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On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1287 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: It would be interesting if DPReview would spend a few words explaining WHY the GX8 is so big compared to the GX7, despite the removal of the flash (itself not a problem for me), etc. Maybe Panasonic USA can help.

The GX7 is itself hardly tiny. Is the GX8 bigger chiefly because some people want bigger cameras, or is it bigger for technical reasons that can’t be easily circumvented? Clearly the viewfinder is bigger, but that doesn’t account for much.

It is what it is and I don’t write off the camera, but it sure is beefier than I expected.

A peek inside might reveal a large IBIS mechanism.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 22:53 UTC

The EM5 Mark 2 is the refresh Olympus needed to make. When they introduced the EM1 and EM10 it looked like the end of the EM5 line, leaving many consumers with no clear upgrade path if we wanted to retain the smallest form factor that was weather proof and built like a tank.

So this Mark 2 version is a sight for sore eyes. I am personally looking for better manual focus aids like focus peaking, remote control, fast image uploads direct from the camera, better 1080 video and the zero shock setting introduced on the EM1. I will happily upgrade for these features.

Although not something I would use often, the 40mpx feature is a very smart option to provide in the EM5 Mark 2. The form factor of the EM5 is perfect for mountain climbers and adventurers looking for a tough waterproof and yet light and compact camera to take trekking up mountains etc. When they get to the top of the mountain, I expect that 40mpxs will be a very welcome option.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2014 at 21:24 UTC as 8th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review (487 comments in total)
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Red Colorado: "The GH4 also has one of the smartest combinations of touchscreen and viewfinder we've seen. The option exists to allow you to conintue to use the touchsceen to position the AF point while looking through the viewfinder. More importantly, you get to choose whether touching the screen makes the AF point jump to the corresponding position in the viewfinder (Exact mode) or whether it merely moves from its current position, based on the direction you swipe your finger (Offset mode)."

This is simply awesome.

I had been considering this idea for some years now and am very pleased to see it become available.
Unfortunately the GH4 or even GX7 are not my type of camera as I am looking for something smaller. I just hope this feature finds its way into the GMx cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 03:40 UTC
On article Canon USA brings white EOS Rebel SL1 to America (119 comments in total)
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peevee1: Innovation!

There are so many great things about this camera that I find amazing. Its hard to know where to start.

Firstly, and most importantly its the first micro sized SLR camera made by Canon in white for the American market under $500. I bet you have never seen that before.

Secondly and even more importantly, is the emphasis on the color white. In a photographic world that has strived forever to create vivid coloured images and pushing white to the back of the photo never to be seen, it is Canon that shows us the true meaning of individuality, creativity and genious by reviving the concept of white. It is a triumph in engineering, social manipulation and marketing.Just like Apple.

And finally, and I cannot understate the importance of this, it's a statement from Canon about how something so seemingly trivial can be made important, because its Canon that did it. This is a true sign of greatness.

We are so lucky to live in an era with companies like Canon supporting us on our journey.


Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
On article Samsung announces tiny NX mini mirrorless camera (80 comments in total)
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Raist3d: See the pricing here Nikon? Oh i am sure the good Nikon 1 lenses will most likely be better but still.

Going by Samsungs current range of NX lenses, I would say Samsung's lenses are a match for the Nikon 1 lenses.The NX pancakes would be good companions for this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 07:38 UTC
On article Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent (321 comments in total)

Would be interesting if anyone uses this law to prevent a speed camera fine, claiming that the photo is illegal.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 19:21 UTC as 115th comment
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)
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ZAnton: "The Nikon 1 V1 and V2 are two cameras that are not frequently discussed among camera enthusiasts."
The only way they can change that is to make bright lenses for it. Bright zooms (f/2) AND very bright fixes (f/1.4).
Otherwise Canon G1X mk2 is way better than Nikon 1 line.
There are also Sony RX, Canon G15/16, and Nikon P7700/7800, although the last one is a tiny bit slower on AF than G16.
So basically Nikon 1 loose to the whole bunch of the "normal" enthusiast P&Ss.
UPD. Oh, that dark camera doesn't even have a hot shoe, so that i could mount my SB700?
I assume the DPreview authors must rethink the market placement of V3. I don't see _any_ reason for an enthusiast to buy this camera.

