Kawika Nui

Kawika Nui

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1221 comments in total)
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gskolenda: There is another feature that dp review is forgetting. The RX10 is weather proof, and the FZ1000 is not. I think Panasonic was betting that more people would want 4K video over the other features the RX10 has, that the FZ1000 dosen't.

I'm a video guy, and a Ziess lover! The RX10 lens just rocks!

Also, the 4k video that the FZ1000 is giving you is crap at 30fps. If I'm going to get a camera with 4K, it's going to have 60fps, and full sensor scanning. and Panasonic is not going to give you that because they would start to rob there GH4 sales. WHich is the Camera I'm getting, soon I hope.

Why, exactly, is the 4K video "crap" at 30fps? Are you currently able to shoot 60fps in 4K, plus shoot stills and pull 8mp images from video, with a 25-400mm capability? If so, please share the brand and price of the camera you are using. If it's $1000 or less, I'll buy one.

BTW, since the GH4 shoots 4K at only 30p, why do you want it? For 60p you have to go down to 1080. So is this somehow not "crap?"

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 05:42 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1221 comments in total)
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white shadow: At the end of the day, it all depends on what kind of person you are. If you are a travel photographer you may appreciate the FZ1000 for the extra reach in one package.

Given the price and similar size, I would rather stay with my DSLR which is more versatile.

White Shadow,
What DSLR are you using? Very few have 4K video, the possibility of pulling 8mp stills from video, and good burst rate and decent buffer size. There's also Pany's very nice "extended zoom" via sensor crop, with no automatic upsampling--you get to decide whether or not you want to take that step. Also this zoom range at this weight (831g).

I've compare the spec of the FZ1000 to a number of DSLRs and have yet to find one that is more versatile in terms of feature set and performance spec.

Obviously the jury is still out on extensive real-world performance, but just as obviously that is not the issue raised here.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 05:39 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1221 comments in total)
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MAStai: The Fujifilm X-S1 is overlooked--with identical concept. Its been around since 2011 and has lower res and smaller sensor but 24 – 624 mm range.

Stylus 1 vs. FZ1000

Smaller sensor
No 60p video, much less 4K video
Tilt LCD, not fully articulated
Less zoom

Stylus 1 is a great camera, but for entirely different purposes; Robin Wong is a very good photographer, but far more interested in urban and street photography than long distances, sports, or video.

That said, the IQ of the Stylus 1 may well be better. From some samples, it appears to be. A huge part of IQ is the lens; maybe this is the issue. Look at the surprisingly soft and noisy/grainy images from the FZ1000 on dpr, "Not just another superzoom."

If I were going that way, I would take a look at the Canon G1X. A slightly undersized APS-C sensor, 15mp, 4x (28-112mm f/2.8-5.8). Also lacks 60p video.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:19 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1221 comments in total)
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derekmjenkins: I was starting to compare this camera to my GH1 with the 14-140 OIS 4.0-4.8 lens, and it is looking like this bridge camera beats it in every way:

Equivalent focal length: 25-400 vs. 28-200
Max aperature: 2.8-4.0 vs. 4.0-5.8
Max aperature equivalent: 7.6-10.8 vs. 8.0-11.6
ISO range: 125-12800 vs. 100-3200
EVF (dots): 2,359,000 vs. 1,440,000
LCD (dots): 921,000 vs. 460,000
Shutter speeds: 1/16000-60 vs. 1/4000-60
Flash GN (m): 13.5 vs. 10.5
Drive Speed (fps): 12 vs. 3
Focus points: 49 vs. 23
Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 (1/3 steps) vs. -3 to +3 (1/3 steps)

Oh and with the FZ1000 you also get:
- Panorama mode
- HDR mode
- Orientation sensor (try using a 20mm 1.7 on a GH1 vertically!)
- 4k video up to 30 fps!
- Timelaps video
- 5-axis in body IS
- SDXC support

The only things you do not get in the FZ1000 are dof preview and white-balance bracketing. I would miss the ability to use some higher quality primes and to get down to use my 9-18mm lens.

It's a good camera.

On IQ:
Looking at dpr "Not just another superzoom," I find the images soft and either grainy or noisy (depending on how you look at it, perhaps?) at 100%. Lots of chroma noise/speckles on the airplane wings, etc., extreme softness/fuzziness on items in the vender's stall, etc.

