LarsPolarBear

LarsPolarBear

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Joined on Aug 31, 2012

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While I agree, that it cannot be used as a dive computer (Paralens does not claim that it can be), for me the most confusing about the DPR writeup was the mentioning of the recording capabilities. I got the impression that the maximum at 1080p was 30fps, which is not true... it is actually 100fps, which is quite a difference... ;)

I am not an action cam guy, so for me a camera without a display where you can see what you take is not very helpful, but I understand that it's the same for other brands (I think you can add one on the GoPro, can you?).

I like the idea of a pressure sensor and the automatic WB adjustment, had thought about that before and always wondered why others (e.g. Olympus) never came up with that idea...

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 02:35 UTC as 1st comment
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zodiacfml: Dinosaur. I'll wait for the rumored LG camera-enabled dishwasher with IBIS and 4K video.

I think you got that wrong...

The IBIS will not be available with the dishwasher, but only with the washing machine. It will only come as front loader and therefore only 3 axis stabilization, but this design should support any photography/video style, except Astro, for that they might issue at a later stage a top loader model...

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2017 at 02:34 UTC
On article OPPO 5x smartphone zoom system sample images (50 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: I can see huge potential with this. Being able to shoot at 3 different FLs is a significant start to removing the last limitation of the smartphone to completely take over from all general-purpose compact P&S cameras with sensors with a size less than 1 inch.

Exciting stuff! Don't judge it by the qualify of photos you are now seeing here.

could not agree more Sergey!
The camera manufacturer have to get down from their high horses and start producing innovative and higher quality lenses. As a m43 user I am just frustrated that non of the small pancake style (kit) lenses is of good optical quality and starts only at f3.5. There are good examples out there that one can do much better, but (I guess) due to somr marketing geniuses they rather produce crap and hope for the user to upgade to their overpriced "pro" lenses... well, user might just stop buying cameras at all and stick to their smart phones.... ...could not convince my wife now for 5 years that she needs a new camera... ...she just wants the newest phone...

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 00:20 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)

They must have gone mad at Kodak to present a new Super 8 camera and reintroducing the film era on the same event where Panasonic reveals its new GH5 with professional 4k capabilities...

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 03:03 UTC as 94th comment | 14 replies
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LarsPolarBear: Not quite sure why people should get excited about this... for these prices you can get other cameras...

e.g. Oly E-PL7 with underwater casing...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00SW10CKM/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1479974443&sr=8-5&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=olympus+pt-ep12&dpPl=1&dpID=51URYBaDV%2BL&ref=plSrch

The E-PL7 comes with a small flash which works quite well under water...
This is a m4/3 camera with a proper housing...
There are also good deals for Canon G7x (II) or Oly OMD 10 with Meikon housing availabe. Not sure what they are trying to achieve...

I agree that it might be sightly less bulky, but neither the E-PL7, OMD EM10, RX100 , G1x, G7x or G16 with their respective housings are really big. I had several P&S (incl. a G1x) and compared to any DSLRs or the larger ILS' they are VERY handable and have the advantage that you have a proper camera on land with zoom etc., which is very helpful if diving is only one of your activity during a trip...

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 04:28 UTC
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LarsPolarBear: Not quite sure why people should get excited about this... for these prices you can get other cameras...

e.g. Oly E-PL7 with underwater casing...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00SW10CKM/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1479974443&sr=8-5&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=olympus+pt-ep12&dpPl=1&dpID=51URYBaDV%2BL&ref=plSrch

The E-PL7 comes with a small flash which works quite well under water...
This is a m4/3 camera with a proper housing...
There are also good deals for Canon G7x (II) or Oly OMD 10 with Meikon housing availabe. Not sure what they are trying to achieve...

Yes, you are right. Only the 14-42 3.5-5.6 EZ (power-zoom) or some primes (think 17mm) fit into this casing. There are 3rd party ports available that enhance your choices, if you want to (incl. the 60mm macro lens). It works quite well and I would definitely prefer it over the SeaLife. Other option is the E-PL6, even cheaper and the casing allows more lens options.
Anyways, I bought my E-PL7 with casing below US$1k, then it becomes difficult to find something better...
I wanted the 14-42 EZ lens due to its small size, but with others the OMD EM10 with Meikon housing would be even cheaper...

http://www.meikestore.com/product/meikon-up-to-40-meters-130ft-underwater-case-camera-housing-diving-bag-for-olympus-e-m10-em10-14mm-42mm-lens/4218.html

Nevertheless, there are also good solutions out there for Canon Powershots etc., therefore, I am not convinced that the world was waiting for this...
If it would be US$700 incl. the flash, perhaps... but like this... don't think so...

