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On article Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm zoom (756 comments in total)
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Focus Shift Shooting: It seems the biggest concern is the aperture difference.

I remember when the Rx10-iii came out and you can look at the announcement comments. Everyone said the same exact thing. At the time, I also skipped upgrading from the Rx10-1 and Rx10-2 that I had owned up until that point. For me, video was important and the Rx10-iii was a f/4 camera compared to the f/2.8 cameras I was use to using.

When the Rx10-iv came out, I felt that the additional zoom was so valuable to me that I took a chance and purchased the camera. Guess what, the f/4 aperture change wasn't a big deal. The Rx10-iv focused in much less light and the aperture difference wasn't such a problem. In fact, the newer camera did better in lower light as the ISO could be pushed a bit more.

Fast-forward to this camera. I have to tell you, when Sony moved from 28-100mm to 24-70mm I was not interested. But now, with 24-200!!!!! WOW!!!!!!

And I'm willing to bet that the low-light is still there. Sony is smart!

@Focus Shift Shooting: Not quite sure why the attacking tone. I just mentioned that different people have different needs and for my needs the faster aperture is more important than the longer zoom range. If the new tech is better at lo light then I would want to combine that with the faster f1.8 lens to get even better low light. Whatever is the tech the f1.8 + that tech will be better at low light then f2.8 + that tech.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 23:18 UTC
On article Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm zoom (756 comments in total)
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Focus Shift Shooting: It seems the biggest concern is the aperture difference.

I remember when the Rx10-iii came out and you can look at the announcement comments. Everyone said the same exact thing. At the time, I also skipped upgrading from the Rx10-1 and Rx10-2 that I had owned up until that point. For me, video was important and the Rx10-iii was a f/4 camera compared to the f/2.8 cameras I was use to using.

When the Rx10-iv came out, I felt that the additional zoom was so valuable to me that I took a chance and purchased the camera. Guess what, the f/4 aperture change wasn't a big deal. The Rx10-iv focused in much less light and the aperture difference wasn't such a problem. In fact, the newer camera did better in lower light as the ISO could be pushed a bit more.

Fast-forward to this camera. I have to tell you, when Sony moved from 28-100mm to 24-70mm I was not interested. But now, with 24-200!!!!! WOW!!!!!!

And I'm willing to bet that the low-light is still there. Sony is smart!

@Focus Shift Shooting: Every one has different requirements and use cases. Clearly for you zoom seems more important. For me even the f1.8-2.8 lens in RX100 series (as well as the G7x which I currently use) is barely adequate. For people like us who are looking for low light capability and DOF control from 1" + a fast lens, the new lens doesn't cut it at all. For others like you this might be exactly what you need.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 21:10 UTC
On article Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm zoom (756 comments in total)

I am sure there are people looking for a camera like this and it could be popular for travel (gives the range of RX10 series without the size). However why kill the original RX100 concept and transform it into this? As impressive as the 1" sensor is, it still requires a fast lens for it to be used indoors and the DOF control was already relatively limited even with a fast lens on the RX100 series. The new lens in my mind makes this primarily an outdoor-daytime-travel camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 18:12 UTC as 110th comment | 7 replies
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cosinaphile: if i knew the sensor size i could figure out the crop factor ... im guessing this could be about 1000 or 1200 mm equiv at the long end?

also where is your speedbooster?

The article says "3026.8mm equivalent"

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 17:17 UTC
On article Sony reveals faster, higher-res OLED viewfinder display (378 comments in total)
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io_bg: "we expect to halve the vertical resolution"
So horizontal resolution would stay the same? ;)

"So horizontal resolution would stay the same?"

Yes it will. Only vertical resolution will be halved in the 240 FPS mode

Link | Posted on May 29, 2018 at 20:48 UTC

"the world is ready for, and in fact craving, 3D/4V content you can digest without goggles or glasses."

I think this completely misses the point. The AR or VR content viewed through goggles is all about giving an immersive experience. Imagine standing in the middle of a majestic grand vista or say being on top of mount everest and feeling that you are really there and looking at that scene. It is a completely different and exciting experience compared to looking at a 3D hologram which will be much like looking at a small 3D model of the place.

I don't mean that this technology would not be interesting but it is not at all a replacement for the AR / VR goggles.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 19:09 UTC as 8th comment
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ozturert: I wonder what Fuji has left out in this machine, so that they can add later and all users will cheer up and sing "Fuji likes us" song :)

@shigzeo: This was somewhat true of the first generation Fuji mirrorless cameras where indeed the initial offerings were somewhat under-cooked and relied on firmware upgrades to fix some of the early performance and functionality issues.

However this has not been true in subsequent generations. Subsequent Fuji cameras have been well-featured and robust at initial launch, and subsequent firmware updates have brought new features to those cameras in a way which no other manufacturer does. In many cases they have taken new features / performance introduced in next generation cameras and added them to previous generation cameras which no camera manufacturer ever does. In recent years have used multiple mirrorless cameras from other manufacturers which had mediocre performance at launch and yet were never improved and you had to buy the next-gen camera to get incremental improvements.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 00:58 UTC
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random78: Hmmm the model name X-T100 is highly confusing since Fuji has another camera model named X-100T.

Well 60D and D60 were 6-7 generations and 8-9 years apart. By the time 60D came out, very few people remembered that there once was a D60. But X100T is a current generation camera which is in production today so we are likely to have these two models in the market at the same time.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2018 at 22:46 UTC

Hmmm the model name X-T100 is highly confusing since Fuji has another camera model named X-100T.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2018 at 22:16 UTC as 75th comment | 7 replies

Even if the anteater was not fake, the picture does not look real in any way. Not sure why would this be considered a winner in a wildlife photography competition. If it was a digital art competition or something like that then it may have made sense.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 01:56 UTC as 9th comment
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Bas Bridges: GoPro's death struggle...

