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On Canon EOS 6D preview (1044 comments in total)

I'm beginning to wonder if the Canon Design Team have been bashed on the head because their design decisions of late are very confusing.

Someone who is already at full frame will probably not want to downgrade, and people with APC (like me) have one or two EFS lenses that make the upgrade from a 7D really expensive, and who knows what the next 7D will offer . . . It there is to be one!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 16:59 UTC as 293rd comment
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review news story (373 comments in total)
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J. Qian: Sony has gone to great lengths to make this camera small, supposedly for travel , then why not have a GPS function built in it?

The Canon S100 is the classic example of why no GPS. It chews up battery life. It is pretty simply to carry a GPS logger in your pocket and just Geotag later. This means you have two devices, but they are now both maximizing their potential, and having a separate GPS logger helps those you travel with as well.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 17:44 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review news story (373 comments in total)
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BMWX5: So far, close to 80% or more of the comments gave RX100 a GOLD award! Majority wins, RX100 is golden!

I was surprised that it only got a silver award. Was this just because of the click wheel? Why does the Sony SLT-A65 get a gold award with 78% and the RX-100 only get silver? Not that it matters.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 17:41 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review news story (373 comments in total)
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JohnFredC: If Sony can fit a 14x zoom into my wife's HX9V, a camera essentially the same size as the RX100, then surely they could have fit a 5x or 6x zoom into this camera, despite the larger sensor.

The RX100 is too capable a tool to be saddled with such a slight zoom.

Unfortunately, violating the laws of physics is not allowed! A larger zoom range (or constant aperture) would require either a smaller sensor or a physically larger camera.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 17:39 UTC
On Panasonic DMC FZ200 preview (155 comments in total)
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kb2zuz: Is my math correct that with f/2.8 on that sensor size, the DOF would be equivalent to an f/16 lens on a full-frame camera (at equivalent focal length, of course)?

I'm always interested by this measurement because it seems to be popping up a lot these days.

Does this mean that you have virtually no control over DOF on cameras with such a small sensor, and that almost everything will be in focus? I suppose, in one sense this is actually a good thing, but it limits creative photography, which is why the Sony RX100 exists. I wonder if this will be an issue with the LX7.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2012 at 13:40 UTC
On Panasonic DMC FZ200 preview (155 comments in total)

I am really excited by the potential of this camera with its f/2.8. I have been using Lumix DMC-FZ5 since it came out and it has been a really superb instrument. I think it was the last of the f/2.8 models until this one was announced. This has the potential to become a near perfect "Disney" or "Safari" camera for those who do not want a pocket or SLR camera. I love the fact that my FZ5 has f/2.8 over the full 12X zoom range, but the sensor technology is old and back then shooting above 400 iso meant a lot of noise. With this I could be shooting at 800 or 1600 ISO at 600 mm and f/2.8 and that is worth a lot to me. Sure, I could take my SLR and a bag of lenses to Disney, but I'd look like a total idiot!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2012 at 13:35 UTC as 41st comment
On Panasonic DMC FZ200 preview (155 comments in total)
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coastcontact: Even granting that there are some improvements in this model compared to the FZ150, the total weight of the camera is an issue! Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V weighs 1.29 lb and now so does this camera. It becomes no fun when the camera gets heavier. I have the FZ150 (1.16 lb) and also the FZ28 that weighs 14.71 oz. You think I can feel the difference?

This is a very strange comment to make about a large camera. The weight of this is nothing compared to my Canon SLR and 70-200 f/2.8. Not to mention size considerations, frame rates, movie modes, and so on. The review states the camera feels somewhat unsubstantial (light?) as it is, so making it lighter would perhaps exasperate that perception.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2012 at 13:29 UTC
On Canon issues product advisory for PowerShot S100 news story (49 comments in total)
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onlooker: Canon's solution to a design defect? "exchange affected cameras regardless of the warranty status". Other companies listening?

I was really excited about the S100 right up to the point that it came out and dpreview reviewed it. I've spoken to a number of people who own it and "like it," but do not "love" it. It has a really great sensor, but a pretty awful lens for its category. The same, I feel, is true of the G1X. Why did Canon decide to leave the door open and not put great lens on it? Even if they got the telephoto end down to f/4 ish I would have been excited, but to give it an f/5.9 to f/8 at the tele does not strike me as a camera that fits the market segment.

I thought that maybe I was asking to much and had unrealistic expectations, but then there is the Olympus XZ-1 and now the Sony RX100. Unless Olympus releases an upgrade to the XZ-1 in the next few weeks, I think that the RX100 is in my future. It ticks of pretty much everything I want.

As a long time Canon user, this is quite a moment for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2012 at 01:07 UTC
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alexjeoh: DSLR Quality ? check this out...


It is a bit spendy, but if you compare it to something like the S100, it is not bad at all. It has pretty much all the features of an S100 plus you can get it wet or play tennis with it. The add-on lenses also sound interesting. We will see if the image quality of this match that of the S100. If it does then I might be interested. If not, then I'll keep waiting for the XZ-1 replacement, or the LX-6.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2012 at 13:00 UTC
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wke002: fuji ppl, the fact all x10 are effected, who can't you recalled all un-sell camera from dealer now as many un-suspecting buyer will continue to buy and face this problem. when new sensor arrived, priority to change current user first, than to change those recalled from shops and than re-distribute it back again w new sensor. by not recalling, you are creating a vacumm in between new buyer, is this new sensor or old.

I dun think you would launch a new batch unless specified country have only like 10 on the shelf in one country ! if there are thousand unsold in one country, we will not likely see any new batch, else what are they going to do with the old batch, given just change sensor and voila, all in order.


