LightBug

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On article Have your say: Best high-end compact of 2016 (90 comments in total)

Why Ricoh GRii not amongst the choices?

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 06:47 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1243 comments in total)
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rhlpetrus: The Nikon D500 is king of cropped cameras, in all aspects. It's at least 1 stop better in high ISO compared to the other cameras e and the detail at base ISO is outstanding. The AF is also top-notch. Maybe Nikon will make a mirror-free version someday.

Not in all aspects. Pentax K-70 or K-3ii will beat D500 in macros or other static scenes with pixel shift.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 07:55 UTC

There were also two firmware updates for K1 that added new features that I think is worth bringing to the attention of the readerships of this site.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 16:18 UTC as 10th comment
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1243 comments in total)
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LightBug: DPR on EM-1-mk's AF:
"So the story is this - if you can follow the action yourself, you'll likely be thrilled with the E-M1 II's performance. If you're looking for industry-leading subject tracking during bursts, it's not quite there. "

I think the same can be said for any camera that has decent AF capability. With some practice, one can compensate for lack of technology. So one has to decide if one wants to spend the money for latest AF technology or develop some skills.

@MyReality, my point is you are putting too much stock into DPR's K1 review. Experienced K-1 users can use K-1 to get the shots they are happy with, that's real world result I can trust more than anyone's poorly executed bicycle test. No camera can guarantee you will always get the shot you want, but people who are willing to spend the time to understand their camera and develop their skill should be happily served by K-1.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 06:51 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1243 comments in total)
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LightBug: DPR on EM-1-mk's AF:
"So the story is this - if you can follow the action yourself, you'll likely be thrilled with the E-M1 II's performance. If you're looking for industry-leading subject tracking during bursts, it's not quite there. "

I think the same can be said for any camera that has decent AF capability. With some practice, one can compensate for lack of technology. So one has to decide if one wants to spend the money for latest AF technology or develop some skills.

Many are getting good action photos with K-1, here is an random example I found from well known poster in the Pentax SLR forum:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58205615

So contrary to what DPR's K1 review might indicate, K-1's AF seems fine for getting keepers, if one is willing to work on the technique, or track the subject oneself, as DPR has allowed for in the OMD-1-mkii review.

Also, with recent firmware 1.30 update, many have reported better AF tracking using K1:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58627348

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 06:57 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1243 comments in total)

DPR on EM-1-mk's AF:
"So the story is this - if you can follow the action yourself, you'll likely be thrilled with the E-M1 II's performance. If you're looking for industry-leading subject tracking during bursts, it's not quite there. "

I think the same can be said for any camera that has decent AF capability. With some practice, one can compensate for lack of technology. So one has to decide if one wants to spend the money for latest AF technology or develop some skills.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 04:25 UTC as 141st comment | 5 replies
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)
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ShreedharHegde: Is it only me who think pictures posted above are inferior to A6300? Most of the pictures are overexposed, blur or very bad dynamic range. It could be the use of a bad lens, but not really impressive. A $100 point and shoot digital camera takes similar pictures. I am really disappointed with the pictures where the horse is in and also the concert pictures. Skateboard picture lacks clarity, jumping dog shows sports capability, but its not really impressive (background light)

I think there were couple of pictures of lady on horse that were sharp, the other one with same lady on horse plus other action photos at lower ISO do not seem sharp. Either photographer needs to pan better, or maybe Sony's vaunted AF tracking has reached its limit?

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 05:32 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (333 comments in total)
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Mike Hiran: It seems unfair that you will compare this to mirrorless cameras in things like weight, but when it comes to battery life you call the k70 worst in class though the same mirrorless cameras you compare the k70 to earlier have less battery life than the k70. Quite the double standard.

I think it's subjective to say one has more detail than the other since the difference is so small. On the old man sketch, his left eye (on right side) seems to show more wrinkles in the K-70 ISO 100 RAW shot than in the D5500 version. But other areas may look different. To me the differences below ISO1600 are pretty minimal, but if you jack up the ISO, K-70 seems to do much better with the newer sensor. If DPReview ever does add the RAW pixel shift files, you'll see even bigger difference in IQ for these kind of static scenes. Or you can compare to K3-ii's RAW pixel shift as well, though K3-ii's sensor is also older than that of K-70.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 08:09 UTC
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Jylppy: Really impressive! The quality is very close to Canon 5D that is a FF camera i.e. has 4x the sensor area. And even Canon 5D is an old camera that is still an impressive feat since sensor tech does not improve that much compared to the advantages what a larger sensor gives to you. Plus Oly is super fast and compact. The IQ of cameras is damn good nowadays that we tend to split hairs and think those differences really matter. Next DPR should review Oly's Pro zooms. I am keen to see how good those are wide open.

For sure sensor technology has progressed, how else could IQ of m43 sized sensor get close to that of an old FF sensor?

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 07:17 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (333 comments in total)
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GarysInSoCal: SAD... four of the things I find MAJORLY important in my next DSLR camera purchase are 4 of the things this camera FAILED so miserably at... ELEVEN focus points (ridiculous when the competition has anywhere from 39 to 153)... battery life (400 shots/more ridiculous)... NO touchscreen (a option that I would have found majorly convenient to have)... and weight (substancially heavier than the competition... LOVE the price thou. SO PENTAX... back to the drawing board... come out with a K-80 that fixes all the problems listed above... at ALMOST the same cost... and bring your lens prices down somewhere close to Earth PLEASE!

DXOMark sensor evaluation is controversial at best, 'real world test figures' sounds like an oxymoron. But hey, DXOMark does not even have evaluation of K-70 sensor. So, please tell me what's the basis of your claim? Nothing??? Really???

