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 Preview:ricoh-gr (295 comments in total)
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Fazal Majid: "But it's important to give credit to Ricoh as the only manufacturer to have a history of building compact cameras with prime lenses."

This is in no way to detract from Ricoh's rich heritage with the GR1 series, but it's far from the only digital large-sensor compact maker with a prior backjground in premium film compacts with primes.

Nikon had a complete line of compact film cameras with primes, like the 35Ti, as did Leica with the CM and Minilux, Minolta (now Sony) with the TC1. The only premium film compact manufacturer missing from the digital era is Contax (oh, how I have longed for a digital Contax T3...).

But most of those didn't continue to make digital versions. This is the only essentially unbroken series I can think of.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 at 05:42 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review article (306 comments in total)
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Anastasiadis Lazaros Thessaloniki Wedding: I am not impressed at all with the video samples on this review, from what I saw it does not even come close to DSLR HDvideo quality. I have seen way better sample videos from GH2 so maybe the reviewer used weird settings or YouTube messed up the quality? Though good tonalities tend to show even when you downsample videos. My personal opinion is... I have seen better video and photos from cheaper compact cameras.

YouTube severely compresses the video - download the original files (linked after each sample) and you'll be able to see the difference.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2013 at 20:42 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review article (306 comments in total)
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Stephen Scharf: It's taken you guys >6 months to get this review done? That means we should see the Fuji X100S review around July or August.

We know we're late with this one - we got the camera at the end of February and I've been working on this and almost nothing else since mid March.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2013 at 04:22 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review article (306 comments in total)
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tonywong: How do you guys like people to submit corrections? Private message or as a comment?

Last page, Handling section, third paragraph, third sentence. Saldy -> Sadly.

Private message or feedback message is prefered. I'll get it fixed.

Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2013 at 04:14 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review article (306 comments in total)
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D1N0: so for shooting stills it's actually crap. Gold award. Way to go dvreview

That would be a very odd way to summarise what the review says. And inaccurate to the point of being inflammatory.

It's not a stand-out camera, if only considered from a stills perspective, but 'not the very best' does not mean 'crap.'

The video, however, is stand-out and that's enough to tip a good camera over into being and exceptional one. With the caveat 'if you're at all interested in video' clearly flagged.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2013 at 00:00 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review article (306 comments in total)
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Nerval: Do the GH3 and OM5 really do have a different sensor, or a different manufacturer? I cannot tell the raws from one another...
Output seems nearly identical...

Believe me, I've looked at the two alongside one another in very close detail. When I say 'very similar' I mean 'indistinguishable.'

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 23:46 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review article (306 comments in total)
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SETI: Most photos were in preview gallery... no new shots? So sad...

There are some new shots, but the preview gallery was only shot recently and I shot the Coolpix A gallery on one of the only nice days we had, instead.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 23:24 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review article (306 comments in total)
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Nerval: Do the GH3 and OM5 really do have a different sensor, or a different manufacturer? I cannot tell the raws from one another...
Output seems nearly identical...

I wouldn't ever expect to get absolute confirmation but you're right - they do look very similar, don't they?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 22:49 UTC
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Optimal Prime: Any danger of an actual CAMERA REVIEW this month?

Yes. Possibly today.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 16:56 UTC
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Camediadude: Dpreview, take a look at how gizmodo covered this press release, and learn a thing or two from them. http://gizmodo.com/5994043/blackmagic-pocket-cinema-camera-raw-video-in-the-palm-of-your-hand-for-1000

Notice the photos they included, versus the single one you put up. Their blurb actually seems to have a pulse, as opposed to the clinical description you offer at the top, which may as well have been written by a machine. Then there is a link included for the official press release, so that we can just go and read the sea of marketing speak over there if we wish, as opposed to having to scroll down through it here only to find that you included no other pictures.

You included a list of highlights, which is nice. However, Engadget has a whole hands-on posted in the meantime. Perhaps you could step it up? I'm trying to help here.

Thanks for the clarification. I agree with much of what you say - we'd all like to be able to spend more time on stories like this (If Blackmagic can deliver on this, it'll really shake the market up), but it's not always possible.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 15:33 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: Equivalent focal length, equivalent aperture, equivalent field of view and, according to some, «equivalent ISO» and «equivalent image quality» (yes, I read that too!) And now a resolution equivalence. What's next? Equivalent battery life? Shutter lag...?
A happy day for the equivalence trolls, who will have no end of fun calculating equivalences. Just wait until Olympus implement this EVF on their cameras.

