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RedFox88: Google+ is still around? LOL! Give up on social networking websites, google. And stop naming EVERYTHING you do with google at the start of the name. It'll make people tired of your brand!

Google+ seems to have carved a niche in certain segments (Android and photo related communities or circles are pretty active), it's certainly not growing exponentially but it's not hemorrhaging users either.

I do agree with the remark about branding tho, even G+ itself was terribly branded/marketed and sorta foisted on some thru other service tie ins (not really, but that's the perception they created with their own terrible branding). It had some novel ideas on social networks tho.

The most egregious self branding recently was not naming their assistant at all, the explanation given for that makes some sense to a geek or a dev but it's still terrible branding for the market at large.

I've mostly used G+ because A) my younger sister paradoxically prefers it to FB and B) certain photogs and Android community experts use it.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 07:23 UTC
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steelhead3: Interesting the Sony repair man was fixing an A6000, a non qualifying camera for Sony pro support.

I think I see a Peak Design strap in the background of that shot too... Speaking of, why do all Sony APS-C mirrorless bodies have the EVF in the corner and all the FF A7 bodies have it centered? Surely there's some logic besides passing fads and reusing parts, no?

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 03:02 UTC
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Josh Leavitt: I thought it was an overall weak showing with regards to photography. I was expecting an announcement for the Nikon D620, more info on the Fuji GFX 50S, Sony hinting at an upcoming a7R III and such.

Willing to buy more PanaLeica 8-16mm info!

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 02:57 UTC
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Mike FL: NIKON released DL18-50 with other two 1" sensor cam, and that was last years CES.

When will NIKON re-release these 1" cam? 2018 CES?

Can DPR ask Nikon?

I dunno what's the holdup, even if the quake set them back months (doesn't seem to be holding up Canon/Panasonic nearly as bad and they also use Sony 1" sensors), at least two of the DL models were unique enough (based on focal length alone) that they'd find a market anytime.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 02:56 UTC
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PhotoUniverse: If only it's a USB-C drive

USB-C might be kinda pointless, not like it'd make the drive significantly smaller... It's also pretty easy to go from male A to C with an adapter, but not so the other way around.

If this were a tiny fingernail-sized keychain-destined drive I could see the argument for Type C, outside of that it would just needlessly limit the market for it.

Would be cool if they started using those reversible Type A ports with the inner section that flips up/down, tho I imagine it's not standards compliant enough for widespread use.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for accelerated Type adoption, it's gonna take years regardless tho (if not half a decade minium).

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 10:08 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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marc petzold: From a technical aspect, very uninteresting camera, but it'll for sure work as womens handbag camera, or selfie cam....but without EVF....

They already have models with EVF and all that jazz anyway... Also, Sony might be a bit behind on touch but pretty much everyone has had a decent Wi-Fi implementation for years now. If you're making a compact or small ILC without Wi-Fi at this point you're really really behind the curve. Actual connection speeds could still improve sometimes, NFC/BT LE/QR codes help a little with that.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 06:11 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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Laminated: I was hoping for more significant improvements, but I may still buy this camera. Since it's the only 1" sensor camera that (barely) fits in a pants pocket, it's the only logical travel camera for me - actually pocketable is a requirement in general for me (not a pro, just want really nice pictures of the places I visit by bike, hike, etc.).
I do believe that the compact category should be separated into pants-pocketable (less than 30mm thick = 3 iPhones) and merely compact. At 31mm thick the G9X does not meet my definition for truly pocketable .... and that's why I was hoping for more of an update. I think with more sophisticated lens, and thinner LCD, they could do it. I'm convinced there is a market for true pocket camera with much better iQ than current or next-gen phones, but also integrates with phone-based lifestyle. Leave the 'thickening' features to other cameras in the lineup.

I'm not sure they can really make it any thinner without a considerably more limited lens. A 1" compact with a manually extended prime would be interesting but would probably not find much of a market. I agree 30mm is borderline but it's as close as anyone's gotten, older small sensor P&S weren't that much slimmer. My LF1 was 28mm thick and the older Canon PowerShots I had were probably still >25mm. My LF1 was pretty easy to slip into jeans (not skinny jeans but not dad jeans either, I'm 5'11" and 170lbs).

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 06:08 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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willemd nl: I have the G9X Mk1. I love it, but this is a good upgrade, because it fixes the original's major flaw: it takes like 2 or 3 seconds to shoot single RAW photos.

For me, all comparisons with the Sony RX100 series are irrelevant. The Canon fits in my regular jeans pockets, which the Sonys do not.

I'd put it in my pant's pocket but I'd probably use a thin nylon drawstring bag to keep pocket lint out of it... Adds zero extra bulk and just makes it slightly more inconvenient to slip out. At least that's what I've done for years with my LF1 and older Canon/Sony P&S, haven't used any of them a lot ever since I bought into M4/3 and later got a GM1 (which I rarely pocket and if I do it's in a neoprene wrap). Not sure this G9 X does enough to lure me, the older model dropping to $350 might do it tho, otherwise I think I'd just stick to my phone when being lazy.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 06:02 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "This image gives a good indication of the G9 X Mark II's slim construction. When turned off (shown here) the body is a mere 31mm thick." -DPR

Its niche is that it is a true pocket cameras, 25% thinner, and weighing 30% less, than a Sony RX100 IV.

