Joined on Nov 23, 2004
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"...the freak jobs that frequent dpreview. That place is just a magnet for tech enthusiasts with personality disorders. It's a site to talk about equipment and has very little to do with photography."


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On article Canon to move camera production back to Japan (108 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This really isn't good news for Japan, because it just means they will gain a few jobs only as long as the Yen value is depressed. The instant the Yen gets stronger, then the jobs get shipped back to Cambodia, Thailand or anyplace else where labor is cheaper.

Most customers won't care one way or the other. The "Japan built is better" myth has long since faded away. Anything can be well built, or poorly built anywhere in the world today.

Manufacturing in Japan may carry currency risk but manufacturing in China carries political risk. Japanese executives do not appreciate having to flee for their lives and seeing their factories smashed by fervent employees whenever the population is whipped up into an anti-Japanese frenzy.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 03:57 UTC
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Tee1up: I have an Epson 4490 that i purchased exclusively for scanning my slide collection and it has been a nightmare. I cannot get a sharp scan out of the thing, Epson was no help. I am looking at these two but am sceptical.

Anyone out there recommend a good color slide scanner that doesn't break the bank?

The V800 has its place but if you're only going to be scanning 35mm slides the Pacific Image Primefilm XA or the Plustek 8200i AI are good options.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 14:50 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7 Review (1593 comments in total)
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Jogger: Im not sure why DPR is so obsessed with the propensity for the a7 to choose 1/60.. only a newbie would have an issue with that. Hopefully someone buying a $1700 camera will understand what they are doing. Who do they think this camera is being marketed to?

And poor jpeg quality... on a 36 mp, 14 bit, no-AA, FF sensor!!?? Thats like buying a Ferrari and complaining that the Eco-mode isnt satisfying to drive.

Because an "auto" mode is supposed to be just that - an auto mode. It shouldn't need to be babysat around design errors. With a full frame camera in 2014 there is no need to fixate on base ISO in dull conditions. People won't notice a minuscule increase in noise but they will notice motion blur.

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

The title ought to say "re-enters" as Casio has made enthusiast compacts before. Their last was the EX-F1 nearly six years ago.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2013 at 21:09 UTC as 71st comment
On article Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' (551 comments in total)
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Karl Summers: For $3,000 and no video it better have a damn good sensor.

The only good excuse for dropping video would be to put a superior CCD sensor inside.

But at $3,000 they could probably afford to do HD video on a CCD.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 04:31 UTC
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Jefftan: dpreview please correct above with 16-50mm kit lens not 18-55mm

The Nex-5R was sold with either lens so this one may be too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 06:41 UTC
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rocklobster: Doesn't the Sony R1 qualify - the first mirrorless APS-C camera with 5X zoom?

The styling was also fairly unique - not like a DSLR or a superzoom.


The Epson R-D1 was an APS-C mirrorless camera that predated the R1. Finding a 5x zoom for it might be an issue.

The Fuji DS-X predated the Casio QV-10 by more than five years.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 16:21 UTC

As the digital camera market has matured they've become more and more conservative in both styling and operation. There was plenty of experimentation in the early years:

Things have turned around so much they're now trying to look 1960s "retro" instead of futuristic, or plain instead of advanced.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 02:59 UTC as 92nd comment | 1 reply
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JackM: I had a descendent of the F4700Z in 2002. It was a cool gadget to behold, but the image quality was terrible by any standard. Skin tones from another planet, among other problems.

Many of the early F series from Fuji didn't have SuperCCD sensors and were fairly average. But the colour quality from their first SuperCCD cameras was years ahead of their time as can be seen from sample pictures.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 02:49 UTC
On Connect post Nikon says it wants to 'change the concept of cameras' (134 comments in total)

Dedicated photographic devices are in decline. I think we'll continue to see them used by professionals and serious enthusiasts but the direction is not unlike medium format - continuing to exist but increasingly niche over time.

