ThePhilips

ThePhilips

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On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: The K-3 review saga continues. By now, there should be a music score commissioned that goes along with it.

For the back story and setting, I propose the Addams Family theme.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 21:36 UTC

Why they keep putting the AF/MF switch on the lenses?

Most cams already have a focus mode button/dial anyway.

Edit1 Oh! it also has an aperture ring! Retro! Retro! Retro!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 14:56 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
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Jogger: £549.99 = DOA

I tentatively agree.

I'm not sure why Panny keeps making the Leica-branded lenses: they are sure nice, but way too expensive.

For example, I'd love to get the 2.8/45mm macro, but the price of 650€ is simply forbidding.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 13:44 UTC
On Samsung NX30 real-world samples gallery article (62 comments in total)

#7 is the winner.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 13:30 UTC as 10th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (486 comments in total)
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john Clinch: Today on the 21 march 2014 days after the review was launched the cost comparison is wrong. Well it is in the Uk. The RX 10 is £849 from WEX the A6000 and 18 105 f4 is over a £1000.

I don't really blame dpreview. But i suggest they leave cost comparisons up to us as prices change so fast. More so for cameras than lenses

"I'm really curious why Jeff thinks the A6000 would be worse than the RX10?"

I'm no Jeff, but IMO, RX10 has more better/lenses available for it.

;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 16:09 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (486 comments in total)

Bit too pricey for the Gold IMO.

Otherwise, IQ of RX100 with a longer *and* wider lens - is a sure winner.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 16:07 UTC as 63rd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (486 comments in total)
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Dimit: Now this is really the most interesting launch in 2013.Fresh approach,something nobody did to-date,excellent video capabilities,quality lens,robust built,universal use.
Those who know will certainly appreciate.
If I was about to give a single gold award each year,this is the one I would.

> something nobody did to-date

FZ200?

RX10 is definitely a better cam - but it is far from being a novelty.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 15:58 UTC

DPR, you should stop posting these here.

1. The resolution of the photos here is "challenging" the Instagram.

2. When one follows the link to "Sony World Photography Awards", the first link on the page is "2014 Exhibition Tickets". Yeah, tickets are cheap (£7.50) but no, I'm not going to "Somerset House, London, UK" just to visit a sponsored photo exhibit.

Yes, I wanted to see great photographs. But no, not at this puny resolution and/or few continents away.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 15:48 UTC as 38th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (317 comments in total)
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kadardr: So DPR can be pretty fast, a really high performer if they want to (or have to)

DPR's Canonites review Canons.
DPR's Nikonites review Nikons.
DPR's Retro Fanboi Squad reviews Olympus and Fuji.
... and the rest is... ...

That is also a perfect explanation why Sony, Panny and Samsung cameras are reviewed and compared against the "peers" and get bad rep for all minor nitpicks. While CaNikons are generally compared only to their respective CaNikon predecessors, and since they are reviewed by Canonites/Nikonites who generally dismiss other brands... You guess the rest.

In the end, be glad that Pentax isn't reviewed by the P&S/iPhone reviewer as was the case with the Panasonic GX7.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 15:10 UTC
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (562 comments in total)

NX was so popular that Samsung decided to split the effort. /s

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 12:06 UTC as 35th comment
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (562 comments in total)
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Peter Bendheim: I can't help it but I have a strong dislike for Samsung - they are the copycats of the tech world - copied the iPad, iPhone, and they have a camera that is remarkably similar to the NEX range. Now a knock off of the Panasonic GM1..
They might make ok household appliances, but I'm sure never going to trust my picture taking experiences to them.
Design thieves, that's for sure.

"AMOLED, and I'm a fan, is a 35 year old Kodak invention."

Could be.

But Samsung deserves a special award for being the first to be able to manufacture it.

Because, you know, theoretical invention is not invention at all. It is just idea. Ideas are not protected - inventions are.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 12:05 UTC
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent article (325 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: As far as I understand, lots of countries have similar laws. And the laws are very often enforced very mildly. IOW no cops are going to tail every person with a camera.

The point of the law (A) prevention of sneak photos and (B) making sure that any person who is in the image also has a legal standing.

Because even in a public place, private person is allowed to have some expectations of privacy.

"Why should people in public spaces be entitled to privacy? That's nonsense."

That was nonsenses when people lived in the villages.

I, for example, have to cross two down towns of two busy German cities on my way to/from office. I do NOT have any choice but to appear in a "public" place.

