PIX 2015
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 The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 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 (1252 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
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1252 comments in total)

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.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 09:31 UTC as 177th comment | 14 replies

The should have sent a police artist.

One of those guys who draws a suspect based on the description from the victims.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 19:51 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1553 comments in total)
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david vella: Great little camera , except for one repeatedly annoying design problem that this type of camera can suffer from . Namely sticking lens cover blades. Happened on two lesser Sonys and the cost of repair was not worth the bother even though the cameras both still worked fine apart from this annoying glitch.

On a camera of this price , I would rather have a lens cap .

If it had a lens cap, then 5,000 people would be complaining that they really wanted a self closing lens.

No matter what you do, someone will whine about it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 21:00 UTC

Isn't the serial number somewhere in the firmware?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 00:46 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies

The concept that public buildings can have copyrights is bizarre. If governments don't want them photographed perhaps they should erect tall fences to block then from view?

But no one is actually saying these public buildings cannot be photographed.

They just want you to obtain "permission" which probably means you will pay a royalty fee or a tax in order to photograph something that public money paid for.

Socialized governments can never have enough money to spend. I bet the Democrats in the USA are watching this closely.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 11:53 UTC as 211th comment | 7 replies
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Marty4650: Is there something this thing can do that I can't do with my Panasonic GM1 and my smartphone?

Wait... I think I just figured it out. It is a lot cheaper. You pay only $299 for it, and since you are using your smartphone as the viewfinder and controller, you don't need those things built into the "camera."

Then what is the advantage of the AIR?

Any small camera, like the GM1, can be controlled by a smartphone. And in both cases any lens with the same mount can be used. And in neither case is the camera really pocketable.

So what can this device do that I can't already do?

What NEW capability does it give me?

Yes, it is "outside the box" because it is awkward and odd. But is that enough to make it a desirable product?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 16:31 UTC

Is there something this thing can do that I can't do with my Panasonic GM1 and my smartphone?

Wait... I think I just figured it out. It is a lot cheaper. You pay only $299 for it, and since you are using your smartphone as the viewfinder and controller, you don't need those things built into the "camera."

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 02:48 UTC as 27th comment | 6 replies
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Marty4650: Would you buy a lens from a company that can't get their website to work?

Just sayin'.... this is pretty basic marketing. You issue a press release with a website listed. Then the website doesn't work. This doesn't bode well.

Obviously, they are trying to sell something to people in the USA. And if they issue a press release with a link to a website, then that website should work.

These are the same Chinese that can hack into U.S. Government websites. You just can't convince me that someone in China can't write code for a website that works. And even if they can't..... how hard is it to hire someone in Korea, Malaysia, Singapore or Hong Kong to do it?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 19:15 UTC

Would you buy a lens from a company that can't get their website to work?

Just sayin'.... this is pretty basic marketing. You issue a press release with a website listed. Then the website doesn't work. This doesn't bode well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 12:01 UTC as 20th comment | 11 replies
On Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review preview (302 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Holy cow!

Not even a Silver Award!

Heads will roll in Seattle!

@Barney....

OK, maybe heads won't roll, but you have to admit we are entering a whole new territory now.

Previously reviewed Canon DSLRs:

750D ------------------ NO AWARD!
760D - Silver Award
7D II - Silver Award
70D -- Gold Award
100D - Gold Award
700D - Silver Award
6D ---- Silver Award
650D - Silver Award
5D III - Gold Award
600D - Silver Award

You have to go all the way back to April 2011 to find a Canon DSLR that failed to get an award from Dpreview. And that was the stripped down entry level 1100D.

So, while you may feel this is no big deal, I am pretty sure the folks at Canon are worried sick about it! Those heads might be rolling somewhere back in Japan.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 19:14 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review preview (302 comments in total)

Holy cow!

Not even a Silver Award!

Heads will roll in Seattle!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 17:11 UTC as 77th comment | 11 replies
On 2015 Superzoom Camera Roundup article (171 comments in total)

When the term "superzoom" was first coined, it meant cameras with a zoom range of 12X or greater.

But today you are reviewing camers that range from 50X to 83.3X zoom range.

Isn't it time to give these cameras a new name, to set them apart from what we used to call superzoom cameras?

Ultrazoom? Megazoom?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 22:33 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
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Tommygun45: BBUURRRNNNNNNN HIM!! Just kidding I love it.

Oh and please crop that dudes arm out in the first picture. Its a nice picture but that guys arm is killing it for me!

Or.... "content aware fill" could do the trick!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 13:27 UTC

Richard, thanks for an extremely well written opinion piece, that makes a lot of sense. I think the differences between these two formats is being exaggerated, and only become apparent at the extremes. For most intended purposes, it just comes down to personal preference.

One point you made was interesting:

"For many years, most of the major manufacturers have tried (and, it seems, struggled) to make mirrorless attractive as a step-up camera for point-and-shoot users."

And then... most of the P&S users switched to camera phones instead, making even the smallest Pen, NX, or NEX camera too large and inconvenient for them. So the MILC camera makers wisely moved up market with models like the EM5, GH4 NX1 and XT1.

The battle for the bottom was lost to the camera phone. Those users wanted convenience, and not quality.

What makes this interesting is that the two major camera makers are acting as if MILC doesn't matter to them.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 13:25 UTC as 210th comment | 1 reply
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Kivivuori: To me, it looks the beginning of a modular camerasystem

Imagine this one with a larger sensor etc. and you can build your own model by adding necessary parts like EVF, fully articulating LCD, grip which is matching your hand.... whatever.

Someone should invent a modular system. Like the Ricoh GXR. I bet it would be a huge success!

(snicker)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 20:24 UTC
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