Adrian Van

Adrian Van

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On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1035 comments in total)
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phoenix15: Why I think Nikon will NOT release D400:
1. They use Sony sensor, and it is better than Canon 7DII's. What need to worry if the sensor is far superior ? And remember D7200 is 700 USD cheaper.
2. Tough competition in pro DX body, while the market is declining. Pentax K-3II is only 1000 USD, with rugged body, 8.3 FPS, GPS, astrotracer, and the sensor is also same class with D7200. Will they charge 1700 USD for body only, and expecting it to be a best seller ? I doubt it.
3. State of art AF system in D7200 is one of the best, in class with Nikon D750 and D810. This is just telling us, D7200 is what Nikonian expect to see in the D400.
4. Fullframe camera is getting cheaper, and there is much pressure now from the mirrorless system. Introducing D400 with cropped sensor is wasting time and resources, must be better to compete Sony with their A7 series.

D400 has specific market. Anyone considering a Canon 7D mark 2, will look at what a rugged pro D400 body has to offer. There is room for a D400.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 13:12 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1035 comments in total)
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ozturert: This is a very good camera. Fast enough, good (maybe the best in market) APS-C image quality, good AF system, robust (but not pro-level) body...
Actually, this makes D7100 an even better buy due to lowered price :) If you don't mind the abysmal buffer, D7100 is a very good camera for its price. Wait for 2-3 more months and D7100 prices will go even lower.

D7100 prices for new body will only go lower once the D7200 drops more in price. At least in Canada there is a big enough difference. Used prices have maintained a good price for D7100 body at $800 to $900 body only with low user shutter clicks. Why? D7100 is still a very good camera.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 13:10 UTC

April Fools Day was last month. It's May!

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 13:05 UTC as 26th comment
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1035 comments in total)
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eddychan008: Never able to understand, still NO touchscreen on top of the line camera ???

I agree that touchscreen is not needed for still photography where OVF is preferred. However, for using the advanced features on video with camera on tripod like GH4, then touchscreen is ideal for video use. Ask full time videographers or cinematographers who use GH4 for video if they use touchscreen to switch 2 focus points programmed in to move smoothly from A to B called focus racking. If D7200 has touchscreen and a tilt screen pro and semi pro video users would use it. However, as you said not needed in still photos, unless liveview for photos was significantly more advanced in a Nikon DSLR like on sensor phase detect like Sony A7ii, Sony A77mark2 or Canon 70D cameras. Again, Sony A7ii is a serious prosumer mirrorless camera, just its not a DSLR. A7s is a pro video camera tool. Canon 70D has touch screen, while these 3 Sonys do not, but if they did I would think videographers would use it for racking. I agree not needed for fast still photos though as EVF and OVF is sufficient.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 22:19 UTC
On DSC_0088-ACR-ISO100 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (9 comments in total)
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philflashes: The saturation looks just fine to me. Not oversaturated but natural for a change! But if you don't like it, just go the the picture control menu and adjust the saturation, contrast, brightness, etc seperately to your liking.
Problem solved!
You're welcome.

Thanks for explanation. It is possible that a newer sensor has different behavior to light sensitivity. Keep in mind that the Raw file does not apply the ADL setting, unless using Nikon's software to do conversion it may apply it (View NX or Capture NX). Unfortunately I do not own the latest D5500 or D7200, so cannot evaluate the default settings. Ideally it would be better if camera defaulted to settings in jpeg that were less prone to over exposure in latest cameras for less work in post. With a back screen difficult to see in bright light, I usually use the histogram view to see if overexposed, and work in Manual instead of Program mode and make subtle changes shot to shot if needed while shooting and reviewing. However, there are many methods and modes to choose among photographers for various reasons. Good luck.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 17:50 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1035 comments in total)
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eddychan008: Never able to understand, still NO touchscreen on top of the line camera ???

Does the top of the line Panasonic GH4 have touchscreen (yes), or GX7 (yes)? My GX1 does and useful for liveview focusing for quick focus point. Useful for video also. Nikon has not used touchscreen in their very top of line cameras as yet, to my understanding, but it does not mean it cannot be useful. Touchscreen is available in D5500 as a new selling feature. Maybe in next version of D7xxx.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 13:34 UTC
On DSC_0088-ACR-ISO100 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (9 comments in total)
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philflashes: The saturation looks just fine to me. Not oversaturated but natural for a change! But if you don't like it, just go the the picture control menu and adjust the saturation, contrast, brightness, etc seperately to your liking.
Problem solved!
You're welcome.

Leaving exposure compensation at minus -0.3 on menu when shooting outdoors may help as well if only taking photos in jpeg. In Raw, fixing overexposure in not a problem, only jpeg if overexposed. I usually take photos outdoors in Jpeg and RAW both, in case of over exposure, however be sure to use the ADL turned on, "adaptive dynamic lighting" feature to protect highlights in jpeg, either in Auto ADL or one of the other settings for ADL as it auto adjusts exposure curve in jpeg. Works very well. I usually take photos in manual mode outdoors so I can determine shutter and aperature myself while taking photos plus ADL on, and compensate for overexposure with quick change to aperature on front dial. I keep ADL on all times, and I increase +1 saturation and sharpening to +3 (leaving extra sharpening for later as needed in post, again using D300s and D700). Depending on colour profiles, newer cameras may have different settings that work.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 13:26 UTC
On DSC_0088-ACR-ISO100 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (9 comments in total)
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philflashes: The saturation looks just fine to me. Not oversaturated but natural for a change! But if you don't like it, just go the the picture control menu and adjust the saturation, contrast, brightness, etc seperately to your liking.
Problem solved!
You're welcome.

