JohnMcL7

JohnMcL7

Lives in United Kingdom Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
Works as a Systems Engineer
Joined on May 10, 2004
About me:

Equipment: Olympus E-1, E-3, E-500, E-330, E-510, 7-14mm, 12-60mm, 14-42mm, 14-45mm, 14-54mm, , Sigma 30mm, 35-100mm, 50mm F2, 40-150mm, 50-200mm, 'Bigma' 50-500mm FL-36, FL-50, EC-14, EC-20, HLD-4

Panasonic L1, LX3, GH1. GF1, 7-14mm, 14-140mm, 20mm F1.7, Leicasonic 14-50mm, DMW-MS1

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On Nikon D750 Review preview (1907 comments in total)
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Doc _ F: Has anyone else had problems with the rear screen? Used on a surf beach with mist. Camera did not get wet. After a couple of hours flip up screen went intermittent, then stopped working for 3 days. It then spontaneously recovered and now seems fine. The camera continued to work during this time. Nikon Europe's response was
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"I am sorry to learn about the problem you have experienced. I would like to confirm that the D750 camera is weather-sealed to certain extent, however depending on the actual conditions some moisture ingress may occur. If the mist was slightly salty, it may have affected the camera's circuitry and due to presence of seals it evaporated with delay"

I was under the impression the D750 was "Tough and durable: protected by a tough, weather-sealed body, the D750 is ready to take on any environment"?

Any thoughts?

I had a problem with a sticky on switch on a D700 which had rarely been outside at the time never mind exposed to moisture. Nikon UK diagnosed the problem as being cause by liquid ingress, I pointed out it hadn't been exposed to any liquid and even if it had it's supposed to have weather sealing so was there a problem with the sealing?

I received pretty much exactly the same response as you, they don't guarantee any level of weather sealing and I'd have to pay for the damage - they claimed all other manufacturers were the same and that the camera shouldn't be exposed to rain or anything else which may get into the camera.

Needless to say I was pretty annoyed particularly coming from Olympus where my E-1/E-3 had been used in constant heavy rain without any issues at all and Olympus did do warranty repairs when liquid had managed to get in that shouldn't have.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 19:46 UTC
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JohnMcL7: I'm disappointed Garmin have completely abandoned their first generation Virbs - I much preferred them over the GoPro3: Black Edition I had for their better reliability, batterylife, interface, mount system (much easier to work with bikes than the fiddly GoPro mounts) and firmware system. The Virbs had a builtin power efficient transreflective screen along with a conventional four buttons (up, down, back, confirm) plus a handy big record switch that when pushed forward would automatically record no matter what state the camera was in (powered off, in menus etc.)

I'm not that fussed about lacking 4K as most of the time when I publish videos it's from the bike where there's a lot of motion so not super sharp anyway and I put them onto YouTube which tends to lose a bit of quality anyway. With action cameras I'm much more concerned about reliability and batterylife (something the GoPro3: Black edition certainly lacks) as without those the quality is useless.

I use the cameras mounted to the bike so the audio is never any use anyway, I found it useless on the GoPro as well although I saw some good tips for improving the audio on the Virbs using foam socks.

I've tried to pick up a bargain Sony action camera a couple of times when they've been clearing out of them but had no luck, would quite like to try one but wouldn't want to pay that much particularly when it can also mean investing in new mounts, batteries etc. which I've got plenty of with the Virbs

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 19:09 UTC

I'm disappointed Garmin have completely abandoned their first generation Virbs - I much preferred them over the GoPro3: Black Edition I had for their better reliability, batterylife, interface, mount system (much easier to work with bikes than the fiddly GoPro mounts) and firmware system. The Virbs had a builtin power efficient transreflective screen along with a conventional four buttons (up, down, back, confirm) plus a handy big record switch that when pushed forward would automatically record no matter what state the camera was in (powered off, in menus etc.)

