calmwaters

calmwaters

Lives in Canada New Brunswick, Canada
Works as a Writer
Joined on Dec 23, 2010
About me:

I like to explore and take pictures to chronicle my adventures. I prefer high end compacts and I'm always looking for that perfect camera. Maybe the Sony DSC-RX100-II will be my next one. Until then my Olympus XZ-1 will suffice.

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On First Impressions Review: Using the Canon PowerShot G16 article (351 comments in total)
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MarcMedios: It's a great little camera. Put a Leica logo on it and most of you guys who now criticize it would be salivating for it.

I have a Fuji X20 which cleanly outmatches the G16 in two areas which are important to me: shutter lag (the X20 has none) and small size. However, the G series is excellent; I've used several, a G10, G12, G14, G1X and they all perform admirably, much better than, say, the Leicas that are nothing but rebadged Lumixes.

I'd be curious as to how you used the G14 as Canon went from the G12 to the G15, skipping 13 and 14. Are you just making things up to sound impressive? I have used the G15 and just as the article says the shutter lag is pretty much nonexistent so your argument that the Fuji X20 outmatches the G16 is doubtful. While the Fuji is a fine camera I'm inclined to go with the Canon with its brighter lens and much better battery life.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2013 at 19:19 UTC
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PaulRivers: This is so lame.

Sony came out with the rx100 which put a much larger sensor in a slightly larger body.

Nikon came out with a phone camera that puts a slightly larger sensor (than the s100/s120) is a much smaller body.

Canon...once again makes petty updates to it's cameras. Oh - and they actually **raise** the retail price for their camera as well. The s120 is now $450? The s95 was $400. They haven't made improvements of any real significance since then.

Seriously, it's no wonder everyone just uses their phone cameras.

I really liked the look and the idea of the G1 X and thought about getting it. The AF was slow, so I heard from the reviews, and it wasn't a great low light camera. I prefer about 1.8 so I bought the Oly XZ-1. It's a great camera but I'd sure love to have the sensor size your G1X has. Do you know if they are going to put out a second model of it?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 17:03 UTC
On Just posted: Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS Review preview (105 comments in total)
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Sirandar: For a rugged camera the LCD seems terribly exposed with no cover. One scrape against a rock and the rugged camera would be near unusable ...

Where in your head did you ever think a scratch on the glass would make a camera unusable? Also, it is not a LCD it is an OLED screen.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2013 at 12:33 UTC
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Timmbits: Wow, one little thing in common with a real camera, and you guys all go crazy. Another inconsequential tiny sensor consumer camera.

Wow Timmbits, are you ever the camera snob. The social media and the mainstream are being dominated by photos and video taken by "tiny sensor consumer cameras" and phone cameras. Photo's taken by these cameras are being treated with the same respect as photo's taken by high end cameras. If these are not your cup of tea, that's ok, but, don't tell me they're inconsequential.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2013 at 16:39 UTC
On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (420 comments in total)

Now that Sony and Olympus have partnered I see great things in the future for Olympus cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2012 at 06:45 UTC as 114th comment
On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (420 comments in total)
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JagK: Completely agreed with the conclusions.

XZ-2 is an amazing camera with excellent images. I have the XZ-1, now if only olympus would tweak their JPEG engine a bit for the XZ-1, not sure if this can be done by a firmware update.

The lens same for XZ-1 and XZ-2 is amazing all the way from the center to the corners. None of the others can match this.

When in doubt pull up the image comparison tool and see for yourself.

I agree, I have the ZX-1 also and love the camera. Now if they could take the sensor from the RX100 and put that in the XZ-3 we might have the perfect compact.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2012 at 06:42 UTC
On Hands-on with Nikon V2 article (453 comments in total)
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Donnie G: When I look at this camera I see some Nikon styling cues that remind me of their film era F2 and F4 cameras, but mostly I see a Sony NEX with a 1" sensor and Nikon innards. Maybe I'm wrong, but that sure looks like the new Sony accessary shoe sitting atop the V2's EVF housing. Given the cosy relationship between Sony and Nikon, isn't it possible that they have started to share more than chips during product design and development?

If you think Oly is going belly up you're dreaming.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2012 at 12:06 UTC
On Hands-on with Nikon V2 article (453 comments in total)
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Donnie G: When I look at this camera I see some Nikon styling cues that remind me of their film era F2 and F4 cameras, but mostly I see a Sony NEX with a 1" sensor and Nikon innards. Maybe I'm wrong, but that sure looks like the new Sony accessary shoe sitting atop the V2's EVF housing. Given the cosy relationship between Sony and Nikon, isn't it possible that they have started to share more than chips during product design and development?

Seeing as Sony has partnered with Olympus I don't think so.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2012 at 21:02 UTC
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Jay Jenner: I think this looks like a brilliant little camera. I am very familiar with the excellent build quality of Olympus cameras and their stellar lenses. It is also very important to me how a camera handles and this looks like it would be a pleasure to shoot with. The grip is important, as is the lens ring and other manual controls
The cost is steep but not stupidly so. The larger sensor of the Sony is tempting for sure, and that looks like a super little camera, but all things considered I think I would rather have one of these.
It does help that I already have a couple of Oly flashes I guess.

Francis, the fact that you think the F1.8 Zuiko lens on the ZX-2 is lame is not a good indication of your camera knowledge. Read the Gold medal review for this camera here on this site if you want to learn something. Compare it to the Nikon and see if you still feel that way. Either way I know what I like.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 23:22 UTC
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Jay Jenner: I think this looks like a brilliant little camera. I am very familiar with the excellent build quality of Olympus cameras and their stellar lenses. It is also very important to me how a camera handles and this looks like it would be a pleasure to shoot with. The grip is important, as is the lens ring and other manual controls
The cost is steep but not stupidly so. The larger sensor of the Sony is tempting for sure, and that looks like a super little camera, but all things considered I think I would rather have one of these.
It does help that I already have a couple of Oly flashes I guess.

