Prognathous

Prognathous

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Eye detection could have been great for wildlife and pet photography. It's unfortunate that it's limited to human eyes.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 11:34 UTC as 53rd comment | 2 replies

Add a tilting screen and you have the perfect DSLR.

Edit: No built in flash? Bad decision, even if it's useful in only a few cases.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 07:46 UTC as 18th comment

It would be nice to see Ricoh delivering DSLR firmware updates similar to what they've been releasing for years for their high end compact cameras (e.g. the GR series), these are typically choke-full of new features and enhancements.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 18:22 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1229 comments in total)

Very impressive camera, though without Tamron/Sigma/Tokina lenses available for this mount I don't think this camera can be competitive. If Samsung had a whole range of lenses priced to compete with third party manufacturers it would, but this isn't the case.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 18:06 UTC as 291st comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (337 comments in total)
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EduardoKleinFichtner: Please DPreview. Which model of camera is 100% score? Thank you.

None of them. Almost all cameras reviewed here fall in the range between 75% to 85%. Feel free to map these grades to your favorite grading system.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 20:33 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (656 comments in total)

The A77-II is the new K-3.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:08 UTC as 113th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (793 comments in total)
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Prognathous: Is image-stabilization "class leading" only in comparison to other similarly priced in-body IS cameras (Sony, Pentax) or also in comparison with similarly priced kits with in-lens IS (Nikon, Canon etc...)?

Thanks Richard for replying. If IBIS has gotten this good, it's hard to imagine how good it can be in 5 to 10 years. And the great thing about it is that all one's lenses automatically benefit from the latest IS by just upgrading a body (which most of us do anyway every several years).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 07:07 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (793 comments in total)

Is image-stabilization "class leading" only in comparison to other similarly priced in-body IS cameras (Sony, Pentax) or also in comparison with similarly priced kits with in-lens IS (Nikon, Canon etc...)?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 19:27 UTC as 188th comment | 5 replies

Great comparison. More please!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2015 at 02:56 UTC as 39th comment
On Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 Review preview (87 comments in total)

Can you share pictures over WhatsApp directly from this camera?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 21:51 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
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mosc: It's pentax so it has to be IBIS, WR, 100% viewfinder and cheaper than it's competition. I think it has to price directly against the D610. If it fails on any of those that would be terrible.

To be competitive it's going to have to do more than that. A high resolution mode with sensor shift doesn't seem possible without olympus's 5-axis deal. A better way to stand out would be to have a truly superior AF system with an array of dual cross type points or similar. Honestly, it seems unlikely to deliver either of these or GH4 level video.

I think pentax's best bet is price. Deliver the pentax features associated with your brand and release the cheapest FF DSLR on the market.

Ricoh did the resolution increasing shift 15 years before Olympus and anyone else, so they definitely know how to do it without the 5-axis thing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 15:06 UTC
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Prognathous: Hopefully for the K-3 replacement they adopt a centered articulated screen, and not the selfie-oriented side-hinge design. There's a good reason all* >$1500 cameras that offer an articulated screens keep it centered.

* By "all" I'm referring to Pentax 645Z, Nikon D750, Sony A99, and the new $1500 Samsung NX1. I'm not aware of any camera of this caliber that uses the side-hinge design.

dagobah, can you explain what makes it easier for you? Always (1) flipping to the side and then (2) tilting is extra work compared to just (1) flipping down or up (which is all you need with centered screens in most cases).

iudex, I have all four options in my cameras (Sony A77 amd Oly C5060), but as I said, I would take two options that are centered (simple tilt) over four options that are not (side hinge).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 08:58 UTC
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Prognathous: Hopefully for the K-3 replacement they adopt a centered articulated screen, and not the selfie-oriented side-hinge design. There's a good reason all* >$1500 cameras that offer an articulated screens keep it centered.

* By "all" I'm referring to Pentax 645Z, Nikon D750, Sony A99, and the new $1500 Samsung NX1. I'm not aware of any camera of this caliber that uses the side-hinge design.

Don Kiyoti, I'm really not. I used both and the conclusion is simple: side-hinge sucks in comparison. The thing is there are many users who for some reason advocate for it (maybe it looks cool?), so I've been through this discussion in the past. The above is just a simple copy&paste job ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 16:39 UTC
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Prognathous: Hopefully for the K-3 replacement they adopt a centered articulated screen, and not the selfie-oriented side-hinge design. There's a good reason all* >$1500 cameras that offer an articulated screens keep it centered.

