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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)
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duartix: Full sensor readout for video???
What this camera is (on top of everything else) is a video monster and it will eat seriously into Panasonic m43 sales, where only the the GH4 remains unchallenged, but at what price?

I didn't even see that! This update has so much going for it.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 09:35 UTC
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Jeff Fenske: Does this mean the image stabilization is significantly improved for still photos too — IS being the RX100's achilles heel, a commenter rightly called it — since almost all shots taken will be without a tripod?

"The camera also has Intelligent Active Mode – another first for Cyber-shot RX series cameras – which utilizes Sony’s frame analysis technology and 5-axis compensation to dramatically reduce the effects of camera shake while shooting movies."

Since the lens is much brighter on the tele end now (1,5 stops!), this alone will signficantly affect stability without even improving any algorithms.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 09:30 UTC

The small aperture on the tele end was the one weakness of that lens before, now that was effectively eradicated. Impressive! The EVF is a major bonus on top of that. I think this is a greater leap forward than the MK1 -> MK2 was.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 09:27 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (564 comments in total)
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berbmit: An amateur's experience constrained by a price-point:

After my D5100 and all lens was stolen I had the chance for a clean start. The X-T1 became the replacement kit; body and three lens graciously payed for by insurance. It was a hard call to move away from the familiar Nikon range, but after a week I'm convinced that I have a whole lot more camera for the replacement price than I could have got with a Nikon!

In particular, I am amazed at the improved quality (subjectively speaking) compared to my old Nikon RAW (using Lightzone/DCRAW under Linux) ... the difference is immediate to my eye.

The handling is really nice; more compact without feeling too small, solid to hold, great build quality. The EVF in low light was a surprise ... as if I was using night vision goggles ... fantastic for composing a low light image.

I'm still getting used to the idea I bought non-Nikon, at this point I am having no buyer regrets and would not trade back to a Nikon price-parity equivalent.

So are we comparing entry level DSLR's with advanced level mirrorless cameras now? The two have so many differences I wouldn't even know where to start, ranging from handling and weight to features.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 12:57 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (564 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Nothing can tame boundless love for Fuji cameras and prevent 84 point (balanced) score to happen, even this:

"One point we do have to make is that the X-T1 is nowhere near as good a movie camera as it is for shooting stills. Manual control is limited, and video image quality is unusually poor. It's OK for casual use, but if high quality video is high on your list of priorities, you'll probably want to look elsewhere."

Well, of all camera features there is, video is perhaps the hardest one to quantify in a score, especially since excellent video may require lower sensor resolution to avoid resampling causing moire. The performances can end up in conflict with each other. You can see this with the Panasonic GH4. It's an awesome micro 4/3 video camera, but not the best micro 4/3 stills camera.

That's what I think about this anyway. I find only a minor score hit more understandable here than, say, for the sub-optimal controls on the back that kept popping up throughout the review.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 20:00 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (317 comments in total)
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David Smith - Photographer: This new Olympus OM-D E-M10 has got me excited about micro four thirds again! Why? Because it doesn't seem to suffer from shutter vibrations, shutter shock or whatever you want call it. Many micro four thirds cameras suffer from it (i.e. Panasonic GX7, Olympus E-M5, E-M1, Sony A7R). It seriously degrades image quality at normal (and most used) shutter speeds.

The E-M10 is an awesome little camera that offers the same image quality as the E-M1, but in a much smaller (but high quality) and more affordable package. And without the shutter shock problem! What more do you need? If you don't specifically need the extra features (like shutter shock) of the E-M1 or the E-M5, I'd go for this excellent E-M10.

I think "Shutter shock" is a misnomer since it isn't about a shutter shaking the camera around to cause a blurry picture.

From everything I've read on this, it rather seems to be the IBIS overcompensating for movement (regardless if said movement is from a camera's shutter, your shaky hands, or something completely different).

The GX7 has no 5-axis IBIS. The E-M10 has no 5-axis IBIS. Both of these have in-body stabilization, sure, but it isn't of the 5-axis kind. I think this is a key difference. (I have heard very little if anything as for "shutter shock" from GX7 owners)

The E-M5 do have it reported though, and the E-P5. Both have identical IBIS mechanism.

This is actually not news. Overcompensation is a known problem with some stabilization algorithms, showing its ugly head in various ways. My Nikon D90 has the option to turn off stabilization since it'll otherwise overcompensate when already stable, like on a tripod.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 00:08 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (484 comments in total)
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gerard boulanger: $1,300...

You won't get away very cheap with a comparable crop sensor DSLR and a superzoom lens either, and the performance seems similar. The DSLR will give you maybe an f-stop better noise performance but on the other hand, this one would kill it on video.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 18:57 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (484 comments in total)
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Gesture: Would love to see a camera like this in Micro-Four-Thirds.

I think the Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II is the closest for that. It has a sensor a bit larger than even micro 4/3 and also a built-in zoom lens with some reach, and also offers a bright lens. Still not as long as this one though.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 18:55 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (484 comments in total)
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J Parker: Initially I thought this camera was expensive -- then I realized it might be dollar for dollar one of the best camera values around.

If the Zeiss lens is as good or better than the f2.0-2.4 from the days of the Sony F707/717/828, this is tremendous value for the money. Consider the cost of a Canon or Nikon F2.8 24-200mm lens combination -- then ask yourself how much would a Zeiss equivalent would cost.... To add a little more food for thought, years ago, Luminous Landscape did a shoot out between the above mentioned Canon L Glass and the fixed Zeiss lens on the Sony F828. The Canon should have won hands down -- it was a dead heat.

Think about the sum of the parts this camera offers. This camera is worth every dime.

Yes, for being so close to APS-C performance, just maybe an f-stop away or so, it's pretty good value.

