Brian Steele

Lives in Grenada St. George's, Grenada
Works as a IT Manager
Joined on Aug 1, 2001

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On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (121 comments in total)

I brought one of these for my wife in 2005 when we were visiting the UK. She loved it, and we still have it (and yes, it still works). Back then I was brandishing a 4MP Panasonic FZ15 (an "in-between" camera as I was waiting to jump to the 4/3 world with the Olympus E520). It was really annoying when we went to visit one of those old castles and were told no flash photography allowed. She pulled out the F10 and took some great pictures, while my FZ15 produced loads of grainy useless crap the one or two times I dared to bring it out, LOL.

Yes, the terminal adapter was annoying (lose that and you cannot charge the camera's battery!), but the F10's low light performance at the time more than made up for this and its other shortcomings, at least for the casual point'n'shooter.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 23:07 UTC as 5th comment

I used to have one of the cheaper Maniacs. My first digital camera. Stopped working when it got dropped and the FD head went out of alignment. Probably something that won't ever happen with other cameras... :)

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 03:42 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (270 comments in total)
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Boissez: Quick question: why did you pick the Olympus e-pl7 over the e-m10? They cost the same, but as a whole I'd say the e-m10 is a better packages.

Not "discontinued", but "out of production". I don't believe Olympus is still producing the EM10. They might still have stock for sale however.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2016 at 16:07 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (270 comments in total)
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Boissez: Quick question: why did you pick the Olympus e-pl7 over the e-m10? They cost the same, but as a whole I'd say the e-m10 is a better packages.

If you meant the Mark I, I think an answer was already provided concerning the choice to not include discounted out-of-production models.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2016 at 14:20 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (270 comments in total)
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Boissez: Quick question: why did you pick the Olympus e-pl7 over the e-m10? They cost the same, but as a whole I'd say the e-m10 is a better packages.

B&H currently has the EM10 II at $549 and the E-PL7 at $399. That's a fairly big difference in price. I was comparing the two recently and eventually went with the EM10 II, due to slightly better ergonomics and its 5-way IS.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 16:41 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (336 comments in total)

The video for the EM10 II says it has 3-axis IS. The Olympus website however says that it has 5-axis IS, like the EM5 and EM1. The older EM10 has 3-axis IS

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 22:04 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
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J A C S: The lens that does nothing.

While the cost of replacing the front element may be about the same as the cost of a "high end" filter, I think the inconvenience of having to send said lens off for repair and being without it while it's being repaired also needs to be taken into consideration. Spare filters cost a lot less than spare lenses...

I use filters on all of my lenses when they're in use.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2015 at 00:31 UTC

Sensor-shift would be nice. IMO even nicer for me would be on-sensor PDAF that will allow my older 4/3 lenses to be actually useful on this body, at a price that puts it in the entry to midrange SLR range.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 05:20 UTC as 71st comment
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RussellInCincinnati: Further validation of some of the concepts used by Eric Fossum's Quantum Image Sensor approach. In the QIS case, you read the sensor so often that perhaps each pixel-well only needs to hold a super small number of electrons (i.e. need only record accurately the perception of a super small number of photons).

Once you start thinking about it, who wouldn't want all our cameras to work by storing a zillion small subexposures and then stacking however many you want as needed for a given rendition--if there were no prohibitive costs.

Sounds like a pretty good approach. Even better, if you think about it, the process of choosing how many sub-exposures to stack from each pixel could be automatically done by looking at the value of each pixel produced during the first read, and determining how many samples from an exposure set for that particular pixel would then be required to produce a final image that matches a pre-set tone curve.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 06:38 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5/FT5 (74 comments in total)

DPreview, what would be interesting is a "long term" review on some of these cameras, as well as repair/service options for them. I own one of these Panasonics, the TS3, and the thing lasted just under two years before it died (Update: after 3 months in storage, it suddenly started working again!). Turns out that a few people I've met had the same or similar model - and ran into the same problem. OTOH, I know at least one person with one of the Pentax models and it's still going strong after several years of service.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 01:35 UTC as 21st comment
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CanadianCoolpix: Since it goes up to the year 2000, I would have included the Olympus C-2100 UZ. This camera was way ahead of its time. It had everything, including a 10X optical zoom with stabilization. Electronic viewfinder.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusc2100uz/2

Agreed!

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2013 at 13:17 UTC
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Peiasdf: The color on the car is off vs. bayer picture. I guess phone users don't really care for color accuracy.

Admittedly I was looking more at noise rather than colour resolution. Wouldn't equal size/amount of pixels result in equal noise across R G and B for every exposure?

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 00:35 UTC
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Peiasdf: The color on the car is off vs. bayer picture. I guess phone users don't really care for color accuracy.

This might open up another subject entirely, but I wonder why hexagonal image arrays didn't take off? This seems to be the best way to get an equal number of R, G, and B sensors into the array, which should produce the best results.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 04:46 UTC
On article Panasonic launches rugged DMC-TS4 / FT4 (75 comments in total)
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Streicher: As I understand the TS3 already featured both a compass and an altimeter ( see http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/DMC-TS3S ), so I have a hard time seeing exactly what it is that has been added hardware wise. Any ideas?

That's correct. I have the TS3 and it has both of those features. Even the images in this report look exactly like the TS3 (except for the litle "TS4" lettering, of course).

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2012 at 11:09 UTC
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