keysmith

keysmith

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Joined on Nov 23, 2003

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keysmith: this category of cameras are overpriced and quite big. The same price can be spent on a NEX (nex 5r, 3n) with a 16-50 electric zoom lens. Same size but alot better quality. Only drawback smaller zoom, but crop can be a remedy on that. These bulky compact cameras (7700 and G15) should cost no more than 300-350€. At these price groups they make sense.
On the other hand Sony RX100 is the only compact that makes a difference today. Unfortunately it is also expensive and not that good image quality.But the consept is good. Btw I would expect a better rx100 replacement (better noise on high iso).
Anyway G15, 7700 to me are a dead category. Something like the old superzoom prosumers category we used to have (Panasonic FZ, Fuji) . Very few talk about them today because they were surpassed.

Ok. extra zoom. Superzoom compacts that produce similar results exist with less than 200€. I own a s90 (1/1.7) and my sisters SX230 (1/2.3'') produce very similar results. Of course the lens is not as "fast" as a 7700/g15 (starts from f3) and it does not have all these shortcuts but still it has P/S/A/M and costs 300€ less. This G15 category is not useless i agree. It is just VERY expensive! (overpriced)So I suggest better buy a good compact superzoom (like sx260). Quality is similar (look for samples) and you carry less weight. Ok you don't get all these extras (jogs, raw etc) but do they worth 300€ more? The holly-day albums from a sx230 and a G15 look very similar in quality.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 20:54 UTC

this category of cameras are overpriced and quite big. The same price can be spent on a NEX (nex 5r, 3n) with a 16-50 electric zoom lens. Same size but alot better quality. Only drawback smaller zoom, but crop can be a remedy on that. These bulky compact cameras (7700 and G15) should cost no more than 300-350€. At these price groups they make sense.
On the other hand Sony RX100 is the only compact that makes a difference today. Unfortunately it is also expensive and not that good image quality.But the consept is good. Btw I would expect a better rx100 replacement (better noise on high iso).
Anyway G15, 7700 to me are a dead category. Something like the old superzoom prosumers category we used to have (Panasonic FZ, Fuji) . Very few talk about them today because they were surpassed.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2013 at 21:02 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On Review: Nokia 808 PureView article (354 comments in total)

i have the phone for about a month. Photo (pixels) quality is good. Unfortunately lens has alot of distortion (it is 26mm equiv) totally incapable/inappropriate of shooting scenes with people in the corners (it stretches their heads in a very obvious ugly way). The lens for landscapes its fine but for faces/people.. nope.. So always place them in the centre of the frame (forget 3:2 rule, crop later) if you wand a better result.

Image stabilization (luck of) is another problem. It results in blurred/shaked pictures.

I also have a canon S90 (and a 500d). In my opinion, S90 produces more pleasant pictures due to less distortion of the lens (better correction i should say). I need to do more tests on that (if i prefer s90 or 808).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2013 at 22:18 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On A sneak peek at our forthcoming camera test scene article (323 comments in total)

i miss the the watch, the blond hairs and the 'Apollo' paper money of the old scenery. It used to be a reference for me. I don't like the upper right corner filled up with.. printed photos (!). Use real texture please! Rest of them are ok (not all for me but ok)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 05:50 UTC as 134th comment | 1 reply
On Just posted: Canon Powershot S110 hands-on preview article (37 comments in total)

Canon wake up! It's not 2011! It's 2012 and Sony RX-100 is out there and has the "same" size and a lot bigger 1'' sensor (3 times).
Where you sleeping when sony was designing RX100? Non of you (nikon, canon, pana, oly) has an asnwer for RX100?!? You still announce 1/1.7'' cameras like last year?!?

Unless s110 costs 300€ or less there is no meaning for such cameras.. (1/1.7'').

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 13:32 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha NEX-5R hands-on preview article (127 comments in total)

Why on earth they don’t put direct buttons (ISO, WB) and jogs like many compacts have now a days. Sony RX100 has many more direct buttons. Why NEX can’t have any and has this childish interface. Are this lens interchanable APS-C cameras only for point n shoot people?? I don't think so..

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 13:50 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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Gully Foyle: From the 7100 review:
"The P7100's optical viewfinder coverage is roughly 80%. To the left you can see flash and AF confirmation lights and a diopter adjustment wheel.
It's a nice 'retro' touch but the LCD screen is bright and contrasty enough to be usable in most environments, and the restricted coverage means that its usefulness is limited for anything more critical than snapshots."

Canon G1X:
"Compared to the EVFs mentioned above and the viewfinders of digital SLRs it is very small and not that great to work with. It only covers approximately 80% of the frame and the camera's large lens barrel obstructs the bottom corner of the viewfinder at wide angle, making precise composing of an image almost impossible."

For all of you wanting to torture yourselves with that kind of crap, go ahead!
I say, good riddance to crappy OVFs.

