Adrian Harris

Adrian Harris

Lives in United Kingdom Devon, United Kingdom
Works as a Multimedia Related
Joined on Oct 27, 2002

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (548 comments in total)
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Eric Eisenhandler: Let's be clear. The rating was 79% and silver, which is quite good. I agree about the items you mention, but you've left out what for the reviewer seemed like the killer point - the rainbow tearing in the viewfinder. BUT he said that if you don't see this then GX7 might be fine for you. Much earlier on this thread it was explained that gold is not based on points - it's subjective, for something that seems special. Reviews are not just about spec sheets - we've all picked up something with great-sounding specs but been disappointed because it wasn't magic for us, or on the other hand loved a gadget even though the specs or reviews were not great. I too thought the GX7 was for me, to replace my GH1, but the review made me think. Then when I tried one in a store (have you?) the "rangefinder" layout wasn't love at first sight (no rainbow effect though). I may still buy one. But the aim of an expert review is to give both evidence and personal opinions - not just help with the marketing.

"The GX7 EVF has better colours and resolution than any competing EVF. It is a worthy EVF, comparable on the top tier of EVFs, ..."

I do disagree here. Owning both the GX7 and a Sony A77 I can assure you that although the GX7 EVF is fine, the A77 one is simply outstanding.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 22:49 UTC
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 news story (349 comments in total)

Annoyed of the UK writes regarding Pentax statement...

"...there's no full-frame option to upgrade to."

I am fed up with reviewers assuming a bigger sensor is 'upgrading'.
Personally I would like to 'upgrade to micro4/3'. Oh let me think, that must be a downgrade path !

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 14:03 UTC as 2nd comment
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (580 comments in total)

I have a similar 4 way command dial on the back of my sony rx100 which controls compensation, and once I got used to it, I found this 4 way control far quicker and more preferable to even twin dslr dials. ...and yes I do own a selection of dslr's and other cameras to compare it to.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 10:32 UTC as 176th comment
On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)

I seem to bump into quite a few news journalists who use this system, - it appears that it suits their needs perfectly.

This system must also be a birders dream. .... the ultra long reach when combined with big lenses via an adapter and at 20 frames second, it means they will be able to capture perfect action shots of all sorts of fast moving creatures.

I don't own one (sadly I invested in other systems), but am glad they have bought it to the table.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 10:28 UTC as 160th comment
On Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review article (95 comments in total)
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pwmoree: How to shoot RAW and at the same time send small jpegs to your tablet or PC I have never been able to find out. If you shoot large jpegs the transmission is rather slow. I liked the X2-pro but because of the above almost never use it.

I use Panasonic Image-App which does just what you require - and lots more. Mind you I had to buy a GX7 to go along with it :o)
...but I could never get the Eye-Fi pro card to do anything useful :o(

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 12:05 UTC
On Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review article (95 comments in total)

If it doesn't do ad-hoc networks, how on earth did the reviewer get the card to work outdoors - IE. Remote area with no WiFi around?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 12:02 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)

OMG - it simply blows away the Canon 5D Mk111 for showing fin detail, even in very low light - wow. Now that did surprise me!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2013 at 09:56 UTC as 205th comment | 2 replies
On Battle of the Wi-Fi Cards: Eye-Fi vs. Transcend article (176 comments in total)
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Adrian Harris: Part1

Thanks for writing something, but in truth I found this a very shallow and non informative review. There are so many aspects to these cards that have just not been looked at at all.

I made the mistake of buying the Eye-Fi Pro 16 card many months ago and find it totally useless (except as an expensive 16Gb card).

Is the tester aware that the distances these devices transfer over are VERY dependent on the camera AND the device its sending too?

In a metal Sony RX100 and a Netgear Router, the furthest distance I can get the EyeFi card to transfer over is about 10 feet (3m). But in a Panasonic G1 it will transfer 50% furthe (at home with a mains powered router)

The other pain with the EyeFi card is every time I wish to transfer to a different device, I first have to plug the card into that device and remove permission for the first device and transfer it to the next. Well I might just as well as leave the card in and just read the data off it normally as with any other card.

Part2

In adhoc mode outside I have had very little success, on my netbook about 3 feet (1 meter) is the best distance I have achieved so far - I might as well use my cameras USB lead. ..Now some of this is no doubt due to my Netbooks poor arial. But that is real world testing.

When I am out on location photoshoots in the countryside, it is normal to have NO 3g or 4g signal - yes mobile phones don't work in the countryside around here very well. So Ad-Hoc mode (direct transfer to a Netbook/Tablet) is the most important.

I would like to have seen all these situations and far more covered.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 08:01 UTC
On Battle of the Wi-Fi Cards: Eye-Fi vs. Transcend article (176 comments in total)

Part1

Thanks for writing something, but in truth I found this a very shallow and non informative review. There are so many aspects to these cards that have just not been looked at at all.

I made the mistake of buying the Eye-Fi Pro 16 card many months ago and find it totally useless (except as an expensive 16Gb card).

Is the tester aware that the distances these devices transfer over are VERY dependent on the camera AND the device its sending too?

