Greynerd

Greynerd

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (291 comments in total)
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Merel: It's amazing that most of top rated camera's (of course at higher price) do not include GPS. Almost everybody shoots extremely high amount of pictures during vacations, at locations often far away from home.

Eventually we all end up with those unavoidable questions
" Darling where was this picture taken ? And this one ? Where was that again? "

So why is this GPS feature so neglected ? The DMC-GM5 (and others) would have been so much nicer camera in my list ! For that price, most people would expect GPS to be a standard feature or at least an option. Everybody might have it's own reasons, but on the subject I guess anybody will agree.

When showing your best pictures, what is the most common question you will get to answer ? .... " Waaow ! WHERE was this ? "

Just been outside with my now fairly venerable Garmin 60CSx and this got a lock within 45 seconds. It has not has had any contact with anything but the satellites for years. Probably would take longer if the location is switched and it always helps if you tell it that it is a new location.
My Nokia Lumia 1020 massively outperforms it though getting locks in trains where the Garmin gives up plus with Windows you can download the maps so no problem abroad with roaming charges. Probably it is helped by using the phone transmitters but the technology has moved ahead.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 14:24 UTC
On Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) article (109 comments in total)

Why is the lack of built in flash a particular problem meriting a con with the Samsung NX3000 but not with the Olympus E-PL7?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 12:21 UTC as 4th comment
On Consumer SLR Camera Roundup (2014) article (115 comments in total)
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photog4u: Nikon makes some pretty good stuff. And Canon,yes. But Sony is on FIRE! Fast AF with reliable tracking, well implemented focus peaking with magnification, legacy glass, smoking good EVF, FULL FRAME and now with FIVE AXIS IS! All for under $2k! "Despite the emergence of mirrorless cameras, the market is still dominated by conventional DSLRs" I doubt very much if you will be able extol that statement for very much longer.

Interesting that this is a discussion on consumer cameras and you are talking about a $2K camera. The big problem with mirrorless is that it costs a lot of money to get a model with a viewfinder. Putting an EVF in to a mirrorless seems to be a lot more expensive than the mirror OVF system.
Entry level DSLR is just more affordable than mirrorless unless you are prepared to drop the viewfinder and of course DSLR comes with a vast affordable lens supply. I cannot see in these still struggling economic times a big rush in to a luxury goods sector which is where mirrorless is at the moment.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 20:23 UTC
On Casio targets golfers with Japan-only Exilim EX-FC500S article (36 comments in total)
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Greynerd: It is a pity that Casio have given up on the West with their cameras. It would be nice if at some time in the future if we could actually make such affordable high tech consumer products ourselves in the future but I cannot see this happening. The fact we cannot get away from these old imperial multiple number base measurement systems gives a hint why we struggle in the UK and the US for that matter.

@photoshack
Not easy to buy in the West as far as I am aware. If you know an easy way to buy them in UK please tell. There just seems to be a trend starting where that the Far East have local markets for their products and are starting to find sufficient sales within their own markets and leaving us out. I do not think it is just labour costs as so much production is automated now. Not sure this system where we can live on credit to buy these luxury goods supplied from abroad will continue for ever. We may actually need to make stuff ourselves though we do lecture the Far East on these forums on how to do it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 21:26 UTC
On Casio targets golfers with Japan-only Exilim EX-FC500S article (36 comments in total)

It is a pity that Casio have given up on the West with their cameras. It would be nice if at some time in the future if we could actually make such affordable high tech consumer products ourselves in the future but I cannot see this happening. The fact we cannot get away from these old imperial multiple number base measurement systems gives a hint why we struggle in the UK and the US for that matter.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:38 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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SeeRoy: Solution seeks problem.

Like most innovation.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 15:54 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)
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prossi: How about DPreview focus on some of the cameras people want to see reviewed like the GM5, a5100, EPL7, d750?
Why would anyone want to get this thing when the rx100III is out there?
I don't know what's up with Canon but I gave up on it since 2010.

