Catalin Stavaru

Catalin Stavaru

Joined on May 19, 2009

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Hard to believe those pics are from a compact camera. Truly we are spoiled.

That doesn't look "compact" to me at all.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 22:09 UTC
On Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II article (271 comments in total)

"Optimized for one-person operation" :))

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 09:24 UTC as 48th comment
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cpkuntz: Typical Canon dull colors, plastic skin, mushy details, and blown highlights. In 2012 these sensors were badly beaten. Now they are embarrassing.

I owned a Sony NEX-5N and an RX100, I sold both because the colors were a joke and the NEX-5N kit lens was an insult. Now I effortlessly get stunning looking pictures with a maligned Canon EOS-M which you can buy for $250 with a very sharp 22mm kit lens. Sony does innovate more than Canon, but if their cameras are fundamentally flawed color-wise and they don't do anything about it I'm not sure why they even bother.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 08:58 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1667 comments in total)

It seems that the Canon campaign had its desired effect. This article seems to have the largest number of comments in dpreview's history :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 08:47 UTC as 38th comment | 6 replies
On Canon PowerShot G7 X real-world samples gallery posted article (242 comments in total)
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PeterBM: Still waiting "my" good camera:
- compact with large sensor
- good fixed lens, min range 28-135, possibly more
- max aperture 2.8, possibly better
- overall good features (photo quality, responsiveness, focus accuracy, ...)
- and absolutely a fully articulated screen

Sony RX10.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 12:31 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X real-world samples gallery posted article (242 comments in total)
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Catalin Stavaru: Looking at the samples, the colors are not typical Canon colors, which means that the problem is not the "secret sauce" in the color processing algorithms - Canon masters these quite well - but the Sony sensor output.

It seems to me that the Sony sensor is quite bad at highlights, even if it's good at shadows. Daylight photography needs good highlight performance, that's why Sony daylight pictures always have a shadowy/cloudy tint on them, as opposed to Canon daylight pictures.

Canon tries to compensate the sensor shortcomings by overexposing a bit, but it doesn't really work, the result looks flat and without enough contrast.

More samples are needed but until now the G7X does not render colors in a typical Canon fashion. Which is disappointing because colors were the only reason why I would buy a Canon G7X versus a Sony RX100/II/III (which is even worse than the samples posted here).

@theprehistorian You may want to look at the other members opinions on the samples, maybe you are the one looking at the wrong gallery ? :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 09:23 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X real-world samples gallery posted article (242 comments in total)
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Peter Gurdes: better than the LX100

I strongly disagree with this statement. Colors are way worse on Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 09:01 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X real-world samples gallery posted article (242 comments in total)

Looking at the samples, the colors are not typical Canon colors, which means that the problem is not the "secret sauce" in the color processing algorithms - Canon masters these quite well - but the Sony sensor output.

It seems to me that the Sony sensor is quite bad at highlights, even if it's good at shadows. Daylight photography needs good highlight performance, that's why Sony daylight pictures always have a shadowy/cloudy tint on them, as opposed to Canon daylight pictures.

Canon tries to compensate the sensor shortcomings by overexposing a bit, but it doesn't really work, the result looks flat and without enough contrast.

More samples are needed but until now the G7X does not render colors in a typical Canon fashion. Which is disappointing because colors were the only reason why I would buy a Canon G7X versus a Sony RX100/II/III (which is even worse than the samples posted here).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 08:50 UTC as 54th comment | 11 replies
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (954 comments in total)

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Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 08:47 UTC as 101st comment
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (954 comments in total)
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Catalin Stavaru: Canon may be late to the party, but if the color rendition is the typical Canon, it has a winner. I for one don't need a viewfinder, I just need good image quality in as compact a camera as possible. I sold my Sony RX100 (and a NEX-5n) for the awful colors. If the G7X is priced right, I think it will be my next camera.

@Zeisschen: indeed, the colors are not typical Canon color, which means that the problem is not the color processing algorithms, but the Sony sensor output.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 08:44 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1667 comments in total)

They announce a new technological advancement in less than 5 years after the last.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 08:45 UTC as 862nd comment
On 17_ISO200_P1000087 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)

I think this picture is very nicely rendered color-wise. It seems that Panasonic did something to improve the color rendering.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 11:25 UTC as 4th comment

At first sight, the color rendition from the real-world samples looks quite a bit better than what I am used to from Panasonic and vastly better than Sony, for example, which was not the case before.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 11:22 UTC as 106th comment
On Photokina 2014: Hands-on with Leica X and X-E article (134 comments in total)
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al_in_philly: Is it just me, or does the X look almost like a toy camera? The thickness of that lens barrel just doesn't work aesthetically. Leica's always seemed to reek of being no-nonsense but this camera just comes off as minimalist without conveying German durability and precision. But that's just my opinion.

It's just you.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 08:41 UTC
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ProfHankD: Yes, Canon has been serious about mirrorless in that the EOS-M is grossly inferior to their DSLRs only in AF speed and ergonomics. The problem is that it isn't compelling against models from Sony, Olympus, Fuji, Samsung, etc. Canon was once an innovator, but not lately, and they have a long way to go to make a compelling mirrorless. For example, I don't think a 7D Mark II with an EF-M mount would be a very compelling mirrorless, and it has been years since Canon's sensors gave them an real edge over those made by Sony.

I buy lots of Canon cameras, mostly PowerShots to use with CHDK, but also an occasional higher model to use with Magic Lantern. Ironically, both those environments are conspicuously not aided or supported by Canon. I think it is long overdue that Canon should encourage, and actively leverage, this type of external innovation.

The only thing that the current EOS M needs is the dual-pixel sensor for faster auto-focus. Everything else is perfect about it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 08:55 UTC

This article does not mention the new Panasonic CM1, which in my opinion will have the same impact on the market as the Panasonic LX3 had. This will be the first serious camera that "forces" you to have it with you all the time at very little ergonomic cost, due to being glued to your smartphone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 09:09 UTC as 11th comment
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ironcam: How can Leica make a dslr with such a minimalist design, while Japanese dslr's have more buttons than an 80's stereo tower?

Leica listens to common sense, the Japanese listen to forum members.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 08:06 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (293 comments in total)

Increasing the size of the camera was the stupidest thing Panasonic could do. Just make a detachable EVF and bundle it with the camera for free, not necessary to ruin the camera appeal and the display size for a small EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 11:40 UTC as 38th comment | 5 replies

Does anyone know if the smartphone part of this device includes a notification light (LED) ? I am really interested in it, but I can't use a smartphone without this feature.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 09:26 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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HS Wells: why this reminds me of NX mini ?

Not sure why. This one includes a high-end smartphone and is 3mm slimmer than the NX Mini without any lens attached. There shouldn't be any reason aside from the brushed aluminium sides :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 08:56 UTC
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