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Marty4650

Marty4650

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

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1545 comments in total)
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Elliot H: with such a high rating, jpeg
(which most users will use) image
quality rating is not that high

Look... this little camera is only twice the price of a Fuji XM1 or Olympus EM10.

It's a real bargain! Not because of image quality or value... but because it fits in your pocket! :)

Hey.... doesn't the Samsung NX Mini also have a 1" sensor... and fits into your pocket? And it is an ILC that costs much less...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 23:19 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1545 comments in total)
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tbcass: Looks like a great camera but I'll stick with my 3 year old RX100 mk1 because it offers great IQ and the 28-100mm range is much more flexible.

I would like to add one thing. The lack of external charger has never been a problem for me. I bought an external charger and 2 extra batteries for my RX100 but I never use the charger, don't need it.

The built in charger might be fine for some, but it is a nuisance for those who want to charge a battery while using the camera, or charge multiple batteries at the same time.

Of course, the problem is easily solved by "buying a charger" but you shouldn't have to buy anything else once you spend $1,000 for a camera. It should be in the box, and you can use it if you want to or just leave it in the box.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 23:12 UTC
On Casio Japan introduces Exilim EX-ZR3000 and EX-ZR60 article (68 comments in total)
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Cheng Bao: What's the last time that dpr reviewed a casio camera?

The last full review for a Casio camera was in Dec, 2004, for the Casio PRO EX-P700.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/casioexp700

There were also two Casion cameras included in a group review of travel zoom cameras in 2010.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 00:37 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Luis dos Santos article (53 comments in total)

I really like his point of view.

Absolutely beautiful photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2015 at 20:26 UTC as 22nd comment
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Marty4650: "Somewhat banal" is a sign of competence. People who know what they are doing put their heads down and go to work when a crisis happens. It actually should be business as usual.

Odds are, they were not discussing amnesty for the terrorists, or any attempt to reach out to help understand the radicals. They were probably busy planning "what should we do next" to prevent similar attacks.

That "next guy" was the guy you voted for twice, Barack Hussein Obama. And even if you didn't vote for him because you are a foreigner, you still faint and swoon whenever you see him on TV.

He makes Bush and Cheney look like they work for the ACLU when it comes to civil liberties.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 14:29 UTC

"Somewhat banal" is a sign of competence. People who know what they are doing put their heads down and go to work when a crisis happens. It actually should be business as usual.

Odds are, they were not discussing amnesty for the terrorists, or any attempt to reach out to help understand the radicals. They were probably busy planning "what should we do next" to prevent similar attacks.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 13:50 UTC as 112th comment | 8 replies

The most shocking part of this story is that no one on DPR's editorial staff seems to be aware that VERY similar products are available for one tenth the price.

Hardly an exciting or interesting news story, is it?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 17:30 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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Marty4650: Those industrial design students may think they invented this, but Walmart has been selling them for years.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Trademark-Deluxe-Table-Top-Photo-Studio-Photo-Light-Box/23988416

And their kit includes the lights, and sells for $31, not for $290...

Incidentally, that little tabletop tripod comes with the $31 kit too.

I wonder how they make any money at this price?

@ Ken... that UK version looks very similar, but the tripod seems a lot sturdier. The folding light box and the lights look exactly the same.

These aren't the best light boxes in the world, but are pretty useful and bargain priced. Especially when you consider that the "industrial student designed" version that DPR is highlighting sells for ten times more.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 11:06 UTC

Those industrial design students may think they invented this, but Walmart has been selling them for years.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Trademark-Deluxe-Table-Top-Photo-Studio-Photo-Light-Box/23988416

And their kit includes the lights, and sells for $31, not for $290...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 20:04 UTC as 19th comment | 5 replies
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1250 comments in total)
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Dimit: They've gone crazy over there ay Panasonic!!! Should be mentally retarded not to grab A7ii instead of this m43 monster.Stupidity reigns !!!

