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This probably has as much to do with keeping intellectual property and know how in Japan as it does for the benefit of keeping manufacturing costs competitive. To manufacture in Japan they have to automate, not necessarily because of wages but because they have an ageing population with no new skilled workers interested or available.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2017 at 01:14 UTC as 8th comment

yes, need a manually focussed phone camera

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 01:00 UTC as 28th comment
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straylightrun: Overused words by marketing departments that actually dont mean anything:

- revolutionary
- nanotechnology
- evolution

it will need the "X" if it's to be credible as a camera

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 09:17 UTC
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obsolescence: Lots of flat grays. I think it's unfortunate that modern technology was avoided.

I'm sure that printed versions will look more aunthentic for the method used. But scanned and sampled for web sized mass communication, using a mobile phone and a $9 app could probably replicate the look quite convincingly.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 02:21 UTC
On article TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter (165 comments in total)

the tour bus crowd will love them

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 00:03 UTC as 74th comment

could spend all day with just a 28mm lens, used to think 35 but nowadays I like more in the frame

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 10:29 UTC as 256th comment
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iainlea: Was looking at a US/Canada/Mexico/Hawaii shooting trip this year but due to the constant changes and new requirements with flying we will now plan a number of extended roadtrips here in europe and take a look at island hopping in asia.

The US has great locations and beautiful landscape but so do other countries. At the end of the day we will spend our income in a more welcoming environment.

I am pretty sure other countries tourist departments will try and capitalize on this situation and that can only be good for people looking for good deals.

Please come to Tasmania instead, friendly place, no bans, bring all the cameras you want and go wherever you like with spectacular landscapes and adventure experiences. We need the tourists!

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 12:09 UTC
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Tan68: The point is invalid.

Compact cameras are mature and sales will have slowed for this reason. There is little reason to replace a camera unless it breaks.

While people do use cell phones in place of compact cameras, I believe that, for the purposes of this study, each cell phone is counted as a camera... This is a presumptuous.

1 - I use the camera on my cell phone but it is not a replacement for a compact camera; both types are used based on what I want out of the picture.

2 - I have a drawer full of cheap cell phones that serve different purposes. Most don't have cell service and never see the camera app opened. One is used as an alarm clock.

Certainly it can be argued that my uses (1) & (2) are not typical of all other users and I will agree. However, just as it would be ludicrous for me to insist that my use case is the standard, it is ludicrous to presume each cell phone is a replacement of a dedicated camera.

The monstrous y-axis makes the graph really impressive :^)

I agree, but reality is that for the casual user who may have never considered owning a camera, the one on the phone will be there and available for them should they ever want to take a photo. Statistically that makes them a camera user. Once used to the experience they may think the phone camera is "good enough" for their purposes, or step up to a "real" camera, but more consumers and businesses now see the camera in the phone as a tool that does the same job as would have previously been done only through a photographic camera. The sobering aspect is that camera sales peaked some years ago, so the technology hasn't advanced enough to make it compelling to replace older cameras or buy new ones, whereas phones are now within reach of more people.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 01:44 UTC

You wonder if these marketing, strategic execuitve bureaucrat types ever go out on the weekend with the 5D or 750D or whatever and actually take some shots. Lots of product placement talk, very little passion.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 23:25 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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expressivecanvas: I'm actually surprised that so many comments below mention predictions of Nikon being bought by another camera manufacturer. What does Nikon have to offer that would interest any camera manufacturer?

Nikon seems to have backed themselves into a corner, precariously close to positioning themselves out of competition. It seems to me that Nikon is following more closely in Kodak's footsteps of terribly poor management resulting in products nobody really needs including other camera manufacturers rather than continuing to build a portfolio which could be desirable to other camera manufacturers as well as consumers.

when all we wanted was a follow up to the D300 and D700 series, they went into almost MF territory with the D800s and the Leica analog body with digital sensor thing with the Df and Nikon boutiques, only releasing replacement products to their most succesful platform perhaps a bit too late.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 07:15 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (450 comments in total)
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ttran88: Canon is killing Nikon!!

Nikon killing Nikon?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 06:58 UTC
On article New Canon EOS 77D sits between Rebel T7i and EOS 80D (52 comments in total)

how many more price points do they need to cover? Same stuff with a few more or less plastic bits and new model number.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 06:56 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Olympus E-M1 Mark II Iceland sample gallery (83 comments in total)
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spatz: If I posted these pictures on facebook after a trip to Iceland, my friends would wonder why I bothered taking a camera. I don't particularly like Steve Huff's reviews, but on the same trip, he seems to have been able to take some much more interesting photos.

Have to agree, was there 3 weeks ago,(other end of the Earth from Tasmania) with 2 cameras and my phone (S7), and some of these don't look much better than what the S7 gave me. Perhaps they didn't have much time to set up, and it can be crowded, but the way highlights are blown at the Skogar waterfall for example doesn't fill me with confidence about this camera being an improvement

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 11:57 UTC

any explanation on the RAW processing (will it be supported by Lightroom for example?) my S7 has RAW shooting but needs an app to view them. Sorry if the question has been asked already, I couldn't find any comment on it.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 00:15 UTC as 358th comment | 1 reply
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (454 comments in total)

game changer = film camera?

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 04:46 UTC as 131st comment | 1 reply
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Paul JM: Really tried hard to like MFT. The lenses are generally great, but having bought both Olympus and Pana MFT bodies, I sold them all. The image quality just doesn't measure up to top line APSc bodies, let alone FF. Much happier with the image quality and colour rendition that Fuji delivers, and only a little more heft

Fully agree, made the same switch (EM1 to XT1) for that same reason.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 11:07 UTC
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wailsound: If I had the cash I would buy this. I would have more fun shooting this than any other digi camera I have tried in the last 10 years. Isn't that the point of this?

you do know you can turn the rear LCD off in your camera if you wish, don't you.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 23:02 UTC

Appreciate them trying to be the poor man's limited edition Leica option, but it seems to signal digital cameras are becoming commodities. Is the Olympus boutique next? Don't get me wrong, visually it appeals.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 01:56 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
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jaxson: Are those from New Zealand?

Third one looks very much like Queenstown.

First photo, clouds in sky, moss covered rocks/grass in front, looks like s hit?!

yes I thought also Queenstown.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 13:21 UTC

Sure if they can sell more product by suckering emotion and national pride from the moneyed Chinese that's all good, but also remember that the money being paid to acquire this "rare and desirable" version of the M-P was made on the back of poor wages paid to the average worker in China.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 00:57 UTC as 10th comment
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