Catalin Stavaru

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This camera is great specs-wise, but it is almost identical in size to the Canon SL1, which has some compact lenses that can be used with it too. They took out the pentaprism and OVF, and added an expensive EVF which increased the price by about $300. And this just to capitalize on the word "mirrorless".

Hopefully an ultra-compact M50 with no EVF and the same internals is on the way. That's what I would buy.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:26 UTC as 50th comment | 3 replies
On article Updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV real-world sample gallery (485 comments in total)
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raindance: I have said it before and I will say it again, there is something incredibly 'real' about Canon images - looking at a picture is like looking through a window instead of some type of interpretation.. I have used so many brands over the years and honestly regardless of DXO and what other people say, the best looking images come right off of a Canon sensor. Is it the glass, is it the demosaic process, no clue, hech maybe it's my eyes, I dunno, I just love the Canon look.

Exactly to the point. The best example to me for the Canon look is the 6D. The newer Canons have lost a little something of that look but nonetheless still have great color rendition compared to other camera makers.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 20:17 UTC
On article Canon EOS M10 real-world samples (61 comments in total)
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Catalin Stavaru: I currently own the M1, M2 and M10. I shortly owned the M3 but sold it due to green cast and extreme vignetting issues (basically the output of the M3 is subpar for a Canon camera, take a look at the DPR gallery).

From all the EOS M cameras I can tell you that the M10 is clearly the best regarding image quality. Auto-focus speed is also very comparable to the M3. The "old" 18MP sensor has an important advantage: the color rendition is the classic Canon color that cannot be obtained in post-processing (unlike what many people think) and that many people fell in love with (including me). Combined with the relatively new Digic 6 it is the best combination possible at this size if you are looking for beautiful pictures and not for paper specs. 90% of the pictures taken with the M10 do not need any LightRoom processing, at least in my case.

I highly recommend the EOS M10 if you need a very compact APS-C camera which takes great looking pictures, and don't care about the paper spec wars.

@notnaff The AF in the M10 is much faster than in the M1 and M2. It is very similar to the M3, if not identical or better in some cases. However, I mostly shoot landscape and street photos so not a lot of movement. But I simply find that I don't need faster AF for my needs, unlike the M1 which was extremely slow, and the M2 which had a very weird AF behavior. The M10 AF feels like a point-and-shoot, it's fast enough to not worry about it (probably due to the Digic 6).

As for the lack dials, actually it has more dials compared to the M1 and M2. The top part has one very useful rotary dial around the shutter button (where your finger usually is) and the camera modes have been moved to a separate dial around the power button. The button and dial layout make the camera very easy to use, I was really surprised.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 12:49 UTC
On article Canon EOS M10 real-world samples (61 comments in total)

I currently own the M1, M2 and M10. I shortly owned the M3 but sold it due to green cast and extreme vignetting issues (basically the output of the M3 is subpar for a Canon camera, take a look at the DPR gallery).

From all the EOS M cameras I can tell you that the M10 is clearly the best regarding image quality. Auto-focus speed is also very comparable to the M3. The "old" 18MP sensor has an important advantage: the color rendition is the classic Canon color that cannot be obtained in post-processing (unlike what many people think) and that many people fell in love with (including me). Combined with the relatively new Digic 6 it is the best combination possible at this size if you are looking for beautiful pictures and not for paper specs. 90% of the pictures taken with the M10 do not need any LightRoom processing, at least in my case.

I highly recommend the EOS M10 if you need a very compact APS-C camera which takes great looking pictures, and don't care about the paper spec wars.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 21:07 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (462 comments in total)
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Catalin Stavaru: Too bad the review does not mention the atrocious vignetting due to using a sensor with DSLR long flange distance oriented microlenses in a mirrorless camera. Look at the EF-M 15-45 lens review of photozone [dot] de for a mention on this. They also say the sensor has a real problem with this.

I had the M3 and sold it because of the very heavy vignetting, which appears with the 18-55mm lens from 18 until like 25mm, and with the 22mm lens also.

