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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
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review article (187 comments in total)
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Rachotilko: This thing has *fast* lens (even on the long end) of very high optical quality. That makes it an outstanding device, in some aspects more usable than Sony RX100.

I am really tired of the 1" and RX100 mantra claiming this to be the sole way to achieve good low-light capability. This is different approach ("small sensor+fast lens") to achieve low-light capability.

Took me a while to realize what you were saying about the mantra. I too am interested in the alternatives, particularly when you compare these new cameras to the old Olympus XZ-1 at low ISO. The image quality of that "old" camera still seems a lot cleaner than any of the newer cameras at sub 200 ISO.

I just bought the FZ200, and am very happy with what it does despite the "small" sensor, although I have only scratched the surface of what it is capable of. My last point and shoot was a Fuji 3D, which seemed like a good idea at the time and was a bad idea when it came to real photo taking. Before that, I had the FZ5, which I still think was one of the best point and shoots ever.

What I am looking for now though is a pocket camera with excellent low light capabilities. I am somewhat flexible on the term "pocket" so the RX100, LX7, and XZ-2 are all on my radar, so having as many opportunities to objectively compare is important to me.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 18:18 UTC
On Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review article (187 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: A quibble: It would have been nice to have the usual discussion in the conclusion section about how this camera stacks up against its direct competitors, and perhaps how this class of camera fares vs. the Sony DSC-RX100 (OK, a more expensive small camera but with a far larger sensor). Instead we get links to other reviews, which is OK, but... that's not a replacement for a more robust comparison.

Agreed! I realize these two cameras are in different sensor categories, but they are the two cameras I am considering for purchase, along with the Olympus. So, it would be great if we were given the option to compare them in the comparison part of the conclusion.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 00:30 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)
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Suave: Frankly, I don't see why people are so upset. It's lot more than 7D, but not that much more expensive, and it's a lot less than 5D3, but quite a bit cheaper. It's properly positioned camera for people who do not think that switching brands will make them a better photographer and better person.

Thing to remember is that the 7D is a year old, so it might have all these features except for the bigger sensor. At least I hope it does.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 17:48 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)
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onlooker: As a $1500 camera, it would have been a killer. I like replaceable screens, and I don't mind 11-point AF as long as the center point has high accuracy and low-light sensitivity. Silent shutter is great. So, all good on paper, except the price.

Surely the cost of the body in this range is less than the glass. IF you need to replace all your best EFS glass with equivalent EF glass, that is a lot of money.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 17:47 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)
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butterfly0fdoom: "How often do you really need to record files to two different cards, for example?"

The biggest benefits of having two SD card slots is having one card act as overflow and/or having one card being the primary still card with the other as the primary video card. Better file management and cheaper alternative to high-capacity cards.

A 32GB Sandisk Extreme only costs $32, and the 64GB is not twice that. Two 16GB cards cost more than twice one 32GB card, so you are actually better off (financially) with a larger card these days. Certainly was not true 5 years ago though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 17:45 UTC
On Canon Powershot S110 Preview preview (106 comments in total)

Wow! What an uninspired update. I was looking at the RX100 and hoping for an amazing update to the xz-1, and Canon come out with this in response? I guess they have just given up in this segment. Off to check out the G15 now!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 17:09 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 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 article (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 article (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 article (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 article (50 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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