John Miles

John Miles

Lives in United Kingdom Hampshire, United Kingdom
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Mar 20, 2005
About me:

Happy snapper. JPEGS do. Love my FZ50. Love recording family life.

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (765 comments in total)
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John Miles: I repost to the top just so it is clear that the FZ1000 is not "much bigger" than the FZ50 as stated:

FZ1000 136.8 x 98.5 x 130.7 mm (1.76L box volume)
FZ50 141 x 86 x 142 mm (1.72L box Volume)

The FZ1000 is half an inch higher than the FZ50 to get the lens diameter in but is otherwise smaller than the FZ50.

Statement corrected in review now.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2014 at 04:15 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (765 comments in total)

I repost to the top just so it is clear that the FZ1000 is not "much bigger" than the FZ50 as stated:

FZ1000 136.8 x 98.5 x 130.7 mm (1.76L box volume)
FZ50 141 x 86 x 142 mm (1.72L box Volume)

The FZ1000 is half an inch higher than the FZ50 to get the lens diameter in but is otherwise smaller than the FZ50.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 18:38 UTC as 145th comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (765 comments in total)
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John Miles: FZ1000 and FZ50 are pretty much the same size. The FZ1000 is not "much bigger" as stated.

FZ1000 136.8 x 98.5 x 130.7 mm
FZ50 141 x 86 x 142 mm

The FZ1000 is half an inch higher than the FZ50 to get the lens diameter in but is otherwise smaller than the FZ50.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 18:26 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (765 comments in total)

There's a handling bonus to consider here. On the FZ1000 you can select the zoom ring around the shutter to adjust EV compensation instead. This is operable simultaneously with zoom operation using the lens barrel. With the camera in Program Mode and held up to the eye, this means the three compositional elements of zoom > EV compensate > focus are achieved at an astonishing rate.

When in composition a camera can be held to the eye and operated with minimal camera shake, retaining the right thumb purely as camera grip is of great benefit. So raising the camera to the eye leaves, for the FZ1000, the right index finger to adjust EV and the thumb and fingers of the left hand to control zoom.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 23:06 UTC as 209th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (765 comments in total)

FZ1000 and FZ50 are pretty much the same size. The FZ1000 is not "much bigger" as stated.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 21:58 UTC as 214th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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MediaDigitalVideo: Is there more info about the APPS (iOS & Android) which can controle the functios of the FZ-1000 ? Wanne know if it can wake-up the FZ-1000 when it has returned into sleep mode.

Manual available on line to download

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 12:59 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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Henry Falkner: After my Olympus SP-570UZ I stopped buying bridge cameras when pocket P&S jobs started having less noise with the same sensor size.

The FZ-1000 tweaks the features I appreciate in my current Olympus SH-1 pocket zoom (namely 5-axis IS and HD video, which is fun).

The 1" sensor with 20MP resolution makes the larger bridge camera format tolerable. The FZ-1000 also has a hot shoe again, and a wired remote.

It is tempting.

I've tried DSLR's many times and gone back to my FZ50, the DSLR's are not quick enough nor portable enough for a sustained days sight seeing, special occasion attendance or similar. I will regularly capture three image groups of say 35mm, 200mm and 420mm shots at different EV compensations and all within 20 seconds. The camera can do it, so I use it.

DSLR's are the superb capital ships of the camera world. They are not the fast and manoeuvrable frigates exemplified by the FZ50. With DSLR's you miss too much. 20% of the time not even the right lens is on and you end up reacting bodily towards or away from subject to make the mounted focal range work. Cumbersome at best.

The FZ1000 is of superb design and allows the FZ50 finally to retire; after all this time.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 08:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)

Having EV compensation available under the shutter finger is, without doubt, a huge, camera to eye, control steadier and time saver. This, coupled with the focus speed, elevates this camera to a reactionary performance far beyond most cameras and could well approach the compositional speed of the FZ50 (on which manual zoom, and EV compensation set to the front wheel, action simultaneously).

