avgcitizen

avgcitizen

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Multimedia Designer
Joined on Mar 31, 2008

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On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (419 comments in total)

BTW the Powershot S100 is now available for $250 (amazon).

I bought one to replace my S90 and I am really appreciating the wide end and video quality.First thing I did was test lens sharpness across the frame and it was fine. Best buy!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 21:36 UTC as 139th comment
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avgcitizen: Looks pretty marginal even at ISO 100...my Powershot S100 is leaps and bounds superior, which begs the question: when will Android provide for RAW file saving? Most of the bad in these Samsung shots are compression artifacts or noise that can be nicely post-processed out.

BTW, the outgoing S100 can be had for US$250. You can put it in one back pocket and your Android phone in the other with just a little compromise to your drag coefficient.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2012 at 01:10 UTC

Looks pretty marginal even at ISO 100...my Powershot S100 is leaps and bounds superior, which begs the question: when will Android provide for RAW file saving? Most of the bad in these Samsung shots are compression artifacts or noise that can be nicely post-processed out.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2012 at 01:40 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies

Really, I'd like just look at something and to be able to record a high res image of it.

But assuming today's tech....

Square sensor w. vertical and horizontal aspect ratio overlays in EVF via thumbwheel; no need to rotate camera.

Ultra-res articulating EVF, removable w. wireless to be used as remote or visor/glasses mounted viewfinder.

I want to be able to compose in bright daylight and frame my subject accurately and comfortably.

Maxi-compact so to always have on hand, even if requiring fixed lens w. 24mm equiv. wide end. Bright w. sharp corners wide open (this apparently will require new lens technology since everyone seems to suck at it).

If removable lens, stabilization on sensor and open source lens pin electronics so 3rd parties can innovate and classic glass is more usable.

Plus the best of all current smart tech such as focus peaking, WiFi, RAW and low noise at high ISO of course, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 03:00 UTC as 393rd comment
On A sneak peek at our forthcoming camera test scene article (323 comments in total)

Yikes, how is this an improvement? DPReview has fallen upon hard times, dumpster diving for a sad new test scene. I'd hoped y'all would use the scientific method as your guide, not Pinterest.

Don't most pixel peepers just want to peep for fine detail and shadow noise, especially at high ISO? These seems to be missing in the new scrapbook look. You can fix color in RAW but you can't recover detail, so where is the shadowy stuff from the old scene like behind the paper clips and at the bottom of the Bailey's bottle?

Oy.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2012 at 04:34 UTC as 138th comment | 1 reply

From my perspective if I can't put it in my pocket and it doesn't have a real viewfinder (optical or electronic) then I might as well have the real thing = DSLR.

As a long time Canon loyalist, this is the last straw...I will go with Sony or micro 4/3rds for my next purchase...especially since my S90 broke (EOS is OK tho)...

Canon has been falling behind the curve for some time now with it's reactionary, non-innovative religion. Buh bye now...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2012 at 03:29 UTC as 100th comment | 5 replies
On Just posted: Quick Pentax K-30 samples gallery article (94 comments in total)
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avgcitizen: For pixels peepers on the fast track to evaluate sensor noise, why don't the gallery thumbnail view provide rollover exif info so one doesn't have to open pic after pic hunting for high ISO samples?

(replies = informal poll....)

HowaboutRAW: Raw Raw! U R correct. I guess what we have here is a failure of technology to keep up with our need. Sadly though, the work RAW to most casual snappers conjures up images only of sushi and salmonella, so JPEG is probably what we are going to be stuck with for a while. So at least let us have thumbnail rollover exif!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 04:19 UTC
On Just posted: Quick Pentax K-30 samples gallery article (94 comments in total)

For pixels peepers on the fast track to evaluate sensor noise, why don't the gallery thumbnail view provide rollover exif info so one doesn't have to open pic after pic hunting for high ISO samples?

(replies = informal poll....)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2012 at 15:18 UTC as 24th comment | 5 replies
On Pentax K-01 preview (376 comments in total)
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DrugaRunda: they appear to have eliminated all chroma noise in Raw even at ISO 12800, suprising.

Yes, I'm impressed too. No chroma noise yet not more grain or loss of detail. For once, too, a look that is not a clone of everyone else's.Actually, I'm amazed!