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 08:47 UTC

Not quite sure why people should get excited about this... for these prices you can get other cameras...

e.g. Oly E-PL7 with underwater casing...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00SW10CKM/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1479974443&sr=8-5&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=olympus+pt-ep12&dpPl=1&dpID=51URYBaDV%2BL&ref=plSrch

The E-PL7 comes with a small flash which works quite well under water...
This is a m4/3 camera with a proper housing...
There are also good deals for Canon G7x (II) or Oly OMD 10 with Meikon housing availabe. Not sure what they are trying to achieve...

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 08:12 UTC as 16th comment | 7 replies
On article Olympus PEN E-PL8 First Impressions Review (114 comments in total)

By reading the article, I somehow missed the point if the E-PL8 is basically an E-M10 II, as the E-PL7 was basically a E-M10, or has only the chassi changed?

Further, I was not able to get information from the Olympus site if there will be an underwater casing for the "8", as there eas one for the "7". Due to Olympus marketing strategy, not offering an underwater casing for the E-M10 or II, the E-PL7 was the enthusiasts entry into better (above GoPro and PS) underwater photography.

I have used the E-PL7 for thousands of underwater and wildlife photos, the camera has an image problem due to stupid Oly marketing, it is a small little gem... forget about the "selfie" features... I have not used it once...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:10 UTC as 43rd comment | 3 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (614 comments in total)

I am happy that it was finally announced, since I am ready to buy a new camera, and am looking for a smallish kind of camera with a reach of about 600mm. The price is not cheap, but unfortunately in line with the competition 😒. My current alternative would be a Olympus E-PL7 with the 24-42 EZ kit lens and the 75-300 (150-600 equivalent) tele-zoom.
I like the weather sealing and also the built-in flash, since it helps to keep the whole travel package small.
For me there are two important questions not answered by the press release:
1. Will there be an underwater casing
2. Can it do macro shots without an extra lens

If no. 1 would be a "yes" would buy one asap! No. 2 would make it almost perfect (as much as such a camera can be perfect).

It is, however, a little disappointing that it still has the old sensor and that Canon is not able to produce its own sensor with good DR, phase detection and e.g. less pixels for better low light performance.

Nevertheless, this was not to expected and therefore the package fits my requirements quite well - if it will have a Canon underwater housing.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 05:00 UTC as 163rd comment

I am little confused about the annoucement that there will be an underwater casing for the E-M 1, well, there has always been a casing available from Oly... The only E-M missing a casing is the E-M10, which would be great if they would finnaly offer a casing for that one. However, I cannot find any reference regarding a new UW-casing for any camera in the Oly website... strange...

Link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 09:41 UTC as 26th comment
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jjonesphotos: Why is almost everyone posting here so negative?

Or course, image quality is yet to be quantitatively verified, veiwed as a whole camera, I think it's a heck of a package.

Maybe I'm biased toward Nikon since I have several, but the commander mode of this point and shoot is a feature you won't find in any other, even Nikon. Regardless of pixels or even sharpness, this feature will allow the photographer to create photos unatainable by any other pro point and shoot.

No one seems to care about the wired remote capabilities either. For only $500 and your Pocket Wizard slaves you can stick this camera anywhere to record activities about anywhere, and a OVF is not at all necessary.

You boys and the OVF, yes I'd love to have one, or better yet a EVF, but with all the other features, I can get by without one.

Hey, and the 5 frames per second, that surpassed most other pro points and shoots too, especially coupled to a sports useable 200mm.

I'm sold until further notice.

I guess that everybody (me included) had expected that Nikon would try to build in an as large as possible sensor. The 1/1.7' size is just not exciting with the RX100; X10 and G1X out. I had been waiting for this announcement since I had hoped they would combine a larger sensor with the 200mm eq. zoom. Would have been a killer. Now I just bought a G1X to get better low light performance (doing also underwater photography) - yes, still need to wait for the review and IQ, but having seen what the LX7 and other new 1/1.7' can do I have lost might hope .. I might be wrong...

Regarding the VF, I agree with those that say that the OVF (incl. G1X) are useless, but an optional EVF like for the LX7 would have been nice for those that really want to have it - can't understand why Nikon is not offering it. To me the P7700 is just a nice commercial package that has a good margin - sensor of the shelf and absolutely nothing new and exciting in features or technical specs. - Too sad... :(

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 15:39 UTC
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