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zodiacfml

zodiacfml

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On photo in sample gallery (6 comments in total)

Poor DR even at web sizes.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 16:00 UTC as 1st comment | 5 replies
On RS_Sigma24-35_1C3A7973-24mm-F11 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (6 comments in total)

Poor DR even at web sizes.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 16:00 UTC as 1st comment | 5 replies
On Google to phase out Google+ Photos post (34 comments in total)

Wow, from Picasa to Google+, then Google photos. It's a mess but I think this is in the right direction. I didn't liked how they forced the integration of photos to Google+ since very few use it and most people just want to have a secure backup of their photos with Google.

Picasa was abandoned with no support as it is still not updated to the updated free storage. Though I could still use it without problems, I cannot ignore the virtually free and unlimited and very simple Google photos for the Desktop. I never used the photo editing tools anyway but the I love its local files browsing capability. It can even view the embedded jpg from Sigma/Foveon x3f raw files.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 00:21 UTC as 19th comment
On LG G4 camera review post (81 comments in total)
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te 2r: For cameras that shoot raw/DNG, I would love to see a conventional DPReview-esque examination involving exposure lattitude & ISO invariance tests. Because smartphone cameras have so little dynamic range, just how much DR can be squeezed out via "push processing" is something I'd like to know. (It'd also enable the comparison of smartphone cameras on a better basis, stripped of their JPEG processing black boxes.)

I'd also like to see a note regarding whether the camera fully supports "Camera API 2", which is part of Android 5. The new API allows 3rd party apps like Camera FV-5 to access full manual controls & raw/DNG. Unfortunately a lot of current smartphones go with their own proprietary solutions over API 2. Anyway, thanks for the review.

Wow, that's pretty impressive highlight recovery. Who would have thought? Is it because of the default processing of a very high contrast / highlights?

Yet, I'm not sure if I would bother with RAW from a smartphone.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 17:12 UTC
On Pentax K-3 II added to studio test scene comparison article (177 comments in total)

Impressive. If I were shopping for a DSLR, I'd take this over the ridiculous Canon 5DS. The implementation is also sensible compared to Olympus' pixel shift which seems to create a larger image only.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 05:57 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1548 comments in total)
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Charles Hull: I have a RX100 IV, a very nice camera. But I've measured the rolling shutter level, and it has rolling shutter just like any CMOS video camera. The 4K rolling shutter is very high; the HD rolling shutter is better. I'm confused about the statement 'all with virtually no rolling shutter'. The video quality is very good, but there is no miracle.

I think they were referring to the high frame rate videos with regards to the less presence of the rolling shutter effect.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 05:22 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1548 comments in total)
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Waterengineer: A $1,000US for a compact camera! That is crazy talk. We are always told the image processor is the most expensive part of a camera. The sensor in this camera is tiny. Soooooooooo, the camera should be inexpensive, right?

It's because they are the top dog right now and people are willing to pay which explains the price.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 04:50 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1548 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: Any 60fps video sample? Impressive, makes me want to try video.
I wonder how 120fps looks like in a capable screen.
4k video in a small camera is not a bad idea since the resolution is not overkill on a such a lens/system.

There was a time I did travel many times in a year; I realized that sometimes photos don't give the feel or remind that moment in time of capture. Videos do that. To cut it short, with 4k and instead of taking a snap, why not take a 3 to 5 second video? If I will need stills, I will extract from the 4K footage.

Oh, one small caveat! The 4K video with one minute of footage is almost one gigabyte! I guess we have to wait for HEVC recording and playback in hardware.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 16:34 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1548 comments in total)

Any 60fps video sample? Impressive, makes me want to try video.
I wonder how 120fps looks like in a capable screen.
4k video in a small camera is not a bad idea since the resolution is not overkill on a such a lens/system.

There was a time I did travel many times in a year; I realized that sometimes photos don't give the feel or remind that moment in time of capture. Videos do that. To cut it short, with 4k and instead of taking a snap, why not take a 3 to 5 second video? If I will need stills, I will extract from the 4K footage.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 16:27 UTC as 252nd comment | 4 replies
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (146 comments in total)

I would love MF to survive and become more popular.
The fundamental design is already old, cumbersome, and expensive. We have seen a mirrorless version from Hasselblad for aerial photography but still too large and has no EVF. I guess, the flange distance limits how small you can make a MF camera.