I do a lot of shooting with an FZ150, often at several hundred yards with full zoom, and these images are a bit disappointing by comparison, when you consider that the FZ1000 has a 4x larger sensor (in terms of area) and 20mp (vs. 12mp for the FZ150).

Coming at it from the other end, I also do a lot of shooting with a GH3 (MFT, 16mp) with a 100-300mm (again, often at long range and full zoom) and these images are quite a bit less crisp, and exhibit more grain/noise. I wouldn't expect equivalence, but I would think they would be closer.

The FZ1000 definitely has a great feature set, but quite frankly I am having second thoughts due to the fact that IQ doesn't seem to live up to the other specs.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:10 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1221 comments in total)
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fredrious: Thanks for noting the "Equivalent aperture range" as well. Ridiculously the official introducing video under the following link highlights the lens specifications as: F2.8-4.0/25-400mm* (from 0:40 to 0:48). They convert the zoom range but not the aperture range. To me this is cheating!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck4NgXcL_2E

I am quoting someone else on this, so I can't attest to the accuracy of the comments. But it seems to make sense:

"The equivalent aperture range is meaningless because the FZ200 is f/2.8 on its 4.5-108mm lens.

"The f-number is quite literally the focal length divided by the iris diameter e.g. 55mm focal length / 5mm diameter = 11, so f/11. That f/11 quite literally tells you the iris aperture diameter i.e. f/11 = 55/11 = 5mm where f is the focal length, and why the '"/" slash is there, it means divide..

"You cannot take the true focal length away from the f/number, you cannot use the "35mm equivalent" except for DoF and even then the distance is possibly more important than the aperture.

"Using the FZ200 1/2.3-inch sensor on its 4.5-108mm is a cheat to get the same field of view as a 24-600mm on a 35mm frame and f/2.8 on either will put the same amount of light per unit area down on each one."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:09 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1221 comments in total)

Here's a comment by someone else (since they didn't choose to post it here, I don't think it would be right to post their name). Is there a flaw in this?

"The equivalent aperture range is meaningless because the FZ200 is f/2.8 on its 4.5-108mm lens.

"The f-number is quite literally the focal length divided by the iris diameter e.g. 55mm focal length / 5mm diameter = 11, so f/11. That f/11 quite literally tells you the iris aperture diameter i.e. f/11 = 55/11 = 5mm where f is the focal length, and why the '"/" slash is there, it means divide..

"You cannot take the true focal length away from the f/number, you cannot use the "35mm equivalent" except for DoF and even then the distance is possibly more important than the aperture.

"Using the FZ200 1/2.3-inch sensor on its 4.5-108mm is a cheat to get the same field of view as a 24-600mm on a 35mm frame and f/2.8 on either will put the same amount of light per unit area down on each one."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:05 UTC as 158th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (157 comments in total)

I have to say, I find the images soft and either grainy or noisy (depending on how you look at it, perhaps?) at 100%. Lots of chroma noise/speckles on the airplane wings, etc., extreme softness/fuzziness on items in the vender's stall, etc.

I do a lot of shooting with an FZ150, often at several hundred yards with full zoom, and these images are a bit disappointing by comparison, when you consider that the FZ1000 has a 4x larger sensor (in terms of area) and 20mp (vs. 12mp for the FZ150).

Coming at it from the other end, I also do a lot of shooting with a GH3 (MFT, 16mp) with a 100-300mm (again, often at long range and full zoom) and these images are quite a bit less crisp, and exhibit more grain/noise. I wouldn't expect equivalence, but I would think they would be closer.

The FZ1000 definitely has a great feature set, including very good zoom range and 4K video, but quite frankly I am having second thoughts due to the fact that IQ doesn't seem to live up to sensor specs.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 19:25 UTC as 1st comment
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (227 comments in total)
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dwm2020: I fail to see how the RX10 is considered a 'compact' camera, beside it having a small sensor.

Why is the sony different from other Bridge cameras and not considered one?

