Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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

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On Ricoh announces HZ15 Europe-only compact superzoom article (58 comments in total)
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solarider: It would be interesting to know what size/type is the imaging sensor, megapixels don't exactly say much.

It's 1/2.3" - the size used in the vast majority of compacts.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 23:15 UTC
On Pentax K-500 Real-world Samples Gallery article (31 comments in total)
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Gesture: Everything good. Using same sensor as other models. Less features. Needs to be closer to $450 or so.

Can you show me a DSLR that's been launched for $450?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 16:42 UTC
On Ricoh announces 'HD' update to Pentax DA Limited primes article (192 comments in total)
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Mssimo: This is a kick in the balls for current owners of this new system.

That's fair enough - I was trying to work out if this was one the 'there's a new product that somehow undermines my existing purchase' arguments that I don't quite understand.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 00:14 UTC
On Ricoh announces 'HD' update to Pentax DA Limited primes article (192 comments in total)
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Mssimo: This is a kick in the balls for current owners of this new system.

How so?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 23:13 UTC
On Ricoh introduces weather-resistant Pentax flash units article (41 comments in total)
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D1N0: They won't work with any Ricoh Branded camera. It's Pentax

They're Pentax branded, but it's Ricoh that's launched them.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 23:08 UTC
On Sony A3000 preview (678 comments in total)
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Neodp: "to achieve that price point the company had to choose lower quality components"

Yeah. Sure they did. Poor Sony. You must mean, they DECIDED to utilize the lower quality components.

This was almost a cool move. Yet not.

If Sony ever does get more traction, they have already proved to be anti-competitive. Don't feed the bears. Especially when they are hungry. What that means... Sony is not good for photographers!

That said, you'd think Canikon would wake-up. Which might be the case, if these manufactures were really competing against one another.

Oh, and I don't think people are loving the hefty size of cameras. We just want good pictures("Good enough" excellent; not "good enough" crappy), a view finder, a TTL flash, affordable lenses, and a camera with full control; but that will stay, "out of the way".

Here's another way of looking at it:

If there are huge profit margins to be had on cameras, why has no-one significantly under-cut the current prices?

The A3000 has the lowest launch price (by around $100) of any interchangeable lens camera I can remember. If it was easy or profitable to do so, then why haven't any of the manufacturers desperate for market share done so?

(As always, you have to ignore end-of-life sales prices, which may be at a loss, to clear stock).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 22:12 UTC
On Sony A3000 preview (678 comments in total)
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peevee1: Good price, but if you think about it, for the same amount of money you can buy Panasonic G5 with lens, a better all-around camera: better EVF, better screen – and fully articulated one, better controls, faster sequential shooting, faster focusing, more powerful flash… Just slightly worse sensor, assuming A3000 has the same unit as in A58.

The point is that only a few people can grab old models at end-of-life prices. Over the course of this model's lifespan, that old stock will sell off, and the A3000's price will drop.

This is the same reason it makes no sense to go mad when Canon launches a new DSLR at the same price its previous model launched at - not the end-of-life price it's now selling for.

Compare MSRPs to MSRPs, established street prices to established street prices and end-of-life bargains to end-of-life bargains. Doing otherwise becomes meaningless very soon after you've said it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 22:09 UTC
On Sony A3000 preview (678 comments in total)
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goblover: Ok... 400 USD.. Nikon D3100??

The D3100 was launched for $580 and is only available cheap because it's a generation old. It'll probably disappear soon - whereas the A3000 is starting at $400 ($99 less than the launch price of the next-cheapest interchangeable lens camera I can remember). It's likely that it'll drift down from that price during its time on the market - making it *really* cheap.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 21:53 UTC
On Sony A3000 preview (678 comments in total)
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munishkm: the dimensions???..... and the weight???... or is it still me? :)

That was the figure Sony originally gave us. They've now corrected it to 411g and we've updated our database accordingly.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 21:16 UTC
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RichRMA: American companies are taught 2 things:
1. Grab as much profit in the shortest time possible and don't worry about the future.
2. Keep shareholders happy at all costs, customers come second.

