mpgxsvcd

mpgxsvcd

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On Readers' Showcase: Rodger Kingston article (29 comments in total)

Very nice work.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 13:04 UTC as 21st comment

What will they think of next?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 19:06 UTC as 17th comment
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (800 comments in total)
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IEBA1: I agree with all the posts that wonder about the point of this article. Given how few "opinion" pieces are on DPreview, why the XC10 gets a positive opinion piece makes the whole web site suspect.

I laughed out loud at: "The XC10 represents an important step on the path to convergence between the still and video imaging worlds, though it’s important to recognize that it’s an early step."

Wha? Can you even find a camera any more that doesn't do both?

Years ago, I hacked a GH2 for fantastic video, stills, and augmented it to use cine servo zoom lenses for capabilities still lenses simply cannot provide. Last year I upgraded to a GH4 and haven't looked back. It is a stellar tool. You can see gobs of my technical videos here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/IEBAcom/videos

The only unique feature is the rotatable grip. Something I had on my first HD camcorder, the JVC GR-HD1. Yes, I'm an early adopter. Thats why it bugs me when I see article like this that are _years_ behind the curve.

I guess Dpreview isn’t going to cover this camera(Panasonic DVX200). Too bad, because 4K @ 60 FPS, V-Log L gamma curve (12 stops of latitude), 4/3” sensor, 5-axis image stabilization, two SD slots, and F2.8-F4.5 manual zoom lens (29.5 mm - 384.9 mm) all sound like revolutionary specs to me.

Sure the price is ridiculously high(less than $5000) but Dpreview didn’t seem to flinch at the price of the Canon so why would $5000 be unreasonable for a camera of this magnitude.

In my opinion the writer simply liked the ergonomics of the Canon camera and he thought everyone else would share his enthusiasm for it. Simply put no one could get past the ridiculous price to even think about whether the ergonomics were good or not.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 18:34 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: 1/2.3" sensor @ 720mm and F6.4. I would argue that no "Outstanding Quality Picture" could ever come from that combination of settings.

15x is plenty. 25x is the max I would ever entertain and only if it is at a decent focal ratio.

I hope one day this race to see who can build the smallest chip, longest zoom, slowest lens camera will end. It is pointless and without merit.

@cainn24

I get that those pictures are fun. Several of them were good. However, I still contend that your shots at full zoom were bad simply because that zoom reaches too far.

The camera would be so much better if it was limited to 25x-15x zoom or less. That would force you to use your feet to zoom or to crop for zoom. However, I think both of those options are better choices than letting the camera go all the way out to 30x with that slow of a focal ratio.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 18:15 UTC

There is not a lot to dislike about this camera. In fact I couldn't find anything I didn't like about it at all.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 03:56 UTC as 16th comment

I hope that one day someone makes a 1 inch sensor 24-240mm F1.4-F2.8 11 megapixel camera with multi-aspect ratio 4K @ 60 FPS video recording. I would pay whatever the asking price was for that camera regardless of its size.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 03:01 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply

1/2.3" sensor @ 720mm and F6.4. I would argue that no "Outstanding Quality Picture" could ever come from that combination of settings.

15x is plenty. 25x is the max I would ever entertain and only if it is at a decent focal ratio.

I hope one day this race to see who can build the smallest chip, longest zoom, slowest lens camera will end. It is pointless and without merit.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 02:54 UTC as 60th comment | 8 replies
On Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera review post (80 comments in total)

I got my Note 4 on day one and I wouldn’t trade it for any other phone. It just works and works great for everything I want to do with it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 19:18 UTC as 23rd comment
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mpgxsvcd: Well this is a disappointing announcement. No log functions or AF improvements. No Auto ISO in manual movie mode. Those are all things that can be easily done in software and all GH4 customers want it.

Instead they give us something that the vast majority of GH4 customers can't use.

Oh well. I guess I will just have to wait even longer for a useful GH4 update.

These aren't new features. These are defects that shouldn't have been missed in the first place.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 19:14 UTC
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Damien Demolder: For me, the more exciting bit is having 1/16,000sec silent shutter for stills.

