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Sort of related... I started to watch the BBC's 360º coverage of the London New Year fireworks on YouTube. Very quickly found that besides the quality being down on what was being TV broadcast, any panning invariably took me away from the best view of the displays. The Beeb's properly selected camera views were about as good as you could get. Moral, if you do want to watch the inauguration, watch live as broadcast and go back later to play with the 360º program.
So they are using Nikon, so what, not much alternate choice at this end of the market, so it will be interesting to see what "cheap" cameras can do. The critics here might have a field day but I'd like to think it will at least be fun to watch at a photographic level. Note: No political comment here, although I could.....

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 11:41 UTC as 59th comment
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deluk: Chipotle? Never heard of them. Such is the power of advertising. Mind you, I am in the UK and have never eaten a burrito. Perhaps I'll look them up on Google, or maybe not............

Chipotle have 7 restaurants here, all in London. Their website shows what they sell and everything looks dry and unappetising. OK they are illustrations, but they should be indicative of what they sell. No prices either. Says Mexican Grill but I don't see anything "grilled".
If the tacos are anything like this I might drop by.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 22:38 UTC

Chipotle? Never heard of them. Such is the power of advertising. Mind you, I am in the UK and have never eaten a burrito. Perhaps I'll look them up on Google, or maybe not............

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 12:42 UTC as 55th comment | 4 replies
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (417 comments in total)

This article based on last years announcement at CES goes into more detail as long as nothing drastic has changed.
Does it mean that the cartridges will be usable in older Super 8 cameras? That might help give the processing system some momentum. Might tempt those who still have these cameras to blow the dust off them and put a couple of them through it even if that does only get them about 5 minutes of show time.
Those who comment about looks/style, the "bone china" ones do have a bit of Braun about them.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 12:17 UTC as 71st comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1599 comments in total)

Interesting that the "Pros" are the least you would expect for a new model at this price and the "Cons" are a list of what shouldn't be expected, and far more serious. The "Good For" conclusion doesn't seem relate to the Cons list at all. The Silver award seems generous and maybe just down to "fun to use".

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 11:28 UTC as 101st comment | 4 replies
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (699 comments in total)
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aris14: A $349 price tag would do this cam a nice tool for a lot of people.

Price in China apparently $325. Note Amazon listing at £899!! Amazon Prime currently £529.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 12:15 UTC

Are all of the action shots selected from spray and pray bursts? Call me old fashioned, but I've never used this method. Recently bought a D7000 though, so looks like I will have to give it a go.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 22:18 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On article Winning images from Red Bull Illume 2016 (89 comments in total)
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Bruno E: The #1 shot is the Rakotz Bridge in North East of Germany. And it's prohibited to cross it, so typical "F... the rules, we're Red Bull" shot.

Not being familiar with this competition I didn't even notice the bike, thought it was a gnarly tree. Would be just too easy to add it via Photoshop. Without it, it's just another stock image. Does this little squiggle turn it into a prize winner?

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 10:34 UTC
On article PhotoPlus Expo 2016: What to expect at the show (65 comments in total)
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Pete_CSCS: Two years ago at this show Samsung had just released their NX1 and had one setup on a tripod for you to try with models posing. Last year their booth was swamped as they had a Back-To-The-Future Delorean replica that you could sit in (with lab coat) for a photo. This year, the PPE floor plan has them a no-show. Very strange exit with their camera division after showing so much potential.

I'm just hoping this year the cameras in "development" will be out from behind the glass cases and in the hands of the attendees. I'm particularly interested in the E-M1 II and the new Oly PRO lenses. If they aren't, I'll at least get to try out the m. zuiko 300mm F4 which the past 2 years was represented by a dummy prototype behind glass.

It's always a great show with many new products you didn't know exist! Lots of giveaways and special show prices too. I never miss it.

Samsung showing the DeLorean was rather ironic, maybe they were trying to say "Back in the Future". Lets hope so, at least they were willing to try new things even if they didn't, mostly, quite make it to the cutting edge.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 17:23 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (225 comments in total)

Enjoyable read but personally I could have done without the comparisons to later versions. I don't think that this what "throwback/retro" is all about. A hands on excursion with the camera and a new set of images would have been good IMO rather than use the 10 years old review images.
I recently considered one of these as a first DSLR but was offered a Nikon D80 (16327 actuations) with the Nikon 18-135 for £100. After committing I found that the kit included the later 35mm 1.8 DX and an HD600 flash so even more of a bargain!

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 11:12 UTC as 57th comment
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rrccad: Barney needs to work on his y'all's.. :)

....and his lasso's (la-soo)

Enjoyed that, will never be able to afford the kit, but dreams are cheap.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 10:42 UTC

Looks like fun but all of the colour schemes more suitable for girls. How about a camo version for boys?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 10:23 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

Using the original, one click on a suitable option in PhotoScape "Backlight" makes the image as close as I need to the final one posted here.
PhotoScape is free.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 11:14 UTC as 45th comment
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medon78: Color rendition on most pictures is not very exciting... is it just me?
Nice gallery, anyway! Hope to see DPR switch back to "OOC JPEG" galleries like this one in the future when evaluation new bodies.

I found pretty much everything here rather dull and dark. Not much pop considering the light is mostly good. Comment is from an LX3 and LX7 owner.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 10:47 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Review (19 comments in total)

I have recently bought an LX7 with the add on viewfinder to use alongside my LX3. Very pleased so far. I note in the pros that it has "three types of bracketing". Can you tell me what they are. It does say no WB bracketing and HDR is a scene mode. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 22:29 UTC as 1st comment
On article Class 10 200GB microSD card on the way from Lexar (71 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Those microSD cards are just too damm small. If you drop one you can't even find it. If you try to pick one up with large fingers you need tweezers. If you sneeze at one it's gone out the window.
I prefer regular SD.

I recently bought a Samsung ST88 compact in a trendy shade of purple with matching colour Lowepro case for the princely sum of £20. Was surprised to find that it had a 4GB Micro SD card in it. Came out in late 2012. Surprisingly high spec for a compact, Works well too. You won't find it on the DPR Samsung list but worth looking up. Maybe the first camera use of Micro SD?

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2016 at 13:18 UTC
On article Extreme made easy: GoPro HERO4 Session review (65 comments in total)

What's the point of all of the speeded up clips. Impossible to assess anything with those except on the odd occasion when the car stopped. Yes I'm sure an owner of these might use it once or twice for fun and maybe a time lapse function can be useful for recording some events. Most will always use it in really time.
I'd rather have one of these. LCD screen and even Raw if you want it.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 13:32 UTC as 15th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Scott Matthews (45 comments in total)
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brn: Most are quite good. I am confused as to why the aspect ratio on all of the landscape shots seems to be off. Is it just me or is DPRview messing with the aspect ratio (I can't imagine it's multiple photographers)?

What do you mean about the aspect ratios being "off"? Unless you have strict requirements to fit a page when publishing, freely cropping an image to give the best composition and impact will rarely find the aspect ratio ending up in basic round figures. I certainly don't crop to match standard printing paper sizes.

I like these images. Nicely done.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 12:48 UTC
On article Apple launches battery case for iPhone 6 & 6s (147 comments in total)

I wonder if there would be less vitriol if this article showed the white cased version? It looks fine to me and possibly improves the grip as well. An 80% increase in battery life is useful but $99 is expensive.
Note, I don't own an iPhone or any other smart phone for that matter.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 13:05 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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