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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (356 comments in total)
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phazelag: So Panasonic makes the LX100, FZ1000, GH4, and GM5 all of which are innovative and they make one camera with one feature possibly aimed at a younger market and people act like its a photography apocalypse is happening.

I have been told the photography doomsday has been here since I was 16 years old with my Minolta X370. These days any young whipper snapper with a disposable kodak can take photos. What will the world do with "real" photographers!

OMG with a flip screen people will actually be able to take photos of themselves to remember important moments. Whats next robotic cameras that follow us around with their helicopter wings? Oh yeah we have those too.

@brownie314 | Well said. Most people take photograph as a documentation. Being in the photograph @the scene (when travel) is more important than taking a photo of that scene (without people in them).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 18:42 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (356 comments in total)
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whyamihere: I like the adorable grumpiness and lack of awareness of the anti-selfie, anti-social media crowd. It's as if nobody in the history of the world ever photographed (or painted, or sketched) a self-portrait, published that picture in a public location for all to see (like an art gallery, or an online portfolio), or shared their photos with friends and family (photo albums, 35mm slide shows).

It's not narcissism. It's the same thing as before, just in a form you're all uncomfortable with because you don't know how it works.

Well Said. I was a SELFIE HATER ( I still don't know why), but after vacationing in Asia, I'm sold on the SELFIE idea. Now, I'm in a market for a Selfie Camera with a Flippy LCD.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 23:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (356 comments in total)
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Gesture: Neat Camera. Panasonic gets it. Except this should sell at $325.

I agree. Love the GF7 (selfie), but it is way overpriced. I might buy a last year's GF6, or older Olympus E-PL5, or Sony NEX 3N that offer similar Selfie screen for less

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 22:59 UTC
On Fujifilm announces X-A2 with selfie-friendly LCD article (132 comments in total)
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straylightrun: I reckon this will sell better than the Olympus E-PL7.

Yes, Olympus E-PL7 flipped the Wrong Direction. You can't attach a Selfie Stick (through tripod mount) without blocking the LCD. So this Fuji, is the better solution

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 10:24 UTC
On Fujifilm announces X-A2 with selfie-friendly LCD article (132 comments in total)
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Summi Luchs: Do selfie-shooters still use cameras ?

Funny, but look @it from the selfie-generation point of view. Any camera that cannot show 180 degree Selfie is useless. Camera maker need THIS kind of camera for the new selfie-generation.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 10:23 UTC

Panasonic hits a home run this year and last year. The GH4 is a stunning achievement as a Film/Photo hybrid, then Panasonic release a FZ1000 super-zoom fitting a lens that almost seem impossible. Now Panasonic managed to squeeze in a 24-75/1.8 ~ 2.8 lens into a Micro43 sensor camera that is no bigger than a GX-7, what's more its stunningly cheap when compare to buying an M43 camera + Panasonic 12-35/2.8. Good Job Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 09:10 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I know everyone thinks I will pile on this camera, but I won’t. There is no need for that. Even Canon loyalists can see the lack of ingenuity here. However, what some people may not realize is that this camera will still sell.

The Canon name is still strong enough to sell this camera to people who simply don’t care about video, or touch screens, or ridiculous low light shooting. Those people who already have a bag full of Canon glass will stick with Canon till the very end.

And the truth is that they will probably take great photographs with this camera. It will suit their needs and they probably won’t ever consider buying another camera after this. That is the most important point.

This will probably be the last Canon A-PSC camera that sells simply because of the Canon name. Canon diehards will have the camera they can live with for the rest of their life and new potential Canon customers will be scared away by their high prices and lack of innovation.

Very Sad day for Canon.

7D will sell because of C A N O N band name. That is about it

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:40 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (593 comments in total)

Impressive, but with only a $100 difference between A6000 vs A5100. It look like a bad value. Perhaps, Sony should have sold the A5100 with $200 below A6000.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 04:45 UTC as 166th comment | 2 replies
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BarnET: Canon's camera releases from jan 2014 - august 2014

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot N100

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS (IXUS 265 HS)

Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS (IXUS 150)

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS (IXUS 155)

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 (IXUS 145)

Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70)

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

An Whopping 13 camera's from which 12 were pretty much dead on arrival. People are desperate for Big news from the big market leader. All they get is a big finger.

The only innovated camera is G1X MK2. The rest are recycled point/shoot in a new color. P&S is a dying market, why Canon choose to introduce so many Dead-On-Arrival P&S is beyond me

Even worst is that the only DSLR is a Canon T5 with a 5yrs old 18mp sensor, 5yrs old Digic 4 processor, and the smallest 0.8x optical "tunnel" viewfinder.

As a canon fan, T5 is an Insult

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 18:35 UTC
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W5JCK: Bwahahahahaha!!!! Sadly I think the days of Canon being innovative are pretty much over. I don't expect much from them any more, and that is good because they certainly don't deliver much! Their one attempt at a mirrorless camera was pathetic. Their DSLRs are good, but they are too many years behind in design to be considered innovative. And their bridge cameras are just downright boring. I used to be a huge fan, but not now...

