ottonis

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On article Nikon Z7 Review (4476 comments in total)

Very good! The body seems a bit larger than current gen Sony A7/A9 line, but everything else they seem to have nailed spot on. To all the people out there who predicted that Nikon and Canon will be several years behind Sony w/r to the development of MILCs, I was always pretty sure that both were working on these devices for years (behind the scene) but decided to wait with the realease until they deemed the market ripe.
I think we can confidently say that the arrival of two excellent Nikon MILCs can only benefit the consumers because a) it offers more alternatives to choose from and b) more direct competition always results in faster R&D and lower prices.
And this is coming from a Sony fanboy.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2018 at 09:08 UTC as 795th comment | 3 replies
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PeterY: If you were head of Canon would you be:

1. Flattered that they picked Canon to show off the IQ of phone camera or

2. Insulted that they picked Canon out of all the different makes to pass off as a phone camera??

Hmmmm....LOL

Haha, that was a good one!

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2018 at 06:20 UTC

I had been very excited about the P20 pro and its triple sensor rear camera setup. Have been seriously considering and on the verge of purchasing it. Then I tried it out in a local electronic shop and was pretty underwhelmed. Actually, beside the zoom capability there was no significant advantage to my galaxy s7.
Looking back at DxOmark's assessment and astronomically high scores for the P20pro, I can't help but think of these scores as being somewhat skewed - to put it nicely.
That being said, I am not at all surprised to learn about nrw facts of how Huawei tried to mislead customers by implying DSLR footage was footage taken with their cameraphone.
It wouldn't unorecedented, though: Nokia advertising the OIS capabilities of one of its early Lumia models also was caught using a stabilized DSLR

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2018 at 06:17 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

I am skeptical because of the lower durability of this new QLC technology. SSDs do already have an inherent limitation of write-cycles/operation and QLC is going to reduce those even more - from what I have gathered.
This technology might be fine for purposes that require a low number of writes (e.g. archiving documents/files). But for people who are eciting gigabytes of large RAW files or who are doing 4k video these SSDs would scare me.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2018 at 17:50 UTC as 2nd comment | 4 replies
On article The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 takes aim at the iPad Pro (242 comments in total)

I don't get it how Samsung can announce a brand new high-end tablet that is supposed to stay at the top of the android tablet line for the coming two years with a CPU/chipset (S835) that is already outdated since almost a year.
Are tablets supposed to serve less demanding tasks than smartphones?
I am owner of a Galaxy Tab S2 8" which runs perfectly fine but that of course is not capable of any meaningful productivity work and I don't feel the S4 in any way ir form compelling enough to justify an upgrade.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2018 at 20:27 UTC as 7th comment
On article LG G7 ThinQ review (139 comments in total)

If I had a free wish, I would ask DPReview for including analysis of raw images as well, just like in their reviews of the "big cameras".
Otherwise, thanks for another great review, it was very informative and useful.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2018 at 05:41 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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spidermoon: Sony make great sensor, but their jpg processing in smartphone is the worse in the market. I have the xz2 compact. Over sharpening, far too punchy with too much contrast and no raw. And the smartphone design is outdated, really heavy fat phone. Better wait for this sensor in another brand.

@Canasonic: is that ported Pixel CL camera software available in the Play store (I guess it isn't) and do you happen to know if it could work on other android phones as well, e.g. the Galaxy S7?

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2018 at 13:04 UTC
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kbryd: From those three the best one is Canon G7X mark II. It is much cheaper than Sony, it has better lens (24-105/1.8-2.8), very good AF, excellent color rendition.

can you put the gx7 into the pocket of your pants? I think that this is ALL about the RX100x series: best quality that fits into your jeans pocket.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2018 at 21:11 UTC

The level of ignorance and stupidity appears high in this "influencer" if he really believed that using stock photos and copy/pasting pictures from pinterest would somehow slip under the radar and stay unnoticed.
And by the way: nowadays one can purchase "likes" and followers on social media for just a few bucks, so I wouldn't be surprised at all if a significant proportion of his 100k followres were faked too

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2018 at 22:22 UTC as 11th comment
On article Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm zoom (741 comments in total)
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ottonis: I am not sure that trading aperture for longer zoom reach in an ultra compact camera was the right decision.
Nowadays, camera phones do already cover a 3× optical and 5x (hybrid) zoom, covering ranges between 26-100 mm. (The Huawei P20 pro does that).
Now, the main distinguishing factor between a high end cameraphone and dedicated camera is always going to be IQ and DoF and range. Sony has now tried to increase the range at the cost of DoF and IQ (less light = more noise = lower IQ).
Sorry, but who is going to carry a second camera alongside a cameraphone just to increase the range from 100 mm to 200 mm? Maybe only if you plan on doing sports photigraphy, but even then you might rather want to get a really capable action shiiting camera instead of an RX100.
Instead, I would have tried to increase the long end max to 100 mm while doing some clever hacks to the optics in order to maintain wide aperture.

