steve_hoge

steve_hoge

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steve_hoge: Confused by the statement in the preview: "the FZ300 combines optical and digital image stabilization."

I saw the 5-axis optical stabilization explained in an earlier panel - where does the digital image stabilization come in?

So if I understand correctly, there is NO sensor-based stabilization during video shooting, but processor-based digital image stabilization is combined with the lens' OIS for video. I wonder if the digital stabilization is done in real time - i.e., appears in the EVF and rear display while shooting, or is post-processed in-camera in the background after the clip is finished? (If the latter, then there shouldn't be that great an impediment to extending it to 4K clips.)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 19:56 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1223 comments in total)
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AshMills: Please can you add a picture of the behemoth next to a DX DSLR to put these comments, and the headline into perspective. Anyone would think it was the size of a dining table.

One of the things I appreciated about the GX7 was the compact size - I do a lot of traveling and it's great that it fit pretty well in my bicycle handlebar bag. I'm kind of bummed that the GX8 has been bulked-up, and don't quite understand why - the sensor should be nearly the same dimensions, but perhaps the fully-rotational display and larger battery required a larger body?

I was concerned also about the weight difference, based on the initial dpreview.com side-by-side comparison which showed over 6 oz. Now it appears (corrected?) that there's only 3 oz difference, which is quite acceptable.

One thing I was originally concerned about on the GX7 was the battery/card door, which is silver-painted plastic and seemed flimsy, though I haven't busted it yet (other of my Panasonics haven't been so lucky). I wonder if they beefed that up for the GX8, what with the weather proofing, etc.?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 21:54 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1223 comments in total)
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AshMills: Please can you add a picture of the behemoth next to a DX DSLR to put these comments, and the headline into perspective. Anyone would think it was the size of a dining table.

Wow, thanks for the size comparison. I was curious how the GX8 related to GX7 size-wise and that site is very useful!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 16:46 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1223 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: The big question remains: what steps were taken to address shutter shock?

The shutter appears to be different, since the GX8 flash-synch speed has been downgraded to 1/250 s from the GX7’s 1/320 s. But I see no mention of an electronic first-curtain option.

And the speed with which the fully electronic shutter traverses the frame is unknown, as are any bit-depth limitations when using it.

Also, I have seen mild effects of shutter-shock on my GX7 using the 14-140. E-shutter shots are modestly sharper in some circumstances at slower shutter speeds. So any improvement in mechanical shutter in GX8 would be welcome - don't know if they would tout that as a feature since it implies a criticism of earlier bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 16:38 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1223 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: The big question remains: what steps were taken to address shutter shock?

The shutter appears to be different, since the GX8 flash-synch speed has been downgraded to 1/250 s from the GX7’s 1/320 s. But I see no mention of an electronic first-curtain option.

And the speed with which the fully electronic shutter traverses the frame is unknown, as are any bit-depth limitations when using it.

The p/review at www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_GX8 hints that there is full 12-bit readout using the electronic shutter. So that is good news for RAW shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1223 comments in total)

Anyone know if the hotshoe is going to have any multi-function connections? Or is it simply for flash?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 16:28 UTC as 77th comment

Confused by the statement in the preview: "the FZ300 combines optical and digital image stabilization."

I saw the 5-axis optical stabilization explained in an earlier panel - where does the digital image stabilization come in?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 18:21 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies

Would be interested to know if any other Aperture refugees find this a competent replacement, and if there's any library conversion scheme.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 20:06 UTC as 44th comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (425 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: Are we NEVER going to get an ILC body with image stabilization AND 4k???

But will the GX8 actually deliver IBIS and 4K video SIMULTANEOUSLY?

The GX7 has IBIS and HD video - just not at the same time :(

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 00:22 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (425 comments in total)
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agentlossing: I personally love the WiFi options... if they're too complex for the reviewer to figure out, why not stick with the options that make sense? Arguing there are too many features is nitpicky.

I get decent performance transferring images from my GX7 to my Android phone, but I've NEVER been able to figure out how the whole Lumix Club scheme is supposed to work.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 17:37 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (425 comments in total)

Does anyone know the issues in the image pipeline that would cause images captured with the electronic shutter to be so much noisier than with the mechanical shutter?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 17:27 UTC as 98th comment | 6 replies

$150 bounty to the first person that can root this card.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 22:49 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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Adrian Harris: RX100 Mk4 appears far noisier than my Mk1, which is a great disappointment as I was hoping the new sensor was going to be a leap forward :o(
I would like an EVF but am not prepared to accept worse photo quality!

Ugh, why does this always happen? We were getting along so well there...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 20:44 UTC

Hope we will see the RX10 II added to the scene comparison tool soon! Was hoping to compare how the same sensor performed in different bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 16:41 UTC as 50th comment
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Adrian Harris: RX100 Mk4 appears far noisier than my Mk1, which is a great disappointment as I was hoping the new sensor was going to be a leap forward :o(
I would like an EVF but am not prepared to accept worse photo quality!

In JPEG at ISO 3200 the IV looks noisier to me than the III AND the II. RAW at that speed looks v comparable if not identical. Less aggressive NR by default in the IV's JPEG pipeline?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2015 at 16:40 UTC
On Google and GoPro unveil 16-camera 'Array' VR rig article (45 comments in total)
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steve_hoge: Why not 16 Google Nexus 6 phones instead of 16 GoPros?

Nexus 6 claims to capture 13Mp vs GoPro's 12Mp, and it's certainly a smarter platform to network together...

I had forgotten that Nexus 6 has neither removable storage nor removable battery. So those architectural decisions may have been deal-breakers for this configuration too.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 20:52 UTC
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rfsIII: As noted below, there are once again concerns about whether Google can use the photos you store for their promotional purposes. To me it sounds very ambiguous which means that Google will push to the limits and a little beyond.

Executives in Silicon Valley are actively hostile toward the property rights of artists and photographers, so I'm going to wait a little while before I start uploading to this service.

Here's what the user agreement says:
"The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones."

"promoting" is the operant term here. Sounds to me like they can use your pix to promote their service without paying you.

Since all the turmoil has subsided I'm pretty happy with Flickr again.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2015 at 19:03 UTC
On Google and GoPro unveil 16-camera 'Array' VR rig article (45 comments in total)

Why not 16 Google Nexus 6 phones instead of 16 GoPros?

Nexus 6 claims to capture 13Mp vs GoPro's 12Mp, and it's certainly a smarter platform to network together...

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2015 at 18:56 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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rfsIII: As noted below, there are once again concerns about whether Google can use the photos you store for their promotional purposes. To me it sounds very ambiguous which means that Google will push to the limits and a little beyond.

Executives in Silicon Valley are actively hostile toward the property rights of artists and photographers, so I'm going to wait a little while before I start uploading to this service.

Here's what the user agreement says:
"The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones."

"promoting" is the operant term here. Sounds to me like they can use your pix to promote their service without paying you.

That is also how I read it - Google can use your photos to promote their products in any way they see fit. And as far as "operating...our Services" I extrapolate that to mean that they can, for instance, publicly display your geocoded photos on Maps as well, include them in public Image Search results, etc. I don't know if there are any privacy settings to preclude this.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 16:45 UTC
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steve_hoge: The animations look cool. But I don't think I have the Brooklyn hipster cred required to download it. And where's the desktop version?

"Desktop" (i.e., web browser-based) version doesn't yet have feature parity with the mobile version - like the collaging and animation features. AFAIK, at this point it's pretty much just a re-skin of Google+ photos (aka Picasaweb.)

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 16:32 UTC
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