Kawika Nui

Kawika Nui

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On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (250 comments in total)
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Timmbits: DO NOT BUY ANY OF THESE!!! is the best advice I can give you.

I purchased the best of the past years' roundups, the Panasonic, figuring that it should be a little bit better than the dismal tiny-sensor cameras out there.
Boy was I wrong, and it was wasted money. It became an expensive hand-me-down for my 8 year old girl - at least she can drop it, we can take it out on the inflatable kayak, and she is delighted with all she does with it (stop motion video, pictures of her dog...) and she's just too delighted to discover what she can do with a camera to worry about IQ.

If you are to get yourself a waterproof camera, get at least something with a 1" sensor or larger if any are available. I haven't researched this in the past months, but I do remember Nikon has the waterproof version of their Nikon-1. That is what you should get.

If you're going to have crappy image quality that these things deliver, you may as well just get the Sony waterproof smartphone and use that instead.

Timmbits,
Interesting comment about smartphones. I gave up on "tough" cameras due to the horrendous IQ; I came to this page (again) today after googling "tough cam vs. waterproof smart phone."
So far it looks like smartphones are winning in this category.
BTW, the Nikon 1 AW1 was pulled from the US market but still available in Japan. However, with no IS (did they assume that it wasn't needed underwater) there's little point to it since above-water (did they assume no one would ever take it out of the water?) capability will be reduced.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 10:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (584 comments in total)

It's an old review, but never to late to wonder about it...
"Good for: Those seeking excellent photo and video quality..."
"Not so good for: ...video enthusiasts..."
Huh?
The video is great; just as good as my GH3 (and that is very good).
Maybe the review is referring to the lack of IBIS in vid mode? Simple: use the same Panny lenses you would use with GH3 or GH4. Definitely a non-issue.
Also, the GX7 has a fantastic sensor crop "Extended Tele" function. Zero loss of quality, still full HD, and a 2.4x extension of apparent focal length. 300mm is already 600mm equivalent; now it is over 1200mm. And the Panny in-lens IS is plenty good enough for hand-held 1080/60p vids of surfers half a mile out.

BTW, the EVF issue seems to be either user- or copy-related; I am very picky and have had zero problems. Love using the EVF for outdoor action shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 03:34 UTC as 18th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (584 comments in total)
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Donnie AI: Hi guys,

Sorry if this will sound dumb, I have no experience yet with any four thirds camera and I am planning to get this unit next year. I just wanted to ask if this camera can accommodate Olympus Micro-Four Thirds lenses? Or do I need an adapter for it?

I am planning to buy this and a Olympus 45mm f/1.8 and I want to be sure it is compatible. Sorry if this has been asked already.

Thanks in advance.

You can use the Oly lenses, but remember that:
1. GX7 IBIS isn't as robust as Oly,
2. GX7 IBIS does not work in video mode.
It is much safer to stick with Panny lenses since they all have IS and this works perfectly in ALL shooting situations with the GX7.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 03:31 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (584 comments in total)
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Thatcannonguy: Getting pretty $#%#$^- off by now. Searched everywhere but i can't set my GX7 to 60p... Anyone ? Please ?

You can use the Quick Menu (button on the back of the camera).
Push the Q menu button.
Toggle L/R to the video setting (you can use control wheel and/or 4-way controller around the rear button), then
Use down toggle to get into the setting, then
Toggle L/R to get the speed you want.
Takes about 5 seconds. You will love the vid quality of this camera. And 60p gives very nice slomo. I always shoot AVCHD 60p. It's great.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 03:29 UTC
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (250 comments in total)
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SLOHarmer: Has anyone tried out the Olympus dive housing for the TG-3? I read that Ikelite just produced a dive housing for this camera, and I am curious how the two stack against each other.
Thanks.

Serious divers don't always stop at 40ft, and going through surf can create sudden pressure changes. Also, a certain percentage of TG cameras do leak at even shallow depths.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 06:21 UTC
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (250 comments in total)
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Bowest: Is there any other camera that is water resistant that could just be used not for underwater but in rain.