I have used my ZX-1 a lot and I have researched the Nikon and owned the Canon G7. The image quality is not there with the Nikon coolpix. Yes a longer zoom but the image quality doesn't hold a candle to the ZX-1. The Canon G-12 is close but again it can't beat the F1.8 Zuiko lens. The only thing that the G15 has over the ZX-2 is a longer zoom but the Oly has a tried and true lens with some other feaures that I think will be the decider for me. The price will come down. The ZX-1 was $595 asking and I got it for $495 in March of 2011.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 23:16 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 preview article (81 comments in total)
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justmeMN: My speculation is that Canon removed the articulated screen, for the sake of product differentiation.

If you want an articulated screen, Canon wants you to buy a (more expensive) G1 X.

@dgmessenger, yes this is true and while the G1X has a great sensor and produces very nice images it's not great in low light and pretty much useless for macro. That is why my picks, the ZX-2 and the G15 will always be sought after. It's very hard to find anything this compact for this price to do this kind of photography.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 23:06 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 preview article (81 comments in total)
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tutek: See the G7 in 2006. year. What has changed in 6 years? Almost nothing!

@YiannisPP, thank you for clarifying my thoughts. I also bought the Oly ZX-1 last year and the sensor is very similar. People need to realize that there are quite a few of us out there who like what these cameras do. As you pointed out, a larger sensor will not work with these small lens. If you put a APS-C behind these lens it would be all crop.
Anyway, while I like what Canon has done with the G15, the new ZX-2 is looking like the stronger candidate.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 22:57 UTC
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calmwaters: You can't have a fast bright camera that is compact with a big sensor. Look at the Canon G1 X. Big sensor, big lens, big camera and only a F-2.8. The whole point of the G 15 is the bright F1.8 lens. It's great in low light and for macro photos, boke etc. If that's not what you are looking for then buy a Sony or whatever. I will stick to my ZX-1 or maybe the new ZX-2 or the Canon G15. They do what I want my camera to do and with a small sensor. A bigger sensor will not fit behind these lens! Period!

The Fuji doesn't have a hot-shoe and lacks many other features that I have on my ZX-1. They are 2 different niches and the XF-1 is not for me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 16:01 UTC
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Arn: I hope they improved the incredibly stupid "auto" ISO of the XZ-1, which had a range of 100-200... In other ways the XZ-1 is a very good camera and much sharper than for example the Canon S95 (I own both). Gotta love the fast lens.

The thing that has bothered me most with my ZX-1 is the lens cap. Does anyone know how they have addressed that issue on the ZX-2?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 15:58 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 preview article (81 comments in total)
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tutek: See the G7 in 2006. year. What has changed in 6 years? Almost nothing!

I bought the G7 in 2006. I love that camera. However there are quite a few differences in the G15. This new camera is much faster. More resolution, wider ISO range,better video, RAW format, brighter lens, faster shutter speed and a slightly larger sensor. It's also cheaper than what I paid for the G7. There are a bunch of other less noticeable improvements so overall the camera has improved quite a bit the last 6 years.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 15:41 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 preview article (81 comments in total)
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justmeMN: My speculation is that Canon removed the articulated screen, for the sake of product differentiation.

If you want an articulated screen, Canon wants you to buy a (more expensive) G1 X.

@howardroark do you even know the definition of macro? I bought my ZX-1 for taking shallow depth of field and macro shots. If a 2.5cm vertical object will not fit in your viewfinder you are typically taking a macro shot. My Oly, and I suspect this G15 fit in that category. Yes there are much better cameras with much better lens out there to accomplish these shots but it's these small cameras that fill my purposes. I like the images they produce and the cost is not prohibitive.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 15:14 UTC

Other than a new sensor is there anything new or groundbreaking with this camera to justify the cost? I don't have a problem with expensive toys if they are at the top of their game. What are the qualities of this camera that make it unique and above all the much lower priced varieties out there? I like the look of the camera and it does have nice features but I don't see the value.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 14:37 UTC as 28th comment
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Jay Jenner: I think this looks like a brilliant little camera. I am very familiar with the excellent build quality of Olympus cameras and their stellar lenses. It is also very important to me how a camera handles and this looks like it would be a pleasure to shoot with. The grip is important, as is the lens ring and other manual controls
The cost is steep but not stupidly so. The larger sensor of the Sony is tempting for sure, and that looks like a super little camera, but all things considered I think I would rather have one of these.
It does help that I already have a couple of Oly flashes I guess.

I agree Jay, I have not been disappointed by the Oly's I've owned so far and the ZX-1 has been a favorite of mine. This new one shows a lot of promise and I''ll have to decide if it's the G15 or the ZX-2. I really liked my G7 and this new Canon looks interesting even without the tilt screen. Image quality is always the decider and I like shooting in low light or macro shots. These two are my picks.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 20:43 UTC
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magneto shot: didnt olympus read about Sony RX1 ? these all small sensor cams are now obsolete in news...

??????Obsolete????What?? Are you taking crazy pills or something? That is the most ridiculous statement made here today.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 14:56 UTC

You can't have a fast bright camera that is compact with a big sensor. Look at the Canon G1 X. Big sensor, big lens, big camera and only a F-2.8. The whole point of the G 15 is the bright F1.8 lens. It's great in low light and for macro photos, boke etc. If that's not what you are looking for then buy a Sony or whatever. I will stick to my ZX-1 or maybe the new ZX-2 or the Canon G15. They do what I want my camera to do and with a small sensor. A bigger sensor will not fit behind these lens! Period!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 14:48 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
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