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On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (419 comments in total)

anyone notice the shadow noise in the last shot (Red Parrot?)
Detail is really good, but only ISO 320 and chroma noise ???

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 23:54 UTC as 94th comment
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (419 comments in total)
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Greg Ness: I have the Canon G3X with the additional EVF and really like it. It works perfectly as a travel camera with its size and weight when I don't want to lug my big DSLRs and lenses along.

The Sony results – especially at the 600mm end – look impressive thought atmospheric distortion and varying sky conditions in the test photo sequence make a comparison more difficult. Both the G3X and Sony RX 10 III can struggle with focusing at the upper end of the zoom range because they are only contrast-detect AF. I think the real winner here is going to be the Nikon DL24-500 when it is soon available.

Yes the DL24-500 only goes to 500mm instead of 600mm, but with its similar 1" sensor and a sophisticated hybrid contrast & phase-detect AF system, it will lock on focus much more quickly and can shoot at 20fps with continuous AF. That is impressive!

Both Sony and Canon need to move to a hybrid AF in their next iterations of the G3X and RX 10 III to really empower the potential of these cameras.

Thats where the FZ1000 beats these....sheer AF speed !
Nikons DL looks promising, but no telling if it can focus faster than Panasonics FZ1000. (lets hope the internal buffer is big enough not to slow down the camera, once buffer is filled. The P900 and P610 are pretty bad, in this regard).

Phase detection AF still wins with AF tracking, but for non tracking subjects, its been surpassed by DFD CF AF. Go Panasonic!

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 20:50 UTC
On challenge Post-Processing Salvation - # 3 (9 comments in total)
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ANAYV: Need help.

how can i put the before and after photos next to each other?
(or one on top of the other)?

i.e. how do I merge the two so they are one image, for this challenge?

I have FastStone and also PhotoShop Elements 14.


Thanks so much...I was able to get the canvas twice the width, so my 'before' image is on the left, with blank area on the right. Just cant figure out how to get 'after' image in the blank area :(

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2016 at 14:14 UTC
On challenge Post-Processing Salvation - # 3 (9 comments in total)

Need help.

how can i put the before and after photos next to each other?
(or one on top of the other)?

i.e. how do I merge the two so they are one image, for this challenge?

I have FastStone and also PhotoShop Elements 14.


Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2016 at 03:17 UTC as 1st comment | 4 replies
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AksCT: Although I do not plan to buy any of these, they offer a good selection covering a broad range of interest. And it keeps competition active for more to come.
I am looking for compact travel cam and will try Panasonic ZS100 when it becomes available.

I'm semi impressed with these. Just wondering if the fast fps burst have decent buffer.Or will the buffer fill up really fast, then make you wait , before being able to shoot again. (my P610 pushes my patience, as I , at times, will wait for over 1 minute!)

Also not good if 20fps is only for one second, lol.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 00:08 UTC
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cgarrard: The best serious compact on the market- it and the GR.

No VF...the older folk will miss it, the younger crowd will not.
If you hold camera at ridiculous arms length away, just to see the LCD screen, that would be you, lol.
Others can see it clearly from 6 to 8" away, and much more stable to hold (those holding camera so far away, DO look like they are holding a toy.)

Nothing about the GR series spells toy...great I.Q. great menu, loads of buttons, to make adjustments without ever taking eyes off the LCD. Excellent I.Q.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 14:32 UTC
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Marty4650: You gotta love the fact that Panasonic keeps pushing the envelope.

They have come a very long way since I bought a TZ1 back in 2006. And note the TZ1 also had a 10X zoom (28-280mm, and not as useful as this 25-250mm lens) but had a tiny 1/2.5 inch sensor.

Interesting thing wth the. TZ1 is the lens.
Part of the lens is actually inside the camera (at 90 degrees)

Think that first version also had the largest , thickest grip .
Newer models became smaller and smaller :(


Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:22 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (751 comments in total)
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keepreal: "No compromises in optical quality." Now there is a joke. Almost all mirrorless lenses rely upon software to correct distortion. That obstructs use of my chosen RAW developer for HDR.

