Lee Jay

Lee Jay

Lives in United States CO, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer / Wind Energy Research
Joined on Oct 17, 2003

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On Photokina 2014 Video: The Canon G7 X article (143 comments in total)

It's that thick because of the flippy screen? Great! Make one without the flippy screen 10mm thinner like the S120 and I might be interested.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 00:32 UTC as 21st comment
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Maverick_: In the future almost all consumers will be shooting pics with their phones. There will be only two types of cameras on the market pro and phones.

Will there be any interesting bridge cameras with 100X zooms, or cool range finder types, of course, but they'll sell in very limited quantities.

This is the year of OIS in phones. In about 5 years phones will shoot like premium compacts and they'll handle low light very well too.

One way to do it, that would be acceptable to me and has already proposed, is to have relatively large, relatively high MP sensors, and two cameras in each phone. For example, you could have a 24mm and a 75mm, each acceptably croppable to, say, double their focal length equivalents 24-48, 75-150).

This has already been proposed:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-technology-transforms-phone-camera-imaging/

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 20:06 UTC
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Maverick_: In the future almost all consumers will be shooting pics with their phones. There will be only two types of cameras on the market pro and phones.

Will there be any interesting bridge cameras with 100X zooms, or cool range finder types, of course, but they'll sell in very limited quantities.

This is the year of OIS in phones. In about 5 years phones will shoot like premium compacts and they'll handle low light very well too.

Yeah, I know, but it's limited to that and the Galaxy K.

Integrate a G7X into a Note4, and I'll be a lot more tolerant of size and thickness.

What I'm worried about is losing the compact market entirely before phones can take that over. Frankly, I think we're already there.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 18:25 UTC
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Michael Long: The camera in the new iPhone 6 / 6 Plus rivals (if not bests) most small sensor P&S cameras, and we're just in year 7 of the smartphone era.

IOW, smartphone cameras are only going to get better and as such they're going to cramp the P&S market more and more and more.

Factor in the APS-C class mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras taking out high-end DSLR sales, and it doesn't take much to see that camera companies are competing to offer their wares to an ever shrinking market.

It rivals a decent compact with the power zoom mechanism broken, and the worst ergonomics available, perhaps.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 13:42 UTC
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Maverick_: In the future almost all consumers will be shooting pics with their phones. There will be only two types of cameras on the market pro and phones.

Will there be any interesting bridge cameras with 100X zooms, or cool range finder types, of course, but they'll sell in very limited quantities.

This is the year of OIS in phones. In about 5 years phones will shoot like premium compacts and they'll handle low light very well too.

When will phone cameras cover a decent focal length range? As long as they all have fixed primes, they'll continue to be essentially useless compared to even modest compact cameras, no matter how good their image quality gets.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 13:39 UTC
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Jefftan: the 30X zoom on small sensor compact is just a waste of money in my opinion

try this, get a NEX-3N, put in a pancake lens like the E-mount 20mm, than using the in camera digital zoom (or even better turn off all NR in RAW conversion) ,than crop out the central area having the same scene as a 30X zoom image (remember to switch to central focus)

try it and you will be surprised, the resulting pic will be as least as good as from 30X small sensor compact if not better

Let's do the math, shall we? A NEX-3n with 20mm compared to a 720mm equivalent on a 1/2.3" sensor.

720mm/30mm = 24.

Th NEX sensor is 23.5mm wide, the 1/2.3" sensor is 6.16mm wide.

We'll be using 1/24th of the NEX sensor, so that's just a shade under 1mm wide.

So, the NEX will have an effective sensor size that's only 2.5% of the area of the 1/2.3" sensor (a little more than a 6 stop loss of light), and it will be providing you an image of 31,300 pixels (0.031 megapixels).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 13:10 UTC
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fastlass: re price:
I think that a lot of people fail to realize that $500-$1000 for a camera isn't that much money for a big portion of the market. Then tell these folks that the new breed of compacts is, for all intents and purposes, as good as the 4+ year old DSLRs they bought in the later aughts, but smaller and more stylish, and you have a pretty good sized TAM.

"For all intents and purposes"???

What about long focal length action photography? What about fisheye photography?