With a wide ranging single lens under Program Mode operation there are three stages to image capture: Zoom, EV compensate, focus. The speed at which a camera can perform these tasks is a key handling performance measure that grades further by how little the composition suffers camera shake in the process. Many people will benefit from this without actually realising the design achievement. Many contemporary cameras are useless at this, with the 8 year old FZ50 still showing how it's done. It will be refreshing to have the new FZ1000 available with this compositional performance.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 08:13 UTC as 13th comment
On Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review article (137 comments in total)

What a good camera! As a pitch in at a budget price it seems bang on. It reminds me of the legacy strength Pentax used to have, where you bought a new body and had camera stores full of secondhand lenses to choose from. Same goes here.

I love the pop on flash as well. What about a bigger flash though? Is one available for that shoe?

Somehow this camera feels typically Kodak. It's there to bring photography to more people and yet give the rewarding image quality over that of a phone camera or many a point and shoot.

I wonder if JKI will be doing a 1" fixed lens superzoom next ? - Hmmmmmmm, very interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 11:38 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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MAStai: The Fujifilm X-S1 is overlooked--with identical concept. Its been around since 2011 and has lower res and smaller sensor but 24 – 624 mm range.

Too big by a tiny fraction. Slow and difficult to Adjust EV during composition, white orb, purple fringing and lens droop:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQKR_KCxejE

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 14:21 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)

It would be brilliant if the 5 lens motor speeds could be linked to the rate of turning of the lens ring.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 18:09 UTC as 200th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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Jacques Cornell: DPR's studio test shots show significantly less resolution than from a GX7, which has "only" 16MP. The FZ lens appears to be the limiting factor. Now, the GX7 test shots were probably made with a prime, but I'm guessing that a good m43 zoom such as the Panasonic 14-140II would probably do better than the FZ. It would certainly be interesting to see comparison shots from these two packages.

Try here:
http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM
The FZ lens looks superb.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 10:30 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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munro harrap: If Dpreview wishes to avoid prosecution in the UK under the Trades Descriptions Act will it please STOP telling punters this and others like it is a 1" sensor. It is NOT.
I get a little tired of reading unprofessional lies whose intention is to deceive people into buying or believing anything, it so boring

It's what Panasonic UK are calling it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 10:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)

Panasonic. You need more factories.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 20:56 UTC as 213th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)

Yep. Was still waiting. The FZ1000 is near on the same size as the FZ50.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 13:50 UTC as 228th comment
On Forrest Rivulet challenge (3 comments in total)

A great idea for a challenge, but avoid the Bolton Strid everyone. It's a few feet wide but of unknown depth. It takes the lives of the curious, careless and unfortunate with consummate ease.

http://www.cracked.com/article_19705_the-5-most-spectacular-landscapes-earth-that-murder-you.html

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 21:57 UTC as 3rd comment

FZ50 rating [-3] http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52339583

A manual lens would make zoom to composition quicker and more precise.
A front wheel dedicated to instant EV compensation would have allowed for rapid, accurate small sensor exposure control whilst preserving the right thumb for gripping the camera.
If the hotshoe was configured for use with standard hot shoe accessories, versatility and system expansion would be improved.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 18:48 UTC as 6th comment

What a breath of fresh air. I was being retroed to death.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 08:52 UTC as 261st comment | 5 replies
On Nikon Coolpix P600, P530, S9700 go big on zoom range article (45 comments in total)

P600

FZ50 rating [-4] http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52339583

The ability to retain the right thumb for holding the camera aids in keeping the camera steady. A manual zoom lens would allow for more precise left handed composition. A wheel directly driving EV compensation and operable by the right index finger would speed up composition whist retaining a steady grip on the camera. A standard flash hot shoe would allow expansion with hot shoe flash and other accessories.

Nikon have produced perhaps the best looking superzoom yet. Straight out of Tron :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 22:26 UTC as 6th comment
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 article (118 comments in total)

FZ50 rating [-1] http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52339583

Almost a match! the 14-150 lens does not reach the 420mm equivalent of the FZ50. With several superzoom lenses available to APS-C cameras, why none have been produced for a 4/3 mount is baffling.

The GH4 looks stunning on paper; a top flight camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 08:23 UTC as 25th comment
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