So a poster asks a reasonable question (why is RX10 in the "compact" list and not the "bridge" list--which, for the record, is where most review sites have it) and some troll immediately asserts that he is clueless, and ignorant of the "art of photography." So he responds, expressing his displeasure, and then he gets flamed for being "disrespectful" and "misguided"? And someone else asks why get bent out of shape over categories?
Seems clear enough: poster takes offense at the dumb wisecrack made by a jerk troll. Poster uses irony to express irritation.
Still no answer from smart-ace troll to very simple question.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 00:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1221 comments in total)
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snegron2: Beautiful design, great lens, but like the FZ-50 (which I still own) the details look smeared. In the studio comparison section check out the green blades of grass (or feathers?). The smeared details at ISO 400 are very similar to what my old FZ50 would produce. As I mentioned here when I wrote about my FZ50, I wish I had the technical expertise to swap out the FZ50's sensor with that of a better performing sensor. Even my old LX3 could out-resolve my FZ-50. This time around I think I can get equal or better results from my mirrorless G5.

Menneisyys:
Remember the parable of the frog in the well, or the blind men and the elephant. People with limited knowledge and/or experience will not present rational propositions, and may not understand yours because they can't conceive of what they haven't experienced (or thought about).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 17:37 UTC
On Just posted: Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS Review preview (103 comments in total)
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dannormal: Why do all you reviewers not tell the truth. That is, you cannot see the LCD screen when in sunlight. This simple truth that the reviewers are well aware of makes these rugged cameras a dismal failure. Spew out all the specs and image quality blah blah blah but ignore thw fact that not only does the user have to point and hope, they also can not change any settings because they cant read the screen in daylight. I own a brand new Olympus TG2 and it is unusable because of this

papanatas seems to be a very appropriate handle. Why indulge in snarky mind-reading? Evidently both the OP and his daughter have higher standards.
I also had the TG2 and found it lacking in many areas, including very poor IQ both in and out of water, erratic AF, and poor LCD visibility (or lack thereof). My Canon D10 had much better IQ, and for me the screen was easier to see in comparable conditions. The TG2 went back.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 03:34 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Real-world Samples Gallery article (86 comments in total)

I found something very odd at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cameralabs/12322392155/in/photostream/
There is a bird (?) that appears to have artifacts caused by video interlacing--except it was supposedly from a still shot. What could cause this?
I would add a screenshot but I can't see any way to do so.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2014 at 21:52 UTC as 4th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Real-world Samples Gallery article (86 comments in total)

Serious jaggies on most of the images if you click "zoom in." FZ150 never did this, nor did the LF1--so it can't be blamed on the 1/2.3" sensor. Is it due to excessive pixel density and tiny pixel size? Or something in the way the camera was set up? Images by Camera Labs don't seem to have this flaw.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2014 at 21:36 UTC as 5th comment
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (214 comments in total)
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emilclick: Ineresting here that the title of the article is about G6 review and I don't see something like this. Article have few informations like comon anounce about G6 And the comments is all the world around about but not G6. It is a Olimpus fan group. About Fujifilm vs. Olimpus. Something about Canon Eos M and many others including Sony NEX and Samsung NX but nothing about G6. Is a big disappointment becose I come here to find something new, interesting or triks about G6 and I read with much ptience all 205 comments for nothing.

Richard,
FYI, Here is where I found the link to a "review" of this camera:
http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=panasonic_dmcg6&products=panasonic_dmcgh3
I have to agree that it was misleading (not a big deal; I will search for the actual review which I'm sure is on the site).
...
Update:
This has escalated from a minor irritation to a medium one. Here's another way to fail to find an actual review of the G6:
http://www.dpreview.com/search/?query=g6&product=panasonic_dmcg6
It's becoming time-wasting.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 10:04 UTC
On Sony a6000 Review preview (706 comments in total)
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pew pew: I´m saving for this camera mainly for video. Its almost perfect with great image no moire and aliasing issues that other cameras have, tons of controls and options , awsome af, ability to tweak the af speed on video for smooth transitions, I can´t find anything on par for 650$.