RX10 + 24-200mm equivalent: $1300

Nikon D5300: $1100
Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-f/5.6: $600

So it's $400 more. And the 18-200 lens, I actually doubt its optics is as good as this Zeiss lens. I've used one myself and it's soft for anything 100mm+.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 18:52 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (484 comments in total)

Love how the video stills are clearly outresolving those from the Nikon D610, a fricking full frame camera. The X-E2, as expected, makes my eyes bleed. Video was never a strong card among the X series cameras. I like how this part was included in the review! Often an overlooked but important aspect for people wanting to film with the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 18:24 UTC as 129th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (484 comments in total)

Again, please, pretty please make the focal length graph logarithmic. The huge distance between 100-300 mm just corresponds to a 3x zoom, exactly like the much smaller distance between 24-70mm.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 18:11 UTC as 131st comment | 4 replies
On Nikon D610 Review preview (323 comments in total)
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Noogy: DPR please make up your mind. You gave the same gold rating to the D610's defective, flawed predecessor - the D600 and vigorously defended such rating even when I commented that I personally already knew at that point that a new camera to replace the D600's flawed design was in fact already in the works. Months later Nikon finally indirectly admitted that it was a flawed a camera that needed to be replaced asap in perhaps what can be described as the shortest replacement cycle in the DSLR world. Please restore a bit of credibility by withdrawing your D600 rating and giving it to the truly deserving D610. Imagine the irony when in the future, one of the worst DSLR bodies in history due flawed design, was at one point rated GOLD by your prestigious website!

Yes, the dust issue hardly showed up during DPR's review period, and they can impossibly take others opinions and problems into account when setting a score. Reviews are subjective, not summaries of the "general blogosphere opinion".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 13:45 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (323 comments in total)
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StevenE: This is the third highest score ever given by DPR. The two higher scores were given to the Canon 1D mk IV and the Nikon D3S.

The D610 score beats Nikon's D800 and D800E, and the Canon 5DIII.

Really?

"The D610 score beats Nikon's D800 and D800E, and the Canon 5DIII."

The scores aren't meant to be compared to each other like that, so this camera isn't beating those at all.

The D800 score is in comparison to other professional full-frame cameras, not in comparison to the "introduction full-frame" D610.

For an introductory full-frame camera, they think this one is a really good one that that. I mean, the sensor is basically pro quality, and it's a frickin step in model.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 13:42 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (323 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "CHINA - Industrial and commercial authorities have launched a probe into Nikon China after the company was accused by China Central Television of selling defective products.

Many consumers have complained of dust buildup on the image sensor of the Nikon D600 camera, CCTV said on its annual 3/15 Gala news programme on Saturday."

"Many D600 users including Du have asked for a refund or a free upgrade to the newer model D610, but Nikon has refused their demands, even though some D600 owners in the United States have been offered a free upgrade to the D610, according to CCTV."

http://news.asiaone.com/news/science-and-tech/nikon-china-probe-launched-after-cctv-report-defective-products

I fail to see how a D610 review comment section is appropriate for some lingering news about the long known dust issues with the D600 (which is already mentioned in this review, FWIW).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 13:39 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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itkovian: Looks to me that the D4s is about 3 stops (iso) better than the Fuji XT1. Now, that ladies and gentlemen is impressive!

Fujifilm and Nikon doesn't even use the same ISO ratings. Fujifilm overestimates them by at least half an f-stop, so a ISO 1200 photo from Fujifilm is more like ISO 800 from Nikon even when identically exposed.

You're comparing two different sensor sizes, two different sensor technologies, two different ISO ratings. :p While that can be fun, of course a full-frame top notch sensor is going to be at least approximately two f-stops better when taking detail into account and going beyond mere noise (which others have said can be surpressed). The X-Trans technology is cool but not magic dust.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 09:25 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)

No physical control for exposure compensation is crazy bad. :(

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:11 UTC as 117th comment | 2 replies
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Simon97: 810mm is quite the reach for nature photogs. Not too concerned about the price. High initially then it drops later and/or there are discounts.

I have a J1 with three lenses. Only $500 invested and the first camera system I didn't want to sell off after a year or two. Very light and tiny. This new lens would be quite a reach ($) for me though.

The only problem for Nikon is that Nikon 1 users could already get 810mm reach with the official FT1 adapter for a more sane price, and with a sizable lens selection. Heck it's already an established and common use of the Nikon 1, arguably among the most common use cases.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 15:59 UTC

I can't really imagine that this new 70-300 lens will warrant the price difference compared to an (nowadays ultra cheap) APS-C 70-300mm lens with the FT1 adapter.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 15:54 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm X-E2 Review preview (302 comments in total)
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Jimmy jang Boo: dpr writes...

"The X-E2 isn't a great all-rounder... Not so good for sports or action photography."

No wonder MILCs can't gain any traction against DSLRs. Even the latest greatest are handicapped.

The latest and greatest Fujifilm is the X-T1 and has much better focus tracking.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 19:42 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Review preview (302 comments in total)
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zebediah: Fuji need to stop churning out the same camera every 3 months and work on putting out a new sensor. Moreover, the strange choice of high ISO noise reduction they introduced with the X100S, this camera and the new X-T1 makes me think they've already lost the plot.

I was going to recommend shooting on noise reduction set to "LOWEST" but saw this and it's pretty bad even on that setting! http://www.rachelrufferblog.com/for-photographers/fuji-x100s-ugly-noise-reduction-why-im-only-shooting-raw-now/

Even the full, non-pixel peeping version on a tiny web size has the softening clearly visible. :-/ I hadn't seen this before (I own the X100) and it surprises me since Fuji JPEG's are so celebrated.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 19:39 UTC
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