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Mike FL: I'm looking for replacing my SRL for a while, and interested in EM1 and XT1. But there is only one possible problem; "Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic are doomed...".

We will see, but no one could stop it from coming when it comes as we saw it from the past...

I'd say just buy what you like, otherwise articles like this will become a self fulfilling prophecy...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 07:59 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (690 comments in total)
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Timmbits: Can any MFT package rival this in size?
I mean, with a pancake zoom lens, a good one?

I figure that with all the criticism about the sensor, and if I am willing to accept this size for a "pocketable" camera (with larger sensor than RX100iii), could I also be served with an MFT instead?

Does anyone know, off the top of their head, a zoom lens that collapses to pancake size on power off, that is as bright as this one? (maybe f1.7 or so when thinking of equivalencies).

Why don't you go for the RX100 series from Sony then? They're way more compact than either the G1X mkII or any ILC, and still offer very good IQ...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 15:34 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (812 comments in total)

Is there something strange going on with the NR on the M3? Looking at the noise samples on p. 11 of the review, the M3 does very poorly compared to the M2. Look at the highest ISO12800 setting, and the difference is shocking!

However, the M3 sample of the stamp also looks more enlarged than the M2 sample. Strange, because they have the same resolution...

Anyone have an idea?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 19:15 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (690 comments in total)
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Timmbits: Can any MFT package rival this in size?
I mean, with a pancake zoom lens, a good one?

I figure that with all the criticism about the sensor, and if I am willing to accept this size for a "pocketable" camera (with larger sensor than RX100iii), could I also be served with an MFT instead?

Does anyone know, off the top of their head, a zoom lens that collapses to pancake size on power off, that is as bright as this one? (maybe f1.7 or so when thinking of equivalencies).

The Panasonic GM1 is smaller than this Canon and comes with a nice little 24-64mm equivalent pancake zoom lens. This lens, however, is only of the standard 3.5-5.6 aperture range. You can use the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 (90mm eq.) for a bit more range and great portraits.

The GM1 has gotten a very good review on this site and others. However, to get a zoom lens with a brightness that begins to approach the Canon you'd need to move up to the much more expensive 12-35mm f/2.8 from Panasonic or 12-40mm f/2.8 from Olympus. These are a stop slower at the wide angle, but a stop brighter at the tele end. They are also much more bulky and might fit better with a somewhat bigger m43 camera.

The GM1 with some bright pancakes will be very able and compact, but loses some convenience due to lens swapping. I guess the kitlens plus Olympus 45mm f/1.8 make a good travel package for city, landscapes, portraits, museum etc.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 19:35 UTC
On HTC One M8 Camera Review post (54 comments in total)

The 'UltraPixel' marketing would have had some credibility if the sensor was bigger than the usual 1/3" size. Theoretically, it's better to use more pixels and downsample in low light. At least in good light, you'd have more detail. Nokia's approach (now copied by Sony) is the way to go.

In general, exposure and colour is pretty good, so in good light you're left with some nice looking shots, on screen. But when you zoom in just a bit, the detail falls apart quickly.

Apart from IQ, my biggest gripe is with the operational speed of the One M8. When viewing a photo full screen, you tap the screen to display the options: they slowly slide into view from the bottom. It almost takes a second before the second row (Back, Home, App Switcher) buttons are available. The Back button is needed to get back to shooting mode, so it's a pain to wait for it to show up. The processor is fast enough to display this immediately, so the animation is useless and annoying.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 09:11 UTC as 4th comment
On Nokia Lumia 1520 camera review post (101 comments in total)
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michael2011: Surprised it performs noticeably better than other phones including iPhone 5S which has a similarly sized sensor. My wife wants this phone and I now have no reservation recommending this.

Looking forward to your review on 1020's RAW capability...

BTW, your link to "Page 8: Image Quality Comparison (Bright Light" (and subsequent ones) takes me to a wrong page.

Actually, the sensor in the iPhone is not the same size as in the Nokia: 1/3" vs 1/2.5". Not a huge difference, but still the Nokia is capturing more light with its bigger sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 21:53 UTC

You need to also compare to a 'regular' smartphone digital zoom to truly establish the usefulness of this technology.

