PIX 2015


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On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (829 comments in total)
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Tapper123: Perhaps the metallic awards system should be done away with? It just leads to contention. Seems the numerical scores are enough, not to mention the conclusion text, for people looking for a summation.

Personally I thought this was a fair review, and I own an EM5 II and enjoy it. Pair it with some really good lenses and it's as good as almost anything except for perhaps some extreme situations where a 35mm sensor has an advantage. I see it as a great all-arounder, a camera that does everything reasonably well, with world class IS, solid build and weather resistance. If you can't get a good image from this camera paired with a good lens, then I suspect the problem is not the camera.

Anyway, gold, silver -- it doesn't matter. It's a great camera, capable of great images, and has a remarkable lens selection. Enjoy it.

OR, perhaps we could not cater to those oblivious to nuance and context.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 23:06 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (829 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I have one simple question. Why did the Canon 70D receive a MUCH higher score(83 vs. 81) and the Gold award? What does the 70D do that the E-M5 MK II doesn’t?

If I picked up the 70D right now and shot it side by side with the E-M5 MK II what would the 70D be that much better for? Both cameras are still at a similar price point today and they are in the same category. So what makes the 70D so much better?

Is the issue that the 70D was rated against the competition of 2 years ago and the E-M5 MK II is rated against the competition of today? Shouldn't the ratings value always increase if the cameras are always getting better? Why are cameras like the A6000 and the E-M5 MK II rated lower than the 70D?

I still cannot fathom why I should choose a Canon 70D over an Olympus E-M5 MK II. If I purchased solely based on your conclusions and ratings then I could see no other option. Thankfully, I didn't wait for the review and bought the E-M5 MK II sight unseen. I don't regret it that one bit.

The 70D ...
The 2013 70D ?

Is it possible that camera capabilities have advanced in the last year and a half ?

My primary P&S got "Highly Recommended", which is the same as Gold, so I'm just happy to be in that club.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 14:27 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)

So, basically, any kit lens has sufficient resolution to produce a 40mp image, within the feature's performance envelope. That's impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 03:59 UTC as 182nd comment | 3 replies
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Ulfric M Douglas: So instead of paying salaries (and looming pensions) they will pay them, and others, for photos.
Is this a big deal? Change of arrangement, that's all.
What am I missing?

People deserve pensions for working.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 22:22 UTC
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Cipher: Do people buy magazines anymore?

Around 3 million per year, consistently since 2010.
Just in case you asked a question there, rather than snarking.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 20:28 UTC
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Mike FL: Good brand, but now I know why the company goes to downhill

>>> "guide number 26 with ISO 100 and 85 mm"..."Included tele attachment for 85 mm".

For GN, I do not like to see mfc makes SPEC senseless.

>>> "wide-angle diffuser for 24 mm".

For a diffuser, is it wider enough? what is "mm" w/o "diffuser"?

>>> it is "for a novice shooter"

IMHO, "novice shooter =/= zero knowledge" as mfcs hope so.

metz is one of the best at publishing this info. Did you go to their site and look for it ?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 23:43 UTC
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stevo23: Why not? Makes sense, but...M43? Why commit to that? It has no future.

Obviously this is just a trial run to work out the kinks, then they'll target Sony, and it's triple-mount strategy, then Canon with it's only in europe mirrorless strategy, then Nikon with it's rapidlly expanding mirrorless ecosystem..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 01:23 UTC
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Sergey Borachev: Looks great, but still not sure as DXO is involved in the lens testing. I will wait for Lenstip and Photozone to be sure.

Correction. These are DXO's test results, not DPR's.

yeah, I;m sure DPR is allowing DxO Mark to publish crap results for them.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 23:14 UTC
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LaMesa: With all due respect for the photographer's skill of arranging, taking and post processing attractive pictures, I do agree with some of the posters, who are not so enthusiastic about her work.

To me the pictures do not represent real life, but an unreal postcard type idyll of a dream world, not to be found in Russia, nor anywhere else - too sweet, too flawless. As opposed to the marketing claims, these pictures do not represent anything typical of Russian country life.

As an alternative, please find attached a link to a picture of Army photographer Bill Permutter, taken in Spain in the fiftees, one of my favorites forever.


The best photographs are a piece of art, built on a person's perception of the physical world. There is talent in these photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 20:29 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1627 comments in total)
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harold1968: the conclusion and summary of this camera isn't particularly good.
its not bad, its a good camera, but many people will form their own judgement based on cost and functionality.
Nevertheless it gets 81%. I really don't understand that, simply that dpreview are completely inconsistent with their summaries and their scores.

