Marty4650

Marty4650

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On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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hrt: DxO's analysis of Nikon's 1 cameras have been unimpressive compared to Sony's RX100 series with the same 1 inch sensor.

Likewise, NIKON 1's V Series is much larger and heavier than Sony's RX100 series.

Nikon's Coolpix P7000 series with 1/1.7 inch sensors have constantly been losing to Canon's G series as well as to other brands' high-end compacts.

Who are the target users for Nikon 1's V series, who are people other than those choosing Nikon 1's J series ????

Where is Nikon driving at, when it comes to high-end compacts ????

But are they the same sensor?

True, they both have 1" size sensors, but I think Nikon's are made by someone like Aptina, and of course Sony makes their own sensor.

Sony seems to know how to make sensors since everyone except Canon and Samsung uses their sensors in their cameras. In fact Nikon even uses Sony sensors in their DSLRs. But for the Nikon 1, Nikon designed their own sensor and had it fabricated by Aptina. This might explain why the Sony 1" sensor seems to do a lot better.

Perhaps they might have been better off just using the 1" Sony sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 19:00 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

Everyone has different preferences. The real question is... who is this camera designed for?

This camera is confusing.

It is bigger than it needs to be. So it isn't the best design for a compact carry camera. It is more expensive than some semi-pro DSLRs are, so it isn't a good value. Is this camera worth more than an E-M5 or an X-E2 or a NEX-6? Because it sure costs more.

It uses a cell phone memory card, for some reason that no one can seem to understand. Perhaps they just wanted it to be different?

Having a separate and "optional EVF" might seem like a good idea on paper, but in reality it just creates the need to carry something else around. Something that could be lost, dropped or misplaced. This might be why Olympus has been more successful with their OMD line than their Pen line.

To me, it looks like this camera only makes sense for a Nikon fan who wants a "companion camera" for his Nikon DSLR, and cannot tolerate any other brand name sitting in his camera bag.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 08:39 UTC as 51st comment | 5 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Somehow....

Nikon uses a Micro SD card to save weight... and ends up with a camera that:

* weighs a 175 grams more than a Panasonic GM1,
* is larger in every dimension than a Panasonic GM1,
* has a sensor half the size of the one in a Panasonic GM1,
* costs more than a Panasonic GM1.

What was Nikon thinking?

Good point. A camera can be too small.

But if you prefer a "medium size" camera rather than a small one, then why not have the better ergonomics of a normal sized memory card? And since you don't want a really small camera, why settle for a really small sensor?

Fotogeneticist was absolutely right. Nikon has miniaturized everything but the camera. The advantage of using a small sensor is lost when you end up with a bigger camera. It seems like such a shame to give up image quality to build a "medium sized camera" when you could have easily used a larger sensor, as the GM1 demonstrates.

If all you wanted was "more DOF" then there are cameras with even smaller sensors that can do it better.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 08:30 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Retzius: Dumb dumb camera. Good technology but poorly marketed. Nikon had no idea who they are making these cameras for.

If you are an enthusiast you will want to use the grip and viewfinder. But, if you use the grip you have to remove it every time you want to change the battery and the tripod socket is now off-center. In addition, you can't use a Arca Swiss style plate.

The external EVF actually made the camera more expensive and if you use it now you can't use a flash... Dumb dumb dumb

OTOH, its too expensive for casual shooter or soccer moms when they can get a competent APS-C Dslr for half the price.

Nikon has no idea who they want to sell these cameras to. They are hoping to create a market that won't intrude on their slr sales but it is priced far too high to do that. The fact that they drop in price my 50% a year later doesn't help things much...

dumb dumb dumb

@Studor13

You certainly CAN command high prices if you deliver something that justifies it. Leica proves that every day, even if all they deliver is extremely high build quality and prestige, they are still delivering something.

The Nikon 1 V3 delivers absolutely nothing to justify the pricing.

* Not really great image quality like Fuji
* Not a great lens selection like M4/3
* No prestige or luxury image like Leica
* Not even as small as a Panasonic GM1

So what does it deliver? The Nikon Brand Name on a MILC camera that costs twice as much as better MILC cameras made by other companies. And then they design it with a Micro SD card to add insult to injury.

This camera is an epic fail. It makes you really wonder if Nikon has a real marketing strategy for this market niche, and it explains why their Nikon 1 cameras only sell when the price is cut in half. Because when they do that, they sell pretty well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 15:07 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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HMeYe: The pricing is not that bad guys : it includes a cam , a kit lens, an EVF and a grip ... I only wished it had a built in GPS like the AW1 and an additional external hot shoe for Flash !

