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Roland Karlsson: They are royal. So, for some strange reason, some wants to read about them and see pictures. Some are living on that need. The usual stuff. If they do not want attention, then they can just renounce their royal status. Yes, it is quite distasteful to chase a young kid, but the kid do not live a normal life in the first place.

And when you're an ordinary person, with little money, resources and opportunity you may find that you are actually trapped in your world, lacking the freedom to do what you want.

We're all to some extent trapped and confined by our situation, those born into extreme privilege and wealth have the means to make their situation a lot more luxurious, anyone who tells you otherwise is talking nonsense. (the debate about happiness is a whole other kettle of fish).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 14:40 UTC
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majicmoments: Progress is important i know... but i dont need 40 million pixels per image clogging up my i pad... How about achieving 25 iso Olympus?... or graduated filters in camera?..say grey/blue/nd grads.. now that would be a blast!

Some of us use devices other than an iPad - just because you don't want large files (and rightly so for a device that's not suited to this) doesn't mean it wouldn't be useful for many other people.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 10:23 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review (487 comments in total)
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Wes Syposz: I am just curious, just noticed right now(I guess I am a little slow), just as all manufacturers put their names in front of the camera, Panasonic is called "Lumix", personally I find this strange...

Lumix is just their brand for cameras - in a similar way to Canon having "EOS" and "Powershot"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 11:57 UTC
On article Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography (150 comments in total)
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Jon Holstein: I wish they made one with a higher end mobile camera module with OIS. Those cant be too expensive, and they are lightweight as well.
And they should make the body small and/or modular, so you can pack it easily.

And it needs to send video via wifi (perhaps downsized and with lower framerate than onboard recording), and have the stabilization features of the parrot, without those, it's just a mess.

ok, and it should be a bit cheaper than the parrot, cause that would be pushing it for the kind of images you would get, even with improved image quality of better camera modules.

The Phantom series paired with GoPro achieves *way* better results than the samples shown by dpreview - they cost more, but are still in the range of affordable for most (no more than a decent camera and lenses) Here's an example of a simple test flight.

In the UK anyone can fly a 'drone' recreationally, but if a person wants to make money from it they need a flight license.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 16:34 UTC
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QuarterToDoom: Even though I'm staying away from the Oly cameras atm since I hate anything Sony (ie the Sony sensor) you cant deny even if you're a m43 hater that Olympus and m43 is leading the charge to give consumers what they want and evolving camera technology at a very rapid pace. Just look how they evolved since the E330

The EM1 has a Panasonic sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 21:58 UTC
On article Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2013) (297 comments in total)

Hello DPReview - could you please explain what 'Poor Program Line' means in the cons for the GX7? Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2013 at 18:09 UTC as 77th comment | 6 replies
On article Welcome to our studio test scene (275 comments in total)

Any plans to add raw file downloads for everything?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 20:14 UTC as 76th comment
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itsastickup: Seems the dpreview site is suddenly capturing ctrl-click. To power browser users this is exceedingly irritating. Ctrl-click opens a link in a new background tab for later perusal.

Please don't interfere with interface standards, dpreview.

100% agree, it's annoying and unnecessary, whenever I ctrl-click to open a 'connect' article from the main page, it ignores it and opens in the current tab - this is not what any of the non 'connect' articles do. DPreview - is this intentional or just a mistake? Either way please fix it!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 07:20 UTC
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jon404: Great. Just what we need... a new technology allowing even-smaller viewfinders. Hey, camera makers! We baby boomers, the only segment left with some savings, have poor eyesight! All the pixels in the world can't help if the display device is physically very small...

On most mirrorless cameras, my experience is that using an EVF uses less power than using the main LCD screen - many others have reported the same within the mirrorless forums.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 07:03 UTC
On article Just posted: Hands-on preview of the Canon EOS 100D/SL1 (379 comments in total)
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Winston Loo: just look at this and tell me that Canon's strategy makes any sense?,448.134,ha,t

A comparison of equivalent lenses (18-36mm equiv):
Olympus E-M5 + Olympus 9-18mm f/4-5.6 -- 555g Filter size 52mm
Canon 100D + Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 - - 1077g Filter size 82mm
And the Olympus lens is slightly faster! but has no hood.

Ooh we could all do this all day couldn't we?!

