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retro76

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On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)
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peevee1: With similar E-PM2 kits at $250, Nikon thinks people are going to line up for V3's inferior image quality at 4 times the price. Riiight...

Thank you peevee1, you just proved my points. I actually have written raw conversion software, so I do know a thing or two about dynamic range. There is such a thing as highlight dynamic range, it's the range above the midtone point, some camera's deal with this area better than others. You noted DXOs score which is problematic and proves my point: How much of the dynamic range is in the shadows vs. highlights ? You also note the DXO color score, this score isn't about color accuracy, it's about color depth which are two different things. Everyone including dpreview notes that while Olympus color is attractive (subjective), it's also not accurate. Noise is also a problem, you can see visible smearing at high ISO on Olympus sensors whereas Nikon shows a very tight grain pattern (film like) which is more easily dealt with in post. DXO scores are flawed but it's no use, people follow the pied piper, no one thinks for themselves anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 18:24 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)
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peevee1: With similar E-PM2 kits at $250, Nikon thinks people are going to line up for V3's inferior image quality at 4 times the price. Riiight...

Do you even know what you are talking about ? The V3 image quality is not inferior to the EMP2. In fact, the performance of the 1 inch sensor is better (better dynamic range in highlights, tighter noise performance, realistic color rendition). The EMP2 is garbage, I had one - poor build, poor Af, poor LCD.

The only people buying these crappy m43 cameras are old people on these forums, I have yet to see one in public.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 15:49 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)
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AngryCorgi: I don't hate this camera. I think it "looks" sexy with the grip on it. But the price remains stupid given its performance. It simply is outclassed in terms of IQ by just about everything.

The camera has the fastest AF on the market, matching that of Nikon and Canon's most professional DLSRs. Sensor aside, the price is justifiable. The only thing outclassing the IQ of this sensor is APS-C at the moment.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 15:32 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)
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Forever Young: Marketing 101: Create artificial shortage to make your product more appealing.

It wasn't an artificial shortage, Nikon really didn't expect the Nikon 1 line to sell as well as it has overseas.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 15:30 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Guaranteed that the V3's IQ is NOTICEABLY worse than Olympus E-PM2 @ISO 3200 and up based on DPR's Low-light sample shots.

FWIW: The old Olympus E-PM2 has almost the same size as this V3, and it is little over $300 with 14-42mm Lens.

http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Interchangeable-Digital-Camera-14-42mm/dp/B0096WDAIM/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A3B4Z38NE2DSQY

LOL, the EMP2 is junk. Poor build, slow AF, poor LCD screen.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 13:39 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Everyone has different preferences. The real question is... who is this camera designed for?

This camera is confusing.

It is bigger than it needs to be. So it isn't the best design for a compact carry camera. It is more expensive than some semi-pro DSLRs are, so it isn't a good value. Is this camera worth more than an E-M5 or an X-E2 or a NEX-6? Because it sure costs more.

It uses a cell phone memory card, for some reason that no one can seem to understand. Perhaps they just wanted it to be different?

Having a separate and "optional EVF" might seem like a good idea on paper, but in reality it just creates the need to carry something else around. Something that could be lost, dropped or misplaced. This might be why Olympus has been more successful with their OMD line than their Pen line.

To me, it looks like this camera only makes sense for a Nikon fan who wants a "companion camera" for his Nikon DSLR, and cannot tolerate any other brand name sitting in his camera bag.

"Everyone has different preferences. The real question is... who is this camera designed for?"

Obviously not for you

"This camera is confusing."

I think you are the one who is confused.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 13:32 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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SLOOPB: One has to really go out of their way to prefer this camera to other options available.

How so ? Honestly I have owned several mirrorless cameras over the last year and there is not perfect option. I bought a Nikon J3 with low expectations but it's the only mirrorless body I have owned that could capture focused pictures of my kids moving. I can use the entire line of Nikon lenses with this camera with no performance penalty. My former Fuji XE1 had poor focusing, my former OMD EM5 suffered from shutter shock and the build quality was quite poor (paint peeling to the LCD cracking). I had a Sony NEX 3N which had great IQ, but lens options are limited and expensive. It's subjective but the Nikon 1 line is probably the most balanced in terms of performance and quality and the 1 inch sensor is obviously where the market is heading.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 13:12 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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retro76: One things these images don't convey is just how amazing the Nikon 1 sensor is when shooting raw.. I shoot raw and process my J2 images with Aperture and the images are very hard to discern from APS-C sensors at low ISO sans a hint of noise. Of course at higher ISOs the bigger sensors perform better no doubt. One thing worth noting is when I process Canon 60D, OMD-EM5, and my Nikon 1 files one thing I do notice is how much better the dynamic range is (in highlights) compared to the Canon and Olympus sensors.