Sure.... the pricing isn't bad at all.

I'm holding out for the Hasselblad version of the V3.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 14:26 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Michael Piziak: $1200 ???

Come on Michael....

You KNOW you will want one when Nikon clears them out at $399 in a few months!

Nikon deliberately overprices these little cameras so they can create excitement at their "close out" sales.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 13:04 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

Somehow....

Nikon uses a Micro SD card to save weight... and ends up with a camera that:

* weighs a 175 grams more than a Panasonic GM1,
* is larger in every dimension than a Panasonic GM1,
* has a sensor half the size of the one in a Panasonic GM1,
* costs more than a Panasonic GM1.

What was Nikon thinking?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 12:59 UTC as 75th comment | 6 replies
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Marty4650: It may be unrealistic for anyone to expect revolutionary leaps and bounds from a mature technology.

Digital Imaging is now a mature technology, and we can expect much more of this evolutionary continuous improvement in new models. This might give us very little reason to replace last year's model, but will be wonderful for first time buyers, people switching systems, and people who upgrade every five to ten years. They will be shocked by the sum total of all the small improvements combined.

Just like with cars, no one expects the 2015 Toyota Corolla to be very much better than the 2014 Toyota Corolla, but we all know it will be much nicer (and much more expensive) than a 2003 Toyota Corolla.

John.... capabilities might converge, but ergonomics just can't do that. Some people will always have a preference of smaller and lighter. Others might never be happy with an EVF, no matter how good it is.

The Swiss Army Knife is the best example of convergence I can think of.

It is a very handy tool, but it isn't the best screwdriver, it isn't the best saw, it isn't the best scissors, and it isn't even the best knife you can buy. It just can do a lot of things, while doing none of them exceptionally well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
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Marty4650: It may be unrealistic for anyone to expect revolutionary leaps and bounds from a mature technology.

Digital Imaging is now a mature technology, and we can expect much more of this evolutionary continuous improvement in new models. This might give us very little reason to replace last year's model, but will be wonderful for first time buyers, people switching systems, and people who upgrade every five to ten years. They will be shocked by the sum total of all the small improvements combined.

Just like with cars, no one expects the 2015 Toyota Corolla to be very much better than the 2014 Toyota Corolla, but we all know it will be much nicer (and much more expensive) than a 2003 Toyota Corolla.

You are probably very right about budget issues. Those with budget issues will keep demand high for for old models that were replaced by new models with insufficient improvement to justify the new price vs. discount price differential.

Examples that come to mind are the Canon 60D, Olympus EM5, and Pentax K5.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 12:05 UTC

It may be unrealistic for anyone to expect revolutionary leaps and bounds from a mature technology.

Digital Imaging is now a mature technology, and we can expect much more of this evolutionary continuous improvement in new models. This might give us very little reason to replace last year's model, but will be wonderful for first time buyers, people switching systems, and people who upgrade every five to ten years. They will be shocked by the sum total of all the small improvements combined.

Just like with cars, no one expects the 2015 Toyota Corolla to be very much better than the 2014 Toyota Corolla, but we all know it will be much nicer (and much more expensive) than a 2003 Toyota Corolla.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 06:35 UTC as 59th comment | 9 replies
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (182 comments in total)
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forpetessake: "12-45mm f/3.5-6.3" -- really? Making such a dim lens with such a small sensor makes no sense. It's f/12.6 FF equivalent! Even the old film days P&S Olympus soap boxes were brighter. This Chinese company is nuttier than a fruitcake.

forpetessake.....

You seem to be expecting quite a lot from a budget priced camera.

Do you realize Olympus sells a Olympus Micro Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens for $499? The exact same speed of this lens, but a tad shorter in reach.

And they also make a 12-40mm f/2,8 for around $1,000. But that probably isn't fast enough for you either.

They also make a 14-35mm f/2.0 four thirds lens, which can be used on this camera with an adapter. But it weighs two pounds, and costs over $2,400.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 12:47 UTC
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Per DPR, S1 has "...extensive use of plastics in their construction, including the mounts...".

Metal body but plastic mounts. now we know why Kodak went out of the business yeas ago...

I'm not so sure about "most."

I'd say "almost all have metal mounts." Even the 17mm f/2.8 and the 12-50mm have metal mounts, and both are kit lenses.

If I am not mistaken, the very first 14-42mm kit lens that came with my E-P1 had a metal mount as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 07:47 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1533 comments in total)

Do people actually upgrade $3,000 cameras to get a few minor improvements in features?