If you look at the pictures in this review, especially the wider angle ones, the sky is green in the corners instead of being blue, due to this effect. And overall the color rendition is very poor, probably due to trying to compensate for the mismatched sensor optics for the short flange distance.

Basically I consider this a camera with a very serious hardware flaw.

@Ignat Solovey: I think the only way to never encounter this issue is to not take a picture with the camera at moderate to wide angle. It's not a lens issue, I had this problem with the 18-55 and 22mm too.

Here is another review from cameralabs, search for "green cast towards the edges of the frame" and you will find the issue:

www [dot] cameralabs [dot] com [slash] reviews [slash] Canon_EOS_M3

Please note, the peripheral illumination correction was enabled ! And also, when they used the DSLR EF-S lens with the adapter (which increases the flange distance to DSLR specs), the problem disappeared, which means the sensor is mismatched to the M-mount flange distance.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 18:39 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (462 comments in total)
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Catalin Stavaru: Too bad the review does not mention the atrocious vignetting due to using a sensor with DSLR long flange distance oriented microlenses in a mirrorless camera. Look at the EF-M 15-45 lens review of photozone [dot] de for a mention on this. They also say the sensor has a real problem with this.

I had the M3 and sold it because of the very heavy vignetting, which appears with the 18-55mm lens from 18 until like 25mm, and with the 22mm lens also.

If you look at the pictures in this review, especially the wider angle ones, the sky is green in the corners instead of being blue, due to this effect. And overall the color rendition is very poor, probably due to trying to compensate for the mismatched sensor optics for the short flange distance.

Basically I consider this a camera with a very serious hardware flaw.

@Abel89r The mount is fine. But, although many people do not realize, the sensors (no matter the size) have to be adapted optically for each flange distance, using microlenses. The 18MP sensor used in the M1, M2 and even the M10 is not identical to the one used in their 18MP DSLR cameras like the SL1, it is adapted for M-mount and thus it works perfectly fine. But the sensor used in the M3 appears to be identical to the one used in their new entry-level DSLRs, without any adaptations. This creates the heavy vignetting due to the light not being directed properly. Correction of this issue in software is almost impossible due to very dark corners and even if possible, there is a big loss in image quality.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 09:01 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (462 comments in total)

Too bad the review does not mention the atrocious vignetting due to using a sensor with DSLR long flange distance oriented microlenses in a mirrorless camera. Look at the EF-M 15-45 lens review of photozone [dot] de for a mention on this. They also say the sensor has a real problem with this.

I had the M3 and sold it because of the very heavy vignetting, which appears with the 18-55mm lens from 18 until like 25mm, and with the 22mm lens also.

If you look at the pictures in this review, especially the wider angle ones, the sky is green in the corners instead of being blue, due to this effect. And overall the color rendition is very poor, probably due to trying to compensate for the mismatched sensor optics for the short flange distance.

Basically I consider this a camera with a very serious hardware flaw.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 09:38 UTC as 42nd comment | 9 replies

Flickr is the only Yahoo service that I am using. Hopefully they don't do something stupid to it.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 14:48 UTC as 7th comment
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (308 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: This is a capable camera, but Sony is churning out model after model of upgrades so fast that the buyers of the superseded models don't have enough time to enjoy fondling their high prized Tamagochis.

This also applies to Canon and Nikon who are obsessed with coming out with upgrades after upgrades with the slightest tweak of any feature.

Perhaps those are the burden of companies who try to innovate more than the competition, to translate it to increased sales and revenue.

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I think it's better to get something out to market if it's ready than wait 1+ year just to make some people feel better.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 15:08 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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Catalin Stavaru: My bet is that Apple grossly overestimated the demand for a 4"-screen phone. However, the development costs for the iPhone SE were probably very small and it doesn't matter for them if it sells or not. The Chinese market is really out of question with this kind of screen size. The reason why iPhone 6 was such a huge success was that current Apple customers desperately needed larger-screen phones, you can't throw 4-inch phones at Apple customers in this age, let alone gain new customers. The design of the iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/SE is very nice in my opinion, and it would deserve to be used for a larger-screen phone like a 4.7" phone with smaller bezels. Now that would really sell.

