Neal Hood

Neal Hood

Lives in United States Raleigh, NC, United States
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Joined on Mar 29, 2005
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On Nikon D750 Review preview (1892 comments in total)

A bit expensive but its a camera with features and performance that competitive cameras find elusive. Well done Nikon! And yes, the older D80 is a good camera too.

Props to the person(s) writing this review. Agree with the other posters, its actually detailed, comprehensive and well written.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 02:15 UTC as 260th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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Free Jazz: From the JPEG, low sharpness and NR is notable, and the samples are even worse than RX100III & G7x, what's wrong?

Sony has a better algorithm for processing photos in my opinion. Panasonic and Canon are a step behind. My RX100 consistently delivers better realistic/natural color quality over the dynamic range.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 20:42 UTC
On D750-DSC_1434-ISO_100.acr photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (22 comments in total)

This is a very good picture. It appears to tax the dynamic range of the camera (or sensor). Was it shot underexposed by a stop, or two, then brought back up post processing? I guess that I am asking, what do you typically do to maximize the DR on a digital camera like the 750?

Interestingly enough, the extremes in this picture (slightly blown portion of the sky and dark portions of the horse) seem to add drama or excitement to the picture. Its just very good.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2014 at 19:49 UTC as 3rd comment
On Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted article (348 comments in total)

I agree, great set of pictures. I got so interested in admiring the content that I forgot to look for flaws. Anyway, colors look great, saturation great, sharpness great, and of course the content is really good - the horse shots and model in particular. Props to the photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 22:58 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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Luke 65: To those who don't like the sample images: i understand that these are shot to be samples and show what the camera can do technically in different light / circumstances, but the problem is that most of the pics are unbelievably uninteresting. And don't put the blame on DP Review as it's almost always the case with most of the others sites doing reviews.
I've never understood why they can't shoot interesting shots in addition and at the same time they do technical samples shots. I have a theory that all these guys who are specialist technically speaking don't have artistic skills. Who cares that the shot is perfect technically speaking, sharp in all corners, etc, if nothing is "happening" in the picture. Even if you never shoot portraits and only landscaoe, a case in which i can agree that the technical aspect is even
more important, there must be something interesting happening in the picture, whether it's the beauty of the frame which transcend the landscape, etc...

Well, you are correct in general but I have seen Richard Butler go out and about (outing) with a camera and post these shots as typical of the every day photographer......and they were interesting and excellent. I guess this doesn't happen every time though. I'm sure its a challenge to keep finding interesting subjects and conditions to shoot. Its the everyday type photos that I like, not the technical ones.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 00:22 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

Idiosyncrasies aside, photos from the RX100 in general are superb.....especially given its a compact camera. I have the first version, and the S110 Canon. Pictures from the Sony destroy those from the Canon. My Canon just sits on a closet shelf now. I need to sell it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 23:32 UTC as 67th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

I don't typically use my compact for video but, it appears this new RX 100 is the camera to have if one routinely uses it for video. Really nice feature set and performance.

I appreciate the rather frequent dpreview updates to this camera in preparation for the full review. It provides good insight and allows time to digest the features and capabilities (and limitations).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 21:42 UTC as 187th comment | 4 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

Count me on the side of the 24-70 lens. For portraiture, just crop in raw to equate it to a 100 lens. It will work superbly and, I bet the outcome will be better than if taken with at 100 on a 28-100 lens. So there is a work around for the shorter mm lens on the series III, however there isn't much of a workaround if you really need 24 for a shot. 24mm adds more opportunity and capability than one might at first think.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 19:39 UTC as 413th comment | 4 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

I don't like the slight increase in weight and thickness but, I sure do like the new features. The lens tradeoff is a good one, as cropping in Raw provides just about all the typical telephoto effect desired. The pictures on my RX 100 gen 1 look excellent, and no doubt they are even better on the new model. I stick the camera in my pocket and go everywhere. Put it in my jersey pocket on the bike and it works great. I guess the only additional feature that would be nice is weather proofing, at least to some degree. Pictures come out considerably better than on my S110 Canon.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 23:04 UTC as 561st comment | 1 reply
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (894 comments in total)

I especially like the focus on portraying the camera/photographer interaction. Good short review.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 21:03 UTC as 103rd comment

The camera market - compact in particular - has just become flooded over the past couple years. It seems new and so-called "improved" models were being introduced every day. And while features grew, along with pixel counts, actual photo performance improvements were somewhat elusive.

I think the market needs a correction. I heard that Canon might get out of the compact market, although this is just third hand info and I do not think it will come to pass. But they may seriously consolidate and reduce their compact line up.

Frankly, given the photo performance and functionality of the Sony RX100 it becomes difficult to understand why anyone would want a typical compact. It costs more money than the typical compact, but the gain in photo performance is very significant - in fact amazingly significant. In my opinion, its well worth the extra money. Outside this, just use your smartphone.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 00:57 UTC as 59th comment
On 2014 Sony World Photography Awards finalists revealed article (66 comments in total)

Several truly excellent pictures. In fact they all are good. 8, 10 &11 in particular.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 03:04 UTC as 14th comment
On In Photos: Portraits of the living legends of blues article (35 comments in total)

Great pictures capturing some of the forefathers of the blues venue.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 12:18 UTC as 20th comment

Almost exactly what I would expect viewing the scenes live. Makes me feel as if I'm there. Some of the best night time pictures I've seen from any camera. Of course the person taking the picture did a good job in composing the pictures too.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 09:19 UTC as 29th comment
On Nikon D610 real-world and test scene samples article (59 comments in total)

Picture quality looks excellent. The tonal quality might be a touch softer but they look very realistic.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 11:45 UTC as 27th comment
On First Impressions Review: Using the Canon PowerShot G16 article (353 comments in total)

Canon needs to bring their line up to date. For a viewfinder camera, its big and heavy. I would opt for one of their (or Nikon) DSLR, or get something like the Sony RX100 or Fuji for a top shelf small camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 21:27 UTC as 73rd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Review preview (515 comments in total)

I also own the RX100 and have been very pleased with the pictures. The number of pixels and general RAW quality allows for easy cropping and just very good pictures. If I wished for anything it would be a slightly lighter weight body but there may be too many compromises to lighten it any more.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 11:41 UTC as 132nd comment
On Behind the Shot: Lost in Space article (89 comments in total)

The capture of the starts is really great. It reminds me of some better astrophotography pictures. Of course the rest of the picture is equally good.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 13:40 UTC as 32nd comment

Excellent compositions and subject matter. l would like to see them do this in other cities....regardless of the camera used. Off-the-cuff about daily life, there pictures seemingly paint a more realistic picture of daily life in Harlem than that which I often garnered from reading stories in newspapers and magazines.

My compliments to the two photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2013 at 11:11 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1311 comments in total)

Looks to me like the Fuji is the overall best one here. Nikon is very good too. But the truth of the matter, they are all pretty close. No one is vastly better than the other.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 10:45 UTC as 171st comment
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