Interesting article. A few of us have played with Orton effect over the years and have shared pictures on the DPR forums. I personally have not used layers to achieve the effect which I find provides a softening and inner glow to the picture. I think it is best used for flowers and portraits, if you like that kind of result.. It's little like the early movie technique with Vaseline on the lens when shooting the female lead. ..... I believe I would have liked the effect as shown had the picture used been of the field of flowers rather than landscape.... the mountains detract from the image IMHO..... I believe that the Orton technique is very subjective in its application …and I personally no longer consider it in my PP.
Checked the site and it's not ready for prime time. Could find NO city that I could access....
I certainly hope that they provide an AP that tell us where we can go to take pictures that no one else has .... and maybe a map function .... on the other hand ....
“ …... In January, some of the features introduced in this model were made available to Stylus 1 users via firmware update. “ Out of curiosity what features does the 1s have that the 1 with firmware update doesn't have except for the new battery, which I understand will also work with the original camera.
My wife has the Stylus 1 and likes it very much.
WhyNot: The concept of “appropriate for an enthusiast” is ambiguous. I would think for someone wanting to take great pictures sensor size shouldn't matter so much as having a camera with you at all times. If the goal is to sell 16X20 or larger prints then a FF or larger sensor is most appropriate. I voted 1” because I always think of enthusiasts as being as enthusiastic about the gear as the picture and the 1” sensor seems to be where quality gear begins to appear and be most appreciated... (of course there is the X30 which look pretty good.)
jtan163 …..I'm sorry, I just don't get your problem with my statement, as the question posed for the poll didn't ask for “MY” choice but what I would expect an enthusiast – presumably on this forum – to want... As for myself I actually did vote my preference as I believe that the 1” fixed lens cameras that have been recently introduced satisfy MY desire for quality in build and IQ and provide considerable versatility in use... That's not to say that they meet all my desires as they will not replace my macro lenses.... maybe you just got caught up in the ambiguity of the poll question or would have preferred a different phrasing of the question. ….
The concept of “appropriate for an enthusiast” is ambiguous. I would think for someone wanting to take great pictures sensor size shouldn't matter so much as having a camera with you at all times. If the goal is to sell 16X20 or larger prints then a FF or larger sensor is most appropriate. I voted 1” because I always think of enthusiasts as being as enthusiastic about the gear as the picture and the 1” sensor seems to be where quality gear begins to appear and be most appreciated... (of course there is the X30 which look pretty good.)
Panasonic, I believe, introduced something called pinpoint auto focus with the GX1 or G5. Does the E-M1 have a similar auto focus setting? Is this what is refereed to as Single in the Specs? If either of these is true does it work the same way with Olympus as with Panasonic?
“By removing the mirror and optical viewfinder, manufacturers are able to make their cameras smaller, without compromising ergonomics, … “ ???? I'd like to suggest that unless you spend all your time on a tripod or using a camera as a computer that by keeping, and sometime increasing, the number of controls found on a DSLR that these smaller cameras do compromise ergonomics.... I own three mFT bodies (which I do like for many reasons) and find that too often when I'm shooting I find myself looking at a menu in the viewfinder or finding that a parameter has been unintentionally changed to my chagrin …. Even you write about the G6 that you don't like the “Tight controls and small buttons “ this is to me what ergonomics is mostly about..... These companies need to rethink the control and operations layout for these cameras or let the body fit the functions it was made for or specify hand size like they do for gloves... Well maybe I go too far....
I think a 150mm, a 300 f/4 or a105mm macro would be great but a 15mm lens??? We already have 12, 14, 17 and 20mm primes (and a 9-18mm zoom) – do we need one for every integer focal length? We even have a 15mm f/8 for those of us that want to stuff a GF/GM/GX/Pen into our pockets.
How about the Lomography Konstruktor? Seems like a great gift for a preteen or early teen and his father.
So I took the survey!! What does it mean f I score between 40 and 65? Stay out of camera stores and stay away from these forums?
I have been trying to understand where these Fixed lens high end compacts fit into a camera bag... For this Nikon version, if the A had a 35mm (EFL) lens it might have been a “street camera” but 28 is a little wide. I can only think that this is a 28mm (EFL) lens for a Nikon APS shooter. If you're shooting wildlife with your telephoto lens on the DSLR and all of a sudden you see a opportunity that requires a 28mm then you can whip this out of the bag and not have to change lenses or carry a second big DSLR with a 28mm attached... and you get to pay a slight premium for the convenience... I'm not sure what other argument I could make for owning one – the P330 is certainly a more versatile carry everywhere camera with some IQ penalty I suppose.....
The reviews I've read about Casio compact cameras would make them appear to be an interesting product. Unfortunately I can't recall the last time I actually saw a Casio camera. They've marketed calculators in my area. I probably have even owned one. But again I can't remember ever seeing a Casio camera for sale in my neighborhood of the SE USA.
Interesting and somewhat discouraging... My understanding of what they are saying is that Panasonic is market driven – they don't want to introduce a product that isn't guaranteed sales of 100K units; the camera market is complex and they don't fully understand it; they have problems communicating the benefits of their product in some markets. ….... Now, I do own some of their products and while I like most conceptually sometimes using them can be trying. … My take is that Panasonic, Sony and Samsung are all very innovative electronics companies trying to act like Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Olympus in the still camera business – it's going to take time and persistence and some mistakes. .... Personally I'm trying hard to like mFT but may still migrate back to Canikon.
Interesting article... Unlike the older reviews of various classes of P/S cameras helping us to select the one that best suited our needs these cameras really don't compete with each other. Does this article represent what DPR considers the best of class???
Now I'm confused I just tried to edit my last entry and nothing happens when I press the EDIT button. Nothing happens when I press the Reply button... Maybe I no longer know how to interact with this on line forums.... Maybe I will have to read the manual.
I just went through your pull down menus and I assume that you know or it has already been mentioned that trying to reach any article or review (of any kind) leads your “Error has Occurred” page......
These may have been addressed below but ---- (1) As stated in other threads -=- this format doesn't work well on the iPAD. Ballooning messages tend to stay and make further reading mostly impossible without refreshing the screen somehow. (2) In threaded mode the left hand column does spill over into the right hand column. (3) I never understood why EDITing my posts was a one shot and only if I do it in a timely manner. (4) On my Profile page the last date a picture was entered to my gallery never worked in the old system and still doesn't work. Thought that (3) and (4) might be changed in this newer version. Personally, I have no problem with the blue on black..... I suspect I'll be back later after I actually had spent more time with this Beta (????) version of your software.
WhyNot: I'd like to suggest another disadvantage of the current CSC's – size! As an owner of a G2, I appreciate the smaller size and weight of these cameras: however, with most lenses they're never going to fit comfortably in any pocket that's not on a winter coat. Therefore, I'd like them to be a little wider so that I can hold them comfortably without always brushing a button or dial and find that I'm looking at a menu instead of the scene in front of the camera – give me a reasonable grip. Alternately, the designers could find room on the back of their cameras if they revolutionized the user interface in some acceptable way. Smallness is not necessarily an advantage just for smallness sake.
Yeah... Remembering the recent reviews of the NEX-7 were the reason I added that sentence about revolutionizing the user interface. From what I see and read it appears that Sony got the ergonomics right and maybe have found an acceptable LCD interface as well. Unfortunately, for me, there are other features of the NEX system that keep me away.