Andy Crowe

Andy Crowe

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JRFlorendo: This is a SLAM DUNK class action law suit, an engineering flaw by Nikon engineers, can't get any easier than that. Nikon just needs to slow down, it seem like they are coming out with a new FF camera every six months, at that rate, something is bound to get neglected. Sony and Toshiba already providing you with top grade sensors, slooow down and get the engineering and quality control right.

Well looks like DPR have found similar flare on a Canon 1D X at least
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d750/9

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 10:07 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (363 comments in total)
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Swingline: I was hoping for a LX100 style body in an ILC with 16 meg.

Wouldn't that just be the GX7?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 15:10 UTC
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JRFlorendo: This is a SLAM DUNK class action law suit, an engineering flaw by Nikon engineers, can't get any easier than that. Nikon just needs to slow down, it seem like they are coming out with a new FF camera every six months, at that rate, something is bound to get neglected. Sony and Toshiba already providing you with top grade sensors, slooow down and get the engineering and quality control right.

Surely it would only have been class action lawsuit material if they weren't fixing the issue for free?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 14:58 UTC
On Panasonic reveals Lumix DMC-GF7 with tilting LCD article (78 comments in total)
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blue hour: Nice but it lacks 4K,
therefore i'd rather choose the LX 100,
which has also got a viewfinder.

Panasonic, where is the G 7, by the way ?

I think for the target market a built-in flash and 180 degree swivel screen is far more useful than 4k video and an EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 11:15 UTC
On Panasonic reveals Lumix DMC-GF7 with tilting LCD article (78 comments in total)
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photo perzon: Does the flash tilt up to the ceiling for bounce?

Looks like the same kind of 2 part hinge design that can be tilted back to me.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 11:13 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (589 comments in total)
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Thatcannonguy: Getting pretty $#%#$^- off by now. Searched everywhere but i can't set my GX7 to 60p... Anyone ? Please ?

@Thatcannonguy yeah for some reason Panasonic don't allow you to change between PAL and NTSC recording, so your PAL GX7 can only do 50p/25p/24p. There is hacked firmware for older cameras (GH1/2 era) that let you switch between PAL and NTSC framerates, but so far no sign of any hacks for newer cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2014 at 04:21 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 comments in total)
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The Squire: Would be great to have a file format with a size somewhere between JPEG and RAW, that holds enough data for a bit of post-processing.

I'd love a standardized compressed RAW format. 14bit, bayer data but with varying levels of loss-less to lossy data compression.

DNG is an open standard so there's nothing stopping camera makers from using it, or browsers supporting it for that matter.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 10:23 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 comments in total)
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samfan: In the past few years, both Google and Microsft introduced their replacement formats and both failed miserably.

It's weird. Is there any other file format as old as JPG still so widely used? Besides plain text I mean.

JPEG became standard in 1992. Same year as Intel Indeo came into existence as a video format. Remember Intel Indeo? We've probably had 20+ major video formats between then and now. That's how old JPEG is in computer terms.

Well, considering that even GIF is still a thing, I hope for an image format that can replace JPEG, GIF and PNG all at once. Heck ideally it could have some compressed RAW capability, maybe that would give it traction at least in cameras.

> Is there any other file format as old as JPG still so widely used? Besides plain text I mean.

MP3 comes to mind, it's the same age as JPEG.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 10:16 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 comments in total)
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The Squire: Would be great to have a file format with a size somewhere between JPEG and RAW, that holds enough data for a bit of post-processing.

I'd love a standardized compressed RAW format. 14bit, bayer data but with varying levels of loss-less to lossy data compression.

We already have that - DNG has supported lossy compression for a few years now

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 10:11 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: I thought this was the ideal camera until I realized it was the same size as the A6000 with one of its small lenses on it. A6000 has twice the sensor size, twice the megapixels, and the option of changing lenses, plus it's cheaper.

