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On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review (863 comments in total)

"all situations. Only Canon's G1 X II can trump the Sony in terms of low-light and depth-of-field terms"

the latter is not true. Smaller formats enjoy the advantage of more depth of field, just as 35mm cameras trumped the tyranny of narrow medium format depth of field.

Humans see everything they look at in focus; cameras have trouble in throwing distant/near objects out of focus. For people who want to look at the world, great depth of field is a plus. For people who want to make pictures that look like yet another photographic technique, I guess narrow DoF is ok.

DPR never met a camera at any price point whose price wasn't deemed "fully justified." I'd suggest the market is saying differently, given that presales are shipped and most major retailers have this sitting around in stock.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 16:29 UTC as 88th comment | 9 replies
On article Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... (140 comments in total)
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W5JCK: Bridge cameras like this one and the RX10 or still what I consider to be sub-enthusiast level. The 1" sensor is too small to deliver quality IQ at any low light level. That f/2.8 lens on a 1" sensor is equivalent to a f/5.0 lens on an APC-S camera. Pretty darn slow for wide open, and thus rather lacking in low light capability. A f/4.0 lens on a 1" sensor is equivalent to a f/7.1 lens on an APC-S camera. So this camera basically has a f/4--f/7.1 zoom lens compared to APS-C DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Meh! For the price of the RX10 you would be better off with a a6000 and a few good lenses. This one is cheaper, but still not worth the price for anyone who wants an enthusiasts level and above IQ. This is a mom/dad camera used to take little pictures to post on the internet. Again, meh!

No, that's not another way to look at it.

On the one hand you are looking at the light transmission property of a lens; on the other you are looking at the light sensitive area.

In the film days you could use a handheld light meter to take into account film ISO, shutter speed, lens speed. The same light conditions would read out, for example, for iSO 100: f5.6 x 1/125. You would then set your medium format camera, your 35mm camera, yiour 4x5 view camera, at f5.6 x 1/125 for an ISO 100 film and get the exact same exposure.

Light sensitive area has nothing to do with light transmission qualities of a lens (measured in f-stops).

This is not a difficult concept. This is photography 101.

(Ignoring minor light transmission loss, such as crossing lens element surfaces in a lens)

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 16:51 UTC
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)
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steveh0607: This camera is loaded with great technology. If Nikon joined the 4/3 group they would own that market. The 1 strategy doesn't make sense to me.

What motivation would Nikon have for joining a shrinking format that has never made any money, thereby lending credibility to a team of manufacturers that formed it only when they were unable to succeed in the DSLR world?

There are lots of mirrorless cameras that are not m43- Sony, Fuji, Canon, Samsung, Nikon- that in many geographies sell better than m43.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:34 UTC
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)
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rockygag: At the end of the day, Nikon needs to bit the bullet, kill of that flapping mirror last century tech in all but the high end D4 types and use the Cheaper mirroless approach.

Always hard to kill a favorite son, but sometimes it must be done to save the company.

Why should Nikon abandon a design that offers superior viewing resolution, rendering, continuity, color rendition, dynamic range viewing, in favor of a little tv set, especially when the Nikon DSLRs are profitable and mirrorless is not?

Obviously the market prefers the DSLR.

True the mirrorless are cheaper to produce, but the savings are not passed on to the customer. Hence, customers are not buying into the mirrorless cult as numbers show.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:32 UTC
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)
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mgurantz2: with competition from Sony, Fuji, Olympus and the rest Nikon has to get into this market seriously. Many people want small, non-SLR, good quality and flexible tool IN ADDITION to their main camera, and with quality similar to the big one. I don't see what the issue is, or why you must be missing something. Not every company has the foresight to do it first, but does not mean they should stay behind.

Nikon sells more than Fuji and Olympus in many markets. So I guess that makes them serious enough.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:30 UTC
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)
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Royalpig180: I think that Nikon came pretty close to nailing the feature set that is becoming expected of MILC's at this point, but they didn't do enough to justify the price.

The Fuji X series and Olympus OM-D cameras just seem like a much better choice at this price point, given the better ergonomics and other features the Nikon is missing, as well as larger sensors.

Two years ago, this might have been a revolutionary camera. The mirrorless market has come a long way though, and it seems somebody forgot to tell Nikon.

If larger sensors justify a higher price point, why does the EM-1 body alone sell for three times as much as a Canon APS-C DSLR with kit lens?

