Richard Murdey

Richard Murdey

Lives in Japan Kyoto, Japan
Joined on Aug 21, 2002

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On Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down article (161 comments in total)

"Despite the increase, it failed to meet analysts' expectations."

Those analysts must be pretty dumb then.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 00:35 UTC as 7th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (348 comments in total)
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kpaddler: "Not built for extended use in cold conditions"

As usual, DP doesn't disappoint with its useless points raised.

The camera lasts in cold weather longer than the people who carry it.

@kpaddler

A great camera with terrible battery life is not a great camera anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 00:32 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (348 comments in total)
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JohnHoppy: This review reads like someone deciding what shoes to wear. I love my GM1 too but it can't be all things to all men. I can see the GM5 improves on it in several ways,how can that be a bad thing? How do you give something a "Silver" then say, Ah but those APSC cams do the job better? Crazy! In one sense, they probably do, but their lenses are still way bigger. GM1 is my "go-everywhere" camera, it gets shots others don't because I don't tote all the bigger stuff , that's the point. Split hairs by all means, but 20x16s from this camera are bloody good. If you shoot black cats in coal cellars, sure, get that SLR. Up to ISO 3200 not much wrong with a GM1. And batteries? Don't you carry spares? - they're tiny!

"And batteries? Don't you carry spares? - they're tiny!"

No, I don't. I use cameras that comfortably get 500+ shots on a charge so I typically don't need to. Lousy battery life in a digital camera is a distinct con, you are kidding yourself if you imagine otherwise.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 08:35 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (348 comments in total)
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kpaddler: "Not built for extended use in cold conditions"

As usual, DP doesn't disappoint with its useless points raised.

The camera lasts in cold weather longer than the people who carry it.

Calling out the poor battery life is fair and proper. Bringing up use in cold weather operation comes across as opportunistic, since until now dpreview have not made a point of rating cameras against operation in cold environment.

What about rain? What about high temperature? High humidity? Operation with gloved hands? High altitude? Shock resistance? Ability to withstand being strapped to a kangaroo? There is no end to this...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 08:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (348 comments in total)

"If autofocus, low light performance or resolution are higher priorities than size, then I'd encourage you to look at the GM5's highly capable APS-C peers."

What does autofocus have to do with sensor size?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 03:29 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
On Google Nexus 6 camera review post (117 comments in total)
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Mike FL: You want Phone news? Here is the one:

"Xiaomi's new flagship smartphone sold out in 3 minutes"

Yes, it is not TYPO about "sold out in 3 minutes" for:

"The total number of units sold has not been revealed, but a Xiaomi VP said on Monday that there were 220 million reservations for the device."

http://mashable.com/2015/01/27/xiaomi-sells-out-mi-note/

"The total number of units sold has not been revealed"

Making the whole episode nothing more than Xiaomi PR piece. A nicely executed PR piece I must admit - you fell for it hook line and sinker!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 08:49 UTC
On Google Nexus 6 camera review post (117 comments in total)
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RichRMA: I don't know. Phone reviews before plenty of good real cameras have been reviewed? Might as well review restaurants or movies.

Hey, if the kids like it and the site pulls in some revenue, go wild.

That nexus6 sample, ISO 40, with all the pine tree needles blurred into incomprehensible mush? I cry I little inside.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 08:46 UTC
On Nikon D750 flare investigated: Why we're not worried article (358 comments in total)

As a non-D750 owning Nikon owner, the most disturbing thing for me is not the flare - which clearly affects many FF dSLRs so some extent - but the differences in AF unit position between the two D750 models dpreview had in house.

I really hope that's not a general indication of Nikon's manufacturing tolerances these days.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 07:40 UTC as 42nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (373 comments in total)
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Bluetrain048: Some of us go take pictures to get as far away from social media as possible..

@Edgar

Yes, we understand. There is of course a world of difference between instagram and dpreview:

instagram: "Look at this photo of my cat!!"
dpreview: "Look at this photo of my high ISO banding!!"

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 01:13 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (373 comments in total)
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Marty4650: $599?

And it comes with a $375 lens. Not a bad deal, if you ask me.

Careful though, the price of that $375 lens is set primarily to persuade you of exactly that.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 23:53 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (373 comments in total)
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photo perzon: Does the flash bounce?

Drop it and see.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:23 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (373 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: I do not get the problem many readers have with the "selfie" screen.

It is still some sort of tilt LCD.

It is definitely cheaper to make than the proper tilt or swivel, and that contributes to the overall low price of the camera.

Or would people prefer the cheaper cameras like before to have no tilt at all?

