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On article Canon PowerShot G7 X real-world samples gallery posted (242 comments in total)

Bring it in at $500, then you might have something.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 21:03 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

Brilliant stuff. DPReview regulars are the best.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 05:08 UTC as 573rd comment
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Zeisschen: The fact that Panasonic uses the same sensor size as in their other cameras is a bit strange. I think they just wanted to surpass the Sony RX100 in sensor size again after their LX series fell back behind and for sure the sales dropped due to the Sony. Now it's a big ugly transformer monster camera that is not really compact anymore, somewhat missing the point imho. I'd also go with a M43 camera with interchangeable lenses instead of I can't fit it in my jeans pocket, the RX100 can. Canon GX series has the same problem.
If course the LX100 will be great camera, it just doesn't make much sense for me. As the one and only camera beside a smartphone it would make sense, but not for M43 owners. At Sony the difference between a A7 and the RX100 is much bigger so it makes senses to own both cameras.

It's about a Leica lens and a more thoughtful approach to photography. It has its niche. Not every one is out to hide his or her camera or use a smartphone. For many of us, this may be the closest we can get to a Leica lens. I expect it to sell extremely well.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 01:37 UTC
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Realll: I would ask you WHY to buy camera with limited zoom and so small image size (only 12 mp)? The size of the camera is almost same as my Sony a5000 with 16-50, but Sony has big APS-C sensor and 20 mp images... Yes, I know- the glass is important. But amouont of light is approximately equal. So with Sony and 16-50I have same size, same zoom, almost twice bigger images for beautiful crops and I have it on half-price of the LX100... So again WHY ?

LEICA LENS.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 17:26 UTC
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majicmoments: I have handled the Lx100 and the 24mm end @1.7 is sublime.. with a dreamy shallow DOF.. it is such a quality camera that covers my most used focal lengths.. but like Damien, i am astonished that Panny have left out their tried & tested beautifull touchscreens.. and in this day'n age no tiltscreen.. which is a godsend for street/landscape & family photography.. Thank you Damien for such an interesting article.. more of the same please!

And Panasonic does such great touch screens, where you can still do everything by buttons, dials.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 17:25 UTC
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Death89: In my opinion you will need advanced compacts until the price of the lenses with interchangeable cameras comes down to a similar (more sensible price). If I could buy an ILC with a directly equivalent features for only a reasonable amount (maybe 10-20% more given the advantages) more than the LX100 then I would.

As it stands I can get good enough performance from LX100 for £799, why would I pay 2-4 times that to get similar performance from an ILC version? I maybe an amateur enthusiast only, but I also have to be budget concious. 1 months wages or 4? Hmm...

Being honest I won't be able to afford either any time soon, but I may be able to get an LX7 which it seems will give me similar result to any ILC I may be able to afford with a kit lens.

I agree in that lenses for most ILC systems, even the mirrorless, are way too expensive. Smaller cameras, smaller lenses, smaller prices Olympus-NOT.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 17:24 UTC

Nice writing, Damien.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 17:21 UTC as 196th comment
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Zeisschen: Does anybody here actually use that software coming with your cameras? I always have the feeling all camera makers just have to give that kind of software so nobody can complain about not beeing able to open raw files in Adobe etc when the camera comes out.
Seriously, I'm just interested. I for myself never touched any of them, didn't even give it a try. Did I miss anything?

Hard to answer. Each one has some custom tweaks. Thus, in Olympus RAW software, one can apply the Art Filters post-exposure. But, yes, I'd rather get a $30 coupon for PhotoNinja or similar program with a camera purchase.

With Sigma, you must use its RAW converter, but it does have some nice highlight recovery capabilities. Several OEMs use a proprietary version of Silkypix.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 01:18 UTC
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) (268 comments in total)

Thanks for sharing. I think Olympus knows better how to take digital information and turn it into something photogenic and for lack of a better term, "real.".

The 100 percent full MB view here, ????.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 20:21 UTC as 85th comment
On article Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant (164 comments in total)
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G1Houston: I am a long time Nikon user and have incorporated m4/3 into my system for its good IQ and compact size. However to photograph my kids, I am now mostly using the almost 3 year old D7100 which is just a blast to use — it is fast, with excellent IQ, and its focus tracking is outstanding. Now Nikon has put a state-of-the-art FF sensor in a body that is even lighter than the D7100 with even better AF and metering system, all for just a little bit over $2,000. I thus wonder what is the advantage of the mirrorless system that dpreview and others seem to promote it as the future of photography? Take A7 as an example, you can make the camera only that small before handling becomes a real problem and its lenses are not substantially smaller than those of Nikon/Canon, and are certainly very expensive. What is the advantage of the mirrorless — why does IT have to be the future?

