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Why does the electronics industry always ignore the real exchange rates and use 1£=$1.1 when listing their international prices?

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2013 at 13:28 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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marike6: This is, hopefully, going to be a bigger flop than the Sony Tablet P, Apple Maps and Disney's "John Carter". Essentially giving the middle finger to loyal customers worldwide will have most hoping for a similar outcome.

I like Apple maps! :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 00:10 UTC
On Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Hands-on Preview preview (355 comments in total)

This is an interesting twist on small interchangeable lens cameras. It gives most of the benefits of the compact 4/3 systems, with the availability of real lenses.

I'm a little bias because I have never really understood the fascination of the 4/3 system. Its image quality is more compromised than APC, it uses a completely different lens mount, and the lenses for 4/3 seem to be limited in availability and expensive. From what I can tell, the 4/3 system is there simply for people to say "That superzoom is expensive because I can buy a Nikon 1 for five bucks more," because they have not bothered to check the price of a 24-600 zoom for that camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2013 at 16:49 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies
On Samsung launches Galaxy S4 superphone post (108 comments in total)
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gl2k: When it comes to low-light photography HTC One wipes the floor with all other contestants.

When it comes to low-light photography you need a modern DSLR, preferably with a full frame sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 13:44 UTC
On Samsung launches Galaxy S4 superphone post (108 comments in total)
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semorg: No bloatwear with iPhone. Apple fought hard to protect the consumers from all that crap. Android and Samsung are just bunch of thieves they copied everything apple did into a cheap plastic shell. Apple does have a screen issue. But that's because they tried so hard not to fragment their screen sizes. As a mobile developer dealing with android is a pain. You have to design for so many sizes. Where as apple has tried to keep the ratio consistent and at least the width.

Wow! That did not take long! Someone mentions Apple and the rest of you forget what the original article was even about, and dive in!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 13:43 UTC
On Samsung launches Galaxy S4 superphone post (108 comments in total)
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Paul_B Midlands UK: Whatever the whinging, cynicism, the boring Apple vs Samsung who did what first moan-in i.e the usual trademark DP forum comments, one thing is for sure this phone is going to fly off the shelves. I’m pretty impartial, but doesn’t it make the Iphone5 look a bit dull and old hat - it certainly trashes my ‘old’ HTC One X for apparent functionality. I can’t see HTC keeping up, but Apple I would have though needs to smell the coffee.

Its hard to imagine that Samsung would have released a phone that was less sophisticated than a year old phone by any manufacturer.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 13:38 UTC
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1514 comments in total)
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SulfurousBeast: This is simply to vote for the best of 2012 among all categories - $100 to $10000. While there are category best within a certain price point, range etc. Again, no winners or losers as all are very good cameras, but this poll gives a insight into mindset of users, what they would buy assuming everyone could afford one. My 2 cents, interesting to see that FF cameras have scored cumulatively higher % of votes. Mirrorless is catching up, EM-5 giving a good run for the money to D800/E. If Panny did a OMD type sensor on its GH3 - that would be my personal pick.

The problem is that by choosing one "best" it implies all others are inferior, when they are not.

I recently returned from Disney with my FZ200, and it was a superb camera to have. It is not small, but it fit in the Osprey Veer shoulder back with tons of room to spare. Compare that to the poor souls hauling SLRs with crummy kit lenses or bags of gear. Oh, and the 5fps with continual focus were sweet on the Safari!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 14:52 UTC
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1514 comments in total)

Wow! The camera I would pick is not even on the list. For what it does, and what it costs, the Lumix FZ200 really pretty amazing.

I also have problems with the idea that we can take this random list of cameras, ranging from a tiny pocket zoom, to a monster SLR, and assign one as "best."

Best for what?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 14:43 UTC as 393rd comment
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Michael Stephen: Well its paid for itself for me and it was just my point and shoot. the latest issue of Top Gear Magazine NZ has a feature in it that I shot with my dslr cameras but also starts with a full bleed double page spread shot I took with my RX100 taken from a Hexacopter. The 20mp file in a very light camera meant I could get an aerial shot of an Audi S6 from a hexacopter without having to lift a heavier dslr. The magazine liked it so much they made it the opening spread.

To hell with the camera, I want a Hexacopter!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 19:03 UTC
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Franco8: Evidence that Sony must spend a fortune in advertising with this magazine.
A compact camera with a zoom the new Canon 1GX is a leap above any other camera
Olympus Pen series cameras, with Nikon Canon Pentax etc all have dust issues and they a shutter protecting the sensor, with Olympus the sensor is fully exposed yet they do not have that issue due to there patented dust reduction system. this is a leap in technology.
what about these new lenses on the market 18~200, 18~270 or 18~300 even though they are not pro lenses, they are pretty good quality, this would have been impossible to manufacture several years ago.
all the above should be above the Sony.

Is that a G1X in your pocket, or are you please to see me?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 18:58 UTC
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Rachotilko: I posted this three days ago in the 'XZ-2 samples' article's comments section, but I think it's relevant here as well:

XZ2 vs RX100 =
= f2.4 vs f4.9 =
= ISO400 vs ISO1600
= massive XZ-2 IQ win at 100mm !!!


