Lawrencew

Lawrencew

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BostonC: Can you make the lens elements, at least the front and back ones, using this material? Then no need for filter and a lighter, water/oil resistant lens!

I was going to ask the same

why don't they just make the front element of the lens in this material in the first place?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 10:36 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (386 comments in total)
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aliasfox: With regards to shot-to-shot times in RAW: Not something most of this target market will look for.

I'm an avid shooter, and my girlfriend likes taking pictures. I understand that in a lot of cases, you're not going to get it right in one take - especially candids. That's why I have my cameras set on continuous at all times - a quick tap of the shutter release gets me one shot, holding it down gets me 3-13 shots (give or take).

As for her, she's used to using an old Elph and her phone. They can only ever do one shot at a time, and they can't do RAW. Even having the option of jpeg continuous or single shot RAW is an upgrade - but she almost never takes advantage of these. Why pick from a dozen jpegs? Why bother editing? It's a mindset thing.

This camera is not for people who are used to single-digit hit rates and trying to get the perfect moment (ie, most people on this forum). For people stepping up from a cell phone, this camera has more control than they'll ever use or realize.

But if that is the case, why would they even consider spending $800 on an "advanced" camera when there are plenty of much cheaper options - even from Canon with the same 1" sensor - that would perfectly fit the need you describe?

Why would they even be looking at an "alternative to a DSLR", if all they want is an instafacetwit picture?

But for those of us who ARE looking for an alternative to a DSRL, then 1fps RAW just isn't good enough.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 08:57 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (386 comments in total)
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Lawrencew: The G5 X looks like a decent little camera.
Unfortunately, for something labelled an "enthusiasts" camera it fails in two critical areas - AF tracking and RAW shot speed.
If it was half the price I could forgive those two weaknesses - but at this price it really should be doing better. The competition can manage it, and Canon has no excuses.

you may be right.

But that is how Canon chose to market it. If they claim it is " "Designed for advanced photographers, our expert compacts are the perfect, portable alternative or complement to a DSLR. They deliver exceptional performance and are ideal for creative shooting."
Then it ought to live up to that claim

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 17:59 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (386 comments in total)
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aliasfox: With regards to shot-to-shot times in RAW: Not something most of this target market will look for.

I'm an avid shooter, and my girlfriend likes taking pictures. I understand that in a lot of cases, you're not going to get it right in one take - especially candids. That's why I have my cameras set on continuous at all times - a quick tap of the shutter release gets me one shot, holding it down gets me 3-13 shots (give or take).

As for her, she's used to using an old Elph and her phone. They can only ever do one shot at a time, and they can't do RAW. Even having the option of jpeg continuous or single shot RAW is an upgrade - but she almost never takes advantage of these. Why pick from a dozen jpegs? Why bother editing? It's a mindset thing.

This camera is not for people who are used to single-digit hit rates and trying to get the perfect moment (ie, most people on this forum). For people stepping up from a cell phone, this camera has more control than they'll ever use or realize.

What do you think the "target market" is then?

Canon describe the G5 X as "Designed for advanced photographers, our expert compacts are the perfect, portable alternative or complement to a DSLR. They deliver exceptional performance and are ideal for creative shooting."

Not as a first camera upgrading from a phone.

An "advanced camera" that is supposed to "deliver exceptional performance" and an "alternative to a DSLR" ought to be able to do more than 1fps don't you think?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 17:16 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (386 comments in total)

The G5 X looks like a decent little camera.
Unfortunately, for something labelled an "enthusiasts" camera it fails in two critical areas - AF tracking and RAW shot speed.
If it was half the price I could forgive those two weaknesses - but at this price it really should be doing better. The competition can manage it, and Canon has no excuses.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 11:38 UTC as 63rd comment | 4 replies
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Shiranai: 1.45x crop on a four-thirds lens plus the disadvantage that you can only use it on static scenes... No need to read on :)

I am not a Panasonic user so did not understand it cropped for 4K. But features like this had aroused my interest in their cameras.
But the crop is worse than I thought for wide-angle then.

Of course I have taken plenty of landscape pictures and used a small aperture to ensure DoF.
But this feature would have introduced an alternative, where landscape-type vistas could be combined with a more shallow DoF to increase subject isolation

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 07:55 UTC

Is the movie file itself still available as a file to transfer to your computer?
Or is it something you can only extract images from in the camera?

I guess as it is on the card you must be able to access it?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 15:22 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)

Is the movie file itself still available as a file to transfer to your computer?
Or is it something you can only extract images from in the camera?

I guess as it is on the card you must be able to access it?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 15:01 UTC as 2nd comment
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Shiranai: 1.45x crop on a four-thirds lens plus the disadvantage that you can only use it on static scenes... No need to read on :)

That's not correct AIUI.
4K does not introduce a 1.45x crop - the Post-focus function does.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 12:45 UTC
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Shiranai: 1.45x crop on a four-thirds lens plus the disadvantage that you can only use it on static scenes... No need to read on :)

That 1.45x crop is a weakness IMO, because one of the main uses for something like this - again IMO - would be in landscape photos where a wide angle is needed.

I can understand that the area of the shot is going to be cropped to only cover the focus points - cropping the border off.

