TN Args: Despite the confidence of some comments on this article, it is impossible to spot the biased/faked reviews unless they are badly faked. You think they haven't thought of readers who ignore 1-star ratings? Think again.
I ignore them completely. Especially with regard to reliability or breakdowns: even if the reports are true, they give a completely unrepresentative and distorted view of the odds of you having a problem if you buy one.
It has even gotten to the point where the main website reviewers will mark a product down for not having some feature that a different model has -- they assume everybody wants it. Why won't they review the product (camera) for how well it does what it does, not how well it does what it doesn't??
I mainly read reviews not for the number rating, but sometimes users come up with some really interesting ownership or usage aspect that I had not thought of, or read elsewhere.
Sorry, chaos, but I ROUTINELY encounter the very sort of reviews described by TN Args.
Rod McD: Quote from the conclusion :- "Details are smudged at base ISO (though likely not an issue for target audience)"
Why is there this ongoing assumption that people who like the outdoors aren't interested in better IQ? In my experience, people who want tough, WR cameras to take to wild places greatly value where they go and the images they bring back. Perhaps the target audience who buy these cameras do so because there's simply nothing better available. It doesn't mean it isn't wanted and wouldn't sell. And no, one shouldn't have to carry a D4 in housing. We need something in-between - a modern day Nikonos with a fixed wide to standard zoom.
Surely someone could make a better small WR camera with a 1"- APSC sensor, a WA zoom, and real O-ring seals? Yes it would weigh more and cost more, but many would be prepared to pay more for a comprehensively better outdoor camera.
I agree with the OP. This needn't be an either/or(I learned this from Goldilocks). I'm quite sure a good many people would prefer something like the AW110 but with a 20% bigger sensor and a 20% bigger lens -- and pay 40% more for it without complaint. It's not as though there are any technical barriers to such a camera.
DotCom Editor: Seems they got it bass ackwards. "Pentax" has brand equity in cameras, "Ricoh" in office equipment.
Ah, but most of the brass in charge are Ricoh men, not Pentax (remember that big Ricoh bought fledgling Pentax). Let's hope their pride doesn't goeth before the fall.
Jack Simpson: Different name .... Same Great Products :) EDIT: I really can't believe some of the comments below ????
Are you telling us you can't believe some of the comments below, or asking us if you can't believe some of the comments below? (Question marks can be a dangerous thing!)
Zebooka: "Sky is falling, we are all doomed!" :)In fact, I do not care anymore about Pentax. It is like first love — sweet memories, great photos left, but it was in the past. Mature love is not of bells and labels, but of process — taking photos. That's where all brands unite.
What the h*ll does any of this mean?!
rocklobster: Pity that there is a pop-up flash where an EVF should go. But I suppose that if you really want an EVF then you should buy an E-M5 and anyway I prefer the ergonomics of the E-M5 with the two control dials that readily fall to the thumb and forefinger of my (albeit) small hand.
Also, I would hope that the in-built flash performs better than the clip-on 'kit' flash.
Your small hand probably explains why you're not bothered by the OM-D's lack of a substantial grip (and, yes, I'm aware of the grip attachment -- but I'm also aware of the EVF attachment).
baconsandwich: I'm an LX-3 user and while I have been really satisfied with it overall I would like a little more reach, and a little more than the LX-7 offers. I'm a Canon DSLR shooter and may have to purchase my first G-series soon!
Saijem is right though. If this is your first foray into the "premium" p&s market you really can't go wrong with an LX-3 for as cheaply as they are selling these days...
@ Timmbits: the G15 is "very bulky"? -- really?! It's truly pocketable, and seems downright diminutive next to its direct competitor, the very nice P7700. Have you actually handled a G15? I have, and found it astonishingly light. If you describe that camera as very bulky, what words are left to describe larger cameras -- like everything in Sony's NEX series, or Fuji's X series, let alone DSLRs (and last I checked, DSLRs seem to remain pretty popular)? Seems your reference point is a smartphone.
stratplaya: This girl has made some bad choices in her life.
Clint, it's only lopsided if the OP asserted that the abuse victim's poor choices somehow exonerated her abuser -- and he asserted no such thing.
Sam Carriere: About half the comments find the photos the best thing since sliced bread and the other half find them mediocre to awful.Which proves once again that you simply cannot assess photographs posted to the web with any degree of credibility. There are too many variables, starting with the calibration or lack of it of the viewer's monitor. This kind of posting -- and the comments -- are useless.
digby, do you really mean "trances" (vs. trounces)?
The reason I ask is because it's utterly ridiculous to suggest that the X100S trounces "...any Nikon Full frame (sic) except the D4". Consult one of the best test-points of the comparison tool, the pink dots within the feathers at the lower right of the test scene; @ ISO-100, the D800 undeniably "trounces" the X100S -- precisely as we would expect it to.
zakk9: Thousands of photos have already been published of this fiasco of a war. Why show more shots from what was little more than a giant killing spree, organised by a gang of misguided politicians and generals? At least a couple of million innocent Vietnamese and other Southeast Asians were killed during the the event and the three involved countries are still suffering from the results of the bombings and the killings.
One photo is called "Charlie Haughey poses with a group of Vietnamese school children." How many Vietnamese school children were killed by American bombs during the Vietnam War? Nobody probably knows. I guess a smiling American soldier with the kids looks nicer than tiny corpses mutilated by bombs and napalm.
