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On article Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact (198 comments in total)
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Timmbits: Don't let the f1.8 number fool you! For all you guys who think that f1.8 is a big deal with a 1/2.3" sensor, it is equivalent to only f6.4 on an aps-c sensor camera.

According to the link below, you would need a f0.5 on a 1/2,3" sensor like this one in order to compete with an f1.8 on an aps-c sensor.

And we're not even comparing to FF (which is the more common reference).

Here is a very useful link for everyone in this forum:
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/digital-camera-sensor-size.htm

Anyways, I realize that this is a high-end in the low-end cameras, and these comparisons aren't really relevant to it't target consumer market.

Just putting things into proper perspective here, so we can all understand what we are looking at.

@Timm:
Have you still not learned anything from this comment page?

Your fixation on shallow DOF is very narrow minded. The most important factor of compacts - next to size - is light!
So the F1.8 does not "fool" anyone here, but is the biggest feature of this camera!

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 19:56 UTC
On article Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact (198 comments in total)
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Timmbits: with a tiny 1/2.3"sensor, this might be good for my 7 y.o. child, to introduce her to photography...
but surely anyone in their right mind wouldn't consider this over ANY of the already small 1/1.7" sensor cameras.
I really don't see the point of the existence of this camera, if not for kids.

@Timmbits:
You don't see the point, because you don't get the point that even small sensors can produce great images with the right lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 20:10 UTC
On article Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact (198 comments in total)
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Timmbits: Maybe it's just for the ignorant mass-market... they can see f1.8 stamped on it, but they can't see "too small a sensor" written anywhere. It will sell because of this.
To people who don't know about control over depth of field in photography, who have never attempted to take night shots, to name a couple of things.

I was just talking to someone yesterday who was thinking about upgrading her old 3MP camera, and when I mentioned sensor size, she asked me "what is a sensor"? To that person, I would say, get one of these... but then again, if you target that market, who cares about RAW?

@Timmbits:
Leave me alone with your "control of DOF". 99% of compact users are happy that their camera has a lot of DOF, because in most pictures this is welcome.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 20:07 UTC
On article Olympus announces Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact (198 comments in total)
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GeraldW: Hey Timm, lighten up. There are a few 1/2.3" sensor cameras around that do quite well up to ISO 800, and with the fast lens, that will seldom be needed. What cameras? Panasonic FZ150, FZ200, and ZS15, Canon SX230HS, SD4000IS, Pentax Q.

The Sony RX100 as a competitor isn't valid, as the street price in the USA will be 2:1. It won't sell unless it's under $300. The Canon S110 is valid as a competitor, and Olympus would seem to have chosen a faster lens to offset the larger sensor; but slower lens, of the S110. At full zoom, the XZ10 has a 2 stop advantage.

As far as DOF control, I think it's funny that what was considered a drawback 50 years ago is now touted as a feature. I started as a serious hobbyist in 1955, and somewhere along the way, "selective focus" became a new way to compose. For many situations, a large DOF is an advantage.

This camera is obviously not for you, and maybe not for me (I have an S90 and a G15); but I can see a number of valid uses for it.

Jerry

@mosc:
With a good P&S you can easily use full tele. I do this very often with mine and am pleased with its results.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 19:56 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: This article has still not been updated to reflect that dpreview has an affiliation with DXO.

The response given a couple of pages ago is completely inadequate. Publicizing it on a post that has long since vanished from the homepage and not including that relationship in this review of a DXO product is not exactly "transparent".

Original response:
By Amadou Diallo (4 days ago)
We incorporate DxO Mark test data in our lens reviews and smartphone camera reviews. We publicized the announcement on our homepage and include their logo on the relevant review pages. So we're being as transparent as we reasonably can.