Clearly an F2 zoom for a 1" sensor can't be done. If it could then Nikon would Shirley have done it.

Sigma's f1.8 doesn't count because its APSC, not a 1". Ditto the Olympus 43 35-100mm F2. And the yet to be released Canon G1x II with an F2 lens also doesn't count because its a 5x zoom on a 1.5" sensor and its a fixed lens anyway.

People should learn how to compare one format to another.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 01:47 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)
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DaytonR: It looks nice and svelte compared to its older sister ! :)

Define svelte...,491

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 01:32 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary (533 comments in total)

This is a vast improvement over the G1X Mark 1. I was one of the first to condemn that model for being too big to be jacket pocketable for me, too slow and with a useless viewfinder.

This one looks to have overcome all the issues and has the potential to steal the show. An optional electronic viewfinder is a workable option (although can be expensive). If the AF is fast and the image quality is excellent at both ends of the lens range then this will be almost the perfect travel cam (to be perfect it would need the built in EVF and weather sealing).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 07:06 UTC as 148th comment | 1 reply
On Preview:olympus-om-d-e-m10 (619 comments in total)
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Mal_In_Oz: This article is suggesting the EM10 sits below the EM5 in the OMD lineup. But does that mean it is a new line separate from the EM5? And if so, why didn't they call it the EM100?

And most importantly, will we see an EM5 replacement, because in form the EM10 and EM5 are very close? The features that are missing are all bundled in the EM1 which doesn't leave a lot of room for an EM6.

Come on DPR, ask the hard questions...

Thanks Richard. As much as it may seem obvious to others, I am struggling with the issue that this camera is so close to the EM5 and the model numbering suggests to me that they will/may drop the EM5 line.

Perhaps they wish to leave things "unanswered" until the market shakes out a bit. Maybe there is an EM100 idea waiting depending on how well the EM10 and EM1 replace the EM5.

Based on the comments and vilification I have received by ranting the questions, I would suggest that there would be a riot if the EM5 line was dropped.

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 08:20 UTC
On Preview:olympus-om-d-e-m10 (619 comments in total)

This article is suggesting the EM10 sits below the EM5 in the OMD lineup. But does that mean it is a new line separate from the EM5? And if so, why didn't they call it the EM100?

And most importantly, will we see an EM5 replacement, because in form the EM10 and EM5 are very close? The features that are missing are all bundled in the EM1 which doesn't leave a lot of room for an EM6.

Come on DPR, ask the hard questions...

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 07:56 UTC as 153rd comment | 5 replies
On article Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera (919 comments in total)
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DaytonR: Thanks Nikon ! Now every other camera maker is teasing us into a frenzy over new cameras ! :)

Nikon are so influential, they can make other camera makers provide tease advertisements and bring out similar designs before Nikon do it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 01:39 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Lens of 2013 (88 comments in total)
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Nathan Chao: Years ago when Olympus first came out with 4/3 dslr, I posted that it will die since it had no compelling reason to exist with no size advantage to APS-C and smaller sensor. I was kicked off the dpreview forum for the post.
Now with the Olympus 9-18mm being way smaller than APS-C lens of similar focal length and f stop, I am an adoptee.
The Olympus 9-18mm on a small mirrorless micro4/3 is totally unobtrusive compared to any other camera lens combination for superwide and that even includes the Panny LX5 with the LWA52 adapter which has a front element that is 72mm wide compared with the 52mm filter size of the oly superwide. This oly superwide is singular in its diminuative size and weight.

Yep the 9-18 is a little wonder. It is a most useful lens at a wedding, able to take everyone in when standing around in a crowd, or sitting down at the reception.