There are a lot of weatherproof cameras, but they cost more, and they are usually bigger and heavier. GH3, etc. On the other hand, you can get far better images, and great video with them. Google "weather proof" or "weather sealed" cameras and see what comes up.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 06:20 UTC
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (250 comments in total)

The IQ of the first sample photo (dock, boats, etc.) at full size is beyond bad, it's awful. OK for email sharing, but no way could you do even an 8x10in print of anything detailed, much less do any cropping/enlarging.
Oh, well, maybe next year...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 06:18 UTC as 3rd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (474 comments in total)
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Ruy Penalva: I think, besides the poor lens inventory, it is not a camera for serious still shooters.

RichRMA,
You may be missing the point. When some people talk about lack of lenses, they don't mean that they need a dozen lenses in their kit. They mean that key lenses that they or others often tend to use (for example, 55-300mm) are missing from the product line. (And yes, I know that 55-300mm is not in the range you mentioned, but it's a lens that I know and use--with a Pentax--and I don't feel like researching the lineup to provide the best possible theoretical example in some other range.)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 03:30 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (474 comments in total)
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Vesku: Thanks for review.

I have GH4 and I like it very much
I still want to add some things to CONS conclusion:

-Many important menu items can not set to Fn-buttons
-Exposure values are not shown in video mode
-Badly behaving lenses in video. 14-140mm II OIS jitters, aperture jumps and zooming is very unparfocal.
-Auto iso in M photo mode has no EV-control
-JPG engine is not very good, RAW photos are much better
-Some ergonomic issues like review-button in wrong side
-AF lock button is not working logically (cant use during video)

There is an error in review about video AF. Review says:

"in video mode....... the AFS/AFF and AFC positions both behave in the same manner... "

If AF lever is in AFC position the focus hunts wildly before record starting and causes usually first seconds of video out of focus. IF lever is in AFS position video starts normally. I think this is a bug.It would be an easy task for FW update to ignore AFC position and change it to work like AFS in video mode.

Vesku,
I think the 14-140mm lens is the problem, not the GH4. That lens did not work well on my GH3 or my GX7, so I sent it back. It might be more acceptable at a really cheap price, but when I bought it the price was close to $700 and it behaved like a $300 lens.

Can you provide detail on which important items can't be included on Fn buttons? With the GH3 and GX7, all the major things seem pretty well covered (except, of course, that one can never have enough buttons). To get around that I set up C1 and C2 to cover additional key functions. And you already have WB, etc. on dedicated controls.

Finally, the AF lock might be a defect. Do you need to set it to stay on (in the control menu) first, as you do on the GX7? I found that it was a bit odd to figure out, but once I did it's great. Also the Manual Focus assist in the GX7 is nice and I'm hoping the GH4 has the same.

AFC: rarely reliable, but GX7 doesn't do random hunting like some cameras (Sony A77ii, for example).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 03:23 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (823 comments in total)
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StefanD: Is it me, or are those leaves in the background of the sample picture under "Image Quality" plain ugly and very distracting?
I find that picture very unpleasant to look at.

For some reason I wasn't able to activate a larger size image, but the foliage did look blobby in the crop. The foreground was also very soft. Again, I'm not able to activate any of the normal viewing features on the "IQ" page, so it's hard to say.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 16:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (823 comments in total)
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yfan: I am torn apart by deciding which one to buy, LX100 or G7 X. I am not surprised that LX100 gets Gold Award. But at the end, size matters, I decide to go with G7X. The one in your pocket is the one get used, instead of another nice camera sitting on the bookshelf. Too bad Panasonic can not make it smaller. It seems that they can fit a large sensor into a small body, but not a large lens.

Harold66, you are absolutely correct. The GM5, for example, is simply too small for many people. For many (including myself) the GX7 is about as small as they care to go. Even at that it's pretty easy to hit buttons--or the touch screen--by mistake and miss a shot.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 16:19 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (823 comments in total)

I just bought a new GX7 for under $700; since I already have Panny OIS lenses it was an easy choice. Small, light, great features. The GX7 is probably going to replace my GH3 as my "go-to" camera. Almost all the same features, and much more convenient due to the size.

Extended Tele Converter feature is great: a 1:1 sensor crop that allows for an extra 2.4x zoom with video; also 1.4x with 8mp stills (or 2x with 5mp stills). The GH3 doesn't have this (instead, in the "ETC" mode you get HD video Lite, and the stills look very degraded to my eye).