They're good for basic, "general purpose" photography, but they fall far short of replacing a DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 13:02 UTC
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Lee Jay: They might be nice, but every one of them is too big to be comfortably pocketable for me, and so they're all non starters. I don't know what I'll do when my Elph 500HS dies, as nothing newer can replace it.

The Elph 500HS has an f/2 lens at the wide end, and none of the other Elphs do.

The G15 is obviously even worse since it's even bigger.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 13:00 UTC

They might be nice, but every one of them is too big to be comfortably pocketable for me, and so they're all non starters. I don't know what I'll do when my Elph 500HS dies, as nothing newer can replace it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 03:19 UTC as 85th comment | 3 replies

I sure wish someone would ask Canon about the 3x movie digital zoom mode from the 70D being in or out of the 7D2. I was really hoping they would expand that to smooth continuous zoom from 1x to 3x, but it appears they went the other way and got rid of it entirely.

It would also be nice to know if it reads the whole sensor or still line skips in video mode.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 12:41 UTC as 8th comment
On Photokina 2014: Canon stand report article (69 comments in total)

Look under the tables and behind the signs. Canon seems to have lost the 100-400L replacement.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 13:26 UTC as 24th comment
On Photokina 2014: Canon stand report article (69 comments in total)
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marc petzold: The Canon SX60 HS really shot down the bird - the focal length covers more than a usual amateur telescope...and with a 1/2.3" sensor size...i'm asking myself, which kind of ppl buying 50x, now 65x zoom bridgecams with very small & inferior sensor? jesus...

My first telescope (a small one) was 1,900mm and f/15. My current one is 2,800mm and f/10. Neither one could zoom out to 21mm. My new one, using attachments, can be 2,000mm and f/7 or 560mm and f/2.

An SX50 or 60 hyperzoom is a very flexible camera and can produce usable images in darker conditions due to usable ISO 1600, raw, and impressively powerful stabilization. In good light, the range means you can shoot all the way to the diffraction limit of a lens its size - an impressive achievement that no DSLR and lens combination can match wide open without a huge stack of teleconverters.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 13:24 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Astrophotography article (44 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: "3m Coudé Refractor"

It would be news to me if such an instrument existed. I think this is a reflector, not a refractor.

Oh...most scopes are specified by aperture, and 3m sounded like well beyond the biggest one ever built.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 20:06 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Astrophotography article (44 comments in total)

"3m Coudé Refractor"

It would be news to me if such an instrument existed. I think this is a reflector, not a refractor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 12:48 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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peevee1: Who would pay $400 for this POS when you can pick up FZ70 for $270 for ages?
Canon asks a lot for just a brand.

Than the SX50 to which it was compared in the link I gave you.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 20:55 UTC
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peevee1: Who would pay $400 for this POS when you can pick up FZ70 for $270 for ages?
Canon asks a lot for just a brand.

Even the raw from the Panasonic looks to be about 3 stops worse.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 19:02 UTC
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peevee1: Who would pay $400 for this POS when you can pick up FZ70 for $270 for ages?
Canon asks a lot for just a brand.

Looks like the FZ70 is as bad as ever:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_DMC_FZ70_FZ72/noise.shtml

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_DMC_FZ70_FZ72/RAW_noise.shtml

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 17:07 UTC
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peevee1: Who would pay $400 for this POS when you can pick up FZ70 for $270 for ages?
Canon asks a lot for just a brand.

Still waiting to see some.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 14:38 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: This Canon has an F3.4 to F6.0 24ā€“1008 mm lens. They might as well have just included a fixed focal length 24mm F3.4 lens because that is about the only focal length and aperture that is remotely close to useful on this camera.

Uh...you ever take a shot of an airplane at cruise altitude with a camera phone, and be able to see the windows of the plane?

http://photos.imageevent.com/sipphoto/samplepictures/SX50__1762.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 13:53 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: This Canon has an F3.4 to F6.0 24ā€“1008 mm lens. They might as well have just included a fixed focal length 24mm F3.4 lens because that is about the only focal length and aperture that is remotely close to useful on this camera.

I tested my SX50 against a Canon 100-400L with 1.4x teleconverter on an SLR and the SX50's lens, at the long end, wide open, is impressively sharp and just about a match for the L-zoom at its optimal f-stop.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 13:50 UTC
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