The Squire

The Squire

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (423 comments in total)

The still from the test-wall video look much higher resolution than most other non-4K cameras.

But it's only demonstrating the theoretical capability of the sensor with it's full read-out.

If you take a 28Mbps video of a still test subject then each frame will approach the quality of a 28Mb still, because the inter-frame compression will have a field day!

Once you have any movement, the codec has to work harder to maintain that resolution. The RX10 does ok it seems, but that's where you'll see a difference with the GH3 and its higher bit rate.

I can't help but think that the RX10 is a bit crippled with the maximum video quality being limited by AVCHD 28Mbps. If it had the 50/70Mbps options of the GH3 that sensor would really shine!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 12:29 UTC as 75th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (423 comments in total)
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The Squire: Is the RX10 using the RX100 or RX100II sensor? I ask because the high-ISO noise looks like the 'old' RX100. Almost exactly. While the RX100II looks about 2/3-stop faster than both the RX10 and RX100.

It's just that when I look at the studio shots the RX10 *really* looks like the first RX100 at ISO1600 and 3200.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 20:24 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (423 comments in total)

Is the RX10 using the RX100 or RX100II sensor? I ask because the high-ISO noise looks like the 'old' RX100. Almost exactly. While the RX100II looks about 2/3-stop faster than both the RX10 and RX100.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 16:57 UTC as 137th comment | 2 replies
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cwsiggy: Or you could bring your laptop and work in .... drum roll... lightroom?

True. Don't forget that the LR license terms allow you to have an extra copy of the software on your laptop as well as your main PC/MAC. This is why I love 11-inch ultrabooks as an easy-to-carry way of doing initial photo work away from home. If only LR was a bit more touch-screen-friendly: It would be awesome to have it on a proper Win8 tablet....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 08:24 UTC
On Mobile madness? Our opinion on Sony's QX clip-on cameras news story (233 comments in total)

Prediction: So you can't control anything but aperture and exposure comp today? I guarantee Sony will bring PlayMemories Pro to market in 3 months, charging £9.99 for an app that adds ISO, S, M and Raw shooting and, i dunno, 3 more dodgy scene/effect modes.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 11:37 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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OneGuy: If Obama had a son, he would look like that.

You should have added a 'satire' emoticon....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2013 at 08:28 UTC

Recently on DPR, there's been a lot of non-stories about the Lumia (that dumb advert 'showing how a sensor works') and stories like this that are, you know, ok, but have a whopping great picture of a Lumia in the title when the device is actually irrelevant to the story. Is this a product placement thing? Are these sponsored articles?

P.S. For some reason I really want a Lumia.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2013 at 08:24 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On DSC00346 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

Great results. Some heavy anti-noise in 'flat' areas, but it's handled detail well, e.g. can still see the fine wire mesh in the far fence.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 09:30 UTC as 2nd comment
On Photographer captures concert with DSLR-mounted GoPro news story (76 comments in total)
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JDThomas: The most obnoxious part is that he probably was blocking other photographers from getting shots because he had his GoPro mounted on top of his camera. There's nothing worse than being stuck shooting alongside someone who has no concern for other photographers who are also trying to do their jobs.

Leaving your flash, video mics or in this case a GoPro mounted to your camera is very poor etiquette and things like this can cause fights at bigger events and festivals. I've seen it happen.

The example photos aren't exactly pro quality work either.

So a GoPro gets in the way? But a 70-200, is of course tiny and discrete, right?

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 08:36 UTC
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Robert Schambach: Leave it to these overpaid CEOs to screw up a company, some years ago I worked for a small software company in Tucson that was growing and had a great product then of course the new CEO started hiring lot's of top managemt personel that where completly useless and cost an arm and a leg and of course the company floundered and had to be sold. CEOs should not be allowed to wield so much power there should be a way to put these guys in check.

That would be the job of the overpaid company Board.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 12:32 UTC
On Transcend releases 64GB microSDXC UHS-I memory card news story (39 comments in total)
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DaytonR: Interesting news , this card makes a very discrete cost effective back-up storage solution !

Flash is fine for back-up on the road. Why not? Far less prone to damage than lugging a mechanical USB drive around. Just dont bother paying for a Class 10 card. You don't need a fast card for back-up, just a big reliable one (or two). Look at SanDisk products: £39 get you a 32GB, U-I Class 10 to put in the camera; £24 for Class 2 to backup your files to.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2013 at 10:41 UTC

Interesting. But the quality of random Flickr photos is so variable, this is just a game, not a real comparison. Fun though.

