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On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (488 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: I'm sorry, I'm rather missing the point (I already have the camera's big brother in the a6000) - it's only $100 less but doesn't have a mode dial (my in-laws poor little P&S has that!), nor an EVF, or the extra control dial, and it has a weaker flash.

I think the touch-screen's a nice addition, however.

I'm also confused by having a zoom control on the body. I'm sure it will work fine with the kit, but isn't that going to be confusing once someone puts on anything but the kit or the SELP18105? I think those are the only two E-mount PZs.

The NEX 3n had this and it was convenient with the 16-50. But it wasn't well implemented. If you accidentally hit it with another lens the camera throws a warning you have to dismiss rather than doing nothing at all.

It also had no function in playback. Most P&S cameras use the zoom lever to zoom in and out, or it could be frame advance maintaining magnification, which the 3n lacked entirely.

In short, it is a nice feature and I hope Sony did a better job programming it than they did on the 3n.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 19:15 UTC
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petemod: This lens is almost as slow as EOS M camera sales.

Hey, I bought an EOS-M too. $379 for camera, 22mm f2 pancake, 18-55 zoom, and flash.

Price low enough and you can move product.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 23:25 UTC
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petemod: This lens is almost as slow as EOS M camera sales.

9.6% (Japan) market share for a mirrorless line that is being dumped (Japan prices were even lower than US!) is not exactly a big seller.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 23:23 UTC
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Damo83: High-end optical performance, eh?

Actually all three EF-M lenses are very good. As are the STM EF-S lenses. Canon has lately been putting out the sharpest low-end lenses

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 23:19 UTC
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quezra: Finally the tele lens! Now where's the EVF and grip to use it properly?

Well... The EVF needs an EVF socket

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 23:17 UTC
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Hephaestus: Plastic mount. Not mentioned in the release, and not mentioned by dpreview, but it is plastic mount (and metal body). Rather strange decision - the remaining three EOS M lenses have metal mounts.

The body looks like metal, but maybe plastic made to visually match the earlier M lenses?

The M was introduced as a premium product, but did not sell that way! Canon is smart to lower build cost to hit a lower price point.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 23:16 UTC
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (333 comments in total)

Full Frame BSI. Yah

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 17:09 UTC as 186th comment | 1 reply
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)

Ummm. The reviewer spends a lot of time talking about how hazy low-contrast lenses don't work so well, and concludes third-party lenses would not be a good choice for critical work.

Well, hazy low-contrast lenses are not good choices for critical work!

But what about the SMC 35mm f2 he says is great? Why wouldn't it be fine for critical work? The review doesn't say, other than ergonomic quibbles.

I mean, no one would use a 17mm Vivitar (I had one once) on a $1700 camera for critical work! (Playing around is another matter).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 23:43 UTC as 137th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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blacklion: God, please, kill PC sockets! 3.5mm audio jack is perfectly fine!

PC sockets are not very secure

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 21:54 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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tomtom50: Modern cameras have three basic settings, Aperture, Shutter, and ISO. Three dials, each with an A setting, gives you all eight permutations all the way from auto everything to total manual, with no need to illuminate a screen. And the new Fuji finishes it our with exposure compensation.

This is the first digital camera I could happily use 'dark' only using the LCD for review and few screen overlays in the finder.

From the photos it looks like Fuji has built the camera Nikon claimed they were making.

Meaning the camera is not glowing when you want to be inconspicuous.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 21:43 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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photogeek: You can thank the stubborn US consumer for the resurgence of these viewfinder humps and huge camera bodies. Folks seem to think that if the camera is not the size of their head, and it doesn't hurt their neck, the image quality has to be worse somehow.

Personally, I think Sony NEX (models with a viewfinder) offer the ideal form factor right now. They're about as small and light as they can physically be without sacrificing the hand grip, tilting screen and built in flash. And that's the proper way to do it, now that we're not constrained by the the size of the prism and mirror box.

I agree about size, but Sony could learn about user interface from Fuji.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 21:27 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)

Modern cameras have three basic settings, Aperture, Shutter, and ISO. Three dials, each with an A setting, gives you all eight permutations all the way from auto everything to total manual, with no need to illuminate a screen. And the new Fuji finishes it our with exposure compensation.

