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On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (496 comments in total)
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Felice62: I am quite happy with my g6 and I am not attracted by the 4k capabilities of the g7. What is the margin the g7 has over the g6 in terms of image quality in the range of sensitivity between 1600 and 3200 ISO with its new sensor? If it achieves 1 stop better performance it might appeal me. Else I'll keep my g6.

He is not taking into account that for certain types of photography, a high speed burst mode is invaluable. Sports is a great example, especially when you don't know what is exactly going to happen and thus can't anticipate what the best moment (or moments) are going to be.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2015 at 15:56 UTC
On Google to phase out Google+ Photos post (35 comments in total)
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Salah: I really like Google+ platform, however it didn't catch the social media stream for some reasons. Google Photos is half backed solution. It should come with something bold so people can start using it.

The unlimited storage is a pretty good feature. There are limits on resolution, but for most people this is like unlimited backup of every digital photo they've ever taken, all easily accessible on their smartphone.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 22:32 UTC
On Lytro ILLUM and Desktop software get major updates article (35 comments in total)
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DStudio: When Lytro released their first camera it was written off by many as a gimmick. But I think the company's shown they are serious.

Rosenthal clearly believes in this vision, and it's slowly coming into focus for consumers.

And with this new update, their vision is rapidly coming into focus!!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 19:01 UTC

Absolutely harrowing subject, but a wonderful feature article.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 20:13 UTC as 13th comment
On A Compact PEN: Olympus Stylus SH-2 Hands-on article (150 comments in total)
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BobT3218: Who buys point and shoot cameras when phones are just as good? They should have put their design resources into real cameras.

A long zoom with 5-Axis IBIS and 1080p video can be pretty handy for travel and family events (I wouldn't pay $400 for one though, I use a cheap old Sony HX20V.)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 22:27 UTC
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Menneisyys: IMHO, it's a bit early to decide between the two models. After all, we don't really know whether the LX100 delivers at least as good image as the 12-32 at overlapping aperture ranges. If it doesn't, then, it'll be IMHO a far worse choice. If it does and has even acceptable-to-good IQ wide open, then, it may be a much better choice.

All this doesn't take for example 4K video into account. That IS a major advantage over the GX7.

Yeah, I think the entire comparison can be boiled down to- LX100 is cheaper than GX7 + 12-35mm lens combo (or 12-32 if size is more important to you than aperture.) But we can't really evaluate it until we know how good the LX100 lens is. My guess is that it will be roughly a performance match to these lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 16:04 UTC
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MrAndyC: I've looked at a few of these on 500px. They're fun, but agree, a little underwhelming for what everyone is always touting as a 'game changing' technology.

I do get the idea of a living image though. Even with conventional stills from the latest full frame cameras - I love navigating around the image and finding new elements and details. It's immersive. Still photography has to evolve and innovate before it's consumed by video. The Panasonic GH4 gives 8MP stills from video.

I'd like to see this more play in the perspective shift here (where you click, hold and drag). Whether that's possible I'm not sure. Plus combining this with stereoscopic 3D would be cool (another technology that's failed to really get off the ground, although I and many others are advocates).

I think this type of imaging is ideally viewed on a large HDTV screen, where the lower resolution won't matter. Re-focusing is only part of the interactivity to me, the perspective shift is reall cool IMO (I also wish there was a wider range of shift.) You see these sorts of effects in movies and documentaries, in which the ideal medium is also a large video screen. It makes the images more dynamic, and might be a cool way to experience your vacation or personal photos- it just makes the image seem like a living moment somehow (I don't know if that feeling is more novelty factor than lasting impact though.)

If the Illum cost $599, there would probably be a wider market for it, if marketed well. We'll see where the technology goes, and if economies of scale can gradually bring that price down.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 16:24 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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quezra: Nikon's main problem is demographic: Its biggest N1 fans are those who got extremely good value price-slashed V1 bodies that allowed them to fall in love with the camera. Unfortunately, each new model in the line appears to want to hike the price back to their original market strategy, thus alienating their supporters, who simply won't buy the camera until it comes down again.

They also appear to be oblivious to what the competition is doing. No one is selling EPL-5s or NEX-5s or NX200s or EOS-Ms in this price bracket. If you want to compete in this price bracket, EVF comes standard, usually fixed on. That also means a full feature set with enthusiast level controls: all standard, not additional add-ons that bring the entire kit into the price range of FF cameras. Clearly it is designed to drop in price but by splitting off accessories they hope they can retain some margins elsewhere since their bodies can't sell except at throwaway prices.

@wkeller- the fast normal (50mm equivalent) Nikon 1 lens is actually the 18.5mm f/1.8, which costs under $200 and is a great lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 19:57 UTC
On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (171 comments in total)

Reading the article does give me more appreciation for this Lomography lens. It seems to me that the appeal is only partly about the imaging characteristics (which can be achieved in other ways for less), and more about the history and heritage of this lens (which I was not previously aware.)

It should come with a top hat and matching overcoat.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 19:28 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)
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nerd2: I am really puzzled who Nikon is aiming this system at with that sky high prices.

V3 body - $1200
32mm f1.2 portrait lens - $899 (which works like 85mm f3.5 on FF)
10-100 f4-5.6 VR - $549 (which works like 27-270 10x zoom)
30-110 f3.8-5.6 - $249 (which works like 80-300 zoom)

This system may make sense for outdoor sports shooting if nikon released lightweight, affordable f2.0 or f2.8 telephoto lens but all the zoom lens they have is SLOW f5.6 ones!

