Andrew Butterfield

Andrew Butterfield

Lives in United Kingdom Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Works as a Communications Manager
Has a website at http://Androo.smugmug.com
Joined on Jun 18, 2003

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On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (566 comments in total)

Canon does this strange thing again: great looking camera, touch screen, great lens, weather sealing etc etc. you think, wow, I want it...

Then you realise there's no EVF and no 4K. And these days I'm not spending this kind of money if I don't get those two things.

So you think, well, i'll wait for version II. But version II takes away with one hand and gives with the other. So you wait for version III... and so on.

It baffles me. Canon are very close to a great camera. Why won't they make it perfect?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 16:55 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (347 comments in total)
In reply to:

cgarrard: DPR- Glad you will keep pushing the raw issue as much as you can without hurting your relationship with Canon.

I'm not buying that answer Chuck! :)

His answer on the raw question is pretty poor. A true hybrid with a one inch sensor at this price simply has to be able to shoot raw. I wonder what the real reason is that it doesn't do it. Perhaps they just forgot.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 08:29 UTC
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Eleson: If optical steady shot means 'in-lens' then I don't understand 5-axis stabilization?

You can have 5 axis as in lens stabilisation or on sensor stabilisation. It just refers to the number of directions of movement the stabilisation allows for. 5 axis has become rather associated with Olympus's system, which stabilises the sensor, but Panasonic have 5 axis in lens on the TZ70 I believe.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 08:06 UTC
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nekrosoft13: wow, this things going to be a disaster like TX1, Pro1, and other weird Canon products did in past. Looks like weird product made of mixed up parts.

Canon needs to learn from Sony and Panasonic how to make a 4K camera.

The Pro1 was hardly a disaster. I had one for many years and took some of my best ever photos with it. They still change hands for surprisingly big money.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 07:43 UTC

A puzzling new release. The price (even without the add-on EVF) seems to put it into the hands of pros, but will pros want a fixed lens and a one-inch sensor? i really don't know. I look forward to hearing what the pros think. Seems very niche to me.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 07:41 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

I always snort when the police say we can't take photos one minute, then ask for photos and video from a crime scene to help them. They can't have it both ways.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 08:15 UTC as 34th comment
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (493 comments in total)
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The Squire: Hang on. It can shoot 20fps stills full size (?), but can only do 4K video at 15fps?

The original 1-series pushed what you could do with video in a compact camera - I had hoped Nikon would continue to lead with decent 4k video, H265, or 120fps+ full HD...

I don't see why you couldn't pull stills from the video. It's a recognised advantage as far as Panasonic is concerned, but then, Panasonic provides 4K video at a usable frame rate.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 13:43 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (493 comments in total)
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mrcultureshock: I know esthetics are of little importance vs the performance, but this is an ugly little compact camera. Nikon should copy what Panasonic is doing with styling and 4K capabilities.

I disagree. I think it looks really good. The best Nikon for years, look-wise.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 13:39 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (493 comments in total)

I wonder why Nikon won't pit the technology from this into a proper mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor. I guess before too long they'll have to.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 08:12 UTC as 102nd comment | 6 replies
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (493 comments in total)
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The Squire: Hang on. It can shoot 20fps stills full size (?), but can only do 4K video at 15fps?

The original 1-series pushed what you could do with video in a compact camera - I had hoped Nikon would continue to lead with decent 4k video, H265, or 120fps+ full HD...

Yes, but presumably can only shoot 20fps/20MP for about a second in total, whereas it can shoot 4K for minutes on end.

Even so, 15fps 4K is not much use to anyone, unless you regard it as a lo-res continuous shooting mode from which to extract stills.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 08:10 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (668 comments in total)
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JaimeA: It is hard to believe that in this time of advanced camera development this camera does not have stabilization of any kind.

For video you need it. To hand hold at half a second you need it. Or even at a tenth and below. No matter how wide angle it is.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 14:14 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (668 comments in total)
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Andrew Butterfield: Gorgeous camera, but with a fixed LCD it loses many points for me, and the lack of an image stabiliser is a deal breaker. They desperately need something like the Olympus 5-Axis stabiliser. I couldn't buy it as it is.

IS is definitely needed even at this focal length, and for video. Once you've got used to being able to reliably hand hold at half a second and get sharp shots you can't go back to press and pray.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 12:30 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (668 comments in total)
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bigdaddave: I cannot believe the 'Cons' section doesn't mention the elephant in the room - IT ONLY HAS ONE FOCAL LENGTH

In the days when even a compact camera the size of a pack of cigs has a reasonable zoom this 1950's throwback might appeal to the well-heeled but as an actual tool it's far far too limited

But DP love Fuji so they've overlooked the obvious again

The elephant in the room is that there's no IS. They don't mention that in the cons.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 08:30 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (668 comments in total)

Gorgeous camera, but with a fixed LCD it loses many points for me, and the lack of an image stabiliser is a deal breaker. They desperately need something like the Olympus 5-Axis stabiliser. I couldn't buy it as it is.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 08:29 UTC as 133rd comment | 5 replies
On Lytro sheds jobs as it shifts focus to video article (506 comments in total)

I think Lytro's problem is that while their first camera was promising and potentially exciting, the second one confirmed our worst fears that the technology wasn't really going anywhere.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 15:50 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

I really fancy this. Been hoping for a wider angle macro than Oly's 60mm or Panasonic's own 45mm for a while.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 14:41 UTC as 16th comment

I'm only one consumer, but when I was thinking about replacing my SLR last year with something smaller and better, I didn't even consider Canon or Nikon. Not for a second. Their offerings were yesterday's news compared to the exciting, innovative products from Olympus, Sony, Fuji and Panasonic.

And they still are. Canon are taking one step forward when others are taking five. Nikon aren't even stepping.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 08:40 UTC as 64th comment | 2 replies
On Apple reveals Photos beta for developers post (125 comments in total)

Ah well. Looks like my decision to move to Lightroom last year was the right one.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 12:12 UTC as 13th comment
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Rob Bernhard: f/3.6 to f/7.0 max aperture across the zoom range.

This is the "the death rattle" of the compact market, for Canon at least.

f/7.0 MAX aperture and 20MP on a tiny sensor. Sounds like a great combination to me. Should give some interesting effects. Oh sorry, it's supposed to take photographs?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 09:20 UTC

An amusing release from Canon. You'd think they'd at least make some attempt to catch up.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 09:12 UTC as 32nd comment
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