Please point out the threads to me, maybe I have missed something along the way. I owned the OMD EM5 and the highlights were quite poor from this camera (shadows were great). I have contemplated going and trying m4/3rds again, but to convince me I need to see more than DXO data that shows that this camera has good dynamic range.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 20:13 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

One things these images don't convey is just how amazing the Nikon 1 sensor is when shooting raw.. I shoot raw and process my J2 images with Aperture and the images are very hard to discern from APS-C sensors at low ISO sans a hint of noise. Of course at higher ISOs the bigger sensors perform better no doubt. One thing worth noting is when I process Canon 60D, OMD-EM5, and my Nikon 1 files one thing I do notice is how much better the dynamic range is (in highlights) compared to the Canon and Olympus sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 18:00 UTC as 126th comment | 5 replies
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retro76: People don't want another monthly bill, it's just something else to drain the bank account every month, even if it is only $10. Adobe would be one better to simply lower their existing prices, I think you would see huge profits with a larger user base simply by selling PS for $99 which is where the price needs to be. Subscription models are for the most part a failure (sans products like Netflix, but video content is a different model). people want ownership and when times are tough or something needs to go that monthly bill will be the first thing out the door. I switched from Adobe to other products and to be honest, I am not missing a thing - if they want me back they simply need to sell products outright at lower prices with an affordable upgrade path.

I should note, average joe consumer which represents about 90% of the market is happy as can be using a .99 cent app on his/her tablet to edit pictures, so IMHO the future of Adobe looks very bleak.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 22:59 UTC

People don't want another monthly bill, it's just something else to drain the bank account every month, even if it is only $10. Adobe would be one better to simply lower their existing prices, I think you would see huge profits with a larger user base simply by selling PS for $99 which is where the price needs to be. Subscription models are for the most part a failure (sans products like Netflix, but video content is a different model). people want ownership and when times are tough or something needs to go that monthly bill will be the first thing out the door. I switched from Adobe to other products and to be honest, I am not missing a thing - if they want me back they simply need to sell products outright at lower prices with an affordable upgrade path.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 22:55 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
On 2014 iPhone Photography Awards winners announced article (102 comments in total)
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Just another Canon shooter: I can understand the interest in cellphone photography ... but i-only photography competition is an advertising campaign. I hope that dpreview gets paid for posting those pictures.

The iPhone consistently ranks as the most used device for taking pictures according to Flickr. Apple definitely has the market in terms of photography related apps. Lightroom mobile is only available on the Apple platform.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 14:33 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)

It's a super zoom, not going to convince me otherwise.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 21:35 UTC as 26th comment
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)
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retro76: Really nice samples, surprisingly a step above what I have seen from m43rds.

I agree about FX (and you can add Sony NEX as well to the mix). That being said I have never been impressed with m4/3rds IQ, I am former owner.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)

Really nice samples, surprisingly a step above what I have seen from m43rds.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 11:25 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
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Jogger: This seems more like an advertorial, no? There's even the same gear advertised for sale right below the article... all links to Amazon. Amazing.

Yes, but some people like myself when reading an article like to click on the links to see price and availability for gear.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:25 UTC
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retro76: The pictures are good, but the limitation of a smaller sensor really shows it's big disadvantage - the crowd is still somewhat in focus taking away from the subject matter. I use mirrorless myself and while DOF doesn't always bother me, it's apparent this is a limitation to the format.

I should point out that lens blur simulation has become pretty amazing in post process, so maybe my comment is moot.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:23 UTC
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SanPedro: Considering you can get an 8Gb usb/micro USB flash drive for less than $10, that's a ton of money for an app that will sync your files.

And all because Apple can't/won't fit a micro SD card slot.

I transfer my pictures wirelessly from my iPhone to Mac or PC. Cards and cables are so last year.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:18 UTC

The pictures are good, but the limitation of a smaller sensor really shows it's big disadvantage - the crowd is still somewhat in focus taking away from the subject matter. I use mirrorless myself and while DOF doesn't always bother me, it's apparent this is a limitation to the format.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2014 at 14:24 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)

The website is beautiful as always, any chance we will see a native iOS app in the future ?

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 11:29 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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