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On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (555 comments in total)
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Jim in Hudson: WiFi -- convenience item
GPS -- adding permanent and sometimes useful information to the image file itself.

There are times I wished I had the Pentax GPS unit but I never bought one and adding location info via Geotracking or map placing into software is by no means the same thing. OTOH, I've never bothered to take my FLUcard out of its package.

@Cane

gps could also be useful near home, e.g. in the woods.
It's sufficient to trek a couple miles away from the main roads and putting a picture on the map becomes suddenly much more difficult...

I don't spring load chickens on social media, just the idea seems weird to me... ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 21:50 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: Can you explain in two sentences, it's too long... :)

Nice summary! :-)
I read it all, however, and it was definitely worth it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 19:11 UTC

Very clear explanation, much appreciated.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 19:08 UTC as 135th comment
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (555 comments in total)
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Class A: "...we're disappointed by ... the disappearance of the built-in flash..."

Really? P-TTL is so bad at controlling more than one off-camera flash, why would you put up with such a bad optical triggering system (that does not even support HSS through the built-in flash and requires line-of-sight)?

Using a dedicated radio trigger on camera with direct control over manual flash levels right from the camera position is so much better and adequate for a camera in this price bracket.

Class A:
the added GPS module is bulky and robs you of the hotshoe (and you can't use the pop-up flash with it anyway).
The added Wi-Fi module (i.e. flucard) is small and goes in the (second) SD card slot, so camera size remains the same.

Plus, the flucard costs a little more than half the money the y ask for the gps module.

If they had done the reverse, we'd have much more complaints, I reckon...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 12:58 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (555 comments in total)
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KL Matt: No built in flash is a bummer for triggering an off-camera flash without having to lug around a second one. Also, I use mine for fill in daylight backlit people shots infrequently, and it's really handy to be able to just pop it up. Plenty of power for that purpose. The GPS would be way cool to have, but what will turning it on do to battery power? In any case, this camera will likely bring down the price of the K3, which is probably where I'm headed now that the K5 IIs is no longer available for a reasonable price (missed my window of opportunity there).

@jpino
Actually, they already do...

Those accessories are called "Pentax O-FC1" (FluCard) and Pentax O-GPS1...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 12:47 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (555 comments in total)
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Jim in Hudson: WiFi -- convenience item
GPS -- adding permanent and sometimes useful information to the image file itself.

There are times I wished I had the Pentax GPS unit but I never bought one and adding location info via Geotracking or map placing into software is by no means the same thing. OTOH, I've never bothered to take my FLUcard out of its package.

There are programs that do that thing with a .gpx track and some images (provided that you synched the clocks), a trivial job.

However I agree with you, GPS is much more useful than Wi-Fi (and a Flucard much less expensive than an O-GPS1...)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 12:45 UTC
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xmeda: 1) Instead of HSS upgrade to build-in flash they killed easily portable wireless flash ability on PRO body.. I don't want to carry two flashes
2) No articulated or touch-control LCD
3) No wifi
4) Ugly implementation of GPS on top, with stupid GPS button instead of flash-deploy button.
Sticking with K5 waiting for proper upgrade..

btw:

D750 has flash (and articulated LCD), D610 has, D7200 has, Canon EOS7DII has, EOS70D has. All of them boasting about wireless flash control..

To be precise buy a Nikon D4, it has all the pop-up you'll ever... oh, wait...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 08:33 UTC
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wolfie: So no increased MP from sensor shift?

Much better this way, IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 08:32 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (555 comments in total)
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rsf3127: this and the 20-40mm 2.8 lens is all I need.

.../4 :-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 08:23 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (555 comments in total)
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DVT80111: Sorry for my ignorant. How does it work at slow speed? Do I have to wait for the camera to finish 4 pictures? What if the object is moving? So will I get a noiseless picture, but blurry image?

Use probably limited to tripod & still objects, maybe landscapes (without too many moving elements i.e. leaves, cars etc.).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 08:19 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (555 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: No integrated flash? It means, not a modern camera. D7200 wins. Cheers.

So Nikon D4 < D7200 based on that? :-|

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 08:18 UTC
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Doug Frost: This is nothing special. Even my smartphone has a self-powered video camera in it. I can record and play back videos without connecting it to an external power supply. Plus it has internal power for the phone and a bunch of other stuff, too. Imagine that!

Ehrm...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 20:24 UTC
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Prognathous: It would be nice to see Ricoh delivering DSLR firmware updates similar to what they've been releasing for years for their high end compact cameras (e.g. the GR series), these are typically choke-full of new features and enhancements.

Wellm the 645Z's updates are more in that direction, although that's in a totally different ballpark...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 23:28 UTC

Knock on it for better pictures...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 13:16 UTC as 51st comment

...gangrene? :-D

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 22:25 UTC as 20th comment
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (810 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "If we buy into the idea that photography is about the 'Decisive Moment', what are the implications when we gain the ability to capture all the moments in the scene?"

Seriously cool, for lack of a better phrase.

Yeah, it takes the balls out of the word "photography".

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:14 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (810 comments in total)

Convergence...
A mobile phone can do gps, camera, camcorder, notepad, internet point etc., but I still feel the need for a proper gps (when out in the woods), a proper camera (with glass lenses, not plastic), a proper videocamera (that can record more than an hour uninterrupted), a proper screen for web browsing.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:11 UTC as 263rd comment
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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justmeMN: To steal a historic quote, DPR sure has a lot of "nattering nabobs of negativism."

I'd like a staggering kabob, please.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 15:42 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (800 comments in total)
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Toccata47: Alright, calling BS in the image quality score. Specifically, the mk2 ranks lower than the mk1 though the image pipeline is identical to reflect that image quality in competing cameras has improved (what?).

Here's the problem: the nikon 5500 review shares the same imaging pipeline as the the 5300 yet it ranks higher. The same dubious standard was not applied.

Obviously, personal bias is inherent in the review process but this is the first time I've seen this sort of flip flopping in a dpr review.

Last point, I remarked earlier that the drop down menu for the comparator in this review seemed weighted to nikon over any other camera company. The 5500 review seems to underscore this point again.

Benchmarks are open-ended, why don't you take up a benchmark-style scale?
If a model totals 92, then the next best one could total 105, just omit the percent sign.
Just a suggestion, OFC, do as you please.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 11:22 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (326 comments in total)
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dynaxx: Re the long debate below about DPR's policy on the prioritisation of camera reviews ; what happened to the old pre-commercialisation DPR's aim to be a leader of opinion not a follower ?

When DPR staff/journalists say they are responding to the volume of interest from their followers it is a feeble cop-out when most photography enthusiasts urgently want to know about the groundbreaking/state of the Art cameras to keep in touch with developments in the industry. Devoting all that time and effort to reviewing re-hashed Canikons must be as frustrating for the journalists as it is for the bloggers.

The point is that the lesser lights in terms of camera sales ( Sigma, Samsung, Pentax, etc. ) have no choice but to innovate to grow their market shares forcing them to differentiate their products by innovating.

( when this comment finds its way into the DPR stat's it will give another "tick" to Nikon !!! )

IMHO that's not a satisfactory answer.
One can be supported by advertising /and/ be a leader of opinion.

Because if one can't, I don't like the implications of this.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 11:20 UTC
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