Wouldn't it be batter if they pulled in DPReview review studio shots instead for a blind comparison test ;) "Which of these two images of a bottle show the least chorma noise? YOU DECIDE"

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 09:23 UTC as 9th comment
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falconeyes: I am shocked that photos on Flickr have so weak copyright that such services are legal.

This photo game is offered by a third party and probably for a commercial reason.

But then, real photographers don't use flickr, right?

But it's just using the flickr API to display publicly viewable images from flickr. It's not selling the images, or using them for promotional material. That the website might be making money in some way (although I see no direct monetization) doesn't matter. It's no different from Google image search showing you a page full of images pulled from other sites.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 09:21 UTC

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. But I want one.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 08:45 UTC as 13th comment
On Equinox modular and Leica X3 concept cameras news story (41 comments in total)

Despite the Equinox breaking all the physical rules of imaging, I like the idea. Look at a system like the Olly EM5 - Nice small body; You can add either a hand grip and/or a battery/portrait grip; If you could also make the EVF removeable then you've basically got a camera that can scale from a small M43 which is the right ergonomics/balance for a collapsible zoom lens, up to something near SLR-like that you can happily mount large zooms or primes on.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 08:43 UTC as 28th comment
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Timmbits: This card sounds amazing!

QUESTION: given the pure physics of WiFi transmitting a certain amount of watts output, which draws multiples more power than a low power consumption memory card does, is there a danger to the camera equipment (if not, at least in longevity), and does it endanger the camera manufacturer's warranty?

Even if it's only 0.5 watts output, for example, it is still multiples more than the typical low power consumption SD card that our cameras are designed to power up.

Bear in mind that the specs for the SD interface was designed to include support for peripheral devices and the extra power-draw they need. You don't see them so much anymore but a few years back the SD slot was used by many PDAs and smartphones to add things like GPS, scanners and the like. So, assuming the camera manufactures didn't cut corners, there's no reason to think that pulling more power from the SD slot than a normal SD memory card requires will cause any practical harm to it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2013 at 10:05 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (582 comments in total)

Great article. Wanted to make one point: I have the RX100 and it's so-called 17MP still shots when recording video really isn't as good as DPR makes it sound. It's an up-scaled image, probably from a still frame of the video I suspect.
And the click of the shutter button is easily audible on the video being recorded.
It was a feature i was looking forward to using a lot, but it is, at best, an emergency-use only feature.
Otherwise: Great camera!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 16:31 UTC as 151st comment
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Phiben: Still crashing on Win 7, 64 Bit, SSD systems. :/

I'm rocking 4.2 on Win 7, 4GB RAM, 6 Cores (AMD) and SSD boot drive. But currently LR is installed on my spinny drive due to size. All works ok. I had heard LR4 was slow, and after seeing the install size was about x3 bigger than LR3 I was worried about bloat, but it seems ok to me.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 10:28 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony NEX-6 and 16-50mm power zoom preview news story (63 comments in total)
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pentaxination: love it. it is just a shame that Sony's lens line is weak and this is what keeps me from coming back. You shouldn't have to use great old glass and shoot manual, or, spend $1000 for the one decent lens Sony puts out.

I will make my usual complaint about a lack of AEB range. At least the shutter speed isn't as bad as the full-framer.

If only the 35 f2 was affixed permanently for $1399 I would get there. I am dreaming, I know.

Getting much better with the 35/1.8 and 10-18 release today, but are significant gaps in that lens line up:

Proper 1:1 macro prime (somewhere around a 60-100mm f2.8)
A high-end standard zoom (like a CZ16-80 equiv)
Portrait prime 80mm f1.8

TBH, I'd be happy enough manually focusing some old lens for macro and portrait, but I think the system needs a super-kit lens like the CZ16-80 or 16-50/2.8 on the Alpha.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 15:14 UTC
On Lightroom Photo Import article (117 comments in total)
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harold1968: why convert to DNG ?
does this loose original NEF info ?
I keep my files as NEF and they work just fine in lightroom

can anyone point out an advantage of converting to DNG

Why bother converting to DNG now, when you don't know what your future file compatiability issues will be? It's as likley that the current DNG format will become obsolete as quickly as NEF or ARW or whatever.

When my software of choice in 2025 informs me that Sony A700 ARW files are being deprecated, then I'll convert to whatever format is current.

I guess the one benefit of converting now is for backup purposes. You might archive your RAW files and not come back to them for 5 years, at which point you might have issues reading them. That said, I'd be more inclined to save my files as a 16bit TIFF and a max quality JPG just to be sure I have a readable file.

Here's a question: Can I make LR export a pre-edited file? Might be nice to archive a pre-edited 16bit TIFF and a post-edit JPG.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 08:32 UTC
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