There are looking to cannabilize Leica T sales.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 19:30 UTC
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (141 comments in total)
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samfan: I think I understand what it's about, I just don't think it's interesting. Sure, you can interact with the photos in a way, but I just didn't find it very engaging on those um, living pictures on the Lytro site (both samples and from users).

Maybe someone will find ways to make this interesting, but so far, I'm not seeing it. And yes, I know, I may sound like someone who dismissed photography for not being a painting. It doesn't mean that everything new has potential. When we get actual holography, that will be interesting. I find even 3D much more interesting than most people (for videos). Lytro - not really. At least their first camera was cheap.

Also, so they sacrificed angular resolution for linear resolution? Maybe that depth information isn't such a big deal after all. Maybe in the 3rd version we'll end up with 'normal' resolution and only 2-3 focal planes.

I think the interactivity could be interesting on a large HDTV display, where the somewhat lower effective resolution won't be an issue. I wish there was a little more perspective shift.

The panning/focusing/perspective shift are all reminisecent of how still photos are presented in documentaries to make them more 'alive'. This technology has the same sort of effect.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 15:49 UTC
On Light Field Cameras - Focusing on the Future article (141 comments in total)

I like the perspective shift, in combination with the re-focusing ability. I think images from this camera will ideally be presented on a big HDTV, not on a computer screen or in print. And for most general consumers, this actually could work well.

The price is very high, if they can eventually get the next version down to $600 I think it has potential as a new medium.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 17:44 UTC as 56th comment
On Lytro announces Illum light field camera article (348 comments in total)

There's a good article at The Verge about the Illum. It looks very interesting to me, and really cannot be compared spec-wise to normal digital camera. This seems like the first 'real' Lytro product, the original Lytro was more proof of concept than anything.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 20:16 UTC as 51st comment | 4 replies
On Get the story behind the photograph article (10 comments in total)

Don't worry nunatak, it's coming ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 15:25 UTC as 3rd comment
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (333 comments in total)

I would love to see this- basically a digital SLR optimized for manual focus. The viewfinder of the OM cameras is amazing, still unmatched by any digital body. The sensor would have to be full frame to give a big optical viewfinder. Ditch the EVF as it would add a lot of unnecessary cost. Everyone got all excited by the Fuji cameras' phase detect aids, may as well just do it old school for much cheaper.

This would be an interesting Kickstarter for someone (if not an actually practical business idea), if you designed the mount so that adapters could be used for a variety of older lens mounts. Use a somewhat older sensor to save money, keep the controls simple and body small (just like an OM). If any camera maker actually did this, it would be Pentax since their current bodies even have M42 compatibility (I have a Pentax MX which is very similar to OM.)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 15:24 UTC as 21st comment
On Am I missing something here? article (627 comments in total)
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GRUBERND: i think the point the author and most of the commenters are missing:

this camera was not built for you.

not for your use-cases, not for your demographic, not for your culture, not even for your country. drop some expectations and biases how a camera is supposedly to work or be used and we all might be in for a treat.

@kadardr- a bunch of people who bought older bodies at $200-$300 firesale prices is probably not best target for a $1200 camera.

The V3 is even more niche than the V2 and V1 due to its price, even though it is significantly improved over the older models. We'll see how it goes.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:43 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (627 comments in total)
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brownie314: The price strategy from Nikon is truly baffling. But the good news is that we will probably be able to pick up V3's on fire sale in about a year with kit lens for about $350. I have a V1 - bought on fire sale - really cheap. It is good, but IQ doesn't compare to other mirrorless systems. If Nikon is going to make me compromise on IQ, then they had better give me a system that is at least price competitive with some of the cheaper mirrorless systems that have much better IQ.

The 18.5mm is a good buy on Amazon for under $200, the 10mm and 30-110mm are good buys on the used market (under $150 each).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:40 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (627 comments in total)
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Sorin Vacaru: I am afraid the answer to your question is a resounding "Yes".

Before offering expert opinion, one should make sure to read and understand the specs.

For example, exposure compensation can be programmed to one of the Fn1-3 buttons and used in conjunction with the command dial, if you so choose. We complained about the V1 lacking programmable function keys. Now we complain about having too many.

Even the V1 can be a one-of-a-kind tool in certain situations (used properly, of course). At first glance, the V3 might be a huge improvement. If you disagree, please feel free to shoot 20fps with full AF tracking and exposure at 800mm with your preferred cameras.

The cliche applies more than ever: the photographer counts first, second his understanding of the available tools.

That cliche is used more than ever, that's what makes it a cliche. This is primarily a gear site that is also about photography, rather than vice versa. It's okay for someone (or lots of people) to not like a camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:23 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (627 comments in total)
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rrccad: Personally I think Nikon got it right.

If the goal of MILC is to provide a small travel / working kit with reasonable image quality, then over time, the Nikon 1 will do it better than certainly APS-C and full frame sensored kit - which will be burdened down by it's much larger almost DSLR sized lenses (for normal and above focals)

the Nikon 1 system system will produce the smallest kit of any of the MILC's - and for most cases, the performance and quality outside of a few raging camera geeks is more than good enough.

Are you buying it? If not you, then you is paying that much? It's a nice camera, but the price makes it very niche.

For them to have fully 'gotten it right', that has to included an appropriate target customer base. Otherwise plenty of companies are capable of over designing a camera that looks great but costs too much.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:18 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (627 comments in total)

Hypothetical question- could Nikon have introduced a Micro 4/3 body with al the features/performance of the 1" Aptina sensor? That could have been a pretty compelling M43 body IMO. Superfast AF with good tracking, high FPS, silent shutter with no jello and 1/16,000 sec...weather seal it and it's a great sports/outdoors camera IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:17 UTC as 143rd comment | 1 reply
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