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On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: This is probably a great Full frame camera. Too bad the market for people looking to buy a new full frame camera is shrinking.

I would have to totally disagree with you. First, if you look into Nikon's base alone, there are a lot of DX users who may want to "upgrade." Personally, I have several m4/3 cameras which are great for traveling light. However when I really need the low light IQ and AF tracking capability, I will reach for a FX camera b/c of the mush greater improvement in the IQ. To me, m4/3 for compactness and FX for IQ is the best combo.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 05:14 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (993 comments in total)

"Exposure compensation is retained all the while, allowing you to specify the image brightness that the camera aims to offer. We just wish this was possible for stills capture too."

Every Nikon dSLR that has two command dials can allow for EC in auto-ISO in the M mode. Are you saying that the D750 is the first Nikon to not have this feature? That seems very strange indeed. Please check.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 05:06 UTC as 265th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (434 comments in total)

Does it have an electronic level?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 21:52 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (434 comments in total)
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Helen: "Sadly, Auto ISO is not available in Manual exposure mode"

Is that certain? It always has been available on previous models and it would be unusual for Olympus to delete a function, going by their previous track record. It isn't available out of the box, but has always been available after one visit into the appropriate page of the "gears" menus.

" Never heard of it before."
It has been on high end Nikon dSLRS and Pentax cameras for a long time, and now all SONY mirrorless have it too.

" Not exactly the same degree of control by the user but probably considered by Olympus as good enough for most users' requirements."

But what is the "advantage" by taking it away? Does it make the camera heavier, more expensive?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (434 comments in total)
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Helen: "Sadly, Auto ISO is not available in Manual exposure mode"

Is that certain? It always has been available on previous models and it would be unusual for Olympus to delete a function, going by their previous track record. It isn't available out of the box, but has always been available after one visit into the appropriate page of the "gears" menus.

"Auto ISO in manual mode is a kind of auto mode. Isn't it?"

So you question this very useful feature because it makes the description grammatically inconsistent?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 14:22 UTC
On Samsung NX3000 real-world samples article (143 comments in total)

What is the size of a RAW file from this class of camera? It used to be huge ...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 18:41 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (573 comments in total)

How well does the touch screen work? What can you do with it? Touch Af is finally here with the A cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 20:42 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply

Is the GH4 shot out of focus?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 20:04 UTC as 88th comment | 6 replies
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IEBA1: "In terms of video features, the GH4 looks slightly better equipped, whether in terms of a handful of pro-orientated features or the provision of more, and higher quality, output options. ... a7S look more attractive as a camera if your workflow is expected to include significant post-processing. The addition of a (currently expensive) external recorder also allows the a7S to close the gap ...

Beginner videographers are likely to find the a7S's Auto ISO in manual exposure extremely useful, ... We'll look into what a more experienced user can do with the cameras"

PLEASE decide who your review is for before writing it.
Paragraph 1- Pro features, significant post processing, expensive external recorder.
Paragraph 2- Beginner videographers.

These cameras are designed (and priced) for people who use them professionally to earn an income. An A7s + a separate, external 4K recorder is not something the beginner typically goes for. Write your article for pro users.

" it still doesn't specify a manual mode that's all manual,"

Not sure what you meant, take higher end Nikon dSLRs for an example, to be fully manual, you go to M-mode, and select ISO manually. There are two dials, each for the A and S, and a button for ISO. If you do not want to manually select ISO, enable auto-ISO. If you want to maintain the selected A and S but to override the determined exposure setting, these Nikon cameras, as well as A7s, allow you to dial in EC, by changing the ISO from the determined values. Thus this M mode becomes highly versatile to suit a wide variety of needs. You do know that you can turn the "auto ISO" feature on AND off at will without going to the menu, don't you?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 17:10 UTC
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IEBA1: "In terms of video features, the GH4 looks slightly better equipped, whether in terms of a handful of pro-orientated features or the provision of more, and higher quality, output options. ... a7S look more attractive as a camera if your workflow is expected to include significant post-processing. The addition of a (currently expensive) external recorder also allows the a7S to close the gap ...

Beginner videographers are likely to find the a7S's Auto ISO in manual exposure extremely useful, ... We'll look into what a more experienced user can do with the cameras"

PLEASE decide who your review is for before writing it.
Paragraph 1- Pro features, significant post processing, expensive external recorder.
Paragraph 2- Beginner videographers.

These cameras are designed (and priced) for people who use them professionally to earn an income. An A7s + a separate, external 4K recorder is not something the beginner typically goes for. Write your article for pro users.

