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On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (471 comments in total)
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rrccad: I certainly can't disgree with the recommendations, i've been hovering over them as to purchase as well as the G9X II.

IMO, the G9XII should get honorable mention as being the most compact and go-to capable of the bunch.

the difference in size between all these cameras (and weight) is completely understated in this comparison and is one of the more important factors.

https://gyazo.com/515e74014e05e1ed0bb7d48495cc7d49

the chosen cameras esp the panasonics totally punch above their price class, amazing cameras, but lack the one thing that a compact camera should be .. compact.

they are in the difficult size as being big enough not to carry everywhere with you.

I agree with rrccad, in fact I think one of DPR's previous roundups did honor the G9X due to it's size. Having a GM1 ILC that's actually smaller than some of these (before attaching a lens obvs, but still jacket pocketable with a small one or a pancake), the G9X is the only one I'd buy (in fact I've had some Amazon price alerts on it for a while).

I bought a Pana LF1 years ago because it was far more pocketable (and cheaper) than an RX100, and the G9X is actually smaller still... It won't outright disappear but it's not gonna be some unsightly bulge either (and I'm 34, somewhat skinny, and not wearing dad jeans mind you)... It's not any larger than the old S90/100.

I used to slip my LF1 into a thin nylon drawstring baggy before putting it in my pocket tho, to try and avoid sucking in excess dust, wasn't much of an extra hassle. I still have it but the only time I've used it lately were during a couple weddings where I was in the wedding party and thus couldn't have even a pouch on me.

If I'm honest, day to day I'll either grab a waist pack with my GM1 (or something larger), or I'll indeed use my phone. I've been pleasantly surprised at how well my Pixel does, it's all in the multi shot processing so fast movement knocks it down a peg, but it's doing some impressive processing on the fly. So I'm more likely to spend money on a lens than a new 1" compact.

I feel like the price in these should've dropped or be dropping by now, and Canon's kinda have, but Sony's keeps climbing. I know it's now a niche market but if 1" P&S were out sooner and cheaper it might not be.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 19:43 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (471 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Congratulations to Panasonic for their clean sweep. I suppose this should lay to rest all speculation that Dprevieww is biased towards Sony or Canon.

All of these cameras seem pretty nice. I could be happy with any of them as a travel camera.

The really interesting thing here is that DPReview has grouped together cameras released over a five year period (2012-2017) while previously these roundups were mostly for a two year batch of cameras.

This really says a lot about product maturity, and could help explain why camera sales are down so much. Every new model is essentially competing with the ones made during the last few years on the used market whenever the new improvements are slight and the new price keeps climbing higher.

Ehh, I think it has more to do with Sony using older models as their budget offering rather than producing anything smaller or cheaper from the start... It's not an altogether bad strategy, but it makes all the RX100 rather similar outside of lens improvements and additions like EVF... There's probably some sorta big savings in tooling for them, notice they keep major body refreshes down to a minium across their ILC lineups as well.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 19:22 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (682 comments in total)
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aarif: what about the battery

@iAPx TL;DR: Some, but very little compared to the constant power draw of simply having the camera powered on.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 11:20 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (682 comments in total)
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aarif: what about the battery

It doesn't use nothing, but it across most mirrorless bodies I've seen tested (including Sony's older bodies) it's almost an insignificant amount compared to the act of simply having the camera powered up and in live view. This isn't any sort of secret, CIPA's way of measuring battery life just keeps confusing people and it could frankly use an update (or an extra uptime metric for this day and age while retaining the old for comparison's purpose).

It's why you'll see people shooting action or time lapses squeezing out thousands of shots on a charge to someone else's 200 shot cycle... Displays, be it rear or EVF, take loads of power, they usually account for 1/3-1/2 the power draw on a phone... Then on top of that the live feed of the sensor takes plenty of power too, it's a constant data stream whether you're holding down the shutter or not.

I based my 3.5h estimate on comments by the Imaging Resource writers on a recent article btw. It's in the ballpark of other high end mirrorless bodies with equally large batteries (the A7 batteries really were on the small end of the spectrum).

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 11:19 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (682 comments in total)
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aarif: what about the battery

Seems like the battery is good for 3.5 hours, so 1 will do for some events but definitely not all... OTOH if you have an AC source or can hook up to a portable battery in your jacket sporadically that might alleviate the need to swap out batteries. You can time your uptime pretty accurately once you know how mirrorless battery life really behaves, it's not about shot count at all.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 10:52 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (471 comments in total)

Huh, interesting sweep for Pana... Being invested into M4/3 (and having a GM1), the G9x is still the only one I find somewhat attractive... Largely because it's pocketable and the rest aren't. The price makes it tempting too, would like to see Pana/Sony take a stab at an ultra compact 1" tho...

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 08:37 UTC as 42nd comment
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (760 comments in total)
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ttran88: Just imagine the amount of disposed dslr bodies in the next few years. I hope they dispose it in a responsible manner.

