Low Budget Dave

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On article Nikon AW1 First Impressions Review (591 comments in total)
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jhinkey: At first glance this seems silly, but upon thinking what I use an AW camera for it makes some sense. My current AW camera is a Panasonic TS3 which has already failed me on vacation one time (after using it twice) and was replaced under warranty (second vacation it worked fine). In general it makes just OK pictures and the battery life sucks, especially if using video at all. Nikon equivalent is no better.

So having a large-ish sensored Nikon system that I can take kayaking, snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, etc. and not have to worry about it seems great. Just not sure of the cost - especially since the lenses are not stabilized which seems like a real requirement when bobbing up and down in the surf or in a kayak or . . . .

I think your comment was exactly right. This is a great camera for people who occasionally drop their camera. I, for one, never plan to drop the camera, so I rarely have the waterproof housing on when it happens.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 10:50 UTC
On article Nikon AW1 First Impressions Review (591 comments in total)
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Deardorff: 14 degrees? ABOVE zero???

That is not cold. They are claiming it won't freeze up in the cold so why isn't it good to 30 below which is what our winters generally hit when bad weather comes in.

Sounds nice, but I already use my gear in sub zero temps with good success.

I always thought "freeze proof" was an odd spec anyway. The thing that goes bad at 20 degrees (on my cameras, at least) is the battery life.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 10:43 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 First-impressions Review (154 comments in total)

For my money, they could have just put a telephone in the RX100.

It will be fun to play with, though. You could walk around with the camera in one hand and your phone in the other, and never actually look where you are going, except by turning your hand.

I can just imagine people walking around using their phone as a periscope.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 18:31 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony A3000 First Impressions Review (621 comments in total)
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AngryCorgi: Shoulda titled this "Wolf in Cheap Clothing?"...that EVF doesn't belong on any even remotely serious camera. I was really hoping for a little less compromise (not the 2.4M EVF but maybe something in the 1-1.4M dot range), but this thing belongs on a P&S (see LVF1), not on an ILC.

Maybe they meant "a sheep in wolf's clothing." The sensors in the NEX have been great for several years. It is the AF (and particularly C-AF) that is troublesome.

Sony's solution: Dress up an NEX sensor so that it looks like it might have great C-AF.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 13:51 UTC
On article Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review (1200 comments in total)
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leschnyhan: Yeah, okay it doesn't have a mic input. On the one hand, most people who are trying to get really excellent audio would use a separate digital audio recorder anyway. But on the other hand--it seems like putting a mic input on the camera would be pretty straightforward, and a shoe-mounted mic would be useful on occasion.

The basic design reminds me a lot of the NEX-6 and NEX-7, and the feature set seems pretty similar to NEX-6 except that the Sony has a physically larger sensor that should translate to better image quality. (And has consequences for depth of field, too.) The one thing that keeps me away from MFT cameras is the MFT part.

And they're asking $999 for this thing? When an NEX-6 is currently available brand new for $798?

I like the NEX-6, but I always had trouble with focus speed and accuracy, particularly in low light. If Panny can beat the Sony in AF, then it might be worth the extra money, particularly for people who use the camera with kids, indoor sports, and that sort of thing.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2013 at 00:56 UTC
On article Just posted: Our Canon EOS 70D hands-on preview (355 comments in total)

I wish DPR would go back and finish the review of the EOS M. It has been about a year, and Canon even finally got around to fixing the firmware. A review of that camera might give us a good idea how well Canon has figured out hybrid AF.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2013 at 16:02 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
On article Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 (271 comments in total)
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v_lestat: Samsung Samsung Samsung
Oh dear lord you people crying Samsung have no idea what on earth you are doing.
If Samsung made a good camera at any price it would be on a list some where of must have cameras.
But it's not.
Not here
Not there
Not anywhere
I own a lot of Samsung gear (phones tv's and more) but I would NEVER buy a Samsung camera because they are garbage and are destroyed by nearly everything on the market in its vertical.
There are even p-n-s cameras better than the NX cameras.

Wow you kids should really use a GOOD camera before call dp review the names you have and imply the childish things you have.

So is DXo mark worthless too?

Show me one Samsung camera on their site anywhere near the caliber of these cameras.

Depends what you are looking for. If you are looking for a small 300g camera to carry around, an ASPC sensor or bigger, hybrid AF, touchscreen, 1/6000 shutter speed, and changeable lenses, then the only camera you can buy with those specs is the Samsung NX300.

Period. That's then end of the list. Samsung NX300.

Those are not obscure features either. Those are features that every camera manufacturer is running in their advertisements.

You don't like the color? Well, buy yourself a copy of Lightroom (or rent Photoshop), and play with the colors all you want.

