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lensberg

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On Just Posted: Nikon Coolpix S800c Review article (79 comments in total)

If people are considering a quality point & shoot camera they should look no further than the Canon Elph 330 HS... small and extremely pocketable... with a great 10x lens... pretty much the same level of outstanding image quality as the SX50 HS ... Which are pretty much the only 1/2.3-inch sensor cameras that give you excellent ISO 1600 - 3200 images

Forget inbuilt Android... simply wi-fi the images over to your android based phone and the world is your oyster...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2013 at 10:53 UTC as 4th comment

Fuji point & shoot camera's are no good... larger than average sensor, "EXR" etc... they still can't deliver on image quality...

Stick with Canon or Panasonic if quality matters...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 09:32 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
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lensberg: Hmm... i beg to differ... The D600 only looks to maintain D4 noise levels until around 6400 after which image degradation sets in...

The 6D noise levels are on par with the D4 and fractionally better from 25600 onwards...

But why do you hold the D4 in such high esteem...? The D4 is by no means groundbreaking or class leading... on the other hand the 1D X is...

DigitalRev TV & Techradar rate the Canon 1D X & 6D as class leading in their respective segments... and have formulated these conclusions based upon comparisons with their Nikon counterparts...

In tems of high ISO performance the D600 files look flat... whichever way you look at it... trying in vain to find an equilibrium between noise suppression and detail retention...

Canon have definitely mastered their JPEG algorithms... because no Nikon camera even comes close in this regard... In RAW both Canon & Nikon are incredibly close... i suppose it would be a matter of personal prefrence that determins which one is better...

Exactly where the banding is that much more prevalent, is beyond comprehension... The 6D is visibly cleaner with the text, intricate fibres and colour saturation better rendered...

@ yabokkie - The 6D IQ is as good if not slightly better than the D4 ... the 1D X is marginally better than both...

As for DXO's testing methodology... considering they rate the Canon SX50 HS 1/2.3" sensor higher than the Canon G15's 1/1.7" sensor, one can only come to the conclusion that their results should be taken with a pinch of salt...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2013 at 08:26 UTC

Hmm... i beg to differ... The D600 only looks to maintain D4 noise levels until around 6400 after which image degradation sets in...

The 6D noise levels are on par with the D4 and fractionally better from 25600 onwards...

But why do you hold the D4 in such high esteem...? The D4 is by no means groundbreaking or class leading... on the other hand the 1D X is...

DigitalRev TV & Techradar rate the Canon 1D X & 6D as class leading in their respective segments... and have formulated these conclusions based upon comparisons with their Nikon counterparts...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2013 at 10:26 UTC as 25th comment | 10 replies
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)
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M. Anthony: Better than Nikon and Sony.
I thought they had superior sensors.
Not even close.

Why do people have to resort to relying on DXO's unsubstantiated results in order to justify Nikon being ever so slightly "superior" to the competition...

The Canon 6D is clearly the better camera as far as IQ and noise control goes... The 6D is on par with the D4 in terms of grey, black & chroma noise throughout the scale and actually fractionally superior at the higher end of the sensitivity spectrum (25600 & beyond) ...

Nikon only seems to win in theory... Canon tends to dominate in practise...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2013 at 10:14 UTC
On Panasonic announces DMC-ZS30 and DMC-ZS25 cameras article (30 comments in total)

Oh god... Panasonic are no good whatsoever when it comes to controlling noise from ISO 800 onwards on their compact camera range... and now they go and up the ante with 16 & 18 MP small sensors... Bet anything above ISO 400 will pretty much be a hit and miss affair...

I bet they're those cheesy Live MOS sensors... unfortunately...

Just look at how bad the TZ-30 / ZS-20 image quality was... blotches galore...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 10:49 UTC as 8th comment
On Nikon D5200, 24MP DSLR with 39-point AF gets US launch article (37 comments in total)

The D5200 sensor will in all probability have the same RAW & JPEG image characteristics as the D3200... visavi dynamic range & high ISO... give or take a little here and there...

Now we're all waiting with baited breath for Canon's latest gen APS-C response...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 10:38 UTC as 3rd comment
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (560 comments in total)

In all honesty if the Panasonic FZ200 finds a place on this list... the Canon SX50 HS definitely deserves a spot here too... Its JPEG & RAW IQ is unparalleled for a small sensored super-zoom compact... providing great looking images all the way up to ISO 3200 ... heck 6400 is pretty darn good too... And ever since Canon reintroduced the "superfine" compression setting... the level of recorded detail has increased substantially... bettering that of its Panasonic counterparts...

Check out the ISO 1600 & 3200 sample images of the SX50 HS on photographyblog... sheer bliss...

The Panasonic FZ200 by stark contrast is a feeble imitation of last years exceptional model... unfortunately put into practice that constant F2.8 aperture seems more like a gimmick... rather than improving image quality to any measurable extent...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2012 at 08:58 UTC as 108th comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 review article (338 comments in total)

The G15's image quality is simply incredible... An absolutely stellar high ISO performer...

