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I have a G6 and my two biggest gripes are:
1. Auto screen brightness is too dim in low light settings and doesn't take into account the rear camera when trying to take a picture while facing bright scene
2. The backlit IPS LCD screen, tho high in resolution, can't compare to the contrast and black levels of OLED screens.

One other gripe but is more towards Android OS is the incapability to fully utilize the 18:9 screen. There is a selection to enable screen resize but only works on 5% of the apps I have.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 16:39 UTC as 2nd comment
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photonius: So many network things in there that I don't care about. But no GPS.
Stuck with Sony then.

GPS = drains battery + cost more.
Geo tracking is now done via phone.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 04:14 UTC
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MikeManr: If the screen flips downwards I would have bought this camera!

Just hold the camera upside down. I do this on the Canon G7X all the time.

Why flip up and not flip down:
1. Shooting at waist height and lower to me is equally as common.
2. Buttons and dials are visible flip up even when upside down but not flip down.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 04:11 UTC
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(unknown member): Um, what is the big deal?
Printers have printed "Green", "Orange" and "Purple" for decades with no green, orange, or purple colors.

And guess what you can do with RBG and light?

The big difference here is they ARE using red along with other color information to make red.

Red is a primary color which you cannot create out of just blue and green light no matter what.

The effect here is not absolute, there is red color information in the pixels but way less than what seems to be seen.

I question how strong the color constancy effects would be if the strawberries were replaced by marbles or anything which color your brain is not familiar with.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 03:47 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (391 comments in total)
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graybalanced: I take my LX7 everywhere because it's so much better than any phone camera. The only thing I didn't like about the LX7 was the small sensor. I was shopping for a 1" enthusiast compact and had my hand on my credit card for the Canon GX7 II, but thought I oughta wait until Photokina...and here is Panasonic with a 1" (somewhat) pocketable compact!

Disappointed by the disappearance of the ND filter and the UI/dial shortcomings, but glad the 120fps video is still in there. The 60fps option most cameras have is often not enough for really compelling slow motion. The LX7 only did 120fps in 720p mode, the LX10 can do it at 1080p.

But the cautionary tone of this First Impressions article makes me want for the full review.

I had the LX7 since sept 2013 then went to the Canon G7X (1st gen) in summer 2015, so far I don't see the G7X-II or this LX10 worthy of an upgrade for me.
No internal ND means small aperture on sunny days.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 21:09 UTC
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ipribadi: So if I setup a mechanism to remotely capture an elusive animal out in the wild by using a motion sensor to trigger the shot then does it mean the animal is the author?

So how does it work for those auto "smiley" gimmicks they add to p&s cameras that take the shot once every human face in the frame smiles? The last guy that smiles and triggers the shot has ownership?

Well understood that there was no trigger.

My point was regarding pressing the shutter button "seemed" to have given the monkey the rightful ownership of the shot.

Just like the last person to smile in a group shot triggers a p&s camera, simply pressing the shutter button should not = rightful owner of the shot.
IMO it can't just be about who triggers the shot but who was more dominant in the whole process of taking the shot.

I'm sure Slater was the one who cropped, re-framed the shot and posted it all without the monkey's permission. :)

OTOH I still do agree with b_craw that in this particular case, the monkey did take, hold, aim (to some degree) and press the shutter button.
Hmm ... so perhaps it is correct that ownership is more towards the monkey.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2014 at 05:17 UTC

So if I setup a mechanism to remotely capture an elusive animal out in the wild by using a motion sensor to trigger the shot then does it mean the animal is the author?

So how does it work for those auto "smiley" gimmicks they add to p&s cameras that take the shot once every human face in the frame smiles? The last guy that smiles and triggers the shot has ownership?

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 23:42 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies

This camera is intended for those who don't own a phone or aren't allowed to own a phone yet.
Yes it's for the 4th graders and under as it perfectly fits their still small growing hands but have out grown their Fisher Price toy cameras.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 04:51 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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FreedomLover: Thank you for the tilting display and the improved sensor, Sony.

