Anonymous Gerbil: I find 28mm to be too wide already, 24mm sounds awful. Does anyone know if this or competing cameras allows a "default startup focal length" to be specified? That would be a convenient feature for me.
Or maybe he want a compact camera for low-light shooting. Something that most super-zooms can't handle very well, with even smaller sensors and usually slow f3.3 or 3.5 apertures at the wide end of the zoom.
Francis Sawyer: Built-in time-lapse? FINALLY! Someone other than Nikon pulls their head out of their ass. Wait: The article says it has time-lapse, but the specs say "no."
And hopefully they don't mean a useless time-lapse function in the camera's video mode.
If they reduced the size of the sensor, they should've reduced the pixel count. Give us a CLEAN 6 or 8 MP instead of noise-riddled crap.
Ricoh has had timeplaplse for quite some years by now. As a standard feature in their compact cameras.
Professor999: 9 page Review of nikon coolpix S9300, nikon coolpix P510,nikon coolpix P310 in July alone but no review for Ricoh GRD IV, which seriouscompacts.com compares favourably with the Fuji X10, Olympus XZ-1,
Photographyblog says is Highly Recommended.
Review also available at DC camera resource.HMMM.
GRDIV is hardly anything new but a refreshed revision of the GRDIII which could be called GRD 3.5The major improvements are. sensor-shift Image stabilisation and the return of Phase Detection AF. The last one which the original GRDI had but which was removed with GRDII and left it with sluggish AF performance compared to GRDI. The PD AF should not have been remove in the first place so that's hardly anything 'new' but trying to make up for a unneeded mistake.Still the GRDIV have same lens as GRDIII so not anything new there. Also I don't like the NR in GRDIV which can be set to off. The problem is just that it is definitely not the same as real NR Off. And it has been like that since the GRDII...But I hope that we'll see a review of the GRD V whenever it becomes available. But there is some time until then.
Sergey Borachev: Over the years, I have read many reviews. I found that the name "Coolpix" just means an average camera and have ignored such camera. Unlike some other similar cameras, Nikon seems happy to continue to offer bland and uninteresting cameras (in terms of what enthusiasts want) rin this range, not particular small, good in IQ, fast in aperture, fast AF, good looking, or anything. The P510 may have 1000mm equiv FL but otherwise still not so interesting due to other faults. Olympus has the XZ-1, Sony the RX100 and NEXes, Canon the S100, Fuji the X10, and so on, all with something special. Nikon small cameras are so uninteresting.
While I still agree about the Coolpixes I've to say that the Coolpix P7000 and P7100 are 'decent' compared its direct competitors, mainly the Canon Powershot G11 and G12.Also the P510 seems to be very competitive. Surely the default sharpening is slightly aggressive and not give the best possible look I think, but back it off one stop and also set the NR to Low and the P510 should perform well.
magneto shot: seriously 1/2.3 sensor? sure someone brought up pentax Q...but...is that really sellable at all? come on, guys, lets not fool with physics. The days of 1/2.3 sensor compacts being anything serious are gone. even camera phone (808 pureview nokia) have much bigger sensor.
Unfortunately the 1/2.3" are the facto standard among small super-zoom compact cameras, with Fujifilm Finepix 770EXR and some of its predecessors as the only exceptions I know about.This is because it probably is more simply to fit a smaller cmos or ccd to the back of a super-zoom and it also benefits from the bigger crop/multiplier compared to marginally bigger 1/1.7" sensors.
Thinking about the sensor-size and missed raw. I wouldn't say that S100 is the direct competitor for the P300 and now P310. The specs are closer to the Canon Elph 500HS / Ixus 310 http://www.dpreview.com/products/canon/compacts/canon_ixus310hsFor Nikon this remain something of a missed opportunity as them unfortunately aimed too low imo.
50mm on Aps-c equals 75mm. A focal length which I not found much use for when I had the Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8D and used it with the D1H.Wonder if this Pentax 50mm 1.8 might cover a future Pentax with FF. Probably not, so the question is how bad the corner falloff and vignetting is going to be like.
Sean Nelson: I find it frustrating that your reviews of AA-powered cameras never properly explain the battery options:
- Alkalines are for emergency use because they can be bought anywhere and retain their charge for decades. But they drain quickly during actual use in high current devices such as digital cameras and you should never use them as a "normal" choice for your camera.
- Lithium batteries (the non-rechargeable ones) have extremely long shelf life and a very high capacity. My experience is that you can get a couple of thousand shots out of them. They're expensive, but perfect if you're going on a trip where recharging opportunities won't be available.
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To benefit from Hybrid batteries like Sanyo Eneloop one also needs a good charger which support discharging to keep the Nimhs in good condition over time.
tessl8d: These reviews are just a bit of grease for the corporate wheels. I been looking for a Ricoh GRD4 review and found one yesterday posted by an enthusiast.G great info and amazing samples.Pays to look around. DPR's previews and samples are pretty ordinary.