Don't like the picture quality? Well, then, don't buy it. But don't sit here and pretend that no one should buy it just because you don't like it. Other people like it just fine.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 11:42 UTC
On article Best DSLRs and ILCs for less than $1000 (271 comments in total)
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v_lestat: @underdog 3000

The omd like it or not is one of the if not THE best camera on this list.

Who ever said this list is for deals.
You are very nieve to believe that a deal means its on sale.
A deal is value for the dollar and frankly if I wasn't so vested in my current gear I would have owned an omd long ago.

And you show your invalidity by saying the omd @ $1000 is the original retail.
Wow... Dead wrong... Go home and read some more.

The OMD is a good camera, but a set of compromises, just like every camera. The kit lens does not stand up well to the competition in the same price range, and predictive autofocus is average at best.

If you put on the stunning Oly 45mm lens, you can take some great portraits, but then you could put a nice lens on the K5 as well.

The video out of the OMD is better than anything except the Sony, but the Sony is visibly better, especially at low light, or with zoom lenses.

The Canon and Nikon entries in the list are outstanding all-around cameras, and take a variety of lenses that you could never get for your OMD.

If I were starting over with no lenses, I would get the K5, since it has a set of features that match and beat the OMD at its own game: Triple axis IS, high speed AF, pentaprism, weatherproof, great color at super high ISO, DNG RAW files, huge selection of lenses, and so on.

The only downside of the K5 is that the video is terrible. But every camera is a compromise.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 11:28 UTC
On article Classic lines when clients want you to work for free (141 comments in total)

I take photographs as a hobby, and do not charge for it. If I need a photograph with professional lighting, composition, and posing, then I will hire someone who has studied those things. And I would negotiate a rate, and then pay it.

Similarly, if a photographer called me up and asked me to do his accounting for free, I would suggest that they buy an accounting program off-the-shelf, and see if they can get a friend or relative to do it "for the exposure". If they want a professional to do it, I would certainly not be offended if they tried to negotiate a rate.

After all, photography is an art and accounting is merely a trade.

Negotiation is a skill, and if you want to survive as an artist, you need to get good at one or two skills besides just taking great photos.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 18:29 UTC as 22nd comment

If I were to create a jreat work like that, I would also feel entitled to name it anything I want. Then, as I jrew older, I would feel perfectly comfortable telling people how to pronounce it.

For all the jood it would do.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 12:07 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction (1842 comments in total)
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Philip Corlis: Take a look at that smug bustard Winston and tell me Adobe is looking out for its customers. WRONG. Winston and his pals are looking out for their stock options. Adobe makes 1B in profits on 4B in sales annually and even thats not enough for Winston and his friends.

Winston thinks you should pay him more money more often so he can offer you swell new things like camera shake reduction. Well Winston, most of us learned how to avoid camera shake long ago. Winston and his pals want you to use their "cloud" so they can hijack your files later and hold them ransom - "Sorry folks looks like we'll have to start charging you for that cloud storage..."

Personally, I hope Winston and his friends choke on this idea. I hope he's back here in six months apologizing to his former customers just like the geniuses at NetFlix had to do.

Me. I'll wait and see who else shows up in the marketplace to fill the vacuum that Winston and his pals at Adobe have created with their greed and hubris.

I think this is correct. I suspect most CS users will informally boycott this idea. Adobe will make more money in the short run, of course, because they are milking a smaller number of cash cows 12 times as often, but in the long run, it will provide cash for competitors to improve their products.

As for me, I have already started reading the reviews for Corel.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 09:01 UTC
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Caoedhen: The A58 looks very interesting to replace my A300... but did anyone else notice the ISO hot shoe??? It looks like a single contact generic shoe, so has Sony brought out new flash guns to go with it?

Or am I way behind on my camera upgrades?

I have the NEX 6, which has the same hot shoe. It works great with my "low budget" yongnuo flash. If you want the TTL and high speed sync, (I think) you still need to get the flash from Sony, and the HVL58 is still about $400.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 11:22 UTC
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88SAL: Id like an EVF option, inbuilt, in ko2 and they will sell them. There is a great and acheivable product design in ko2 just by reading commebts of this thread. First company to directly use mirrorless tech to support native brand lensmount. Bad start but we all saw this cameras demise on the horizon. Thats not to say a few revisions and we would have a solid product. Pentax is brining the fight to cost/benefit APSC - DONT RETREAT!

I agree. I hope Pentax spends some time reading the comments. It is not hard to identify the trend:
1. People will buy any camera that takes good pictures, no matter what it looks like.
2. People will only go crazy for a camera if it is well above average in some way.
3. If you have a camera with average AF, average size, average IQ and average looks, people will only buy it when the price is attractive.
4. That means average cameras end up on the discount rack, which is not where you want your product.