In a metal Sony RX100 and a Netgear Router, the furthest distance I can get the EyeFi card to transfer over is about 10 feet (3m). But in a Panasonic G1 it will transfer 50% furthe (at home with a mains powered router)

The other pain with the EyeFi card is every time I wish to transfer to a different device, I first have to plug the card into that device and remove permission for the first device and transfer it to the next. Well I might just as well as leave the card in and just read the data off it normally as with any other card.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 08:01 UTC as 59th comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1202 comments in total)
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Mikhail Tal: DPR You do not have a great track record recently of reviewing mirrorless cameras. The GF5, G5, E-PL5, NEX-5R and NX 20 seem to have been skipped completely, and the GF6, G6 and NEX-3N have been available for a few months with still no review. I'm not even counting the E-PL6 but you haven't reviewed that yet either. In contrast you've reviewed literally every DSLR released so far except the newish K-50, as far as I can tell, and almost every premium compact and even some cheap compacts.

So with that all being said, I strongly request that you give the GX7 review VERY HIGH priority. On paper it is the best mirrorless camera to date, and one of the best if not the best consumer-level cameras of any variety to date. It deserves your quick attention, a whole lot more than, say, the Canon T5i did.

Fully agree with original poster. To DPR - The thing is Simon, DSLR's will get most traffic, I have to read those as there is little else here to read (as regards M4/3 reviews). You can't have site traffic going to something not reviewed!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 07:33 UTC

One of the best - and most useful - articles ever written on DpReview.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 08:25 UTC as 53rd comment
On Hands-on with Eye-Fi Mobi post (41 comments in total)

Another test of a direct WiFi transfer with no comment about over what distance it will work !
...and yes I am aware it will differ depending on device, but a ball park guide would be nice.

Putting this is perspective. I have a X2 Pro card and with the Sony Rx100 and my Laptop in direct mode the transfer distance is only a couple of feet! (this improves to about 12 feet when I go through the router).

Come on DpReview lead the way, lets have some transfer distance measurements - or even guesses (which would be better than nothing).

Thank you.

Adrian

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 15:28 UTC as 17th comment
On Preview:sony-cybershot-dsc-rx100-m2 (189 comments in total)

I just get impression that a lot of comments on this thread are from people who have not used an RX100 much. It is an awesome camera. In many situations it takes photos equal to hi-end DSLR's. The RX100 II has improved features and yet people are moaning.

After agonising for months about should I pay so much for a compact camera (for when I do not want to drag a DSLR around), I took the plunge. That was nearly a year ago and I have never regretted it one bit.

Good kit is expensive - and this is very good kit.

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 08:45 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
On Preview:sony-cybershot-dsc-rx100-m2 (189 comments in total)
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cheetah43: Sony!
Future RX100-III with a viewfinder instead of a flash?

I use the RX100 popup flash quite a bit for fill in situations. when shooting against the light.

Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 08:40 UTC
On Preview:sony-cybershot-dsc-rx100-m2 (189 comments in total)
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EXX: Impressive to see how sensor technology has improved over the last 8 years.

Still have a Konica-Minolta A2 in use. It uses a 8 MP 2/3" Sony CCD sensor. The performace is nowhere near the performance of the 20 MP 1" sensor of the RX100 II: the RX100 II makes much cleaner pictures at ISO6400 that the old A2 does at ISO400. I sometimes wonder how good a nowadays A2 would be using a modern 2/3" CMOS EXMOR-R sensor.

Yes I would so love a modern sensor and electronics in my Konica-Minolta A2, I could then sell all my other cameras - which I have bought since!

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 15:21 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 review news story (306 comments in total)
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marike6: For stills, if the GH3 and OMD have the same sensor, with identical DxOMark scores, why does DPR submit that the GH3 only has "good IQ" and with the OMD they were gushing about IQ?

How can two identical sensors produce such dramatically difference output? JPEGs are meaningless with most cameras of this class, and in fact some of the only really good JPEGs are from the XPro1. But most shoot RAW.

Anyway, thanks for the review.

I am a Panasonic fan, but can clearly see the OMD had better image quality in both jpg and raw!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2013 at 11:07 UTC

This short film shows great imagination and ability, I am sure he will get offered a lot of work from it. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 08:20 UTC as 20th comment
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Naveed Akhtar: why don't dpreview borrow it for two days and complete its review then :))

Brilliant Naveed, I think its disgusting how long DpReview take to finish a review. A few weeks I could understand, but 4 or 5 months?

- It always makes me think there must be something basically wrong with the camera, and I never buy until they do finish reviews.

I do hope they read your coment.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 13:20 UTC
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B1ackhat: Unfortunately, Panasonic sensors usually show a level of noise at ISO 400 equal to that of ISO 800 on a Sony sensor. Also, I don't suppose these new sensors will do anything to alleviate Panasonic's JPEG color issues. Maybe Olympus will use them in the XZ-3. :)

Strange that, - as my own Sony and Panasonic cameras produce results opposite to yours. The Panasonic produces very fine detail without the horrid colour noise that Sony always cleverly manage achieve with their own sensors!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2013 at 11:12 UTC

IF this works without degrading the image quality, what a fantastic way to get a new range coverage for my existing M4/3 lenses. the 45-200 will now be a 31-140 and faster. Plus the excellent 14-45 will become a 10-31. Nice having that extra wide end for scenery etc.
But how well will the adapter perform optically, that is the thousand dollar question and could be the deal breaker ?
OOpsi - just realised I got that all wrong - it won't work with the proper lenses for the system, what was I thinking of.
Sorry for expressing my dreams.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 14:22 UTC as 120th comment | 2 replies
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