Since you asked, I prefer a fixed rear LCD screen.

But I also have no problem with a "selfie" screen, I mean, many cameras and camcorders have had this flip out feature for years, just without the "selfie" meme. Nobody seemed to complain about it when the Nikon D5000 came out for instance.

People like them, and like tilt screens in general its a legitimately useful feature for users of all skill levels.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:22 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (373 comments in total)
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Bluetrain048: Some of us go take pictures to get as far away from social media as possible..

You do realize the comments section and forums of dpreview count as social media too, right?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:15 UTC
On DSC01118 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (9 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Several of these photos were taken with substantial negative exposure compensation. (-1, -1.3) Was that intentional, and if so, why?

To me, they look strange. Very dull, like in old movies where they "simulated" night scenes by darkening the footage.

Ah, they looks better now!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 05:16 UTC
On DSC01118 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (9 comments in total)

Several of these photos were taken with substantial negative exposure compensation. (-1, -1.3) Was that intentional, and if so, why?

To me, they look strange. Very dull, like in old movies where they "simulated" night scenes by darkening the footage.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 00:29 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies

1. Flickr didn't bother including the K-3 in their database. I think everyone here can agree its a 'serious' dSLR, and Pentax is a bit under-represented as a result.

(you'd think Pentax USA would have given the guys at flickr a call before now...)

2. Yes, smartphones are cameras. Yes, they are popular. But worrying whether Nikon is "more popular" than Apple doesn't really make much sense since iPhone sales hardly impact how many dSLRs Nikon is going to be able to sell. The data above mostly just shows the flood of the iPhone and Android (Samsung) smartphones, its hard to get a sense of how the different camera manufacturers are doing relative to each other.

What I would have loved to see the same "user" data, but just the ILCs and plotted for the last 5 years as absolute numbers rather than percentages, to be able to watch the rise of Fuji, Sony and other mirrorless and whether that correlated with any contraction in Nikon and Canon users or not.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 02:42 UTC as 81st comment | 2 replies
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (154 comments in total)

So for the price of an entry level dSLR lens kit, you can get this very fine looking camera, with a compact body, flip-out LCD, and two control dials while giving up nothing on the image quality side.

No viewfinder? For a lot of people: no problem, apparently. I've seen a lot of X-A1 and M1 out and about recently.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 04:38 UTC as 22nd comment
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sneakyracer: Canon does not seem to agree. They have yet to make a decent IL Mirrorless Camera

@sneakyracer

The M was neither half-baked nor crippled. It was a tremendous engineering effort, held back by 1) the decision to make it so small, 2) Canon's on-chip PD autofocus not being ready in time, and 3) a cluttered and unintuitive user interface.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 06:07 UTC
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Richard Murdey: The more interesting question than "when" is *what* the inevitable dominance of mirrorless cameras will do to the three companies which rely most heavily on legacy lens mounts: Nikon, Canon, and Pentax. Do they switch like Sony and introduce new mounts and lenses for APSC and FF mirrorless cameras or do they go with "mirrorless dSLRs", cameras which keep the mount and camera body size, but replace the OVF with an EVF?

@Plastek

Of your dozens of reasons only one - the optical viewfinder - is native to the technology, everything else concerns either the lens ecosystem or the camera ergonomics, neither of which are tied to the reflex design. Just imagine a Sony A99 with no half-mirror and full time on chip PDAF. Mirrorless doesn't have to mean A5000-sized, nor does it have to mean a new lens mount.

The optical viewfinder on a dSLR - often small, distorted, with long mirror blackout - is far from ideal. And you can't review or preview images on it, nor can you monitor video. Compare that to the enormous, high resolution EVFs on the A99 and XT1, and extrapolate 2-3 generations...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 23:55 UTC
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Andrew Butterfield: It's extremely simple.

When mirrorless cameras catch up in the one area in which they slightly lag (focus speed and tracking for sports) there will no longer be any need for buyers of new systems to choose a DSLR. And that will presumably happen in the next two or three years. Or sooner, maybe.

People with heaps of old lenses will continue to use DSLRs for a while, but they'll start to be in the minority, then one day they'll be forced to switch like everyone else.

Canon and Nikon have given the others a head start but I'm sure they'll catch up soon (despite appearances) so they can cash in. Nothing like a worldwide format change to make a bit of money.

@Plastek

The "there are no lenses" argument is completely bogus. That's nothing whatsoever to do with the camera technology, just the ecosystem. Nikon could release an F-mount mirrorless camera tomorrow, it would all the same legacy/parts/system advantages you cite for dSLRs.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 11:23 UTC
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