You are right about the price point, but the price on new GH3s has dropped dramatically since the GH4 came out, and you might take a look at the GH3. Video offers more options and is of outstanding quality. Plus you have a wider choice of lenses.
I own both cameras (a6000 and GH3) so I'm not pushing one over the other--but for some situations, like long-range action video, I prefer the GH3 with 100-300mm lens. I keep hoping Sony will do like almost every other manufacturer and make a reasonably sized zoom lens of at least 300mm on the long end. 55-300mm would be nice. 210mm is a little short for many uses.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
On Shockproof flagship: Olympus 'drops' new Tough TG-3 article (106 comments in total)

Still no significant manual control, still no RAW, still no 1080p60 video (for hybrid photography, slo-mo options for surf and other outdoor action shooting), still no VF for out-of-water use (like in a boat, or on land, or on a surfboard). Main "improvement" is cramming still more pixels onto a tiny sensor. To what purpose?

Maybe someday Panasonic or somebody (doesn't seem that Oly has the intention to do so) will make a waterproof, 5x zoom version of the FZ150 or FZ200, which has all of the above except the pixel overload.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 01:02 UTC as 3rd comment
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (332 comments in total)
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Photographer Jonathan: so many people wish for an Olympus full frame mirrorless, that this joke isn't funny, I thought we were past all the April fools bullcrap, so I was reading it thinking, wow, is it really possible that Olympus is going all out in the camera market, because i think if they really make this FF OMD, it would sell like crazy, it would probably be the best Ff on the market, but the whole time I was reading it, I was thinking that maybe this is another April fools joke, but I was hoping because it was on Dpreview, that maybe it had some weight, Dpreview you suck, and Canon and Nikon you suck also, for not making a killer full frame mirrorless camera, or even a great APSC one, now I want to see what this rumored Sony A7s is all about, or is that just another joke

Mistakenly posted the following in response to another comment, but it won't hurt anyone to repeat it:
You may be in a minority, but you are 100% right. Hoaxes and practical jokes are childish, dysfunctional and basically antisocial. In many countries, they are rightly considered a sign of internal mental/emotional problems. Unfortunately, not in the U.S.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 00:35 UTC
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (332 comments in total)
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Dvlee: OK. You got me! I can laugh now but I can hardly express how excited I was when I first started reading it, and how disappointed I was to learn it was just a joke. Taken in light of the recent introduction of a full frame, 36mpx mirrorless camera by Sony, it was totally plausible the Olympus could do the same.

So, April Fools Jokery Rule Number One: Never lead one on to think they are getting something they really, really want, like; a marriage proposal, a new car, or a high megapixel, full frame Olympus that will accept legacy lenses! The disappointment of realizing it was just a joke negates the humor of it.

That was just mean, especially for an old OM-1 shooter who has been nothing but disappointed with the cameras that Olympus has been making.

And now a few days later, the review is being quoted across the web without mention it was a joke and a few photo forums are all abuzz about this. Oops! DPR has started a rumor.

Wouldn’t it be funny if Olympus has one in the works?

You may be in a minority, but you are 100% right. Hoaxes and practical jokes are childish, dysfunctional and basically antisocial. In many countries, they are rightly considered a sign of internal mental/emotional problems. Unfortunately, not in the U.S.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 00:35 UTC
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zoranT: Who keeps buying this bulky, generic, plastic stuff?

generic...
god forbid the fashion police should be offended.
Many of us use cameras to take pictures, not make fashion statements.
plastic...
If you like to drop your camera, by all means get the heaviest, most bulletproof one you can find. If you have the coordination and good sense to take care of your kit, it really won't matter. BTW bulletproof vests are not made of metal.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 17:07 UTC
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Dimit: And the PLACTICITY OSCAR goes to...Nikon D3300Yeah..bravo..horray..congrats!%$*&

"plasticity oscar"
And your point is? If you like to drop your camera, by all means get the heaviest, most bulletproof one you can find. If you have the coordination and good sense to take care of your kit, it really won't matter. BTW bulletproof vests are not made of metal.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 17:05 UTC
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Michel F: Wooptidoo Nikon ! Another entry level handicapped camera for the DX beginners. And another entry level DX kit lens ! Thanks for blissfully ignoring the serious DX shooters yet again.

"another entry level DX kit lens!"
Gee, here's a thought: don't buy the kit lens, buy a different lens and put it on. A "serious" shooter should be smart enough to figure that out. BTW this "handicapped" camera has better video specs than the D7100 and also larger cache size for RAW.
Engage brain before putting mouth in gear.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 17:00 UTC
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