This isn't a term we've created. The problem is that field sequential displays use only one 'dot' per output pixel, so don't sound very impressive when compared to conventional LCDs that use three. (this is display has 1.2m dots but is higher resolution than the 2.4m dot displays currently in use).

Panasonic used to use the term 'dot equivalent' in the descriptions of its 800 x 600 EVFs in its Micro Four Thirds models.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 15:27 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 hands-on preview article (83 comments in total)
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bobbarber: I don't get wifi in this class of camera, unless you also give it a keyboard. Just don't get it. In phones, sure.

Geekapoo - that's fair enough. I don't think it'll appeal to everyone. But, if well implemented, it can be handy - especially if you hate taking phones with your phonecam.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2013 at 00:02 UTC
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Camediadude: Dpreview, take a look at how gizmodo covered this press release, and learn a thing or two from them. http://gizmodo.com/5994043/blackmagic-pocket-cinema-camera-raw-video-in-the-palm-of-your-hand-for-1000

Notice the photos they included, versus the single one you put up. Their blurb actually seems to have a pulse, as opposed to the clinical description you offer at the top, which may as well have been written by a machine. Then there is a link included for the official press release, so that we can just go and read the sea of marketing speak over there if we wish, as opposed to having to scroll down through it here only to find that you included no other pictures.

You included a list of highlights, which is nice. However, Engadget has a whole hands-on posted in the meantime. Perhaps you could step it up? I'm trying to help here.

I wrote this and every minute I spent on it was time taken away from finishing the GF6 preview and GH3 review.

Which of those two should I spend less time on to flesh-out a video story?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 23:46 UTC
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vroger1: Another Kiddie Camera in the GF Line. The GF1 was great- the GX1 even better- this???? Let's wait for the GX2!

The GF line is supposed to be mass-market - Panasonic has said it didn't intend for the GF1 to be an enthusiast camera.

The GX line is the company's response to the audience the GF1 unexpectedly (from Panasonic's point of view), attracted.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 22:14 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 hands-on preview article (83 comments in total)
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iderren: Looks a great camera but let down by no phase/contrast AF combo

How well do those tend to work, would you say?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 21:22 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 hands-on preview article (83 comments in total)
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bobbarber: I don't get wifi in this class of camera, unless you also give it a keyboard. Just don't get it. In phones, sure.

You don't think the ability to grab images off the camera to your smartphone (which also tend not to have keyboards) might be useful for some people?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 18:08 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 preview (99 comments in total)
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Sean Nelson: The spec list shows 1080 video at 60,50,30,25 fps but the "feature highlights" says 1080p30 in a 60i container. It would be nice to see some clarification...

Dpreview's specs were clarified within half-an-hour of this first comment being posted, to bring the specs page into line with the preview text.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 16:51 UTC
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Camediadude: Intriguing little guy, this Coolpix A.

I am glad to see that you are still sticking with the classic Studio Scene that we all know and love, at least for the time being.. I'll miss it greatly if it goes!

Our new test scene will tell you more about edge-to-edge sharpness, low-light performance and real-world behaviour. It will take a while for us to build back up to having so many comparison cameras, but that will be a priority for us.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 15:28 UTC
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Bamboojled: I just did a corner comparison in RAW to see how sharp the lens is against the other cameras, the Nikon A is the only one that is showing the texture of the wall and clearly defines the checkered target.

The back wall isn't meant to be in the plane of focus - those corners won't tell you anything useful about corner performance. We'll shoot something flatter as soon as we get a moment.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 01:22 UTC
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kryten61: So watched the video from NAB and the guy states this camera will not shoot RAW. DP review are saying it does?
Guy states SD cards are not capable of accepting the data rate, which is what I would have thought.
So the DP review headline is misleading. Raw would only be capable with some external device is this correct?

No - ProRes 422 is to SDXC cards. (220Mbps is /only/ 29MBps - if you use the 1GB=1,000,000 bytes logic that card makers usually do).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 01:20 UTC
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