@Boss of Sony the "special" is the size :)

http://camerasize.com/compact/#570.336,569,ha,t

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 12:45 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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frosti7: Low pixel count? really?

There are disadvantages to having a high pixel count as well, so it's a trade-off.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 12:37 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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Morten Rasmussen: Dpreview are Panasonic fanboys. You should consider this when you read their reviews.

What I mean is;

How come a camera that was launched so recently already gets a review and a very good one, when the Sony a5100, which, I may add, probably blows the LX100 out of the water, and is same size or smaller, doesn't get reviewed.

It's always the same when panasonic ships a new camera Dpreview is right there, but not so much with the other brands. One could get the impression that they benefit somehow.

They probably prioritise by the amount of "buzz" created, and it seemed to me the LX100 (something quite different for its class) created more reader buzz than the a5100 (an incremental upgrade)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 12:35 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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Paul Kersey Photography: In the lab, this camera looks great. having said that, and I have used many Panasonic m43s over the years, the real world output Raw files have consistently been pedestrian.

If Panasonic would use a Sony sensor like that used in the Nex-6, now then you would have the ideal camera for casual shooting.

When was the last time you used one? I found the sensor they're using in the GX7 etc. quite a big improvement over previous sensors for raw PP.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 12:31 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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art99: It offers 4K video but no mic input. So that means there was absolutely no room to squeeze in somewhere a mic jack. How about making the camera just a wee bit larger like the size of a Leica M, this way there would also be room for another unthought of jack...the headphone jack ??
I know many will say that this was not meant as a video cam BUT, in that case why would they make it with 4K ????
Sorry Panny, no jacks no buy. Maybe on the LX200

You'd get much better audio quality by using a small hot-shoe mountable audio recorder (something like a Zoom H1) anyway, the analogue amps of anything less than pro video cameras tend to be a bit crappy.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 09:18 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: I thought this was the ideal camera until I realized it was the same size as the A6000 with one of its small lenses on it. A6000 has twice the sensor size, twice the megapixels, and the option of changing lenses, plus it's cheaper.

You can say that about any ILC (Why get the LX100 when you can get the GM5 etc.), but you won't find an ILC lens anything like the LX100's

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 09:16 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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hyfan: How come they don't use more sensor area in 1:1 mode?

Well 3088px is the maximum height they're using, probably taken some shortcuts with any physical lines above/below that.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 09:13 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (876 comments in total)
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TORN: Taking a snapshot wih this camera at Photokina felt like:

- switch on and wait for the camera to boot and then for the complex lens design to unfold and automatically zoom to a focal length which you most probably want to change

- use motorzoom to get the right zoom

- fiddle around with setting the right focus point

- snap

This process can easily take up to 5 seconds. At least this is something a buyer should be aware of. When using a zoom I much prefer a lens I do not have to wait for when switching the camera on and a second time when zooming.

> fiddle around with setting the right focus point

I really have no idea why the didn't put a touch screen on it, works great for the GX7...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 09:12 UTC
On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (141 comments in total)
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Felix E Klee: In a professional context, for example for fashion photography in a studio, what is the advantage of a medium format camera today?

Today's full frame sensors and optics provide more than enough resolution for even very large printed ads, and dynamic range there is plenty as well. Furthermore, in a studio environment, I expect lighting to be perfect and the pro photographer to frame close to the final result.

For landscape photography medium format is interesting, but that's not my question.

You really do get that extra detail from an MF sensor/lens combo though: http://i.imgur.com/RZzPCx4.png

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 14:49 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (435 comments in total)
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kadardr: Nikon 1 J4 double lens kit is $546 right now. It is better than this and has a 28-295mm reach.

But the Nikon kit lenses are only f3.5-5.6

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 10:58 UTC
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Gesture: I like the way Panasonic is thinking with compact, integral EVFs.

Losing the built in flash is a bummer though, on my GX7 I use it more (in bounce mode) than I use the EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2014 at 22:03 UTC
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