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.
Tayabak or Jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys), green flowers, cropped and rotated 90 degrees.
Eyefull Tour: Sea life. Sponge?
Yeah I think that too
Uncle Jack: Jet and vapor trail.
Microphone or speaker surface.
Looks like plastic shower curtains, lets see at the end ;-)
What brand and name of perfume is the question !
Rock surface ?
JimW-203: Rain on deck - an excellant picture, too
Plastic dirty straws ?
Credit card security chip
Old typewriter keyboard, Hermes or Pfeiffer's Continental maybe ?
Old crank balanced oil pump, proudly made in the Lone Star state.
JagK: Completely agreed with the conclusions.
XZ-2 is an amazing camera with excellent images. I have the XZ-1, now if only olympus would tweak their JPEG engine a bit for the XZ-1, not sure if this can be done by a firmware update.
The lens same for XZ-1 and XZ-2 is amazing all the way from the center to the corners. None of the others can match this.
When in doubt pull up the image comparison tool and see for yourself.
Agree 100%, if they also manage to keep the marvellous iZuiko Olympus little lens on the XZ-3 ;-)
All in all my current decision lies with XZ-2, as the reviewer also concluded.
At the end what matters is what a camera can deliver in variable conditions and how enjoyable it is to use, also how expandable, adding to the review that buying the CLA-12 adapter tube you can attach 55mm tele converters, fisheye lenses, filters.You also have a pair of flexible macro LED lights that are very handy.
If want to see what the Olympus XZ-2 can really do in several conditions check out this 3 part great review by Robin Wong,it has links to the two previous parts at the begining :
JeaPS: Do you think we could have a 'Bridge' camera buying guide?
Not much choices to make on the bridge area I guess ?If you are willing to spend U$600 I'll go with the Fujifilm X-S1check this out : http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/fujifilm_finepix_x_s1_review/
I have a HS20EXR and I think is probably one of the best bridges out there for less than U$300, check my review if you like :http://www.dpreview.com/products/Fujifilm/compacts/fujifilm_hs20exr/user-reviews-detail/1939670825
My guess is that for a little more you can get the HS25 or the HS30 and be very happy with any of them.They are great learning tools, have manual zoom, accept filters and conversion lenses with 58mm treads, EXR 1/2" sensor takes a little bit to learn but delivers great pictures for it's size.The larger 2/3" sensor on the X-S1 gives you a plus on image quality over the former.
Glad that a NUCLEAR robot is not on the loose in our planet.
How do Martians feel about it ?
check this 1rst color high resolution photo to find out
Dougbm_2: Impressive. Maybe they should give up on phones and switch to cameras?
Small sensor point&shoot cams are doomed with this phone and the ones coming after !! Pity, now that Symbian got closer to being and enjoyable OS it will be shut down in 2016 since Nokia decided to go with Windows :(But at least you can have a nice camera + a phone with updates for 4 more years.
Charles Laigo: Not that it really went away (only died down a bit), but is the megapixel race now back with a vengeance?
it has nothing to do with MP race, ok maybe it sounds like that for advertisement purposes, but the thing is it uses a large sensor and oversampling to reduce the noise by a lot. Something we see in CD players since the first ones
Belle is way better than previous versions, only a faint resemblance with the ones before it, finally the OS it should be from the beginning, I hated previous Symbs on N97(crappy phone) and on N8 and loved iOS5 so I'm not kidding !
Belle is efficient, smooth, runs on low memory/CPU and 1.3GHz is much faster than on the N8. Free GPS nav and guidance, with no need of internet connection, maps on the phone, something I've been dreaming since iOS4.
If all you want is a good dependable phone, to make calls/sync contacts/calendar/etc, plus great music and awesome video player, lots of connectivity and THE BEST current camera-phone by far, thenNokia's PureView 800 is definitely for you,oh yeah you can surely trash your pocket Point&Shooter, won't need it anymore :-)
Have a look at this reviews :http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_808_pureview-review-776.phphttp://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_808_pureview_low_light-review-775.php
Thank you Nokia ! I was already loosing hopes on the Finns
After reading your article I found that Hugin is a great free program to seamless stitches, and PhotoWall to easily build artistic collages.
I have to agree with others that today you can work, even on a modern laptop , with full resolution images, to build 2D panoramas for wall size prints for instance.
For an extreme example I fund a 3D collage, of more than 1600 21.4MP photos landscape from Dresden. Made with a robotic arm, of course, and stitched using a PC cluster with 16 processors and lots of RAM in 94hrs, you have to check this out :