Samuel Dilworth

Samuel Dilworth

Lives in France Paris, France
Joined on Feb 20, 2011

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kimsch: Well at least we now know that the designer has one eye and no nose...

Not at all. The viewfinder protrudes far beyond the norm for an optical viewfinder, making this problem disappear.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
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D135ima: 18-50 is very interesning. Its like pocket landspase mashine. 1" sensor is quite enough for " web masterpiece". I hope lens does not fail

The lens is everything. It’s hard to know what to expect since no-one has attempted something like this before. The high price and large size of the lens (even precluding the central placement of the hot-shoe) are good signs.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 14:03 UTC
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rugosa: You have to be a real loser to claim you've already owned a camera that is not even available for sale yet! See above " Gear in this story"

The button is there though the camera is not even for sale. It shouldn’t be, since children and monkeys will press it, as we see every time a camera is launched.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
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Dames01: "Unfortunately, the ring around the lens barrel of the DL24-85 is not customizable (same goes for the other DL's). It can only be used for manual focusing."

That is really disappointing... :-( would have been nice to be able to use to set the Aperture, Shutter speed, etc.

No!

Camera user interfaces are usually a complete mess because the designers try to give everything to everyone. Discrete controls should be encouraged and applauded!

I’d love to see someone at DPReview – most likely Richard Butler on past form, though he may have written that very sentence – relentlessly pushing for fresh thinking and better usability in digital cameras. It is so tiring to hear every simplifying design decision tritely and unthinkingly criticised when it may in fact be a very good thing.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 13:57 UTC

The DL18-50 is astonishing, but they’re all interesting. Success will come down to whether the lenses are as good as their paper specs.

Looks like Nikon is going to go down kicking! I didn’t think they had this kind of innovation in them. Good to see.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 09:57 UTC as 104th comment | 3 replies
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Henry McA: A problem is the weird focal length of 21 - 30 mm on APSC. That´s not very useful, 16 - 35mm is useful, 15 - 24 would be useful but this is just a odd - why not use primes instead.

One reason is that such primes essentially don’t exist. There is even a dearth of f/2.8 primes in that angle-of-view range, much less f/2 models.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2016 at 09:31 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (422 comments in total)
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TFD: I fail to see the point of an $800 camera that you cannot slip into your pocket. If I want an $800 camera that does not slip into my pocket I will buy a DLSR.

I think IvanM’s question is also asked by others. Why does this camera, like every Canon compact for many years, but unlike every cheap SLR (including Canon’s) for at least a decade, have such poor shot-to-shot times?

It seems to fly in the face of Moore’s law and all the rest. Is it done deliberately to encourage SLR sales? Perhaps DPReview should badger Canon until they give a plausible answer.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 14:52 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (422 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: What is the shot-to-shot time in raw? I hope I didn’t miss this somewhere in the review.

To me, the shot-to-shot time is much more important than the continuous frames per second.

Thanks.

Thanks, Jeff. That is not nearly quick enough for me. I wonder why Canon has barely improved this key factor in responsiveness in so many years.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 08:22 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (422 comments in total)

What is the shot-to-shot time in raw? I hope I didn’t miss this somewhere in the review.

To me, the shot-to-shot time is much more important than the continuous frames per second.

Thanks.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 20:51 UTC as 109th comment | 2 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Rob Kearney (76 comments in total)
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sop51: Just look at Andreas Gursky's "Rhein II" or Cindy Sherman's "Untitled #96." Someone actually paid $4.3 million for Gursky's print recently, breaking Sherman's record of $3.9 million for the most overpriced photographic print ever sold. Can anyone honestly say those prints are any better than Kearney's work? I gave up trying to figure out what "great photography" is a long time ago.

