Andrew770

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fPrime: So I looked at FroKnowsPhoto's direct comparison of Eye-AF on Canon, Sony, and Nikon:

https://youtu.be/gxqa_f6LsQI

Although all offer cameras with Eye-AF, it is clear that only Sony's Eye-AF is fully useable for both tracking and shooting fast glass. Nikon's Eye-AF seems to barely be able to keep up with f/2.8 glass. When shooting f/1.4 lenses, Fro found that Nikon's Eye-AF switches to Eyelash-AF and blurs the irises. Lovely.

fPrime, you are comparing apples with oranges. The Nikon Z worked great with the native Z-lens. It was silent and precise. The only time you get a not perfect lock-on on occasion is when the adapted F-mount lens is used.

Conclusion: To get the best out of the Nikon Z, use the new Z-lenses and not the older lenses made for a non-mirrorless Nikon DSLR camera.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2019 at 08:38 UTC
On article Canon EOS RP review (1693 comments in total)
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Thoughts R Us: On this discussion see the usual brand debates and comparisons, saying well, brand X over here is still better on this spec, or brand Y over here offers this at a certain price.

But that too often ignores the reality of the camera market. The camera market is shrinking; there are not many new buyers starting from scratch. There are some but I would say that most people buying cameras these days are already invested in at least one system or another.

So for someone already owning a Canon DSLR, and this would be a far larger number than new entrants to the market, it really doesn't matter what other brands offer. Most consumers who own a Canon DSLR are happy with it, have lenses for it, and this Canon RP offers them a relatively affordable chance to get into mirrorless and use those same lenses seamlessly. It even comes with the adapter for free.

So the more relevant question for most will be if it's worth it for them to go into mirrorless.

You make some good points. But there is one big thing you are ignoring, and that is, that Canon is struggling with 4K video which is important to many consumers. Video used to be their strength which gave them a lot of new customers and it is the one area where Canon is now lagging behind.

The 1.7 crop factor is a major limitation that video bloggers and many consumers would notice. The fact that the new Canon mirrorless cameras lack IBIS (In-body, Image Stabilization) is a big problem for Canon's marketing department.

Now with regards to lenses, most consumers buying DSLR cameras including Canon's do not own more than 1 or 2 lenses. They are not going to be as loyal to the brand as you suggest. So let us not take consumer sentiments for granted :-) The people who are less likely to switch are the professionals many of whom own 8 or more lenses; that, I agree with you.

So the fact that Canon's major competitors are ahead in 4K video and are leaders in video autofocus is a big deal.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2019 at 00:03 UTC
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SkvLTD: Nikon knows no one is going to buy the new lackluster glass while sitting on a car-worth of old FX.

Why comment about things you have absolutely no clue on? The native Z lenses are of superior quality to previous generation lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2019 at 23:18 UTC
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xmeda: 16MP, 1/2.3" F3.4-6.9 = zero interest at all.. noisemachine

Here is an abundant light and fantastic image quality from the Nikon Coolpix A1000: http://www.nikon.com.sg/en_SG/product/digital-compact-cameras/affinity/coolpix-a1000

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2019 at 20:52 UTC
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xmeda: 16MP, 1/2.3" F3.4-6.9 = zero interest at all.. noisemachine

No one cares about your interests - whether you have "zero interest at all." Even children instinctively know that if they do not have any interest in something then the civil thing to do is not to buy it or to ignore it. But to trumpeting yourself around using derogatory terms like "noisemachine" is quite childish. In other words, to take your lack of interest and project it on others is a very self-serving and anti-social behavior.

Anyone can play the specs game you are indulging in. Why not compare the Smartphone a full-frame image sensor in the Nikon D750 or D850 DSLR cameras? The fact of the matter is that there is no perceptible noise with the A1000 at a normal resolution in normal lighting conditions to obviate the benefits of its zoom factor.

So your light math does not have any bearing on the fundamental point with regards to normal lighting conditions which is ample to the size of the image sensor in the A1000. For goodness sake, use common sense, it's a zoom camera!

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2019 at 20:43 UTC
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Einride: Wow, Amazing my Z6 just got even better. Hands down the best digital camera I ever owned.