I agree with you. I usually change to plus +1 saturation in Neutral on my 12MP Nikon D300s for Jpeg. If D7200 does not look enough saturation, change it to liking and leave as a default. No issue.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 00:47 UTC

All good with sensor and image IQ except the price.

However expect the price to drop (to more reasonable rate) within a year as more competitors develop similar offering. My guess.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 15:55 UTC as 9th comment

More like a 1 inch sensor pocket camera (very thin) which just happens to have a phone in it. Photos do look great in samples. Not like iphone's noisy high iso images in dim light (my wife has iphone5).

Amazing price (unlocked phone) for the priviledge of owning one shown on Amazon link.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 01:18 UTC as 19th comment
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
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bronxbombers4: " It’s easy enough to create a jpeg, but creating raw files would have required some different programming on the processor, which we decided was not a cost effective option."

Really so the sensor chip just magically delivers fully processed jpg images straight off the sensor???

The fact is, it's getting JPG out of a camera that adds more processing and coding requirements than RAW.

Sorry Canon, not able to capture basic Raw files off sensor? That is simply an excuse not to deliver Raw files. However, it could be fixed with firmware update.
Camera should have had interchangeable lenses and work with Canon FF lenses, and offer the body only at a better price point. But I think they did not want it to compete too much with other Canon cameras for video, if body only option.
Then this camera would have wide appeal. Mostly now targetted to certain audience. Still trying to figure out who. Too pricey for consumer hobbyist. Some pros might want it, for travel, journalism maybe and lightweight, or use with drones for film production. Anyone else, want a 1 inch sensor for professional video and 4K, compared to other 4K video options from Sony or Panasonic GH4 or Samsung.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 13:20 UTC
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nerd2: Good luck dealing with 2X cropping and resulting 2X resolution loss (per image height)

The sensor is the resolution. 16MP sensor of m43 would remain the same pixel pitch and area it covers at 16MP, regardless of lens attached (m43 or FF). Different types of lenses would make a difference on sharpness. Center area of most lenses tend to be the sharpest, as long as they are in focus. Agree with last comment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 03:51 UTC
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BartyLobethal: "...light black and light light black...". Would those be grey?

The "light black" and "light light black" are different shades of grey and grey being a tonal shade of black. Epson labels the ink tanks this way. If you print only a solid square on test ink run it appears as solid grey and looks like light and mid grey for these 2 colour inks. I have Pro 4800 an earlier model.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 13:49 UTC
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justmeMN: [Insert random complaint here.] :-)

I thought BSI sensors were actually considered very good for small sensor cameras. 18 MP in a small sensor camera not so much. 12 or 10 MP should have been the most for better IQ in a very small sensor due to pixel pitch, however, the general public have no idea why that is so, unless they get informed why, that it. Marketing from camera manufacturer, knows 18Mp sells better than 12mp is why it is so. Nothing new in that department. These days 16mp or 18mp is now considered minimum MP it is looking like.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 12:19 UTC
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WolfyWho: It's unfortunate they don't support RAW with these cameras.

Anyone really appreciating the value of Raw would likely buy a bigger sensor camera with moderate zoom, not extreme zoom.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 12:16 UTC
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Reinhard136: please, please stick a phone on the back .....

True all in one to boast sales?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 12:14 UTC
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StefanW: Of course they can't disclose their roadmap and because of culture aspects and not loosing their face they can't confirm they had done anything wrong in the past and would do it differently if they would start all over again.

Even though I typically expect these kind of political answers that don't say anything I am surprised that most of the answers are even more extreme as they sound like Nikon don't need to do much development in the future because their current products match already everything the customers might demand.

Maybe Nikon meets the customer demand of the Japanese market, but looking at the overall declining sales of Nikon, maybe Nikon should rethink their answers ... actually rather rethink their strategy.

In regards, to the Nikon 1 not having wide area appeal in the west, compared to competitors like m43, I would think doing customer surveys in the west on what consumers are looking for in mirrorless (and feature set), might help. Canon and Nikon are protecting their DSLR entry line with small light DSLR bodies like D5500 to compete at consumer level, with access their lens collections, makes sense, which sell well enough, and Nikon says OVF being an important feature in these executives replies they would keep to distinguish product.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 21:36 UTC

From exec. replies above..."We have top-end for FX, but we don’t have one for DX. Canon has an equivalent [professional DX] product – the 7D Mark II– which [I assume] is why you ask this question. We will not deny any possibility of developing further lineup in DX, and any range in the future. "
So does this confirm that D7200 or D7100 was not intended to be the top end of DX with this comment, and that maybe a D400 (or renamed D9300) might be coming to compete with 7Dmark2.
Many retailers are advertising the D7200 (or previous D7100) as top end DX. I suppose in marketing the D7200 this makes sense.

Would have also liked to see a question of why use a microSD in Nikon 1 line as the only card instead of SD. (J5 and V3) Maybe for its intended consumer target, they thought it would be okay to use.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 21:15 UTC as 51st comment
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (810 comments in total)
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2eyesee: I just think the kind of people who are going to drop $2500 on camera gear are not going to be interested in a slow zoom on a 1" sensor.

If Canon had put a constant fast zoom on this, the camera might have had a chance to be very good. Slow zoom on 1" sensor that is not removable. Who exactly is going to buy this?
News journalists?
Making this with a removable constant fast zoom might have been better, even if lens were larger.
GH4 outclasses it with larger sensor at 4K with any lens you want to attach.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 12:43 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (493 comments in total)
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Adrian Van: I see it has both a micro SD and regular SD slot in the specifications. Handy for tablette users I guess for direct upload.

I agree. Any serious user, if finding out it had only a micro SD, might pass on the camera, as taking such a tiny card in and out of any camera is a pain to do to upload to tablette or laptop, in my opinion. Not sure why Nikon thinks it is a good idea to have micro SD only instead of SD like most cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 01:43 UTC
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