Well, I suppose they must. I just can't relate to it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 05:06 UTC as 351st comment | 4 replies
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Even for owners of other m4/3 bodies, the kit lenses might be fun to pick up for (presumably) peanuts on ebay.

The Kodak website lists the S-1 as having an MSRP of "$599" but doesn't specify if that is with one or both lenses.

Off brands frequently set high list prices so they can offer dramatic discounts. I won't be shocked if I see the S-1 with BOTH kit lenses selling for $299 at discount stores.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 15:51 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (775 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This might be the perfect compact camera.

The only downside might be the price. I guess $800 just isn't as much money as it used to be.

Arcane93 does make a good point.

When people see extra features, at no price increase... (things like HD video, or art filters, GPS, or face detection) then they select those products over competitors who don't have those features. And it doesn't matter if these are things they want or need. They just perceive that they are getting more for the same price.

However, when there is a steep price increase to get features they will probably never use, then there is a lot of buying resistance (for example... RAW file ability, 4K video, or magnesium alloy bodies).

The RX100 cameras will never be a mass market item, but at current pricing they will be very profitable for Sony. And that is really all that matters.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 14:27 UTC
On Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review preview (182 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: To those who believe this is aimed solely at the "Asian" Market. I suspect it is difficult for outsiders to understand the appeal of the name "Kodak" in North America among people who aren't Professionals or even 'enthusiasts', but who still want a "nice" camera. (Nice defined by THEIR standards, not yours).

I also suspect this brand will find its way to the North American market as quickly as possible and it is to the benefit of Olympus and Panasonic. with the Kodak m43s brand established globally, that takes the pressure off Olympasonic to go to the expense of developing, producing, and marketing the low end introductory cameras that they find difficult to make a profit with. This will allow them to concentrate their resources on the more profitable enthusiast and professional cameras.

If Olympasonic is smart, they will bend over backwards to help JK Imaging to establish this brand in as many places as possible.

Xtoph....

Many once dominant brands have faded to obscurity. All it takes is one or two generations and they become a Final Jeopardy answer.

Ask someone under 30 if they know what these are:

* Woolworth
* Amiga
* Diner's Club Card
* Tab
* Burma Shave
* Underwood
* Chevron
* Compaq
* Curtis Mathis
* Borders
* Packard
* SAAB
* Sam Goody
* Sizzler Steak House
* A&P Stores
* Dumont
* Pan Am
* Howard Johnson's

If someone hadn't bought the Kodak brand name, and used it for new products, then Kodak would be on that list in a few more years.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 14:12 UTC
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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G1Houston: The mirrorless market is small and the one for m4/3 is even smaller which now already has two players. Adding a third player will first compete with the two existing ones, which means even less profits for everyone. Less profit means even more difficult time to survive and to invest in R&D. Kodak does not bring anything really new to the market but may only chip away the profit from the BIG two. If any one of the big two decides to quit, can Kodak take its place? Kodak has neither the expertise in optics nor videos. Without true innovation in the products, how can it compete with SONY? I don't see this as a good thing at all.

Happy, I agree with your take.

If this Kodak is priced aggressively and sold through discount stores, and I think it will be, then it will end up attracting a whole new category of M4/3 user, rather than taking sales away from Panasonic and Olympus.

The Panasonic or Olympus user is more likely to be an enthusiast, who owns or had owned DSLRs, and who made their purchase online.

The Kodak user will be someone who found it in a discount store, and bought it on impulse, because the price looked good. They will be people who want to move up from a P&S camera, rather than people who are moving sideways from a DSLR.

This can be a good thing for M4/3 if the Kodak attracts new users.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 00:20 UTC
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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tkbslc: The main problem for this camera is that Panasonic and Olympus overproduced their early models enough that they have 3-4 years of old cameras filling the "low cost" 4/3 market.

True... but all that overproduction was with 12 MP sensors. And that is where all the bargain priced EPL1 and EPL3 cameras are coming from.

This new Kodak seems to be using the 16 MP Sony sensor... the same one used in the OMD and EP5 cameras. And if it is, it could be a serious bargain offering more value than a 3 year old EPL1 or EPM1.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 23:02 UTC
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Is it legal to post review of product banned from being sold due to copyright/patent infringement? This is a real question.

I don't think there is any patent issue for this Kodak camera.

Kodak is actually a member of the 4/3 Consortium, and the standard is pretty much open anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 22:58 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (775 comments in total)

This might be the perfect compact camera.

The only downside might be the price. I guess $800 just isn't as much money as it used to be.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 22:54 UTC as 61st comment | 6 replies
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