And according to German law, if I see anybody making images of me, I have the right to approach them and ask to delete the images. And that's basically what the laws boil down to. Without the seemingly "draconian" laws, I simply have no right to request other private person (photog) to do something about his private property (camera, images).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 17:03 UTC
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent article (325 comments in total)

As far as I understand, lots of countries have similar laws. And the laws are very often enforced very mildly. IOW no cops are going to tail every person with a camera.

The point of the law (A) prevention of sneak photos and (B) making sure that any person who is in the image also has a legal standing.

Because even in a public place, private person is allowed to have some expectations of privacy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 19:43 UTC as 108th comment | 5 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (317 comments in total)
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Horshack: Anyone notice how the conclusion page of the reviews have gotten longer and longer? No doubt because most readers jump directly to that page anyway :)

"No doubt because most readers jump directly to that page anyway :)"

... and still fail to read it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 18:57 UTC
On Samsung explains the Galaxy S5's ISOCELL sensor post (49 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Things that Samsung could do to move smartphone imaging forward.

RAW - This would improve, white balance correction at post, Highlight/Shadow recovery, better denoising options

Manual camera controls
Sometimes we want motion blur. Sometimes we can keep the phone still while snapping a photo with 1 second shutter speed. Let the users decide what we can and can't do.

Lens profiles for Adobe Camera Raw, iPhones have it to correct distortion, vignetting,, etc.

@Michael, You should address your plea to Google.

The camera API comes from Google and imposes quite a lot of limitations. (It is in its heart a P&S.)

Samsung can improve that by adding a new API. But what's the point if it is incompatible with 100% of imaging apps out there?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 11:25 UTC
On Apple is on camera-engineer hiring spree post (87 comments in total)

So I gather next release cycle it's Apple copying Samsung.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 11:21 UTC as 25th comment | 8 replies
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (265 comments in total)
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Waldo Nell: Never understood the significance in showing an unboxing experience. Watching paint dry is more exciting. Except for Apple products where they spend months designing just the packaging.

Unboxing news started as a way of showing the context of the box and probably showing the thing in the hand. Then unboxing has transformed into a sort of an announcement by reviewers that they finally got a sample for the review.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 21:59 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (636 comments in total)
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wb2trf: The 1 System was an outcome of an internal battle between Nikon marketing and Nikon engineering in which marketing decisively won. At the time the 1 was planned, they thought they could just confuse the mirrorless market as a way of damaging it and exploiting it while protecting dslr sales. "Nikon says mirrorless is not about serious photography" is the message the 1 was designed to deliver. Unfortunately this was a very bad idea.

Mirrorless, entirely on its own, is relentless as a technology. It lowers cost for equivalent IQ. Ultimately deadly. Sony, by a factor of the 2 the largest sensor maker, is going to drive it until there is nothing left but phone cams and mirrorless.

Unlike the far more diversified Canon, Nikon can't afford a "portfolio" approach of treating cameras as a "dis-invest" cash cow. So, the 1 System is going to become a landmark mistake for Nikon: here Nikon bet on marketing when they should have had engineering build the best mirrorless possible. RIP

"So, how come MILC cost more than DSLR right now?"

Because the price of those $350 camera bodies and those $150 lenses was offset by almost a decade of DSLR's life time. Another reason is that, of course, most of the cheap APC-C kits are junk and worth their price.

Longer version:

- MILC is new tech. Share of the development costs is still high, compared to the established DSLR technology.

- MILC companies command smaller market. Development costs have to be recovered from smaller sales volumes.

In the end, the relatively high price of MILCs is offset by the high speed of the updates and new releases: one can easily find new prev-gen MILCs for pennies.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:17 UTC
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agentul: sooner than 2 years after the GH3 was introduced.

After 3D flop, I gather, many were taken by surprise how fast 4K was accepted.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 22:36 UTC
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (120 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: The Panasonic Image App is more powerful. And doesn't require buying a special dedicate card.

Still, a neat (albeit expensive) feature for the Pentax shooter.

P.S. 5 stars for something that others offer for free? Really, DPR??

@D1N0: I'm definitely not paying for it $99. Even if you remove the Wi-Fi from my GX7, it still worth its price. The extra cost of GX7's Wi-Fi is negligible - because Wi-Fi chips are so common place and dirt cheap. (Also, integration with the body provides for a better Wi-Fi antenna.)

Otherwise, it is well known fact that 1st party accessories are always plain rip-offs. How many people are still buying official batteries? Few. For this very reason. By making it an optional accessory, Pentax intentionally inflated the associated costs and consequently the price.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 20:43 UTC
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