Yet, it is not impossible for something like Sony to start a new MF system or a fixed lens MF camera. The electronics in MF cameras are terrible. If the camera is at least $10,000, it could have at least have the displays, CPU, connectivity, builtin storage of leading smartphones. While they're at it, why not the whole Android OS experience too. It doesn't have to start with many lenses, a 28 to 50mm equivalent newly designed lens will work for many.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 04:03 UTC as 24th comment

Wow, 50 Megapixels....of noise from a $3,700 camera and that includes bright tones.
I checked the sample images from the D810 at ISO 64 and found the noise in the dark tones to be just about right. I mean, these cameras are not cheap and the image quality from the 5Ds looks like it came from a Sony APS-C based camera such as the a6000 and it is not even best in class.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 03:49 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply

Because the launch price was not in touch with the current market. The current change puts it similarly to an a6000, but that comes with an EVF, better AF, and better video. Still, it seems that the a6000 is a better buy.

A modest launch price should put it at $100 more than the GR.

Previously, I suggested a 24MP Sony sensor for the GR2. Yet, I realized it doesn't add value, only to improved the 35mm crop mode feature and will make the camera a bit slower due to the larger files. High ISO improvement is not practically huge.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 04:34 UTC as 11th comment | 8 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (446 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: The mechanical shutter is softer in all speeds. Though, the high iso performance is excellent. In practical use, iso perf. is equal to a Nikon d5500.

I don't know if how many people would be interested in 4k video recording as they are too cumbersome. It will probably take off with mainstream HEVC hardware decode/encode.

If AF-continuous is the best then this is the camera to get in this price range including DSLRs (unless someone wants sharper photos at the pixel level). I also can't get over the body design which is probably intentional to market it as a DSLR. Those knobs and buttons might even do the camera good to appear as a PRO camera.

Taking it back. The a6000 is around $700 with the kit lens. I'd probably take the savings and get sharper results.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 16:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review preview (446 comments in total)

The mechanical shutter is softer in all speeds. Though, the high iso performance is excellent. In practical use, iso perf. is equal to a Nikon d5500.

I don't know if how many people would be interested in 4k video recording as they are too cumbersome. It will probably take off with mainstream HEVC hardware decode/encode.

If AF-continuous is the best then this is the camera to get in this price range including DSLRs (unless someone wants sharper photos at the pixel level). I also can't get over the body design which is probably intentional to market it as a DSLR. Those knobs and buttons might even do the camera good to appear as a PRO camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 16:36 UTC as 111th comment | 2 replies
On Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear article (153 comments in total)
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garypen: If companies didn't make most of the "genuine" items in China, these almost-perfect Chinese knockoffs wouldn't happen as frequently.

@ speculatrix Thanks for that insight.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 04:18 UTC
On Sony: An eye on focus article (763 comments in total)
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sean lancaster: Impressive, but I'd love to be able to pixel peep how accurate that eye AF is in photos after seeing how impressive it looks without taking a photography in the video.

Miles better than any DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 18:39 UTC
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naththo: Fairly soft image in RAW Im afraid. 1" sensor and over 20mp is not ideal. Noise is pretty good but I think for detail and 1" sensor keep it down to at least 10mp or so.

You just took that line seriously. First, the 1 series didn't have Sony sensors so it can't stand a chance versus the RX100 sensor. Second, they have to increase the resolution eventually as the market asked for it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 03:28 UTC
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Jefftan: of all these type of camera available now

Panasonic GM1 is the best for price and IQ (both sensor and lens excellent). This is my judgement. You guys can choose to believe or not

I checked the prices and I agree...unless I would need the hot shoe for flash syncing found in the RX100 II.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 17:15 UTC
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naththo: Fairly soft image in RAW Im afraid. 1" sensor and over 20mp is not ideal. Noise is pretty good but I think for detail and 1" sensor keep it down to at least 10mp or so.

Right. The lower MP LX100 keeps up or is even better than the smaller format with almost twice MP. So, the point is valid that it has too much MP than what is meaningful or useful.

This is also the reason why Nikon started the 1 series with a moderate MP count.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 17:10 UTC
On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (223 comments in total)

That's fun. Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 16:59 UTC as 41st comment
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