I'm curious as to why the "equivalence fans" only mention one type of equivalence, when there are really around ten kinds.

Point granted. A system based on a smaller sensor will never have the same DOF properties as one based on a large sensor. We all know that. We all know you need a much faster lens just to come close.

But tell me when a FF system will ever have the equivalent size, weight, and cost of one based on a smaller sensor? When will it be equivalently "as portable?" Or "as pocketable?"

Those Sony A7 cameras are pretty small. Until you put a lens on them.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 15:09 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1250 comments in total)
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murieston: I currently have a GX7 which I like a lot. In an ideal world the GX8 would be my next purchase as I have a largish collection of Panasonic glass and the GX8 , hopefully, should offer a major improvement in image quality with the new sensor.4K video would also be quite nice to have.
Living in the UK, what I find quite mind-boggling , though, is the difference between the US price and the UK price.
Body only in the UK is offered for pre-order at £1069 which equates to $1670 at the current rate of exchange. The price in the USA is $1200. Why this camera should cost $470 more in the UK is incomprehensible(to me, at least) and a complete deal-breaker for me. I won't be buying!

@ Falk...

It's not greed, these companies aren't even making a profit. I think there is something else going on, and it isn't just Panasonic.

IMHO the camera makers are rapidly marching UP market, to try to make themselves profitable. The smartphones have completely destroyed their compact camera sales, so they have realized their only market left is at the high end. And if they have fewer customers now, then they must sell them goods with higher profit margins.

A few years ago, the "high end" meant "around $1,000"... today this is the mid range. Look at what the MILC makers are producing today:

Olympus.... higher priced OMD models, Pens almost gone
Sony.......... pushing full frame FE cameras, E is languishing
Fuji............ grinding out high end cameras and lenses
Nikon......... selling Nikon 1 for three times what it is worth
Samsung... NXI highest priced crop sensor MILC camera
Panasonic..making some $1,500 lenses. Nice profits there.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 15:02 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1250 comments in total)
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murieston: I currently have a GX7 which I like a lot. In an ideal world the GX8 would be my next purchase as I have a largish collection of Panasonic glass and the GX8 , hopefully, should offer a major improvement in image quality with the new sensor.4K video would also be quite nice to have.
Living in the UK, what I find quite mind-boggling , though, is the difference between the US price and the UK price.
Body only in the UK is offered for pre-order at £1069 which equates to $1670 at the current rate of exchange. The price in the USA is $1200. Why this camera should cost $470 more in the UK is incomprehensible(to me, at least) and a complete deal-breaker for me. I won't be buying!

I think your price includes a VAT tax, and ours doesn't. There might be other reasons for the price difference as well.

I just looked it up. The UK has a 20% Value Added Tax which is included in the Amazon UK price. They aren't listing the GX8 yet, but they have the EM5 II body only for £869 which translates to $1356.55 in US dollars.

Amazon US sells the EM5 II body only for $1,099 normally, although Olympus has it on a promotional sale right now. In most states Amazon will add a state sales tax to that and it is usually around 8-10% more, making it cost around $1,200.

The US price is still cheaper than the UK price, but not as much as you might think when you add the VAT taxes and sales taxes.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 21:16 UTC
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cgarrard: DPR- Are you absolutely sure its the same exact sensor as the FZ200? It's a 4 yr old sensor (if you consider development time as well), so that seems a bit odd. Surely the specs are similar, but is it the exact same model sensor? That would both surprise me, and not surprise me at the same time (laughs).

Thanks,

Carl

That clearly must be a mistake.

If they had the same size sensor then the FZ1000 would be smaller and lighter, because it has a smaller zoom range. But the reverse is true.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 18:28 UTC
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pannyuser: So interesting that this came out today as I dropped my fz200 3 days ago. I had previously been very happy with it I love the versitility - minus the ability to get shallow depth of field blurred backgrounds - as well I would like a slight bump in IQ.