Yeah, but I can't get the XZ-2 in time for my Disney trip next week. So, do I order the RX100 for Disney and send it back afterwards when the XZ-2 comes out? Seems kinda sleezy! Maybe I'll just lug my FZ200 around instead.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 18:54 UTC
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jeff_006: It is not an invention !!! it is just a product...that probably uses several inventions...camera was an invention a long time ago, it is credited to Ibn al-Haytham (965-1039). The first CCD sensor was invented in 1969, that was a great invention !
RX100 one a the best 50 inventions of 2012 ??? let me LOL ! TIME magazine is probably not aware of what scientists are doing...maybe TIME journalists should have a look here: http://www.nobelprize.org/ for example...

What about the pockets on a pair of cargo pants? You'd look like a deformed chipmunk, but you could get a Nikon-1 and all the lenses in those.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 18:53 UTC
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xfoto: I don't care what it does...and I don't give a crap about tiny stuff you can barely hold to comfortably take a picture

I have half ownership in a Lytro. It is a novel PITA that takes crappy pictures. I hear the RX100 is a PITA that takes great pictures . . . . . . . until you compare it to s $3500 camera!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 18:49 UTC
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Sdaniella: Best of 2012?
It's small size exacts too high a price in poor ergonomics for pocketability. as well as a small sensor packed w/ too much Mp exacts a price in poor IQ; that's a double compromise, just so one lugs less than a full dSLR in hopes of having good flexible IQ:


can't even keep up w/ the PowerShot G1X for IQ

Nothing worse than someone who thinks they know it all, and then uses unrealistic comparisons to back it up.

The four cameras you chose are not even in the same realistic market segments. One could, perhaps, argue the G1X and RX100 are in a close market segment, but even that is a stretch considering the RX100 weighs half that of the G1X, is 2.8 times smaller in terms of volume, and costs 30% less.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 18:39 UTC

Wow! Yuk!

I suppose my ideal would be the lens and control ring from an Olympus XZ2, sensor from 4/3, the body of a smaller powershot G series with articlulated screen, A dial for aperture/shutter/compensation depending on mode, RAW capable, Optical Image stabilization from Lumix or Canon, and access to the battery and card on the side of the camera.

Shake them up, adjust to satisfy the laws of physics and see what I get.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 18:44 UTC as 232nd comment
On A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera article (137 comments in total)

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Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 18:41 UTC as 50th comment
On A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera article (137 comments in total)

Yuk! That has to be one of the world's ugliest, and most cumbersome cameras ever! You would spend more time checking that each button is in the correct place than you would taking pictures. I'm all for a bit of manual control that does not involve mega menus, but moving it to mega stacked buttons and dials is asking for trouble.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 18:34 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
On Canon Powershot G15 Preview preview (246 comments in total)

I was just looking at this camera as an alternative to the LX7, but the lack of a rotating screen is a disappointment and makes me wonder what to do now. On my G2, I used the rotating screen all the time for up high or down low shots. Bummed about that because the lumix does not seem to have one either. The sony, I can understand because it is so small.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2012 at 15:01 UTC as 23rd comment
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ecm: Pretty good for a small sensor camera.

HOWEVER.....The thing that differentiated this line of Nikon cameras - the viewfinder - is gone.

And I'm left with the question, why would I buy this? There's much better image quality to be had for about the same price, size and weight in the micro-4/3 and NEX camera ranges, if I'm willing to buy last year's tech - up to 50% cheaper, actually - look at the Oly E-PL1 or Panny GF-3.

I still do not understand the second part of this post. Every time I read comments along the lines of "Well, I can get a 4/3 for about this price" I am left wondering if any one checks the size and price of 4/3 lenses before posting. In these short zoom range P&S cameras you are, OK, getting close, but a lot of people used this argument against the Lumix FZ200, which is insane. I am not even aware of a 25-600 f/2.8 for 4/3.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2012 at 13:51 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review article (187 comments in total)
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jhinkey: Yes, the review style is kind of sub-par for DPR, but still usable for sure. DPR needs to keep up their former high standards as they obviously are transitioning the site to something else. In contrast, the tablet review was absolutely terrible.

Just bought the LX-7 to replace my LX-5 (had an LX-3 before that). Why do I keep coming back to these cameras?

It's the combination of features in an extremely small package.

24mm FF equivalent fast lens at the wide end - missing in almost all cameras of this class
True 16:9 mode and true multi-aspect sensor
Built-in flash
Switches/buttons instead of buried menus
RW2 (though only for dynamic range)
Decent size to hold on to - not too small nor to large
Availability of excellent leather case
Very very decent video
Good enough IQ

Does it have problems? Sure, but for me it has been the best compact camera for my uses thus far, including the new RX100 (which does not have true 16:9 nor 24mm and is more fiddly to use because of it's size).

My main concern about the RX100 series is the kind of limitations that sensor puts on the lens. Sure, you get better ISO images, but with brighter lenses you do not need to go up to that ISO anyway. Just look at the ZX-1 at low ISO. The image quality, IMHO, is still cleaner than the RX100.

The wrinkle in this argument is size. What would the RX100 be capable of if they had used a larger body and less megapixels on that sensor? The body to sensor size in the RX100, is really where it shines, and one of the reasons I have been thinking about a purchase.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 18:25 UTC
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