Another good idea is noticing this text + link that appears occasionally in some of the reviews

Click here to learn about the changes to our scoring system and what these numbers mean.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 23:59 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (361 comments in total)

The point in the review about the focus mode is pretty funny when you consider this quote from the G1 review, and that they changed it on the G2 :

The left shoulder of the camera is home to a slightly pointless focus mode dial (when we saw prototypes of the G1 we begged panasonic to put something more useful - such as ISO or even shutter speeds - on this dial).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 23:48 UTC as 67th comment
On Welcome to our studio test scene article (275 comments in total)

Very impressive ! A lot of thought and effort obviously put into the scene. Great web interface as well - I have always enjoyed the DPR page layouts and widgets.

One of my favourite elements from the old scene was the Bailey's label. The foreground tree was good for seeing detail loss to noise reduction, and the background hills became more numerous across reviews, as the sensor resolutions starting climbing ( from 3 mp ). I would have liked it if the new scene included a Bailey's label somewhere, just for nostalgia's sake.

And to add my 2 cents, for historic cameras, I'd enjoy seeing :
Coolpix 990
Fuji f31fd
Powershot G6
Nikon D40x
Panasonic G1

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 00:31 UTC as 60th comment
On Sony A3000 preview (681 comments in total)

The return of the Maxxum3 !

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 20:27 UTC as 105th comment | 1 reply
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G3User: These images don't impress me. Camera manufactures strive to produce great images from their products and then this guys throughs a yellow instagram filter on them, very unprofessional. I would expect this from my teenage daughter but not a pro. The expressions of the 2 people at the top are not very nice, they are saying to the Frank " I have no respect for you, put that camera down".

I'm going out on a limb here ... T R O L L

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 23:40 UTC
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (492 comments in total)
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David Hardaway: Unbelievable. This is the first time I have seen such a terrible review. All of the samples are random snaps most likely in auto or program mode and the results are not matching the conclusion. Another point is that the conclusion pros / cons are of little actual value to the reader. Jpegs are excellent? really. A $1,300 camera that is given a Gold Award no less says excellent jpgs. WOW. and that isn't even correct. I looked closely at every single sample image and they are terrible. Same old issue especially the mushiness. I am beside myself with disbelief that the reviewer has any real experience and knowledge in this field. I am sorry to say this because it's not "nice" but this has to be said.

Conveniently ignoring the studio comparison shots, are you ? Too lame.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 23:13 UTC
On Buyers' Guide: Best DSLRs and ILCs for under $1000 article (91 comments in total)
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camera fan not photographer: I'd like to see a top 10 of the best up-to $500 camera (including lens) for non-photographers to buy to take great pictures in auto-everything mode, judged primarily by image quality of out-of-camera JPEGs. Because I get asked this question a lot by people who don't care about manual controls, viewfinders, or raw processing. (Eg, just want to take good pics of their kids.) What's as good as or better than the E-PM2 (less than $500 at Amazon, and I've seen down to $424)?

I have exactly this situation ! Someone is asking me to recommend a quality compact p&s, and I wonder if they wouldn't be well served by the Nikon J1 or GX1 ( both under 390 ) or the GF5 for about 320.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 05:09 UTC
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RStyga: I'm not sure I understand where P5 stands in the Olympus lineup when its the same size, weight and price with M5 while lacking a VF. Unless Olympus is about to replace M5...

It's an M5 with different ( possibly better, depending on your personal perception of value ) packaging, upgraded lcd and available EVF that is similar in size to the Canon 1Dx


Innovation takes many forms !

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 01:05 UTC
On Just posted: Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review article (330 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: Sony has caught the Canon and Nikon virus...

Relentless Upgrade Camera Model Syndrome.


That floppy storage device was genius

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2013 at 01:43 UTC
On Coming soon: Lens Reviews to return to dpreview.com article (272 comments in total)
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paulski66: Seeing as your last lens review appeared almost 2 full years ago, I don't think you can refer to your reviews as "class-leading" anymore. But I'm very happy to see the return of your lens reviews...

The Camera reviews are class leading AND recent.
And has there been a better review of that lens in the 2 years since it was published ?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 22:08 UTC
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Najinsky: Hmm. Not sure about this.

"that split second moment is there to be captured and you need a camera you can rely on"

It would be more interesting to see his keeper rate, not just the shots that work, but the ones that failed, to give it some balance and perspective.

We all get failures and surely don't want to advertise them, but without the misses this has the potential for a very one side PR exercise that could seriously mislead (giving the impression it's a camera you can rely on when in reality there may have been many let downs).

Or am I being too cynical?

And then you have Mr Reichmann's review of the A700 at luminous landscape, where he pretty much did just that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2012 at 00:36 UTC
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