Hopefully people realize that Apple's global smartphone marketshare is around 14% (source: IDC). And from that, the 4-inch iPhones marketshare is probably less than third or so. Of course that there are some people who like 4-inch phones, but the vast majority of phones have a screen bigger than 4" - and this state is a result of customer demand. I am not a fan of phablets, but it's clear from market data that most customers realized long time ago that the ideal screen size is much larger than 4".

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 22:18 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)

My bet is that Apple grossly overestimated the demand for a 4"-screen phone. However, the development costs for the iPhone SE were probably very small and it doesn't matter for them if it sells or not. The Chinese market is really out of question with this kind of screen size. The reason why iPhone 6 was such a huge success was that current Apple customers desperately needed larger-screen phones, you can't throw 4-inch phones at Apple customers in this age, let alone gain new customers. The design of the iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/SE is very nice in my opinion, and it would deserve to be used for a larger-screen phone like a 4.7" phone with smaller bezels. Now that would really sell.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 14:16 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (885 comments in total)
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Zigadiboom: I was tossing up between the new Sony A6300 and this camera and decided to settle on this for two reasons. Firstly compared to Sony's new 24mp sensor the Canon 18mp sensor has stood the test of time which testifies to its greatness and reputation. Secondly even though the Sony A6300 shoots 8fps in live view, this feature pales in comparison and doesn't come anywhere near the ingeniousness of the new 'food mode' that has been added to the model dial of the new Canon. This 'exciting addition' is a testimony to Canon's innovativeness, originality and impeccable attention to detail that other manufacturers need to wake up and take heed in.

After I read your comment, i read the press release just for fun in order to see if there is a "food mode" mentioned. Lo and behold, the Food Mode is really mentioned...I can't believe it.

About the sensor, I really like the 18MP sensor more than the Canon's new 24 MP one, and this is not a joke. Color rendition is miles better.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 15:49 UTC

I am surprised that people do not realize why the 4:3 aspect ratio was chosen.

It is because in the same lens circle you can fit a larger area rectangle with 4:3 ratio than a rectangle with 3:2 or (even worse) 16:9 ratio.

For a circle of radius R, the area of a rectangle with 4:3 ratio is 1.92 * R^2. The area of a rectangle with 3:2 ratio is 1.84 * R^2. The area of a rectangle with 16:9 ratio is 1.709 * R^2. The area of a square is 2 * R^2, the maximum attainable.

So a rectangle with 4:3 ratio has 5% larger area than one with 3:2 ratio and 12% larger area than a rectangle with 16:9 ratio for the same lens circle.

So the 4:3 ratio maximizes the area occupied by the sensor in the lens circle.

Of course, Apple probably realized this first, then Samsung followed, but who cares :)

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 13:57 UTC as 10th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony Xperia Z5 camera review (111 comments in total)
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solarsky: And still no attempts by DXO or dpreview to examine the imagers inside Microsoft Lumia 950/XL. It even has DNG-output and you CAN choose to set EVERYTHING manually.

@solarsky Look at gsmarena blind shootout tests. People voted for pictures without knowing the manufacturer. Lumia 950XL came out last in both day-time and night-time pictures. They compared LG V10, Note 5, iPhone 6s Plus and Lumia 950XL.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 13:58 UTC
On article Sony Xperia Z5 camera review (111 comments in total)
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solarsky: And still no attempts by DXO or dpreview to examine the imagers inside Microsoft Lumia 950/XL. It even has DNG-output and you CAN choose to set EVERYTHING manually.

There are plenty of other sites that reviewed them and they are subpar. The Nokia 1020 is in a distant past and has nothing to do with today's Lumia phones. Best camera samples I have seen are the ones from LG V10.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 15:03 UTC
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