Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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On Video preview of the Canon Powershot G7 X article (31 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Nice presentation, Richard,
It really helped to envision size relationship to the hand.
Saying that the G7X is one of the most capable cameras (in the segment) is like choosing one of the two available at this moment, other being RX100(MX)

Where's that said, out of interest? I can't find it in the video.

If it's text somewhere, I'll update it to make clear that I mean this and the RX100s are the most capable (compared to small enthusiast compacts, not just in comparison to each other).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 22:37 UTC
On Video preview of the Canon Powershot G7 X article (31 comments in total)
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Timbukto: Can't see the video yet, but given the specs I expect the Photokina model is tethered to the power cord, or they are swapping out batteries every half hour?

You can't see the video? Is anyone else having that problem?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 21:57 UTC
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Jogger: No 4k recording?

@Cheng Bao - I'd forgotten the Samsung (it's been a long week).

I was referring to stills sensors. The Samsung is the first APS-C stills camera to shoot 4K.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 20:05 UTC
On Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens article (37 comments in total)
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Almeida: How is this a "portrait lens"?

It's not clear how the original story with placeholder text got published. It's the downside of trying to collaborate between Germany and the west coast of the US.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 19:49 UTC
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Jogger: No 4k recording?

We've not yet seen any 4K capable APS-C sensors that I can think of.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 19:47 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (804 comments in total)
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tommy leong: "...On the right side of the camera you'll find the cover which hides the I/O ports (shown later) and the lens at its full telephoto position. "
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What does this mean ? the cover hides the lens at full telephoto ?

I've amended that text. It was just trying to explain that the two side-on views of the camera showed the different extents to which the lens extends.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 01:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (804 comments in total)
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2eyesee: I've seen multiple sources (PhotoLint and Imaging Resource) state that the screen is NOT a touchscreen. This need clarification and correcting if necessary.

I haven't got the camera, so I can't be sure. I've put the question to Panasonic but have a horrid feeling we've got this wrong, so have amended the article.

That description could well be a description of the GM5, which we were shown at the same time as the LX100 - handing them back and forwards amongst ourselves as we wrote. If we're wrong (and it looks like we might be), then I'm really sorry about any confusion we've caused.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 01:10 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (318 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Now Canon is re-badging other company’s products instead of their own products.

Are we going to apply the same logic to Nikon, Ricoh, Leica, Fujifilm, Samsung, Olympus, Panasonic and Apple, who all appear to have used Sony sensors at one point or another?

Or perhaps to every company that's used a Sony LCD panel on the back of their cameras (that'd be most of the industry).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:37 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (318 comments in total)
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lightsculpture: "On the left side of the camera is the release for the pop-up flash, and the NFC contact point (which should really have the official logo, rather than what you see here)."

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/canon-g7x/ZURBOTTOM.jpg

Looks like the official NFC logo is under the camera... are you sure the contact point is not under the camera instead?

I'd like to think it'll be before then. We don't have the camera here anymore (it's almost certainly being dusted and polished on a stand in Cologne, ready for the Photokina press day tomorrow), so I can't check.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:33 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (318 comments in total)
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lightsculpture: "On the left side of the camera is the release for the pop-up flash, and the NFC contact point (which should really have the official logo, rather than what you see here)."

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/canon-g7x/ZURBOTTOM.jpg

Looks like the official NFC logo is under the camera... are you sure the contact point is not under the camera instead?

@qianp2k - I'm afraid I don't remember. I've been handling a lot of different cameras in the last couple of weeks (and am currently rather sleep-deprived). Sorry about that.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 18:13 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1398 comments in total)
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technic: yet another machinegun style brick from Canon with no real improvement in sensor quality compared to 8 years ago or so ... really sad. Dual pixel is some progress, but not in image quality where it was really needed given the advantage that Nikon and Sony have had for several years now.

IMHO the most boring upgrade in a long time :-(

A 65-point, all cross-type AF system which, for the first time in a Canon outside the 1D X, uses metering info to aid tracking, plus what *could be* very good tracking in video (the samples we were shown were impressive, but they would be).

