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On article Welcome to our studio test scene (272 comments in total)
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HelloToe: What's up with the highlights on the bottles on the Phase One pic? I can understand being able to make out details in the reflected lights due to better dynamic range, but why are they elongated on all of the shots but the Phase One? Slight positioning difference?

Well actually, no, then the entire scene isn't representative from a lighting standpoint. But it will show you details, which is I take it what you used the IQ80 for, since there aren't other ISOs shown.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 19:34 UTC
On article Welcome to our studio test scene (272 comments in total)
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micahmedia: What's up with exposure differences?

Yep, read it. There's one paragraph, which doesn't answer my question in full.

"The scene is shot so that the brightness of the scene is consistent, between JPEGs (since we believe most people aim for a particular brightness when shooting)."

So the light is adjusted? Or left static?

"Any difference in shutter speeds used is displayed in the settings information."

Information therein prompted my questions.

"Note that at the very highest ISOs, it is sometimes necessary to reduce the light level to prevent over-exposure."

Right, you'd run out of shutter speeds if everything else was constant--er ISO was constant rate of change. Except, in shots I've looked at so far, you didnt' run out of of shutter speeds at all. And the changes to aperture and shutter added up to an overall EV change/discrepancy.

I'm personally more interested in being able to compare how two different cameras handle exactly the same situation. I'm not sure this new test does this at all.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 19:31 UTC
On article Welcome to our studio test scene (272 comments in total)
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Butoa: And the winner is (drum roll)

RX 100 II (beats Canon G16, Fuji X20)

and will beat all APSC cameras if they were using 2 stop slower kit lenses.

For most soccer moms who never replace their kit lenses, RX 100 II is the winner.

Since you mention "soccer moms" I'll mention continuous AF. That's where DSLRs still reign. And you can get a DSLR rig with a long lens for shooting your kids playing soccer for less than a RX100II (especially when you factor in the extra cost of an EVF for the RX100II, since we're talking shooting in bright daylight some of the time).

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 19:11 UTC
On article Welcome to our studio test scene (272 comments in total)

What's up with exposure differences?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 19:08 UTC as 87th comment | 13 replies

Hopefully the X-Pro 2 will have this sensor too!

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 05:31 UTC as 58th comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 First-impressions Review (154 comments in total)
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Low Budget Dave: For my money, they could have just put a telephone in the RX100.

It will be fun to play with, though. You could walk around with the camera in one hand and your phone in the other, and never actually look where you are going, except by turning your hand.

I can just imagine people walking around using their phone as a periscope.

Agree. Phone built into a camera like the RX100 would be easier to pocket, even if it added bulk over the RX100

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2013 at 06:26 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 First-impressions Review (154 comments in total)
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fastglass: Ah, just noticed ... NO RAW (RAW+JPG) - (which, I just checked & the RX100 II does have) ... too bad!

Micro-SD is a bit of a shame too, though somewhat understandable given the package size ...



...yeah, the speeds and capacities on microSD are coming up. No reason to shun them.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2013 at 06:23 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 First-impressions Review (154 comments in total)
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dweberphotography: Considering the target market for this product, I expected Sony to not offer as much control over ISO, RAW, etc. It was made for smartphone/ tablet users looking for better image quality, not really for the enthusuast or pro crowds who alrady use DSLRs and the like.

Including raw capabilities does not negatively impact image quality. Much like video, if you don't want to use it, don't. It doesn't hurt or cost to have it there.

No, this is about market segmentation.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2013 at 06:22 UTC
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Gesture: "The Leica C is available in two stunning finishes—champagne and bordeaux—and is complemented by a range of accessories in premium materials that highlight the distinctive, eye-catching looks of the new Leica compact camera line.

The perfect complement to the Leica C’s well-designed and stylish look, Leica is offering a range of specially designed, perfectly finished, premium matching accessories."

What is it with photo industry press releases?

Sadly, they just know the market for this camera: people with money to blow and more interested in their image than the ones they capture.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 20:19 UTC
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whtchocla7e: The world needs more ugly viewfinder-less cameras!!

Fuji needs a camera with usable raw files!

