PIX 2015
Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 7, 2007

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Billy Chiu: What camera was used to shoot this review video?

A mixture of a7 II and Panasonic G7.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 21:47 UTC
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J A C S: The video is so choppy when panning or zooming (the Seattle tower, for example around 2:09 or around 1:21), makes me dizzy. Perhaps native but higher quality 1080p would have been better?

Those are pans and zooms on still images, rendered by Final Cut Pro. I'm not sure what you mean by 'native but higher quality.'

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 21:29 UTC
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Angrymagpie: Why does the slow motion video part of this video look particularly atrocious? 1:48
Extremely noisy.

SamTrekker - it's not our job to make it look cool: it's our job to demonstrate it. If that helps you conclude that it's not suitable for your needs, then it's done its job.

Given that the 960fps footage comes from either 1136 x 384 or 800 x 270 capture, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to find that it's not ideal for stills captures.

Having to use a frame rate of around 1/1000th of a second is likely to mean lots of shot noise in most instances, too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 21:05 UTC
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Jim Evidon: DPReview has dedicated more space to this camera than any other in my recent memory. Do they own Sony stock or are they owned by Sony? There are a lot of other cameras out there that deserve some very close attention rather than a casual passing acknowledgement with some pictures.

Seriously, guys, it's a nice little camera and all that, but please give it a rest.

It's an interesting camera that we've built coverage of as we've had access. Note that the X-T10, despite being reviewed later, was the first to get a review summary video.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 21:03 UTC
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Angrymagpie: Why does the slow motion video part of this video look particularly atrocious? 1:48
Extremely noisy.

I think that's 960fps footage, so it's taken from a very low-res grab from the sensor. But yes, the high shutter speeds required for 960fps mean the ISO probably gets pushed up quite a lot.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 17:54 UTC
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win39: What is it with the sound? I can barely hear it with the volume turned all the way up.

Ok, so long as I've not done something *really* stupid and mixed it out-of-phase (meaning it's almost inaudible on devices that then mix down to mono).

The mic and recorder setup we used wasn't perfect, so there's a lot of background noise. Between the children running around and shrieking excitedly, the float planes taking off and landing, the man playing the municipally-provided piano and the woman in the wedding dress rowing past with a tuba, it was quite noisy.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 17:53 UTC
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Lightcapture: I repeat, love all your video mini reviews! Long may it last!

Thanks for your support. We'll continue to try to make them better.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 17:18 UTC
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justmeMN: Sony includes 4K in their cameras, because they want to promote the sale of their 4K televisions. Camera companies that don't make televisions don't have that financial incentive.

Part of this video was shot in 4K, which allowed us to zoom-in on the footage, while retaining excellent levels of detail.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 17:13 UTC
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win39: What is it with the sound? I can barely hear it with the volume turned all the way up.

Is anyone else having this problem?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 17:12 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1545 comments in total)
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McIro: In this review of the new Sony RX 100 m4 it is mentioned that only specific memory card can be used to be able use all of the cameras features.

Would SanDisk SDSDXPB-064G-A46 - 64GB be such a card?

I've only found 64GB capacity card to comply with SDXC. Is this correct?

That is an SDXC card rated as speed class U3, so that will allow the use of all the camera's features (other cards *work*, they just don't allow the full range of features).

There are plenty of SDXC cards around, both larger and smaller, I believe.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 18:28 UTC
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Mike FL: "12.3% increase in net sales year-on-year" is almost having NO increasing "year-on-year".

Olympus reported in Yen, but Yen lost 14% "year-on-year" as seem from below:

http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/USDJPY:CUR

In the other words, if Olympus is using USD for reporting, it will be "2% *decrease* in net sales year-on-year".

Yes, that's right, decreasing instead of increasing.

No?

The point about thinking in constant currency terms is fair (it's not about reporting in dollars, it's about cancelling out the effect of currency fluctuations).

However, the 12.3% figure is for the company as a whole. The mirrorless figures of +26% by value and +25% by volume are pretty solid, even if some of the value hike comes from a weakening Yen.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 18:43 UTC
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Combatmedic870: How did I miss this event in Portland?!?!? Where was this?!?

Please do, ric63.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
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Combatmedic870: How did I miss this event in Portland?!?!? Where was this?!?