Well said. Sad but true. I don't expect much from canon anymore. Still like the brand, just disappointed.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 17:49 UTC

I'm not surprised. Canon pull the same stun in Hong Kong 2 years ago. But the "BIG announcement" turn out to be a new "PRINTER". After that stun, I don't believe in ANY canon hype until I see the actual product.

When it comes to Canon, I learned you really must CURB your Enthusiasm. I suspect the Canon 7D (MKII) is nothing more than the same Canon 70d sensor with faster FPS...that it.

Maybe I'm pessimistic, but it wouldn't surprise me if canon pull such a stun

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 17:45 UTC as 17th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (800 comments in total)
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Aguolo: Keeping on discovering this marvel.
Posted a video on youtube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URPmeJbrDgo
making a comparison of my 3 latest HD gears : from a very compact hx9v that i loved for what it could and still can do despite its size, to the NEX-5R and finally the FZ1000.
In a normally illuminated room, iso auto, the results are just astonishing. The FZ1000 is just so clean and so clear.
Now, the only weakness i still see is shooting in lowlight environment.Small sensor, not great results.

By the way, i ask again, what do you think about the OIS noise. in a quiet place, i can hear as far as 10cms from it. Even if disabled.

So Clean, So Clear, FZ1000 is WORTH it just for its VIDEO ability alone.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 10:43 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (800 comments in total)
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Mikofox: I'm a Panasonic fan and user, FZ35 + GX1, and while I think the features of this camera are great, the IQ is not, when looking at the RAW lab comparison. The Olympus M10 beats it clearly, so does the GX7. It's mostly the lack of detail that bothers me.
Technically it would be a great replacement for my FZ35, but at the high price I expect more and it's just expensive enough to make me look at the Fuji XT-1 or the Sony A7. Or wait for the successor of the XT-1, which hopefully will have the same body, but improved video.

neither Fuji XT-1 nor Sony A7 offer you an affordable 400mm lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:56 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (800 comments in total)

Incredible. This thing offer better value than buying a Canon DSLR with 100-400L, or buying Panasonic G6 + 100-300mm. I was leaning toward M43 for its 2x crop factor advantage in telephoto, but the more I think about it, the more incredible these LARGE SENSOR point/shoot are. Maybe they the are future. I can see myself carrying 2 L.S.P&S, one for zoom, and one with 35mm f/1.8 type of lens for wide angle portraits

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:55 UTC as 181st comment | 4 replies
On Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens article (143 comments in total)
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Thorgrem: Can anybody tell me if the A3000 was successful at all? When that was announced a lot of Sony users said it would break the low market. Did that come true?

AFAIK, Sony A3000 is a sale failure. Its price @$400, Bulky + look like a DSLR, but focus slower than a point/shoot.

Ironically, Sony A3000 is beaten by its own brother: the $329 Sony NEX 3N with 16-50pz lens. Sony Nex 3N is selling very well, its price lower than any mirrorless or DSLR, yet with superior IQ and small size.

I never understood why Sony bother creating A3000 when it already has a similar NEX 3N occupying the same market segment. 3N is smaller, has 180 degree flippy LCD for selfie. Its also the better value since 16-50pz cost nearly $245 for the lens alone.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 02:42 UTC
On Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens article (143 comments in total)

This Camera is WHY SONY has ZERO RESPECT among photographers. Sony has a nasty habit of making numerous camera model without improvements...or even inferior to the previous generation. This happen before:
Sony A230 is inferior to A200 it replaced. NEX 3N w/250K LCD + no accessory port is inferior to the previous NEX F3 with 920K LCD + accessory port.
In the mean while, there is still no NEX-7 replacement in site. Wake Up Sony!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 02:13 UTC as 12th comment | 9 replies
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Timbukto: The sensor is not even the biggest insult. Its the fact that Canon purposely is using this entry level camera to clear out existing inventory of its OLD kit lens when the sharper and far superior AF STM version is already released.

I actually find this more repulsive...nickle and diming the blue collared consumer or starting enthusiast is a bigger offense to me than Nikon milking the old and rich with the DF or 58. Nikon is doing awesome with entry level. The new collapsible kit lens looks almost good enough for the 24MP sensors. The 18-140 super zoom is looking good too, and the sensors and AF on an entire slew of Nikon entry level is now indisputably just better lately.

Well Said Tim... I think I might go Nikon for my DSLR needs

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 13:42 UTC
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xfoto: What year is this?

Year 2000. It would have been competitive 4 years ago

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 13:31 UTC
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joexu: 72mm threads that is one huge lens for a mirrorless camera.

72mm is the same as Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC. But Tamron weight only 570g. I wonder why this Samsung weight more???

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 10:23 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year: Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D article (271 comments in total)

Great Review Shawn, I agree 100%. I have own numerous camera during last year (Canon T1i, then a Panasonic GF2, then a Sony NEX, and now an EOS-M), Canon SL1 is better than any of them by miles.
One of the least talk-about-feature is the amazing ** HYBRID AF II **. It focus significantly faster than * HYBRID AF 1 * in 650d (T4i) + 700D (T5i) and Eos-M1.

For those who haven't try ** HYBRID AF II **, give it a shot! You're be surprise @the improvement over Hybrid AF 1. So good that I don't need to buy a Canon 70D just for its ** DUAL PIXEL AF **. I find HF2 good enough for me.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 18:17 UTC as 38th comment
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