So if Nikon wants to continue making cameras into next decade maybe they should just try their hand at making smartphones ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 20:01 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
On Connect post Photos from unreleased Nokia smartphone found on Flickr (10 comments in total)
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GordonAtWork: Isn't it funny that the images were posted on one of the most popular photo sharing sites in the entire galaxy and only taken down when someone manages to capture them. Smacks of cheap publicity to me. Then again, what do I know, I'm only a member of an increasingly cynical populous.

But not cynical enough to presume an unfamiliarity with the concept of "EXIF" on Microsoft's part ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 19:58 UTC
On Connect post Smartphone film scanner transfers negatives to mobile (16 comments in total)
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Hibolta: yes, an epson V-somethng scanner 2nd hand is way better, got mine for 50 bucks.

If everyone buys them second hand they'll stop making them ;) A second hand flatbed is likely to have dust or fingerprints on the glasstop.
Flatbed scanners won't manage the same resolution as a quality dedicated film scanner. The Epson V700 comes closest but the V600 is alot cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 16:36 UTC
On Connect post Smartphone film scanner transfers negatives to mobile (16 comments in total)
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vladimir vanek: So, I should take the box of my negatives, take this whatever-it-is and my superslim mobile, and go out "scanning" my negatives, right? But why, if I got the box of negatives at home, my home computer with 27-inch screen is home as well and my real scanner...guess what? Purpose of this?

Convenient maybe but probably not very smart. It's very tricky to do a good job of directly photographing negatives with even a dSLR, and the sensors in mobiles are so much worse. Film degrades over time and to make any decent archival copy of their contents they need a decent film scanner, otherwise we're better off just scanning the print.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 01:40 UTC
On Connect post Smartphone film scanner transfers negatives to mobile (16 comments in total)
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Nuno Souto: When will a decent scanner be made to replace Nikon's failed ones? Rather than waste time and resources with this trash!

The most similar is the Plustek Opticfilm 120 scanner. There are also the Flextight scanners if you're a millionaire.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 01:30 UTC
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Marty4650: Wow... hold the presses! BIG NEWS!

Pentax has added a fifth color to their WG series, and introduced yet another cheap P&S compact camera that no one will buy.

Maybe they missed the news about smartphones making sub $100 compacts a dying breed?

The Efina may be aimed at females but it is probably intended as a first camera for those too young to be given a smartphone. Canon also tried a pink "girl-cam" 5 years ago with the Powershot E1, and as there was no successor model, it can't have been much of a success.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 13:37 UTC
On article Is this the new Leica 'Mini M'? (369 comments in total)
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Jon Stern: Whatever happened to DPReview's policy of not re-printing rumors? Was this abandoned because it was seen as having become an irrelevant gesture, or because there was a realization that rumors are good for site traffic, advertising revenue, and visits to the Gear Shop?

I also think Dpreview should be cautious about them. If they turn out to be false it devalues the site. If they turn out to be true they're affecting the OEM's pre-release embargo.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2013 at 23:46 UTC

Ironic as "JIF" used to be name and still is a valid file extension for what is now known as "JPEG".

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 00:22 UTC as 49th comment
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utomo99: On some part of LF1 is good, but
1. F5.9 is not good enough, LX7 Lens is the best. If Panasonic can give this cameras better than F4 is good.
2. Price $ 500 is too high for this camera. $ 350-400 is good price
3.Low light. I really hope panasonic put the money on improving the sensor to make it work better on low light. On low light panasonic sensor performance below competitor.
Panasonic always need better lens to help this.

"F5.9 is not good enough, LX7 Lens is the best"
It's a 7.1x zoom. They could only make the aperture larger at the long end of the zoom by either making the zoom shorter or the camera larger. The LX7's zoom is much shorter.

"Price $ 500 is too high for this camera."
Perhaps, but if it doesn't sell at that price point then Panasonic would lower it.

Putting an electronic viewfinder on a compact is a great idea.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:53 UTC

"IM1836" doesn't sound like a very marketable name to me.

Polaroid film cameras were always about instant results. They're probably trying to build a camera around instant image manipulation and social network sharing via Android apps like what happens with cell phones.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 15:14 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
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