lotzi

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Hmm. Interesting ways to put it. So basically, most phone cameras on top models are equivalent. Interesting, because it seems that the reason why manufacturers focus on the cameras in promoting the phones is because the rest of the phones are rather equivalent.

- This is _especially_ true if you're upgrading from a phone that's several generations old" - ok, why is that so? I mean, if I updated from an older phone, any new phone is an upgrade, but would it make the differences smaller?

Personally, I think that there are quite significant differences between the phones with 1 / 2 / 3 camera modules, for instance - bigger differences than between DSLRs in the same price bracket, for instance. Try to take an 50mm equivalent FOV portrait with the Samsung S8 vs Samsung Note8 camera - it is basically a 3 vs 12 megapixel portrait.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2018 at 13:44 UTC as 110th comment
On article Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (398 comments in total)
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boy_wander: They really changed the game. Even if you buy a field monitor for the vectorscope, waveform and other video features, it will still cost less than a GH5s. The image quality (based on the specs) will definitely be significantly better than GH5s.

I wonder how Sony will respond with A7Siii since that camera will probably cost around 4k CAD. But the free resolve 15 is a also a great bargain (300$ worth)!

Dheorl: sure, but cost and image quality tend to be one of the important ones, no?

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 12:46 UTC
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lotzi: Well, congratulations for Leica for creating and maintaining a "luxury camera" segment. These can be major markets (look at the watch industry and to a lesser degree, the fountain pen models). It is not easy to take well regarded, but functional and everyday brands like Rolex and Montblanc and make them accepted accessories of "class". Once this had been successfully established, the comparisons based on performance factors with non-luxury items become meaningless, although basic competence is still expected (i.e. we expect the Rolex to tell the time, and the Montblanc to write). It probably helps that these are low-tech products, where performance plateaued long time ago.

What is especially impressive is that Leica owns this space by itself. No other brands managed to enter it, despite Hasselblad's tries, or the Nikon Df etc. Maybe Nikon can launch a Nikon-Lexus sub-brand?

Well, some pristine collector's items appreciate in value, sure - especially if they have a "story".

Not mainline production items (watches, pens, cameras) that had been produced in quantities of millions.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 14:19 UTC
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Photodude35092: For all those haters and complainers about Leica pricing, a Nikon D5 is $6495.00 yep thats right, I guess Nikon is for the elite doctors and dentists also. Oh and a Nikon 400 2.8 lets try $11,000. But wait a Canon 1dx is $6000.00 what a bargain. These are all just tools of the trade and if you can afford Leica and I know many Pros that in fact use Leica along with their Nikon or Canon bodies, then great. After all, to make a photograph all you need to do is focus,set a shutter speed, aperture and press a button. All the bells and whistles that Sony or NikCanon offer are not needed, all marketing. AF is great to have, but some of the most Iconic and memorable photos in history were shot all manually.

I taxi is >$30K, a truck is >$100K, a tractor is >$50K.

As tools for the job go, photography is cheap.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 15:56 UTC

Well, congratulations for Leica for creating and maintaining a "luxury camera" segment. These can be major markets (look at the watch industry and to a lesser degree, the fountain pen models). It is not easy to take well regarded, but functional and everyday brands like Rolex and Montblanc and make them accepted accessories of "class". Once this had been successfully established, the comparisons based on performance factors with non-luxury items become meaningless, although basic competence is still expected (i.e. we expect the Rolex to tell the time, and the Montblanc to write). It probably helps that these are low-tech products, where performance plateaued long time ago.

What is especially impressive is that Leica owns this space by itself. No other brands managed to enter it, despite Hasselblad's tries, or the Nikon Df etc. Maybe Nikon can launch a Nikon-Lexus sub-brand?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 15:52 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
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racunseen: Unreal image quality. This is Canikon killer and DSLR killer in general. Good job, Sony. :)

I don't think it is a killer. It is a competitor and thus a motivator. Good for the users of all systems.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 15:23 UTC
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photoaddict: I am just stunned that he's still using an ancient 2005 Mac monitor to demonstrate the high resolution scanned film.

And contrary to what many say, we now have a digital sensor in a given size of a film size that handily outperforms film, the problem is the scaling up the sensor size. It requires a LOT of memory and processing power to capture all at once. And it's simply not economical to produce a sensor of that scale. The cost increases exponentially.

