Photato

Photato

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With due respect to Mr Westfall but he needs to be informed that MOV and MP4 are not CODECs. Those are Media Container Files.
As far as I know the 7DII has not choice the CODEC as he implies, It only does H264. With the choice of consumer grade IBP frames and All Keyframes.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 23:34 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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Photato: The future of Photography seems to be on the hands of Electronics Giants like Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Apple, etc.
Right move from Panasonic.
I hope Apple do something similar since I'm in the iOS platform.
A Smart Camera that can replace my smart phone !

Apple still have another event for iPad, iPod and TV in October. They might announce a photo-centric iOS device there but I doubt it. All they need to do is to put a good sensor and lens on a iPod or iPhone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:49 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1701 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: A camera for people who care about photography by a company that cares about photography. Gearheads won't have their spec lust satisfied, but photographers will have one of the best cameras money can buy.

Smaller buffer, longer battery life. 12MP still give you plenty of resolution to crop from. Also you can freeze motion easier by choosing faster shutter speeds.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:02 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1701 comments in total)
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bronxbombers4: Anyway the speed and AF and all sounds like out of the park, awesome.

The sensor is what it is. It would be DOA for a 5D4, but it's probably OK for a 7D2 (although not ideal and I certainly feel for the one body shooters who'd use this as their main landscape cam too).

The video looks pretty punted though in terms of quality. The video AF might be useful though.

If you don't hit DR-limited scenes much and never shoot video it's a total home run. Grand slam even (assuming it lives up to the words).

If you were looking to it for video it's a D+ if you care about all things plus video quality. If you don't care about the video quality so much at all, it's maybe B to A- depending upon unknown UI factors.

If you wanted an action cam plus great all around aps-c sensor it's mixed, great on the one hand and stuck in 2007 and not quite so hot on the other.

Yes in the end we judge a camera on how it satisfy our specific shooting needs.
But still, no matter what you shoot, the sensor seems to be the weakest link here. Small pixels on a cropped sensor.
Notice how the marketing material didn't talk much about IQ improvements. So I guess it'll be close to the 70D IQ wise, which is nothing exciting.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:58 UTC
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Gesture: Fascinating. Camera makers have literally had to "come to the phone."

No, they just have to join the personal mobile computer which happens to have a phone.
Ironically, these days people are texting more than placing phone calls.
I'm surprised it has taken this long.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:33 UTC
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Photato: For a camera that is supposed to remain relevant for the next 5 years this is disappointing.

I was expecting:

-Much better image quality either by using larger pixels or a more revolutionary sensor to allow faster shutter speeds.
-Better Video specification like full sensor readout for movie mode, professional grade encoding 4:2:2. Faster FPS and more choices in resolutions.
-RF flash control.
-Articulated screen (Despite the weather seals challenges)
-Touch Screen. It has interesting professional uses.
-Many other creative solutions that are expected from a "leading" camera company.

The 7DII should be a capable camera but in my opinion Canon came short of what could have been an exciting camera that at least matched photographers expectations in 2014.

Those might look like gimmicks to you, but are actually useful features for others.
A professional camera like the 7DII has to be flexible and versatile enough to make the work of photography/videography faster, better and easier. IMO Canon didn't deliver enough. And if you want to talk about "performance in the field" I'm sure the sensor performance will be behind competitors offerings.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:18 UTC

The future of Photography seems to be on the hands of Electronics Giants like Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Apple, etc.
Right move from Panasonic.
I hope Apple do something similar since I'm in the iOS platform.
A Smart Camera that can replace my smart phone !

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 18:28 UTC as 93rd comment | 2 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1701 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: A camera for people who care about photography by a company that cares about photography. Gearheads won't have their spec lust satisfied, but photographers will have one of the best cameras money can buy.

I am talking about Canon choosing to stuff 20MP in a crop sensor.
That is overkill and detrimental for an action camera in buffer capacity and image quality.
I would have put a 12MP sensor instead.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 18:10 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1701 comments in total)

For a camera that is supposed to remain relevant for the next 5 years this is disappointing.

I was expecting:

-Much better image quality either by using larger pixels or a more revolutionary sensor to allow faster shutter speeds.
-Better Video specification like full sensor readout for movie mode, professional grade encoding 4:2:2. Faster FPS and more choices in resolutions.
-RF flash control.
-Articulated screen (Despite the weather seals challenges)
-Touch Screen. It has interesting professional uses.
-Many other creative solutions that are expected from a "leading" camera company.

The 7DII should be a capable camera but in my opinion Canon came short of what could have been an exciting camera that at least matched photographers expectations in 2014.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:56 UTC as 258th comment | 3 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1701 comments in total)
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Scorehound: For those people who are trashing this camera, I have to wonder why. From my experience with the original 7D, at least from my perspective this camera takes the good points of the 7D and makes an already great camera better. Built in Intervalometer, 65 cross type AF points, Dual Digic 6 processors, 10fps shooting, Dual card slots, and the list goes on.

