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On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (209 comments in total)
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mcshan: This camera is all about what you get in a small package. I own a G9x II, Sony RX100 and RX100 IV. Yes, the Sony's are that good BUT I wanted something even smaller. The G9X Mark II is a true pocket camera. Over the past couple of years I have read so many comments about "jeans pockets" "cargo pants" etc. Sorry.. I love the Sony RX100 line but I simply don't consider them true pocket cameras. The G9X I and II meet my definition of one.

By the way, my wife has owned the old Panasonic FX37 (now that was a pocket camera!) and Fuji Z5. Two very small, without a doubt can't be argued pocket cameras. Hello Serge Valente jeans! The G9X II image quality is much, much better.

There are many cameras that give you more but in this case you are getting better than cellphone and a true pocket shooter.

Yeah I dunno what kinda pants people wear, but an RX100 or larger isn't pocketable in my pretty average relaxed fit jeans/trousers, I can cram it in but it leads to a pretty unsightly bulge... And I don't wear a jacket 90% of the year in the tropics. The G9 X is still far thicker than a phone but smaller so it would work alright, it's the same size as a lot of older 1/1.7" compacts or the classic Canon Elphs.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 17:22 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (209 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Dpreview please do a comparison of 1 inch with pixel 2 which I believe have best IQ among all phone

for 1 inch I choose G7X II for its lens
both for 21mm in wide if disable distortion
and 100mm F2.8 at tele

Yeah that would be interesting, I'm not convinced the phones have caught up even with HDR+ but the impression has already been floated out there...

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 17:17 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (209 comments in total)
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rrccad: "The G9 X Mark II has a time-tested 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor that is unfortunately let down by a mediocre lens. The focal range of the lens (28-84mm equivalent) doesn't have a lot of reach, and starting at 24mm would've been a better choice. At wide-angle its F2.0 maximum aperture is relatively fast, though it slows down quickly as you zoom in, topping out at F4.9. By comparison, the lens on Canon's step-up model, the G7 X Mark II, has a more versatile 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens, that also offers more control over depth-of-field and superior low light image quality."

While I agree with this, little is said that most of this is because of the size of the camera, the lens will certainly be compromised to fit into the smallest possible form factor.

Even as an enthusiast I don't think I'd mind this range too much, being wider whole useful would also mean it starts slowing down even sooner which would be a disadvantage if you want the speed at less distorting FLs for shots of people.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (209 comments in total)
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MrBrightSide: Great review. The one use case you might be forgetting is that there is a vast army of people in the social media industry (like me) who would jump on a camera that takes better-than-iPhone pictures which can then be quickly uploaded onto Facebook et al using their phone as the relay point.
The one area where iPhones fail is at taking pictures in dim ballrooms and other weirdly lit spaces. This little guy would be a godsend.

It takes 9 frames right out of the constantly running buffer the moment you tap the shutter button, in order to do the averaging/stacking for lower noise.

I'm not sure that still matches the output of a 1" compact at f2, would be an interesting comparison tho, perhaps I need to check that out in DPR's studio comparo tool... I've wanted one of these for a while but I'd mostly use it at the wide end and if my Pixel really is close then I might as well take it off the list.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 17:08 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (209 comments in total)
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Jefftan: this is the smallest and cheapest 1 inch
problem is 28mm

if it is 24mm I will have already buy
Canon please make it 24mm

For a few years I kept wishing Sony would make a slimmer RX100 after passing on it in favor of the LF1, an RX90? They kept making the lens faster while adding a tilt screen and other things, so the potential space savings were there...

They never did, but Canon did it instead; and I'll likely still get one if it ever goes on sale for a little less, tho it's still one is the cheapest (if not the cheapest?) 1" compacts. The mk II addressed a lot of the first version's flaws, tho I would've taken the latter if I ever saw it at a steep discount.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 17:04 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (209 comments in total)
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Jefftan: this is the smallest and cheapest 1 inch
problem is 28mm

if it is 24mm I will have already buy
Canon please make it 24mm

I agree, I got some backlash for saying the same thing in one is the buying guides but this is truly the only 1" compact I find to be actually pocketable, and no I'm not wearing skinny jeans (not cramming it in a back pocket so I forget and sit on it either tho). It's virtually the same size as the last compact I bought (Panasonic LF1) and not much bigger than the old Canon Elphs.

