Richard Butler

Richard Butler

Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Works as a Reviews Editor
Joined on Nov 7, 2007

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (626 comments in total)
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fretnoise: Why is it always 1080p60 *or* 1080p50, why not support both? Why have an NTSC model and a PAL model, when those were analog standards?

Oddly, our understanding is that the European A99s can shoot multiples of 25fps and 29.97fps, whereas the US ones only shoot 29.97.

(We've only used a US model, so can't guarantee this)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 15:17 UTC
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ImagesInstyle: why didnt this short video show how fast the RX1 focuses?
and will there be any overheating issues like the other cameras have?
It looks pretty nice with that large viewfinder

The unit we had wasn't final, so may not give any indication of how fast focus will be, so it doesn't make sense to show it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 08:17 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Hands-on Preview preview (626 comments in total)
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FTW: Funny point is they go 25600 ISO with it, while the A99 is limited to 3200 ????

Sorry, an error seems to have crept into the database - I've corrected it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 06:31 UTC
On Sony Alpha SLT-A99 preview (326 comments in total)
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Shield3: I will paypal anyone who can tell me if the AF in Video mode is still limited to F/3.5.

Yes, it is. (It's in the preview)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 05:02 UTC
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cgarrard: Love the jacket Richard, sporty :)

Looks like you just got back from a MTB Ride, showered up, then got all comfy.

;)

C

I'd be much redder-of-face if I'd just got off the bike.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 04:50 UTC
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Absolutic: Richard is there more info on 18-200 lens, since it seems to be the most compact 18-200 lens that could be used on NEX Cameras, like NEX-6/7? I want to see how it looks like and weight and such?

I'm afraid we don't yet have any details beyond what's in the release. It's the only one of these products we've not seen in the office.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 04:43 UTC
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Peiasdf: What an amazing camera. This or X-E1?

BTW, why is the OLED 1.23M and not 2.36M dot as on X-E1 and NEX-7?

It isn't. Where are you seeing that?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 04:41 UTC
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Peiasdf: So the image is not a PS after all. $1800 is cheap for a FF. Come on SONY, announce NEX-FF before end of year for $1800 or less and you'll win big.

It's $3,300 for the full-frame one. The APS-C VG30 is $1,800.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 04:18 UTC
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ET2: The youtube video isn't working ?

We're having technical difficulties. With you soon.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 04:15 UTC
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BMWX5: Wow, I can't wait to replace my A77! DP admin, video is not working!

We're having trouble with YouTube - should be live shortly.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 04:09 UTC
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Francis Carver: Hmmm.... great pricing for both models, wow!!

They kept down the pixel count to 16MP instead of 24MP, that is good news indeed.

Fixed LCD screen of average 921K resolution -- not so good.

Video features -- horrible. Single frame rate only in Full-HD, mono audio, arcane M-JPEG codec, not even a separate START/STOP button for video.

Preliminary Summary on Pentax K-5 II: looks like en excellent tool for still photographers, but to be avoided by videographers.

921k isn't 'average resolution,' it's on the same level as most of the best camera screens.

It works out as 640 x 480 x RGB - there's almost nothing higher-res than that at the moment. The WhiteMagic displays are 1.23M dots but they're still only showing 640 x 480 pixels, so don't have a resolution advantage (they have brightness or battery life advantages, but not res).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2012 at 19:01 UTC
On Pentax Ricoh introduces Q10 small-sensor mirrorless camera news story (187 comments in total)
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Albino_BlacMan: From the press release it sounds like the lens is actually 15-45mm f2.8 (not 15-45mm 2.8 equivalent) which make it 83-249mm equiv.

Sorry, pre-coffee slip. I've corrected it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2012 at 00:16 UTC
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MonkRX: I hate it when dpreview uses the phrase "the same sensor". Its been thrown around in reviews like the when comparing the K-5/K-x/K-r to the Nikon series.

If dpreview tosses around that phrase again, they should really back it up. Like, "The K5 II uses the same Sony IMX139LQJ Exmor CMOS (this is actually the model number for a smaller sensor) as the K5. Pentax reps say they've chosen a higher bin.." etc. Even something as simple as "Pentax confirms this is the same sensor". Or if dpreview has no idea, something simplier like "same resolution sensor as the K5". At least you leave the readers thinking "hey, it could perform better if they kept the resolution the same".

Otherwise, dpreview is potentially hurting the K5 II's press release. Many people attribute "same sensor" with "same performance". It could be very likely that this is a slightly better sensor. Combine that with the new processing, it could be half a stop or better in noise performance.

Anyway, just pointing that out.

We haven't said this is the same sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 23:11 UTC
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dbateman: Interesting to see Zeiss enter into the Mirror less market. Since there is a Zeiss labelled lens for NEX (the 24mm). I am hoping that this anouncement will be for the M43rds system and Fuji systems. As if it is just for NEX, it would not be news.

Of course unless its a new line of full frame NEX lenses for a new full frame sensor NEX camera, which is rumored.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2011/2/7/zeissjoinsmicrfourthirds

This makes m4/3 more likely.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 19:31 UTC
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Baxter Bad: Only m4/3 and NEX are open spec, right? If so, isn't it likely those are the only systems Zeiss will support?

Sony has said it will make key details of the E-mount available. There's no reason to believe m4/3 is 'open' but Zeiss has joined so it's pretty likely.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 19:30 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-E1 hands-on preview news story (278 comments in total)
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jon404: As a Fuji- ignorant XZ-1 owner, could someone please tell me if Fuji makes a good sharp 'normal' prime lens for this camera... like from 35mm to 50mm equiv., f/2 or brighter? A lens that, whatever its cost, would satisfy the most critical of you as the 'right stuff' for landscape photography?

If a normal lens is what you like for landscapes, there's this one:

http://www.dpreview.com/products/fujifilm/lenses/fujifilm_xf_35mm

Which is rather good.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 01:17 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-E1 hands-on preview news story (278 comments in total)
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marike6: The sample images on Fujifilm's website do look good. Don't know if this camera will match the DR of my DSLRs but man, the files are exceptionally clean.

The D800 is a different matter, but I wouldn't expect a radical difference between the K-30's 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor and the X-E1/X-Pro1's 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 21:01 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-E1 hands-on preview news story (278 comments in total)
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marike6: The sample images on Fujifilm's website do look good. Don't know if this camera will match the DR of my DSLRs but man, the files are exceptionally clean.

There's no reason to think it wouldn't. Fujifilm is saying the IQ should be the same as the X-Pro1.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 20:44 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E1 Preview preview (410 comments in total)
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JacquesBalthazar: Unclear to me: are ALL AF improvements of the XE-1 also delivered by v2 of XP1 firmware, or are there other differences (hardware or otherwise) to the XE-1 that would further increase its AF performance ("X-E1 uses a new autofocus algorithm and different sensor drive mode") ?

Our understanding is that they are.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 07:04 UTC
On Fujifilm launches XF18-55mm F2.8-4.0 OIS and XF14mm F2.8 news story (74 comments in total)
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ashwinrao1: personally, at the sacrifice of size, this lens can effectively replace both the 18 mm f/2 and the 90 mm f/2.8 for typical use (with loss of macro and some speed). It's not much bigger than the 90 so wouldn't take up that much space. For fast AF (wonder if it's as fast on the XPro-1, which doesn't have contrast detect AF), I'd snag it....

The X-Pro1 does have contrast detection AF (neither of these cameras have phase detection AF). In principle, with the firmware update, the X-Pro1 with 18-55mm will be as fast as the X-E1.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 06:52 UTC
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