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2012 at 02:24 UTC
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III low-light ISO series samples article (344 comments in total)

I like the idea of a test with low level light to better map with real-world use, but this scene is far from useful. Too many similar smooth surfaces, no indicator of focus point, etc.. I'll bet most peepers are looking at the furry rat and trying to figure out what is noise reduction and what is just out of focus. Please, someone at DPReview, explain the use of this scene? Is parent company Amazon.com keeping you on a low budget diet?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2012 at 01:53 UTC as 33rd comment | 7 replies
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X samples gallery article (425 comments in total)
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avgcitizen: To my eye, there are some very strange Noise Reduction artifacts in some of the shots- NR does not appear to be applied consistently throughout the frame.

Check the extreme ISO 3200 IMG_0434; sections of the floor and stone walls are almost cartoon like with NR, yet the painted ceiling panels look remarkably clean and detailed. I thought I saw the same kind of weirdness in some of the recent Powershot S100 samples.

I think Canon has some demons to work out of their in-camera JPEG algorithm. Other observations?

Y'all are pretty much convincing me to cease and desist on noting my observations. I only 'nitpick' because I am a 30 year loyal customer of Canon, and I am seeing their edge on the competition rapidly eroding due to heavy-handed market positioning, and conservatism and that is no longer directly linked to image quality. Nonetheless, I hope y'all buy three each because I'd hate to see Canon go pixels up any time soon, as they are a great foil for Sony, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 00:37 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X samples gallery article (425 comments in total)

To my eye, there are some very strange Noise Reduction artifacts in some of the shots- NR does not appear to be applied consistently throughout the frame.

Check the extreme ISO 3200 IMG_0434; sections of the floor and stone walls are almost cartoon like with NR, yet the painted ceiling panels look remarkably clean and detailed. I thought I saw the same kind of weirdness in some of the recent Powershot S100 samples.

I think Canon has some demons to work out of their in-camera JPEG algorithm. Other observations?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2012 at 20:58 UTC as 111th comment | 6 replies

Is this DPReview's new ISO test subject?

Where's the variety? Where is fine text and smooth gradients to evaluate for noise reduction tricks at high ISO?

This French site has a better test target: http://www.focus-numerique.com/test-1354/compact-canon-g1-x-powershot-bruit-electronique-12.html

How about a DPReview Challenge for best test scene?! Winner gets used in all reviews!

(It does look like Canon has succeeded in beating the Four-Thirds competition for IQ, but not the larger NEX-5)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 03:34 UTC as 75th comment | 5 replies
On Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact article (791 comments in total)

While I'm sure the image quality out of this camera will be very high, the rest of it comes across as quaint and clunky. This new format for Canon will hopefully pave the way for future models with desirable features, but this one misses the boat and reveals how behind the innovation curve Canon has fallen.

If Sony can follow Panasonic's cue with a collapsible zoom lens for its NEX, and/or if Olympus can match Panasonic's sensor quality, then after so many years of devotion to Canon, I will be ready to jump ship in the small-scale high image quality camera sector.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 16:02 UTC as 198th comment

It's actually reassuring that dpreview is not so cozy with Canon that they wouldn't already have a perfect S100 tester from them with which to erase the shame of two bad copies!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2011 at 01:59 UTC as 3rd comment

Can anyone download the RAW from here? I get an XML error. I like to roll my own in ACR....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2011 at 01:56 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

Also, I cannot download the RAW S100 files to process on my own in PShop CS5.I get an XML error when i try...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2011 at 02:05 UTC as 26th comment

I have an S90 which has unacceptably soft corners at telephoto. I regret having not replaced it or sent it to Canon for warranty service. Lately (after 2 years) it will not focus at normal-to-telephoto range, whether manual or auto, and it is now sometimes struggles to find enough contrast to focus at any focal length.

My older EOS 450 still performs admirably, but its EF-S 55-250 lens has always suffered from extreme softness at various focal lengths.

It looks like dpreview has gotten two bad copies of the S100, which further suggests that Canon has quality control issues. Is it so costly for Canon to perform basic lens tests on their higher end products before the consumer is stuck to deal with it?

I wanted an S100 but now I am seriously researching my options...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2011 at 02:03 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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