That thickness makes a huge difference, 30mm is already about 3x a phone's but since the camera is smaller in volume it still works and doesn't create an unsightly bulge, so it's something you could pocket in formal wear - which is the main reason I'd get it. In most other cases if I'm carrying a waist pack or using a jacket pocket (not very frequent in the tropics) I can just take my GM1 (soon to go on sale) / GX850.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 17:01 UTC
On article Portrait mode shootout: iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 (121 comments in total)
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multisystem: I give up. Some of these photos are shockingly good. I would still rather split my money between a $30 smartphone and a $3,000 camera body/lens combo, but a $1,000 smartphone and a $2,000 camera/body lens combo is becoming increasingly tempting.

I just wish there was an easy way to plug that 1k phone into a big screen monitor and with today's mobile raw conversion and editing apps, turn that into a photo editing PC as well. The processors inside these phones are probably better than desktop chips of only a few years ago.

My 2016 Pixel was $850... >_< Between the storage bump (wish they'd do 64GB as base already!) and me (foolishly?) paying for insurance... No regrets on the storage, tho it actually stung more at the time, if only because Google had previously not priced their storage tiers exactly like Apple.

I've paid for insurance a couple other times before (as a monthly fee when I still bought phones on contract), to this day I've never used it and I haven't broken or significantly damaged any of the 5 or 6 smartphones I've owned... But since just about everyone else in the family has killed one or two, I must be due? Heh.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 08:34 UTC
On article Portrait mode shootout: iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 (121 comments in total)
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Tequila MockingjayBird: Seems like we will finally see the end of the oft heard notion that you need huge lenses and super wide apertures to get the professional pictures, thanks to the AI & ML by Google.

It touches on HDR mode a lot too and how it bridges the gap for the more limited sensors in phones... Pretty sure DPR has never given a damn how off topic comments get anyway. :P I kinda wish they did.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 08:27 UTC
On article Shooting with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III in Moab (101 comments in total)
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io_bg: I love watching these videos, no matter whether sponsored or not. Still, I doubt many E-M10 III users would buy lenses such as the 7-14/2.8 or 12-100/4.

Bodies come and go, decent glass isn't as easily outdated!

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 08:24 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (497 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: choosing t`abysmal pixel phone as POTY has personally brought me to a new low in my opinion of DPR`s ability to report on technology objectively
so lets assume the audio ports dead, as your transparent agenda suggests,
what, pray tell, will replace it? lets see, will it be the latest 2nd rate usb port connector with a lifespan of perhaps 5yrs? or will it be some apple propriety nonsense? also with a lifespan measured in a few years?

does DPR or engadget or some of the other pathetic brainwash factories that seek to control the buying behaviorof techno-illiterate consumers even consider what you are doing the future of cellphones ?
this is a nice game youre playing. & I'm sure it works well in people who dont know the difference between religion & technology.but for those of us with our snorkels still attached and oxygen reaching our brains? enough is enough

your corporate master's agendas are transparent
you should be ashamed of yourselves
SD ports?... sigh.

ok im done

Well yes and no, the signal has to end up analog at some point regardless in order to reach a headphone driver, and to the end user it really makes no difference whether it's the phone or the adapter doing the conversion as long as he can get that analog signal via a 3.5mm TRS jack in the end.

Second, as I alluded to before, some of those adapters (depending on the phone) are actually passive/dumb and all they're doing is rewiring a couple spare Type C pins in order to output an analog signal thru them which the adapter wires up to the old 3.5mm jack. In some cases that's actually there cheaper route.

In the case of the smart/active dongle or adapters you're basically replicating some of the components already on the phone (the DAC, needed for the speaker/earpiece). It does open up other possibilities tho... Either way you can still get an analog signal out of the combo, nobody is forcing you unto wireless or Type C headphones with their own DAC/amp/battery.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 08:21 UTC
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ondrejbobek: Lightroom "loves" more cores with less GHz... nothing special for photographers. Maybe for video yes, but for PS&LR users definitely no.
Edit: price is in my eyes so-so OK, maybe 8-core version has more GHz. And one small thing - USB ports are only hidden on the rear side? Grrr

Yes, it was completely lost on me, I've not often seen quotation marks used to imply sarcasm and English isn't my first language. I'm glad you read his mind and/or have a clearer grasp of it in order to clear it up tho, gracias.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 08:14 UTC
On article Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017 (56 comments in total)
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Dazed and Confused: It's amazing how many people in the comments are just voting for phones they like, rather than for what this award is actually for - Best Smartphone CAMERA of 2017.

I know people out there love their headphone jacks, microSD cards and swappable batteries, but none of those are actually what this poll is about.

First of all, were did you read that statement by Google? Was it some sort of description of their earlier HDR+ attempts? They've been making a big deal about how the latest iterations can cope so much better with motion, and I've seen this first hand.

