The Squire

The Squire

Lives in United Kingdom Bath, United Kingdom
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Joined on Mar 30, 2007

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I always thought ETTR was a bit of a hack, an urban myth even....

Great article. More please.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 08:05 UTC as 89th comment

Nice idea.

Would be good if PlayMemories installs worked like Google Play - I can look through apps on my desktop or tablet web browser. The site knows my registered devices so I can press install there and then. Next time the device is turned on and connects to wifi it downloads and installs the app. No fuss.

Do that Sony. Do that.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 08:20 UTC as 11th comment

Nice. And not as horrendously expensive as I might have expected.

Apart from the IQ, what I like about Zeiss is their modern looking designs. No retro here. The OLED is an interesting twist.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 15:42 UTC as 8th comment
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (346 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Sorry I didn't see anyone criticizing this part, so I'm going too...

"Out of all the different cameras that Canon offers, the XC10 probably comes with the most comprehensive kit of any of them. In addition to the basic camera, cables, and things that you might expect, the camera ships with the additional viewfinder, a 64GB CFast card and card reader, and a wireless infrared remote."

Additional viewfinder is a piece of plastic, with plastic in it. I can get a 64GB card on Amazon for..nothing. Imagine how much that costs Canon... and the wireless remote, hah... peanuts. None of that costs Canon much if anything to include.

"These are all accessories that are typically sold as options for other cameras, but they are all included with the XC10. Users can be comfortable that they will find everything....... It also uses the same battery as the EOS 5D Mark III [and several other EOS DSLRs - ed.] making it easier to manage interchangeably with other Canon cameras."

Fair deuce!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 14:37 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (346 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Sorry I didn't see anyone criticizing this part, so I'm going too...

"Out of all the different cameras that Canon offers, the XC10 probably comes with the most comprehensive kit of any of them. In addition to the basic camera, cables, and things that you might expect, the camera ships with the additional viewfinder, a 64GB CFast card and card reader, and a wireless infrared remote."

Additional viewfinder is a piece of plastic, with plastic in it. I can get a 64GB card on Amazon for..nothing. Imagine how much that costs Canon... and the wireless remote, hah... peanuts. None of that costs Canon much if anything to include.

"These are all accessories that are typically sold as options for other cameras, but they are all included with the XC10. Users can be comfortable that they will find everything....... It also uses the same battery as the EOS 5D Mark III [and several other EOS DSLRs - ed.] making it easier to manage interchangeably with other Canon cameras."

C'mon CG, cut Canon some slack. That is a pretty nice collection of stuff to find in the box. Sony would fleece you for those items!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 13:46 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (346 comments in total)
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ObelixCMM: It took DPReview 8 months to review Pentax K3 and 11 months for Sony A77 II, and we already have 4th article on camera that shoots JPEG stills only.

Barney has been sounding really grumpy lately :(
I don't think he likes us :(

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 10:57 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (346 comments in total)
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bronxbombers4: " It’s easy enough to create a jpeg, but creating raw files would have required some different programming on the processor, which we decided was not a cost effective option."

Really so the sensor chip just magically delivers fully processed jpg images straight off the sensor???

The fact is, it's getting JPG out of a camera that adds more processing and coding requirements than RAW.

At last! Some Canon innovation! JPG straight off the chip!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 10:56 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (483 comments in total)

I've still got a Sony A700 as my DSLR (but I use my LX100 way way more these days). I am looking to upgrade, and would love to have something that will take my a-mount lenses.

Until recently, all sony's e-mount releases did not have in-body OIS which meant I had to wait for a new a-mount body to make the most of my non-stabilized lenses.

But today, as I read this review, I'm thinking:
1. Why's it even got a mirror? Let's have a mirrorless a-mount body and be done with the 1/3ev loss.
2. With the high-end e-mounts getting in-body OIS, do I even need an a-mount body now?

So, nice DSLR. But do I need a DSLR anymore?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 16:43 UTC as 120th comment | 1 reply
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (483 comments in total)

Thanks for the review. Been looking forward to this one.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 16:39 UTC as 121st comment
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The Squire: The camera the Canon XC10 *should* have been.