In the interest of clarity: 1) the US government does NOT = Americans; and 2) generally NO one defends the Vietnam conflict -- neither Americans nor even those in US government during that time -- so you, zakk9, are beating a dead horse...instead of discussing photography.
zakk9 wrote:"At least a couple of million innocent Vietnamese and other Southeast Asians were killed during the (Vietnam conflict)..."
Then I wrote:"do you know how many 'innocent Americans' died in (that conflict)?"
Then zakk9 wrote:"The responsibility for the Vietnam War is very easy to place. If the Americans hadn't been there..."
Here you go again, conflating the US government with Americans. Are you really suggesting that American soldiers who were drafted into Vietnam service against their will were somehow responsible for their own deaths in that conflict?!
Here in the US, I don't know of any Americans who are always in agreement with every single thing their government does (but maybe you're in agreement with everything your government does, like the Thammasat Massacre?). Then again, I understand this sort of distinction gets in the way of your simplistic blather.
No Sideshow: I served two tours there as part of the AATT, 1967/8 and 69/70. Of course we all wished that it had not happened, but the politics and fear of the cold war drove a different tune than today.Its good to see these images and it communicates the reality of war, and its the only way sometimes to shock people so that another Vietnam doesn't happen again. You're right though with one thing. It was not a war in that your Congress did not issue a declaration of war with Vietnam. Neither did they for the $3 trillion adventure in Iraq and Afghanistan. US political leaders have hidden behind dubious resolutions from the worlds greatest debating society, the UN, as an excuse to again pretend they are the worlds policemen.
zakk9, your failure of reasoning -- and it is an utter failure -- is to simplistically equate My Lai with the Vietnam war; try to keep your focus. While there are many reasons to dislike both, they aren't interchangeable.
And "many Americans" have NOT claimed that My Lai was a function of policy (certainly not a representative portion of them who have legitimate insight into the matter). That's simply ridiculous. It's as though you enjoy believing anti-American diatribe to the point where you don't even bother vetting it.
Besides, coming out against My Lai is kind of like coming out against cancer or murder: you're not going to find many proponents of either. Translation: your invective here, now 45 years after the fact, is rather pointless.
Ivar Dahl Larsen: Great photographs under circumstances most People of today cannot apprehend. Let's never forget and may it never happen again.
By "it", I think Ivar means an avoidable, non-defensive war with high civilian casualties. Even the last war in Iraq, sadly fabricated as it was, doesn't fit this definition.
zakk9, I don't think Michael H contends the US wasn't involved; duh.
And do you know how many "innocent Americans" died in the Vietnam war? The failures of that war -- as those of ANY war -- aren't limited to one nation or another.
Newsflash: the human race isn't perfect...get over it.
This and nothing else, zakk9? Take a pill and chill: things are usually neither this nor that, but this AND that -- and all sorts of stuff in between.
Surely there's something more current about which you can get your knickers in a twist.
Plastek: Yawn... yet another NEX? Which one is this within last 24 months? 3rd? 5th? 10th?
"So you'd be another one who would whine about if an A88 is launched in the same year as A58, because you can't tell that one is a different model than other..."
Huh? I've offered absolutely no indication that I'm confused or otherwise bothered by Sony's model nomenclature. You, on the other hand, do seem to be confused: the Sony Alphas are NOT distinct from the NEX cameras, but actually include them. Besides the Alpha logo clearly appearing on the NEX bodies, Sony's site describes both these and its DSLRs as Alphas (quoting directly from Sony's site, "Sony Alpha NEX Cameras"). The distinction you mean is between DSLR and NEX, not Alpha and NEX.
"...just like you and the person you're defending..."
Slow down, I'm not defending anyone here (in fact I haven't even referenced anyone's post but yours). It seems you're one of those people who spends more time writing than reading and comprehending, with the inevitable result that you get a bit ahead of yourself.
"You might want to ask first why I put one "x" instead of two..."
In your mind, you may have had all sorts of reasons why you used one "x" instead of two (and you're right: your ambiguous prose dose invoke a lot of questions). But you initially wrote "the Alpha series has HAD" -- past tense; my understanding of English means this sentence properly DOES include the A100, A850, etc., regardless of whether you meant it to; don't get snarky with me just because you were unclear and I can't read your mind.
You wrote "Then your argument is even more pathetic that [sic] it sounded the first time around. It is the fourth model number (you didn't understand that either)... like the Alpha-series which has had five: A3x, A5x, A6x, A7x and A9x) [sic]."
You know, if you're going to badger another member about what he or she doesn't "understand", you might want to do a better job of understanding things yourself: the Sony Alphas also include A1x, A2x and A4x cameras (heck, the first Alpha was the A100!). And there already HAS been an A8x -- the A850.
Actually, these numbers don't denote "series" anyway; for instance, most of the A3x models bear little relation to one another, rather more to cameras beginning with a different number.
ijustloveshooting: I was trying to say, the king of APS-C is Nex-5N,,,clearly better than nex-6 in jpeg, and surprisingly in Raws...
Clearly better?! -- you need to learn how to use the comparison tool, and evaluate multiple points. Consider the spool of silver thread, or the circled C/Y/M letters in Kodak's Gray Scale...these and other points "clearly" favor the NEX-6 over the NEX-5N.
Nine times out of ten, those who repeat the easy, popular catch-phrase, "blame the victim", commit an either/or fallacy, unnecessarily excluding the possibility that BOTH parties may somehow be responsible in a given situation. It's a sign of society's collectively-deteriorating intellect, always looking for that one, finite answer -- simple and satisfying -- to a question.