@Joseph Black
It would not be quick as a transatlantic flight would be necessary :) I have never seen a Best Buy this side of the pond. In the UK they would have to call it the 'Least Worst Buy'. Over here Canon always tends to be shown as the camera on any general Christmas promotion, ironically the the total power failure if you video zoom SX280 is often pictured. This is why I get the overall feeling that they are just not under the same pressure as the competition to perform. At an air show virtually every camera is a Canon SLR with the odd Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 15:07 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)
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prossi: How about DPreview focus on some of the cameras people want to see reviewed like the GM5, a5100, EPL7, d750?
Why would anyone want to get this thing when the rx100III is out there?
I don't know what's up with Canon but I gave up on it since 2010.

@Joseph Black
How many owners of the G7X have used many other cameras for comparison. Do not forget that a large percentage of Western buyers are not aware that anyone but Canon make cameras. Probably this is why Canon cameras are so unrefined as the market is there whatever so why would they need to bother.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 10:22 UTC
On Olympus Stylus 1s camera announced in Japan article (93 comments in total)
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Mike FL: For Zoom = F2.8 all the way with small sensor/body, you can get Panasonic FZ200 @$379 as today's price (10-31-2014) while Stylus 1 is about $600 from respectable sellers.

Other than huge price difference, there are PROs and CONs, but FZ200 has much wide (24mm vs 28mm) and longer (600mm vs 300mm) zoom, and SHARPER lens.

Link for FZ200 @$379:
http://www.abesofmaine.com/item.do?item=PSDMCFZ200K&id=PSDMCFZ200K&l=PLA&gclid=Cj0KEQjw5syiBRCwxPbE6o_MsK4BEiQAUowjppy6E61JOlFAx2gUAglH5L2E7U00PHEkDHpkHabxgUYaAlGC8P8HAQ

Why FZ200 is better choice:
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_STYLUS_1/verdict.shtml

Not sure how you come to the conclusion that I own the camera. Just a detached observer a bit mystified by your comparison. Your post does not really merit any other comment.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 00:11 UTC
On Olympus Stylus 1s camera announced in Japan article (93 comments in total)
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Mike FL: For Zoom = F2.8 all the way with small sensor/body, you can get Panasonic FZ200 @$379 as today's price (10-31-2014) while Stylus 1 is about $600 from respectable sellers.

Other than huge price difference, there are PROs and CONs, but FZ200 has much wide (24mm vs 28mm) and longer (600mm vs 300mm) zoom, and SHARPER lens.

Link for FZ200 @$379:
http://www.abesofmaine.com/item.do?item=PSDMCFZ200K&id=PSDMCFZ200K&l=PLA&gclid=Cj0KEQjw5syiBRCwxPbE6o_MsK4BEiQAUowjppy6E61JOlFAx2gUAglH5L2E7U00PHEkDHpkHabxgUYaAlGC8P8HAQ

Why FZ200 is better choice:
http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_STYLUS_1/verdict.shtml

The FZ200 is double the thickness of the Stylus 1 and weighs 46% more. The FZ200 is certainly not a small camera and given its limited zoom is rather oversized nowadays which is why it is so cheap given that compact travel zooms are 30x nowadays. Just a completely different sort of camera with only the f2.8 as a matching feature and really irrelevant to this thread.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 23:06 UTC
On Olympus Stylus 1s camera announced in Japan article (93 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Absolutely disgusting. With such minor software changes, why not just make it a firmware update?

So you know for a fact that all the changes in the camera will run on the current hardware? You can run any software on any processing platform coupled to any physical camera components.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 11:22 UTC
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Sirandar: I also checked out the similar legacy lenses from the 70s and 80s. They were beautiful creations but the images were nothing special .....

They were not sharp as the midrange m43 lenses I had and the contrast was sometimes good sometimes poor and the colours were mostly washed out. It is very hard to fix washed out colours convincingly in Photoshop.

They were dirt cheap and I still didn't buy them.

Nothing even cane close to my 45mm Oly Prime in any aspect let alone all three.

I also found a new respect for my cheap Oly 40-150. My copy is pretty darned good for any price. If only it was faster .....

You can't judge a lens much by how it looks or what is made of, or a red dot.

You judge it by the images and how easy it is to use.

My money would be on that it isn't worth 359$ as that is about what I paid for my Oly 45mm prime but we will see.

