urbanplanner

urbanplanner

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Joined on Mar 14, 2011

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On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1606 comments in total)

Loving the reviews and specs. My only concern is the focus hunting... I'd love to be able to shoot selfie-interviews without worrying about this problem. Has anyone crafted an electronic focus limiter for these cameras? Even if it's a really binary, crude setup like the old school lenses with a switch? <20 feet, >20 feet? Wouldn't this help a lot?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 17:18 UTC as 35th comment
On 3 smartphone apps for capturing time lapse video post (20 comments in total)
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FoolyCooly: There is not enough available memory on my iPhone for a project like this. 75% of 16 GB is occupied by games for my kids. :-( Neat apps but I'd have to clean off my phone to use one.

I do however have an old pocket camera that is running CHDK. My Canon SD780IS plus a 32GB card should be enough for few projects like this. I'll have to give it a try some day.

I second Fooly's comment. I've had some stunning results with CHDK on an old Canon point and shoot. Took a lot of fiddling, but wow. What an amazing hack. Phones are a pain in the butt to do timelapse with.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 17:35 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (560 comments in total)
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urbanplanner: For anyone who is using this list as a guide, I would strongly urge them to compare some of the images from these cameras to images from mirrorless DSLRS. With the exception of the Sony above, you will not get the same image quality (or video quality) from these cameras as you would from one with an APC-C sensor. Plus, you lose the flexibility of adding on lenses down the road. If a long zoom range and (coat) pocketability are must-haves, then go for it. But if you are like the majority of snapshot shooters and typically try to get wide shots, consider a camera like the Sony NEX-5N with a 16mm kit lens. Either way, just make sure you look at plenty of photo examples on line and see which camera produces the kind of look you like: bigger sensor = better looking photos with soft backgrounds.

I guess I'm not familiar with the strict definition of "compact." What is it? And does the FZ200 fall into that category?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 20:11 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (560 comments in total)

For anyone who is using this list as a guide, I would strongly urge them to compare some of the images from these cameras to images from mirrorless DSLRS. With the exception of the Sony above, you will not get the same image quality (or video quality) from these cameras as you would from one with an APC-C sensor. Plus, you lose the flexibility of adding on lenses down the road. If a long zoom range and (coat) pocketability are must-haves, then go for it. But if you are like the majority of snapshot shooters and typically try to get wide shots, consider a camera like the Sony NEX-5N with a 16mm kit lens. Either way, just make sure you look at plenty of photo examples on line and see which camera produces the kind of look you like: bigger sensor = better looking photos with soft backgrounds.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 17:21 UTC as 145th comment | 4 replies

Just a word of caution: After seeing the promos on their website for their last camera, I borrowed one of these from a friend to take it skiing. It was awful. It way overexposed the snow (which you'll hear other complaints about if you search on line) to the point where it was useless. ZERO texture in the snow. Sure, if you've got time to fiddle and buy/attach filters, go for it, but it's NOT for a one-time trip if you can't check the footage. The shake can be pretty bad too—I guess something that's meant to be roughed up can't have stabilization?

I appreciate the simplicity of fewer controls, but if you can't flip a switch for a "snow" setting, don't count on good performance, unless you're skiing at the crack of dawn or sunset (like in the promos)!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2011 at 16:51 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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