Now I need a replacement. - I do not use my camera for video much at all. I want the versatility and focal length. I loved the 2.8 for that reason. I'd be willing to give up some zoom as a trade of for IQ - should I go for:

FZ300
FZ1000
or
Sony RX10
or Sony RX10 II
or
Olympus Stylus 1

Since you loved your FZ200, and don't have much use for 4K video, why not just buy another FZ200?

The deep discounting will start the instant the FZ300 hits the shelves. Or maybe even sooner.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 17:16 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1250 comments in total)

The "Big Beast" indeed!

There are 9 different M4/3 cameras that are physically larger than the GX8, and 3 of them are heavier. And not just a little heavier, around 40% heavier.

If any camera deserves the "Big Beast" title, then it should go to the Panasonic GH3 and GH4.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 16:42 UTC as 125th comment | 1 reply
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1250 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I will sit this one out, and wait for this new sensor to show up in the EM1 MkII.

But, it does seem like a really nice camera and a nice step forward for M4/3.

And for everyone who thinks it is too big... just remember there are around 25 other M4/3 cameras to pick from. Some bigger, some smaller. Something for everyone. Which was the whole point of having multiple models, multiple styles, and multiple manufacturers.

The point was that this is a SYSTEM, with around 40 different camera bodies in it. Most are pretty small, but some are larger. This isn't a bad thing.

Again... using your logic... "the M4/3 advantage is lost when you use a PRO lens... because they are too big."

I don't think you understand what the M4/3 advantage is. Sure, size and weight is a big part of it, but it there is still a need to offer lots of options to accommodate users preferences.

I mentioned your Nikon 1 only because you made the snarky remark about M4/3 "giving up image quality to APSC."

How much image quality are YOU giving up by using a camera with a 1" sensor that is larger and heavier than a Panasonic GM1?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 16:31 UTC
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cgarrard: DPR- Are you absolutely sure its the same exact sensor as the FZ200? It's a 4 yr old sensor (if you consider development time as well), so that seems a bit odd. Surely the specs are similar, but is it the exact same model sensor? That would both surprise me, and not surprise me at the same time (laughs).

Thanks,

Carl

Carl...

Of course it's the same sensor! Just like my 3.5 liter V6 engine in my Lexus is exactly the same engine as the 3.5 liter V6 I had in my Toyota Camry 10 years ago!

Same configuration.... same size.... same engine.

(sarcasm off)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 16:24 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1250 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I will sit this one out, and wait for this new sensor to show up in the EM1 MkII.

But, it does seem like a really nice camera and a nice step forward for M4/3.

And for everyone who thinks it is too big... just remember there are around 25 other M4/3 cameras to pick from. Some bigger, some smaller. Something for everyone. Which was the whole point of having multiple models, multiple styles, and multiple manufacturers.

@Raist3d...

Yes, small size is one of the main advantages for the system. But everyone is different and wants different things from their cameras. This is why there are so many models with such a wide range of size and feature sets.

According your logic, there should be no GH4 or EM1. Every M4/3 should be the size of a GM1 or EPM2.

Haven't you noticed some size differences in the Nikon 1 cameras you use? According to DPR, they vary from 197g to 383g.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 11:43 UTC
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belle100: According to the previous models (FZ100, FZ150, FZ200, etc.) naming convention, Shouldn't this camera be called FZ250 instead.

It would seem so.... but they "skipped that model" and went straight to the FZ300! ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 11:36 UTC

So... this is pretty much a weather sealed FZ200, with a few other improvements thrown in. And that isn't a bad thing by any means.

If you want this kind of zoom range, then you need a very small sensor. Those who are wishing for a 1" sensor are asking for a two or three pound camera, with a lens that extends way out. For the folks who need a larger sensor, Panasonic makes the FZ1000, with a much smaller zoom range.

I bet this camera is a big hit. Especially after the price discounting starts.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 09:41 UTC as 44th comment | 4 replies
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