@ric63 - named *for* its cement (another form of Portland, Dorset reference, [according to Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_cement)).

I only got as far as Katoomba on my trip to NSW last year, so didn't make it out to Portland.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 23:59 UTC
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Combatmedic870: How did I miss this event in Portland?!?!? Where was this?!?

ric63 - Wikipedia suggests Portland, VIC is named after the 3rd Duke of Portland, his title referring to the small chunk of land off the south coast of England from which Portland, Maine takes its name.

So, interestingly, those three names all ultimately relate back to a [small peninsula](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Portland), but only one of them directly takes its name from there.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 23:48 UTC
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Combatmedic870: How did I miss this event in Portland?!?!? Where was this?!?

Portland, Oregon. The one named after Portland, Maine, (on the result of a coin toss, I believe).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 23:35 UTC
On Video: Summing up our Fujifilm X-T10 Review article (16 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Is this style of summary review replacing the neat application videos you guys did for the a6000, NX1, and others? I really enjoyed those videos.

No - both styles of video will continue in parallel.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 21:05 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (436 comments in total)
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ofquiet: Isn't it weird that the X-T10 and the a6000 both scored 80%, but the Fuji got a silver award and the Sony got a gold for the exact same score?

Not really. If you read the [explanation of the scoring system](http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4416254604), you'll find out what it means.

The simplest way of to explain is that the score is calculated mainly from objective assessments of the camera. Click to compare the two cameras in the scoring widget and you'll discover that they both achieved 80% very differently.

The award is the reviewer's assessment, based on their experience of it and its peers, and focused on the kinds of photographers we believe will be looking at the camera (these expectations should be spelled out in the review).

There isn't an exact match between the two: otherwise the award would just tell you the same information with less precision. However, there is a connection: it's unlikely a low scoring camera could be so well-suited to a group of shooters that it could still get an award or that a camera that scores really highly would be considered so unsuitable by the reviewer to not get one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 17:10 UTC
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Lightcapture: The discussion got buried into the hidden structure of the comment section below (which requires one to click on the 'show more' button to see further discussion, but I think this point deserves a new and separate comment section/discussion here.

There is this slight dissing from some regarding the new fourth generation 1-inch sensor developed by Sony, so-called the "stacked sensor". Though it's clear from dpreview that general IQ from the fourth generation 1-inch Sony sensor wasn't immediately better than the previous generation sensor, I would like to encourage anyone interested to head down to Youtube, and search for thecamerastoretv. They recently published the review of the RX100iv, and somewhere starting 3 minutes into the review, Jordan (the video guy) first confirmed he didn't see immediate improvement in the IQ, but found that the stacked sensor seemed to recover underexposed shadow areas of RAW files with much less noise penalty. Any dpreview team wish to comment on that?

We haven't shot the RX100 III in our Raw DR tests but there's not a huge difference between the Mk 1 and the Mk 4, so it seems odd to think it would have gone backwards with the move to BSI.

Without knowing the exposure settings of the two images shown in that video, it's impossible to know whether there really is a difference. Any difference in exposure and, consequently, shot noise is likely to very quickly be more significant than the differences sensor-to-sensor.

It's telling that Sony has never claimed an image quality improvement between the III and IV - all the claims have been about speed and the capabilities it brings.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 19:05 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (436 comments in total)
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joelakeland: DPR has been beating the dated sensor drum consistently on Fujifilm releases of late. If the rumors floating around about a Sony sensor coming in the relatively near future are true, Fujifilm cameras would be hard to keep on the shelves. That said, this camera won't have particularly good resale value when it's time to replace it with one of the new ones featuring a more capable sensor both resolution wise as well as with dynamic range.

@KonstantinosK - I think photominion is suggesting using the X-Trans colour filter array on the rumoured 'a7000' sensor *instead* of a Bayer pattern. There's no silicon-level difference between an X-Trans and a Bayer sensor, just which CFA you apply to the front.

The X-T10's Raw dynamic range results are very much what we've become used to seeing from Sony sensors and all the images Fujifilm has published of the sensors it's using have shown the characteristic wiring patterns of Sony column ADC chips, I believe.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 22:52 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (436 comments in total)
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whumber: Campy Chorus on a Colnago frame? Well done DPR.

These ones do, yes.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 22:43 UTC
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