Why is it that when Canon releases a camera people on here complain about what it doesn't have, then when Canon gives them what they want they whine about something else? This camera is going to be very popular, especially among those who have experienced the 7D and have drooled over the thought of an upgrade to it. I for one am one of those people. And for $1800, what the hell is the problem?

For video it still skip pixels which makes it prone to moire, no articulating LCD, small pixels stuffed in a cropped sensor and wow Canon finally have the audacity to incorporate an Intervalometer.
I wonder how this "visionary" camera will fare in the next 5 years.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:21 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1701 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: A camera for people who care about photography by a company that cares about photography. Gearheads won't have their spec lust satisfied, but photographers will have one of the best cameras money can buy.

Not with that mediocre mega small pixels stuffed sensor. Check the Sony A7S, 12MP on a FF sensor, that is what I call a serious tool for uncompromising image quality.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:52 UTC
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Photato: Wow, I had my expectations low with Canon and was patient thinking they were working hard in fresh and innovative products. But this is disappointing I think is reasonable to say Canon golden days are over. I have the impresion they are ripe for a corporate management shake up.
Their latest products are boring and some are just late reactions to what the competition has been doing for some time.
too bad since most my gear is Canon and they have an excellent service here in the US.

I am referring to the Sensor. And in that regard the A7S will do much better (less noise) in high shutter speed situations, freezing motion under available light.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:47 UTC
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Photato: Wow, I had my expectations low with Canon and was patient thinking they were working hard in fresh and innovative products. But this is disappointing I think is reasonable to say Canon golden days are over. I have the impresion they are ripe for a corporate management shake up.
Their latest products are boring and some are just late reactions to what the competition has been doing for some time.
too bad since most my gear is Canon and they have an excellent service here in the US.

This new 7D II is still skipping pixels for video read-out which translate in noise and moire. And talking about noise 20mp for this sensor size is a really bad compromise for somebody serious about image quality. Check the Sony A7S, a FF sensor and yet 12MP big fat pixels, that is what I can call a serious IQ.
I wouldn't pay that much cash for such a 7DII mediocre sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:34 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1701 comments in total)

Wow, I had my expectations low with Canon and was patient thinking they were working hard in fresh and innovative products. But this is disappointing I think is reasonable to say Canon golden days are over. I have the impresion they are ripe for a corporate management shake up.
Their latest products are boring and some are just late reactions to what the competition has been doing for some time.
too bad since most my gear is Canon and they have an excellent service here in the US.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:18 UTC as 315th comment | 8 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)

The results are bellow expectations because the XAVC Codec implementation in this camera is still discarding Chroma information, just like H.264. It is 4:2:0 instead of 4:2:2.
That, and the tiny pixels.

However anyone can see the advantages of full sensor readout.

Hope in the next iteration of this camera the sensor has larger quality pixels instead of quantity. Almost all professional video cameras have only the pixel they need like 8 or 10MP, which is also plenty for still photography.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 15:08 UTC as 208th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)

Wow Full sensor readout for video!
Sony does it again! They are making the most interesting cameras these days
Very likely I ll switch fron Canon to Sony in the near feature.
Sony if u r listening.
Make a 3D camera. I need to feed my Sony 3D TV with awesome content.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 17:22 UTC as 590th comment | 1 reply

They copied even the Apple flaws, how retarded.
One of the weak points of the iPads so far is the missing of a LED light, like the iPhones have.
Also the iPad mini Retina has a sub par display (small gamut) compared to Google Nexus and Amazon Kindle which uses Quatum Dots display. I hope these Xiaomi knock offs at leas have a better screen than the iPad mini.
Wonder if it comes with a Calculator and a Voice Recorder App since Apple stubbornly refuses to include with iPads.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 22:30 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (660 comments in total)

I don't know why people keep comparing this Canon to the Sony RX100. Different sensor size, different overall size and different zoom range.
When compared to ILC cameras, then this Canon G1XII is not so impressive.
For the same money people can get a much better package getting a Sony A6000, is like.... no comparison.
I don't know what was Canon thinking by intentionally crippling this camera in features that wouldn't cost anything to implement, my ancient Canon Pro1 has features this camera doesn't have and lets not get started comparing it to what a smartphone can do these days.
Unless Canon is happy to charge much less of the suggested price is my guess, but I don't see this camera selling well.
Another camera for the landfill in a few years.
Sony A6000 is much more interesting option for about the same price.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 19:33 UTC as 188th comment | 10 replies
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io_bg: Interesting, can't wait to see how it compares to DSLRs.

I predict, it'll get to higher ISOs before noticing any noise.
If this baby reach sub $1K street prices I'd switch to Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 00:02 UTC

Wow, kudos to Sony.
It really needs a flipping monitor though.
Sony is once again leading the way.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 23:57 UTC as 76th comment
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