I don't know what your personal problem is? Maybe bragging is so much at part of your consciousness that you are ascribing it to others. You need to grow up and start behaving like an adult.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2019 at 20:17 UTC
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xmeda: 16MP, 1/2.3" F3.4-6.9 = zero interest at all.. noisemachine

Have you ever shot with a 1/2.3 camera in normal lighting conditions? What about the smartphones with a 1/3.2 sensor, what do you call them? I plan to buy the A1000 for its excellent Zoom. These cameras are designed for night photography.

That "noisemachine" is a statement right out of your head - total nonsense. Do you want proof? Go to YouTube and search "4K Nikon Coolpix A1000 video sample".

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 09:30 UTC
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raztec: Do people still buy these types of cameras with such small sensors?
Modern cellphones are probably just as good.

People buying these cameras do not care about sensor size, only the Zoom factor. In good lighting conditions, sensor size does not matter to most people.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 09:08 UTC
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beavertown: Come on Nikon, we don't want this.

Beavertown, I am sure you know that you do not represent the world. There are many things I do not want that others would love to own. You seem to take pleasure in a group mentality such as "Okay, we..." You and whom? Those who think as you do? If Nikon, for example, puts a larger sensor in this camera, it would no longer be a 35x Zoom camera. Maybe something like 16x or 8x Zoom. Did you know that the sensors in the smartphones are even tinier (1/3.2 inch)?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 09:04 UTC
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rangel28: Don't really understand all of the hate here for these cameras. The people who read and comment on dpreview.com are not the target audience for these cameras.
These are for people looking to move beyond cell phone photography into a camera that, at the very least, will give them more reach. While the market for these cameras will continue to shrink, Nikon (and other camera manufacturers) needs to capture this market, to get them into their ecosystem and to hopefully keep them as customers as they will want to one day buy a DSLR or mirrorless camera (and lenses).

The Nikon A1000 is the ideal carry around zoom camera. A small sensor camera like the A1000 is perfectly fine for its intended purpose - extreme zoom. If anyone needs a larger sensor camera, Nikon also produces those. They are part of the D3000 and D5000 line of affordable DX cameras. Simply buy a zoom lens and crop your image to attain extraordinary zoom.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 08:50 UTC

The Stylish Nikon COOLPIX A1000 looks like the perfect camera to take on vacation. I like the fact that it is compact and has 4K video. Though it has an impressive 35x Zoom for such a compact camera, its 70x fine super Zoom should be sharp enough to bring distant objects up close.

Years ago I had a 16x zoom camera that took some nice distant pictures. So this camera should be more than enough for most situations.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 08:42 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4440 comments in total)
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Andrew770: This camera's AF tracking was tested with a DSLR lens with an FTZ lens adapter. This is not optimal for the Nikon Z mirrorless camera for low light situations as it is not a native Z class mirrorless lens. Next year Nikon will be releasing the faster NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens which will be ideal for videographers shooting in low light situations.

Here is a user comment: "On a mirrorless, like the Z6/Z7, the AF system has been moved to the sensor. While this doesn't seem like a big deal, it can cause some of us headaches when we try to set-up the mirrorless cameras in the same ways in which we set-up the DSLR."

Nikon has published a "Nikon Z autofocus guide" which you can google to see how to operate the Nikon Z7 focus system correctly.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 08:34 UTC
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Einride: Wow, Amazing my Z6 just got even better. Hands down the best digital camera I ever owned.

It is surprising the type of non-logic mick232 is demonstrating here, failing to see the context of the statement. So yes, in anticipation of the update as it has been shown to work, his camera has indeed gotten better. If someone sends you a check in the mail, even though it will take a few days to arrive, it is correct to make plans on how you are going to use it as if it is already in your bank account.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2019 at 01:01 UTC
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Mateus1: This is really big! ProRes Raw with the camera under $2000! The dreams came true. Excluding AF-C I found Z6 best FF mirrorless but it looks now it will soon be the best in all areas of still and video. I am sure AF-C and eye-AF will be now at least on A7III level.
It's hard to believe first Nikon FF mirrorless reaches such high level.
Nikon should bring as fast as possible 85/1.8 and 24/1.8 primes and 80% of needs will be fullfiled.