RX100 is the best pocketable camera, but it is crippled by:
- slow 50mm equivalent, needs to be f1.8
- slow tele
- mediocre IS
- no real macro

The new hot-shoe is good for your revenue, bad for the pocket.
Firmware needs to be open source for better options.
Also missing an in-camera manual.

Not so fast. Just adding a larger lens or upsizing the front lens doesn't get you larger aperture. The entire lens system must be larger. Besides there's also the auto lens cap.

I regard this CZ lens system much more compact for what it is compared to the LX7's f1.4-2.3 24-90mm Leica.
Seriously .. a 1" sensor is huge! we're lucky to get f1.8 at 28mm equiv (10.4mm actual)!

Just checkout the 1 Nikkor lenses (also for 1" sensor) .. they are all huge and none come close to a 10-37mm zoom with f1.8 at wide.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2013 at 14:13 UTC
On article Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor (757 comments in total)
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40daystogo: If it had, at its widest, a 24mm f2.0 at least, with vibration control, plus attachable EVF, it would be close to my ideal camera.

The Lumix LX5 / Leica D-Lux 5 had a very sharp Leica zoom lens with f2.0 aperture. Why couldn't Leica have provided something like that?

In the past, I have owned a few Leica cameras, including an M, but I consider it a nonsense for Leica to only offer here a f3.5 maximum aperture.

Leica, you missed the boat on this one. Very disappointed.

24mm equiv @f2.0 lens on an APS-C sensor? You're talking about a whole different form factor.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 17:10 UTC
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Combatmedic870: If you dont need video or a articulated screen...The XZ-1 is still what i would go for. ESPECIALLY since its going for $199 right now!!

For compact cam video, IMHO the LX7 takes the crown.
The S100 video is just not as sharp as 1080p should be and has more noise in low light shooting.

LX7 has an internal ND filter allowing proper shutter speed in bright scenes and it's fast lens allows low ISO in low light scences.
LX7 shoots 1080/60p @28mbps using AVCHD format which is more effecient than H.264, but even so the bitrate is not the bottle neck here for IQ.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 13:40 UTC
On article HDR for the Rest of Us (199 comments in total)
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BadScience: hmm, "without rich shadows, the images look flat".

That is true, so it's strange the photographer ignores his own advice.

The interior of the car - of the original exposures, the top left exposure looks better than the final HDR.

Ditto with the hotel in Havana. All trace of atmosphere has been lost by using HDR. Again, the original exposure is the best.

Although, these images do not have the overt tone mapped look to them, they still feel very artificial. I'd be very tempted to overlay the original exposure on top of the HDR and set the opacity to 90%. So there is just a hint of the extra dynamic range, without the plastic look.

If you want to acheive natural HDR images, you will know you have succeeded when people do not realise that the image is HDR. If this was the aim here, it has failed.

I don't think the goal was to avoid anyone knowing it was an HDR shot, but to retain a mostly realistic look to HDR shots.

The car HDR is meets my taste for HDR, the hotel, a bit over colored, but still pleasing.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 22:15 UTC
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7enderbender: Here is the problem: this discussion can go back and forth and back and forth. "You're a rip-off" - "But here are my expenses plus markup" etc etc.

I think part of the reason why a lot of photographers, artists and actually a lot of other businesses aren't doing so well is because they don't understand pricing.

Here's the rule: Never - and I mean never - justify your price based on your expenses. Yes, calculate your expenses to understand your profit margin. But that's between you, your spouse and the IRS. It is irrelevant to your client. They can care less about your three 5D Mark IIs and how much they cost you. The only reason they hire you is their perceived value they get from your pictures. That's it. End of story. There is no cost+markup argument.

Getting to the actual value is of course difficult in an artistic and emotional field.

That being said: Nikki Wagner should rethink her cost structure and business model a bit. Something is off there.