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 06:23 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (333 comments in total)
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GarysInSoCal: SAD... four of the things I find MAJORLY important in my next DSLR camera purchase are 4 of the things this camera FAILED so miserably at... ELEVEN focus points (ridiculous when the competition has anywhere from 39 to 153)... battery life (400 shots/more ridiculous)... NO touchscreen (a option that I would have found majorly convenient to have)... and weight (substancially heavier than the competition... LOVE the price thou. SO PENTAX... back to the drawing board... come out with a K-80 that fixes all the problems listed above... at ALMOST the same cost... and bring your lens prices down somewhere close to Earth PLEASE!

GarysInSoCal, so you are admitting you made unsubstantiated claim while there is no actual K70 sensor performance figure anywhere??? You did not cite any comparison of K-70 vs any Nikon camera in making your broad claim, which is easy to refute once I looked up DPReview's studio comparison scene. You should stop embarrassing yourself with outlandish claim if you have zero data to back it up.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 05:26 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (333 comments in total)
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GarysInSoCal: SAD... four of the things I find MAJORLY important in my next DSLR camera purchase are 4 of the things this camera FAILED so miserably at... ELEVEN focus points (ridiculous when the competition has anywhere from 39 to 153)... battery life (400 shots/more ridiculous)... NO touchscreen (a option that I would have found majorly convenient to have)... and weight (substancially heavier than the competition... LOVE the price thou. SO PENTAX... back to the drawing board... come out with a K-80 that fixes all the problems listed above... at ALMOST the same cost... and bring your lens prices down somewhere close to Earth PLEASE!

GarysInSoCal, I guess you like to pass around old information and never look at things yourself. K-70 uses a newer version of the 24 MP sensor, it's better than the one in D7200 or in K3ii. Even DPR's own studio scene bears this out, at ISO 25600, D7200 RAW output suffers a green cast that is not present in K-70's RAW output. K-70 sensor even goes up to ISO 102400.

Anyone interested in detailed comparison of K-70 and K3ii's sensor, it's here:

http://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/pentax-k-70-review/general-image-quality.html

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 04:50 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (333 comments in total)
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GarysInSoCal: SAD... four of the things I find MAJORLY important in my next DSLR camera purchase are 4 of the things this camera FAILED so miserably at... ELEVEN focus points (ridiculous when the competition has anywhere from 39 to 153)... battery life (400 shots/more ridiculous)... NO touchscreen (a option that I would have found majorly convenient to have)... and weight (substancially heavier than the competition... LOVE the price thou. SO PENTAX... back to the drawing board... come out with a K-80 that fixes all the problems listed above... at ALMOST the same cost... and bring your lens prices down somewhere close to Earth PLEASE!

@GaryInSoCal, what cameras are you comparing to draw your conclusion about high ISO noise? Makes no sense as current crop 24MP APSC sensors are made by Sony, so there should be no difference in that regard.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 23:20 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (333 comments in total)

Somehow I do not see news about K-1 firmware update 1.4 that was just released. It enables bulb mode timer up to 20 minutes, and includes the LCD night vision mode that K-70 has. Hope Ricoh/Pentax keep up the good support work they have been doing lately. Many reported K-1's 1.3 firmware improved it's AF tracking quite a bit.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 05:24 UTC as 18th comment
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (333 comments in total)
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Mike Hiran: It seems unfair that you will compare this to mirrorless cameras in things like weight, but when it comes to battery life you call the k70 worst in class though the same mirrorless cameras you compare the k70 to earlier have less battery life than the k70. Quite the double standard.

@Nevermess, sharpness can be tweaked in camera or in post, since both are 24MP sensors from Sony, I expect their capabilities to be about the same. K-70 trumps D5500 in its more advanced feature set, including larger viewfinder, weather sealing, dual wheel controls, 14-bit RAW, and pixel shift.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 19:31 UTC
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zakaria: I'm seeing that Canon nikon Sony should be listed in all categories!!!

@brendon1000, Pentax 645z has been around for a while.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 06:04 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (333 comments in total)
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CosminMunteanu: Well, at around the same time, the lauched Panasonic Lumix G80, for 100 USD more (the kit with the 12-60m lens) offers the same features and more, especially on the video side ;-)
Could be added besides the Oly Em10 II and Sony a6000, although the last two have no weather sealing .

I stand corrected, G80 does have dual wheels. G80 is better choice for people shooting primarily video, but for still image quality, the K-70 with higher resolution, and better high ISO performance, still beats G80 in that department. Just check out the studio comparison tool on this site, even if one reduces the ISO of G80 to half of that K-70, K-70 still beats G80 in still image quality. For M43 video shooters, G7 is a better deal than G80 at $500 on clearance now.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 05:18 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (333 comments in total)
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Mike Hiran: It seems unfair that you will compare this to mirrorless cameras in things like weight, but when it comes to battery life you call the k70 worst in class though the same mirrorless cameras you compare the k70 to earlier have less battery life than the k70. Quite the double standard.

@SkvLTD, out of 16 features listed, K-70 beat Ti6 and D5500 in 10, how do you interpret that as not beating the competition?

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 04:54 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (333 comments in total)
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CosminMunteanu: Well, at around the same time, the lauched Panasonic Lumix G80, for 100 USD more (the kit with the 12-60m lens) offers the same features and more, especially on the video side ;-)
Could be added besides the Oly Em10 II and Sony a6000, although the last two have no weather sealing .

For lower price, K-70 has better image quality (larger sensor), dual-wheel control, and pixel shift feature not found on G80.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 06:48 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (339 comments in total)

How can anyone recommend Nikon D5500 over Pentax K-70?

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 05:58 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
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