I've been following this camera because I did not buy one due to the orb. It will be interesting to see how they handle the recall and how we will be able to recognize new from old.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 16:45 UTC
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aeneon: Its gone past the point of no return for me , i have moved on and dont care less about the X10 or its dodgy on off switch , poor focusing and blown out reds . I am going to wait for the X11 or X20 now.

Fuji do seem to make good cameras, especially the super zooms, but this is definitely not their finest hour.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 02:21 UTC
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sroute: Is the definitive solution a lens cap?

Just kidding.

A roll of velvia for each user

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 02:19 UTC

Hopefully, these guys will get to face an appropriate Japanese punishment and the company can get back to making an XZ-1 upgrade!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 20:49 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply

Yikes, and I thought the G1X was expensive, and many think the S100 is expensive.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 18:34 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On Japanese news service lends support Olympus OM rumors news story (314 comments in total)

A digital OM-1 would be interesting, especially if they kept the same lens mounts , manual(ish), and gave it a distressed body to make it look thirty years old!

I wonder what people would think of a camera that only used the battery for sensor and light meter? We have become so dependent on the auto everything of modern camera, that this would be a cool idea. . . . . . or not!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:48 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X samples gallery news story (425 comments in total)
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oselimg: These samples raise the question that will there be any point in buying budget SLR's? Though they may have the OVF but even my 40D's slightly bigger viewfinder I find not big enough. Anyone who is about to say "but you can use the screen for composing" stop! No thanks. Maybe at times even when remotely speedy operation is not needed.

Think of the potential if they could pair this sensor with even a bright 10X zoom. That would be the killer vacation camera. I'd pay big for something like that!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 00:20 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X samples gallery news story (425 comments in total)
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massimobenenti: I have been waiting for years for this new G series camera and for what I can see here I'm REALLY disappointed. To me image quality is the first thing, then everything else. SO they made a very high IQ camera, well built, great high ISO performance....WITH SUCH A BAD LENS?????

I am quite sure that using RAW will not make any difference in this matter because when you have a lens with such bad borders (sharpness and coma just are AWFUL) nothing can be done.

My beloved Canon...you really missed a great chance to give us a "professional" compact camera.

I'll buy a Sigma DP2 used camera without regret, not having the money to buy a Fuji X-Pro1.

So sad.

I'm not sure what he really meant by "Bad" lens, but when you consider the types of lenses showing up on cameras like ZX-1, LX-5, and X-10, it is not clear to me why Canon is sticking with lenses that have such small apertures at full zoom and then are incapable of going much smaller. If the Fuji can handle f/2.8 to f/11 at full, then so should the Canon.

This does not make it a "bad" lens per-se, and the pics are great, but it is something that makes me think twice because it reduces my compositional options. I felt the same about the s100, which I had been eagerly waiting for and decided not to get. Maybe I am asking too much, but I am really looking for something that offers as good or better aperture range than my current camera (FZ5, f/2.8 to f/3.3).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 00:14 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G1 X samples gallery news story (425 comments in total)
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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom: for the $799 price-- one can have a Canon T3i or a Nikon D5100 -- give or take $50-- when the DSLRS are on sale..

right now the Canon T3i is $749 on sale, the Nikon D5100 is $799..

granted the DSLRs are not as small..but they are small already as far as DSLRs are concerned.. but then again, I am betting the DSLRs AF a lot faster than the G1x...

why can't have it all? :-)

if this Canon G1X-- is priced at $549 ... I think I will be more than willing to have it :-) does anybody share these thoughts?

Have you included the price of lenses in this calculation? What about the difference in size? You could realistically take this camera to Disney World, which would be an insane thing to try and do with an SLR and a bag of lenses.

I am not sure what a camera like this is really worth, but I am sure there is a premium to be paid when you try and squeeze this kind of technology in to such a small package. It would make much more sense to compare this to a camera in its class such as the . . . . . . . Well there isn't one, but I suppose it could be compared to the new offerings from fuji even though the sensor in the G1X is much larger and lower noise.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 00:01 UTC
On CES 2012: Lytro Photowalk article (140 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: You can only VIEW and manipulate the image from a file that is HOSTED by the camera manufacturer in their CLOUD.

I want my image to be MINE, not surrendered to some CLOUD owned by the camera maker.

I want it to be on MY computer.

Read the fine print before signing the purchase...

Not only is the world moving to the cloud, the use of cloud based systems provides more platform independence. I wish more companies, like Fuji and their 3D camera, would move to the cloud for processing instead of providing us with third rate desktop experiences.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 22:03 UTC
On CES 2012: Lytro Photowalk article (140 comments in total)

Its interesting to see people dissing this new camera technology. I remember the same thing happening when digital cameras came out. Lots of people looked at my Casio QV-10 with the 320x240 images and said it would never take off. A few years later I got a Nikon Coolpix, and then a Canon Powershot G2, and a Powershot 30, and then a Panasonic FZ5 and an SLR, and just recently a Fuji 3D (which is not great).

Amazingly, digital is still here and film is now a niche (still love my OM-1n and Stereo Realist), so to say that this is a gimmick shows a complete lack of vision. Who knows what the long term potential is as the technology matures. A lot of people will like the idea that they do not need to worry about the focus during picture taking. Imagine having a camera lens that does not require a focus mechanism. The weight and cost saving would be significant.

Right now though, it is a fun proof of concept and maybe a cool spy cam, but who knows what the future holds.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 21:55 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
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