$13, though I paid <$10 for it previously...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00KX4TORI/

The fastest SD cards aren't that much slower than CF/XQD or w/e, maybe 30% less? And XQD hasn't been the norm for that long, so there's an argument to be made that actually transitioning cards isn't a big deal either. They're all going away eventually in favor of UFS anyway...

Many pro sports photogs have runners literally running the cards back and forth to their respective editors, in some cases they'll use Ethernet even which this camera does feature... The cards are hardly an issue IMO, at least not anywhere as much of a concern as lenses etc.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 01:16 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (760 comments in total)
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tinternaut: For anything not requiring a large print, I think Panasonic hits the nail on the head. Take 4K video and steal still images from it.

Meh, no thanks... "4K/6K Photo" has it's uses, and it can certainly be packaged in a way that makes it easier than anything else for non enthusiasts to exploit... As currently implemented it still has significant drawbacks tho.

Even if you're willing to live with lower res lower DR JPEGs, rolling shutter is still an issue and AF is less consistent (probably due to the extra video processing) than it is with regular stills bursts.

The feature isn't an outright gimmick, like I said there's a usability and situational case for it, but it's not the way forward either. I own 5-6 Pana lenses and two bodies btw (1-2 Oly lenses & 1 body); I'm hardly biased against them.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 22:46 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (760 comments in total)
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ChrisH37: I'm thinking less of the a9 as a pro sports camera (I'm sure FE will be in future, but it's not quite there yet) and more of a pro wedding camera right now.

Silent shooting, excellent eye AF, dual card slots, better battery life, all the lenses a wedding photographer is likely to need. Silent shooting alone will have some guys considering a switch if it truely works in artificial lighting without banding etc.

That's the most absurd rationalization I've ever heard... E-shutter without rolling shutter is a revelation and no one is gonna truly miss the click clack. These aren't car engine exhaust notes or even the intricacies of a vinyl rig, it's always been a bother.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 22:36 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (760 comments in total)

Brutally honest hands on with loads of reference nods to the competition Carey, I love it. I'm nowhere near the market for the A9 but the improvements they've made in usability still have me looking forward to where they'll take the A7/RX1/A6xxx in the future...

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 22:34 UTC as 62nd comment
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Old Cameras: You can see the moon as well to the left if you look closely.

Terry, they actually do mention it in a similar photo linked in the comments below!

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 18:40 UTC
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idefixx: Dpreview is making less and less efforts of hiding its nature as a PR platform

"Cheers" mate, at your service.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 18:16 UTC
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idefixx: Dpreview is making less and less efforts of hiding its nature as a PR platform

DPReview commenters are making less and less of an effort at adding anything of value to the community, making it a more welcoming environment for those new to the hobby, or generally just putting much thought into their comments beyond negativity and crotchetiness.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 12:04 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX850 real world samples (65 comments in total)
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Mark9473: Good images; seems like a very capable kit lens. I may have to get me that one.

The outer casing on the 12-32 coming apart seemed to be a sporadic issue, I bought one on launch from Japan and it has yet to happen to me...

I love my 9-18 but it easily feels like the cheapest lens out of the dozen M4/3 lenses I've handled, the white ring towards the mount creaks a lot when pressed... Functionally it's fine, it could really use an aesthetic refresh tho (pretty much every other Oly lens got one), and the internal ribbon cable on it has failed on some people...

No collapsible design like these is gonna be a hallmark of durability or build quality IMO. The switch on the 9-18 doesn't bother me either but the 12-32 & 35-100 kinda prove it's not totally necessary.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 11:58 UTC
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CaPi: That reminds me of an earlier one by this mission. Very similar
Darn.. I am getting old.. I remember things few do.. ;)

Nice find, and the text seems to confirm that the moon is indeed visible in these shots, pretty impressive all in all.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 11:34 UTC

Sweet photos, Grand Canyon looks like fall leaves from space... That last one of the Hawaii volcanoes is trippy, something so weird to the look...

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 11:06 UTC as 10th comment
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Sergiusbr: Earth is a dead pixel!

It's a stuck pixel, or a hot pixel if Cassini was doing a long exposure, and it's only getting hotter, literally, jokingly, and metaphorically.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 11:02 UTC
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Juggernaut122: Is it my imagination, or can you see the moon to the left of the earth at the 9 o'clock position?

Yeah, I mean, pretty hard to judge scale but that faint trying speck looks pretty far from Earth still... Someone pull out the protractor and figure out what 10mm on this photo means in miles. :P

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 11:00 UTC
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Old Cameras: You can see the moon as well to the left if you look closely.

The really really faint dot like 10mm to the left is the moon? I wouldn't have thought that it'd be visible...

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 10:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (156 comments in total)
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slothead: From what you told us in this review, the 7-14 sounds like the better lens (smaller, lighter)! What are the advantages of the 8-18, or are they tying to find more ways for us to waste our hard-earned $$$$?

No one is holding a gun to your head... This one is obviously faster, weather sealed, and has a more versatile range, plus it takes filters. If you don't see any of that as an advantage that's cool and everything, some of us appreciate the choice.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 18:17 UTC
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