Ten things we learned this week
Oct 11, 2013 at 22:00:17 GMT
Ten things we learned this week
It's been a busy few days here on DPReview.com, with new products being released in both the camera and mobile industries, news, previews and of course plenty of in-depth reviews still in progress. In this short article we look back at some of the things we've learned over the past week or so, both from the industry and from you, our readers. Click through to see more.
You like duct tape* (among other things)
In our short feature on essential items that every photographer should have in his/her camera bag, we listed off accessories like mini tripods, cleaning cloths, and business cards. As always we also asked for your suggestions in the comments, and the number one item you thought we missed off our list was duct tape, followed by a multi-tool, and weirdly a couple of you suggested condoms. Moving swiftly on…
* To weigh in on the duct / gaffer tape debate, please see the comments section
You also like old pictures
We've featured photographs from the past a few times on the dpreview homepage, and we always get a great response. The latest article we ran, which showcases Victorian 'snapshots' taken with the Kodak 1 was very popular and generated some great discussion in the comments section.
If pictures of times past are your thing, we recommend bookmarking the Library of Congress Flickr stream, which hosts a huge number of digitised images of everything from past presidents to the recreational activities of our ancestors. Be warned though - once you start digging, it's hard to stop.
Fast shutter speeds don't always prevent blurry pictures
We published our review of the Olympus E-P5 last week, and overall we were extremely impressed by its capabilities and performance in various environments. But we did encounter a major issue with images in some situations, where despite the E-P5's vaunted 5-axis image stabilization, noticeable blur is introduced at shutter speeds of around 160sec.
We did a lot of work on this to try and pin down the cause of the problem (which was the main reason our review took some time to complete) and we'll be publishing more content in the next few days which explains our testing methodology and expands on our findings.
Switchable anti-aliasing filters are a real thing now
Speaking of shaky sensors (stay with me...)
Since Nikon's D800E was released last year, we've seen several DSLRs and large-sensor mirrorless cameras without AA filters on their sensors. In theory, no AA filter means sharper, higher-resolution images, but comes at the expense of moiré patterning when shooting certain subjects.
A lot of you have expressed an interest in being able to switch your camera's AA filter on and off depending on the need, and now you can! If you use a Pentax K-3 that is. The K-3's 24MP sensor lacks a physical AA filter, but Pentax claims it can simulate the effect by vibrating the camera's sensor very slightly. We can't wait to see the technology in action.
We're not completely sure what to call the K-3
'Ricoh announces the Pentax K-3' was one of our headlines this week, and if you find that in any way confusing don't worry - so do we. The new K-3 is an impressive DSLR with some great features, but with 'Pentax' written on the front, and 'Ricoh' on the back, we're still not entirely sure what to actually call it.
Earlier this year, the company formally known as 'Pentax Ricoh', announced that it would henceforth be known simply as 'Ricoh', while the Pentax brand name would continue to be used on the company's SLRs and interchangeable lens cameras - on the front of them at least.
The Nikon D600 might have had issues with its shutter after all...
The new Nikon D610 is 99% of a D600, but with the addition of a slightly improved maximum frame-rate and a new quiet continuous release mode. And by what we assume is sheer coincidence, both these features are made possible by a new shutter unit.
We don't normally pay much attention to shutters, but the fact that the D610 features a new one is significant. We noted an issue with unusual sensor dust and oil accumulation in our review of the D600, and Nikon issued a quasi-acknowledgement of the problem earlier this year. A cynic might conclude that the D610 is Nikon's clearest admission yet that there might have been a problem with the older camera's shutter...
Some of you are allergic to Apples
Apple's (approximately) annual product refresh cycle for the iPhone just came around, and as some of the world's most popular cameras, we've been giving the newest iphone, the iPhone 5s, a fair amount of coverage both on dpreview.com and connect. Although we stand by what we've published, a lot of you seem to be allergic to Apples, and you've been telling us so loudly and clearly in your comments.
We'll still publish smartphone content on dpreview occasionally, where there's a good photography-related argument for doing so but if you really don't like seeing this sort of content on our homepage, you can just filter out news stories tagged with 'connect' (although we think that would be a shame).
Jonathan Ive also designs proper cameras (but only for charity)
Speaking of Apple, the company's chief design mogul Jonathan Ive has created a one-off special edition Leica M for charity. Due to be auctioned next month, the unique camera was designed by Ive in collaboration with fellow designer Marc Newson, who some of you might remember as the creative force behind the unusual Pentax K-01.
We'll let you be the judge of whether Newson's second attempt at camera design is entirely successful, but we do know that lead designer Ive's famous attention to detail involved the creation of more than 500 prototypes over the course of 85 days. Let's not be too cynical - it's all for a good cause.
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The Canon EOS 70D's Dual Pixel AF system is complicated
'Where's the 70D review?' is a question that many of you are asking, and we can assure you that we want to publish it just as much as you want to read it. The 70D's innovative Dual Pixel AF system is perhaps the most interesting thing about the new camera, and we've been putting a lot of effort into testing it thoroughly.
We just posted another huge chunk of new content in our in-depth preview and the full review will be finished very soon. We'll also be speaking to Canon next week at the Photo Plus Expo trade show in New York, so stay tuned for all that!