This was always advertised as being available on the GH4. I wonder what took them so long? It was available on the Lx100 right from the start.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 18:23 UTC
On Canon drops prices on 31 high-end L lenses article (58 comments in total)

That is better than nothing... I guess.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 17:25 UTC as 20th comment

Well this is a disappointing announcement. No log functions or AF improvements. No Auto ISO in manual movie mode. Those are all things that can be easily done in software and all GH4 customers want it.

Instead they give us something that the vast majority of GH4 customers can't use.

Oh well. I guess I will just have to wait even longer for a useful GH4 update.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 17:20 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
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mpgxsvcd: This camera has been delayed until May 10th now. Nothing like announcing a camera almost 3 months before it will actually ship. If it even ships then.

The date has been changing the whole time. However, that is correct that at this time Amazon expects to have them in before the end of the month. Only time will tell if that is accurate or not.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 15:49 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: First off Great interview. Secondly, great responses. I was not a huge Nikon fan but I respected their products. However, after this interview I can truly see how dedicated they are to their customers.

This is in stark contrast to the last Canon interview where they basically said F.U. we are better than everyone else and if you don't like it then we don't care.

I have said it before and I will say it again. Canon is doomed simply because of their attitude towards their customers. I know their downfall won't happen anytime soon but it will happen one day unless they adopt a great attitude like Nikon demonstrated in this interview.

I really hope that they keep developing the 1 series. I really liked their most recent iteration of that camera. Give it a few more iterations and I think they might actually be able to gain some traction in the mirrorless world.

"Their 5DS models will sell very well."

If they actually ever release it. I think it is still several months from being released after waiting a couple of months already.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 12:38 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (800 comments in total)

I trust that the Panasonic 4K camcorder that will be announced today will get similar attention from Dpreview, right?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 12:36 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
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Gesture: Thanks. Not an easy interview to edit. I'm glad you are presenting viewpoints/insights at the end of the formal interviews.

There definitely were some "Rishi" questions in there. He never "pulls any punches" and he isn't afraid to ask the "uncomfortable questions".

Keep up the great work.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 01:33 UTC

First off Great interview. Secondly, great responses. I was not a huge Nikon fan but I respected their products. However, after this interview I can truly see how dedicated they are to their customers.

This is in stark contrast to the last Canon interview where they basically said F.U. we are better than everyone else and if you don't like it then we don't care.

I have said it before and I will say it again. Canon is doomed simply because of their attitude towards their customers. I know their downfall won't happen anytime soon but it will happen one day unless they adopt a great attitude like Nikon demonstrated in this interview.

I really hope that they keep developing the 1 series. I really liked their most recent iteration of that camera. Give it a few more iterations and I think they might actually be able to gain some traction in the mirrorless world.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 01:31 UTC as 112th comment | 5 replies
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (800 comments in total)

One simple question to Dpreview. With hindsight at your disposal would you still have produced this opinion piece or would you just have left it at the press release and moved on? Basically, was it worth the effort to produce this article in your opinion?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 19:02 UTC as 49th comment | 8 replies
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (800 comments in total)

The issue I have with this article is that Dpreview spent so much time explaining and defending this this camera. There are so many other cameras that never get discussed even though they would be more appealing to the Dpreview audience.

I am guessing that the GoPro cameras would be more appealing to the Dpreview audience than this camera was.

Simply put. ENG users are an insignificant portion of the dpreview audience. So why did Dpreview dedicate so much time and resources to this camera?

The Red cameras are great cameras for their intended audience but Dpreview never gives them more than a passing glance.

So why give this camera the time of day? Is it simply because Canon made it and Dpreview typically covers all of the cameras that even remotely resemble a still camera from Canon? They do the same for Nikon, Sony, and M4/3s so that is fine in my opinion. However, I think this camera has already garnered more attention than it deserves from Dpreview and their audience.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 18:57 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (800 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Could you define "convergence" as opposed to "Hybrid"please. I fail to see the difference at the moment.

"Ergonomics and video features like built-in ND filter, one button auto focus, peaking and zebra display make this camera different."

You are right because the GH4 doesn’t have any of those things.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 14:18 UTC
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