PIX 2015
Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

Comments

Total: 1045, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »

"paid firmware upgrade"

I hope this isn't the wave of the future.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 02:27 UTC as 6th comment | 5 replies
In reply to:

Suntan: Some people are living in denial.

As much as they don't want to acknowledge it, the reason average cameras have gone away *is* because the average snap-shooter is getting their needs met by smartphones.

I think there is another element involved.

No one makes prints anymore, so the IQ needed has moved down. I am not talking about those 20"x16" wall hangings. I am talking about those simple 6"x4" prints that we got from drugstores. The ones we used to pass around at work.

Today, they will pass around their smartphone or tablet to show off their photos. Prints are now relegated for the very high end only.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 13:57 UTC

You know cameras are too complicated when people with 30 years experience using them post threads asking "how do I change this (or that) setting on my new camera?"

There is nothing intuitive about using a camera. Certainly not for a high end model.

For better or for worse, the mass market wants devices that are SIMPLE to operate, and doesn't care if there are better but more complicated alternatives. This is just a fact.

Throughout the history of photography the best selling cameras were the simplest ones. The Brownies. The instamatics. The disposable cameras. Even today the lowly P&S cameras still outsells the ILC by a margin of better than 2 to 1.

So along comes an even simpler device... a smartphone... that provides "good enough" image quality for the mass market.

In a very short time, any camera with manual controls will be considered a niche item. For gadget freaks only.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 13:53 UTC as 220th comment | 2 replies
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (572 comments in total)
In reply to:

alolywu: Nice job DPReview to have a full review on the day the camera is released.

I had to double check to see if it was a typo and the article meant to say Preview. This has got to be a first for DPReview.

That used to happen a lot back when Dpreview could get advance copies of cameras. I remember my Sony A55 was reviewed the same day it was released too back in 2010.

Obviously, that doesn't happen very much today, or we would see more of it. Kudos to Dpreview for taking advantage of an advanced copy of a camera to produce a very timely review.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 13:55 UTC
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (572 comments in total)
In reply to:

Beat Traveller: Geez... it's going to be harder to improve on these cameras soon...

When new cameras already exceed the needs of most users, how much sense does it make to "exceed their needs even more?"

For mass marketing anything manufacturers should provide the features that the mass market wants... and not the features that the high end users want. The high end user would never be happy with an entry level camera anyway. They will complain that it isn't weather sealed, doesn't have the world's best video, or doesn't have PDAF.

What they really want is a E-M1 at an EM-10 price, and that will never happen.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 13:52 UTC
On Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review article (572 comments in total)
In reply to:

brownie314: So, $949 with kit lens is now "inexpensive"? A couple hundred bucks more gets me a FF camera.

Here we go again.

A new camera is announced and people want to compare the list price at release with other older models that are being heavily discounted.

Lets wait three or four months and see what this camera is selling for. Odds are, it will sell for exactly what the EM10 is selling for today.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 13:46 UTC

Or... you could simply buy a half dozen "disposable" $1,500 cameras, and throw them away after you drop them. You would end up saving money that way.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 13:08 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies

This camera needs to be added to the Dpreview studio image comparator.

I wonder how well it would do at ISO 25800?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 13:31 UTC as 22nd comment
In reply to:

Vanitas Photo: Canon and Nikon profits are sliding down (16% and 15% respectivily) and Sony and Olympus are going up, it is really interesting!

It comes as no surprise that not a single camera maker can now compete with smarthphones with their entry level p&s cameras.

However it is interesting Sony and Olympus are earning profits from the pro and enthusiast range (A7 and OMD 5), more when traditionally in the past camera makers did more money with entry level DSLRs and not with pro gear.

In their own right Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji and Samsung are doing much more in terms of innovation than Nikon, Canon and Pentax :P

If anything the lesson is that if a company isnt allowed to evolve most likely will die.
I am glad for their workers and families which should be feeling much better about their future.

And yeah, I am a Canon shooter but that doesnt mean I cant see the good things other brands do :)

Despite the prevalence of online sellers, Canon and Nikon's biggest strength is their retail presence. Those two companies have entry level DSLR kits on the shelves of every big box store in America.

Do the math. 15,000 big box stores. If each store sells just ONE digital Rebel a day that's over 5 million cameras a year.

There might not be much money in selling entry level cameras at bargain prices (typically, $499 with kit lens) but the idea is to get you locked into a system. Once you are locked in, you become a captive customer for upgrade bodies and lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 10:15 UTC
In reply to:

RedDog Steve: And yet there's still no Oly dealer in my state, the closest authorized dealer is almost 200 mi away.

Mike.... that sounds great. And it tells me that each Best Buy store manager must have a lot of leeway as to what to stock, what to display, and how to display it.