@keepon:
Do you see any bias in this review towards DXO? If yes, where exactly?
I find this comparison very helpful and its conclusion very objective. Cannot understand why you are picking on the reviewer.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 12:15 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review (164 comments in total)
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wakaba: http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Compare-Camera-Sensors/Compare-cameras-side-by-side/%28appareil1%29/848|0/%28brand%29/Canon/%28appareil2%29/738|0/%28brand2%29/Panasonic/%28appareil3%29/195|0/%28brand3%29/Nikon

DXO comparison with a 7 year old Nikon D50 and a current Psonic. Wishful marketing and reality collide big time with mediocre Canon engineering and dpr writers push to make a story happening.

wakaba, do you really not understand that your comparison does not make much sense? Let me try to make it clear:
Someone who needs a lightweight zoom with very long reach will always pick a super zoom. The larger sensor of a DSLR is useles to him. So the SX50 is a fine choice WITHIN its class

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2013 at 22:13 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review (164 comments in total)
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wakaba: http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Compare-Camera-Sensors/Compare-cameras-side-by-side/%28appareil1%29/848|0/%28brand%29/Canon/%28appareil2%29/738|0/%28brand2%29/Panasonic/%28appareil3%29/195|0/%28brand3%29/Nikon

DXO comparison with a 7 year old Nikon D50 and a current Psonic. Wishful marketing and reality collide big time with mediocre Canon engineering and dpr writers push to make a story happening.

wakaba, if you want to use facts in your arguments, you need to understand them first.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 21:31 UTC
On article Just Posted: Nikon 1 V2 Preview Samples (222 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: Why didn't your team use some better lens? You used the 10-30 which is known to be the worst of them that are available for the Nikon 1 system!

All shots look a bit flat, and compact camera-like!

I had great hopes for the V2, but these shots are, on the whole, totally uninspiring! So I'll have to live with my V1 - sigh!

The V1 is the weirdest camera there is, button-arrangement-wise, but a darling when it comes to take photos, with any lens but the 10-30!

Tord: Because they want to show what you get.
At this price level, one can expect good quality from a kit lens. Most users do not buy additional lenses.
But even with a better lens, I would not like the V1. I am currently testing one and it is quite disappointing. Handling is awful and exposure unreliable. White balance indoors and screen are very good, though.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2013 at 10:00 UTC
On article Just Posted: Nikon 1 V2 Preview Samples (222 comments in total)
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Richt2000: Whats happened to the reviews guys? Nothing since dec 12th!
Really gone down hill of late. Yea, I know, its free, and your reviews are the best, but one camera a month is pretty poor for 'the worlds best photography site'...

Why do you complain?
Don't you think these people deserve some vacation, too?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2013 at 15:00 UTC
On article Just Posted: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Camera Roundup (124 comments in total)
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Photomarcus: The fuji x10 has probably for me the best body. But if I compare it in terms of IQ with the others,it'sreally steps below. And it's a real shame because I love it. I don't understand why we can finf it in this roundup.
I will have your opinion..

Thanks.

As you already said:
It has a great body. Also a great lens that easily beats S110.
So I think it deserves to be in this group.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2012 at 11:28 UTC
On article Just Posted: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Camera Roundup (124 comments in total)
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schaki: Nice test, but really, why is not Ricoh GR Digital IV included? fixed focal length or not, it belongs to this group of capable compact cameras.
Hoping to get a good explanation from Dpreview staff and not some 'it is too old' or similar answer, as it still is an actual camera model from Ricoh in the waiting of the GRDV which should be announced in the first half of 2013.

schaki, I understand that you are a loyal user of Ricoh, which is fine.
But for what reason should the GX200 be included? I do not see a specific advantage this model offers over the others in the group.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2012 at 10:57 UTC
On article Just Posted: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Camera Roundup (124 comments in total)
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Ben O Connor: "The Review of Olympus XZ-2 " soon gonna be the most well keept secret of the world !

Do you really need the review anymore? I think their summary already says it all: It is one of the best compacts due to its great lens, iq and handling.
All you need to decide is: Should you exchange your XZ-1 for it?
Unfortunately, even an in-depth-review will not answer this...