I think this restructuring has lost most shareholders most, if not all, of their investment. I can't imagine they're terribly happy, at the moment.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 23:12 UTC
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Joffun: This idea hasn't gone away. I see that someone has already mentioned a "new" version of this - interesting insight here: http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2013/08/20/history-doomed-to-repeat-project-promises-digital-cartridge-for-film-slrs

It's actually mentioned and linked to in the story.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 00:18 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (554 comments in total)
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hefo: Why didn't you mention the Nikon Coolpix P 7700 - tilting screen, enormous zoom 28 - 200? My favourite camera since February! I don't understand your praise for the Canon G 15! You should have compared them!

We had compared them, but not written a full comparison review (which we did later). The G15 is the better camera in most respects.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 19:02 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (554 comments in total)
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mmendo: Another Canon sponsored Post?

The animosity against Nikon have to be for money, I can not find another explanation.

The P330 was launched five months after this piece was written and the P7700 wasn't felt to be as good as the G15 (slightly shorter but brighter lens, more responsive than the Nikon).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 19:01 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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Joemuma: We are always looking at the shadowy box with thread spools. It shows the low light performance of the sensors and makes it easily comparable as the noise reduction of the cameras are removing the details. You yourself used this for the "Image quality test" in the A99 review. - Would miss this box! (you too?)

The problem is that to evenly-light a large, flat target like this, the light has to be fairly straight-on, so the box we built didn't end up with much shadow.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 19:05 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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fcna72: How can I download full size JPG of the scene other than ISO 125? Whatever the ISO setting selected (and visiable), the downloaded file is the ISO125 P1030034. Is this intended (and what am I doing wrong) or a bug?

That would be a bug - we'll look into it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2013 at 06:41 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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petr marek: Comparsion with older cameras is crucial. Older test scene was good enough, I think better (especially shaded things in box) and not so flat.

@ET2 - exactly.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2013 at 17:07 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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goblin: Older test scene was good enough, and most of all - had all the old non CaNikon cameras which you guys will never reshoot on the new one. This new scene is a break.

Couldn't the new light simulations be added to the existing scene ? And where are my bottles !!! :D

The old scene was too small - we had to shoot too close up, which ended up mis-representing cameras such as the RX100. Its 3D nature also meant we had to stop the lenses down beyond their sharpest point - the new chart fixes both of these problems.

There are plenty of non-Canon or Nikon products in the re-shoot list.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2013 at 17:06 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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Nerval: Dear DPR Team (Mr Britton, or Mr Butler, if you're around I have a question below...),

Print mode is a great addition.

I do have a question though, and I did not go through the 5 comment pages I admit, so apologies if it has already been answered:
How does it work?
My display has a certain pixel density, hence in photoshop, I have been obliged to scale the print mode function of that vertical and horizontal pixel density.
So is it actual print size when I see it, or is it print size on a 72 or 90 or 144 pixel/inch display equivalent?

Then I second any comment about a piece of fabric or fine repetitive texture, it's good for judging apparent resolution and aliasing.

Cheers

The 'Print' images are all scaled to a common size (or, more accurately, a common image height).

We looked at various fabrics but the distances we shot at meant it was hard to find any that produced any useful information at current resolutions (the weave is so small in this scene as to be invisible with current cameras).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2013 at 01:28 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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ayhani: Technicaly very good but I need blue watch.

There was some discussion of including elements from the old scene.

The arguments against were that they would be really small on this much larger scene and that it would make it impossible to shoot the old scene, if we needed to (if we needed to publish data for a camera for which we've not yet shot comparison cameras in the new scene, for instance).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 22:23 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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Timmbits: I would love to see the GX7 compared to the GX1.
does a "10% improvement" really show?
I'd be very interested to see if the claims of their sales department are real.

Hi Alexis, as we wrote in the story and in the comments several times now, there is a list of existing cameras we'll include as reference points.

The X100S, K-5 IIs and D7100 are on that list but we probably can't go back as far as the D7000 and K-5.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2013 at 22:19 UTC
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