Beckler8

Beckler8

Lives in Canada NB, Canada
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Beckler8: Like all the haters here, I too think this is pretty stupid. It's a luxury image camera. But then admit that Rolls Royce and Rolex are ridiculous as well. At least this camera is a rebadge of a great model, whereas those two examples are badges of nothing.

Debatable, but that's not what makes them expensive - it's the pointless luxury factor; just as with this camera.

And what I mean by nothing is that they're not very good at what they're *supposed to do*, certainly for the price and compared to other choices. And that's what I hate about pointless luxury. If I spend $20,000 on a Rolex and it blew all other watches out of the water performance-wise, that would be different.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 21:50 UTC

Like all the haters here, I too think this is pretty stupid. It's a luxury image camera. But then admit that Rolls Royce and Rolex are ridiculous as well. At least this camera is a rebadge of a great model, whereas those two examples are badges of nothing.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 21:34 UTC as 142nd comment | 11 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (827 comments in total)
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Beckler8: The low zoom ratio makes it hard to consider this for general purpose video.

I'm sure that helps. But still. If any camcorder had 3x zoom it would be far too crippling. That's why none of them do. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 20:37 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (827 comments in total)

The low zoom ratio makes it hard to consider this for general purpose video.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 19:16 UTC as 207th comment | 3 replies
On Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II article (278 comments in total)
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marcio_napoli: Typical DP review crowd. They all look for specs, actually knowing very little how to use it in the real world.

It's just about numbers, on gear heads minds: DR numbers, MP numbers, ISO numbers, and now, 2k vs 4k.

In just a few years, 4k vs 8k... numbers, bla bla bla, numbers.

If my statement above doesn't cut it, the mighty ARRI Alexa is a 2k camera only.

Do you know what the "obsolete" 2k Arri Alexa means to the movie industry? It's basically the most acclaimed digital movie camera ever.

And guess what, few, very few Hollywood level movies are actually produced in 4k.

Very, very few.

If Hollywood is not ready yet for 4k, do we really think a bunch of gear heads on DP review are really in THAT need for 4k ?

Oh dear...

Common argument. It misses the simple point: future-proofing. People were saying exactly the same stuff about HD back in the day. I wonder what they'd pay today to be able to see all their old footage now in HD rather than fuzzy SD rubbish. The 4K/2K difference is less of course (at standard viewing distances) and yet still quite spectacular on a big screen TV...

What they're doing in hollywood isn't relevant to most. 4K isn't fully mainstream yet, but it IS fully available. Hence the above points.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 01:06 UTC
On Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II article (278 comments in total)

I don't really understand this. We're in the 4K era now. If you just need a quick camera to get some basic HD footage, then you don't need a 6 thousand dollar setup. But then if your application is serious at all and you're even looking at this price level, then you (should) have zero interest in capturing immediately obsolete 1080 footage. But all that said, there must be a narrow segment for whom this camera makes sense - not sure what that is though.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 00:25 UTC as 73rd comment | 2 replies
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (949 comments in total)

If they can make the same camera (or RX series) with longer but slower zoom lens, I'd prefer that. Not everyone values maximum low-light capability or shallow DOF above all else. Depending on your style, the nearly-useless 3-4x zoom just throws away a world of photo opportunities, esp. with video.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 17:16 UTC as 139th comment | 5 replies
On Sony brings Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 and W810 to the US article (27 comments in total)

I don't buy the common notion that this camera class is doomed. Its market share will decrease but then level off - because non-photographer types can switch to phones now. Photographer types still want a better compact option and these are it. Phone cameras get better but so do these cameras!

That being said, they could increase that market share by NOT going for absurd resolutions and zoom ratios in these cameras and instead focusing on more image quality. Because while they're surely correct that most buyers are stupid and just looking at numbers, the segment considering these will increasingly include savvy buyers.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 17:17 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (765 comments in total)
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Beckler8: One important video advantage of this type of camera, which you lose with SLR and ILC options, is power zoom. Makers of those cameras continue to (effectively) ignore this feature, for no good reason.

Except they're already catering, massively, to video users. So power zoom is then needed - just as it exists in every single video camera ever made.

