miketala

miketala

Lives in United States bay area, United States
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Joined on Jul 12, 2011

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (491 comments in total)
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Galbertson: Oh, what seems like ideally packed camera...and actually with mic/headphone jacks. It is like they wanted it compared to A7/A7R. But that tiny sensor! My guess if it had a APS-C sensor, the price would be similar to A7.

The A6000 will not have mic jack...what happened to our upgrade of nex7?

Why not just give us all the better functions, as in tilting screen. Tactile DSLRish buttons/controls, HD 60p video, mic and headphone jacks, in a body size of A6000/A7, in APS-C sensor.

Sony why not just give us the camera we want and need, maybe in three models....
RX100R(with all above functions).
A6000R/A7000(with all above functions).
A7/A7R.

Just get it over with, don't dribble out models. Of course realize this is simply the world of marketing in modern technologies.

If they used an apsc sensor the lens would be 2x the size and the price 50% higher. And then it would be totally unappealing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 06:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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joexu: 100Mbps is very high compression rate for 4K, let's see how it perform against Sony's XAVC-S which can reach up to 150Mbps

you're comparing the GH4 with a $4500 handicam with a 1/2.3" sensor that is in many ways crippled compared to the GH4.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1002485-REG/sony_fdr_ax1_4k_camcorder.html

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 05:58 UTC
On Consumer SLR Camera Roundup 2013 article (107 comments in total)

DPR's categories are outdated thus far less useful than they could be.

Mirrorless compete directly with DSLR's and have the same image quality (or near enough so for m43). The biggest difference is the viewfinder and body size.

Say I've got $700 to blow on a camera for my kid who's getting into photography & video. What do I get? DSLR? Mirrorless?

Throw out the mirrorless/dslr/dslt distinction. Use the umbrella description "System Cameras" and then break them down by average price points or desired use: Entry / Intermediate / Prosumer / Pro / Video.

It makes so much more sense, and is far more useful.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 02:36 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (229 comments in total)

Don't quite understand why something like the Panasonic GM1 isn't on this list.

It's interchangeable, but so what? With the kit lens it's still more compact, I believe, than some of the cameras in this list. It's too compromised to get mention in a normal mirrorless category. This is where it belongs. One simply gets the added bonus of being able to put on other lenses with it - including some small bright primes.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 03:57 UTC as 51st comment
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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OldZorki: Not enough dials to justify the price. :)

Kidding aside, a great looking camera. People will have an ability to get D4 image quality at half the price, while using any Nikon lenses from any era. What not to like?
For people without collection of Nikon FF lens it is probably a hard (but not impossible) sale.

What's not to like?

Rotten ergonomics. How much will one use a camera that's uncomfortable to hold for any real length of time.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 21:05 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)
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harold1968: Inexplicable scoring.
Dpreview's own partner DXOmARK has Nex 7 (just about to be replaced) significantly better then EM5 on every score.
Sure the Olympus sensor (now they are using sony) is better then previous versions, but the quality of picture is still far behind APS-c. I know, after editing both, the Nex pictures take far more battering in pp.
It is simply misleading to say otherwise

1) sensors are actually pretty close.

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare-Camera-Sensors/Compare-cameras-side-by-side/%28appareil1%29/909|0/%28brand%29/Olympus/%28appareil2%29/736|0/%28brand2%29/Sony#tabs-2

2) Surely there is more to a camera than just a sensor? Ergonomics, viewfinder, weatherproofing (and level of weatherproofing), focus speed, continuous shot speed, native lenses, stabilization, etc.
Sony does some neat stuff, and in some ways their cameras push boundaries, but in other ways they're playing catch-up.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 16:46 UTC
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miketala: Was thinking yesterday that Apple is perhaps the most innovate camera maker in the world. For example, the 5s is the only camera in the world to have:
1. dual flashes to help get proper white balance regardless of ambient light (1000+ variations of how the flashes fire).
2. ability to take 10 pics/second, camera then chooses the best and potentially eliminates remaining motion blur using the remaining pics.
3. ability to take slow-motion video (120fps at 720p) and, at any point in the video, speed that part of the vid to real time on the fly.

Not only are these new, but they're totally accessible and useful, even to the lay person.

Thom Hogan speaks directly on all of this at bythom.com.

You're being silly, an iPhone is no more a phone than it is a camera or videocamera. It's also a calculator. A gaming device. A GPS. A computer. etc.

And you've utterly missed the point of my comments: Apple, a company that really isn't known as a camera company, is doing more real and useful innovation on the photography front than the major camera makers. Apple's innovations can easily be applied to P&S cameras, mirrorless, and DSLRs. Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, etc, are probably kicking themselves today for not implementing these ideas first.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 20:56 UTC

Was thinking yesterday that Apple is perhaps the most innovate camera maker in the world. For example, the 5s is the only camera in the world to have:
1. dual flashes to help get proper white balance regardless of ambient light (1000+ variations of how the flashes fire).
2. ability to take 10 pics/second, camera then chooses the best and potentially eliminates remaining motion blur using the remaining pics.
3. ability to take slow-motion video (120fps at 720p) and, at any point in the video, speed that part of the vid to real time on the fly.

Not only are these new, but they're totally accessible and useful, even to the lay person.