@Mariano Pacifico: GoPro is not a victim of cell phone cams. Unlike DSLRs, the action camera market has been growing rapidly in recent years and is expected to grow further in coming years. However GoPro is struggling because of its inability to maintain any differentiation over a number of competing products that are in the market. GoPro was a great idea when it launched but its also an idea that is relatively easy to copy by others and GoPro has failed to evolve the product in a way where it could maintain an edge over competitors.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 15:49 UTC
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Rensol: 0.2 sec?
Really?
Nikon 1 j1 had slow motion (high frame recording). 1j4, 5 have about 1000 frames per sec for couple seconds and you can pick up new kit for $300 on ebay!

Nikon 1 J5 offered the 1200 FPS at a very low resolution i.e. 400x144. The S9 is full HD, which is about 40 times higher resolution.

Also in J5, the slo mo mode just picks up a tiny crop from the frame and not the entire view - not a useful mode in practice

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 22:21 UTC
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JanMatthys: Why write a lengthy article when that awsome 4x chart explains it all?

@ DualSystemGuy: Exmor R is not stacked, it is just back-side illuminated. The Exmor RS is the later version which is stacked. However RS stacks only the sensor and the read circuitry -- which is what the diagram in the article shows as "before". So the new thing as indicated in the diagram is that the DRAM is also now stacked which will reduce the time to transfer data to the memory and hence deliver even faster readout time.

Sony also released such a 3-layer stacked sensor last year in their ZX phones as indicated in the article. So it is not quite the first time this technology has been demonstrated in a smartphone but it is nevertheless very recent and cutting edge. I believe apart from the Samsung S9 phones only the Sony Xperia XZ phones have such a sensor at this point.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 19:58 UTC
On article Sigma interview: 'This is just the beginning' (340 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: I imagine if you asked the 3 interviewees from the other article to say 1 nice thing about each of their competitors, they'd freeze in place, begin to convulse, and then their heads would explode.
This guy? He PROACTIVELY does that!

@AbrasiveReducer: Sure, but still praising the 35mm 1.4 II from canon when their own 35mm 1.4 is directly competing against that lens is quite surprising and frank. The 35mm 1.4 is one of the most popular and highly rated Sigma lenses in recent past. Similarly praising the 28-75mm f2.8 from Tamron is quite surprising -- Tamron is also a third-party vendor like Sigma and not an OEM.

Mentioning Sony 12-24mm and 16-35mm f2.8 would be less surprising since Sigma doesn't have direct competitors to those lenses right now.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2018 at 19:18 UTC
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sts2: As uMad said the lack of an FP shutter means you can only use the electronic shutter with these lenses. Which isn't very spectacular on the X1D, and forget about using flash as well (which is actually one of the main appeals of the X1D because of its leaf shutter).
So nothing to get too excited over. You're better off with native lenses by a long shot.

Or use Fuji GFX 50s which does have FP shutter and people are already using FF lenses on it.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 22:34 UTC
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tko: " then automatically pivot forward or backwards for the best quality of light"

Make. Absolutely. No. Sense.

What are they saying? That there is an optimum angle like 33.5 degrees for bounce? Is so, and I don't believe there is, any one who plays pool can estimate this much faster than the camera can calculate it. Sounds like a marketing feature for beginners. I love it when machines are much slower than the people using them.

You missed the part of the article where it says that it first uses a straight-on flash to measure the distance to the object and then uses that to figure out the angle. So its not some fixed optimal angle that is built-in. Of course I have no idea how effective this whole approach is and whether it is only useful for beginners or also for people already experienced with bound flash.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 17:05 UTC
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Brev00: I think the emphasis on value in the brief DPReview post assumes performance from the lens equal to or greater than the Nikon. That remains to be seen. But, I think we are all interested in the eventual comparisons. I will wait for them before I conclude anything. I do like Sigma's ambitions.

@Brev00: I didn't mean to disagree with your point. You are right that until we see actual performance we cant make an objective determination.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 21:16 UTC
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Lee Jay: I'm interested in how the color awareness will be created. Recording each individual photon is cool, recording when it arrives is cooler yet, but being able to record its precise wavelength would be astounding. How would that happen?

@Lee Jay: The point is zero read noise, which will be enabled by this approach regardless of whether there is a color filter array or not. We all would love to have a solution where the color filter array is not needed and no light is discarded. However that is a separate problem from the problem that this invention is trying to solve.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 21:11 UTC
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Lee Jay: I'm interested in how the color awareness will be created. Recording each individual photon is cool, recording when it arrives is cooler yet, but being able to record its precise wavelength would be astounding. How would that happen?

The current color filter array will work fine with this approach - no issues there. The color filter array blocks photons of certain 'color' i.e. energies and lets only photons of a certain energy range go through. So each jolt will be detecting photons of a specific 'color' depending on the filter on its top.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 16:46 UTC
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Brev00: I think the emphasis on value in the brief DPReview post assumes performance from the lens equal to or greater than the Nikon. That remains to be seen. But, I think we are all interested in the eventual comparisons. I will wait for them before I conclude anything. I do like Sigma's ambitions.

Lens performance has many different aspects and as often happens in such comparisons, first lens might be better in some aspects and second might be better in other aspects. So those who favor Nikon version will point to areas where Nikon version is better and will say that third-party lenses can come close but OEM lenses are stilll superior. Those who favor Sigma will point to areas where Sigma is equal or superior to Nikon and talk about how Sigma is delivering better-than-Nikon performance at much lower cost and how Nikon is ripping us off. And the two groups will still keep fighting no matter how many performance comparisons you do :)

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 16:31 UTC
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