Since when is the GRD4 relevant here? It is another compact, definitely not a super-zoom. By the way, the GRD4 is very much of a raw only compact. It may have NR off but as many users of Ricoh-compacts know, that is not real NR off.But I agree that Dpreview should spend more time to review the real intersting models instead for this 'me too' super zoom. Especially since the SX240 and SX260 have been around for some time and have very good image quality compared to most of their main competitors.
I fail to see why Dpreview bothered to review this Canon-model when there is an other, more interesting, SX240 or Sx260 with an even longer zoom.
Actually this camera might be good after all. The XP30 which was slammed in the waterproof group-test last year had lower NR than, if not all, so at least most of the competing cameras but the thick protection glass eventually let it down image-quality wise.Some real Full-size sample images from a test with the XP150 indicates that it is a good step in the right direction with a not so thick protection glass this time.http://www.trustedreviews.com/fujifilm-xp150_Digital-Camera_photos_20time in the waterproof group-test which is to be expected at some time during the summer or better, before the summer begin.So I dont think Fujifuilm is gonna finish last another time.If they do, then it would be something of an infamous hat trick because in the first two tests of waterproof compacts, the Fujifilm-compacts have finished last so far. The Pentax WG-2 have turned out to be trash image-quality wise and also three of the new Olympus TG seems to be worse as well.
If Fujifilm announced a waterproof camera with EXR-sensor and a slightly faster zoom. Then we might have something to talk about. Oh, and also drop that useless 9 cm macro.
markcaff: Schaki:... Just Looking at random Photos from these cameras...is not going to work!... It’s to hard to tell? You need to see the same shot... same lighting, iso and all other conditions and then those shots magnified it to see the real differences. Look at the last four images and enlarge.
That's just controlled studio-tests. In real life pictures, landscape, disclosured the the waterpaintings which the Panasonic ZS20 is up to. I had already seen that in the Dpreview samples and here is another which you seem to have missed. http://www.dcresource.com/sites/default/files/galleries/panasonic-lumix-dmc-zs15-photo-gallery/P1010166.Jpg
You are a trollin Panny-fanboy with only two posts so. So, I'll not feed the troll but rather disclosure it ;)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 for these which may like to create waterpaintings with a camera. Canon Powershot SX240/260 are marginally better http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/powershot_sx260-review/galleryNikon Coolpix 9300 just about OK. But it is a quite bad copy of the zoom which have been used in the test with full-size sample images which I noticed. Especially the left side of the zoom seems to be very soft. Noticeably in the picture with all the flowers and also some other. http://dpinterface.com/2012/04/23/nikon-coolpix-s9300-photo-gallery/
FFS stop with these stupid "first impressions" and spend that time on the real thing instead - The review! This have become quite irritating.Edit: Initial full size sample images are always to be welcomed but no need to waste time on other things which are expected to be in the final review.
Fine if Fuji manages to fix this irritating issue. Luckily I've not bought an X10, but at least I might try one if this problem ever gets fixed for real within something like 2 or 3 months.But no word at all about some solution for the Sticky aperture issue with the X100? Fujifilm better not leave these which soon are out of warranty for dead whenever they get problem with the aperture. It's is about time to think about their reputation, escpecially now with the X-Pro1 coming, not to lose faith among existing buyers of the X100 and also potential buyers which already know about the problem.
Samuel Dilworth: Nice to see Ricoh continue its fine tradition of releasing meaningful firmware updates long after the review sites have had their say and moved onto the next thing. There's something reassuringly old-fashioned about Ricoh's approach to its customers.
While I agree with your post, I think it should be mentioned that this kind of firmware-support only are available for the GR Digital-series and GXR and the modules which can be connected to it.Just noticed when I checked that functions have been added for the Ricoh G700 and G700SE. http://ricoh.com/r_dc/download/firmware/g700/#02These are aimed at industrial use. I actually bought a G700 for testing-purpose and have used it with the latest firmware for some time and also written a short review of it. http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1013&message=40258631
At least I don't think that there ever were functions added afterwards through a firmware for the GX100, GX200, any of the R-series cameras, PX or the CX superzooms. Though the current functions in some or many of these have been tweaked. I Though with this said. I stand to be corrected if I've missed something regarding this last part.
Yet not even APS-C sensor size...
Yiotis: I'm so scared to challenge this awesome camera with my Nikon D2Hs(4MP)
I'm also in for the 'challenge' with my Nikon D1H with only 2.6mp ;)
P310 - Another wasted compact. Again, Nikon have fumbled it wrong this time too.A serious compact with a fast widest aperture needs something more to get the best out of it. Raw and a 1/1.7" sensor as for the Coolpix P7100. Add that tilt-lcd and it would have been even better/more interesting.Hopefully there is more in camera-parameters to tweak the jpeg-output this time - Something that the P300 also missed. It should also offer the option NR off, especially now without raw.