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On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (288 comments in total)
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Jogger: We basically don't need any dedicated compact camera that doesnt have a large sensor, isnt a superzoom, or isnt ruggedised. Flagship phones are already using 1/2.3 sensor and some have even larger.

Hahaha, yeah iAPX I know it looks confusing man !
Thing is they decided to create a new system of units, inches
in sensor size does not equal real inches, go figure. They do have some ridiculous excuse for creating that confusion, something realted to the size of tube of an old video camera.
Here we go : 8.8mm x 6.6mm has an 11mm diagonal,
or 0.4331 real inches x 1.5 = 0.65 "sensor inches" approximately equals 2/3 = 1/1.5 = 0.6666666.....
They created a new unit, named it the same as an existing one and didn't defined an exact conversion factor.
Definitely not created by engineers. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 20:23 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (288 comments in total)
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Jogger: We basically don't need any dedicated compact camera that doesnt have a large sensor, isnt a superzoom, or isnt ruggedised. Flagship phones are already using 1/2.3 sensor and some have even larger.

jhinkey is right, even the Nokia 1020, that in certain conditions can take photos as good as the X20, does not have the dynamic range (DR) of the X series, or similar cameras, don´t even reach the DR of HS20EXR or HS50EXR with 1/2" sensors. Enthusiast cams are still better than my 1020 for low light and high dynamic range scenes.
The trick I use on the 1020 so it doesn´t clip the highlights is to use -0.7 correction which partially solves the problem. Of course most people can´t tell them apart, only if you check the images very carefully on a good monitor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 23:23 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (288 comments in total)
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Jogger: We basically don't need any dedicated compact camera that doesnt have a large sensor, isnt a superzoom, or isnt ruggedised. Flagship phones are already using 1/2.3 sensor and some have even larger.

Jogger is right, Nokia 1020 has a 2/3" sensor with 1x 38MP or up to 4x zoom but just 5MP, 27mm at f2.4, most of the commonly used manual settings of X30 + lots of apps like a great Panorama better than Fuji´s and excellent video/sound performance. Much more pocket friendly even with the camera grip accessory.
But not even close to 12fps at 12MP, no Fujinon manual zoom lenses, no use of filters, external flash and converters. So I think there are still many possible buyers depending of what people find more important or essential.
I didn´t see anything about the Olympus Stylus-1 with 28-300mm constant f2.8, I´m sure it is able to produce better bokeh then the X10/20/30 since allows the use of more than 112mm with f2.8 and excellent detail and IQ up to ISO800.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 23:11 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (486 comments in total)
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Dpreviewmember: it's just me or the OMD M1 jpegs, up to iso 3200 & 6400 look nicer than K3 and X-T1 in the image comparison tool, contrary to what the review conclusion says.
Is it referring to Raw ?

I guess some people don't understand what they read.
My question was related to jpegs, that's because I, as well as several other people, shoot jpegs mostly for a number of reasons. Having others things to do than to play with raw being one of them. So elaborating on the question : If you would buy a camera to shoot mostly jpegs, judging by the jpeg quality, would the Oly OMD M1 be a better option ?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 22:57 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (486 comments in total)

it's just me or the OMD M1 jpegs, up to iso 3200 & 6400 look nicer than K3 and X-T1 in the image comparison tool, contrary to what the review conclusion says.
Is it referring to Raw ?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 23:01 UTC as 107th comment | 8 replies
On Old West in the Old and Abandoned Barns challenge (2 comments in total)

Thanks, I liked the atmosphere of real scene and the photo did capture most of it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 05:03 UTC as 1st comment
On DSCF7492 photo in jcmarfilph's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

this photo seems like a great choice for using the "red only" effect letting all the rest in black and white. Is it possible to do that after taking the photo with the HS50 ?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 21:40 UTC as 1st comment
On Want to remember something? Don't take a photo article (185 comments in total)

totally agree with 57even point, the important thing is to travel with plenty of time available. First enjoy the moment and place, then take your time and enjoy it further with your camera. Photography has actually improved the way I spend my vacations.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 20:37 UTC as 74th comment
On Homemade rig captures extreme macro shots of snowflakes article (186 comments in total)

Thanks Alexey for the beautiful photos and for taking the time to explain how to make them, something we rarely see here on DPR.
You are an artist and a teacher.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 11:11 UTC as 35th comment
On Hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 1020 post (164 comments in total)
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rpm40: Can anyone direct me to a good comparison of the 1020/808 against traditional compacts? I looked at the dpreview image comparisons for the nokia 808 against a variety of compacts (particularly the Nikon p330 which I am interested in) and the results looked pretty bad. Honestly, equal or worse to 1/2.3" sensored compacts. I suspected that the results weren't a fair representation of what the nokia can do, especially with all the praise I've heard.

So what's the verdict? Can a nice point and shoot like the s110, p330, xz-2 etc. still handily beat these large sensor phones?

If you don't need to add filters, lens converters, and other accessories, then the Lumia 1020 will be what you always wanted. I was also looking for a good compact for interiors and low light photos, decided on the Olympus XZ-2, but now that I have the 1020 I don't need a compact anymore. For all other situations when a camera is better than the phone (super-macro, super-tele, ultra-wide, filters) I have a 1/2" Fuji HS20, but for low light the Nokia blows it away in image quality and detail at high ISOs. Hope that answers your question.

