PC Wheeler

PC Wheeler

Lives in United States Los Angeles suburb, CA, United States
Works as a Engineering-Management Consultant
Joined on May 10, 2004


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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1584 comments in total)
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afm: The samples appear very grainy even at low ISO and not particularly sharp. To my eye, the results from the III are superior.

I had an RX100mk3 which I really thought had excellent IQ in all situations. Sold it when I ordered the mk4. I've regretted it. The mk4 seemed to give poorer results when shooting indoors and ISO of 800-1600 for some reason. I ended up a bit agonized and returned it near the end of the return period -- and now I have neither.

Ironically, the 4K video was not of much interest; other things (like EVF not turning off the camera) were, but IQ was just not acceptable in some of my very normal shots.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2015 at 15:51 UTC

Samples are missing any full-zoom shots of something nearby, where atmospherics don't "cloud the issue": Can't tell if the IQ would be good or not at 720 mm from the sample gallery.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 00:05 UTC as 2nd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1584 comments in total)
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Phototaker41: I like this camera but I don't want to upgrade from my old Sony RX100 because Image Quality is not improved much. So far I am satisfied with my RX100.
and waiting for a new RX 100 with longer zoom (ex 24-200mm) and better image qaulity

By George, I think you've got it, Richard :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 00:15 UTC
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AshMills: Id like to see it with a model standing in it for scale.


A tiny Charlize Theron?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 03:20 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (605 comments in total)
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Jim Scarff: The quality of the camera's images and videos as displayed in Canon's promotional videos impressed me. Worth a look:



1) I think price is really $1,250 not $999 since I cannot imagine spending that much money and not getting the optional EVF. (BTW the external EVF is very good, I have it with my EOS-M3).

2) That's a RIDICULOUS price for this camera with its 1" sensor.

The camera is compact, but not pocketable. Given its size, the Canon is competing with the Panasonic FZ-1000 (I have one, and love it and its excellent EVF), and even the Canon EOS-M3 which has a bigger sensor and can be had for the same price, perhaps less.

Canon drop the price $400-500 and I would consider this camera given its apparently rugged build, but until then there seem to be so many better choices at that price.

I agree with all you say, Jim (I have the FZ1000, too). These days any camera without an EVF is a non-starter for me. And the price is just amazing!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 14:59 UTC

Truly a strange review. Few would decide between a GH4 and an A7s if they already own lenses and other accessories for one system or the other.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 16:13 UTC as 184th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review (860 comments in total)

I ran across a table of max aperture vs focal length last night while using my computer and bookmarked it. Now I'm away and using my iPad. Later I'll see if I can post the link here.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 19:56 UTC as 119th comment | 1 reply
On Preview:panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz1000 (1267 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Couple years ago, Pana released FZ60 25 – 600 mm/F2.8 - F5.2, and then FZ200 25 – 600 mm/F2.8 - F2.8.

Now, Pana released FZ1000 25 – 400mm/F2.8 - F4, and then.. will we have a FZ1000 MK2 with 25 – 400mm/F2.8 - 2.8 soon?

On the mass: Almost identical to my GH4 with the 14-140 II (28-280 equiv) mounted. Half a pound heavier than my FZ200. I had an RX10 and returned it: Used the FZ200 more despite its smaller sensor.

As a long-time fan of superzooms (12-14 years ago I used an Oly C-2100 UZ, the "Uzi"). I am tempted. But with the GH4 (and a fine lens set) and the FZ200 for hiking, not sure when I'd use the FZ1000. And the FZ200 does get to 600 mm.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 13:51 UTC
On Preview:panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz1000 (1267 comments in total)
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Augustin Man: 1/16000 sec?! Sure isn't one zero too much?

Indeed. Bullet spec said "1/4000s mechanical shutter / 1/16000s electronic shutter"

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:28 UTC
On Preview:panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz1000 (1267 comments in total)
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John McCormack: No built-in ND filter! Even the LX-7 has one. A pity...

For video, to get a 180 deg shutter angle in daylight. Usual approach is to use a variable ND filter (like the 58mm one I have for my main GH4 lenses).

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:24 UTC
On Preview:panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz1000 (1267 comments in total)
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d7k2v2: It's nice to see the 1" sensor gaining mainstream acceptance. When nikon introduced the 1" sensor everybody wailed how tiny it was. Now DPreview calls these "large sensor" cameras.

"Original" was 10 years ago, Bob. Now there is the FZ200 (25-600 f/2.8) and the FZ70 (25-1200) to name only the Panasonic superzoom entries.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
On Preview:panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz1000 (1267 comments in total)
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Dimit: Nice effort but...biiiiig!!
With such a volume I wouldn't choose an 1'' sensor,simple as that..

Larger sensor with a 25-400 f/2.8-4.0 lens and you'd have a substantially larger volume. As it is, it weighs more than my GH4 with 14-140 II f/3.5-5.6 (28-280 equiv) mounted. If I didn't have the GH4 and a good lens collection for it I'd be very interested in the FZ1000.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:19 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Real-world Samples Gallery (90 comments in total)
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nikon power: For all the cameras with zoom power that I've owned, my first shots with them was the moon. God had placed the moon up there in synchronous orbit for a reason. It's easier to compare the same moon's face as seen by all eyes and all cameras.

The moon is far beyond synchronous orbit -- roughly 250,000 miles up vs. about 20,000 miles. It would sure look bigger 10x closer, and much easier to photograph. Tides would be pretty "exciting", too!

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 18:54 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review (499 comments in total)

A fine camera the RX-10. I bought one and sold it because it didn't fit any niche for me.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 20:27 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary (471 comments in total)
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LWW: I probably won't use it - but I think I'll buy one for that gadget on the bottom. Give the ego a boost and impress someone at the same time. :-)

Just don't drop it on your foot!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 16:07 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary (471 comments in total)
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Naveed Akhtar: Who are the fantastic four who chose the option "I had it" ..

Maybe they mean "I've had it!" :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)

$120 a year? I'll pass.


Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 23:36 UTC as 118th comment | 3 replies
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PC Wheeler: PSE 11 works well for me, with other tools. I'll go with PSE 12 -- but wait until the price drops a bit.

Well, I did the upgrade (price dropped $10). Main reason is a new camera which needs ACR 8.2 for RAW support.

Seems faster on my 13" MacBook Air, perhaps due to now being 64 bit and using more of my memory.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2013 at 20:59 UTC
On Article:5281189784 (5 comments in total)
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sbansban: I wish DPR would do in-depth reviews of this and many other exciting compacts that I and surely many more readers are considering and are eagerly awaiting to be reviewed: Panasonic FZ70, an updated travel zoom group test, NEX-3N, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Nikon Coolpix P7800, Fujifilm F900EXR, Canon SX280 HS, Nikon Coolpix P330 etc. DPR do have a lot of limitations and constraints, but I keep visiting this site mostly in expectation of these compact camera reviews which are so much easier to buy and use everyday

Once they were able to do that, pretty much. But the number of cameras being released these days is somewhat overwhelming. I'm surprised the producers can do so many models and stay in business!

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 04:09 UTC
On Article:5281189784 (5 comments in total)

Canceled the S120 order and decided to give the LF1 a try. Some of the samples posted in the forum and in reviews here http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_DMC_LF1/sample_images.shtml and here http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_lf1_review/sample_images/ are pretty impressive. This "Lens very soft at the borders and corners with very visible aberrations" could be from LF1 sample variability.

Worth a try: The EVF and 28-200 mm range are appealing. If a no go, then the S120.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 00:35 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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