2005 monitor: It is oddly fitting, though, given the overall workflow. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 20:41 UTC
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (552 comments in total)

One angle not explored by this article is the fact that the switching costs are based on mounts and formats, not based on brands. The A mount vs E mount is not less of a choice as the Canon vs Sony one. I don't think that there is a question of "whether" mirrorless is making "inroads". The question is whether it flips over this year or next year.

Another question of the day is whether the full frame Nikon and Canon lenses will work perfectly on their future full frame mirrorless offerings. Because if they are not, then you have to think very carefully about your strategy of buying expensive lenses in those formats.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 13:20 UTC as 31st comment
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (552 comments in total)
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rmexpress22: Market share matters.

If market share didn't matter we'd still have HD-DVD and Betamax would have continued in tandem with VHS.

If Canon lost so much market share to the point that it became difficult to buy or rent gear I'd definitely jump ship to Nikon or whatever DSLR system was prominent.

I don't think that the dynamics of the HD-DVD and Betamax would apply to the cameras. There, a rental chain like Blockbuster or Netflix going one way or the other can decide the race, and they would have to decide, even if they don't want to because supporting both would be very expensive.

In the case of cameras, the only concern is the sink cost of lenses. Of course, if the market share dips below like 5% then you have other issues, like the company not making enough money to keep up with the development.

But really, there are few examples of abandoned systems: the original four thirds and the Nikon CX comes as an example. The Minolta / Sony A mount will be another one, but for the time being that still has totally up to date cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 13:04 UTC
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (552 comments in total)
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Miike Dougherty: Several years ago, I almost bought a Samsung NX1, the best cropped frame camera at the time. Sure glad I didn't.

You would still have the best cropped frame camera at this moment.

But I get the point.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 12:53 UTC
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (552 comments in total)
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ecka84: A: Because market share is a measurement of the herd instinct. And with today's shameless BS propaganda "traditions", it is rather easy to sell "snake oil" to the masses.

ecka84 - care to share some examples of "bells and whistles" type features in new, expensive products?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 12:48 UTC
On article Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you (552 comments in total)
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Slideshow Bob: I have some doubt as to whether Sony will maintain much market share in the long run. As things are, they're in a one horse race (FF mirrorless), and that market hasn't proven to be big enough to overcome DSLR sales. The problem Sony has is that sooner rather than later, Canon and Nikon are going to enter the FF mirrorless market themselves, which will effectively reduce Sony's market share in that segment. If current Canon users buy future Canon FF mirrorless cameras, and current Nikon users buy future Nikon FF mirrorless cameras, Sony's market share is going to plummet.

Sony is also vulnerable, because their current strategy of replacing cameras in a very short timeframe can't last. Sure, people might have bought an a7R and rapidly replaced it with an a7R II because they couldn't live with the shutter shock problem, but why would you keep replacing cameras now that some level of maturity has been reached? The honeymoon period is over. What happens next will be interesting.

One horse race? Hmm. They seem to have a bunch of horses in different races:

A9 4500
A7RIII 3200
A7SII 2500
A7III 2000
RX10IV 1600
A6500 1400
RX100V 900
RX100III 650
A6000 600
HX90 450

Arguments can be made that these are all category bests.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2018 at 19:07 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix ZS200 sample gallery (86 comments in total)
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Silat Shooter: I like the images shared here. I think the quality is quite good. Like some have mentioned here, it's a question of this pocketable vs something a little larger.

Obviously, but this question can be asked not only on a person-by-person basis, but also on a situation-by-situation and trip-by-trip basis. And cameras with a comparable zoom are not a little larger, but a lot larger.

So even if you have a full DSRL or mirrorless kit or an RX10IV, you might be still be tempted by this camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 18:21 UTC
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lotzi: It is puzzling for me that so many people give advice to Panasonic about what type of camera they would prefer, even down to the latest specifications, which they would have instead of this particular one.

Folks, there are about 20 cameras with 1 inch sensors that you can buy. Try to image them arranged in a 3D grid by size, zoom, and lens brightness. Now if two cameras are close to each other in the grid and price, then we can discuss which one is better (eg LX10 vs RX100M2, or FZ1000 vs RX10M1). If the price is different, we can argue whether the extra cost is justified (for a particular person). One can also argue where in the grid your needs are.