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 20:26 UTC
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Dennis: Guess they wanted to make a camera with no viewfinder that won't sell so they can be just like everybody else.

A camera that puts out usable raw files? Yeah, this is a way they SHOULD be like everybody else!

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 20:22 UTC

Fuji san XTrans? Ok--you've got my attention!

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 20:21 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply


I say yes to this. Just yes. This is the right direction. It remains to be seen if it compares well speedwise to the 1 series and Canon P&S models, but this is a proper move. Just, yes.

...although. A ball has been dropped if we don't see a similar sized/shaped 1 series model with the Sony 20mp sensor. The V2 is a big fail that needs to be remedied. Give us a better menus system and controls while were at it. And maybe unlimited video length. And IS.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 04:30 UTC as 97th comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 First-impressions Review (154 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: My jaw just dropped......did they really used/tested this outside work?

I had an idea similar to this while thinking deeply of Sony's capability to reduce the size of electronics such as the NEX and the RX1. I thought that a future camera form factor would be similar only larger, the size of an APSC and Full Frame lens while the other end would provide an Evf/LCD. Ergonomics, almost similar to holding a Sony camcorder with a small strap.

Clearly they wanted to provide zoom capability to a smartphone but what they did here just baffles me. Sony, here's what you do:
1)Nokia Pureview 808 (Prime+high quality ultra compact Zeiss lens+One inch sensor=high quality digital zoom)
2) Get rid of the memory card - internal memory 16gb/32 gb
Now it will be thinner,lighter, cheaper, faster, and will just look way better

Yeah, that's all crap. Except for raw, Sony got this right.

This sensor gives better results and almost any zoom length (20mp vs 40mp is only a 25% difference in resolution. Even at the wide end they're going to look similar).

I won't touch anything that I can't take the card out of. I can't see any reason to prefer on-board memory. If it breaks, your pics are stuck. If I want a fast download or to pop it in something with a memory slot, I can pull the card. Why get rid of that incredibly useful functionality?! No, I think Sony was smart making the memory removable.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 21:31 UTC
On article Battle of the Wi-Fi Cards: Eye-Fi vs. Transcend (184 comments in total)
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seri_art: Can you shoot RAW + JPG and have the card transfer only the JPG files?

If you have a camera with two card slots, you should be able to dedicate one slot for jpegs. So whether or not this is a supported feature of the card, it is possible.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 00:53 UTC
On article Battle of the Wi-Fi Cards: Eye-Fi vs. Transcend (184 comments in total)

Anything yet that will transfer directly to a computer or server via internet, without going through a third party server? I talked to Eye-Fi a couple weeks ago and they admitted they still couldn't do it. Had to go through their servers.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 00:51 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
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WT Jones: Nothing interesting here in my opinion. You have seen one arial photo, you have seen them all really.

Yeah, Times New Roman is more where it's at.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 09:59 UTC
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deleted-13120401: Only extremes ever get noticed in comments. Moderate, balanced and informative comments get relatively ignored. Maybe a 'wow, thanks!' and some likes.

So you can see why people start raving and waving their hands around. They get positive reinforcement.

I'm sure many people are writing PhD thesis on these (which, ironically, will probably only get a few comments)

...welcome to my world.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 11:33 UTC
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D1N0: The main problem is anonymity. If you know your mother might also be reading the comments you make, or your employer or your wife/girlfriend, then maybe you would behave a little better. Anonymous names and Avatars make it possible to turn internet reaction pages into an outlet for all kinds of crap. The interaction between commenters only enhances that.

Yeah, trying to ban "curse" words is ineffective büllshít. The commenters on the internet already act like children. Slapping their wrists for "swearing" only adds to that effect.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 11:32 UTC

Comments sections are free attention. They are user generated content. If the authors don't create content that engages the users, the other users will be sure to.

Are you sure you wouldn't rather spend your time creating engaging content, than babysitting?

Yeah, I'm sure higher volume of comments will do wonders for quality. Bring on the shít show.

Came for the objective reviews, stayed for the abuse?

No, I find myself removing comment sections with adblock more and more these days. Haven't done that here. Yet. I'm having trouble finding a reason not too though.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 11:29 UTC as 116th comment
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