EDIT: I take that back. I love this as a GoPro replacement but was expecting it to be more of a system camera, able to mount a screen, grip etc. So, nice action cam but not as versatile as a XC10. And no 4K?

Oh yeah. Surely that should be in the article ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 09:19 UTC

The camera the Canon XC10 *should* have been.

EDIT: I take that back. I love this as a GoPro replacement but was expecting it to be more of a system camera, able to mount a screen, grip etc. So, nice action cam but not as versatile as a XC10. And no 4K?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 08:24 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies
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Nukunukoo: I wonder if the RX20 and RX100 IV are not far behind...?

Hope so....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 08:22 UTC

Nice to see 50Mbps video trickling down to entry level cams.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 08:22 UTC as 45th comment
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)

Looks like Blackmagic just made this product irrelevant, for drone use at least: http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/13/blackmagic-micro-cinema-camera-leak/

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 12:31 UTC as 4th comment
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The Squire: Cfast for 4K and SD only for HD... Because no cameras can record 4K to SD cards??? C'mon.

I can accept that for 305Mbps, but why not allow lower, 'normal' 4K rates like 100Mbps or even 200Mbps to SD U3 cards?

I think we're agreeing with each other!

Good example - SanDisk boasts write speeds 'up to' 250MBps but 'minimum sustained write speed' of 30MBps.

This is a U3 card. U3 guarantees 30MBps/240Mbps.

THEREFORE you need to look at the formal, standardized class rating (C4, C10, U1, U3..) not the headline figure.

And there's no standardized class for SD cards that does 305Mbps, so they HAVE TO spec CFast for the top quality 4K.

Still think they could have supported 4K to SDXC just with the option of a ~200Mbps rate...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 13:56 UTC

Chuck in some cheap gold paint and voila! You've added $10k to the value of your Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 08:27 UTC as 57th comment
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The Squire: Cfast for 4K and SD only for HD... Because no cameras can record 4K to SD cards??? C'mon.

I can accept that for 305Mbps, but why not allow lower, 'normal' 4K rates like 100Mbps or even 200Mbps to SD U3 cards?

@Vince. Sure? I imagine the bold x2000 claims are peak rates, but I believe the 'standardized' SD speed classes (C4, C10, U1, U3..) specify a *minimum* write speed, not peak. So says the SD Association...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 20:39 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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cgarrard: It's probably is a very big deal to a lot of individuals and I'm glad for that crowd to have something like this available to them.

That said...

I'm primarily a still image shooter, and I have to say I'm turned off by the fact that this camera doesn't have a built in viewfinder (I don't consider that optical attachment a true viewfinder). I also understand that I am not the primary target market here- so my opinion probably matter less than words of politicians.

I don't know why Canon are seemingly hell bent on not including a built in EVF on its recent digicams (essentially what this is)- but I can't help but think at this point its a conscious and *stubborn* decision to not include them.

Am I alone when I say I just don't get Canon's decision making here?

Want RAW? Buy a 5D... or a C300...

Canon have to protect their revenues from pro kit! ;)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 16:12 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)

CORRECTION?

In the comparison table with the FZ1000 and RX10 it lists the Canon as featuring "2X oversampling for HD video", but none of the other cameras do this.

The RX10, at least over-samples - It does a full sensor scan to create the HD image - No pixel bining. No centre of sensor crop.

Or do you mean something else?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 14:18 UTC as 95th comment | 1 reply
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (814 comments in total)
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Kjell Olsson: To the DPR-guys:

1. Publish the press release
2. Test the camera carefully
3. Publish the results

That is - do all the things you usually do good.

But don´t destroy your reputation by publishing PR-articles in your own name!

@pgb youve got me thinking. How about a kickstarter fund so we can buy some DPR advertorial that is 'on-message' for us forum-dwelling, amateur photogs?

"DPR Asks: Why Oh Why Oh Why Has Canon Done This or That Again..."

I'm sure we'd hit the funding target pretty quickly.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 12:03 UTC
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