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jonathanj

jonathanj

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On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (453 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Surprise surprise ... Sony make really great cameras but poor systems, they just don't seem to realize that some people want to buy into a system and stick with it.
Canon in contrast make a great system but mediocre cameras. The fact they're doing better than Sony indicates that most people don't want or need the latest technology, but they don't necessary want everything they buy to be worthless 5 years later when the system is dumped for something else.

Thanks!

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On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (453 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Surprise surprise ... Sony make really great cameras but poor systems, they just don't seem to realize that some people want to buy into a system and stick with it.
Canon in contrast make a great system but mediocre cameras. The fact they're doing better than Sony indicates that most people don't want or need the latest technology, but they don't necessary want everything they buy to be worthless 5 years later when the system is dumped for something else.

Canon, incidentally, do produce a full annual report, but obviously this doesn't give an accurate picture of the market.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 12:18 UTC
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (453 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Surprise surprise ... Sony make really great cameras but poor systems, they just don't seem to realize that some people want to buy into a system and stick with it.
Canon in contrast make a great system but mediocre cameras. The fact they're doing better than Sony indicates that most people don't want or need the latest technology, but they don't necessary want everything they buy to be worthless 5 years later when the system is dumped for something else.

Really? I wasn't being sarcastic, when I looked into it, I saw "Sony no longer produces an annual report." and hasn't done since 2013. The only financial figures they provide didn't go down to the divisional level, and show only top level financials (a 125 billion yen loss for Sony in FY ending 2015).
I would be very interested to see an accurate report of market share.
IDC reports are not publicly available, so I have no idea what those say.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 12:16 UTC
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (453 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Surprise surprise ... Sony make really great cameras but poor systems, they just don't seem to realize that some people want to buy into a system and stick with it.
Canon in contrast make a great system but mediocre cameras. The fact they're doing better than Sony indicates that most people don't want or need the latest technology, but they don't necessary want everything they buy to be worthless 5 years later when the system is dumped for something else.

where are you getting those figures from, out of curiosity? I'm not making any specific claims about actual sales, as I can't find accurate figures....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:54 UTC
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (453 comments in total)

Surprise surprise ... Sony make really great cameras but poor systems, they just don't seem to realize that some people want to buy into a system and stick with it.
Canon in contrast make a great system but mediocre cameras. The fact they're doing better than Sony indicates that most people don't want or need the latest technology, but they don't necessary want everything they buy to be worthless 5 years later when the system is dumped for something else.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 10:45 UTC as 36th comment | 18 replies
On Quick Review: PhotoKeeper article (101 comments in total)
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DavidKennard: The big problem with any cloud storage for me is simply that upload speeds are too slow for it to be a viable option for anything other than web-sized JPEGs.

I thought that too... but then I left my computer running non-stop for a week doing uploads, 350GB uploaded so far, roughly a quarter of what I aim to upload. Granted, this only makes sense if you have unmetered bandwidth, but you only need to upload once....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 14:16 UTC
On Quick Review: PhotoKeeper article (101 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Interesting. Personally I just want a storage service, and I don't think anyone can beat Amazon Cloud Drive for price ($12 per year for unlimited photos).
However, I admit the Amazon feature set is almost non-existent in comparison, so there's definitely a market for sites like PhotoKeeper that have a much richer feature set.
And no, it's not an advert to write a short article about a new site that might be of interest to the readers. Keep writing them, guys :-)

.. continued
- I trust Amazon to still be around in 20 years time. Maybe 50 years too. I trust them to maintain some kind of storage service for the duration of that period - it might not be cloud drive, but they have paying corporate customers using S3, and they're not going to do away with cloud data storage anytime soon. I don't trust Yahoo to keep Flickr going more than a year - they'd start phasing it out tomorrow if the financials made sense.
- Basically it's the difference between secure storage and sharing. Flickr is good for the latter, not so good for the former. It looks like this service is aiming to cover both....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 14:13 UTC
On Quick Review: PhotoKeeper article (101 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Interesting. Personally I just want a storage service, and I don't think anyone can beat Amazon Cloud Drive for price ($12 per year for unlimited photos).
However, I admit the Amazon feature set is almost non-existent in comparison, so there's definitely a market for sites like PhotoKeeper that have a much richer feature set.
And no, it's not an advert to write a short article about a new site that might be of interest to the readers. Keep writing them, guys :-)

No :-)
Good question, and I also use Flickr (for sharing a small number of photos) but no, for the following reasons.
- Amazon makes money from storage. They have no particular incentive to show me adds, try to monetize my photos, or generally mess about with my terms of service. I'm much happier with a (cheap) paid service where I can expect some kind of contract, than a free service that might change at any time.
- I have more than 1TB of photos, taking into account all the original RAW files. Flickr storage above 1TB is quite expensive, if I remember correctly.
- related to the above, Amazon Cloud Drive allows upload of RAW files (sometimes you need to convert to DNG if your camera is not supported)
- files remain unchanged - no "optimization", compression, etc.
- I want to keep a distinction between my favourite photos I share (you can see them on my public flickr account) and a backup of all my photos (private on Amazon). This is harder on flickr

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 14:10 UTC
On Quick Review: PhotoKeeper article (101 comments in total)

Interesting. Personally I just want a storage service, and I don't think anyone can beat Amazon Cloud Drive for price ($12 per year for unlimited photos).
However, I admit the Amazon feature set is almost non-existent in comparison, so there's definitely a market for sites like PhotoKeeper that have a much richer feature set.
And no, it's not an advert to write a short article about a new site that might be of interest to the readers. Keep writing them, guys :-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2015 at 04:55 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 makes leap to 20MP article (168 comments in total)
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Mateus1: Many great improvements... but only 1/3 better DR RAW vs GX-7 - I exoected at least 1 stop, no EFC shutter and bigger body size (it's now bigger than APS-C)... not easy decision for me if to buy it...

