Jefftan

Jefftan

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On Panasonic releases trio of compact superzooms article (102 comments in total)

the big news is 12MP ZS50, for 1/2.3 sensor that is the maximum for acceptable IQ
RAW is also significant
if these 2 characteristic is unique to panasonic, is that correct?
the winner for this class of camera in 2015 is already determined

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 14:37 UTC as 2nd comment

the only choice in this segment is TG3 or WG4
no one understand what F number is would buy this

Of course I assume a lot of people don't know what F number is like my parents

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 14:32 UTC as 3rd comment
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FatJohn: Still no F2.0 after another 2 years, why even bother to release TS6?

how much more noise is TG3 compare with TG2?
I own TG2, noise already bad at ISO 800 which is needed in night scene

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 14:26 UTC
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (441 comments in total)
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PedroMZ: would be simpler and more effective for the lens to have a thread allowing a "lens protector filter" screwed on just as on SLRs. Fit it and forget it and can be wiped clean without fear of damaging that precious lens coating. An example of how not to do it is the Fuji x20, huge adapter to take a filter which could have been much more simply and compactly screwed on the front of the lens. I believe Panasonic FZ200 superzoom does have a thread so why not this one?

"the front of the lens is threaded to accept 43mm diameter filters, without the need for add-on adapters."
have you read this?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 14:22 UTC

I have a question for someone in the know
Can lens filter be used on any of these 3 cameras? RX100 m3, G7X, LX100?
thanks

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 06:51 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply

If LX100 is not deliberately cripple to 12.8MP from 16MP and size a little bit smaller (by removing EVF?) it would be almost perfect

hopefully there would be a similar model soon that correct these

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 06:47 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
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Joed700: I would like to see APS-C cameras to disappear. During the film era, we only had 35mm SLR and point-n-shoot for most people. The APS-C breed was introduced at a time when chips were still quite expensive/lack of technology for FF DSLR. Today, FF DSLR starts at around $1600 price range while APS-C are around $1000 - $1700, which is ridiculous. The existence of APS-C somehow made the FF (old 35mm equil.) into a higher class. I don't think it will cost that much to produce FF compared to APS-C. It's just an opportunity for camera manufacturers to make more money. Point-n-shoot has it's place because they are compact and good for traveling while the APS-C are about the same size as FF DSLR; APS-C also lacks shallow DOF; not a desirable option for isolating your subject....

to me APS-C camera and lens is the maximum I will tolerate for size and weight
FF too much
if MFT can get better in the future and put in a LX100 type camera than even APS-C maybe too large
for now not only the LX100 sensor is cripple to 12.8 megapixel (a dumb move in my opinion) and even without doing so the 16 MP MFT sensor lag behind 24 MP APS-C sensor from Sony

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 06:34 UTC
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Jefftan: the 30X zoom on small sensor compact is just a waste of money in my opinion

try this, get a NEX-3N, put in a pancake lens like the E-mount 20mm, than using the in camera digital zoom (or even better turn off all NR in RAW conversion) ,than crop out the central area having the same scene as a 30X zoom image (remember to switch to central focus)

try it and you will be surprised, the resulting pic will be as least as good as from 30X small sensor compact if not better

one last tip for someone willing to try, use f8/f11 to get max DOF, f16 will result in diffraction

any aperture number smaller than F8 not enough

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 06:19 UTC
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Jefftan: unfortunate that tough camera is still stuck in 2009, is t it really that difficult to at least put in waterproof for all these premium compact?

even with no zoom or limited zoom will be popular I bet
I have been waiting literally for years

if for something like coolpix A or GR with no zoom it may not be that difficult

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 06:18 UTC
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MrPrime: These are nice cameras but they are simply too expensive.

Remember the film days - low cost cameras with decent lenses, light weight, no batter charger to worry about. Entry price was low because nobody figured a lifetime of film expenses into the equation. And the short lifecycle of digital cameras means a $1000 compact camera is worth half that in a couple of years. Too expensive, waaaaaaaay too costly. A smart phone is a must-have and if it comes with a decent enough camera the step-up cost for the cameras shown above is simply laughed at.

These compacts have to be good enough to replace an SLR to get long term traction, and they aren't there yet. But they are getting closer.

how long will today digital camera like LX100 or RX100 last?
I don't think very long with serious use. The mercanical lens extending and retracting is great problem. Also will there be sensor dust that can't get cleaned?
I would say at most last 3 years with heavy use

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 06:07 UTC

I really wonder how camera company do business in the film old days when cameras are used for ages somtimes decades

nowadays use a camera maybe just 3 years old feel strange at least to some. To me I will only upgrade if new camera provide real advancement.