The whole point I was trying to make is this: while having more reach is of course a good thing, personally I find it less than optimal if that comes at a substantial cost of max. aperture size because that is going to eat into the gap that the 1" sensor has over the 2.55" sensors in terms of low-light performance and DoF control. That's why I would have preferred Sony to rather extend the long end only so slightly (perhaps to 100 mm) while trying to keep (or only slightly reducing) max aperture size.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 08:16 UTC
On article Sony announces Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm zoom (741 comments in total)

I am not sure that trading aperture for longer zoom reach in an ultra compact camera was the right decision.
Nowadays, camera phones do already cover a 3× optical and 5x (hybrid) zoom, covering ranges between 26-100 mm. (The Huawei P20 pro does that).
Now, the main distinguishing factor between a high end cameraphone and dedicated camera is always going to be IQ and DoF and range. Sony has now tried to increase the range at the cost of DoF and IQ (less light = more noise = lower IQ).
Sorry, but who is going to carry a second camera alongside a cameraphone just to increase the range from 100 mm to 200 mm? Maybe only if you plan on doing sports photigraphy, but even then you might rather want to get a really capable action shiiting camera instead of an RX100.
Instead, I would have tried to increase the long end max to 100 mm while doing some clever hacks to the optics in order to maintain wide aperture.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2018 at 17:04 UTC as 141st comment | 6 replies

Whoever replied to the poor photographer in such a rude way is just a sociopath. Doing clearly wrong and a criminal thing I wholeheartedly wish his "band" to go the way of the dodo.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 20:08 UTC as 10th comment
On article Sony a7 III Review (2196 comments in total)

The Sony A7iii is undeniably a terrific piece of photography hardware, old masters of photography like Ansel Adams could have only dreamed of using for their work.
Nonetheless, even this amazing A7iii represents the kind of camera that is sooner or later going to get extinct.
Most photos are nowadays being shot on cellphone cameras which have undergone an unbelievable quantum leap in quality and versatility despite using heavily crippled hardware, i.e. very tiny sensors. However, utilizing all the benefits of computational photography, these tiny cameras provide as good a quality in quite a few (but not all) usecases than many larger ILCs while being a daily driver.
This is why I believe the Sony A7iii represents one of the last generations of "traditional" digital ILCs. A hypothetical Sony X series may very well deliver on auto HDR, backwards in time multi frame stacking and all these little things a Google Pixel 2 is already doing - just in order to stay relevant.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 16:17 UTC as 118th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony a7 III Review (2196 comments in total)

This is by far the most thoroughly written review on the Sony A7iii one can find on the world wide web. Very well done, this is DPReview at its best and that's why we love you DPR guys so much.
I also like the new implemented new structure and opinion section.
Maybe just one thing: it would be awesome, if you could implement some sort of overheating tests during 4k recording as this has been quite an annoying limitation found in quite a few MILCs.
But overall, just as Sony lifted the bar for excellent performance with its A7iii, DPR lifted the bar again for truly excellent test and review work.

Thank you fot the great work!

Best

David

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2018 at 15:01 UTC as 281st comment | 9 replies
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mpb002: I am sure it will capture some of the FF market, however, not too sure I would rely on a Sony to hold up in inclement weather based on recent tests. An upper grade Canon would win in that situation hands down.

@Thoughts R Us

This kind of generalization is barely valid. I have a Sony Nex 5n from 2011 that is still kicking, a 13 year old Vaio notebook that is built like a tank and still usable for some older programs. The Sony A7ii is just a gorgeous piece of hardware and probably one of the greatest "bangs for the buck" in the mirrorless FF camera market at the moment.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 20:33 UTC
On article DJI Mavic Air: What you need to know (134 comments in total)
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David Mifsud: DJI should first take care of their existing customers who bought the Spark. Ask us in Europe how disappointing this model has been.

Could you possibly elaborate? Thanks!

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 10:47 UTC
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curiosifly: I was trying to read the comments to see what others say about the technical quality about these photos (I don't like them personally and I think some of the points are totally valid). But I am surprised that most people are being so harsh on the customer and make fun of them. I especially don't understand those comments talking about their divorce or even funeral. Really? That's what we send to a new couple? All because they complain about their wedding photos? OK, sure, this is a site of 'photographers' so that may make some sense. And I guess if I buy a car that breaks in a week and complain to the dealer, the dealer should respond: " didn't you check our online review? If you didn't, it's all due to your stupidity and this would happen to any of your car sooner or later".

@curiosifly
Well this couple is not simply complaining. They are doing so in an inappropriate way, trying to ruin the life of a photographer.
If they are familiar wuth rule of thirds, symmetry and whatnot, then they should have discussed that with the photographer BEFORE hiring him or just have a quick look at his portfolio which would have shown them exactely what to expect from that wedding photographer.
This couple jzst exposed itself as two pretty pathetic individuals who didn't do their own homewirk and are now punishing the photographer instead.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 15:19 UTC

This is ridiculous. If the wedding couple actually crafted a 30 page pdf file exposing everything they didn't like about the wedding shots then they indeed deserve the shots they got!

Next time they better look into the photographer's portfolio before they hire him, or they do their wedding shots on their own.

Preposterous!

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 15:07 UTC as 15th comment
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TheDarmok74: I only skipped the S8 because it's way too breakable for my taste, otherwise I love Samsung IQ and would get one again, after the S6. The Pixel is not available in my country, sadly.
Now I am waiting for the rumored Huawei photo beast and then we'll see. But I'm sure the S9 will be very good, just hoping it win't be all glass again so that you are forced to use some kind of ugly protection.

@The Darmok32: which rumored Huawei photo beast are referring to? I am curious...

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 19:43 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S Review (584 comments in total)
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Life recorder: The wider angle is a big win for Panasonic. Also, in first several examples the Sony lacks color or has cooler colors which I greatly dislike. This is subjective though.

If comes down to this. The GH5s is very close (and sometimes better due to 10 bits) to the Sony, and when thin DoF is an issue, the GH5s gains a 2 stop advantage. For example if one videos two people talk that are slightly different distances from the camera a wider DoF is a must.

@Filmie up

if yiu get your 8 bit footage right then you won't see much if a difference to 10bit video.
BUT: The more you want or need to grade your footage, the more obvious the differences will become. 8bit will give you increasingly more artefacts.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 20:36 UTC
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