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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 (712 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 (712 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 (712 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 (712 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 (589 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
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (589 comments in total)

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 ...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 14:12 UTC as 97th comment | 2 replies
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puneetvikramsingh: ISO performance is one stop better than my Nikon D5100....

@ ashwins - no doubt its asking for a lot, but chronologically speaking, looking at the gradual progression of sensor technology, from the days of the D3S to the D4, 5D III & 1D X of today... it is an imminent reality that higher MP sensors will produce cleaner results at high ISO's... whether of not Nikon have managed to achieve this is another question altogether... but I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt until an official review...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 14:39 UTC
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puneetvikramsingh: ISO performance is one stop better than my Nikon D5100....

Just 1 stop alone wouldn't really be an impressive feat with a FF sensor... I was hoping on the lines of at least close to 2 stops better than the D5100 / 7000 ... Perhaps close if not equal to the D4 ... We'll just have to wait and see...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 08:13 UTC

Way too much noise reduction in the photos... even in broad daylight... fine detail rendered more like a pastel effect...

Overall not a bad effort at all... guess it puts it on par with the Samsung Galaxy S3... but just not the quantum leap in IQ i was hoping for...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 09:18 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted - Sony NEX-F3 review article (129 comments in total)

Sony seems to have come a long way in refining their noise reduction technique... definitely one of the best performing APS-C cameras available along with the NEX 5N & X-Pro 1...

Wish Sony would implement their stacked CMOS technilogy into APS-C sensors soon... Redesigning & tweaking their existing wafers shouldn't pose too much of a problem... especially given the sensor market share they currently enjoy...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2012 at 11:38 UTC as 24th comment
On Just Posted: Nokia 808 PureView Review article (208 comments in total)
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resuyaber: In dpr studio comparison tool i find ONLY one DSLR ( Nikon D800) have better resolution than Nokia 808 ??? Is there something wrong with my eyes?

But it will never ever come close to bettering the 5D III at high ISO, dynamic range, depth of feild, per-pixel definition and just sheer all round versatility...

Taking your theory into consideration, at base ISO its equal if not better than the D800 too at detail resolution & capture...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2012 at 09:41 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D3200 in-depth Review article (358 comments in total)
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Michael Uschold: Hmm, no penalty for 24 vs. 12 megapixels? What about reduced frames per second due to more processing needed, what about more noise at high ISO due to pixel density. Come on guys, you know better.

Of course there's a severe price to be paid for the MP increase... the results speak volumes about current generation sensor limitations & per pixel light gathering capabilities... If your main aim is to use this camera below ISO 800 you'll be fine... any higher and you'll be relegated to point & shoot IQ...

Nikon's marketing department might allege great advances in noise reduction algorithms and sensor design without compromising on IQ ... take it with a pinch of salt... its all a load of rubbish...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 08:55 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-Pro1 review article (271 comments in total)

Its funny... but i remember reading Ken Rockwell's D800 review not too long ago... and in that particular review he included a high ISO image comparison between a number of current APS-C & FF camera's... two of which were the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the Nikon D7000 ... and lo and behold the D7000 samples actually manage to look cleaner and retain better colour throughout the spectrum...

Now exactly how he managed to achieve that result is anybody's guess... Whether he manipulates the sample images with biased intentions or is his testing methodology just drastically different...?! Because from the DPR review one thing is abundantly clear... the X-Pro1 is definitely the best APS-C camera available for pure IQ... getting the better of a number of FF models in the process...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 09:35 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply

By any chance, is the high ISO capabilities of the D800E superior compared to the D800...?! At least from the RAW samples it certainly seems that way... quite a bit cleaner, with significantly less chroma noise and better detail retention... if this is the case... a very impressive feat indeed...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2012 at 08:52 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
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Tape5: Even Canon's top DSLR right now is a failure. Rebels have a tradition of being mediocre garbage cans producing mediocre images for years. Is this rebel any different? This is something for those people who give a damn to go and work out.

And i suppose you're trying to insinuate that Nikon or Sony's equivalents were actually superior in any form whatsoever...

Canon isn't exactly linear in its approach to Rebel series upgrades... sticking with 18 MP on an entirely redesigned sensor was a good move... and seems to be paying of in great dividents as far as IQ is concerned... even their revamped AF should be more accurate & responsive campared to Nikon's D3100 / 3200 & D5100 range...

Nikons decision to implement 24 MP on an APS-C sensor sounds like a massive upgrade (on paper at least) ... but even from sample images, IQ seems to be a notch or two behind their previous generation of DSLR's... colour rendition & depth seems to be muted for some reason... and noise... well its okay... but even Sony's NEX 7 is a cut above them...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2012 at 09:55 UTC
On Just Posted: In-depth Nikon D800 review article (541 comments in total)

"Outstanding high ISO performance in both JPEG and Raw files" ... you lavish way too much praise on this camera... A more practical conclusion would be... good high ISO performance... but definitely nothing "outstanding" about it...

Even in DP's own image quality comparisons (both RAW & JPEG) ... chroma noise levels are a far cry from being "low"... the Canon 5D III & D4 do maintain a stellar degree of uniformity in their chroma levels... but not the D800... it looks boarderline unusable at 6400... so where is this blatant bias stemming from...?!

In High ISO Noise Comparisons (21) upscaling the 5D III image is very unfair considering native output is at a14 MP deficit... a better alternative would be downscaling the D800 image... This is the first review i've read where the D800's low light performance comes even remotely close to the 5D III at anything over ISO 1600... something is seriously wrong...

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2012 at 11:56 UTC as 93rd comment | 3 replies
On Pentax K-01 studio test shots published article (146 comments in total)
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marike6: These test show clearly the K-01 as the pinnacle of IQ for a mirror-less camera, equal or better than most APS-C DSLRs. The two Fujis, X-Pro1 and X100, NEX-7 and now the K-01 are as good as it gets IQ-wise in this class of camera.

Quite frankly i think that both Fujifilm's X-Pro 1 & X100 are grossly exaggerated... I mean don't get me wrong, they're both very good... which should be able to satisfy even the most discerning of critics... but definitely nothing "class leading" about either of them...

In JPEG, the Sony NEX 5N is the epitome of IQ excellence... When it comes to RAW... despite the fact that Pentax does manipulate the final output... i'd still say its an extremely close contest between Pentax, Canon, Nikon & Sony... with none of them being significantly better than the other...

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2012 at 07:40 UTC
On Just Posted: Olympus OM-D E-M5 review article (577 comments in total)
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Tavi: I really don't see where E-M5 is behind the APSC, at least according to the results on the dpreview's comparison tool. The output is generally nicer or very close to many other cameras, including mid-range DSLRs.

The price is a bit high but after factoring in the camera's qualities (size, weight, lenses, sealing, customizability, speed) I believe it will be a strong competitor in the enthusiast segment.

Great job, Olympus!

On the "Noise & Noise Reduction" page (16) ... include the Canon G1 X in the test... the Canon beats the Olympus OM-D E-M5 along with all of the APS-C competition...

The grey & black levels are simply spectacular on the Canon... and the queens head is the clearest & best defined of the bunch all the way till ISO 12800...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2012 at 14:06 UTC
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