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On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (475 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: I believe the buyer is not right. It is like configuring an Audi and then issue a complaint because the Park Pilot cannot park your car (that's included in thd Park Pilot Plus, btw...).

I have no idea why someone can have such blind loyalty to a camera brand. Nikon's marketing of the D500 is at best poorly worded, but too many is deceiving. They say integrated wifi, they have other products that use the same language. I think a reasonable person would conclude that the D500 has built in wifi. No additional purchases required. If a WT-7 is required this should be noted at least by a * and footnote.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 18:43 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (457 comments in total)
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Alec: Hasselblad A7RII, with a wooden grip. Actually the entire camera is made of wood, including the optics. Highly collectible.

Besides the general limited edition, serial #s 1 through 100 will be "exclusive premier select limited", made of the rarest wood species responsibly hand-picked and salvaged. Will come with a VHS tape of celebrities, brand ambassadors, company management and other qualified individuals sharing how holding the Hasselblad A7RII makes them feel completely differently from any other camera.

I think this has more of a ring of truth to it than just being funny. Do they even have any engineers still working for the company? If they do what have they been doing for the last 10 years.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (475 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: I believe the buyer is not right. It is like configuring an Audi and then issue a complaint because the Park Pilot cannot park your car (that's included in thd Park Pilot Plus, btw...).

The comparison only works if Audi said it worked in the Park Pilot. Nikon claimed in their marketing that the feature was in the D500.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 18:39 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (475 comments in total)
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Blotty: He is absolutely justified and I wish there more like him. Advertising is generally based on selling sizzle, sometimes steak, with a mix of half-truths which are confusing.
The sad part here is that Nikon kit is up there with the best; in this case the engineers who make the equipment so good have been let down by marketing half-wits who have damaged the brand.

It may have been, but that does not excuse the marketing department in promoting the camera with false or at best misleading claims. Personally I would be equally upset.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 18:36 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (281 comments in total)
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jesus_freak: I'm still blown away by how much the RX100 IV costs. There are a lot of other options available for $950.

I really liked the LX100, but I bought the Sony MK3 instead because of the size. For my personal needs I want my small camera to easily fit in my pants pocket. Once a camera is past pocketable size it fits in another category for me, and I already have a relatively small mirrorless camera. I do like the Panny and if the size is right for you it is a great choice.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 16:33 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (281 comments in total)
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jesus_freak: I'm still blown away by how much the RX100 IV costs. There are a lot of other options available for $950.

I like a lot about the IV, but the cost does seem high. I really have no interest in 4K video for my needs. I choose the MK III earlier this year and really like the camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 14:16 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (281 comments in total)
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Robert Schroeder: I was seriously considering to finally buy my first compact since the 2004 Olympus C-70/7000Z, a Panasonic ZS100/TZ100, although at 700€ it would have cost a substantial amount of money, until all tests showed abominably bad image quality, including dpreview. At the same time their words talked about good image quality, even if it was described at "slightly soft" in some cases. It's not "slightly soft"; at 25mm (equiv.) it completely lacks sharpness and resolution at the edges, and at and above 50mm (equiv.) it severely lacks sharpness and resolution over the whole frame.

I then decided to buy and use an Olympus E-M10 with a Panasonic 14-140 II for that purpose (beside my E-M1 and the lenses I already had) – and the combination cost me substantially less than the ZS100/TZ100. If no manufacturer wants to make a 10x zoom pocketable camera with decent image quality, I don't want to have one.

A camera is only as useful as it is at hand. If you don't need a small camera that can fit in your pocket, then stepping up in size is a great choice. To me, having a great low light pocketable camera was very important. I bought the RX 100 III earlier this year and love the camera. So easy just to slip in my pocket. If I need some thing bigger I have other options that will work. For a light small camera I like my little Sony.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 14:13 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (148 comments in total)
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biza43: These are all compromised in one way or another, one just needs to choose according to one's needs. I chose the Canon G7X over the RX100IV simply because: it was a lot cheaper, and I don't need an EVF on this class of camera. The G7X does what it does very well; if you can't take decent photos with it, it is not the camera's fault.

In experienced hands, any of these cameras can take very good photos.

I don't think this is a bad reason to choose a camera, but as a 30+ year Canon user I do find it disappointing that Canon now completes on price and not as a technology leader. They tend to do just good enough to get by if they discount their cameras. Main reason I did not buy a G7X is my mirroless camera does not have an EVF and I am not going to make that mistake again.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 23:51 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Advanced Zoom Compacts (148 comments in total)
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Abu Mahendra: Canon had five cameras in this comparo, and still can't manage to rise to the top...