The only thing I wish the GX7 had is 4K capablity. Maybe in a GX8 (or GX10 to keep up with the other numbers)?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 16:16 UTC as 96th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (584 comments in total)
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aytackurtuba: Hello, I want to buy a new camera but I could'nt decide between Olympus Om-d E-m10 & Panasonic GX7 ... I take amateur video clip, for that I need manual control on video mode and focus peaking on video mode, I think they are in GX7 , but it hasn't image stabilisation on video mode, if I use 20 mm is it possible ? And has GX7 selectable color on photo or video mode , do you know ? They are important for me, manuel control and IS on video mode, and focus peaking and selectable color mode on video mode and timelapse mode ... Olympus omd em10 hasn't focus peaking on video and selectable color on video ... And I wonder that again Olympus omd em10 has manuel control on video mode ?

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Panasonic has better video quality and controls. (I sent back an E-M1 due to very poor video IQ.) If you're going to shoot hand-held video, you will probably want to get a Panasonic lens so you can have IS. I've shot a lot of video (including one set of clips that ended up on a DVD) hand-held with a GH3 and Panny 45-175mm and also 100-300mm, no problems at all, even at full zoom. Use the EVF (that's why I went mirrorless in the first place) and use your body like a tripod with the camera securely held close to your face. With an unstabilized 20mm you probably could get away with hand-held provided you don't have (a lot of) stationary shots. But it really seems better to get what you need and get a Panny lens. The Panasonic video is just much better--great detail and 60p makes for very smooth footage in slomo.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 04:14 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (584 comments in total)
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Songline: I was going to order the GX7 but see they have released the LX100 which looks really nice but slightly limiting. The 4k video is really tempting. Now I am wondering if I should wait for the GX7 upgrade. I usually don't like these types of threads and apologize for it. Any guesses when the next version might be released?

Forgot to mention: try reading this article to help you decide:
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/0540594623/opinion-why-buy-a-panasonic-lx100-when-you-could-buy-a-gx7

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 10:11 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (584 comments in total)
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Songline: I was going to order the GX7 but see they have released the LX100 which looks really nice but slightly limiting. The 4k video is really tempting. Now I am wondering if I should wait for the GX7 upgrade. I usually don't like these types of threads and apologize for it. Any guesses when the next version might be released?

If you will be happy with no way to use prime lenses or choose a different range of focal lengths the LX100 might be a good choice.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 09:53 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (584 comments in total)
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Zeyeman: I can't find info. on the exposure information included in the EVF, like shutter speed, f-stop, exp. comp. etc... or is that not visible (only on the 3" screen)?

According to the manual (page 71 of the full version, page 27 of the basic version) you can set it up to see the same info on the LCD and the EVF. Press "Disp" button on back of camera, then choose "Monitor" display style.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 09:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (584 comments in total)

Posted in error, and no way to delete. Program insists on having something in the box; even though I delete all of it the last words posted will remain.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 09:37 UTC as 21st comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (584 comments in total)
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simp1yamazn: So I'm looking at the GX7, A6000, and OM-D E-M10. I think I'm leaning towards the m4/3 due to larger selection and seemingly better quality/value of the lenses. So that leaves the GX7 and E-M10. From what I can tell the GX7 has better video capabilities but does not employ the IBIS when recording video. Realistically, without IS I would probably get better video from the E-M10 simply because shaking would render video nearly useless with any kind of zoom. However, the E-M10's 1080/30 video recording with no option for 24p or 720/60 is stupid. So my question is this, if using the GX7 to record video and the LENS has image stabilization, is the IS deactivated for both body and lens? Or would this be a possible solution assuming I buy a lens with OIS? Thanks!

No IBIS in video only hurts with non-IS lenses. Panasonic lenses have built-in IS which will still function with all modes of the GX7. Unless you already own Oly lenses, this should not be a problem. The Panny 45-175mm and 100-300mm mft lenses are excellent for hand-held video at all focal lengths.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 01:53 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X Review preview (412 comments in total)
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Peng Bian: It's obvious Canon skimped on the processing unit to cut down on costs. The RAW shooters will have a hard time swallowing the continuous shooting speed.

For whatever reason, Canon usually seems to regard decent continuous shooting rate as an afterthought. (The G16 is a notable exception.) It's a shame, because their products are so good in many other respects.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 11:18 UTC
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Paul Kersey Photography: A good use of an m43 sensor. One can live with the sensor limitations when using this in lieu of a point and shoot and/or iPhone.

And your point is...?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2014 at 03:45 UTC
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