For me the main issue with mirrorless is the viewfinder. An LCD is hopeless in bright light, not that good in any light. Also, it is much easier to hold a camera steady against your forehead. I would be happy with an Albalda optical viewfinder of Leica M quality especially if covered 21mm or wider on full frame or 14mm on APS-C.

My first camera is an APS-C DSLR and the second Olympus Micro Four Thirds. The VF-4 EVF for the latter is not bad but does not compare with an optical viewfinder. Against the light if the sun is nearby is a problem. The Fuji X is a nice camera but the EVF on it is dreadful, flat and I find very distracting. I have not bothered to look at anything else but initial comments on the Leica SL suggest it might be better. But look at the weight of it, let alone the price. Crazy.

LCD's of todays camera's are more than good enough.
Trouble is, the older crowd can't see too well, close up and have to hold camera at arms length just to see the LCd in focus.

This is not the LCD problem, but the users eyes.

I often wondered why folk wouldn't just hold camera 5 to 7" away...but then was told many folk can't see it....they have to hold camera farther away to see clearly.

i'm sure the day will come when I will be one of these folks, who get sun glare from holding camera at arms length.

then I will relate....but for now, the hi resolution LCd, added with an anti glare screen protector works great!


Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 21:42 UTC
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Aleo Veuliah: Great all around Camera.

Well done Panasonic.


You fail to see the quality one can get with these small sensor cameras, Tim.
Granted , if low light is what one mostly shoots in, then surely these will disappoint, with noise above ISO400, and if shooting jpegs, then smearing of fine detail also will give lower I.Q.

Who wouldn't like these shots? :

But, if shooting at ISO 400 and lower, then these give quite good results, with feather detail retained, having sharp glass, and amazing O.I.S.

AF is quite fast these days, and fps burst as well. No camera phone can compete...and no camera phone can zoom to 600mm optically.

Many folk here are hobbyists, and don't make money with their camera's...nor do they need top I.Q. from FF or APS-C sensors.

Have you seen the results from the FZ200 ?

For display on Tablets, cellphones, and HD Monitors/TV's I.Q. is very good.


Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 21:14 UTC
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Lan: OK; sounds great - what's the catch?

There's a Epson R340 never dries out, and it's a good 4 to 5 years old now.
It sits for 3 to 5 months, before it gets used, and it always works.

the trick:

Leave it on all the time....NEVER shut it off.
Ink stays hot and never dries out. Cost pennys a month to keep it on, too.

Cartridges last me at least 8 to 10 months

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2015 at 20:43 UTC
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Retzius: I'll wait for the Endangered Species edition with white rhino hide covering and crystallized Panda tear LCD cover

Cool, I didn't know Hasseblad was doing a remodel of this...Sony might be jealous, lol

And only $123,000 for their version :)

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 22:55 UTC
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BigShooter: I'll stick with my 645z for now...

Hasseblad should do a remodel of this...although Sony might be jealous, lol

They'd only charge around $123,000 for their version :)

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 22:54 UTC
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Aleo Veuliah: Great all around Camera.

Well done Panasonic.

Timmbits is still here...He still is into photography ??

Look at his gallery...wonder why he didn't give up this hobby....

He thinks smartphones have zoom lenses...that zoom from 25mm to 600mm?? With excellent O.I.S that avoids tripods at 600mm??

Still waiting for 1 or two decent shots from his superior cameras/ lenses.

I'll come back next year and see if that's enough time for him to improve

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2015 at 00:51 UTC
On article Shooting with the Canon PowerShot G3 X (322 comments in total)
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(unknown member): At what focal length does stabilization without a viewfinder start to drop off in effectiveness? I remember with the FZ200, 600mm was about the absolute limit of effective stabilization but that was with using a viewfinder. Handholding it was impossible. Same with the SX50 HS, 1000mm was shaky as heck handholding and even with the viewfinder it was very difficult to keep steady at those lengths. So how is using the high end of the tele zoom range on the G3X without a viewfinder?

