Jostian

Jostian

Lives in South Africa Pretoria, South Africa
Works as a Development Specialist
Has a website at http://jostian.wordpress.com
Joined on Jun 30, 2010

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On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (35 comments in total)
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Jostian: not even basic weather resistance :( got caught in a rain storm with my X100T and it got water in, and never fully recovered :) so I say now what I said then, would love a new X100xxx but must have some weather sealing... guess I'll wait and hope for another year or 2.

exactly, my T got doused in a mini cloudburst while I was doing some street photography... really a pity they didn't add in even basic weather resistance on the F

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 08:40 UTC
On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (35 comments in total)

not even basic weather resistance :( got caught in a rain storm with my X100T and it got water in, and never fully recovered :) so I say now what I said then, would love a new X100xxx but must have some weather sealing... guess I'll wait and hope for another year or 2.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 08:21 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies

Pity the IQ is such a step backwards compared to the FX1000, what happened Panasonic?? Cameralabs have the same misgivings in relation to the IQ due to mediocre lens...

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 17:00 UTC as 47th comment
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Jostian: most improvements are on the video side not that the GH4 is a slouch, I would actually miss not having a flash, its handy to have it on the camera when needed. as a more photo-centric photographer I see no really reason to drop my GH4 for the GH5, will see if there is any marked IQ improvement, but I must say I'm still very chuffed with the GH4... This upgrade will be tempting for more hard core video-centric people I reckon.

To assume that one cannot get great IQ from the GH4 is quite naive @TheClueless (mmm yip), maybe you havent read the myriad of reviews that say quite different.

I have the GH4 in my PC bag cos I travel a bit and its simply superb for that purpose, the photos form 4K, post focus, instant AF etc. are great little features. The X-T2 will have the edge but there are features that I love that the GH4 offers that the Fuji doesn't.

I had the X-T1 and within 4 months of moderate use the cladding on the thumb-pad lifted off the body (send it in, got repaired, same happened again... not great for a flagship camera, so not big into Fuji at present). Whereas the GH4 is built like a tank.

And for the times when the photocentricity overwhelms I have the 5DsR...

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 17:43 UTC

most improvements are on the video side not that the GH4 is a slouch, I would actually miss not having a flash, its handy to have it on the camera when needed. as a more photo-centric photographer I see no really reason to drop my GH4 for the GH5, will see if there is any marked IQ improvement, but I must say I'm still very chuffed with the GH4... This upgrade will be tempting for more hard core video-centric people I reckon.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 14:12 UTC as 31st comment | 8 replies
On article 6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (177 comments in total)

no built in flash??? bit disappointing! i find the built in flash on my GH4 very useful at times...

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 20:08 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Sony Xperia XZ scores 87 in DxOMark Mobile testing (35 comments in total)

pity the IQ is so poor! great sensor, horrid processing!

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 20:56 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)
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melgross: I don't get the "nothing new" thing I read in a number of places. The only thing on the 7 series that isn't new is the basic look of the case. Everything else is new, including the screen.

as you say, in your opinion but if you look at DPReviews studio scene, GSMarena comparative camera studio, as well as numerous other threads, the iPhone 7's IQ is very waxy/water color effect compared to other flagships, see these 2 (of many) threads https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4073349 and here https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4059733 if you are happy, that's great, but I think Apple have way to much processing and very aggressive NR happening.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 07:50 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ camera review (96 comments in total)
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Nikonandmore: For a company that leads the way in Sensor design and engineering and most recently also doing a remarkable job in high-end lens construction, I am continuously appalled how throughout the years ALL of Sony phones have so lavishly horrendous sensors, lenses and software. I just cant understand this. Every single phone from Sony is follow-up disaster of low performing sensors, soft optics and disastrous camera apps. How Sony's mobile division manages to survive is a grand awe-inspiring mystery to me..

@Alex permit, the iPhone 7 IQ is not far behind the XZ! heavy handed NR and over-processing kills detail even at base iso, see here. scroll to post #15 with the crops https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4053865 iPhone 7 is horrid, maybe its using the Sony processing not just the Sony sensor?

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 07:24 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ camera review (96 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: People are judging the pics wrong. Resized to 6MP they're as good for detail as an iphone (albeit with blown highlights). Even the higher ISO pics are ok. At a height of 1600 (retina on some smaller imacs), they look fine.

Unless you're using one of the specialised phones, no photographer with good sense should be taking pics at full resolution.

The Sony Z5 was an unmitigated disaster, but this one is acceptable when resized to something sensible.

The real test is what the lower MP settings produce. But the gallery doesn't show that. I'm resizing with a good resizer and not adding in sharpening or noise reduction.

the Lumia 930, 950 and 950XL easily have the best IQ compared to flagships today, pity about the OS which is dying a slow death, and the lack of apps. I actually enjoyed my 930 but got frustrated at basic apps (that I need) not being available, but yes IQ easily the most natural looking IQ, not sure why Sony and Apple have lost the plot so badly i.t.o processing and heavy handed NR???