My oly C770 used to be "small" and had an EVF. Why today they cannot fit one in larger bodies like P7700?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 17:14 UTC
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avisti: 7 x zoom is not a superzoom IMO, it´s just a zoom.

It is superzoom. A 28-200mm is a classic SuperZoom lens on Film SLRs. Nowdays we are used to see cameras with X10, X20 thats why X7 looks small but that was not the case some years ago.. Classic Zoom (not superzoom) used to be X3, nowdays X4. So X7 is marginaly a superzoom lens i think..

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 17:10 UTC

Hmm more dials than entry nikon's SLR or SLD.. That's good and useful for us (shows tha nikon's SLRs like 3100, 5100 need more buttons like direct WB, ISO etc).
OK good control.. is it enough? Nowdays Sony has introduced RX100 with more compact body (S90 like) than p7700 and 1'' sensor. That makes P7700 already DOA model (also all othe models like lx7, s100). I would be impressed if it’s 1/1.7’’ sensor could produce something NEAR rx100 quality. Sony keeps the best sensors for its self. I think p7700 has no luck to become bestseller against rx100.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 10:16 UTC as 68th comment
On Canon issues allergy warning for EOS 650D/Rebel T4i article (176 comments in total)

Ok, these things happen all the time. Good for canon for admitting it. I think its not a big deal. ( Not like Nikon that had sensor issues whit their d7000! This was more important failure).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2012 at 10:40 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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fatdeeman: I wonder how the 18-135mm will perform optically? I really need a walkaround lens and after going through 5 copies of the 17-55mm and 2 of the 15-85mm I'm losing hope, I'm so sick of getting a new lens only to find it's decentred AGAIN! I get the lens, take some shots and automatically check the edges to see which side will be soft THIS TIME! I would use the IS kit lens of the front element didn't rotate! The best lens I have come across is the Sigma 18-50 ex macro which I use now but even that has a tendency to front focus.

It's a sad state of affairs when you WANT to give a company money and they make it impossible!

I'm on the verge of trying a 17-40 out of desperation but it's so short at the tele end!

I just want a walk around zoom that's not decentered and is sharp across the frame at F/5.6 and sharp in the centre wide open!

Maybe your "body" has the problem not your lences. What eos are you using. Have you tried to calibrate it (front, back focus)? Some eos (7d) have spacial menu for this..
Just maybe..

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 19:31 UTC
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treepop: Why not put IS on the 40mm? Especially since it's supposed to be a video lens...

too small to fit ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 13:23 UTC
On Sony DSC-RX100 preview (544 comments in total)

poor nikon 1.. You have a big problem now.. Same price, same sensor size, but less pixels, darker zoom lenses and bigger size, weight.. You need to redesign 2nd generation o nikon 1 (make them even smaller, lenses and bodies).

As for Sony RX100 it is a S100/95/90 in concept camera but in everything better (apart from price). It could be my next non slr camera.. Real cool little camera with also EXCELLENT video in such a small case..
As a canon S90 user I already love it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 20:49 UTC as 132nd comment
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Review article (99 comments in total)

It appears the older and cheaper sx230 is better at 1:1..

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2012 at 20:50 UTC as 33rd comment
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boothrp: So why doesn't my Olympus C770uz cut out after 30 minutes ??

I think because C770 does not optically zoom while videoing (when sound is on, It only zooms when sound is off). So it is NOT considered videocamera. Another reason i think is the resolution. To be considered videocamera it has to has resolution biger than.. something (biger than VGA) and to optically ZOOM while videoing. Only then tax is applied. Ridiculous.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2012 at 15:46 UTC

at least there is no "chrominance noise".. lol
Who buys these cameras?

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 20:29 UTC as 178th comment

it doesn't matter if google+ is a little better or worse. Everybody is using FB anyway. A user posts photos where people will see them, not where they can be viewed a little better. Also the technology used by sites changes quickly. Comparisons of this type is only useful for very small period..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2012 at 22:38 UTC as 4th comment
On Just Posted: Canon G1 X studio test samples article (220 comments in total)

due to the lens (?) the results on the center are a lot better than in the edges.. The tecture is preserved in the center (cotton next to pluto dog) thab in the edge (blond hairs)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 18:42 UTC as 29th comment

as everything has been photographed in every possible way it is inevitable that there gone be 'collisions' (on purpose or by accident). This copy-write notion and the way it has evolved in our days is just schizophrenic.. Give freedom to the expression and art of photography.. I disagree with the court decision..

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 13:28 UTC as 207th comment
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 review article (134 comments in total)
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keysmith: When (small) size matters, S100 is unbeatable.. LX5, XZ-1, X10 could be a little bit better, but also bigger. In my opinion the only TRUE compact (fits in pockets) is Canon S100/s95.

I think you can put it in your (empty from coins, keys) jacket pocket after you place it in a soft bag (cheap sunglasses bag/pouch like). Compact means small, and s100 is the smallest..

Direct link | Posted on Dec 26, 2011 at 09:49 UTC
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