Dear Pentax: Either make it faster, smaller, or better. If you don't do one of those three, then the only thing you can do is make it cheaper.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 11:08 UTC

The hard work is actually going into conflict zones and being willing to document what you see. All the rest is marketing. I don't like the filters, but they accomplished what he wanted them to do: I clicked on the article and looked at the pictures.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2013 at 17:12 UTC as 25th comment
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Sam Carriere: One of the amazing things about this discussion, and similar ones elsewhere is that two years ago, when the NEX-7 was first announced, it was universally deemed the best thing since sliced bread. Reviewers who had never even seen the actual camera fell over themselves finding appropriate superlatives. It took a year from the first announcement for Sony to actually produce the camera and in that time, the enthusiasm raged unabated.
And now ... it seems few people have much good to say about the poor NEX-7.
I did not have much faith in web-based reviews at the time this all happened, and I have even less now.
The whole thing, though, was a triumph for Sony marketing which correctly assessed the leming-like nature of both reviewers and consumers.

Sam, The job of marketing people is to create hype. If they can do it for products that aren't invented yet, they will. Because of their size and history, Sony is a little better at it than most, but it is really just a matter of degree.

If Canon could start the hype for their 5Dmk5 right now, they would do it. Hard to judge camera companies for doing what their shareholders demand.

Having said that, I did go ahead and purchase a NEX6 when my old camera broke. Maybe I bought into the hype, or it was wishful thinking, but the end result is still a camera that was worth what I paid for it. It doesn't solve any problems for me, it just takes pictures.

The quality of the pictures still depends on me more than the camera. It has a few more missed-focus shots than average, and it takes me a little longer to change settings than I would like, but if I really wanted a D800, I would have had to buy a D800.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2013 at 16:54 UTC

As far as product review speed, I am not sure any web site does particularly complete reviews in advance of product introduction. I am not sure how they could. As far as the NEX6 goes, I bought it when my old camera broke, based on the assumption that it would be about the same as every other camera in the price range.

Generally, it is a pretty good camera. I am not wild about the color on the kit lens, but that is easy to fix with the Sony 50mm or even the Sigma 35mm. The autofocus speed seems to be pretty good, but the accuracy is only about average. The camera gets distracted by bright areas, even if you are using center focus or spot focus. Anything moving gets out of focus very quickly, and the Sony has trouble keeping up. The Sony face detection is more likely to focus on the outline of the head than on the eyes.

The kit lens is designed for portability, and comes with the trade-offs you would expect. The only thing I didn't expect is how touchy it is to manually focus. A quarter of a turn takes you from front focus to rear focus, and only a very good eye and steady hands will be able to capture a shot in between. In this respect (and many others) the 50mm "sippy cup" is vastly better.

In short, it is about the same as every other camera in the price range. It is a little better at some things and a little worse at others. Of course, if they said this in a review, they could finish every review within 2 hours of getting the camera.

They might also add: "This camera won't help you take better pictures, unless you are upgrading from a cell phone, and maybe not even then." This sentence can be safely added to every review.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2013 at 18:14 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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Robert P Miller: I do believe some smartphone users would not mind better quality in low light to help with blurs and noise, but otherwise most are not candidates for a second body camera. They will simply accept the better quality sensors when they arrive in the smart phone world.

All things considered, I would rather have an NEX that makes (mediocre) phone calls than a phone that takes mediocre pictures.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 14:43 UTC

The C-AF makes sense when you consider the RX-100. The S-AF is reliable and fast, but the C-AF hunts back and forth. In movie mode, it does not, but it picture mode, it is annoying. Sony took the feature out because it was causing more problems than it was fixing.

The shutter speed is also a matter of working with the available tools. Some engineer somewhere pointed out that the camera might be useful for sports photography if you could up the speed just a little bit. On leaf cameras, one way to do this is to shoot at F7, or whatever. All you have to do is tell the software to stop protecting you from yourself.

It does not fit my needs or my bank account, but if you want portrait quality in a small package, Sony seems to be delivering the goods.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 15:16 UTC as 11th comment
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Fazal Majid: Smartphones.

Given the abysmal software skills of most camera makers, their allegedly-smart devices will underwhelm and die a horrible death, and in the end only true smartphones will have those capabilities. In one of the recent Photokina interviews (Fuji?), the product manager was sensibly pointing out that people are not exactly going to line up to pay for yet another data plan in addition to the one on their smartphones.

"Phones" has my vote too. Just because they are missing a feature doesn't change the market they will be judged against.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 12:44 UTC
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