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On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (552 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: The single biggest thing to remember here is that Sony, Panasonic, and Olympus all depend on revenue from something other than Digital Cameras to keep their businesses going. Canon and Nikon are Camera companies first and foremost.

Slumping camera sales will hurt Nikon and Canon way more than it would for Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic. If Nikon and Canon stopped selling DSLRs and compact cameras tomorrow those companies wouldn’t be around for long.

Cameras like this are the best bet at continuing to sell cameras to the mass market. Canon and Nikon have abandoned this market almost entirely.

Canon camera division is a small part of their overall business. Nikon is the most at risk and if a camera giant were to fall in the next 10 years my bet is that it would be Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 21:05 UTC

According the this earlier leak it was have the same ISOCELL sensor as in the Samsung S5. The rest of this leak was accurate so the info on the sensor looks to be accurate.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 02:18 UTC as 13th comment
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BoFiS: If it wasn't a HUGE 6" device, I'd be much more impressed or interested...

Apparently a slightly smaller screen version is in the works.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 02:09 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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Lab D: Thanks for the update. The 4K grab looks great!
" the FZ1000 is quicker to focus in every situation that I encountered."
This answers a top question people have about the 2 cameras.

I expected AF to be much faster. Panasonic has always lead with AF speed/accuracy where Sony was much farther behind. I wonder how well the 5-axis IS performs in comparison to Sony's. I really enjoy the stabilization in my RX100 as it is a must for handheld video. I am looking forward to see what Panasonic announces with the LX8 and the Fixed lens 4/3 sensor camera next month.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 20:07 UTC
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)
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Chanex: Now someone bring out a rival to the rx100mkIII so I can pick that up for a couple hundred less??

I hope the LX8 will have the same impact on the RX100m3.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 21:46 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (759 comments in total)
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Ivan Lietaert: Well now, let's wait and see what Panasonic has on offer with the LX8 which is expected half way July. With a similar sensor, but with added 4K video recording, if Panasonic sticks to the proven ergonomics of the LX series, it could well be the camera that will beat the RX100MIII.
On the other hand, the reviewer's 'disconnected feel' is very subjective and may be an indicator for the reviewer's mental state rather than an appreciation of the camera. ;-)
I'm pretty sure the RX100mIII is an amazing tool in experienced hands.

Panasonic has always had a better codec than Sony. I don't see that changing now. And the LX8 is also rumored to have an ND filter too.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 20:31 UTC
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gurmusic: Why?

They cannot compete directly in IQ against most cameras so they are trying different software gimmick to see if something sticks.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 21:53 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (367 comments in total)
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STR54: Now that these are out of the way, time to update the 300 F4L and 400mm F5.6L prime telephotos!

I would like to see an update to the 400mm f5.6 but I don't think we will see one. Instead Canon will update the 100-400. I really wish someone would create a new 400mm f5.6. I would switch mounts for such a lens.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 14:29 UTC

I guess we'll know by Wednesday when the RX100M3 is suppose to be released.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 20:30 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
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Sangster: "The Nikon 1 J4 will be available outside of the U.S."

Does this mean Nikon is abandoning mirrorless for the masses in America?

It looks like they are focusing on the V3 for the US. I guess the J series didn't sell very well in the US.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 04:30 UTC
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Frank_BR: "Interestingly, the company says both cameras will have Super 35 sensors (around 21 x 12mm), which is wider than the original Four Thirds sensor format "

The difference in the diagonal, which is what matters, is only 2.5mm.

21 x 12 is the full sensor size. Each video format will crop from that. The diagonal in actual use for most standard video formats will be quit close to the 4/3 diagonal. I don't think this will be an issue.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 19:29 UTC
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semorg: Sony is going for the kill.....this camera will kill Canon 5DII/III when it's used for videos. You can shoot 4K, and no pixel dropping or other tricks, probably without any of the aliasing issues. Have a 4K footage or downsize to 1080P/720p, etc. for broadcasting distribution

4k requires the additional purchase of the just announced Atomos Shogun 4k recorder for about $2k.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 02:11 UTC
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mcshan: The 20mm is a favorite of mine. It is really sharp. Will this lens be as good? I have not upgraded since the EPL1 (!). With all the good lenses available I may have to finally make the jump.

MTF comparison between the 15,20 and 25mm seems to suggest the 15mm is very sharp across the frame.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 19:38 UTC

Detailed specs from Panasonic Germany.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 16:49 UTC as 26th comment
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Digitall: At actual conversion rate, £549.99 = €658,35 = $906,81 !? They are crazy for sure, a 15mm for this price tag for M4:3?!

15mm is a focal ranges that use more, but, this price is absolutely crazy.

Price at B&H is $599.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 16:49 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)

No improvement in sensor IQ according to DXOMark.

Actually, due to higher MP count the per pixel noise will be slightly increased from the V1/V2.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 16:21 UTC as 21st comment
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (563 comments in total)
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Rehabdoc: Body style and flip screen are much nicer than the Nikon 1.
20MP vs 14MP
Price is closer to J3 than V3.
Takes $150 NX mount adapter with full function so you can put a $250, OIS 50-200 on it for 135-540 equivalent.

Most important questions:
(1) how fast is the AF? CDAF
(2) how good is the mid ISO performance compared to RX10/100 or Nikon 1?
(3) how is the video (specs aren't great but what about the quality?)
(4) how sharp are those new lenses, esp the kit?

Samsung video has never been that good, so expect it to be less quality than Nikon1, Panasonic and Sony.

According to IR hands on, it is CDAF only and can do 6fps for 10 shots. So no where near Nikon 1 territory.

Here is what Dpreview had to say in their summary.

"They (Nikon 1) also offer extremely fast AF and full frame 15 fps burst shooting, and the NX isn't positioned to keep up in either of those ways"

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 12:28 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Most of the changes are clearly responses to err, feedback, Nikon got back from the V1's reception.

Tilt LCD : check
PASM dial : check
more function buttons : check
hot shoe : check
built in flash : check
more dials : check

One thing I didn't see comoing was adding the power zoom feature to the kit lens. (or, depending on how you see it, axeing the 10mm prime for the 10-30 PD) Who was it that was crying out for this feature? Is it a video thing I'm not up on?

I'd like to know who requested the switch to MicroSD.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 05:52 UTC
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Treeshade: A 560g 810mm lens at f/5.6 on a 1" sensor? Interesting. Many birder are already using Nikon 1 to complement their tripod-mounted DSLR. A mobile backup is always useful. Let's see how well it does on 300mm.

The MTF at 300mm doesn't look that great and stopping down won't help due to diffraction.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 05:47 UTC
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thx1138: What are the specs on that upcoming 35-100?

The Panasonic Technical Product Manager was pretty emphatic that this new lens is a constant f2.8

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 03:25 UTC
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