I stopped paying a lot of attention to customer reviews since the rise of viral marketing. Too often a lot of the people posting both positive and negative reviews don't even own the item. Amazon recently has started to try and cull such reviews. Now days its just to hard to know if the people writing the reviews are being compensated to write the reviews.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 23:47 UTC
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spatz: It would be great if Adobe made their old versions of Lightroom compatible with new cameras. Having to upgrade Lightroom with each new camera is a pain, and frankly, completely unnecessary from a software development perspective. Of course, when people have to pay for each upgrade, at least in the short term it makes commercial sense, but within the Adobe CC subscription model, there's really no reason not to support new cameras and lenses with old versions of Lightroom

I guess it depends on what you mean from a software developer perspective. Technically, yes they could offer updates for free for their legacy products, but from a business perspective they need to have revenue. With the ever falling PC sales software companies are looking at ways to stabilize profits.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 02:04 UTC
On article HTC launches One M8 with new 'Duo Camera' (47 comments in total)
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Sirandar: Whats this ..... A HTC phone with microSD??????

Hallelujah ....... HTC exists as a phone company again for me.

I am sooo happy as HTCs were may fav phones before they pulled the plug on microSD.

Thanks HTC

HTC learned their lesson. The Asia version of the M7 had a microSD card slot. I guess HTC figured they would follow Google's lead and leave it of the NA model.

I personally believe that if the M7 had a microSD card slot it would have been the best selling phone in 2013. I do know the lack of microSD card support cost them at least 3 phone sales in my family.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 19:50 UTC
On article HTC launches One M8 with new 'Duo Camera' (47 comments in total)
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Alexis D: Really nice phone but there is a fatal flaw. FATAL!

So stubborn, using that failed 4 "uber" pixel camera again!

Companies that do not listen to consumers die. This is just like Nokia when it continued to stick with Symbian when nobody wanted that OS, and then with Windows to make sure the suicide worked.

The great Beats audio performance will not save it, just like the great camera on Nokia cameras did not save it. You can't have fatal flaws, no matter how great some other features are. HTC will probably never catch up to the top players again.

"The great Beats audio performance will not save it, just like the great camera on Nokia cameras did not save it. "

Which is good because the phone does not have Beats Audio. Beats and HTC went their separate way last year.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 19:46 UTC
On article AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer (166 comments in total)
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LeitzKameraAktion: Nick Ut's famous 1972 Vietnam image of naked 9 year old Kim Phuc running down a road, after being burned by Napalm, looks far more dramatic and scary when seen in its familiar cropped version, which eliminates almost half the right side of the image. The full image lacks the intensity and concentration of the cropped version, because the figures on the right seem uninterested and unconcerned about the drama taking place just ahead of them. Cropping the image focuses one's attention on the traumatised children, and their anguished expressions. For me. Contreras' manipulation was done in much the same spirit; to eliminate distracting detail in order to focus one's attention on the essentials. While the end result might not be literally accurate, it does not falsify the reality or authenticity of what's being depicted - the core-truth if you like. Suppose Contreras had physically removed the video camera BEFORE taking his shot; how is that morally different to doing it electronically?

Fully disagree. If cameras are just lying around this is a very different scene. I am not even sure I agree with cropping. An example are some of the uncropped images from the Libyan Civil War the ones I have seen sometimes show more journalists in the pictures than fighters.

Bottom line though is that AP photographers know the rules. They are very clear. The pictures are suppose to be news, not art and not propaganda.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 05:01 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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Jogger: Its funny that people have no issue with $900 iPads (replaced annually of course), $700 phones, $100/month phone plans, $10 month XBL accounts, $5 daily cups of coffee, $1.5/L of gasoline...

But, paying $10 a month for a software that is part of their business (ie. allows you to make money) is somehow treasonous.

Who replaces their iPad or phone every year? I don't. I also don't rush out and buy every new software update. From everything I read I was pretty typical - skip every other update.

The bigger issue to me is not the $10 a month, the question is what happens next year. Adobe decides the price should be $19.95 per month. The next year $29.95. They have the power if my PS saved files require the new features and My LR DB is now LR5 or higher I am stuck.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:02 UTC
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)
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Per Inge Oestmoen: Why should we accept Software-as-a-Service?

If we accept to be tied to a software subscription in order to access and use our own data, soon both the operating system and applications will be entirely server-based and no longer installable locally. In such a scenario, the user will lose all use of the software as soon as the software company's subscription service is inaccesible or discontinues - or if the licensee failsl to pay for forever reason. In other words, in the subscription model the user is forever completely dependent on the software subscription in order to access his or her own data.

We have to demand from all software companies that they create software with perpetual licenses that can legally be used for an unlimited time on compatible hardware. We also have to demand that the software comes in the form of full and unrestricted installation versions that can be backed up and installed at any time and independent from its manufacturer.

Per Inge Oestmoen, Norway

I guess you have not heard about Office 365.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 19:58 UTC
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