Revenant

Revenant

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On FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage article (110 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: This is insanity at its best, if a legislation like this were done in Iceland, the people who backed it up would be quickly removed from congress.

"should we not just ban helicopters, airplanes & cars because they can crash into something?"

No, but we should regulate their use by requiring driver's and pilot's licenses and having traffic rules. And, in fact, most countries already have done just that.

"maybe we should ban GEESE from flying?"

I think that, if there was the slightest chance that geese would respect laws and regulations, we would already have such laws and regulations in place.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 10:52 UTC
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PicOne: Can't they just decide what brand and name they want to use..? Getting old with the Ricoh announces the latest Pentax yadda yadda. "Ricoh's Pentax Q-Mount Roadmap".. is this all really necessary?

Kinda like saying "Procter and Gamble"s Crest Toothpaste Cool Mint"..

Nice to put out a roadmap though. nice idea I wish more companies did.

As I said, Pentax is no longer used as a company name. They renamed Pentax Ricoh Imaging to Ricoh Imaging. There is no entity named Pentax in the current corporate structure.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 01:01 UTC
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Kangaroo Court: Do they actually include the camera bodies into their imaging division? I thought it was just sensors. I remember people over the years talking about sony and why they keep selling their sensors the competition. The answer was always "their imaging division makes as much money as the cameras do", I guess we shall see.

Why would the imaging division make sensors? They make cameras and lenses, not sensors. Those are made by Sony Semiconductor, just like other semiconductor components.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 00:49 UTC
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prossi: An R&D guy that doubles as marketing manager?!!? I am loving Olympus more & more by the minute.
Definitely this one is low on the bs-ing and high on the doing. They need more of these at Canon.

It seems that Chuck Westfall has some kind of technical background. From Canon's biography:

"Chuck's involvement with digital cameras began in 1994, when he assisted Canon and Kodak engineers in developing the EOS-DCS series of professional SLRs. Since then, his responsibilities have expanded to include participation in the development and launching of many other Consumer Imaging Group products including Canon's professional and consumer-oriented digital cameras."

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 22:45 UTC
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PicOne: Can't they just decide what brand and name they want to use..? Getting old with the Ricoh announces the latest Pentax yadda yadda. "Ricoh's Pentax Q-Mount Roadmap".. is this all really necessary?

Kinda like saying "Procter and Gamble"s Crest Toothpaste Cool Mint"..

Nice to put out a roadmap though. nice idea I wish more companies did.

@wildkat2

Except that Pentax is not a subsidiary of Ricoh, or even its own division. Pentax was completely merged with Ricoh's own imaging division, so it's not like a company that is part of a larger corporation.

Under Hoya, Pentax was a subsidiary. That subsidiary was acquired by Ricoh, who merged it with their own imaging business, creating a subsidiary called Pentax Ricoh Imaging. That subsidiary was later renamed to Ricoh Imaging.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 09:05 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review preview (85 comments in total)
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Simon97: Surprise, surprise. Pathetic image quality. Why bother reviewing cameras with pin-head sized sensors. I thought DPR stopped this awhile ago. There are many good cameras that need a review. Please put the effort into that.

Amazon sells all cameras, don't they? Even the ones that don't get reviews at DPR. Why would Amazon single out this specific model for a review?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 08:53 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review preview (85 comments in total)
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Boky: There's immense amount of noise and jpg artefacts even at base ISO. This second incarnation does not even have an option for GSM...??? What is the point of producing this...piece of plastics.... why the (wasted) effort?? Most importantly, why would dPreview missuse their already strained resources on this piece of plastics?

Nick

People complain that DPR give an award to every camera they review (which btw is false), but when they do review a bad camera, people complain that they misuse their resources.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 08:30 UTC
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PicOne: Can't they just decide what brand and name they want to use..? Getting old with the Ricoh announces the latest Pentax yadda yadda. "Ricoh's Pentax Q-Mount Roadmap".. is this all really necessary?

Kinda like saying "Procter and Gamble"s Crest Toothpaste Cool Mint"..

Nice to put out a roadmap though. nice idea I wish more companies did.

The confusion is caused by the fact that people still think of Pentax as a company. Pentax is just a brand name that Ricoh uses for their interchangeable lens cameras. It would be wrong to say that Pentax announces new products, because only a company can do that. And the company's name is Ricoh.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 08:18 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2 article (194 comments in total)
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Horshack: Yet another article about a Pentax camera. How come no mention of Canon or Nikon?

Did you miss all the articles about the Canon 5DS, the new Rebels and the EOS M3? And the Nikon D810A?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 14:49 UTC
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Mirrorless Crusader: The "arrival" of the M3? It's not arriving in the U.S. which is supposed to be its biggest market. How could anyone with a single functioning brain cell think that keeping a new product out of the US means a company is taking that product and its technology seriously?

It's truly incredible how DPR is actually paying people tens of thousands of dollars a year to be less knowledgeable than most of its forum posters. And I haven't even gotten to the part about the M3 being a joke of an upgrade, kind of like how the Rebel went almost 6 years since 2009 barely changing anything until just now. Canon just doesn't get it. Period.