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2012 at 10:39 UTC
On article Just Posted: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Camera Roundup (124 comments in total)
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JavierDiaz: The Canon G15 is no match for the Canon G1X, but the G1X did not make it to this list. The G15 may have a faster lens, but it still is a regular "G" series camera with a puny sensor. Worse, it reintroduced the fixed LCD.

All the while, the G1X features a near APS-C sensor, with more resolution than the G15 to boot. And most reviews including DP's own, point out the quality of its photos can rival any Canon DSRL.

I'm surprised at DPReview's choice of the G15 over the G1X. The G15 is an elaborate, luminous "point&shoot" device. The G1X is a serious Compact Camera. Surely there is a mistake somewhere. Let me clarify I own a G1X and formerly I had a G11, so I am personally aware of the differences.

Javier,
G1X is simply not compact anymore. It also suffers from a slow AF and a limited lens, so I doubt that it easily beats G15 in i.q.:
It has less sharpness and clarity and often needs much higher ISOs because of its slower lens and lower d.o.f.
In my opinion it is a rather useless design, because anyone who accepts its size should better take a mirrorless camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2012 at 10:24 UTC
On article Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras (424 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Hi, reviewer
I wish dpreview will answer the age old question of whether one should buy an Enthusiast Compact or mirrorless with kit lens (NEX-F3,E-PL5...etc)

They are about the same price and what will give you better IQ?

There is no clear winner regarding IQ between compact and mirrorless.
I currently compare a Nikon V1 and an XZ-1 and the former really struggles... Indoors - where you need lots of DOF - bright compacts can be excellent.
But then there are those superb mFT lenses...
One of my priorities is size and weight and an XZ-1/2 offers excellent versatility in a small and light package.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2012 at 20:00 UTC
On article Just Posted: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Camera Roundup (124 comments in total)
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brelip: 24mm wide angle should be emphasized more. 28mm is just... well, boring. That's why Sony, Oly, Canon, Nikon is losing with nature/landscape enthusiasts. Fuji, samsung, and panasonic get it.

Cannot agree. If I want landscape I use panorama.
I also find indoor and architecture more balanced with 28mm - distortion is less pronounced.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2012 at 18:25 UTC
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SeeRoy: "... I was known to be a micro manager.'"
So, noticing frauds on the scale of hundreds of millions of dollars now amounts to "micro-management".

Yes it does, or do you think they simply booked some cheques with the text "bribes to yacuza"?

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2012 at 20:39 UTC
On article Dpreview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras (559 comments in total)
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urbanplanner: For anyone who is using this list as a guide, I would strongly urge them to compare some of the images from these cameras to images from mirrorless DSLRS. With the exception of the Sony above, you will not get the same image quality (or video quality) from these cameras as you would from one with an APC-C sensor. Plus, you lose the flexibility of adding on lenses down the road. If a long zoom range and (coat) pocketability are must-haves, then go for it. But if you are like the majority of snapshot shooters and typically try to get wide shots, consider a camera like the Sony NEX-5N with a 16mm kit lens. Either way, just make sure you look at plenty of photo examples on line and see which camera produces the kind of look you like: bigger sensor = better looking photos with soft backgrounds.

Urbanplanner, the definition is given in the article.

Compare the FZ200 to a system camera with the same zoom range and you'll know which one can be called "compact" ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2012 at 12:08 UTC
On article Dpreview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras (559 comments in total)
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tarnumf: And LX7 that is currently sells for $299 didn't make to "recommended" ???

$299?! This is crazy...

Here in Europe it costs $600... what a mean spread.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 19:25 UTC
On article Dpreview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras (559 comments in total)
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Jim: Why wasn'tt the G1X included?

Jim

My guess: Because it is not well balanced in its pros/cons.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 19:16 UTC
On article Dpreview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras (559 comments in total)
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javidog: X10 blows away any camera listed here. Please consider it if you are shopping for an incredible little camera with fantastic abilities.

X10 doesn't blow away anything.
It is a great camera, but just a little too big, esp. regarding thickness.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 19:13 UTC
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