Do you know for sure it has no EFC shutter? I can't see it specified anywhere whether it does or doesn't have one, but I'm not sure where to look...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 15:04 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (463 comments in total)
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John Usa: I really do not understand your low 77% rating.
You gave the T4i a 77% rating.
You gave the T5i a 76% rating.
This new model is better in all respects than the previous models and yet you still gave it a 77% rating.
I am starting to lose respect in your ratings and perhaps it is time for you to update your rating system altogether and make it believable.

@Richard - is it possible to get a list of the categories, and the cameras in each category? I know you say "compare the camera only with the immediate competitors," but it's sometimes hard to tell which are the immediate competitors!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 01:45 UTC
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ChaosCloud: Respect to Sony, they are leading the way. I just wish that the RX10's zoom ring was manually actuated, not fly-by-wire.

I fully agree! After moving from compact cameras to ILCs, I never want to deal with a electronic zoom ever again. If it weren't for that, I would seriously consider getting an RX10

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 02:20 UTC
On Nikon D7200 Review preview (573 comments in total)

Hey guys, I know you say in your explanation of scoring: "all scores are relative to the other cameras in the same category". Do you have a list of what the categories are and which cameras are included?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 03:08 UTC as 97th comment

Regardless of whether the camera is the best, or whether the panorama is correctly stitched, does anyone else find the website incredibly annoying? If I want to look at a panorama I want it to stay still when I've finished moving my mouse, not continue to gently drift across the screen....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 07:13 UTC as 46th comment
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gbunton: There are much better options, nothing is free. I work in the Silicon valley tech sector, and i can tell you stay away from Google if you want to maintain some sense of ownership of your images.

Personally I think Amazon prime seems the best for *storage* of photos. Unlimited photos for $11.99 per year. They don't apply random compression or try to tell you how to tag and organize your photos, and because Amazon makes its money from storage they have less incentive to come up with creative ways to make money from your photos too. Doesn't handle *display* of photos very well though, you still need flickr or smugmug or whatever gallery site you prefer for that. I guess the fact that dpreview isn't pushing Amazon as a better service is a reflection of editorial independence : -)

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2015 at 08:23 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 real-world samples article (102 comments in total)
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jonathanj: Personally I think it's good to see real photos under real conditions. Yes, he probably could have used an ND filter for those panning shots, but I suspect most of us have had similar experiences of forgetting gear and shooting under sub-optimal settings. Much better to post the images you do have than post nothing at all! (And maybe my standards are lower, but I'd be quite happy with them myself!)
Edit: I forgot the point I was planning to make: *but* I'm not sure that these images couldn't have been taken with the G3. I'm considering upgrading the G3, but there doesn't seem to be a particular improvement in IQ in good light, or am I missing something? I'll wait for the RAWs to make a full judgement.

Yes, the G7 will be better than the G3 in low light. But I have a different camera with an APS-C sensor I prefer to use in low light anyway. In daylight, normal shooting scenarios, I'm less sure - I'm finding it hard to judge which panasonic cameras actually have improved sensors. But like I say, I'll wait for the RAW files to evaluate.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 03:27 UTC

"You don’t have to tag or label any of them, and you don’t need to laboriously create albums. " I *like* tagging photos and creating albums - it's called "managing my photos the way I want"
I've actually been using google plus photos because of the free storage, but the more google go down this road of "we do things automatically so you don't have to" the more I decide I'd rather just pay for the service I want.....

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 03:23 UTC as 29th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 real-world samples article (102 comments in total)

Personally I think it's good to see real photos under real conditions. Yes, he probably could have used an ND filter for those panning shots, but I suspect most of us have had similar experiences of forgetting gear and shooting under sub-optimal settings. Much better to post the images you do have than post nothing at all! (And maybe my standards are lower, but I'd be quite happy with them myself!)
Edit: I forgot the point I was planning to make: *but* I'm not sure that these images couldn't have been taken with the G3. I'm considering upgrading the G3, but there doesn't seem to be a particular improvement in IQ in good light, or am I missing something? I'll wait for the RAWs to make a full judgement.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 13:36 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On Details of Google's new photo app leaked post (27 comments in total)

Can I sort my albums in alphabetical order yet? Seriously, every time google "enhances" their photo capabilities we gain unnecessary stuff like "auto-awesome" and lose more and more of all the normal functionality for managing photos that came from picassa....

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 02:31 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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Ceedjay: I feel a bit like those who dont own a smartphone and are considered like crap by everyone else.
Because nx1 is the latest and the "flagship" it gets so much attention.
What about nx30 ? Users still have freezing issues and some features still can be improved.
But.....we dont own the latest flagship do we ?
Jay

As a fellow NX30 owner I agree... but it's the number and scope of firmware updates for the NX1 that is unusual, not the abandonment of previous cameras. Pretty much every manufacturer (except maybe Fuji) gets bored with doing updates 6 months or so after release...

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 06:17 UTC
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