John Koch: Airline restrictions on baggage weight, plus the sheer inconvenience of carrying around heaps of stuff, are reasons many carry no cameras at all, but only their phones.
How does one set up a camera with a 300mm lens to capture a plane, passing near the ground at perhaps 150 mph, just as it crosses the frame? Shoot wide, then crop, would seem to be the only hope.
I think you're right because it can't have been panning on a tripod as the captured background doesn't have motion just blur. The propeller blades also have no motion they are just fixed and dead. It would be difficult to capture this panning on a tripod even with burst mode and allowing enough of a slow shutter to capture motion of the propeller and background and at 300mm.
Thanks! Very interesting article. I am stuck between advanced compact and dSLR with prime lens.
I would love a Pentax K-5 or similar and love the Pentax prime lens e.g. FA31, 43, 77 and so on, and quality you get from them.
However I also like small and compact something to take anywhere. Have used Lumix LX range in the past but I really want to move to something with bigger sensor and better, dynamic range and quality now especially to work with raw files afterwards.
Around 30mm would be my ideal focal length for most situations. I do like what I see at the moment from the likes of Ricoh, Fuji, Sony, Sigma.
Price though is a big thing. A lot of the advanced compacts squeezing in these bigger sensors are extremely expensive and getting well into dSLR prices now.
tazmac: Motorola still in business?
Motorola's mobile phone business is owned by Google.
teastain: I agree with the others here. Typical "Man Bites Dog" headline.If Apple made a dozen different iPhone models (like Android, which is a swell phone btw), three of them would have made the top 5 !!!
Technically you're right, Android doesn't make phones, but Android is owned by Google who do! Google make the Nexus and also bought Motorola's mobile phone business a year or two back which run Android.
Perhaps that is why these latest Motorola phones have got good reviews. Motorola used to be very poor and treated customers badly before the Google takeover so I wouldn't be surprised by these polls.
As far as the operating systems go, I think I give the edge to Apple iOS with 9/10 and Android 8/10 maybe 8½/10. Not much in it. Certainly in terms of market share, here in the UK where I am, Android's market share has always been high and a year ago it was something like 45% Android to 25% iOS. It is now radically much higher. Don't have those figures to hand for the UK but it was something like 85% Android to now less than 20% iOS. The US was always the reverse with Apple having biggest market share but even that has changed there too! Latest comscore data for US, Android 53% iOS 36%
jeffcpix: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
10MP | 24-90mm (3.75x) Zoom | $300 (US) £355 (UK) €460 (EU)
WOW -- someone needs a currency calculator!
probably higher taxes?
I know a lot of people who only use Instagram on their smart phone as their sole photography tool. They have no digital camera or if they do they don't use it, it's old and/or broken and they're not going to fork out money to replace it in difficult economic times. Instagram seems to be the new Polaroid at the moment and has millions of users. I think the real Polaroid are finally cottoning onto the bandwagon and attempting to bring out something that will be similar and have social network connectivity. Sadly for them I think it's too late and people are not going to buy this camera when they can get an app on their smartphone that can do something similar, and probably cheaper. They are killing two birds with one stone until better times come along. Unfortunately in the meantime their photography suffers and in five, ten years from now will cringe at the Instagram effect photos they took today.
This seems to look like a pretty good lens IMHO. On Lens Tip website like Dp Review they also show it as a pretty good lens in terms of resolution not only in the centre but also at the edges compared with its competitors.
Just taken a quick squizz at the new forums and I am very impressed. I like the thumbs up an down buttons. I think the layout and design is improved a bit as well it looks a lot cleaner and fresher.
JesperMP: Total absence of anything Ricoh !?No GRX news, no GRD .. ?
Agreed. I'd of liked to see Ricoh put something on the table, an advanced compact to make people sit up and take note. Something to throw into the mix with the LX7, RX100, G15 (now a compact again after going on a diet!), DP2M/1M, and so on.
Pentax and Ricoh two different offerings and areas of expertise. Shame both could not have put out stuff this time to make eyes pop out.
Gesture: Wish Pentax Ricoh could ally itself with one more strong company. Is there another electronics firms (i.e. Sony or Panasonic) that would like to get into cameras?
I'm not so sure Pentax-Ricoh need to have another merger but an alliance may help them. At the moment I feel they are just finding their feet from the merger between the two companies or rather Ricoh taking over.
I think their prime lens are the big selling point and it really gives them a measureable edge over the APS-C competition so to errode the gap many see between not having that FF sensor as yet. I think the quality of their prime lens helps immensly to make up for not having FF body yet and helps them stay within touching distance and punch above their weight. Pentax have become a niche system that has its passionate advocates especially for their glass. The K-5 body is the cake under the icing. A FF body would be the cherry on top.
If there were any other company to buy out or merge with and completely overhaul it would be Olympus but after their troubles I don't think Ricoh-Pentax would have resources and money to do that? Or would they want to clean up their house too?
fakuryu: Even if Pentax-Ricoh's offerings are a bit lack luster or attention grabber (except for that DA 560mm f5.6) compared to what the other brands are offering, it is undeniable that the K5/K5II/K5IIs with those Limited primes are a beautyand has class leading IQ
I think fakuryu is right. Pentax prime lens sets them apart. I'd rather have an older Pentax dSLR body with one of their superduper prime lens than just about any new-ish entry level dSLR with cheap stock kit zoom glass from anyone else.
It looks like the brick has shed a few pounds. Unfortunately owning a Canon G series camera would still be like having a very ugly girlfriend.
locke_fc: Everything looks great on paper, except for the sensor size. This has put a dampener on it for me, at least until we get to see what noise looks like at high ISO. If it's equivalent to the competition (mainly RX-100 and EX2F), then my LX3 will have found its successor!
They are both micro sensors but going from 1/1.63 to 1/1.7 is a step backwards. We should be heading in the opposite direction no matter how small a step (so as not to encroach on MFT space).
Ben O Connor: Images does not show nicer DOF than before. There is no low light fotos to see benefit of F 1,4.
I feel a bit doubt that, is that a good strategy now? everyone highers their sensor size, Panasonic making it smaller !
I feel that Panasonic are treading water here and falling behind. LX5 was only marginally better than LX3 when it came to Video. LX3 seemed to do better overall with still photography. On paper I'm not convinced that the LX7 will be better than either LX5 or LX3. Sure it has faster lens but has taken step back with smaller sensor. It remains to be seen whether the other aspects of the camera such as any lens coatings and ND filter help of hinder it in any way. As it stands on paper I do not think I will be replacing my LX5 with an LX7 and may be jumping ship elsewhere or just concentrating my priority now to get a dSLR and really good lens.
I'd like to see them compete with Zenfolio, PBase and Smugmug, with a few different pricing options and product options, and especially to be very competitive on price to keep costs low, increase revenues, attract more customers, and encourage existing users on free accounts to expand for the benefits the paid account would then offer. At the moment I think Flickr falls short of where they should be aiming to be.
This photo is simply brilliant! It's so clear. Love the colours and detail. I'm trying to figure out what kind of fish he's having for lunch ;)
Captures what cats are like to a tee. Cute until they desert you or rip your head off for breakfast. This deserves #1 its brilliant esp thru cage and hand held too. You could/should sell copies of this! Well done.