I am still evaluating whether APS-C move to 24MP from 16MP is real advancement

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 06:04 UTC as 30th comment | 4 replies

Besides the obvious size advantage the real advantage of these premium compact is for low light

for almost all mirrorless system except Olympus which has in body IS, you can't get a F2 prime lens with IS

if you don't mind big size only real reason to consider these

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 05:59 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
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Rod McD: Agree with your thoughts. It's a good time to be a photographer. Choice is good and there's more of it than we've ever had before.
These small cameras with sensors larger than earlier P&S models are very capable. They may be more expensive, but in a reduced market that's an inherent problem of economies of scale.
These cameras are a luxury item. I don't think a good quality, highly controllable camera has ever been cheap. People have accepted the modern digital camera as more or less routine, but they over look what an incredible technical achievement it embodies. There have indeed been cheap cameras, but they didn't offer what these do.

what about Fuji X-A1?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 05:48 UTC
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justmeMN: MILC is just "so last year". :-) Large sensor compacts are the future.

(Many/most people who buy interchangeable lens cameras never go beyond the kit lens.)

true in daylight and not in low light. F3.5-5.6 vs F1.7-2.8 2 stop!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 05:46 UTC
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robmanueb: "It's no longer enough to simply put a fast lens on a 1/1.7" sensor and build a Canon G-series or Panasonic LX clone."

Yes it is. Cheaply and robustly if possible thanks. All I ever needed.

LX7 will not be discontinued, I believe. a steal at $400

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 05:38 UTC

I like my NEX with 18-55mm, yes it is big but power on and shoot immediately, no wait for lens to extend
also for the price of these premium compact, I won't let the lens extended and bumping around in crowded place, it just feel fragile with lens extended, i fear damage
constant shutting down than power on and wait for lens to to extend is irritating. is it just me? or others are less careful with their camera?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 05:34 UTC as 33rd comment
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Eugene232: I am waiting for a Ricoh GR 2..
35mm, titled screen, pocket size, no VF
for reasonable price, as Fuji X100 too overpriced

I like my NEX with 18-55mm, yes it is big but power on and shoot immediately, no wait for lens to extend
also for the price of these premium compact, I won't let the lens extended and bumping around in crowded place, it just feel fragile with lens extended, i fear damage
constant shutting down than power on and wait for lens to to extend is irritating. is it just me? or others are less careful with their camera?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 05:31 UTC
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Jefftan: the 30X zoom on small sensor compact is just a waste of money in my opinion

try this, get a NEX-3N, put in a pancake lens like the E-mount 20mm, than using the in camera digital zoom (or even better turn off all NR in RAW conversion) ,than crop out the central area having the same scene as a 30X zoom image (remember to switch to central focus)

try it and you will be surprised, the resulting pic will be as least as good as from 30X small sensor compact if not better

frozen a frame on a blu-ray DVD, it is only 2 megapixel but is that acceptable as a photo?

even a good DVD frame with less than 1 megapixel can be a good pic

if one is not too drill on megapixel but on the actually quality and detail in a cropped APS-C image, he will understand what I said

if you talk about megapixel, those small sensor supposedly has 18 megapixel, really? especially at tele end with diffraction, it is a mess. no detail left at all

I would rather got a cropped APS-C image regardness of how many pixel it has.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 04:51 UTC
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Eugene232: I am waiting for a Ricoh GR 2..
35mm, titled screen, pocket size, no VF
for reasonable price, as Fuji X100 too overpriced

I like 28mm, if you really want 35mm just crop or digital zoom

one advantage of ricoh GR compare with those premium zoom compact like RX100 is you don't have to wait for lens to extend

power on and just shoot, also can use lens filter and RX100 can't

I think the same for Coolpix A

Almost 100 % sure no coolpix A successor and hopefully there will be GR 2

add Image stabilization (IS) and waterproof and it will be a perfect camera. I will buy it for twice as much

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 17:17 UTC
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Jefftan: the 30X zoom on small sensor compact is just a waste of money in my opinion

try this, get a NEX-3N, put in a pancake lens like the E-mount 20mm, than using the in camera digital zoom (or even better turn off all NR in RAW conversion) ,than crop out the central area having the same scene as a 30X zoom image (remember to switch to central focus)

try it and you will be surprised, the resulting pic will be as least as good as from 30X small sensor compact if not better

I won't argue with your math and maybe 30X zoom is too extreme but cropping an APS-C image can easily get you 10X or more zoom that are at least as good as small sensor mega zoom

Your math is theory but in reality those small sensor has so much megapixel it has los of noise so heavy NR needed that remove detail
also at the tele end , aperture can get as high as F6 and the resulting diffraction further destroy detail

the central area of a large sensor from RAW with no NR has great image quality and surprising amount of detail regardness of the supposedly small megapixel (your math 0.031 megapixel)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 17:11 UTC
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