In two years the mirrorless market has not come very far at all in image making capability, with Fuji and Olympus strangely stuck at the same resolution without visible improvement in image output. Certainly they haven't caught up with the old Nikon V1 in performance or battery life.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:28 UTC
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)
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Lawrencew: Though you would think they are entirely capable of doing so, it seems Nikon and Canon are simply unwilling to address the MILC market "full on".

Given their expertise, it can only be fear of impacting DSLR sales.

It's unfortunate because even though I have been a Canon DSLR and currently a Canon M series user, the cameras I am more interested in now are Fuji and Olympus because Canon just don't want to sell the the sort of MILC camera I am looking for even though I believe they are quite capable of making it if they wanted to.

Their loss.

Fuji is free to make self-serving statements, but they were the ones who failed in the DSLR market, edged out by Nikon. And the Nikon mirrorless sells better than the Fuji mirrorless in most markets.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:26 UTC

Not addressed: Why mirrorless costs so much. A smaller format, inferior viewing, slower performance, lesser image quality/dynamic range, yet more expensive. Like it or not, these are the decisions customers are making every day. Pay more for less.

They haven't taken over the world as promised. Price is likely the biggest factor. This would have been a huge topic for him to have addressed.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 17:49 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies

Quite innovative of Nikon. A camera with far more megapixels than the vaunted Olympus EM-1, weighing less than the Olympus EM-1, complete with a new collapsible zoom, all for less than half the price of the EM-1 body alone.

Add the advantage of direct SLR viewing, a wide range of low cost used lenses (save wide primes), fast autofocus, and this is a shot across the bows of mirrorless.

Look at the evolution of the DSLRs- they are becoming smaller, lighter, and retain their overall competency at an affordable price. It's no wonder they are gaining market share over mirrorless.

For the last few years we've constantly heard bloggers and forum posters proclaiming the death of the DSLR. The DSLR begs to differ, and wonders which segment is really dying.

This may not have the features of the EM-1, but it has gone beyond the 16MP ceiling, and arguably gives up nothing in picture-taking ability or photo quality, at a more attractive price point.

"Innovation?" What would that add?

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 10:24 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (394 comments in total)

Congrats to Olympus. I have an EM-5, but passed on this new Olympus EM1. I find it too big and bulky for the format.

It's the same size as the Sony A7, but with a much smaller sensor. This gets away from the entire raison d'etre of micro 4/3, and it's a trend that makes me uneasy.

No doubt it's great for the 100 people in the world that have the old full 4/3 lenses, but it's way too full figured for me. I'm holding out for the EM-6.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2013 at 12:37 UTC as 50th comment | 10 replies
On article DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 (394 comments in total)
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Patrick Kristiansen: If one needs 40+mp's to crop a pic into something worth watching, one is not taking one's pics right. And 16mp is enough for just about anyone without a very special need. Not many lenses justify a higher resolution either. And not to mention the need for exceedingly high shutterspeed and/or tripods. Nah, super-high resoultion is bonk imo. Can't wait to receive my em1 and 12-40 lens. And can wait even less to try out my OM-lenses on it.

The ability to crop a shot is a feature. It means you can eliminate carrying one more long lens. This reduces weight and load.

I thought weight was the bete noir of the micro 4/3 zealots who need to buttonhole every passerby to tell them that DSLRs are dead and micro 4/3 is as good as 135 format. Instead, they deem such opportunity for weight reduction a bad thing.

Every aspect of every other camera is bad to these micro 4/3 zealots. The Nikon 1 can never be as good because it is smaller. The line stops at micro 4/3, however, as the laws of physics are at that point suspended because micro 4/3 is automatically better than any larger format.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2013 at 12:33 UTC
On article Olympus Stylus 1 First Impressions Review (327 comments in total)

Probably a nice personality, if a little tubby. Price tag is nuts, however. A compact trying to pass for a non-compact in a quickly evaporating market needs aggressive pricing. $500 would be nice introductory, would like to see some Black Friday deals under $400. Otherwise this model will just be a footnote.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 11:22 UTC as 79th comment | 2 replies
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lolopasstrail: "We're pretty sure that no one has ever done this before. We've seen major updates to relatively old products before (Canon's venerable EOS 7D was given a serious shot in the arm last year) but never to a camera that has been superceded and discontinued."