I was skeptical about it too, I didn't even buy the Pixel for the camera at all (timely updates, standard USB PD charging, and the lack of great/cheaper 5" phones were all first on my list). Anyway, even DPR has suggested the stacking effect is worth a couple stops.

I'd also love to know what pocket ultra compact circa 2011 you think shoots better low light photos, considering that predates 1" sensors.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 08:11 UTC
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HRC2016: There are some nice images, but I don't like any of the aerial shots. I realize the output is what is being recognized, and not the technique. Where is the skill in drone photography?

Do we know for a fact all the aerials were taken with a drone? Seems kinda prejudiced to even judge them based off that, but aerial seems to imply they could be taken from a drone just as well as a heli, plane, etc. I've seen some really interesting photos from Chris Burkard taken in flight that probably couldn't be managed by a drone.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 08:03 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Mesmerizing...The kind of images that dwarf most discussions on DPReview.

So much this.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 00:54 UTC
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justmeMN: (sarcasm) National Geographic forgot to include the most important thing - the DxOMark Sensor Scores of that cameras that took the photos. :-)

Can't we just appreciate these without opening the door to the usual crotchety, snarky, and combative nature that accompanies the comments section of almost every DPR article?

Also, I'd be more interested in the lens MPx rating and the exposure parameters... :P

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 00:53 UTC
On article Have your say: Best smartphone of 2017 (56 comments in total)
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Dazed and Confused: It's amazing how many people in the comments are just voting for phones they like, rather than for what this award is actually for - Best Smartphone CAMERA of 2017.

I know people out there love their headphone jacks, microSD cards and swappable batteries, but none of those are actually what this poll is about.

You haven't read much about it or done so very carefully then, it's their new default because it DOES work in a wide variety of conditions and it does net the average photo an advantage worth a few extra stops.

Not sure why you're going on about the rest, I never said phones are replacing ILCs or anything like that to warrant such a crochety reaction, I shoot an ILC because it does give me access to all those things, and I've also happen to have shot with a Pixel.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 20:52 UTC
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ondrejbobek: Lightroom "loves" more cores with less GHz... nothing special for photographers. Maybe for video yes, but for PS&LR users definitely no.
Edit: price is in my eyes so-so OK, maybe 8-core version has more GHz. And one small thing - USB ports are only hidden on the rear side? Grrr

Right, we agree on that, but read what you wrote:

Lightroom "loves" more cores with less GHz...

If that was meant as irony or sarcasm it's not coming thru.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 20:42 UTC
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SarahTerra: I donlt know about you but every single apple store photo editing app that has "won awards" been recommended by apple, used as a tech showcase or acclaimed by review sites etc... all now sit in a folder on my ipad collecting dust, rarely, if ever used for anything at all.

in fact im gonna delete em to save space...

literally the only thing they are good for is a quick edit for social media, but only when the image was taken by the device you are using the software on...otherwise it is a pain just to get the image on to the device edit, there is limited storage, hit/miss UI implementation, and no option to catalog for long term archival and exportation.

I tried exporting tiff on affinity, came out blurry low quality, period.

You're as privy to his inner thoughts as I am, but it's hard to deny the iOS makes it harder to get to the file level and do simple things like copying over a bunch of files from a card to a USB drive.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 20:35 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (497 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: choosing t`abysmal pixel phone as POTY has personally brought me to a new low in my opinion of DPR`s ability to report on technology objectively
so lets assume the audio ports dead, as your transparent agenda suggests,
what, pray tell, will replace it? lets see, will it be the latest 2nd rate usb port connector with a lifespan of perhaps 5yrs? or will it be some apple propriety nonsense? also with a lifespan measured in a few years?

does DPR or engadget or some of the other pathetic brainwash factories that seek to control the buying behaviorof techno-illiterate consumers even consider what you are doing the future of cellphones ?
this is a nice game youre playing. & I'm sure it works well in people who dont know the difference between religion & technology.but for those of us with our snorkels still attached and oxygen reaching our brains? enough is enough

your corporate master's agendas are transparent
you should be ashamed of yourselves
SD ports?... sigh.

ok im done

Dropping the jack isn't the same as dropping analog output entirely, which is what was said in the post you quoted...

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 20:16 UTC
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panther fan: Google releasing an iOS only app? How strange

Eh, EULA say all kinds of crazy things that may or may not hold up in court, that practice is gonna blow up one day. I agree it's worth reading them if your content is business related and/or merits copyright etc. For personal use I'm not terribly worried...

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
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