For anyone who's been waiting for a 7D replacement, that's exciting. Those are impressive specs.

Of course there is the grey cloud of low-ISO sensor performance lingering over the whole thing, but you not being interested, or not willing to recognise the developments that have been made, doesn't mean it's not interesting to some people. Nor does it mean we're biased.

(We're pretty exciting about the NX1, LX100 and G7 X, too. And the GM5 looks rather nice, as well).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 18:08 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (318 comments in total)
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povetron: Does anybody know more info about shutter?
Is it focal plane or leaf shutter(I guess the first one)?
And what about flash sync-speed

It's very *likely* to an in-lens shutter, with flash sync across the full shutter speed range, but we don't yet know for certain.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 18:02 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (318 comments in total)
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vincent__l: The most interesting point about this camera is Canon using a Sony sensor (if true). If this is going to be the beginning of a broader business relationship, and Canon puts Sony sensors in their FF DSLRs, much of Nikon's advantage will be gone. A 5D Mark IV, with a Sony Exmor sensor, would be a worthy upgrade.

There have been Canon cameras with remarkable Sony-esque looking sensor specs before:

10MP 1/1.7" CCD that only shot VGA video at a time everything else was moving to HD and Full HD.

12MP 1/1.7" BSI-CMOS sensors, when Canon doesn't (to the best of my knowledge) have any BSI-CMOS fabrication capabilities...

I wouldn't get your hopes up about DSLRs, based solely on this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 18:00 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (164 comments in total)
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Jorginho: In europe we do not pay in pounds. We pay in Euro in general.

I was hoping to be able to put both the UK Sterling and Euro price into that sentence but the Euro price hasn't been announced.

I didn't mean to imply that the UK was all of Europe.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (318 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: Big fan of Canon except for their also-ran sensor technology. It is between this camera and the new LX100 for me. I wish Canon had included a hot shoe. That omission might swing me to Panasonic.

Canon (to the best of my knowledge) doesn't have any BSI-CMOS fabrication capabilities.

Equally, Sony's Semiconductor business group has made a part number public, which is usually a sign that it's available to external buyers.

No one else has yet claimed to make a 20MP 1-inch sensor (and you'd expect Panasonic and Samsung to be making a noise, if they were).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:27 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (436 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: Weird ergonomics. It has two large dials on top of the camera, which is good, but the dial on the right hand side is too close to the "pentaprism" housing and too far away from the shutter button for finger tip control. If Samsung is going to make APS-C models only, they will always be a fringe player in the enthusiast market, alongside Sigma and Pentax.

There is a command dial immediately behind the shutter button.

You should be able to see it [in this image](http://www.dpreview.com/previews/samsung-nx1/images/inhand_top.jpg).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:13 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (318 comments in total)
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lightsculpture: "On the left side of the camera is the release for the pop-up flash, and the NFC contact point (which should really have the official logo, rather than what you see here)."

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/canon-g7x/ZURBOTTOM.jpg

Looks like the official NFC logo is under the camera... are you sure the contact point is not under the camera instead?

You're correct - the icon on the camera's left is indicating the position of the Wi-Fi antenna, I believe.

I've updated the article.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:55 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (804 comments in total)
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LB_55: Specs say no headphones port, but the review says there's one beneath the microphone port. A headphones port is important for videographers - does it have one, or not?

Ok, I think I've got to the bottom of this. The comment about mic and headphone sockets seems to have come from the Samsung NX1 page and ended up here by mistake.

I'll update the page and re-check the spec database.

Really sorry about that.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:06 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (804 comments in total)
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Prognathous: For the record, the auto lens cap was invented by Ricoh and then adopted by other manufacturers.

That's acknowledged in the text.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:58 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (318 comments in total)
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l_d_allan: > which should give excellent control over depth-of-field (including at focal lengths useful for classic portraiture)

Hype ... ???

To me, you need at least a m43 size sensor with fast lens to have "excellent control of DOF". Preferably even larger, like a Canon EF 85mm f1.8 on a 6d or 5d3 full frame.

I've corrected it to make the context (compared to other compacts) explicit.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:56 UTC
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