This is the first digital camera I could happily use 'dark' only using the LCD for review and few screen overlays in the finder.

From the photos it looks like Fuji has built the camera Nikon claimed they were making.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 21:25 UTC as 100th comment | 4 replies
On Sony DSC-RX10 preview (725 comments in total)

Now that Sony owns part of Olympus they are helping Olympus sell the Stylus 1 by over-pricing the RX10. Very neighborly of them.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 21:12 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)

The normalization feature is really nice. I would recommend a red and a green fur patch rather than two green patches top better show weakness in the red channel.

Also it would be nice if the settings showed aperture and shutter speed as well as lens used. That allows comparing exposure without downloading the entire file and comparing exif data.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 18:19 UTC as 107th comment | 3 replies
On Adobe's Fujifilm X-Trans sensor processing tested article (144 comments in total)
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tomtom50: That Fuji refuses to release the algorithms they use in-camera amazes me. I won't buy from a company that so disregards the needs of their users.

I stand corrected.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 21:25 UTC
On Adobe's Fujifilm X-Trans sensor processing tested article (144 comments in total)
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tomtom50: That Fuji refuses to release the algorithms they use in-camera amazes me. I won't buy from a company that so disregards the needs of their users.

Where did you read that Fuji released the algorithms?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 20:35 UTC
On Adobe's Fujifilm X-Trans sensor processing tested article (144 comments in total)

That Fuji refuses to release the algorithms they use in-camera amazes me. I won't buy from a company that so disregards the needs of their users.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 18:09 UTC as 30th comment | 7 replies
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bzanchet: Great first impressions! I'm really looking forward for this camera, it should be a great 2nd camera for me, specially for the size (who carries a DSLR for a party concerned about DOF?), lenses and Olympus Jpegs. Even with the smaller sensor, I believe it will be better than Canon S100, like the Pentax Q.

Today's 1/2.3" is yesterdays 1/1.7", upper Dxomark 46 - 48. The newest 1/1.7" sensors are now in the 50s, coming up against the Nikon 1" sensors. The RX100 1" sensor beats the last generation m43, and so on. I don't know when it will stop, but the 1/2.3" Q and SX50 have IQ good enough for at least some enthusiasts.

I see no reason the XZ-10 cannot be as good as the S90 / S95 except with a faster lens, and that is darn good. It will not beat the RX100, but it is a lot cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2013 at 19:57 UTC

FF DSLR same size as Olympus OM-1.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 06:53 UTC as 352nd comment
On Just Posted: Canon EOS 650D / EOS Rebel T4i review article (233 comments in total)
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tomtom50: The DPR review seems to omit two important consideration; I hope they can add them.

- The real benchmark to work against is the current hybrid AF champion, the Nikon 1. According to its reviews it manages to achieve dslr level focus tracking in good light, beating all other mirrorless cameras in this regard. Since focus tracking is the main wonderfulness of PDAF, isn't that the comparison that should be made?

- Does viewfinder shooting have a Hybrid mode that is a bit slower but finishes the main PDAF action with a little CDAF trim? It might be a bit slower, but it would sidestep calibration issues. If Canon did not take advantage of this it merits a mention as a lost opportunity. (perhaps I missed it in the review)

I have heard people use the Nikon 1 with the FT-1 adapter and the 85mm f1.4 with good results. You can hardly get more critical than that.

I understand the point that bigger mirrorless are closer to the 650D because they are... Bigger. But comparing a DSLR against a mirrorless is comparing apples and oranges already. For the 650D apple the closer is the Nikon 1 orange because they share a key feature - on-sensor AF.

I did not know that the Nikon 1 uses either PDAF or CDAF, but not both. Thanks , Bart.

On reflection that makes sense. On-sensor PDAF does not have the flapping mirror/mechanized PDAF that DSLRs have. On-sensor PDAF just has less to be miscalibrated, so a CDAF trim is perhaps not needed.

My question would be: what is it about the Canon on-sensor PDAF that requires a CDAF trim where Nikon does not? Perhaps a critical patent Nikon is not licensing?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2012 at 19:49 UTC
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