So in what mode can we specifically adjust both aperture AND shutter speed and yet allow auto-ISO because that is one thing we do not want/care to change?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 15:43 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: Dpreview reviews are becoming less and less informative.

AF performance, for the "amateur" videographers! You mentioned DFD but said nothing about its impact on shooting video.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 16:53 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1532 comments in total)

We can complain all day about these dSLRs being too big, too heavy, and that they are dinosaur (which to some just means they are not mirrorless), but the IQ of this camera is just spectacular.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 19:15 UTC as 118th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)

"In 'Touch AF' mode, when you're shooting in live view you press the screen and the AF point jumps to the location of your fingertip, and focus is acquired immediately at that point. Weirdly, half-pressing the shutter button does nothing at all, but if you've used a smartphone camera you'll be familiar with the behavioral logic of the Leica (and yes, it does seem strange writing those words…)."

I don't find this to be illogical. Since you are already using the screen to position the AF point, why do you need to "re-AF" by half pressing or go to the EVF? Why don't you just press the shutter all the way to take the picture and be done with it?

A fair criticism would be that the touch-AF concept did not go far enough in the T. For example, in many m4/3 cameras, you can touch and shoot at the same time. Indeed, with Panasonic cameras, you can touch to select the AF point and then shoot using the EVF. I consider this an *additional* feature that is nice to have.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 20:01 UTC as 84th comment | 1 reply
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)

Just tell you how much SONY has been overpricing its products ...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 19:24 UTC as 54th comment | 5 replies
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)

The mirrorless market is small and the one for m4/3 is even smaller which now already has two players. Adding a third player will first compete with the two existing ones, which means even less profits for everyone. Less profit means even more difficult time to survive and to invest in R&D. Kodak does not bring anything really new to the market but may only chip away the profit from the BIG two. If any one of the big two decides to quit, can Kodak take its place? Kodak has neither the expertise in optics nor videos. Without true innovation in the products, how can it compete with SONY? I don't see this as a good thing at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 22:30 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (774 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I'm really impressed at how good the image quality is coming from "the smallest of the large sensors."

I am also baffled at why Sony hasn't made market share gains against Canon and Nikon in light of all the innovation coming from Sony, and the absence of much innovation from the two market leaders.

Like it or not, Nikon has the 1 system whose price is coming down, if you shop for the older model. The 1 is an interchangeable lens camera system and has quite a few very good lenses. Likewise, Nikon has the Coolpix A which is pocketable with an APSC sensor. Thus for core Nikon fans, they now have more choices if they want to maintain the same work flow, especially if you are RAW shooters. I have gone back to get a Nikon D7100. What is the flaw with a Nikon camera like that? Size, really, if you can call it a flaw, but for everything else the Nikon is superb.

SONY still leaves me with the impression that they are in the exploring stage, lots of exciting new bodies but (1) you are not sure which one will stay and be improved to reach a maturity like Nikon and Canon and (2) the lack of a comprehensive coverage of lenses that are great and not too expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 16:38 UTC
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SirSeth: My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.

For a while, I did not have an iPhone. Since we have wifi at home and at work, I got by with just an iPod-touch. When we traveled, my wife's iPhone can connect to the internet when we were on the road. However once you have a smartphone it will be hard to go back so if you don't need it, don't get one in the first place. If you are not a heavy user of cellular data (e.g. you are covered by wifi), you need about 500MB of data monthly so do not overbuy.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 19:54 UTC
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SirSeth: My dream is that someone with brute force, like Amazon or Google will make a smart phone that allows a true choice against expensive cell carrier data allowing me to dispense with redundant mandatory data purchasing (I live in Wifi). I will buy that phone. True freedom = choice to not be force to pay for services I don't want. Let me choose my own network.

Sirseth: "I live in Wifi"

Besides Republic Wireless, you can also just use an iPod touch. Skype and many other texting Apps will allow you to call via Wifi with a small fee. However, unlike Republic Wireless, if you are out of the Wifi zone, you cannot call. Not sure where you are. I have Virgin Mobile, no contract, and for $30/m, I have "unlimited" data and text, plus many min of talk.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 21:39 UTC
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Sirandar: Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB

I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.

Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control

Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.

" I don't have an iphone, but an iPad, and guess what: it decide for you what apps it closes in background and when."

You can use "Background app refresh" in Setting to control which app you want to run in the background -- the more you left on, the faster the battery will drain. If you want Skype to stay on, turn it on there, and in "Notification" allows it to notify you. This will use more battery power though.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 21:34 UTC
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)

Just beautiful! Who cares whether these were captured by the camera in a phone or just a camera. They are fantastic.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 21:19 UTC as 19th comment
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