A dream combination will be to have the 1020 as a compact, always with you, and a good DSLR or M4/3 like the Olympus OM-D M-1 + 2 or 3 quality lenses ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 21:51 UTC
On Hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 1020 post (164 comments in total)

Here is a great comparison by Evan Tchelepi Canon D800 28 mm lens versus the Nokia 1020. Has 100% zooms to see all details and defects :

http://evan-theelectricalengineer.blogspot.in/2013/10/nikon-d800e-vs-nokia-lumia-1020.html

Conclusion is simple, a phone will never have the versatility/image quality of the D800 with good quality $$$ lenses but this phone renders excellent detail with low noise 38MP photos, in many situations as good as the D800 with that kit lens on. A phone is more convenient to carry around plus is always there.

I have a Lumia 1020 and picture quality is much better than that of my HS20EXR for most situations, specially in low light. Awesome technology !
Win8 Amber smooth, so far I'm loving it. Also have iPhone and Symbian Belle phones which don't miss at all except for a few features. Nokia camera apps are all there with extensive features, now RAW support will come with the Black firmware update. Nothing to complain about this top quality camera-phone.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 21:41 UTC as 12th comment
On Never mind the rain in the Photograph of a Female Photographer challenge (13 comments in total)

Best of the lot !!!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 18:41 UTC as 4th comment
On P6223092 photo in Ben O Connor's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

WOOOW nice photo Ben ! great bokeh and sharp on the insects.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 00:30 UTC as 2nd comment
On Hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 1020 post (164 comments in total)
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mrdancer: Now, if they could just get this kind of technology into compact P&S cameras, it could be their savior.

Wrong, just check the samples !

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-alpha-nex-f3/11

Only a few high level P&S can take pictures as good as the Nokia 808, check the studio test with 38MP and 8MP JPEGs and you will see that only Fuji X-20, Olympus X-Z2, SONY RX100, Canon G15 and similar can compare at high ISOs like 800 and 1600.

If you really want good quality photos get a NEX-F3 for U$500 or an entry level DLSR. But non of those will go all the time in your pocket as a phone does ;-)

Best camera is the one that's with you all time ?
Maybe.
But if you like photography and want the best of both worlds buy the best camera phone and a good 4/3 or DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2013 at 23:57 UTC
On Hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 1020 post (164 comments in total)
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Photato: This smartphone can't handle rich saturated colors, even at the lowest ISO and good lighting.
Pictures look life-less.
All you have to do is compare against even cheap P&S like Canon Elph 100 HS or other at DPReview studio comparison shots. (And those are tripod steady shots)
Check the reds or the yellows from the batteries.
At higher ISO, colors get even worse.
This camera-phone would be good for those that like to shoot black and white resolution charts all the time or anyone that want to impress on the 41MP badge.
A real shame, since i wanted to see Nokia do well with their flagship camera-phone, but they decided to come with the same MP bull crap.

Don't agree with Photato's comments. It all comes to final product quality : JPEGs. That results from a combination of factors, lenses, sensor size / type, thermal dissipation in and around sensor circuitry, image processing engine, etc. Check this link :

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-alpha-nex-f3/11

compare the NEX-F3 with the X-20, X-Z2, G15 and Nokia 808 38MP vs 8MP all at ISO1600, you will see the 808 8MP JPEGs are as good as the rest but the NEX-F3 of course. That is really impressive. Check the Samsung S4 in the same studio sample and it definitely sucks. Seen HTC photos and it's larger pixels don't matter because at the end JPEGs are as any other cheap phone.
To get better colors and exposure just change Nokia's default values to get anything that pleases you : saturation, sharpness, white balance, etc.
OH and it saves your setup for next time !

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2013 at 23:44 UTC
On NASA uses smartphones to snap photos of Earth post (7 comments in total)

They should try the Nokia 808 38MP photos or even 5MP pureview on that, battery will last much longer too ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 18:23 UTC as 2nd comment
On Take Off in the UFO challenge (4 comments in total)

Great photo !!!

Is that a communication tower ?

Single exposure or two different ones ?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 22:40 UTC as 1st comment
On Fujifilm X20 Preview preview (201 comments in total)

Amazing !!!!

Fuji is paying attention to consumers needs, hope their quality check improves too.

I didn't want to upgrade from my HS20 EXR to the X-S1, or X10, mainly because their price tags were too high to compensate for their quality gain. They all have EXR sensors, even the larger 2/3" produces lower detail that the Olympus XZ-2 for example. Enlarging EXR photos the sensor's artifacts are clearly visible, more on the HS20 than on the X-S1 and X10 but still annoyingly present.

That "Monet painting artifacts" and having to choose between resolution and low light or DR is a weakness of all EXR sensors. So glad Fuji decided to change that in their lower price X series and move to the new X-trans sensors.

Now I'm considering the upgrade to X20, or just wait for the next X-S2, which will probably come really soon ... stick the new X-Trans + Processor tweak it for the 30x zoom lenses and there you have the brand new and much better X-S2.
Also, no more white orbs issues a hope.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 22:29 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply
On Green Waves in the What Is This? – II. challenge (4 comments in total)

Tayabak or Jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys), green flowers, cropped and rotated 90 degrees.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2013 at 00:39 UTC as 1st comment
On What's this? in the What Is This? – II. challenge (8 comments in total)
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Eyefull Tour: Sea life. Sponge?

Yeah I think that too

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