But wishing that the camera would sit somewhere else in the grid - what is the point in that? The ZS200 actually extends the grid in the direction of long zoom, pocketable camera direction - there is simply no comparable camera in the 1inch sensor range, and it will easily beat the 1/2.3 ones.

Michael_13: I think a 1/1.7 with 2.8 would be more or less the same - do you see any specific reasons why it would be better?

Of course, the problem is that there is no "current" 1/1.7 sensor - and developing it would have to be justified somehow. I agree that there is an unusually large gap between the 1 and 1/2.3 sensors, but this is how the market turned out.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 15:17 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7 III (584 comments in total)
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lotzi: The really interesting story here is that probably Sony has quite healthy margins on this camera. They can sell it for $2000 because there is no real competitor - but they can easily bump down $400 if needed, and still sell with a profit.

It will be interesting to see where will Nikon and Canon position their full frame mirrorless offerings. I can foresee some headaches for their product managers.

As Surlezi commented, I think that the A7III has a healthy margin because it probably costs the same to make as the A7II (and A7 for that matter). Newer electronics does not cost more than older one, and the A7III had been assembled from parts whose development had been paid by the more expensive cousins. This is actually true for all the "basic" cameras which are always decontented versions of the more expensive models - and sometimes specifically chosen "annoyance" points to steer buyers towards higher models.

The only difference is that a) the A7III has features that had been normally associated with high end cameras and it doesn't have a lot of "annoyance points". When Canon and Nikon launches a full frame mirrorless, they would have to either match the features, or sell cheaper. And both of them would have to deal with the issue of lack of native lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 15:02 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7 III (584 comments in total)

The really interesting story here is that probably Sony has quite healthy margins on this camera. They can sell it for $2000 because there is no real competitor - but they can easily bump down $400 if needed, and still sell with a profit.

It will be interesting to see where will Nikon and Canon position their full frame mirrorless offerings. I can foresee some headaches for their product managers.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 13:40 UTC as 31st comment | 8 replies
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (555 comments in total)
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new boyz: For me, personally, it's not really a big deal. It only appears under certain conditions, where flare and lack of contrast become much more of a problem. I consider that kind of shot an artistic shot(strong backlight). I will only care if it appears in a macro shot for example.

So let me break it down:
1. Strong backlight = 1% of my photography.. maybe 5 to 10 to be safe
2. Great Eye AF and tracking = 80%
3. Fast AF = 99%

Why should I be worried about that 1 percent? I am getting one. But will not preorder it. I want to try it in the store when it is available here.

It seems to me that all the four photos with the problem had been taken with the 85 at 1.8. Can anybody confirm this?

There might be something related to the combination of the reflective surfaces in the back of the lens.

Lotzi

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 01:23 UTC
On article Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200 (126 comments in total)
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Ken Schory: Because I would use this primarily for travel and occasional close-ups, my main concern is that it does not have a tiltable LCD, which I find very handy on my current compact camera. So many compact cameras have only a 3:1 zoom range, and I find that too limiting for travel photography. 250mm is adequate for me, but the extra zoom range would be nice for picking out distant details, although it depends to some extent on how effective the image stabilization is, since I would most often use this camera without a tripod, and 360mm is really pushing it. Another concern is HOW lossy Panasonic's RAW is. This is important to me, because I like getting the most out of my images. If someone would provide insight on that, I would appreciate it, although I realize it might be a challenge to quantify it.

mosc: Oh, yes. I have it and love it. But it is a completely different beast. And because of the DSLR shape, when you put it into a camera bag, it becomes even larger.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 15:53 UTC
On article Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200 (126 comments in total)
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Death89: I'll wait until I can see some proper tests and then have a look in person, but I can see this creating an excellent travel pair by having one of these paired with a short-bright 1" camera. If only they both used the same battery, then you could have just one spare for a trip out and have up to three to use...

Price wise though, I'd like to see them drop the 100 by a £100 and bring this in at ~£550 not £730...

Exactly. I am currently carrying an ancient Sony HX9V and an RX100V as my travel pair.

There is a reason why compact superzooms were quite popular up to a couple of years ago. They are the type of cameras that are not threatened AT ALL by smartphones.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 15:10 UTC
On article Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200 (126 comments in total)
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princecody: This will sell like hot cakes with its compact size & zoom but have the optics gotten better is the million dollar question? #IWantOne 😉

It clearly looks like all the development effort for this camera went into the lens, so there is a hope for that.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2018 at 15:05 UTC
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