Totally kills the P7700 for sheer IQ ... RAW write times... focussing... f2.8 at max zoom... and from what i gather the G15's video is superior too - at least sharper, more pronounced details... & better optical stabilization too...

Nikon always seems to be playing catch up to Canon with every iteration of its P series cameras... sadly this year the trend continues...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2012 at 14:33 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 6D sample images added to hands-on preview article (252 comments in total)
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seta666: Well, same as with 5D mk III preview samples, super-high noise reduction.

Open the iso 100 and 3200 side by side, zoom on the wood texture and compare.

In the iso 3200 the texture has completely disapeared because of agressive noise reduction

Your reasoning applies to every camera manufacturer out there without exception... No camera regardless of sensor size looks identical at ISO 100 & 3200 respectively...

Whats important is the overall image presented at those extreme sensitivities... and in this regard Canon excels...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2012 at 09:33 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D sample images added to hands-on preview article (252 comments in total)
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VivaLasVegas: As usual, the 10 years old CMOS is kicking ass and taking names again! The OOC jpegs are sharper with tons of detail than the competitions raw to jpeg files and that WOW Canon colors.......Sad day for SoNikon fanbase today, no wonder D600 is giving away stuffs like a free bag, battery, sd card, 100$ rebate, 20$ Adobe discount, 300$ Epson discount, wit swab and a lifetime oil filter change for free! I heard the 6D has a warewolf eyesight able to see and nail focus in total darkness.

One would imagine your beloved D600 looks fantasic in every sample image... There's oodles of NR at work... only problem is its not as good as 6D's high ISO capabilities...

I just wonder whether you actually formunlate your opinions about how "great" Nikon's IQ is, based upon your eyes... or the farcical scores DXO provides...

And as for your dynamic range arguements... do we actually buy these camera's to primarily shoot shadowy / dark / dingy / crepuscular environments... If your answer is yes - then feel free to continue ranting about the D600's astronomical DR...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2012 at 09:14 UTC
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VivaLasVegas: D600 is 1000% PLASTICKY.......just stating facts.

D600 IQ is good... but definitely not off the charts... 5D III renders betters overall details & colour saturation as compared to the Nikon...

Only area where the D600 is better is in shadow detail preservation...

Personally i prefer a tad more chroma noise... at least the image retains better details... Nikon, with it latest generation cameras seems to be employing stronger noise reduction even in RAW files and as a result they give the appearance of being cleaner but also flat...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 08:35 UTC
On Just Posted: Canon EOS M preview samples gallery article (130 comments in total)
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marike6: There are a surprising number of what are essentially hot pixels in the high ISO samples, even at a relatively low ISO setting like 1250 (see random white specs in full-sized samples).

The T3i / 600D sensor has always lagged behind the 16 mp Exmor sensor. And while the low ISO IQ, as expected, looks good, the high ISO photos surprised me, and not in a good way.

The EOS M might appeal to Canon video shooters looking for a small, capable B camera, but the new mount makes even that a tough sell.

Keep in mind that the 18 MP sensor is also relatively older than the 16 MP chip from Sony...

Having said that... when Canon introduced the 18 MP 7D all those years ago, it was state of the art... trouncing the Nikon D300S in practically every aspect - especially high ISO...

And when you say "lags behind" the 16 MP Exmor sensor - its more or less exaggeration...

To the naked eye colour depth looks identical... people might have their respective prefrences towards one company's rendition of colour... but thats about it...

High ISO performance is pretty much neck and neck upto 6400 ... Quite frankly both the 7D & D7000 look "okay" at those sensitivities... but if you're hell bent extreme ISO IQ quality then step up to full frame...

Dynamic range... well according to DXO they say Nikon - but i don't find any discernible differences... In the end its all about handling and overall IQ...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2012 at 14:50 UTC
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)

Hmmm... this is a good looking beast... hope the price is just as competitive...

Based upon the officially released specs... i gather that the sensor incorporated in the D5200 is different from the D3200... at least from what sensor dimensions indicate... Its probably the same one used in the NEX 7 / SLT 77

Nikon only do well with Sony sensors at the heart of the operation... which they only seem to utilize in thie D5xxx & D7xxx range... The D3xxx series tend to use those third rate Nikon designed sensors that despite dxo mark's grossly exaggerated claims are mediocre at best...

And last but not least... thank god for the upgrades in AF & metering... now if only they would implement 1080 60p ... but i suppose if IQ is a cut above its predecessor... one could argue that it would be a winner already...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 08:36 UTC as 98th comment | 1 reply
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garyknrd: Yep, Sony is the leader by miles compared to Canon it seems?

DXO Mark's scoring system seems heavily biased... According to them the sensors found in just about every category of Nikon DSLR camera's are far superior compared to every other manufacturer...