At Celsus
1200mm at 1/100 shutter is pretty easy with SX50, IMHO.
That's using the LCD.

One needs some better technique in handholding cameras.
I do ' twist' the camera , to obtain better stability, and my eyes can still see the LCD about 7" away. If eyesight limits one to arms length, then that's a different story.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 21:10 UTC
On article Week in Review: To boldly go (66 comments in total)
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Francis Carver: "Panasonic announced the first-ever 20MP Micro Four Thirds camera."

Product announcements are usually not reviews. Also, since we have had cameras with app. 20MP sensors for seemingly ions, and including all sorts of form factors and size sensors to boot -- why is it a "big deal" if Panasonic now is announcing one such camera with the same pixel density sensor?

Whereas I do not wish to rain on anyone's parade, summertime is usually not the time to get overly excited about new camera products and announcements about them. Let's hope this autumn and winter will bring a more palatable crop of them to fruition.

Um, because after years of the 12MP sensor, they finally moved up to 16MP. That was years ago, and now, they finally moved up to 20MP.

First time any micro 4/3 had this much resolution. Panasonic was first to do it. If Olympus came out with it first, then they would be mentioned.
But I don't think they ever made a sensor, so they wait, whereas Panasonic does make their own sensors. Not saying it's their sensor in this new camera, but not an impossibility.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 18:27 UTC
On photo P1750346 in mpgxsvcd's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

This is the best the GH4 can do, for a moon shot ?
I think todays superzoom can easily outperform this...showing more detail..perhaps do to better optics, and less need to crop. Plus no need for tripod, with their superior O.I.S. Surely I don't miss my GH2 with 45 to 200mm lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 12:44 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article 2015 Superzoom Camera Roundup (188 comments in total)
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mosc: the lens comparison isn't working for me here...

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 03:31 UTC
On article 2015 Superzoom Camera Roundup (188 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Great now I can get cell phone quality pictures from 1-2 miles away. I honestly never understood the allure of these super zoom cameras. When zoomed all the way in atmospheric conditions start to become the biggest factor. Really how often do you need to take a picture of something that you can’t see with your naked eye?

Just look at the quality all of these cameras produce. Yup the subject fills the frame but there is no detail at all. Everything is mush because of poor optics and diffraction limitations.

I really wish they would just stick with 25x or less instead of the ridiculous 80x+ that these cameras do.

My 8 inch telescope is F4.0 but they can only get 800mm focal length with it. How can you expect these super small sensor cameras to do the job better than a large diameter telescope can?

This category is just a marketing gimmick. The sample images that Dpreview was able to take are terrible. It is impossible to take a decent picture at 2000mm with these cameras.

Have you seen any real photo's from experienced users of these small sensor superzooms? They have GREAT O.I.S. and sharp lenses:

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 03:22 UTC
On photo Peacock in the Jigsaw Puzzle #11: Fauna challenge (2 comments in total)

thanks Ruth !

Link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 02:47 UTC as 1st comment
On GalleryItem:3169752 (3 comments in total)

Neither is the composition...but thats another story.
Why f8?

Bad choice,IMHO.
These small sensored camera's have huge DOF compared to D-SLR (APS-C ) and FF sensors. You didn't need any more DOF, and shutter speeds would of been faster if bigger aperture was chosen.

Use lowest aperture possible.
Avoid auto mode.
Takes a bit of time to learn a camera.
Go to Nikon Coolpix Forum, and see the results some folk are getting...clearly much better than yours.

Sometimes, It's the photographer and not the camera

Have a nice day


Posted on Mar 26, 2015 at 01:41 UTC as 3rd comment
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