There's value to having a very thin 1" compact IMO, personally if it can't fit discretely in my pants or suit jacket I might as well just bring a GM1 with a prime (possibly a pancake)... Just one of many very valid choices and combos. Others might prefer a larger P&S and a FF or larger APS-C ILC, etc.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 05:56 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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Jay Williams: As photographers, I can't believe you guys are using the idiotic term "selfie" rather than "self portrait." Or maybe I'm the only one who is bothered at the dumbing down of modern day English.

Ehh, just get over it... Languages evolve, you don't have to like it, by why fight it? We had blogs and selfies and other things long before trendy terms were coined for them, who cares what others choose to call certain things?

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 05:53 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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mcshan: I'm curious how it's IQ compares with the original RX100 which now sells at Best Buy for about $450 or so? Which of the two has the better lens?

The original RX100 was a bit smaller than the IV and V and should compare well size wise with this new Canon.

I dunno why Sony has never tried to make an RX100 Lite or RX1000 (RX90?), drop the tilt screen and EVF and some of the high end stuff and just make it way slimmer (closer to the G9 or the OG RX100) and cheaper... The idea of using the older models as their budget models is a turn off to me. /shrug

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 05:48 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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snapa: It is just another small P&S, 28-84mm zoom without an EVF for over $500 with lower IQ than the RX100, so what is so special about it. I guess Canon has to try to stay in competition with P&S cameras, but nothing interesting or outstanding about it IMO. It does not even come with 4K like most others do in that price range?! If it did had an EVF and 4K, it would be much more interesting and competitive IMO. Canon is becoming more and more irrelevant in the small P&S cameras vs many other manufacturers.

It's actually smaller than any other 1" compact IIRC, by a pretty decent margin if you care about thickness and how pocketable it is... So it's actually pretty unique in that regard, unlike the G7 X one could argue (which does face stiffer competition from Sony/Pana).

Since I'm pretty heavily invested in M4/3 and love my GM1/pancakes (and OM-D, etc), this is probably the only 1" compact I'd actually be interested in. If the previous version drops low enough (~$350) in the wake of this release I might even go for that instead.

The rest of the 1" compacts aren't nearly as slim in a pant's pocket, are that point I might as well grab my M4/3 gear. This is very subjective obviously, others might not have an ILC or only care about their P&S fitting in a coat/purse, etc. Just pointing out the one way in which this model does stand out for some.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 05:44 UTC
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couchpotato: There are plenty of 512GB or even 1TB USB flash drives out there.

Corsair Voyager GTX has 256GB and 512GB versions with 450MB/s read and 360MB/s write on the market for more than a year. How can Sandisk claim it has the highest capacity and fastest USB flash drive?

If we're gonna be anal about it btw, the only people that make a significant amount of NAND are Samsung, Toshiba/WD, Sandisk, Micron, and Hynix... In that order, with the first two figuring for a large majority of it, but that doesn't mean only flash based products from those 5 are worth buying nor does it say anything about who makes the controller in better drives, SSD or pocketable.

Samsung's 3D TLC NAND has also been ahead of the curve for a while and the rest are just catching up now... Only 3 of them still make DRAM IIRC, yet I'd still buy RAM binned/sold by Corsair or even G.Skill over anything sold direct (Crucial/Micron being somewhere in the middle).

Some of them also make memory controllers, some don't, some have more experience with things like firmware and consumer products, others just bin and sell. For all the high praise Sandisk tends to get around these parts they also make some pretty terrible products, like OTG drives with relatively slow mSD cards stuck in a reader inside them then sealed... They also make some nice stuff (X400), like any other company.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 05:13 UTC
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arhmatic: Sandisk, whatever you design, make it beautiful!

Numbers and specs count and all that, but for a fraction of the cost you can just hire a good industrial designer and get it all into a nice package. It's brainless. If you really have no idea what to do, just get a simple aluminium extrusion. Simple.

The black sides on that drive might be aluminum, the previous fastest/128GB version in their lineup was unpainted silver aluminum whereas smaller capacities were plastic, so it's kinda odd they'd pull a 180 here.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 04:58 UTC
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couchpotato: There are plenty of 512GB or even 1TB USB flash drives out there.

Corsair Voyager GTX has 256GB and 512GB versions with 450MB/s read and 360MB/s write on the market for more than a year. How can Sandisk claim it has the highest capacity and fastest USB flash drive?

The Voyager line of flash drives has been around for years and it's been pretty well reviewed, you're reading far too much into far too little... Not sure why it's odd that they also make (really great) keyboards, power supplies and cases; many core PC component makers started to branch out and diversify over a decade ago... One could easily argue Corsair has been amongst the most successful in doing so.