* By "all" I'm referring to Pentax 645Z, Nikon D750, Sony A99, and the new $1500 Samsung NX1. I'm not aware of any camera of this caliber that uses the side-hinge design.

franzel, simple tilting screens also work well for stills, but only for horizontals. I still prefer them (as someone who mostly shoots stills) over fully articulated side-hinged screens. The reason is that tilting screens are superior for waist level shooting, which is where I mostly need screen articulation. I personally need it far less when shooting verticals.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 15:37 UTC
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Prognathous: Hopefully for the K-3 replacement they adopt a centered articulated screen, and not the selfie-oriented side-hinge design. There's a good reason all* >$1500 cameras that offer an articulated screens keep it centered.

* By "all" I'm referring to Pentax 645Z, Nikon D750, Sony A99, and the new $1500 Samsung NX1. I'm not aware of any camera of this caliber that uses the side-hinge design.

I personally own several cameras with centered screens that are super easy to use for both self portraits and verticals. It can be done. You just need to, well, think outside the box.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 15:16 UTC

Among all weather sealed zoom lenses for APS-C DSLRs, this one is the shortest. Remove this elaborate qualification, and it's just another compact zoom :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 14:52 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Prognathous: Hopefully for the K-3 replacement they adopt a centered articulated screen, and not the selfie-oriented side-hinge design. There's a good reason all* >$1500 cameras that offer an articulated screens keep it centered.

* By "all" I'm referring to Pentax 645Z, Nikon D750, Sony A99, and the new $1500 Samsung NX1. I'm not aware of any camera of this caliber that uses the side-hinge design.

(continued and finished)

The side-hinge may be great for selfies, but for most users who spend $1500 on a camera this is probably less of a requirement than, for example, effective waist level shooting. All these brands did the right thing by adopting other designs for their high end cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 14:37 UTC
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Prognathous: Hopefully for the K-3 replacement they adopt a centered articulated screen, and not the selfie-oriented side-hinge design. There's a good reason all* >$1500 cameras that offer an articulated screens keep it centered.

* By "all" I'm referring to Pentax 645Z, Nikon D750, Sony A99, and the new $1500 Samsung NX1. I'm not aware of any camera of this caliber that uses the side-hinge design.

(continued)

Some may claim that the left hand should categorically always hold the lens and nothing more, but this is incorrect. Choosing to hold the lens far from the body (where the hand holds only the lens) or closer (where the hand holds both the lens and the bottom left side of the camera) depends on the size of the lens. With long/heavy lenses you don't have a choice. With shorter lenses you can actually hold under the camera and with the heels of your palms to its left for a significantly more stable hold. When you hold the camera at waist-level it's very difficult to put your left hand under the camera, let alone under the lens (unless you have a third hand coming out of your knee). This is where holding it from the lower left side becomes so convenient. It's very difficult and awkward to do it with a side-hinge design. Don't take my word for it. Just try to hold both types of cameras (at waist-level) and you'll see how significant the difference is.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 14:36 UTC
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Prognathous: Hopefully for the K-3 replacement they adopt a centered articulated screen, and not the selfie-oriented side-hinge design. There's a good reason all* >$1500 cameras that offer an articulated screens keep it centered.

* By "all" I'm referring to Pentax 645Z, Nikon D750, Sony A99, and the new $1500 Samsung NX1. I'm not aware of any camera of this caliber that uses the side-hinge design.

iudex, the side-hinge design has two major problems that centered designs don't suffer from:

1. The screen is not in-line with the lens. It's way out to the side - unlike any optical viewfinder (including that of DLSRs), EVFs or regular non-articulated LCD. I find it very annoying to have to move my hands to the right of my body or peek to the side of the camera just to see the screen. With all the other designs you just look straight ahead.
2. The side-hinge screen prevents the left hand from getting a firm grip on the left side of the camera. It keeps getting in the way compared to the other designs which ensure the screen is on the back of the camera where the left hand doesn't reach.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 14:36 UTC

Cute flash, but wildly overpriced. If only this Pentax flash had a swiveling head it would have been so much more attractive.

The Olympus FL36 remains (to me) the benchmark by which small flash units should be judged. All you need to make a great small flash is this:

- Fully articulated head, including both swivel and tilt
- 2x AA batteries only. Going for 4x batteries makes the flash too heavy.
- Proper AF assist lamp (near IR pattern)

This ^ is the winning formula, but unfortunately not even Olympus makes such a flash today.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 14:06 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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