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On Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down article (291 comments in total)
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Sonyshine: Canon and Nikon especially keep on churning out the same old cameras with annual 'updates'.

When are they going to really take a long hard look at the ease of use and convenience of a smartphone and start to bring all of those features to their cameras?

Proper WIFI, editing, GPS, mapping, linking to Facebook, Instagram, APPs, Decent touchscreens, 4k Video, etc etc.

Why not rethink lenses and lens mounts?

Why not some pioneering mirrorless from Canon and Nikon?

The longer they try and protect their existing concepts the more outdated they appear.

Its not just Canon and Nikon - ALL the manufacturers need to wake up to 21st century realities!

"Why not rethink lenses and lens mounts?"

What is wrong with Canon lenses and lens mounts? Details, please.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 18:45 UTC
On DPReview Readers' best shots of 2014 article (47 comments in total)

Excellent photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 22:01 UTC as 31st comment
On Hands-on with Nikon's new D5500 article (268 comments in total)
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joyclick: How long will the "SLR' survive?

@Nindy5 "next cam for me is lx100, that is money well spent"

How do you know it is money well spent if you haven't used it yet?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 01:36 UTC
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CameraLabTester: When consumers (not professionals) consider SIZE as a major factor: MIRRORLESS will kick in.

Oops! It already has!

PROS: big and bulky

CONSUMERS: small, comfortable, and wise. (smart too)

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"When consumers get wise, everyone will start wearing children's shoes. They're lighter, smaller, and cheaper."

Lee Jay, that's true (and witty to boot). However, one thing camera makers could do (which I would dearly love) is to lower the weight of the cameras while preserving their size. I know it's not an easy task, but I don't mind plastic fantastic (for the most part, modern plastic wear as well as old-fashioned metal cameras), but like you, I do like ergonomically proper shape.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 03:08 UTC
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Yurko40a: No FF still?

"You like to argue just to argue?"

No, I am just not buying your arguments.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 07:35 UTC
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Yurko40a: No FF still?

"when MF continue to decrease in price to the point that other players might join in, Pentax will be ahead."

You mean by staying in the intensely profitable APS-C niche where prices do not decrease?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 22:39 UTC
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Yurko40a: No FF still?

"people here would complain about not being as good as Canikon anyway"

Your faith in Pentax is heart warming.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 21:28 UTC
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Roadrunnerdeluxe: Sorry Pentax, but I will jump ship if there won't be a FF by this year. D750 is too tempting.

"There will be no FF camera from Pentax. Deal with it."

You should work in marketing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 19:54 UTC
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Yurko40a: No FF still?

"There's already Canikon and Sony deep in FF. If you want FF. go with those."

I am sure Ricoh marketing appreciates your telling people not to bother with Pentax.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 19:51 UTC
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PicOne: Some great photos and a really nice project presentation. A good message near the end to everyone along the lines of 'you can do this too'.

That said, I don't understand the photographer's branding of the endeavor with the blatant Sony Alpha tie-in. It seems a bit self effacing.. in other words he's trying to make the camera the hero and not himself.

I prefer a beer mug personally engraved by the E development team, or is it the 'A Team' now, I forget? It would be more useful than a G-string on an old fart. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 06:54 UTC
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PicOne: Some great photos and a really nice project presentation. A good message near the end to everyone along the lines of 'you can do this too'.

That said, I don't understand the photographer's branding of the endeavor with the blatant Sony Alpha tie-in. It seems a bit self effacing.. in other words he's trying to make the camera the hero and not himself.

Yes, I had a couple of Canon compact cameras in the past, who didn't. I find it hard to develop an undying loyalty to a long gone A610 (or my wife's long gone G11). My favorite camera of yore (past the film days) was Olympus 3040Z. Should I wear Olympus t-shirt now?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 04:38 UTC
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PicOne: Some great photos and a really nice project presentation. A good message near the end to everyone along the lines of 'you can do this too'.

That said, I don't understand the photographer's branding of the endeavor with the blatant Sony Alpha tie-in. It seems a bit self effacing.. in other words he's trying to make the camera the hero and not himself.