But it would be better to have made that an option. Presumably this is for 'dummies' who would otherwise complain that the ability to select items for focus near the edge of the frame isn't working...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 10:58 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: The algorithm for the procedure is simple:

As soon as the half press confirms the focus, and full press shutter release is made, the lens mechanism rotates 15 steps behind focus and captures 30 frames in 1 second, ending at 15 frames in front of focus. The DOF distance will not be constant because of focal length variations per lens or zoom setting. The key is the incremental rotational "steps" that would be triggered by the "stepping" motor.

There is no patent for this, so other brands would quickly come out with their own updates and software fixes of basically the same thing.

Panasonic was the first to come out with this kind of free firmware update.

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Is that documented somewhere by Panasonic?

It does seem the approach that would be expected based on normal focus stacking implementations.

However, from the example provided by Panasonic where specific elements can be chosen as the focal point I wondered if it was focused on 30 elements with could be at varying points, as opposed to just 30 points at a pre-set distance.

But that may be beyond the capabilities of the cameras - can they AF 30 times in a second?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 08:32 UTC

If only the G5 X didn't have such sluggish RAW performance, it would be a great little camera and an ideal compliment to my Canon DSLR. But 0.5fps in this day and age???

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 15:11 UTC as 5th comment
On article Olympus shows gains in first half financials (139 comments in total)
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rrccad: these numbers look off. for starters, OM should be selling.. well. more.

according to their financials OM has around a 12% marketshare in MILC's.. and that just seems to be a ridiculously low amount.

Olympus is literally slaughtering the domestic market since around November of 2014 to now. Creaming literally everyone. its not even close.

CIPA's MILC's numbers for this year are 2,300,000 units manufactured, of that 280,000 are from Olympus.

I would have placed Olympus easily with around a 30-40% marketshare overall in MILC's.. but that would mean they should be closer to 600,000 to 900,000 units - not 280,000 units.

pity that Sony didn't break out their numbers - it's hard to think they've increased their net MILC marketshare over the 50% or so they were before (going higher value vs units) - is Sony quietly taking over the MILC market? is sony around 60+% now and everyone else fighting for table scraps?

anyone else wish that the companies had standard reporting??!

280,000 units is for the 1st half, not the full year. Is that where the figures look out?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 12:37 UTC
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Calvin Chann: Where I am in Europe, the NX1 never arrived. It was vapourware.

If you look at a popular UK camera price comparison site, you will see just 3 retailers listing the NX1 for sale - and only one says it has stock.
Many of the 'usual suspects' who you might expect to sell it such as Jessops don't even list it. Nor Amazon (only marketplace sellers)
Compared to 30+ retailers listing typical Canikon/Sony models

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 18:47 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (147 comments in total)
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IvanM: I must say as a Canon user I am mightily unimpressed with the pedestrian if not downright insulting Raw performance of the G5X !

Just like the G3x which initially looked quite attractive but the 1 frame per second raw shooting just like the G5X crossed that off my list immediately...

Are these cameras deliberately handicapped or not?

shouldn't the processor have to do less work saving a RAW than processing a JPEG?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2015 at 09:49 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (147 comments in total)
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IvanM: I must say as a Canon user I am mightily unimpressed with the pedestrian if not downright insulting Raw performance of the G5X !

Just like the G3x which initially looked quite attractive but the 1 frame per second raw shooting just like the G5X crossed that off my list immediately...

Are these cameras deliberately handicapped or not?

It is perplexing, because I find it hard to understand why a company like Canon cannot do better performance wise.
The G5 X is an appealing camera otherwise but 1fps in this day and age is poor to say the least.
It isn't a cheap camera either and clearly is targeted at folks who have some understanding of the uses of better performance.
If Canon are deliberately handicapping these cameras you have to ask why? It isn't like they have some better performing compact cameras they want to steer you towards. And if it is to protect their DSLR/MILC sales, then they misunderstand what consumers who might be interested in an advanced compact are looking for - it isn't a large, ILC.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 07:39 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon's new PowerShot G5 X, G9 X compacts (147 comments in total)

The issue with these Canon 1" compacts so far is that they can't manage over 1fps in RAW.

If they are meant to appeal to "enthusiasts" who might want to do things like HDR bracketing, or simple things like recording a bit of action, then they must do better. Much better.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 15:47 UTC as 44th comment
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)

A version of this with a fixed 24-70 F2.8 zoom would be very interesting

(yes I could buy a A7RII instead, but this would still be a smaller package)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 08:20 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
On article RX aeternus? Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II review (268 comments in total)
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Lawrencew: Pity about the AF - otherwise it would be almost perfect for my needs.
But given the price premium over its competitors, it very disappointing it doesn't do better in this key area.

yes but good tracking and continuous AF is something a buyer has every right to expect at this price point

To quote the review...
" The Sony RX10 II is the most expensive bridge camera money can buy"

So personally I expect better, especially when cheaper cameras can do better.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 09:26 UTC
On article RX aeternus? Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II review (268 comments in total)

Pity about the AF - otherwise it would be almost perfect for my needs.
But given the price premium over its competitors, it very disappointing it doesn't do better in this key area.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 07:03 UTC as 71st comment | 3 replies
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