Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (467 comments in total)
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Kim Letkeman: I laughed when I saw that Panasonic was (inevitably and predictably) left out of the running. One has to wonder who Panasonic ticked off to get left out of a category in which it should be able to compete very well ... after all, enthusiasts do shoot a lot of video these days.

I've shot the D300, D7000, and D70s in the Nikon "enthusiast" lineup and I would take a Nikon over any of the others listed for the system, the ergonomics and the image quality.

But ... I would take the Panasonic G6 or the GH3 over the Nikons for the smaller size, the incredible video, the same ergonomics and basically the same image quality.

And so it goes ...

Once written out, my reasons for not including it didn't seem as convincing as they had in my head. Kim politely made a strong case for its inclusion, so I went back and added it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 01:37 UTC
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (295 comments in total)
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o_23: I would vote for Canon EOS M. It has very intuitive touchscreen. Compact solid magnesium body. Compatible with all Canon lenses. Excellent IQ. Focusing is very accurate and pretty fast after June firmware update. I bought 2 cameras for $399 (kits with flash and 2 lenses). If you subtract prices of kit lenses and flash, the price of a camera is just ridiculous. I also prefer Canon colors, specifically skin tones look much more natural than from other cameras. Though I like Full Frame camera more for better bokeh, but I am tired to carry heavy FF lenses. My backpack is 3 times lighter now.

The only reason the EOS-M isn't going to be included in these roundups is because we think it's on end-of-life sale and won't necessarily be available for the full lifetime of these roundups.

However, other than the slow autofocus, there's an awful lot to like about the EOS-M. I share Jeff's experience with the interface and suspect that a camera based around the 70D's dual pixel AF system could be very good (so long as the focus speed isn't inhibited by the design of the lenses).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 00:01 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)
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PrebenR: There is not a single enthusiast compact in that list.

Or possibly we're using different definitions.

I'm assuming you mean that the Coolpix A, Ricoh GR, Fujifilm X100S, etc, should be called enthusiast compacts. The problem being that the cameras we're talking about here, even back when pretty-much the only option was the Canon G series, were already known as enthusiast compacts, so we can't just apply the name to something else.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 20:57 UTC
On Camera roundups 2013: What to buy and why article (286 comments in total)
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Optimal Prime: What?! No Casio? How can it be?!

The EX-10 would be in here if it had been released in time for us to have used one.

It looks very promising and, when we get one and have had a little time to use it, we'll add it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 20:49 UTC
On Camera roundups 2013: What to buy and why article (286 comments in total)
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kpaddler: This site have become like reviews of car magazines. Every car gets thumbs up, and a "good buy". Yet, a year later you hear the car they raved about catches fire while on family vacation, or the front wheel comes off on the freeway while doing 80 click. Just minor inconveniences....

There is exactly 3 weak points and 3 good points in each camera. That is a good review, that is, if you want to sell anything that your dad carries in his store.

Most cameras are extremely good - so it's not surprising we're not particularly scathing about any of them.

However, we are recommending the ones we think are best and it should be clear which are the very best, which are simply good and which are the weakest.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 20:48 UTC
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (295 comments in total)
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Richard Franiec: Still no love for EOS M?
Possibly smallest and (currently) least expensive camera with APS-C size sensor.
Incredible line up of supported (via adapter) EF/EF-S lenses.
You can get the kit with a nice lens for much less than any of the cams mentioned in this round up. In fact it is less expensive than most advanced fixed lens compacts mentioned in "leave the DSLR" section.
We all know about the M's quirks but even slight mention would be nice and well deserved.

The EOS-M would have been in the 'Moving on up' segment if we believed it was still a current model (and the conclusion would be 'great interface but disappointing focus performance').

However, the incredibly cheap deals on the camera strongly suggest its an end-of-life model, so there's no point including it in a roundup that we hope will be relevant few the next few months.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 19:40 UTC
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (295 comments in total)
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ianbullock: NX300+30mm f2 fits in my jeans pocket. Yes, it looks a little silly, but it fits. I have it with me all the time as a result.