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 07:11 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ camera review (96 comments in total)
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Jostian: Aargh! IQ is horrid, over-processed junk (even at base iso) detail is just GONE when looking at 100%. Cant believe the Sony with some of the best sensor tech in the world cannot sort out their processing... The XZ is actually a little worse than iPhone 7 at 100%, the iPhone 7's IQ is also pretty shocking, long gone is Apple's natural processing, just watery/waxy stuff, but the XZ is actually a little worse! Just look at the photo of the rose at 100%, no detail at all, just fuzzy gunk...

Yes, true.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 12:30 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ camera review (96 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: People are judging the pics wrong. Resized to 6MP they're as good for detail as an iphone (albeit with blown highlights). Even the higher ISO pics are ok. At a height of 1600 (retina on some smaller imacs), they look fine.

Unless you're using one of the specialised phones, no photographer with good sense should be taking pics at full resolution.

The Sony Z5 was an unmitigated disaster, but this one is acceptable when resized to something sensible.

The real test is what the lower MP settings produce. But the gallery doesn't show that. I'm resizing with a good resizer and not adding in sharpening or noise reduction.

Agree with Lars, the Google Pixel, S7 and P9 are way less processed than the XZ, even the iPhone 7 with its waxy looking IQ at 100% is slightly better that the XZ, but I doubt the XZ will be in the top 10 flagships for iQ, the iPhone 7 may sneak in at 8 or 9 but that just cos its an Apple, but Apple have definitely lost the plot with their processing and NR of late. I love my iPhone 7 but my P9+ blows it away in terms of IQ!

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 07:22 UTC
On article Sony Xperia XZ camera review (96 comments in total)

Aargh! IQ is horrid, over-processed junk (even at base iso) detail is just GONE when looking at 100%. Cant believe the Sony with some of the best sensor tech in the world cannot sort out their processing... The XZ is actually a little worse than iPhone 7 at 100%, the iPhone 7's IQ is also pretty shocking, long gone is Apple's natural processing, just watery/waxy stuff, but the XZ is actually a little worse! Just look at the photo of the rose at 100%, no detail at all, just fuzzy gunk...

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 07:17 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)
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dpfan32: First iPhone that got worse image quality from it's predecessor :(
Or the test shot is not focussed....
The Pixel XL shows perfect sharpness!

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58626621 Pixel creams the iPhone 7, Apple have messed the IQ by overly high NR which gives the jpegs a waxy look at 100%.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 12:26 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)
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melgross: I don't get the "nothing new" thing I read in a number of places. The only thing on the 7 series that isn't new is the basic look of the case. Everything else is new, including the screen.

IQ is mediocre, especially at 100% compared to other flagships... see here https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58626621

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 12:25 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)

Pity the IQ is pretty poor compared to other flagships... if one compares it (in studio scene) to S7, P9, Pixel XL, G5 etc. the very heavy NR that Apple have decided to use obliterates detail far beyond the level of the others, pity, was really hoping the IQ would be at least on par but its just a waxy/water painting mess at 100%, why Apple why? see here https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58626621

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 12:23 UTC as 16th comment
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)

100% view still shows way to much jpeg processing compared to other flagships, not sure why Apple have dropped the 'natural' look to IQ and replaced it with a watery/waxy look in terms of detail rendering... pity, Apple's processing algorithms need to be revised, way to heavy handed NR at present.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 09:06 UTC as 25th comment
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Timbukto: This is why I feel the iPhone optics are so subpar, this is what my personal S6 can do in RAW - https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58428407
That is 16MP at a demanding 16x9 aspect ratio. I've honestly shot softer MFT kit lenses before at wide angle wide open. This is what I find so 'grating' about the recent iPhone praise and its ability to shoot RAW. I am getting RAW update for free on an old phone with what easily looks to be superior optics, proof in the pudding.

REdFox88 clearly you didn't look at the comparison scene, the iPhone 7's IQ is horrid, there is no balance... color is poor and a lot more smearing than other devices, Apples over-aggressive NR obliterates detail for beyond what other phones do, sorry but it looks really bad.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 06:56 UTC

Aaargh, the IQ is really disappointing compared to other high end devices, can't believe Apple got it so wrong, over-processing and very aggressive NR obliterates detail to the point that photos look like water color paintings... pity, was hoping Apple would sort out IQ on the 7...

When one compares the 7's to the likes of the Microsoft Lumia 950XL (downscaled) one gets an idea of how poor the iPhone 7's are IQ wise.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 06:52 UTC as 59th comment
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whitebird: Good job Sony!

yes its Apple's horrid processing and NR that obliterates detail in the jpegs, was hoping Apple would sort it out with the 7, I had the 6s (for a month) but the photos were just a waxy mess so got rid of it, unfortunately the 7 has not improved. Just compare either of the 7's in the studio scene to any of the decent Android phones (S7, G5, P9+, OnePlus3) and you'll see, smudged detail, color is off, the 7's are quite poor actually! Pity cos I was hoping I could go back to Apple...but IQ is a priority and in that regard the 7's are just not where the competition is, they're a step (or 2 behind).

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 06:43 UTC
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