@Lensmate -- Facepalm. What in the world are you talking about?

For your information I use Sony and Fujifilm, not that it makes any difference, those are tools, period.

Where did you even get this nonsense? Too much in your pipe?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 04:09 UTC
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PicOne: Some great photos and a really nice project presentation. A good message near the end to everyone along the lines of 'you can do this too'.

That said, I don't understand the photographer's branding of the endeavor with the blatant Sony Alpha tie-in. It seems a bit self effacing.. in other words he's trying to make the camera the hero and not himself.

"I don't understand the photographer's branding of the endeavor with the blatant Sony Alpha tie-in."

It helps generate publicity. Who knows if DPR or others would have given it a time of day otherwise.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2014 at 22:02 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 comments in total)
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Scales USA: I remember when jpeg replaced gif images. It was painful.

Changing over the web browser infrastructure will be much more difficult than it was in the early 1990's. It was a clear choice due to very limited bandwidth, but the image quality suffered due to artifacts.

I'd go for a new standard, but likely won't live long enough to see it.

"You don't have to, there's a javascript decoder. Nice, isn't it?"

No, it isn't. But it doesn't matter, it would be transparent to the users with browser updates supporting the new format - IF it gets adopted.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 21:54 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 comments in total)
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Scales USA: I remember when jpeg replaced gif images. It was painful.

Changing over the web browser infrastructure will be much more difficult than it was in the early 1990's. It was a clear choice due to very limited bandwidth, but the image quality suffered due to artifacts.

I'd go for a new standard, but likely won't live long enough to see it.

"Changing over the web browser infrastructure will be much more difficult than it was in the early 1990's."

Why? With automatic updates, no one would even notice when their browser started supporting yet another graphics format. It would be completely transparent to the consumer of the image.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 07:32 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 comments in total)
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Tom Holly: Not a good enough improvement. We really need FIF. Only fractal algorithms are a genuine answer in today's ultra megapixel environment.

@SmilerGrogan: http://www.math.psu.edu/tseng/class/Fractals.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal_compression

And here is a discussion from 14 years ago where people were wondering what happened to FIF (yes, it's old):

http://ask.slashdot.org/story/00/09/09/180219/what-has-happened-to-fractal-image-compression

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 02:48 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 comments in total)
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Ozyxy: We already have PNG which is perfect. PNG can replace JPEG, why can't digital photography move to PNG? We don't need any more lossy compression because the internet is fast now and hard drives are big enough. We should focus on maximizing quality rather than compressing the pictures.

"We don't need any more lossy compression because the internet is fast now"

I don't think you understand how much more data would have to be transferred in PNGs. It is not going to happen any time soon.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 02:42 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (206 comments in total)
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iAPX: Lol!

Is it April's fool day?!?
That's exactly as if someone is proposing an incompatible alternative to HTML, and even for that purpose there's PNG that is supported by all major platforms.

No, it isn't the same at all. If Firefox and Chrome supported it, that would end the problem. You DO NOT require different markup language. I have no idea where you got that from.

The only issue could be legal challenges, as capanikon mentioned earlier.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 02:30 UTC
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nasuryono: Hi, I'm Andrew Suryono, the one who took the Orangutan picture #11. Just wanted to say thank you for all the kind words and support here.

If you want to see a bigger version of the image on the screen, you can view it at my SmugMug page >> http://photoseis.smugmug.com/Public/Portfolio/i-pDWdXjr/A

I'm glad to be a part of the wonderful DPReview community!

Cheers everyone!

My favorite so far. Nice catch, Andrew!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 19:04 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1235 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: Soft video lacks detail
iTR struggles to track fast moving subjects
Long screen blackout during live view shooting
No AF with continuous shooting in live view
No zebras to evaluate exposure
No focus peaking
No touch screen
No Wi-Fi
and no 4K.
Way to go Canon, the NX1 is going to eat your lunch.

Joe Ogiba:
"Way to go Canon, the NX1 is going to eat your lunch" AND "Clueless people buy cameras by sales numbers."

Joe, did you really mean to say that, in keeping with your first prediction, NX1 buyers are clueless? Because you just did.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 00:50 UTC
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