That might seem like a little thing, but for me the selection of tiny pancake prime lenses (16mm, 20mm, 30mm) was what drove me to buy the NX300.

@ianbullock - that sounds like an excellent reason to choose one camera over another.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 19:36 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)
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VaLeX: It's strange that if you read the qualitative, subjective appreciation of each camera, you'd say that the Fuji would get the recommendation. A comment about Fuji's bigger sensor (or at least a link to a chart, as you did with apertures) should have been made. Even appended with a comment about how the bigger sensor fails (or not) to translate into better image quality in comparison to 1/1.7 group.

As I say, equivalent aperture takes sensor size into account - the camera with the brightest equivalent aperture is the one that receives most light for its image. So, for example, the brighter maximum aperture on the MX-1 and XZ-2 [compensate almost precisely](http://www.dpreview.com/files/articles/6489685206/EnthusiastAperture.png) for the larger sensor size of the X20.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 19:21 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)
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shademaster: You know, you guys *could* mention the EX2F from time to time. Spec-wise it's right up there with LX7, and I love mine, and I got it for $220 on special last black friday.

There's every reason to believe it's no longer a current model - that's why we didn't include it. The fact that there were big discounts available a whole year ago just supports this impression.

And, having shot with it a fair bit, we couldn't recommend it over an LX7.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 19:08 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)
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schaki: Samsung EX2F should have been in this test as well.

There's every reason to suspect the EX2F isn't a current model, so it doesn't make sense to cover it. Adorama doesn't have it, B&H has it in black but lists the white model as discontinued, and it's only available from third-party sellers on Amazon.

Having shot with it a fair bit, I can assure you it wouldn't have been one of our recommendations.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 19:05 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)
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Bjrn SWE: Cameras with viewfinders should be rated higher.

@Bjrn SWE - that's the point - some people desperately want a viewfinder, some don't mind. That's part of the reason we chose two cameras at the end - the second of which has a viewfinder because our main pick doesn't.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 19:00 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)
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Jim: Why is the Canon G1X consistently omitted from your enthusiast compact round ups? It blows the others away from an image quality point of view...not even close.

It's also not terribly close in terms of price, size or speed.

There's an argument for including it here, but it has at least as much in common with the Ricoh GRs and Fujifilm X100S's of this world.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 18:58 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)
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VaLeX: It's strange that if you read the qualitative, subjective appreciation of each camera, you'd say that the Fuji would get the recommendation. A comment about Fuji's bigger sensor (or at least a link to a chart, as you did with apertures) should have been made. Even appended with a comment about how the bigger sensor fails (or not) to translate into better image quality in comparison to 1/1.7 group.

The aperture charts are represented in terms of 'equivalent aperture,' which means they take sensor size into account (something that's important to do in a class with three main sensor sizes represented).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 08:43 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)
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KLinLA: Canon G1X and Lumix LF1 left out here,
or are they in some other category?

The LF1 is in the forthcoming 'High-end pocketable compacts' roundup.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 03:42 UTC
On Enthusiast compact camera 2013 roundup article (236 comments in total)
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KLinLA: Canon G1X and Lumix LF1 left out here,
or are they in some other category?

There's an argument for including it the same class as things like the X100S and Ricoh GR - which I'm afraid we may not have time to cover.

Despite the visual similarities to the G16, it's a rather different creature, whose size and slowness would have counted against it in this group - excellent though its image quality it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 03:37 UTC
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (295 comments in total)
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Buena Vista: I sure wish there weren't so many holes in the side-by-side spec comparison, especially for the Samsung. Why not fill in the blanks, dp?

Also it looks as though having a viewfinder is heavily weighted. Why? Not everyone needs a viewfinder, especially given the quality of some of the screens in these cameras.