You'd expect a compact camera with optical zoom to outperform a smartphone with digital. But if the latter provides something that's 'good enough' in terms of zoom, it can still be a viable alternative, The traditional digital zoom on smartphones doesn't achieve that, but this Nokia technology might.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 11:32 UTC as 16th comment
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)

Looking at the 'Print' size the advantages of the Nokia Pureview technology become really obvious: it is a much cleaner and more detailed image. Difference is significant even at these low ISO values, imagine what happens at ISO 400...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2013 at 12:29 UTC as 12th comment
On Hands-on with the 20.7MP Sony Xperia Z1 post (81 comments in total)
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Mrrowe8: Actually it has beaten the Nokia , the Sony with expandable memory card slot can allow for transfer of cards , down load images to your computer and run through geniune fractals and nik software and poof noise reduced. .. The Nokia HAS NO expandable memory and you must use a cloud based system thus tying you to pay system .. So beaten and the addition of lenses means this is the real beginning of the end of PS Cameras .. For me it will depend in carrier ..

While the 'no expandable memory' remark is true, I'm sure that you can actually connect the Lumia 1020 to a PC with a USB-cable to transfer your files.

In terms of IQ, there's no good comparison yet between the two. So, it's too early to declare a winner in that department.

Where the Z1 does beat the Lumia 1020 hands down is in processing power. The Snapdragon S4 Plus may be sufficient to run Windows Phone 8 smoothly, it is not powerful enough to deal with all those pixels. Camera start-up time (around 5 sec) and shot-to-shot time (around 2 sec) are quite bad for such a camera centric smartphone.

I do believe that Nokia (or MS) should make an update of the 1020 quite soon after the release of the next WP update that should enable quadcore processors (Snapdragon 800, I guess).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 08:44 UTC
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kadardr: "CEO-turned-whistleblower" is an oxymoron. Serious doubts of sincerity and shadows of his misconduct.

Hope he will be a novel writer excellent at fiction, because in the reality he will not be able to get a high position in the corporate world again.

He was no innocent child appointed to CEO, and unaware of corporate business conduct in Olympus. His appointment was a mistake from both parties.

You are kidding if you think of Olympus as an exception or a bad example, or even as a "Japanese or Asean model" of "misconduct".

His appointment was a mistake from both parties? I'm sure that the top clan in Olympus see the outcome as unwanted: their dirty laundry was exposed. But for the investors in the company it was a better thing for the scam to have been uncovered. Yes they lost money, but otherwise the company would have gone bust altogether.

I think it takes courage to operate from your ethical standards at that level. You're right that his chances at another job as CEO of an international company are pretty slim. That's why GBP10m should not be seen as greed. It's commendable that Woodford even gives away most of that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2012 at 11:57 UTC

Nokia slow to catch up in smartphones?

Nokia was an early leader in that area, bringing many innovations. For years, Nokia was the market leader in smartphones with over 60% market share. The problem was that they were stuck with an OS created in the 1990s with the limitations of technology at that time.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 21:43 UTC as 6th comment
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MPA1: My iPhone 5 should arrive this week so I can see for myself.

I use the camera as a visual note taker mainly - if I see a poster or magazine article or some such that I want to remember, I snap it and that reminds me to look it up later on.

Sometimes of course, your phone is the only camera you have - if I see Nessie or Lord Lucan, I won't be ashamed to capture the moment on my phone if that's all I have!

@Esa Tuunanen
I think the fact is that more and more people do not buy a dedicated camera, but rather use their phone for documenting their city trips, social events or just something they see on the streets.

These pictures' usefulness depends on whether you can recognize the faces and if it looks pleasant in small web viewing. It will of course not suffice for anything professional, but that's not what people are looking for.

In the meanwhile, simple compact sales have been declining for years. People just use their phones instead.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 10:46 UTC
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photoaddict: DisplayMate just released article about iPhone 5 color display and not surprisingly, it outperformed Galaxy S by a large margin. iPhone 5 has perfect colors and has accurate gamut and doesn't need re-calibration out of the box.
Just the facts.

That comparison was written by Dr. Nick Riviera...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2012 at 10:32 UTC
On Nokia Lumia 920 promises PureView, but it’s no 808 article (182 comments in total)
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Vitruvius: What can you expect when Nokia had to fake the footage for the ad with a DSLR....

Makes you wonder how often they do this and don't get caught. Shouldn't this be false advertising, like Sketchers?

So, it does really make a difference. I can see how they used other products to show the benefit of OIS. It happens all the time, and not just by Nokia. At least in this case, the technology really seems to work.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2012 at 18:45 UTC
On Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8 Preview preview (214 comments in total)
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Cax: Just to clear things up for some people: The focal length of a lens has no impact whatsoever regarding "flattening" of a photo or anything related to that. What makes a portrait "flat" is the distance to the subject. People equate focal length to subject distance, and that's the source of this common misconception.