I'm not that fussed about lacking 4K as most of the time when I publish videos it's from the bike where there's a lot of motion so not super sharp anyway and I put them onto YouTube which tends to lose a bit of quality anyway. With action cameras I'm much more concerned about reliability and batterylife (something the GoPro3: Black edition certainly lacks) as without those the quality is useless.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 13:18 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
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TimBerty: Garmin now join to action camera market ? Look like it will be a GoPro competitor.

No, these are their second generation products - they released their first range (the Virb and Virb Elite) a couple of years ago

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 13:11 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera review post (85 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: "Image Quality

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 produces some of the very best image quality of any current smartphones. Its pixel level image quality cannot quite match the Apple iPhone 6 Plus but this is more than made up for by the higher 16MP sensor resolution on the Samsung. Exposure is usually spot on, colors are saturated but skin tones are natural and white balance reliable. "

Is this a joke? despite 1 stop difference in ISO (which up to now I cannot understand why post two picture with different settings?), Note 4 is better in the studio comparison. Blow up that 8MP of iPhone 6 and you will end up with 16MP pixelated smeared result. Equalize both at print size and Note 4 is much better.

I don't understand the pointless 'pixel level image quality' comment either unless they're downsampling the Note 4's output to the Iphone's 8MP and finding the Iphone better? Otherwise as you say, they should be upsampling the Iphone to match the 16MP of the Note 4 and then see how the pixel level image quality compares.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 13:34 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix CM1 coming to the US post (81 comments in total)
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Studio Menno: Great quality, but why no zoom?
I think I still prefer my Samsung K Zoom because of that.

The phone is already bulky incorporating a 1in sensor, with a zoom it would be enormous. The Galaxy K Zoom's sensor is tiny in comparison hence being able to fit a zoom in.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 12:10 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix CM1 coming to the US post (81 comments in total)
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teddoman: Very curious to hear how this cameraphone is doing in France Germany and UK right now.

I'm in the UK and not been even able to find the phone for sale, it's not on large phone sites, it's not on specialist phone sales sites, it's not on ebay and I can't find it on the likes of Amazon.de which I've used to buy German phones in the past.

So I've absolutely no idea how it's doing - I've been wondering what's going on with it. I loved the idea of it as the sensor in the RX100 is superb (I'm assuming it's the same one) but when out cycling at times I only have the space for a mobile phone, not a camera as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 01:54 UTC
On Nokia Lumia 1520 camera review post (102 comments in total)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7 in screen rather than 5.5in which was the screen size of the Note 2.

I did consider the Nokia 1520 as the camera on the Z Ultra is very poor even for a phone camera but after trying out WP8 for a bit on the 925 I decided not to. There is a lot WP8 does well but the problem for me is the bits it doesn't do so well or you want to do differently, you largely cannot so some elements like the poor keyboard (compared to Swiftkey) you can't change.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 15:11 UTC as 9th comment
On GoPro updates with Hero3+ post (34 comments in total)
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Francis Carver: Wow, is anyone half serious about video will take these laughable half-witted claims from GoPro at their face value?

"GoPro claims makes the Hero 3+ Black Edition 33% sharper than the Hero 3 Black Edition. "

"2x faster image processor."

"4x faster Wi-Fi."

And so on. C'mon, GoPro, get serious.

Unfortunately many people probably will, numbers are much easier to use to sell a product and it seems GoPro have decided the best way to fight off the challenge from other action cameras is to use more impressive sounding numbers.

I made the mistake of buying a Black Edition which was rubbish at the start and many months on it's better but still unreliable and thirsty on batteries. I blame that on GoPro trying to give it specs they could show off with rather than working on producing a solid and reliable device.

I was curious to see if with these new cameras they would acknowledge the problems with the original Black Edition and make it clear this camera won't be the same but instead we have all manner of nonsense numbers as you say which doesn't give me any confidence in it at all.