As for the sony lenses, nice options - just very few, and I don't think it's variable speed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 14:37 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (765 comments in total)

One important video advantage of this type of camera, which you lose with SLR and ILC options, is power zoom. Makers of those cameras continue to (effectively) ignore this feature, for no good reason.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 14:13 UTC as 163rd comment | 6 replies
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1575 comments in total)

I'm pleased others here are also talking about 4K video. HD-only can't really be justified on a top-end SLR and especially when 4K TV's are now readily available. Essentially you're forced to decide whether you want higher quality video or stills (i.e. GH4 or D810). Who will be the first to have both? (Not counting Canon 1DC because of 10k price.)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 12:40 UTC as 311th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (804 comments in total)

The loss of the hotshoe (combined with no mic input) is slightly devestating. Minor innovation would allow both. If not on the body then slide-out or some sort of module that plugs into the side with a hotshoe. There is certainly a way.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 23:44 UTC as 115th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (804 comments in total)
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Beckler8: 2.9x zoom!? What am I ever going to do with that sort of telephoto ability! Seriously though, that should be listed in the 'Cons' category, since "Bright maximum apertures across zoom range gives huge flexibility" is listed in 'Pros', and that's done at the expense of increased zoom range, is it not?

Well of course you're not incorrect in saying this lens suffices for you. But that doesn't make it a 'Pro'. It should probably be left out of Pros/Cons then because for me (and others I'd assume) it's a Con. Not having that extra zoom reach means you miss out on a *hell* of a lot of opportunity, esp. in video.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 22:11 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (804 comments in total)

2.9x zoom!? What am I ever going to do with that sort of telephoto ability! Seriously though, that should be listed in the 'Cons' category, since "Bright maximum apertures across zoom range gives huge flexibility" is listed in 'Pros', and that's done at the expense of increased zoom range, is it not?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 20:55 UTC as 125th comment | 8 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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Beckler8: This is more like a variation than an upgrade model. Video gets a big upgrade but audio, with no hot shoe and no mic input gets a huge downgrade. (Don't bother mentioning external recorders.) As the review points out, some will like the lens variation. Others, like me, would much prefer more/longer zoom range at the expense of lens speed. Not everyone wants maximum low-light performance at the expense of being able to do nothing zoom-wise...yes, 2.9x zoom is essentially nothing, esp. in video where presumably none of the smart digital zoom is usable. I'd gladly trade the flash for the hot shoe too! There must be a way to have both though. Anyway on a camera of this stature then, there needs to be 2 (or more) versions, catering to different preferences.

@Wally Well I wouldn't count the RX10 (not same class) or original RX100 (no feature advantage I don't think). Plus the new ones have incremental improvements. No, you want the latest features but in the combination you prefer. Why not have multiple variations? Would add somewhat to the price but it also lets them gauge exactly what customers want the most. If I"m spending $800 (!) on a compact, I'll spend $830 to get a much more desirable configuration for me.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 15:02 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

This is more like a variation than an upgrade model. Video gets a big upgrade but audio, with no hot shoe and no mic input gets a huge downgrade. (Don't bother mentioning external recorders.) As the review points out, some will like the lens variation. Others, like me, would much prefer more/longer zoom range at the expense of lens speed. Not everyone wants maximum low-light performance at the expense of being able to do nothing zoom-wise...yes, 2.9x zoom is essentially nothing, esp. in video where presumably none of the smart digital zoom is usable. I'd gladly trade the flash for the hot shoe too! There must be a way to have both though. Anyway on a camera of this stature then, there needs to be 2 (or more) versions, catering to different preferences.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 13:39 UTC as 631st comment | 3 replies
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 article (244 comments in total)
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Lee W: Not bad to be fair...

@Horshack Don't be silly. This is actually much more impressive! :D

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 17:38 UTC

Whatever your application, just be sure you have no interest in looking at your footage 10 years from now. Because you'll wish it was at least in 4K. And don't bother with the comments saying that there isn't much difference. There is.

I'm sure this thing has some legitimate uses but to the hobbyist just wanting a high-quality video camera, this holds zero interest.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 16:52 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (488 comments in total)
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wootpile: Meh..big, expensive.

I would have liked to see this sensor in a Nikon p7800-ish package with 650 buck pricetags.

Interesting. Hopefully the horrible AF & AE drifting (for video) seen in Nikon compacts will be fixed? I was ready to get the 7800 but was forced back to sony because of that nonsense. Why do you never read about that in reviews? Especially the ones here which are 60 pages long yet still pretty useless, esp. regarding video.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 01:01 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1046 comments in total)
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Beckler8: Gigantic DSLRs like this are becoming more and more niche - really just for certain pros that need specific types of performance. They should make a more versatile version, call it the D4V or whatever, that has many more video features like 4K, power zoom and AF that actually works. At least then hobbyists can justify the massive price and size because then suddenly it's a cinema camera as well.

I would agree overall. I just think more and more pros can use mirrorless now and certainly for hobbyists like myself they're just making more and more sense. I always intended to get a top SLR but its getting hard to pull the trigger now because relatively speaking, they're *losing* too much versatility to other cameras but are still as logistically impractical as ever.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 15:03 UTC
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