Yeah, they don't actually truly make all of it, PSU are spec'd out and sourced from different companies (they were better when they were mostly Season IMO), they do have some pretty meaningful partnerships in some markets like some Cherry keyboard switch exclusives/investments. Their actual SSD haven't been that noteworthy, but then nobody's SSD have been in recent years compared to Samsung's.

There's a substantial difference between really high end SSD controllers and the stuff that ends up on flash drives tho... Even if those differences grow smaller with time. Still, the Voyager GTX was well reviewed and handily faster than what Sandisk had out in the same format a few years ago:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/9573/corsair-flash-voyager-gs-usb-30-512gb-flash-drive-capsule-review

Btw, I'm not just on a Corsair fanboy trip. I hadn't owned Corsair RAM in years until my build last year because it had started to seem pretty overpriced at times, my last two PSU were Seasonic, and my most used flash drives are from Adata and Sandisk. My case and keyboard are made by Corsair (tho the keyboard is like 4 years old), my SSD are all Samsung and if I was buying a budget one it'd probably be Sandisk. You're still speculating from a point of wild ignorance tho.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 04:56 UTC
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Ian: Sadly I don't have any Panasonic cameras anymore, but I love their commitment to listening to users and improving cameras via firmware. I even have an ancient DVD player that they recently updated the firmware on - something like 10 years after it first went on sale.

I'm sure this is going to be a fantastic camera that will only get better with time.

Huh? What commitment? I dunno about their disc players but their cameras rarely if ever get any updates that do anything but address flaws, and even then it's not frequent. Things like the GX8 post focus update (really just something that didn't make the launch) and the GH4's paid vLog update are the very rare exception rather than the rule.

Don't get me wrong, I've bought several Pana bodies and I think they're amongst the best values regardless, but saying they're committed to improving them via updates is well beyond a stretch. There's several things they could've done with several models I own which were little more than a pipedream given their policies.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (117 comments in total)
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aliasfox: I just got the GM5 for the fiancee, and it's a great camera from my perspective. Too bad it won't seem to have a proper upgrade, as this seems more like a GF7/8 with a different body shell and updated AF system.

I can see how something like this might be appreciated by less involved folks - the fiancee rarely uses the viewfinder, and she might find the flip screen handy. But the thumb dial is handier than the rotating dial on the 4-way controller, and the metal build is definitely nice. Maybe I'll show her the GX850 - if she takes a shine to it, maybe I'll get to keep the GM5...

My curiosity comes from the body shape, actually. Aside from DFD (which probably doesn't take up additional space/heat), the only other major difference between this and the GF7/GF8 is 4k. Do we know if the extra body volume in the GX850 (vs the GF7/8) is specifically to handle a 4k capable heatsink?

I imagine USB charging in-camera adds some bulk too, and possibly thermal requirements, damn handy tho... Even if you prefer a discrete charger, now your can charge two batteries at a time without bringing a second charger... Probably what I'd do, I already travel only with a slimmer USB charger for my GM1 batteries (and the OEM + a similar slim USB charger for my OM-D).

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 16:14 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (117 comments in total)
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Fun 4 all: If only it had some type of IBIS. Then it would be just what I want.

The PM2 IBIS pales in comparison to current implementations tho...

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 16:07 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (117 comments in total)
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Osa25: "....And despite looking pretty similar to the GM5, the GX850 has no electronic viewfinder, bringing it more in-line with the GF7/GF8 and GM1. It effectively replaces both the GF8 and the GM5...."

Come on - consumer perspective should drive the article. Not marketing dept dreams.

The camera has no EVF and gone back to the horribly inconvenient GM1 control wheel. So it cannot be a GM5 replacement.

It could be fair to call this product a slightly downmarket, bigger GM1, now updated for 2017 - but that's about it.

GM5 replacement it sure aint. That camera has a small but dedicated cult following, of which it is hard to see any of the faithful letting go of their GM5 for this device.

GM1 had a cult following too mind you, and the forums seemed pretty evenly split on them some months ago, would be interesting to see which sold better in the end (tho the GM1 had a lead time advantage and it dropped <$400 far quicker, half the reason I bought it).

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 16:06 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (117 comments in total)
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rgs_45: I hope there will there be an "ALL black" (lens and body) model slated for the U.S. market? Silver is good but not a fan :)

I think Pany is changing (simplifying) the designation for their "range finder" models.

GX x (GX8 - high end)
GX xx (GX85 - mid)
GX xxx (GX850 - low end) such as the one featured here.

The GX xxx can replace both the GM and GF series. No need to have two small rangefinder model when this can replace both. Some are already "screaming" VF, maybe the next model will get one.

I hope they do the same with the G Series DLSR type

G x - high end
G xx - mid
G xxx - low end (if applicable)

They can leave the GH designation as their top of the line system.

I think this naming convention will simplify Panasonic camera models. My 2 cents :)

Plus they're not letting go of the GH, so you end up with a weird holdout... GX# + GX## + GX### and G# + G## + GH# Yeah, not confusing at all.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 16:03 UTC
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