapixel count, for the larger photosites, rather than a 1" Sony sensor.

ps: it is the size of a G1Xii or LX100
http://j.mp/10cyL97

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 21:05 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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Timmbits: @DPR:
it would be awesome, to see a head-to-head comparison,
between the G1Xii and the LX100.
(ditto for G7X versus RX100iii)

PS:
http://j.mp/10cycMH

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 20:40 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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JDit: Went to the store excited to test the camera. Everything went well until I tried to trigger camera by IPad in silent camera mode. IPad remote trigger over rides the camera silent mode and camera "clicks". The camera on it's own trigger was silent. As soon as IPad was triggering it, G1X II was not silent any longer?
Does anybody has comment on this or possible remedy?
Thank you

posible remedies:
* buy android tablet.
* wait until apple gets it right.
* find (or write) a different app
don't expect the camera, being controlled by something, and doing what it is told, to be able to correct the apple app.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 19:08 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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RandallS12: The DPreview reviewer published video quality comment for the review of the Canon Powershot G1 X MK II states "Low resolution video with strong moiré" and is in direct contrast to the Consumer Reports test of the same camera. CR test results of this same camera state "Video quality is excellent, better than most models" and also from the same CR test is the comment that the camera "is the first advanced model we've tested that had excellent image quality across the board: photos taken without a flash, flash photos, and video. What makes this significant is not just that it scored so high in all three categories, but that it scored higher overall than all our tested SLRs and mirror less models."

Is it possible something was defective in the camera used for the DPreview test? CR is world renowned for the stringent and demanding quality of it's excellent testing procedures. Wy such an opposite result for the same Canon G1 X MK II camera from two highly reputable organizations?

Randall:
the problem with websites like consumer reports,
is, how can you tell if these are camera testers testing vacuum cleaners, or if they are vacuum-cleaner testers testing cameras?

in situations of doubt, get confirmation from imaging-resource, not consumer or electronics reports.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 19:06 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)

@DPR:
it would be awesome, to see a head-to-head comparison,
between the G1Xii and the LX100.
(ditto for G7X versus RX100iii)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 19:03 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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Timmbits: At that focal length is the test-scene shot?

Remembering my Fuji X-S1, which was very good with portraits, but fuzzy on the long end, I realise the uselessness of this test scene, if it only shows the lens at one given focal length.
Indeed, it may be showing the camera at it's best, at it's worse, or somewhere between, and this would be the case for most, but completely random from one model to another, whether it's showing it at it's best or worse.

@dpr: btw... for a test scene, try and keep the objects in the same position, will you? (I see the bottle has been rotated, and not all items seem to appear in the same spot from camera to camera.

@nomorefilmman:
imaging-resource is definitely an awesome site, for checking something out more thoroughly, before you actually pay for something.
what DPR offers, is more interactivity with the community, as we are doing here right now. that, and a nice black background so easier on the eyes.
that's why I like to use both.

@Richard: thanks for the info. but I still feel that you guys should offer the test images in various focal lengths. especially for fixed-lens long zoom cameras, where the optical IQ can vary quite radically as you zoom in and out.
I understand that it's more work - of course it is - but it would give a significant boost to the thoroughness of the reviews, more than any works could say.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 18:56 UTC
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maxnimo: Horrible lens! Probably has plastic elements full of mold and mildew. And full of scratches too. And must be blurry all over. Probably can't even do color and has zero bokeh. Yuck!

But what if I'm wrong? What if this lens performs better than a Leica?

you might have thought of what this might do to your credibility.

next time, say credible things. that matter.
try to become impartial.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 18:50 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (474 comments in total)
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pdelux: Way to go Panasonic. 85% is a respectable score!

@DoctorJerry:
what you wrote, is enough to discourage anyone from ever wanting to buy the new FZ1000, if it performs the same as a tiny-sensor camera. (the tiny-sensor model doesn't even come into question - there is no way I'll go back to tiny sensors!).
So thanks for the tip. It clearly resolves the question of "FZ1000 or RX10?".

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 18:37 UTC

with other small mirrorless cameras offering this,
at over $2K, would it kill them to give this a tilting screen, if not a VF as well?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 03:20 UTC as 1st comment
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