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On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (560 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: DPR, your justified praise for electronic viewfinders does not hinge upon a mirrorless camera. A third implementation is the all too often overlooked a99/77 SLT AMount system, which doesn't sacrifice battery life and excellent AFC for the benefit of EVF. With SLT, sensor stays cleaner, mount is more stable, and no one has to suffer the unpredictability of fly-by-wire focus for manual focus video pulls and critical wide aperture portraits.

Really a shame that AMount SLT doesn't get more cred where it is due. My a7RII's sit awaiting video jobs. All stills work goes to a99 for ease of operation. If Sony provided 4K for AMount native, then I'd ditch the EMount immediately. Perhaps that's why they don't.

As well, Sony EVF cameras don't allow for custom white balance when shooting studio strobes. They are very difficult for white background viewing because EVF gains down to compensate viewing, even with settings effect off. OVF still has a place in many arenas.

Yes, I wish article had mentioned Sony SLT, but ...

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 05:18 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (560 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: I still think you get more bang for the buck with a DSLR, especially at the low price end of the range. And I hate the word "mirrorless": defining something by a feature it lacks. Surely there's a better term for describing such cameras.

Compact system cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 05:14 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (560 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: I think Canon and Nikon have big decisions to make. But market conditions aren't the best for introducing all new products, I doubt it would generate much new demand. I'd wager that for 98% of the market most cameras are just awesome and cell photo cameras do an awfully good job. I can see a DSLR maker taking a safer bet and introducing new features to an existing system. Lift the mirror and project an EVF image into the viewfinder for times when that is preferable. Magnified manual focus and video. There's more than one way to skin a cat. But ultimately supplying the camera is probably the way to go.

Great ideas. But no one pursued the OVF-if anything, C and N try to get away with smaller, less true OVF on many models.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 05:12 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (560 comments in total)

Good overview. What's missing is how Sony (SLT) and Fuji (hybrid) both tried to modernize the viewing systems.

DLSR mirror systems simply haven't tried to innovate in terms of combining the benefits of optical plus information. Much like Contax was the only entry in the film era that tried to rethink the optical viewfinder.

But we have come a long way from Phil Askey once questioning why any DSLR user would want Live View!!!!!

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 04:51 UTC as 80th comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Showcase: Giuseppe Milo (31 comments in total)

Movement. Energy. Focus. Bravo. This one of the best features on DPReview.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 03:58 UTC as 13th comment
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Roland Karlsson: Sounds nice, but I save both JPEG and RAW, and the RAW is larger, so the saved space, in percent, is minimal. If I did only save JPEG I would have no space problems at all.

Maybe it is good for net images. But, if I understood it rightly, the image is divided into large tiles and then compressed, differently, tile by tile. Does not sound so efficient for small images.

One other thing. The article says that it compresses tiles without details more and tiles with detail less. Not so interesting then with examples with lots of detail. You have to search in the detail less areas to find any degradation.

And yet another one. Not all JPRG are for end usage. Some might be edited. Then, degradations that are not visible might be important.

Exactly, it's the tiff, psd and RAW files that are hogging space on our individual computers, not JPG. For servers, web sites it may be different ...

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 01:58 UTC

$100 bucks-or more-too much. But at least no monthly subscription service.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 22:13 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply

If Samsung retreats from APS-C, who stands to gain? Sony? Fuji? ??

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 02:36 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies

Makes one wonder how many NX1 were built. 1K? 5K?

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 20:07 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies

I wish the headline and the news matched.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 01:22 UTC as 57th comment

Samsung was also interested in "communicating" cameras, etc. As the cameras in smart phones get better and better, doesn't make sense for Samsung to abandon cameras. They seemed one of the leaders in convergence.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 21:53 UTC as 77th comment

Thanks for keeping on top of this DPR. Major issue when a capable OEM like Samsung decides (it seems) to retreat from markets; maybe, even product lines. The NX cameras are excellent and outstanding value.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 06:43 UTC as 116th comment | 1 reply

What about the rest of the NX line?

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 14:27 UTC as 176th comment | 2 replies
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dagobah: This is sad. And I really don't get the harpies crowing over their market pullback, since fewer companies and less choice is bad for consumers. While I never owned Samsung gear, I thought they had their act together and I was very impressed when trying out their latest cameras (NX500, NX Mini).

Samsung entered the digital photography market in a partnership with Pentax, rebadging the Pentax K10D and K20D as Samsung GX-10 and GX-20, and making their own version of K-mount lenses. Then they disappeared from that partnership and developed the NX line. It looked good to me, basically a well-made and well-thought-out APS-C mirrorless system. I guess the shrinking camera market really didn't allow for another mirrorless APS-C line, and Sony had already grabbed that space (with a few crumbs left to Fuji).

Again, sad.

The Samsung NX cameras are excellent value with superior ergonomics.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 00:26 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2172 comments in total)

No direct AF point control

How does a serious, high-end camera omit that?

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 16:59 UTC as 260th comment | 6 replies

And here's a DSLR fairly priced.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 14:28 UTC as 331st comment
On article Good genes: Samsung NX500 review posted (523 comments in total)

Focus accuracy, exposure, color balance and rendition, sensor quality, overall ergonomics, interface-Samsung is right up there with others

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2015 at 17:19 UTC as 78th comment
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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Chaitanya S: Battery life is a serious concern even for me. When using a DSLR with 4-5 spare batteries I can easily wander off in remote wilderness for a week or two. But with mirrorless cameras I have serious doubts as to whether I can use my camera with those 4-5 spare batteries after 3rd day of shooting in remote forests. Unless the battery life is improved to be on par with Mid level DSLRs I don't see switching over to mirrorless as a full system rather it will stay as a backup camera system for casual shooting on weekends when I dont to lug around my SLR kit.

T3 Nice tips.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 03:12 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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Chaitanya S: Battery life is a serious concern even for me. When using a DSLR with 4-5 spare batteries I can easily wander off in remote wilderness for a week or two. But with mirrorless cameras I have serious doubts as to whether I can use my camera with those 4-5 spare batteries after 3rd day of shooting in remote forests. Unless the battery life is improved to be on par with Mid level DSLRs I don't see switching over to mirrorless as a full system rather it will stay as a backup camera system for casual shooting on weekends when I dont to lug around my SLR kit.

Solar battery charger sounds great. It is what it is. Who thought folks would carry around a battery pack as big as the smartphone hey need to keep up to charge. The bottom line: I don't see any paradigm shifts in battery technology. Definitely one of the weak links in the modern digital photography equation. Whatever camera I have on hand, at least one extra battery is with me and leave it at that.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 19:28 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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matthew saville: No need for a leap forward in battery technology or a fundamental change in the factory. Cell phones these days have ~3000 mAh batteries, DSLRs have ~2000 mAh batteries, and neither of those are much larger than a Sony NP-FW50, yet the Sony (A7, RX, A6000 battery) is a paltry 1020 mAh.

My older generation cell phone even has a 2000 mAh battery, and I can carry three spare batteries around that weigh nothing.

Considering how popular the deep, elongated grip on the Nikon D750 has been, I'm shocked that Mirrorless cameras haven't adopted a similar expansion of grip size, potentially offering 2-3X additional space for battery increase.

Oh well. I already bought ~30,000 mAh worth of external battery power for my Sony, since all Sony mirrorless cameras accept USB power input. Since almost all of what I do is from a tirpod, I'll just leave USB battery packs (Anker, etc.) gaff-taped to my tripod legs.

Sigma's new camera was a perfect example, All that unused real estate that could have harbored a higher capacity battery or dual batteries. Also, pro equipment should have dual card slots.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 21:40 UTC
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