I think we have to give Sony credit for trying to eliminate that moving mirror with the translucent cameras. But it seems that those are on the back burner now. At least, Sony, Fuji try different things with respect to viewing systems.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 01:04 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant (164 comments in total)

Look at the modern DSLR. It has outgrown its ergonomics. Even the entry level models are ridiculously complex. One of the appeals of mirrorless is the streamlining of the body and interface.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 18:22 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant (164 comments in total)
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G1Houston: I am a long time Nikon user and have incorporated m4/3 into my system for its good IQ and compact size. However to photograph my kids, I am now mostly using the almost 3 year old D7100 which is just a blast to use — it is fast, with excellent IQ, and its focus tracking is outstanding. Now Nikon has put a state-of-the-art FF sensor in a body that is even lighter than the D7100 with even better AF and metering system, all for just a little bit over $2,000. I thus wonder what is the advantage of the mirrorless system that dpreview and others seem to promote it as the future of photography? Take A7 as an example, you can make the camera only that small before handling becomes a real problem and its lenses are not substantially smaller than those of Nikon/Canon, and are certainly very expensive. What is the advantage of the mirrorless — why does IT have to be the future?

Yes, Mirrorless less expensive to manufacture but priced like a premium item. We seem to be going backward. Remember when system SLRs had multiple finder options. Why not a DSLR that can take an optical finder OR an EVF.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 18:13 UTC
On article Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant (164 comments in total)

What happened to folded optics. Do the smart phone cameras employ them; if not, couldn't they?

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 18:07 UTC as 19th comment
On article Olympus Capture software now available for E-M1 owners (37 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: I've been using this for two days and it is a very well-designed app. It's responsive and everything works seamlessly.

I understand why Olympus has made this available only on the E-M1. The E-M1 is positioned as Olympus' professional-grade model and since tethered shooting appeals mostly to pros the app further helps differentiate this top of the line model.

I guess so, but why not allow other OM-D owners to purchase for a reasonable fee, say, $25-30. None of the OM-D cameras are slouches, nor are they inexpensive.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 18:03 UTC

I expect price point to be high, but at least Epson is upgrading scanners. Many of us have old 120 and 4x5, etc. film negatives to scan.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 19:29 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
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blue hour: - no touchscreen
- no Wifi
- can't record 4K video
- more expensive than the competition (Pentax K3, Sony A77 Mk II,Olympus E-M1)
- all of those competitors feature stabilization built into the body, that works with every lens you attach
- rumours of a hybrid viewfinder (like the Fuji X100 T) didn't make it to the production line- Canon should reinforce their innovation management

Look how long Nikon had wireless only as an adapter. Canon and Nikon just don't think that way.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
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perivalepaul: If I upgrade it will be from version 9.

Two questions, do you you think it will be of benefit from 9 to 13 and does 13 contain the pen tool ?

I'll be using it for photo work and very little if any video.

Thanks.

Paul...

I do very simple editing. The biggest advantage to upgrading is accessibility to more RAW translators and, as far as I can tell, Photoshop Elements 11 has a fuller version of Adobe Raw than earlier versions.

My biggest complaint: removing CS Bridge in favor of PSE Organizer. No matter what verison I use, I have to intall PSE 8 to get CS Bridge.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 17:05 UTC

Wonderful tool and value for what it is. Also, there are many great PSE tutorials and books out there. And plug-ins/enhancements to add back Curves and Channel Mixers, for starters.

One neat trick: you can open a JPEG image as "Camera Raw" and do some of the processing available to a RAW file.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 17:02 UTC as 5th comment
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Gesture: D3X, more than 20 buttons, dials whatever on the back alone. The console of the space shuttle was less complicated.

This is probably why it is so hard for Canon and Nikon to innovate. The underlying circuit board probably "locks in" so many functions. I have the same critique of the Df in its vein-just so busy; almost seemed like a parody of a camera. I'd like to see OEMs rethink the DSLR.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 05:09 UTC

D3X, more than 20 buttons, dials whatever on the back alone. The console of the space shuttle was less complicated.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 00:18 UTC as 55th comment | 8 replies
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