Interested to see what Garmin produce with the Virb but have my doubts after the issues with the Edge 510/810.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 23:59 UTC
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CortoPA: I like it.

As far as the OS, I'm cool with Win 8.

These days Google worries me more than M$.

Looking forward to a full review!

I have read about what's coming with Xbox One and Windows 8.1 but it doesn't sound like you have at all. Microsoft have done a complete u-turn on the DRM system for the Xbox One (which itself was not as bad as some of the existing systems) and 8.1 makes a few changes to Windows 8, some of which are to address customer complaints. So if your view of evil is changing your product to respond to customer criticism or complaints, your definition of the term is very different to mine.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2013 at 18:28 UTC
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Joe Ogiba: The Hasselblad brand is now the joke of the camera industry and I thought the red Leica dot on Panasonic cameras was bad.

Leica did not make the lenses for Panasonic cameras, it was just branding on Panasonic designed and manufactured lenses. Leica and Panasonic were always vague about the relationship between the two but given most of the lenses were absolutely nothing like Leica lenses (small sensor variable aperture zooms with IS) they were clearly not designed by them, the only official statement I've read is that the lenses were manufactured to Leica's exacting quality control standards or similar.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 17:19 UTC
On iFixit tears into the Samsung Galaxy S4 post (55 comments in total)
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King Penguin: What is this talk of built in batteries are better than ones you can replace.......I bet the people in favour would say different if for instance the Nikon D600 had a built in battery.

I'm an iPhone user and it would be great of I could put another battery in the phone when needed.

Remember the Nokia 6310? Why can't we have smart phones with batteries like that...........

I think Motorola have been producing thicker smartphones with particularly high capacity batteries at the cost of thickness but the 6310 was obviously a very low power device in comparison to modern smartphones.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 01:02 UTC
On iFixit tears into the Samsung Galaxy S4 post (55 comments in total)
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danijel973: The removable batteries are generally preferrable but generally speaking, I would be satisfied knowing that a battery *can* be replaced at a dealership or a service center. It's not such a big deal if it *can* be replaced at all. But if it can't, then it's a big no-no.

A li-ion battery is highly unlikely to last anywhere near three years, even two years old retaining full performance is unlikely and in practice I find on many batteries (Apple included) 12-18 months is about as much as you can expect before performance drops. Hence the manufacturers only warranty the battery for 12 months or even 6 months, bearing in mind most phones are now on a two year contract that means the battery is likely to need replaced at least once.

With a removable battery you can pre-empt a failure with a spare backup battery so when it does bite the dust, it's no inconvenience. External battery packs are much larger than a spare battery and far less convenient as they have to remain attached to the device for over an hour, a spare battery can be swapped over in around 60 seconds and then the phone is back to normal with no wires needing to hang off it.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 00:59 UTC
On The iPad Workflow post (76 comments in total)

On the first and last pages. the resolution is incorrectly referred to as 2048x1526 rather than 2048x1536.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2012 at 18:00 UTC as 25th comment
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PhotoArtKC: Apple dropped the ball for a change... The iPhone 4S is too little too late. Everyone has 8mp phones, dual cores and LARGER screens these days. Most of those even work on a 4G network! Really Apple, think about it for a second...

No it's not, that's nonsense - the Galaxy S2's processor consists of two cortex A9's, which is exactly the same as the A5 which is also two cortex A9's. However the A5 in the Ipad 2 is clocked at 1Ghz whereas the S2 is not only faster at the moment at 1.2Ghz but new versions are going to be faster yet. Furthermore the Iphone4 had a lower clocked version of the A4 than the first Ipad so it's likely the Iphone 4S will also have a lower clocked processor so if any phone is going to be twice as fast it will be the newer Galaxy phones.

The screen may be higher resolution but that doesn't really count for much when it's so much smaller and nowhere near as bright either.

So if those are the best reasons for getting an Iphone 4S you clearly agree with the original poster that there is no point in getting one.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2011 at 17:37 UTC
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