Unfortunately their tests are a far cry from the reality of putting a camera through its paces of day to day reality...

Seems like their only real purpose is to serve as a thorne in the side of Canon...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2012 at 08:48 UTC
On Nikon D600 Hands-on Preview preview (713 comments in total)

One thing is abundantly clear... Canon still is the king of JPEG's beyond a shadow of a doubt...

As always with Nikon's new iterations... RAW remains a muted affair... A fractionally cleaner image by the D600... but details are quite blatently smudged away... I guess thats the price one has to pay for having a cleaner RAW image at high iso's... Canon's 5D III slightly noisier, but visibly superior detail retention... especially at 12800 & 25600

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 08:15 UTC as 59th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D600 Hands-on Preview preview (713 comments in total)
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JoeR: My opinion based on these raw images, the D600 clearly beats the D800. D600 is marginaly better than 5DMKIII.

However throw in the D4 and it beats them all by a large margin. It makes me wonder about the DXO ratings.

Does any of this have relavence to real world photography?

If you like your fine detail & levels of colour saturation heavily muted... then by all means the D600 will fulfill your expectations...

It would be benificial to face facts and provide constructive criticism instead of drooling over every new camera Nikon releases...

The D600 is a good overall camera... but its definitely nothing groundbreaking as far as high ISO performance is concerned...

It simply cannot compete with the 5D III in JPEG output... then again neither can the D4 ... In RAW all three camera's are somewhat equalized... Granted the D600 might appear "less noisy" chromatically... but its at the expense of fine detail...

The new noise reduction algorithm Nikon are implementing reminds me of the D3200 ... again suppresses chroma noise to the point of texture, detail & colour suffering...

And lastly the G1 X is a stellar high ISO performer... compare its output in the "Noise & Noise Reduction" page against the X Pro 1 or D7000 and the Canon comes out on top...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 19:47 UTC
On Nikon D600 Hands-on Preview preview (713 comments in total)
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lensberg: Above average performance... at the expense of detail & colour rendition looking visibly muted... I suppose that can be attributed to the aggressive approach towards chroma noise suppression...

The Canon 5D III has still got the better of the D600 by a decisive margin as far as high ISO is concerned... The 5D III produces a clearly superor image compared to the D4 in JPEG ... and is fractionally disadvantaged (noisier) in RAW

Only hope the 6D will improve upon the class leading noise performance of the 5D III since it seems to be somewhat hampered by its limited AF module & continous shooting speed...

But at the end of the day, comparing the overall features of the D600 & 6D ... well at this point in time, the Nikon is definitely the more tempting prospect...

@ Kelly M Jones - I agree with your assessment to a certain extent..

From ISO 6400 & above look at the face of the lady on the extreme right hand corner... the 5D III image does have slightly more chroma noise present, but it also preserves fine detail a lot better than the D600 ... notice how clearly definied her nose is... also there is a fine line below her eye which the 5D III has rendered... but the D600 seems to have smudged away.

Now look at that tiger skin patch in the centre of the image... the 5D III maintaings better colour saturation while still showcasing the intricate hair fibres... the D600 by contrast seems to have muted the colour, but also slightly blurred the hairs.

Notice the text on the top left hand corner of the Kodak Grey scale chart, the text from the D600 is almost smudged away while it still eminently legible from the 5D III

Whether this is a deliberate noise reduction technique developed by Nikon, I don't know, but its also infringing upon fine detail.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 08:15 UTC
On Nikon D600 Hands-on Preview preview (713 comments in total)

Above average performance... at the expense of detail & colour rendition looking visibly muted... I suppose that can be attributed to the aggressive approach towards chroma noise suppression...

The Canon 5D III has still got the better of the D600 by a decisive margin as far as high ISO is concerned... The 5D III produces a clearly superor image compared to the D4 in JPEG ... and is fractionally disadvantaged (noisier) in RAW

Only hope the 6D will improve upon the class leading noise performance of the 5D III since it seems to be somewhat hampered by its limited AF module & continous shooting speed...

But at the end of the day, comparing the overall features of the D600 & 6D ... well at this point in time, the Nikon is definitely the more tempting prospect...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 19:40 UTC as 95th comment | 3 replies
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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lensberg: I wish Canon had implemented a superior AF system... perhaps something along the lines of a 7D AF module - 19 points... including all 19 cross type sensors... especially considering the asking price...

And... 4.5 frames per second...?! If the D600 is 1.5 FPS faster than the top of the line D800 ... and costs the same as the 6D ... is it asking too much to have a faster frame rate... at least on par with the 5D III at 6 FPS...

The IQ better be out of this world... at both extended high ISO settings as well DR ...

The 19 point AF is still inferior compared to the AF system of the 5D III ... so that high end niche market will not be infringed upon... Regarding the frame rate - well 4.5 fps is average, but for approximately $2100 i'd expect something comparable to the competition... in this particular instance the D600...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 14:26 UTC
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