Seeing these comparisons has made us aware of the need for greater consistency, in future. However, it's difficult to provide full specs for those brands that announce cameras without full specifications. Without constantly checking their many websites, (which we don't have time to do), these gaps will occur.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2013 at 04:59 UTC
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (295 comments in total)
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Stephen Scharf: I'm glad that the Fuji X-E2 is on this list (as the X-Pro1 was on the first list), but I have to really take exception to the "struggles with fine green detail" comment. This might be a bit of an issue with LR or ACR, but it most definitely is not with Capture One Pro or Capture One Express. Both of these applications provide the best RAW conversion of Fuji RAF files, but you never use it in your reviews. As such, you're providing an inaccurate description of what the camera is truly capable of producing.

Also, the comment that RAW support is "patchy" is also inaccurate. By my count, there are ten applications that provide excellent if not outstanding RAW conversion for Fuji X-trans files: SilkyPix, Lightroom, ACR, Capture One Pro, Capture One Express, AccuRaw, Iridient Developer, Apple Aperture, and Photo Ninja. How can *ten* different apps that provide RAW conversion possibly be referred to as "patchy"?

@Stephen Scharf - We tried (and published) Capture One's conversion of X-Trans when it was launched. It was a fraction better than ACR at the time but a subsequent ACR update has significantly reduced the difference.

We use a standard converter for our test scene and have settled on what's currently by far the most widely used. We could throw away the idea of consistency and had the time to cherry-pick a different converter for every camera, someone would still decide they prefer a different converter, and accuse us of bias, one way or the other.

That's why we provide the Raw files so that you can run them through your preferred converter and draw your own conclusions.

I have added a little more detail to the sentence about Raw converters.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2013 at 04:52 UTC
On Camera roundups 2013: What to buy and why article (286 comments in total)
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sm176811: Agree with 60sphotographer... These categories are not MECE at all!

If you can work out a more logical way of segmenting the products, send us a feedback email and we'll consider it for next time.

Any attempt at categorisation will have flaws but we've tried to separate into groups that we think potential users might be looking at, then further consider sub-groups within those and make recommendations accordingly.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 22:01 UTC
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (467 comments in total)
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andy amos: Interesting to see 2 mirrorless models made it to the the round-up. A few years ago they would have been scoffed at. Looks like EVF is becoming viable at last. I wonder how the Sony Alpha range will do in the full frame catagory?

@Plastek - if our coverage reflected only what people bought, we'd spend over 70% of our time writing about Nikon or Canon DSLRs. The point is that most other manufacturers have switched away from DSLR now, so that's what there is for us to write about.

We're not biased towards mirrorless - we're trying to cover as many new cameras as we can. A few years ago that meant writing about Sony, Olympus, Samsung and Panasonic DSLRs, even though they were fighting it out for around 30% of the market, now it means Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm, Panasonic and Samsung mirrorless models, even though also not reaching a big market. Yet.

The difference is that, by doing something different, these manufacturers have created more interesting products (and in many cases, better products), so there's more that we're finding that's positive.

On top of that, spend some time shooting with some of the latest mirrorless models and it's hard to believe DSLR dominance will last forever.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 19:02 UTC
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (467 comments in total)
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bossa: The K-3 smokes the D7100 in any comparison apart from maybe focus tracking.
This comparison is a travesty for the following reasons:
A. The sensor shake reduction mechanism can do
(i) amazing star tracking when combined with the O-GPS,
(ii) horizon correction
(iii) sensor shift (shift lens anyone?)
(iv) sensor shake based AA filter

B. The new hi-res exposure system
C. the silky shutter
D. 25 cross point AF
E. f2.8 AF system that works way down low (in the dark almost)
F. Huge buffer for 23 RAW shots at 8 fps
G. superior ergonomics (ISO right where you need it and DOF Preview on the shutter button lever etc etc)
H. The Green Button and numerous exposure modes Nikon never heard of.

The K-3 is a no brainer when compared to the D7100.

PS: The new AF system also uses the new hi-res exposure system to differentiate and track.

@dosdan - In the light of what you've posted, I have to assume it's what we were told that's wrong. As I say, it seemed odd at the time that they wouldn't use a relatively high-res metering sensor for some sort of scene or subject recognition.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 18:53 UTC
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