Pretty sure Nikon has done that with at least one of its Coolpix top of the line models. Forget if it was the P5100 or P7000.

Yep, it was DPR itself who announced Nikon's firmware update for a discontinued model:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2011/12/06/Nikonp7000firmwarev12

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 21:32 UTC

"We're pretty sure that no one has ever done this before. We've seen major updates to relatively old products before (Canon's venerable EOS 7D was given a serious shot in the arm last year) but never to a camera that has been superceded and discontinued."

Pretty sure Nikon has done that with at least one of its Coolpix top of the line models. Forget if it was the P5100 or P7000.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 21:10 UTC as 61st comment | 2 replies
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lolopasstrail: So the Nikon P7100, the 7700's immediate predecessor, is reviewed here and is dinged for its optical viewfinder. Not praised because it at least has a viewfinder, but has it listed as an actual con.

And now the Canon's optical viewfinder is praised here as a benefit.

So the P7100 viewfinder is listed as a con because its coverage is low at approximately 80%.

To be consistent, then, every other review needs to rate viewfinder coverage. For example, the P7700 needs to have as a con its viewfinder coverage at only 0%.

A feature almost no camera in this space possesses- an eyelevel viewfinder- gets listed as a con in the P7100, but is ignored in other models.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2013 at 16:29 UTC

So the Nikon P7100, the 7700's immediate predecessor, is reviewed here and is dinged for its optical viewfinder. Not praised because it at least has a viewfinder, but has it listed as an actual con.

And now the Canon's optical viewfinder is praised here as a benefit.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2013 at 09:06 UTC as 49th comment | 4 replies
On article Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras (424 comments in total)

Declaring a best all rounder without taking acquisition price into account is delivering only a partial review.

These are consumer products. Toys like this are a major expense for people, and going out on a limb to buy toys they can't afford are a major problem for people.

Let's have a new attribute to include in reviews. Let's call it the price/performance ratio. Take you quality metrics, your imaging ability metrics, and whatever other subjective ingredient to throw into the stew, and divide it by today's actual acquisition price.

And then let us determine the best all-arounder. Is an LX-7 with a ppr (price/performance ratio) of 8.3 better than the Sony with a ppr of 4.8? Or whatever.

Because without real world, practical business attributes shared, this is just soft core spec porn.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2012 at 11:02 UTC as 78th comment | 3 replies
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Tom_A: I have the XE-1 bought as a limited launch kit with the 35mm 1.4 lens.
This is such a nice combination, giving very convincing bokeh and perfect sharpness and colours, that I was a bit disappointed when trying the 18-55 in a japanese shop. Yes the quality seems to be good, but the speed and bokeh is lost.
I may eventually still buy the 18-55 as a good single lens for holidays.
But for now, I think I'll just stay with the 35mm and walk a bit more instead of zooming :-) There is something to be said for minimalism !
I am curious about the 23mm, it has the perfect angle of view for walking around like a classic full frame 35mm lens. However if I read the DOF charts well then at medium distances this 23mm f1.4 lens has a similar DOF as a classic 35mm lens at f2.8.

What on earth does "very convincing bokeh" mean?

That out of focus areas appear actually to be out of focus?

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2012 at 10:15 UTC
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Absolutic: will probably produce the best picture out of all compacts, and could be on the same level with M4/3 when pictures downsampled from 20MP to 12 or 16MP.

What is meant by 'bright' zoom? Is this the same thing as a fast zoom? I understand how lenses are slow or fast, depending upon max aperture- what the heck is 'bright?'

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:25 UTC
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munro harrap: The sensor is tiny . When I read large sensor I thought, ah, 36x24mm compact at last, but no, large here means tiny, and in a huge body- big enough for a 36x24mm sensor, and an inbuilt 64Gb SD type memory, and a viewfinder, so I'll keep on with my DSLR until Sony do that. They will eventually, they can now, but like Olympus Nikon Canon and Samsung etc, they just love the way you will go on "upgrading" to NO purpose at all.

There isn't even a viewfinder, so it is not even a camera for me.

Tiny Canon SD1200- definitely tinier than even the Canon S100 and XZ-1- managed to sport a quite useful zooming optical viewfinder. The internet buzz that gets repeated that a viewfinder would take up lots of real estate is a fable and an excuse. I call absence of any kind of viewfinder simply a cost savings by the manufacturer with bogus excuses.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 12:21 UTC
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