How about this one?,448.23,ha,t

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 13:24 UTC
On article Just posted: Hands-on preview of the Canon EOS 100D/SL1 (379 comments in total)
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Zigadiboom: Nikon D5000 - 12mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 72
Nikon D5100 - 16mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 80
Nikon D3200 - 24mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 82
Nikon D5200 - 24mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 84

Canon 550d - 18mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 66
Canon 600d - 18mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 65
Canon 650d - 18mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 62
Canon 100d/700d - 18mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 6?

Nikon sensors over time have continously been improving in dynamic range, color depth and high ISO even as the megapixels have been increasing. Canon on the other hand have been relatively stagnant in its sensor innovation and in its inexcsuable that in four iterations at such a competitive segment of the market that it cannot come up with anything better. I'm a Canon man if owning a G1X and a SX260HS counts. However if I'm going to upgrade to an entry or mid tier DSLR based on curent offerings I really cannot see why I would choose Canon over Nikon other than maybe lens selection and shooting video.

Lets add in some of the current M4/3 scores too...

Olympus EM5 - 16mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 71
Olympus EPL5 - 16mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 72
Panasonic GH3 - 16mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 7?
Panasonic G5 - 16mp - DXO Mark sensor score: 61

They don't exactly look too shabby compared to the current Canon line-up, especially given the smaller sensor size.

Not that the DXO mark on its own is really a good way to evaluate overall sensor performance, but it's a comparable number and people seem to enjoy comparing ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 13:00 UTC

How is one supposed to know where most of these are based? Many are just names with no location. And why is there no link to the source article at Panasonic UK???

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 21:24 UTC as 41st comment
On Sony NEX-6 Hands-on Preview (229 comments in total)
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Donnie G: I'm not a compact system camera fan. Probably will never buy one, but that doesn't mean that I can't express appreciation for what I see as good design. The standout feature for me in the NEX-6, as well as the rest of the NEX lineup is its grip. Sony is to be commended for putting serious effort into making the cameras comfortable to hold. So, for that feature and for the sheer weight of numbers of models that they are bringing to market, I hereby declare Sony to be the king of compact system camera manufacturers. Hail to the King! :)

Sure doesn't look like 40% less IQ based on the images in this article

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 21:12 UTC

Why? As far as I can see, because it's smaller and plays to the smaller camera and lens benefit that comes with m4/3. Aside from price, which is always more for a new product, it seems like a fairly good alternative to the 45-200 for someone who is more concerned about the size of their camera and lens (especially if the IQ is improved over the 45-200).

Certainly not a lens I am excited about, but I can see how it makes sense as part of the overall system and as a decent new double kit lens for something like the G5.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 06:51 UTC as 16th comment
On article Mirrorless Roundup 2011 (429 comments in total)
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jeffharris: The GH2 is "a pretty capable stills camera in its own right"?

Pretty capable? That's a pretty funny quote, since it's the best stills camera of all the Micro Four Thirds cameras to date. It's very high quality video is a bonus feature, not it's primary with stills tossed in, just because.

How about a little mention of the multi-aspect ratio sensor, which really is one of it's primary features and separates the GH2 from the rest of the M4/3 line-up.

Quick, if a bit rough, description: it's an 18MP "oversized" sensor that adjusts the area of the sensor that is used for shooting different aspect ratios (4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 1:1). It maximizes final image resolution with this technique, rather than cropping a full-sensor image and losing resolution to simulate differing aspect ratios.

Good and informative article! Thanks.

I agree here, it seems rather odd to call it a 'specialist camera' - so it has amazing video features... true, but as you say, it's also the best performing M4/3 camera as well as delivering the best overall image quality - and the multi-aspect sensor is all about stills, not video.

Odd, odd, odd!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:28 UTC

So what is really the differences between these two - one has a larger LCD screen? What is it about the 8250 that means it produces ultimate quality vs. superior quality claimed for the 6250? They both seem to have the same dpi etc...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2011 at 11:54 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
On photo Rantee Beach relaxing in the Relaxing at the beach challenge (4 comments in total)

I like the composition, but doesn't it look like the lady in the picture has very painful sunburn?? It stops me finding it a relaxing picture due to this :(

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2010 at 14:40 UTC as 4th comment
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