The US is not the biggest camera market. The Americas as a whole is still a smaller market than both Europe and Asia+Japan.
These are the shipment numbers for 2014:

All Digital Cameras
Worldwide: 43.43 million
Japan: 5.78 m
Asia: 11.21 m
Europe: 13.69 m
Americas: 11.45 m
Other Areas: 1.30 m

Compacts
Worldwide: 29.60 m
Japan: 3.98 m
Asia: 6.35 m
Europe: 9.97 m
Americas: 8.27 m
Other Areas: 1.04 m

DSLR
Worldwide: 10.55 m
Japan: 1.08 m
Asia: 3.61 m
Europe: 3.00 m
Americas: 2.70 m
Other Areas: 0.16 m

Mirrorless
Worldwide: 3.29 m
Japan: 0.72 m
Asia: 1.26 m
Europe: 0.72 m
Americas: 0.48 m
Other Areas: 0.10 m

And as for arbitrarily separating mirrorless into a separate category, that's what the camera industry does. The manufacturers market them as a different category, and the consumers perceive them as a different category. And that's why CIPA report the shipment data separately.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 10:45 UTC
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justmeMN: I don't fault Canon for not aggressively rushing into a money-losing sector.

Lower production costs are all about increasing profit margins, not lowering prices for the consumers.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 19:04 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Seems like Canon first needs to loose more of its marketshare to Sony and Fuji before they start to take mirror-less seriously.

According to CIPA DSLR is in decline.
In 2010 the camera manufacturers sold a whopping 120 million DSLR's.
In 2014 the total DSLR sales declined to 62 million.

In 2010 the camera makers sold 11 million mirrorless (MILC) camera's
In 2014 the total sales of mirrorless (MILC) market went up to 23 million pieces sold.

Sure the difference between DSLR and MILC is still 40 million pieces.
On the other hand the DSLR market lost 50% of its market since 2010 while the MILC market doubled.

@otto k

Yes, CIPA only collect data from the Japanese manufacturers, so it's anybody's guess how the numbers would look if they had included Samsung (and Leica).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 18:58 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Seems like Canon first needs to loose more of its marketshare to Sony and Fuji before they start to take mirror-less seriously.

According to CIPA DSLR is in decline.
In 2010 the camera manufacturers sold a whopping 120 million DSLR's.
In 2014 the total DSLR sales declined to 62 million.

In 2010 the camera makers sold 11 million mirrorless (MILC) camera's
In 2014 the total sales of mirrorless (MILC) market went up to 23 million pieces sold.

Sure the difference between DSLR and MILC is still 40 million pieces.
On the other hand the DSLR market lost 50% of its market since 2010 while the MILC market doubled.

No, you have misread the CIPA data somehow.

2014
All digital cameras: 43.4 million
Compacts: 29.6 million
DSLRs: 10.5 million
MILCs: 3.3 million

http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/d-2014_e.pdf

2010
All digital cameras: 121.5 million
Compacts: 108.6 million
Interchangeable lens cameras: 12.9 million

http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/d_2010.pdf

Note that CIPA hadn't begun to separate MILCs from DSLRs in 2010. MILCs were included in the DSLR category.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 14:33 UTC
On Sigma dp0 Quattro announced with 14mm F4 lens article (138 comments in total)
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christom: Where are the pictures of the new camera??

"Where is the advantage of a compact camera then?"

Sigma has clearly stated that they made the Quattro cameras as DSLR alternatives, not intended to be pocket cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 12:46 UTC
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Frank_BR: Nikon words: "While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is ..."

At a time when DSLR sales are falling rapidly, perhaps Nikon should focus on cameras for general photography, and not on special solutions for a small niche market.

Nikon has plenty of cameras for general photography. Not sure that we need more, frankly, especially when the market is shrinking. And if your main market is shrinking, isn't that a good time to find new niches to exploit?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 12:39 UTC
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PixelMover: Canon 5DSRA coming in 5... 4... 3...

How is Canon years behind, when they have made astrophotography DSLRs for many years? First the 20Da, and now they have the 60Da. It doesn't require any extra innovation to modify a FF model in the same way, so if they want to they can easily do it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 10:59 UTC
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maverick786us: Why would someone spend 3300$ for just taking stellar photography, when its not meant for normal phorography?

"The Nikon D810A is engineered exclusively to meet the unique demands of professional and hobbyist astrophotographers".

So it's a specialized tool, just like Canon's 60Da or those DSLRs for forensic photography that Fujifilm used to make.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 10:52 UTC
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mais51: Typical Nikon charges you heap more for not so much change. Just like the D800/D800e twin -$300 extra for removing a filter.

A low volume product will always be more expensive, that's just how it works.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 10:46 UTC
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MarioV: Well that was underwhelming. Are any of those "new" models even slightly different to any of the current Nikon models?

I believe they changed the model numbers.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 10:18 UTC
On Nikon announces Coolpix AW130 and S33 rugged compacts article (31 comments in total)

1/3.1" sensor, F3.3 - F5.9, only digital image stabilization. Nikon just keeps giving!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 10:11 UTC as 14th comment
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