Possibly there has been some development in materials and optical design since the 70's and 80's. These lenses will be deigned for your digital m43 camera and the legacy lenses were not.
You contradict yourself by saying that you cannot judge a lens on what it looks like then assume this lens will be same as a 1980 lens because it looks like one.
It is going to be a useful addition to e-mount as this focal length and the aperture is very appealing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 12:18 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)

I suppose it is just a case of trying to make these old technology electro-mechanical machines look modern and up to date.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 22:45 UTC as 30th comment
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AV Janus: Its cute how these filter makers still hang on to the pre-post processing technologies for photography. They are down right retro!
They should sell their brand while its still worth something.

Is that a fact that post processing can match everything single thing in a normal image that this at the moment modification can do and as easily for that matter? Even a RAW image has a degree of commitment that cannot necessarily be undone later.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 11:54 UTC
On Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think article (198 comments in total)

I would like a sensor half way between 1/1.7" and 1". This would create a pretty high performance zoom compact without creating the gigantic beasts that have appeared with equivalent focal length 200mm+. They have tripled the area of the sensor when doubling it would probably suffice for compact purposes.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 19:32 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
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Astrotripper: Looks promising. A bit mushy, which I guess is typical for in-camera jpegs. However, I'd say:
- those look much better than jpegs from any of Samsung's mirrorless offerings (now, that is one lousy jpeg engine), including NX1
- it seems to handle lens flare pretty well
- CA must be pretty well controlled, since the in-camera corrections have left very little traces of it, no obvious purple fringing as well
- a little bit of softness in the corners on the wide end (probably resulting from distortion corrections), totally expectable, still much better than some DSLR zooms
- no extreme vignetting, but that's most likely corrected in software, so hard to tell how the lens perform in this regard
- ISO 1600 looks to be perfectly usable

Can't wait for in-depth review. This looks like it may be a perfect walk-around camera for more advanced users.

These glib assertions that such and such a make has a lousy JPEG engine always amuse me. Especially as I have read it for just about every make and the NX1 probably is not yet in to its production firmware and we have it trundled out here. The fact is that for a lot of post processors any camera jpeg which did not show a clear sky as bright turquoise and every colour super saturated is going to be a fail.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2014 at 14:00 UTC
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Zeisschen: The fact that Panasonic uses the same sensor size as in their other cameras is a bit strange. I think they just wanted to surpass the Sony RX100 in sensor size again after their LX series fell back behind and for sure the sales dropped due to the Sony. Now it's a big ugly transformer monster camera that is not really compact anymore, somewhat missing the point imho. I'd also go with a M43 camera with interchangeable lenses instead of I can't fit it in my jeans pocket, the RX100 can. Canon GX series has the same problem.
If course the LX100 will be great camera, it just doesn't make much sense for me. As the one and only camera beside a smartphone it would make sense, but not for M43 owners. At Sony the difference between a A7 and the RX100 is much bigger so it makes senses to own both cameras.

Where did all this nonsense start where any camera that does not fit in a jeans pocket is classified as not compact? It seems a pretty trivial way and irrelevant way of categorising portability of cameras. Putting a camera in a jeans pocket is only really applicable to people who can afford to trash their expensive equipment on a casual basis.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 15:35 UTC
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NeilJones: Seriously peeps. You all need to wait 2 months as Sony is about to release a killer new tech camera that will blow everything else out of the water!

Mark my words.

Sony have dropped the level guide on the A6000 and reinstated the old Alpha SLR days menu system. On my NEX 6 things like histogram and the level have to be toggled through as they can only show one at a time. The hardware is good but hardly new tech when trying to use the kit. Going backwards from what I can see.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 09:59 UTC
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tmurph: Pricing is the key here. Why would Panasonic leave the price of the cameras so close.
There should be a clear distinction between the GX7 and the LX100.
The GX7 with a 14-42 is at the moment in the uk is about the same as the LX100 asking price, that to me is too close. Obviously the price of the LX100 should come down but why leave the two cameras so close in price within the Panasonic range?

The magic word is 'at the moment'. At the moment any newly released camera is going to be dearer than an older one. The body only list price of the GX7 in the UK matches the LX100 complete with fast lens plus a lens to match the LX100's, if it exists, is going to double the price of the GX7 package and the size I would expect.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 08:44 UTC

An utterly delicious contrast of old 20th Century design technology in 21st century high fashion chic.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 16:22 UTC as 55th comment
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