Thom Hogan speaks directly on all of this at bythom.com.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 18:06 UTC as 39th comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Real-world Samples article (148 comments in total)
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Ullrich72: This GX-7 raises expectations, it comes with nice ingredients. But as a "mostly daylight shooter" these first samples are disappointing to me. As a APSC User with 2.8 Zoom there is nothing in these (daylight) pictures that attract me in any way.
High Iso Performance seems to be good but what I see in bright light or orange saturated evening light is just not a reason to change system. A DSLR might be heavier, but takes just the better picture.

"A DSLR might be heavier, but takes just the better picture."

A few shrunk jpegs from an otherwise untested camera and you've already cast judgment that all DSLR's are better, especially in bright or evening light? Surely you're joking.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 22:50 UTC
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1201 comments in total)
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Dimit: Nice little thing,it seems to have everything accumulated over the last couple of years.By the other hand Pana always seems not to have this little ''something''.Call it ''put this on and this and this..'' syndrome but never go ahead of their competitors.
Just 3 thoughts: Any good reason for the existence of G series? GF,GX and GH seem to cover the whole spectrum.And..what on earth this tilting vf is useful for?Really,anyone?The whole 90 degrees angle of the tilt can be easilyhandled by the respective movement of the camera WITH the eye on the evf.
Last and least: Better looking and similarly equipped with its direct(uglier) competitors EM5 and EP5,the latter being damn expensive,considering the luck of built- in evf.
For the time being best choise seems to be nex7,since most of e mount lenses are OSS,disregarding the 5 axis feature(overated?).
It will sell well.Besides Pana prices tend to drop faster than those of Olympus and Sony,no?

The sensor in the GH3, EM-5, etc, are not at all the same as the one in your old GX1. The better m43 cameras compete nicely on IQ with the NEX 5 & 6.

This looks like a neat camera!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 18:46 UTC
On Just posted: Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 Review article (366 comments in total)

I wonder how this compares with a Panasonic G6. G6 i understand would have better video, but similar body styles. the m43 lenses would be smaller. THough the G6 sensor is a bit old it's fairly similar to the Canon with its older sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2013 at 23:30 UTC as 31st comment | 8 replies

This report is ids the worst fanboy garbge i cannot believe. MTI is a college for ;arty retrds. I cant blieve that DPR would print so stupid things al the time! duh. Those persons who wrk DPR are totum pole bottom to, but they think they so wiley!!@ theyh contstatn ely remove things i say hear and refuse to let me put up shots my wife. never trust crafty MIT or wiley DPR fanboy. they out to trick you jest like they trick me by make up kit remove dog blimesh.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2013 at 22:50 UTC as 128th comment | 6 replies
On Just posted: Nikon D5200 in-depth review article (233 comments in total)
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rfsIII: The one question I have is why does everyone denigrate articulated LED screens like they are only for video shooters and amateurs?
It is a truth oft repeated that all the really good photographs exist at very awkward angles; greatness can only be achieved when the camera is either too high, too low, too sideways, but definitely not at normal eye level 1.5 meters above the ground.
So why the hating of a feature that makes it easier to stand out from the mediocre photos crowd?
Is it that people are too inhibited artistically to look beyond their normal field of view? Are they afraid that using unique and compelling angles would make them look foolish to their peers? Are they ashamed of producing something truly beautiful?

I agree, and the believe the same goes of touch screens. Touch screens and articulated screens can be powerful tools.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 17:32 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 Preview article (107 comments in total)

I've got a G3, which has a sensor that performs similarly to the GH2, and my biggest gripe with it is that it's rather easy to blow highlights. Most reviews pick up on this problem too.

The new Oly's and the GH3, I believe, hold onto highlights much better, and that's why I would like to see a better sensor in the G6.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 16:05 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
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IcyVeins: So he's using the 7-14, 12-35, and 100-300, but I figure he must be using one of the cheap telephoto zooms too. I wonder if it's the 45-200, 45-175, or 45-150.

Bet it's the 35-100 f2.8.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 20:21 UTC
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)

It's odd to compare this with cameras that cost--at most--1/2 the price. I get that it's mirrorless, but with lenses it's simply not as compact as m43, and at least one of the adapters appears to be as large as the camera itself.

A comparison with a similarly priced camera using a similar sized sensor, e.g. the D7000, is highly warranted and it's simply silly and unprofessional that DPR failed to do this.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2011 at 17:05 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies

It looks like a nice camera.

I notice that a lot of people complain about the G3's plastic body. It's actually aluminum.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2011 at 17:07 UTC as 28th comment

its like chartreuse-colored lipstick on a pig.

poor steve jobs just rolled over in his grave.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 02:31 UTC as 133rd comment
On Nikon V1 and J1 - hands-on first impressions article (245 comments in total)

If you've got an advantage, you should take it. Nikon seems to have a potential lens advantage with a smaller size sensor -- this is their ONLY absolute advantage as far as I can tell -- so it's truly stupid of them to not have taken advantage of this (eg, a super small fast zoom). The GX lenses for M4/3 look to be superior, even smaller, than Nikon's. I just don't understand Nikon's thinking. Any other technical advantage they have right now will be fleeting as competitors roll out new models.

> Although the gf3 or ep mini with the 14-42 gx lens would make
> smaller combined size, the j1 and v1 could be competitors if the price is right

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 01:43 UTC as 81st comment
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