It now looks as if with Nikon's promised frequent firmware updates that there is no Sony feature that the Nikon Z will not match or surpass. Good job Nikon.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2019 at 00:42 UTC
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Saaaaaaad: Great update from Nikon, I'm very impressed. I recently bought into the Sony system with an A7iii, and don't regret it. But had I been more video focussed, I would definitely want the Z6 more. For me the A7III is still the better stills camera due to the AF tracking, but Z6 will be pretty damn close with this update.

Don't be sad. If you really want the Nikon, you can sell the Sony especially if it is quite new, and get some good money on it. Even if you lose $350, in the long run, you will not regret it.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2019 at 00:32 UTC
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voronspb: I'm really upset with the fact that neither Nikon nor Canon could implement fully featured EyeAF at the moment of release. And they are only giving promises of catching up some day. They are really honored and respected manufacturers, and now is 2019, how came that such a basic feature couldn't be implemented right away? My '2014 Panasonic LX100 did continuous EyeAF, not mentioning the Sony bodies starting from ca. 2015-2016.

Nikon was spending a lot of its time perfecting its industry-leading EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) :-). If the development of the Eye AF was not completed, it would have made no sense for Nikon to release it. It does not matter what anyone else has released.

We are now expecting many more firmware updates as Nikon has promised. This is great news for all those that have bought the Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2019 at 00:24 UTC
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EthanP99: Will tracking improve? if not, then thats terrible.

Nikon has promised more firmware updates. The Eye AF was a big surprise as no one saw it coming. It shows that Nikon will keep improving every facet of this camera. Stay tuned.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2019 at 00:13 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4440 comments in total)
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pj1999: The fact that the z7 is in stock where as d850 is STILL backordered is heartening. I guess Nikon users aren’t drinking the ambassador koolaid. I guess tony and Chelsea were right af

Actually, at a low-light testing of the AF performance using a DSLR (non-mirrorless) lens with the FTZ F-mount adapter, this is not the Nikon Z mirrorless camera's ideal setup. At least DPReview honestly told us what their setup was and then explained that the Nikon Z performance was fast and accurate under normal lighting condition. But your Tony friend did not do the same thing. He skewed the test knowing full well what he was doing.

The Nikon Z is optimized for native Z lenses. Nikon's bundled Z telephoto 24-70mm f/4 lens has fast AF, its sharp, and has high image quality (IQ) in normal lighting conditions. But this lens is not optimized for low light situations. Next year Nikon will release the faster f/2.8 version of this lens for professional photographers and cinematographers.

Plus Tony told everyone that the buttons were bad, the excellent EVF was bad, and the whole camera felt cheap. What a fraud.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2018 at 10:00 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4440 comments in total)
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noirdude: Nikon should sell the camera for $1000 less :p

This is a full-frame mirrorless camera with a 46MP image sensor. And it is an impressive video camera. Plus the lens used was not make for mirrorless cameras. The native mirrorless Nikon 24-70mm f/4 S lens made specifically for the Nikon Z camera is ideal for fast AF in normal lighting condition. If you have to money to spend, the fast Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens to be released in 2019 will be the ideal lens for low light situations.

Also, this Nikon Z mirrorless camera is ideal for professional videographers because of its full 4K video with HDR (High Dynamic Range) for beautifully smooth video color gradation. This is what is referred to by Nikon as 10-bit, N-Log video output.

Next month (November 2018), Nikon will be releasing the Nikon Z6, 24MP, full-frame mirrorless camera selling for $1,400 less at $1,999.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2018 at 09:01 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4440 comments in total)
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Andrew770: This camera's AF tracking was tested with a DSLR lens with an FTZ lens adapter. This is not optimal for the Nikon Z mirrorless camera for low light situations as it is not a native Z class mirrorless lens. Next year Nikon will be releasing the faster NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens which will be ideal for videographers shooting in low light situations.

But for now, the native NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens will suffice for the Nikon Z mirrorless camera as it is fast, sharp, and accurate while rendering beautiful high image quality (IQ) pictures for still photography and cinematic videos taken in normal lighting situations. The reason so many lenses are made and sold is so as to give photographers the option for selecting the right lens for the given situation.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2018 at 08:47 UTC
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