This is a better insight into Gursky, albeit from 13 years ago: https://vimeo.com/17692722

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 08:59 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Rob Kearney (76 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: Let's keep some perspective. The young man shows promise. His pics show his efforts to "see" the picture. The processing leaves a lot to be desired. He definitely deserves encouragement and I wish him not to grow a gigantic ego

Read the text when you get a moment.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 19:54 UTC
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Cihangir Gzey: Ball bearings used to avoid zoom creeping in long term usage and bigger screws are used for reliable long term operation. These items don't even needed to be mentioned considering the price of the end product. BUT, we are all so fed up to see disposable products which give away soul during warranty or just after warranty (car, camera, TV, phone, etc.), we get amazed when we see a product which has been put into shape properly. We need to see similar level of engineering quality from their cheaper lenses as well. After all, the main cost of these units are GLASS!
When you guess the labor cost of a glass element (which you don't see any here apart from the front element), these bearings, gaskets, injection moulded plastic parts mean nothing! :) Well done anyway.

Well said.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 13:07 UTC

Like the Egyptian pyramids, this one is built to far outlive its usefulness (which risks being terribly short, given the current seismic shifts in the camera industry).

Still, I applaud well-built things.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 12:31 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies
On Connect post Apple launches battery case for iPhone 6 & 6s (147 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: The Apple site says it is compatible with both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s. If I had to guess whether DPReview or Apple got this wrong, I’d have to bet on DPReview. But what about a confirmation all the same?

There is no satisfactory way to design an add-on battery. This way is at least honest and probably ergonomic (making the phone easier to pick up from a flat surface among other things). I prefer it to the usual technique of faking a new back, which goes against all principles of good design.

Still, it is design by designers for designers. Surprisingly, the iPhone itself has sold well despite its similar take on design, but I am not so sure the sort of person who wants an add-on battery pack is the sort of person who likes highfalutin industrial design.

Swoopy curves do not make something ergonomic, whether that thing is a pen, a camera, or a keyboard. That Fiskars used curves ergonomically in a pair of scissors does not prove that curves are always ergonomic or that ergonomic product design must revolve around conforming to the surfaces of an imagined body shape. The last fifty years are littered with examples of this faux style of ergonomics.

I have never typed as quickly (over 100 words/minute) as I do on my Mac’s flat keyboard with short-travel keys. And you can pry my Magic Mouse from my cold, dead fingers: it finally put an end to years of repetitive strain symptoms inflicted by Microsoft, Dell, and Logitech mice, likely of the shape your IT guys smugly handed out to replace the puck mice (which I agree were dreadful).

Many Apple products are not just ergonomic but highly so. From time to time they make a dud.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 00:57 UTC

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Leica should be blushing.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 17:29 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On Connect post Apple launches battery case for iPhone 6 & 6s (147 comments in total)

The Apple site says it is compatible with both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s. If I had to guess whether DPReview or Apple got this wrong, I’d have to bet on DPReview. But what about a confirmation all the same?

There is no satisfactory way to design an add-on battery. This way is at least honest and probably ergonomic (making the phone easier to pick up from a flat surface among other things). I prefer it to the usual technique of faking a new back, which goes against all principles of good design.

Still, it is design by designers for designers. Surprisingly, the iPhone itself has sold well despite its similar take on design, but I am not so sure the sort of person who wants an add-on battery pack is the sort of person who likes highfalutin industrial design.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 11:47 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies
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Franz Weber: Here is a nice read from 2010:

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4562533607/samsungmirrorless

"Samsung wants to own camera market"

Samsung never wanted for hubris.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 09:02 UTC
On article Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module (305 comments in total)

How does Sony reconcile the plastic horror of this thing with its view of what the ‘Sony’ brand means? Japanese companies are such a mystery to me.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 20:47 UTC as 71st comment

Earth is a hard place to live if you have a modicum of taste.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2015 at 10:51 UTC as 29th comment | 11 replies

In Europe, the defective cameras never got sold. Sales have just started here – I know because I have had a pre-order for a month and finally got mine a few days ago.

Seems to have been worth the wait, by the way! A nice camera at a sensible price.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 10:07 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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