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 Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (27 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Was the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III left out of this comparo because you consider it to be pants pocket-able? Personally I don't think any of today's cameras are truly pants pocket-able. Most of them will fit into a jacket pocket though.

I would love to see a demonstration of someone putting one of these cameras in a pants pocket. That might make a really interesting video demonstration.

I have cargo pants... want to see me do it? ;-p

But I do agree with you - they also left out the G7X... yet, they have two tiny-sensor cameras in the roster, that should have been retired, as they are no longer pertinent. At this point, DPR is just helping manufactuters and amazon liquidate outdated inventory. it's the only explanation I can think of for their choices.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 05:10 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (27 comments in total)
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Timmbits: @DPR: It is 2015, and you still haven't updated this by adding the Canon G7X.
What gives? is the G7X that bad? Has it beeen recalled or something?

You update other evals, why not this one?
Throw out a tiny sensor model or two, and replace it with a camera that has at least 1" sensor... it's not like there isn't choice out there today.

PS: I know the G7X looks really really really boring (and really really ugly), and can be mistaken for the cheap S120... but just because the design department was lazy isn't a reason to exclude it.
We do like to see things evaluated on what's under the skin and the controls grafted to it - not just looks.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 05:06 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (304 comments in total)
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whensly: wow i would like to have both the LX100 and the GM5. ( have many M 4/3rds lenses). too bad the price is so high on each. Now if these were 500 each Id buy both and call it a day.

I never saw it as a logical possibility, to have an MFT and an LX100.

I see it more in terms of an APSC or better, and an LX100.
(come to mind mirrorless from Fuji, Samsung, Sony)

I mean... if you're going to go bulkier, at least MAKE IT COUNT.

I can imagine how your love for your GM5 might prevent you from agreeing, but for me, that is how I see it anyways - otherwise, why bother with the extra bulk?
You might not have noticed, but you can get APSC mirrorless for the same size as an MFT. Look at some of the Samsung lenses, and their MFT equivalents... the better MFT lenses aren't exactly small. And you have to get a better MFT lens to have the same aperture equivalency as APSC, so those lenses being smaller, is a bit of a misunderstood myth. (please see the article here on equivalency, and do the math, before presenting examples to debunk this).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 04:39 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (104 comments in total)
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Timmbits: 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.

I'm not saying I like small apertures, or tiny sensors behind tiny lenses for that matter. I was just saying. just saying that sometimes you have to read through all the hype, fed to these sites by their marketing departments. I guess I'm just saying I'm not impressed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 04:35 UTC
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (441 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 (✓)

you don't hold the holy grail of truth on what's going on behind the scenes over at the manufacturers. as a former product manager, I can tell you that you have a rather myopic vision of things.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 04:32 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (27 comments in total)
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PentaxNick: Why leave out the best one, the Ricoh GR?

it's a different class... no zoom, and for the majority of people, not what they are looking for. The Ricoh GR, Fuji X100n, Nikon A, have already been covered in a head to head comparison on here. And it is a dying class, with the new pocketable zoom cameras with large sensor that are available today.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 04:29 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014) article (27 comments in total)

@DPR: It is 2015, and you still haven't updated this by adding the Canon G7X.
What gives? is the G7X that bad? Has it beeen recalled or something?

You update other evals, why not this one?
Throw out a tiny sensor model or two, and replace it with a camera that has at least 1" sensor... it's not like there isn't choice out there today.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 04:25 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (251 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 (441 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 (692 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 (932 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 47th comment
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (104 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 4th comment | 3 replies
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (104 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 (309 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 2nd comment
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (471 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 (692 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
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