So yes, 75mm on 4/3 IS THE SAME AS 150mm on a 36x24mm camera in terms of anything relating to the photographic result. Focal length in itself means nothing. Please stop saying "75mm is 75mm" like we are all morons. 75mm is not an angle of view.

@ yabokkie

What you say on the measurements is true and very precise. However, the equivalence debate is getting a bit weird, because if you look at cameras sold the APS-C should be the standard and not Full Frame (which used to be called 'small frame' in comparison to the earlier standard formats).

What you propose would be a more precise classification of lenses, but I fear people cannot imagine what that a 16.4*/pupil-42 lens would give them in terms of image result...

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2012 at 09:37 UTC
On Dpreview product database now mobile article (37 comments in total)
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Octane: it took us 10-15 years to get web pages to look interesting and make them useful and use features our computers offer.

Now we have to find ways to get it all 'dumbed down' for mobile devices again (and create parallel mobile versions) until they become powerful enough to handle good web sites again. History repeats itself. :)

Actually, as a user I prefer to look at lightly designed websites. That does not mean 'dumbed down' at all.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 22:17 UTC
On Dpreview product database now mobile article (37 comments in total)

Great that you're working on the mobile access to the site. I still come across a lot of broken links, which I guess will just take some time to fix.

I like the layout of the the database articles. The sliding product images are nice.

Well done on the mobile version, but I hope you don't forget to work on the desktop version as well. It's a very heavy website, and I experience a lot of misloaded pages. Often, the image comparator tool in the reviews does not work well.

Maybe it's time for some extra bandwith with all these exciting new camera releases...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 22:15 UTC as 17th comment
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X review article (519 comments in total)
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Aotearoa: I think it's a commendable camera by Canon.

I'm a Nikon D700 DSLR camera owner, and have a Canon S95 ... both of which I like. I also have an in-betweenie Panasonic GF1 which I am about to sell as it just sucks with its optional (expensive) EVF. A good photograph is a wonderful thing, but there's a lot of photos (in my case) to get just one. Squinting at a LCD on a larger camera is just not cricket.& Silky wotsit for RAW? I don't think so.

Maybe I'll wait for the 2nd edition of this, or buy a Nikon D3100 (soon to be a D3200?) Not too much different in size - small but you still have to sling it.

Either way, Nikon or Canon have decent software. Life's too short for a DSLR shooter to bother with m4/3rds.

Personally, I beg to differ. I went from DSLR to m4/3 and feel no need at all to ever go back to a DSLR. Even the Nikon 300mm f/4 works very well on the entry level E-PL1. Yes, it is manual focus only, but with the high res EVF, that's no problem. I'd have to get a D90 or D7000 to have AF on that, but I'm not going to bother.

Your experience is based on the GF1, which is a 2009 camera. m4/3 has moved on considerably since then, so it would be better to look at the Panasonic GX1 now. This camera got a similar score as the Canon, but has the advantage of interchangeable lenses.

At the same time, the G1 X concept is interesting because of its bright and versatile zoom. Compared to a Rebel with a kit lens (which many people stick to), I think the G1 X is the better (albeit more expensive) option. But compared to m4/3 it's a different story.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 09:15 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples article (458 comments in total)
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JohanP: This is the answer I needed. I'll order one now and replace my D7000. I just can't resist the design and as it seems it's a good performer.

@ Entropius
That's sound advice in any case. But of all the mirrorless systems, m4/3 is the one with the most options in terms of lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 16:32 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 test samples article (458 comments in total)
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aris14: Oly and mainly Pana invested on 4/3s. Matsushita's guys seem to know well than in less than 5 years a 4/3 sensor wil deliver the same IQ as a full 35 sensor of the previous year the way Canon 1Ds 1 and II have practically been surpassed from 2011 APS sensors etc.
The next thing I am waiting is serious job in approaching cam's design which suffers from the memory of roll film existence some years ago. Who needs a flat back with a lens stitched on it anymore? Small video cams show the way I guess, I think that the cam designers have to wait the last marketing dinosaurs to pass into oblivion...

@ Francis Carver
Olympus and Panasonic enjoy more market share with m4/3 than they ever did with 4/3 DSLRs. It seems the system is selling very well in Japan and Asian markets, with Europe and the US a little bit behind in the curve.

I think a camera like the E-M5 will make a huge difference in 2012 for the breakthrough of m4/3 in the Western markets. Just look at the huge amount of attention it's getting on this forum.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 16:28 UTC
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