Some stores... like Walmart and Target have the exact same cameras no matter where they are located, meaning their corporate office makes all the decisions.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 10:00 UTC
On Graava action cam automatically edits POV footage article (46 comments in total)
In reply to:

Charlie Jin: What is POV ? which means I don't need it...

"point of view"

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 02:30 UTC
In reply to:

Zoron: Good job Olympus! .....now if you want to kill DSLR.......24,35,50,85 AF F1.0 prime should really do it...DO ITTT

I agree. Based on the 25mm f/1.4, it seems like this can be done at a relatively reasonable cost.

Just going to f/1.2 or f/1.0 puts you in the stratosphere.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 19:26 UTC
In reply to:

Zoron: Good job Olympus! .....now if you want to kill DSLR.......24,35,50,85 AF F1.0 prime should really do it...DO ITTT

All those f/1.7 and f/1.8 lenses seem to be working fine. And there are plenty of them!

Once you get to hyper fast lenses you are in a different market. Which is why Panasonic brought out a 42.5mm f/1.7 lens a year after their stunning 42.5 f/1.2 lens.

Something for everyone.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 19:21 UTC
In reply to:

rrccad: 12% increase of sales.. just goes to show .. you can bump up sales dramatically by giving away cameras.

Polaroid used to "give away cameras in order to sell film."

Perhaps Olympus was giving away their entry level models to sell upgrade bodies and lenses?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 19:19 UTC
In reply to:

Mike FL: "12.3% increase in net sales year-on-year" is almost having NO increasing "year-on-year".

Olympus reported in Yen, but Yen lost 14% "year-on-year" as seem from below:

http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/USDJPY:CUR

In the other words, if Olympus is using USD for reporting, it will be "2% *decrease* in net sales year-on-year".

Yes, that's right, decreasing instead of increasing.

No?

Mike...

Currency fluctuations are always a double edged sword. Good for someone, and bad for someone else.

In any case, all corporations report their results in terms of one currency, and not the one that makes them look worst, or the one that makes them look best.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 19:17 UTC
In reply to:

mapgraphs: It would seem that Olympus has finally cleaned out most of the overstock, at fire sale prices no less. The E-PL6 kit is selling for less ($299) than a "reconditioned" E-PL5 body ($359) on the Olympus North America site. The E-PM2, which Olympus apparently couldn't give away is no longer listed but is available at KEH for $199 (LN-).

Some anecdotal items like Cameta no longer offering anything as "factory demo" for OMD or PEN would seem to point to Olympus finally cleaning out stock also.

As for solid sales of the newer items like the E-M5 II, flickr stats don't exactly back that claim up. There are about as many E-500 users as E-M5 II users according to Camera Finder. In fact the E-PL5 and E-PL1 are right up there with the E-500. The "I Own It" stats here on DPR tell a similar story. 44 people claim to own the E-PL7 and 303 for the E-M5 II. If all this is contributing to returning to profitability, something somewhere doesn't add up.

Flickr stats are almost meaningless. Some cameras are completely left off their database, others are mis-classified, and others seem to be have their uploads combined with previous models.

But I do think your point about the lack of "refurbs" at Cameta is very telling. I always suspected that some of those refurbs were really brand new stock that was in over supply.

I think Olympus would be long gone by now if it wasn't for M4/3. Not so much because of the cameras, but because of the lenses. They have created lots of really nice upgrade lenses that have nice margins on them. And the average M4/3 user seems to own 5 or 6 lenses now. Which is somewhat more than we had when we were 4/3 users.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 19:14 UTC

The strategy to move up market is working.

The $500 two lens kit might be a thing of the past (unless you are Nikon and Canon and have huge volume to support those rock bottom prices.) Olympus isn't the only camera maker who went up market to avoid the cell phone pressure.

This is only one quarter's results, so we really don't know if Olympus is out of the woods yet, but it seems to me like they are making the right moves. Selling higher margin goods was the only chance they had.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 19:08 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies

I don't think this patent will be of much use in making endoscopes. But for photographers, it sounds like a great idea.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 20:48 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1551 comments in total)
In reply to:

Elliot H: with such a high rating, jpeg
(which most users will use) image
quality rating is not that high

And the point is.... no two cameras are exactly alike.

So what does that have to do with my saying this camera is a very poor value? Why does this mean they shouldn't throw in a charger at this high price?

This whole discussion was about NOT getting a charger included with a $1,000 camera. I was not suggesting that the Sony isn't a good camera, just that it should come with a charger.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 12:27 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1551 comments in total)
In reply to:

Elliot H: with such a high rating, jpeg
(which most users will use) image
quality rating is not that high

And a sensor twice as large (EM10) or three times larger (XM1).

I thought that both lens speed and sensor size meant something?

Incidentally, an EM10 plus an f/1.7 lens costs less than an RX100 IV. (I know, it's not a zoom lens.)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
Total: 1045, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »