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On Review: Nokia 808 PureView article (354 comments in total)
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Lupti: I´m not impressed at all. This phone needs such a large sensor to produce pictures at the level of an 150 € point and shoot? Give me a break. 38MP looks just soft and without any real detail. And even 8MP is far from impressive. Like said on level of an cheap P&S - and these come nowadays mostly with OIS and zoom. In a similar size. And regarding video, I know cheap pocket camcorders that can do better. No hard feelings, but DPreviews statement about "excellent video quality" is just false. Even their own samples prove it. DPreview is no videocamera site which is ok as they are mainly about photography but then they shouldn´t make such statements.
So then finally a Gold Award for this phone - it is far from deserving this. Especially for this price.

Clint Dunn, dude, you should also read my sentence again. I wrote about a large sensor...but most cheaper P&S have sensors sized at around 1/2,3". And a lot of them produce better images...the 808-images aren´t really "decent".
Yeah, a lot of people want to take pics with their phone with acceptable quality, but this was also possible before the 808 was launched. The stills and videos from the iPhone 4S look better - and I´m surely not an Apple fan. So I don´t see a reason to rave about the 808.
BTW: The other difference between this and a 150 € P&S are around 500 €...money that can buy one a good smartphone if needed and there will be some money left for a good lunch LOL.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2012 at 12:18 UTC
On Review: Nokia 808 PureView article (354 comments in total)

I´m not impressed at all. This phone needs such a large sensor to produce pictures at the level of an 150 € point and shoot? Give me a break. 38MP looks just soft and without any real detail. And even 8MP is far from impressive. Like said on level of an cheap P&S - and these come nowadays mostly with OIS and zoom. In a similar size. And regarding video, I know cheap pocket camcorders that can do better. No hard feelings, but DPreviews statement about "excellent video quality" is just false. Even their own samples prove it. DPreview is no videocamera site which is ok as they are mainly about photography but then they shouldn´t make such statements.
So then finally a Gold Award for this phone - it is far from deserving this. Especially for this price.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 22:14 UTC as 75th comment | 4 replies
On Review: Nokia 808 PureView article (354 comments in total)
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australopithecus: I have a kid with an N8 (he's had it for about a year). Took it to Europe on a skiing holiday and could hardly believe the video footage that this little "phone" produced. I've worked up some shots in PSE and they are excellent.

Once Nokia sort their operating system out (Now that Microsoft is in on the deal) Apple is dead !

I highly doubt that the N8 has stereo mics as it isn´t even mentioned on the Nokia site. And stereo or not, the sound isn´t the best. And yes, mine had an option to enable stabilisation for video - which added more shake to the video instead of removing it.
And stills were nothing special. Too much compression. Overall it is a mediocre smartphone.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 21:59 UTC
On Review: Nokia 808 PureView article (354 comments in total)
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australopithecus: I have a kid with an N8 (he's had it for about a year). Took it to Europe on a skiing holiday and could hardly believe the video footage that this little "phone" produced. I've worked up some shots in PSE and they are excellent.

Once Nokia sort their operating system out (Now that Microsoft is in on the deal) Apple is dead !

No hard feelings, but I had the N8 for a test and the video footage is far from "excellent". Rather muffled monaural sound, better disable stabilisation as it adds odd "jumping" to the video and average sharpness. So it seems you never have seen decent video footage froma P&S or cheap video-camera. Both will beat the N8 video performance easily. And so the 808 which also produces video footage that is far from "excellent".

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 15:44 UTC
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FTW: 400$ ???? for a tube and a small chip. The Nex A adapter with full AF support for Minolta and A lenses is "only" 380$, but, it has the full AF system of the A77, focusing motor for mechanically driven lenses and is a huge piece of technology.
The A adapter similar to this one for electronic diaphragm control costs just 190$ for the NEX. So, what gives this adapter any reason to cost 400$. If I consider the price of Canon glass, even used on E-Bay, i better stick to Minolta glass. It is fair priced, is as good and sometimes better than Canon glass. Note that I use mainly ancient Russian Glass from Jupiter and Zorki in m39 mount on the NEX. You get it for peanuts and some is worth a Zeiss or Leica glass anyway. Adapter, yes, but not at 400$, for that price I can buy a fair lens of another brand and a simple 20$ adapter.

Well, as Canon and Sony AF system aren´t compatible to each other the adapter can´t do miracles...
Yes, the KoMi adapter seems to be the better option for most users but maybe the Canon adapter is handy for using stabilised L lenses...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2012 at 19:06 UTC
On Five Friends Take Same Picture for 30 Years article (108 comments in total)

Nice idea...but the site is so awfully slow, it feels like it has loaded completely when they take their next photograph in 2017...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2012 at 21:57 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies

This camera is pointless...I don´t see a reason to get one over the competition...
- small dedicated lens selection(to be fair a problem other brands also have)
- slower than competition(AF, continuos shooting)
- no mic input(Sony NEX5N and NEX7 offer this, even cheaper Olympus cameras)
- basic movie mode(huge files, low quality)
- fixed display

So it´s just a large sensor Ixus on steroids for a ways too high price. This camera looks more like an entry model that should be priced at maximum 400 €/$.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 18:42 UTC as 163rd comment | 3 replies
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topstuff: All the months, years of waiting.

All of the benefit of not being first, and being able to watch and learn as your competitors go to market before you do.

And then, after all this, the end result is utterly boring and utterly predictable.

There is no innovation here.

Very disappointing. Canon have become very, very conservative and in the long term I think this will hurt them.

You´re right, the camera has nothing to offer the competition doesn´t. It will have the same mediocre movie mode as the Rebel line, no mic-input, slow continous shooting, so I don´t see a reason to pick it up over NEX or even m4/3. Price is ways too high for what´s offered. Canon fails.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 11:39 UTC
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Plastek: Well, so now those who waited for Canon mirrorless system know that they should have bought NEX instead.

Pity - huge chance wasted. NEX got by far more features, better bodies, real system with selection of lenses, bodies from very entry level to professional and selection of accessories. Canon got what? 2 lenses 1 body and 1 dedicated flash. Back in the day years ago NEX STARTED with wider selection and more adult system - now it's completely different league, especially because Sony's bayonet is open so anyone can build fully compatible lenses unlike in EOS-M.

I also thought that Canon will become a real competition to NEX and m4/3 but so far it only become a danger to Nikon 1 which was fail ever since release (big bodies, high price, no accessories, and tiny, worthless sensor that you can find in compact point and shoot instead of bothering with mirrorless system) and ever since haven't changed at all (no new lenses, no new bodies, seems to be close to well-deserved death).

Erm, no hard feelings, but I don´t think that NEX can be taken as shining example compared to the Canon system. What lens selection are you talking about, at the moment there are only a mediocre 18-55mm, the overpriced and -sized(and IQ-wise not better than 18-55mm) 18-200mm, 55-200mm, average pancake lens, some so-so 3rd party lenses, nothing I would call a big lens selection. But Sony deciced to make a new mount which is nearyl identical to the old KoMi/Alpha mount but then different.
Now Canon made the same mistake. With a normal EF mount the camera would be much better. Now they offer a crippled adapter solution...

Most buyers of these cameras don´t buy additional lenses. I say most of them wouldn´t even notice if the lenses were glued to the cameras...lol.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 11:25 UTC

CCD means it can only shoot 720p? Come on, what are you writing. There were CCD based HD camcorders and even some still cameras with FullHD capability a while ago. Sensor technology has nothing to do with video capability. Panasonic and other companies could build a camera with CCD and FullHD capability, but they don´t want because CMOS is cheaper to produce so they sell CMOS as "newer and better" and put CCD in their budget cams because it´s "old".
Some years ago CMOS was only found in cellphones(which shot mediocre quality at this time) and CCD was state of the art.
This camera is just a toy. There were better TZ cameras for a cheaper price out but without WiFi. But yeah, now everybody can upload his so important photos and videos instantly to Facebook and Yotube, isn´t that great? LOL

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 09:50 UTC as 1st comment
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MDwebpro: If only it had RAW capture, a bit faster lens and a hinged LCD display with more pixels, this little Panny might be the perfect pocket camera.

The problem is: It is marketed as budget camera with budget technology. Panasonic wants people with a demand for RAW to buy their LX7.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2012 at 09:44 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Preview preview (178 comments in total)

I´m not impressed with the samples. My old Canon S95 can do better. I´m concerned about the fact that most companies are trading image quality in their photocameras for more speed and FullHD video recording. I don´t care if the new sensor can shoot 11fps continuosly or FullHD video, I want to take good photos, not muddy CMOS pics. I would pick up a RAW-capable compact with slow CCD sensor that only shoots 1-2fps and basic video every time about these new cameras with speeeeedy sensors. For FullHD video I still take my camcorder which has external mic option and batteries with more power for longer scene takes, not only a small photocamera battery that will run out of power after around 20 minutes of video.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2012 at 13:37 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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Lupti: Yawn...Panasonic releases one toy m4/3 cam after another and still no GH2 upgrade in sight. The G5 is more like a G3 MKII, I would say it is the camera the G3 should have been, but they decided to castrate the G3 to avoid that it kills GH2 sales. Or the G5 can be seen as a castrated GH3, it has a high-res screen and FullHD in 50/60p but no mic input option.
And still no real lens upgrades. And I guess the cam still has the unpleasant loud shutter noise like it´s predecessors. Panasonic mirrorless cams are around since 2008 and still none with silent shutter. Something that Sonys old DSC R1 as first non-DSLR with large sensor had. LOL

I will not believe it until seeing it in a video.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 20:50 UTC
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malcolm82: Does this camera allow you to choose between 50fps and 60fps or are they forcing 50fps on the PAL country users like sony does?
No 60fps support is a deal breaker for me.

I believe even the nokia 808 allows you to choose from 24, 25, and 30fps? Hopefully i wont have to buy a cell phone to get 60fps video in this country.

I´m pretty sure they will force PAL users again to 50p. The only chance to have NTSC frame rates will be a hack of the firmware like with GHx, GF1 and G2 - or getting an NTSC camera.
At the moment only Canon allows users to chose their framerate in video mode.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 20:47 UTC

Yawn...Panasonic releases one toy m4/3 cam after another and still no GH2 upgrade in sight. The G5 is more like a G3 MKII, I would say it is the camera the G3 should have been, but they decided to castrate the G3 to avoid that it kills GH2 sales. Or the G5 can be seen as a castrated GH3, it has a high-res screen and FullHD in 50/60p but no mic input option.
And still no real lens upgrades. And I guess the cam still has the unpleasant loud shutter noise like it´s predecessors. Panasonic mirrorless cams are around since 2008 and still none with silent shutter. Something that Sonys old DSC R1 as first non-DSLR with large sensor had. LOL

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 13:45 UTC as 11th comment | 5 replies
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ProfHankD: I love the flip-out LCD + EVF, but no orientation sensor? Really? Is that Panasonic's way to avoid the clicking sounds the Sony NEX-5N had?

Orientation sensor is a useless feature, so no real loss.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 13:35 UTC
On Concert Footage from Nokia 808 Pureview article (266 comments in total)

So what? In my country it is priced around 550 €. For that price I can get a decent stills cam with optical stabilisation and good video capabilities with stereo mic AND a smartphone. Nothing to rave about this video sample, it´s shaky as hell and sound isn´t good, it´s pretty muffled and 128kbps is also nothing special, listen to the drum sound, due to the low bitrate it sounds too clanking for my taste. There are some pocket camcorders with better video and sound for sale.
Smartphones are just toys without real value of use, photos and videos aren´t good, surfing the web is uncomfortable, the small screen gives you the experience of mouse cinema when viewing photos and videos and with heavy usage the battery will quickly run out of power.
And phoning and writing SMS, I can do this with my 20 € cellphone as well...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2012 at 13:21 UTC as 52nd comment | 11 replies
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15/TZ25 Review article (28 comments in total)
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Lupti: Please look for another writer than Jeff Keller. I miss the old DPreview reviews that were objective and prosy instead full of gushing praise. I have the TZ25 and it is by no means a good camera. Build quality is bad, and IQ is far from good. Look at the ISO100 samples, you will clearly see that these images look slightly smudgy due to massive NR. And you can´t change NR, sharpness, contrast or anything else in the camera, you only have the choice between standard and "vivid" look(beside Sepia and B/W). Also I think the price premium of the "bigger brother" is it worth as the TZ31 not only has longer zoom, better movie capabilites and GPS(IMHO useless) but also a slightly better IQ, however as the TZ31 also hasn´t the best IQ I would rather recommend looking for remaining stock of TZ10/ZS7 as this camera has MUCH better build quality, better IQ with adjustable settings and no rolling shutter in movie mode.

Superior IQ compared to ZS20? Strangely my observations are different. I have both cameras(got them free for testing) and the ZS20 is clearly better. And there are better cameras from the competition. And no hard feelings, but the writing style is too enthusiastic, I prefer DPreviews old writing style. It isn´t even a real DPreview review, it is from another site just with some DPreview details like the chart added. Why that as DPreview has more staff than ever?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2012 at 13:24 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15/TZ25 Review article (28 comments in total)

Please look for another writer than Jeff Keller. I miss the old DPreview reviews that were objective and prosy instead full of gushing praise. I have the TZ25 and it is by no means a good camera. Build quality is bad, and IQ is far from good. Look at the ISO100 samples, you will clearly see that these images look slightly smudgy due to massive NR. And you can´t change NR, sharpness, contrast or anything else in the camera, you only have the choice between standard and "vivid" look(beside Sepia and B/W). Also I think the price premium of the "bigger brother" is it worth as the TZ31 not only has longer zoom, better movie capabilites and GPS(IMHO useless) but also a slightly better IQ, however as the TZ31 also hasn´t the best IQ I would rather recommend looking for remaining stock of TZ10/ZS7 as this camera has MUCH better build quality, better IQ with adjustable settings and no rolling shutter in movie mode.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 22:54 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
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Jefftan: Do you guys know it cost $1300
not so excited any more?

just yesterday I see attack on NEX lens line up, at least no single lens is price at this ridiculous price

At least Panasonic offers such a lens, what does Sony offer? Nothing! Nothing comparable they can take 1300 $ for.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 22:22 UTC
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