I also think the new Lumix 12-32 fits in the same category of tiny and useful, with excellent build and image quality as good as the 9-18, able to go moderately wide when needed and literally half the size of the mZuiko 9-18.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 07:06 UTC
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Ciprian: Although I'm probably going to buy a K-3 the thing is I'll do it because Sigma decided to include the Pentax mount for its 18-35; so my choice is clear.

Agree. This Sigma lens will keep a LOT of people happy in the APSC format.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 06:43 UTC
On Preview:samsung-nx30 (357 comments in total)
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FoToEdge: I wish one of these new cameras would include built-in geotagging like the Sony A77, A65 and Canon 6D. I do not have much luck and consistency trying to add it via the wi-fi and cell phone route. It is not expensive as shown by the large number of compact cameras that include it. It is very necessary for historians, landscapers, realtors, documenters, reporters and travelers. Why is it not on every camera?

They should simply include the geo tagging from a WIFI connected phone.

There should be two types of connection from the phone to the camera via an app. A full remote control connection and a background connection. When not using remote control from the phone the user should be able to configure a background connection that adds GPS functionality, auto image upload, remote sound recording etc etc to enhance the camera experience.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 06:05 UTC
On Preview:nikon-coolpix-a (442 comments in total)
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Nukunukoo: No

If I had a dollar for every apologist making excuses for stupid Nikon or Canon products, I could buy Olympus.

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 at 12:40 UTC
On article Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples (255 comments in total)

Some example comparison shots here between the Oly 17 and the Panny 20. They are not a perfect comparison with slight framing differences but should help people make up their own mind if it is close enough to the 20.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2013 at 13:25 UTC as 26th comment
On article CP+ 2013: Interview with Olympus' Toshi Terada (242 comments in total)
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Deleted pending purge: The sheer amount of various formats makes one think about why. What really dictates the image formats today? Cinema? Can't be. TV? Which among all the various sizes? Books? Newspapers? Surely not. Almost every paper-reproduced image has to be adapted to any of these formats.
So why don't they all agree that the best photo imaging format would be square? It exploits the lens FOV in the best possible way. It gets rid of side-up camera holding. It produces images easily cropped to all ratios or purposes. It allows internal masking to facilitate framing for every photographer's need...
No go. We get to buy whatever the analog era left behind, as if it's some stone-hewn universal law.
Ditto, mechanical mirrors in digital cameras - obsolete from the first digital camera onward. Ditto, camera shapes; although there is no more film to stretch between the casette and the take-up roll. Ditto, God forbid, an universal lens mount.
Funny, but the whole thing is supposed to cater to camera users...

@ T3, some of us live in the real world and can benefit from the musings OldArrow has to offer. personally I would like the option of any crop from an image, or a large 1:1 image from my tiny m43 camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2013 at 20:41 UTC
On Sony NEX-6 Hands-on Preview (229 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: Wow, this one ticks all the boxes.

□ Touch screen
□ Wireless Flash
□ Long Battery Life
□ Large Lens Range
□ Fastest AF
□ Fast PDAF

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 23:13 UTC
On article Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? (1509 comments in total)
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munro harrap: When you vote, it does say "The BEST camera of 2012". Not the one you own, or like, or find handy cos it doesn't weigh a ton, the best one.
With a D800 you can make a pro quality movie. Your prints can be as big as a Picasso or Delacroix epic painting and your macro shots , well, are potentially the best possible from any camera on the planet-if you are any good, that is. I shall spend the rest of my life trying to fulfil its potential. Even in low light it is better than 35mm ever was, and makes the D4 they charge more than double for quite redundant. You are expected to vote for the BEST camera, not some joke toy!

I vote the Hubble telescope. Most significant camera this year. You lemmings voting for the D800/E and OMD don't know what a good camera is. If I had one in my back yard I wouldn't need to travel.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2012 at 13:24 UTC
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