Nikki was offended coz the notion the Craigslist poster implies that “he/she has it easy, cos he/she makes $3K per wedding” while in reality Nikki struggles to make ends meet. Thus Nikki goes off explaining the costs involved.

OTOH I 100% agree that from a customer’s perspective the seller’s cost structure is irrelevant.
If a chef can make such an amazing doughnut and sell them for $10 tho it only cost him $.10 to make, I wouldn’t care, the market will decide.

If wedding photography is such easy money, there’ll be a flood of photographers going pro which would eventually lower prices.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 15:58 UTC
On article CES 2012: Lytro Photowalk (140 comments in total)
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opho to: I don't get it:

Standard mode "captures a depth of field of approximately 4 inches to infinity, and [...] allows re-focusing at all points in between. The Advanced Light Field mode, [allows you] to shift the focus between their ears and nose."

Why is that 'advanced'? How can a persons nose and ears not be between the 4 inch to infinity range of the 'standard' mode?

I suppose what is meant is that the advance mode has a DOF shallower than 4in.
With standard DOF of 4in both ears and nose are in focus.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2012 at 21:31 UTC
On article Nikon J1 real-world samples gallery (336 comments in total)
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Doug Frost: I'm completely underwhelmed by these samples. Interchangeable lenses notwithstanding, there are a number of compact cameras that outclass the Nikon 1. The new Canon S100 is smaller, less expensive, has a faster lens and higher IQ. It can even produce a passable bokeh at the short end. You can forget bokeh entirely with the N1 system.

I don't know what Nikon was thinking. Did they really believe that compact camera owners would consider the ability to put an assortment of mediocre lenses on a mediocre camera an upgrade?

CX is not that much smaller than m4/3 and still waaay larger than 1/1.7" on the S100.

What Nikon is doing wrong is not coming up with lenses that showcases its advantage over P&S.
The initial 4 lenses they released are very limited.

If I were Nikon I would for sure release a wide angle zoom (7-25mm f2.8-3.5), a fast short prime (15mm f/1.2), a fast long prime (30mm f/1.4) and a fast std zoom (10-30mm, f1.8-2.5)

Fast lenses are a must for small sensor cameras, it helps both DOF control (bokeh) and low light IQ.
Nikon released none of these (fastest is f2.8, widest is 10mm) and thus the sample shots speak for themselves.

Yes a premium P&S (XZ-1, LX5, S100, G12, P7100) could have done those!

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2011 at 15:18 UTC
On article Photo Tip: Five for Five (111 comments in total)

Another thing I've learned shooting using the LCD screen is to turn off all those overlay display icons.
I realized tho I knew the framed shot was the entire LCD screen view, my shots ended up being not tight enough and occasionally slightly not centered.
Those overlayed icons were impairing my composition judgement!
Of course PP crop fixes this, but I'd rather make every pixel count.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2011 at 04:31 UTC as 62nd comment
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Peiasdf: This lens + G3 = E-P3 killer

I still see that the LX will live on:
1. Price is still $300 over the LX
2. Aperature is too small/high that it'll negate any high ISO advantage or shallow DOF of the m4/3
3. The LX6 will raise the bar

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2011 at 21:53 UTC

Sorry to feed in with the doom and gloom here, but I think Pentax missed the mark:
1. Waay to pricey (should be $400 or so for body + lens kit). How would this ever compete with NEX or m4/3? .. well maybe due to it's size, but ..
2. Not small enough: assuming IQ is similar to G12/LX5/XZ-1, the trade off of lost IQ and lost bokeh is too much for the serious photographer which would consider an interchangeable system.

m4/3 is barely excusable due to the same reasons: too pricey and with lenses which are too big & heavy.
I suppose over time (another 2-3 years) m4/3 will come down in price & lens size, but this here is just not justifyable.

What they should have done is fit it with a m2/3 sensor!
With all else being equal (price & size) if the Pentax Q was a micro two thirds system it would have made more sense and compete well with m4/3 and prosumer premium compacts such as the LX5/XZ1/G12.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2011 at 20:11 UTC as 93rd comment
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