Dennis

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Wow. Next thing you know, DSLRs might start making a comeback, too ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 04:35 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies
On article Readers' Choice Awards 2016: the winners (49 comments in total)
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CanonKen: *picks jaw from floor* Not a single Sony!? Guess fanboys don't like voting in online polls.

Guess, not ... no Canon's either.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
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DiegoRodriguez: So, the G9X 's major flaw was its lens, they make a Mark 2, and... they keep the same lens...

I'll take 100(equiv) at f/4.9 over 70(e) at f/2.8 cropped to 100. A crop decreases SNR, while I have plenty of opportunities to shoot f/4.9 at base ISO. 20MP may be more resolution than you need, but a 1" sensor is already relatively small, a compromise compared to my APS-C cameras. I don't want to go smaller still (at least not on any regular basis).

Plus the camera is cheaper, lighter and smaller. I definitely get the appeal of the faster lens (I think it's sharper, has the WA coverage ... might have better IS, too, I don't know). I'm not arguing that the 28-100 is "better". It's just a better choice for some. Offer both at the same price and I bet most people take the 24-70. I'd even have a harder time at that point, knowing that the faster lens "should" cost more ... but, in fact, it does cost more. All else isn't equal, as the III & IV have other features that drive up the price, but as of now, I can get a I for $400 and a III for $700.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 19:09 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: Cellphone cameras has better technology than big boys Cameras. Cellphone cameras are also upfront with their technologies. They do not give it to us in incremental steps.

Eventually Nikon and Canon will be bought by cellphone companies

They have to have "better technology", don't they, to make phone calls, run apps, connect to the internet ?

What's your point ?

(And why would cellphone companies want to own Nikon or Canon ?)

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 16:44 UTC
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mcshan: Add a small EVF like the tiny Pan GM5 and I would buy it.

Glad Canon is updating it though.

I don't know what the Canon screen is like, but the screen on the RX100 is not useless in bright sun. (I had a Sony NEX-5 that really was awful in sunlight).

OTOH, I wear glasses and find the EVF on the later RX100s to be awful - to see most of the frame, the plastic has to make contact with my eyeglass lenses - and then the view is mediocre and the mechanism feels like a cheap, fiddly thing bound to break in time. I'll happily save the money on a pocket camera - I have other cameras for serious stuff. Besides, as people keep pointing out, there are other cameras that offer these features people keep asking for.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
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DiegoRodriguez: So, the G9X 's major flaw was its lens, they make a Mark 2, and... they keep the same lens...

rrccad - I have the RX100-I. You can do a lot with f/4.9 ... given the choice between a 28-100/1.8-4.9 and 24-70/1.8-2.8, I'd have a hard time choosing (note that the faster lens is also on more expensive cameras and the III is a small bit bulkier than the II - the III has the faster lens). 24 through wide/normal is great, but I find 50-70 pretty vague and uninteresting - I get a lot of use out of the short tele end of the RX100. I wrote above, in a comment about camera size, that if my RX100 died tomorrow, I'd probably buy another version I because I like its compromises. I'd look at the options, but it's certainly a viable camera without a tilting LCD, without an EVF and with "only" an f/4.9 max aperture at the tele end.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 16:39 UTC
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Jefftan: This is what camera should be
at this size and weight if camera still want a fight with smartphone

most people would not use all those heavy DSLR and mirrorless camera
or at least won't take them out and use with them everyday
even if u give them one for free

among the 1 inch, i think this one for its size
and Panasonic 25-250 10 times zoom most useful and interesting

I may actually buy to use with my A6500 with 10-18mm lens (15-27mm equivalent)
This 28 mm start where the lens left off and weight nothing

As the lightest 1 inch, very useful, why negative comments, I don't understand

What concern me is the last generation , DXO score somehow lower than other 1 inch for unknown reason. (maybe last time they don't use BSI, but this time it is BSI)
If not because of this, I have already buy. Hope this is now change

If a camera wants to fight with smartphones, it should be a smartphone.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 16:00 UTC
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norman shearer: A tilty screen could have been added with negligable difference to the size..

As much as I like a tilting LCD (on my A6000), if my RX100 broke tomorrow, I'd run out and replace it with another RX100-I because I find the fixed screen and lack of EVF reasonable compromises in exchange for such a small camera. As mentioned, if you do want a tilting screen (or even an EVF) there are other options available.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 15:54 UTC
On article Pulse: Extreme weather in black and white (56 comments in total)
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Dennis: Amazing footage - most of us would be happy with a few stills from that video. Lousy music choice.

Mike, I didn't say the music is lousy, just the choice of it for this footage :) (OK, sorry, poor wording, it just doesn't work for me). It's nice enough music on its own, but I found that it was trying to create a mood that was contrary to the mood that the visuals were creating - it's like the music and the footage were fighting each other. (This music would be great in a post apocalyptic scene showing a wounded soldier stumbling through a field covered with dead bodies, wondering why he's the only one who survived !). I do appreciate the work put into timing the transitions to the music, though. I've always been attuned to movie soundtracks and find that my impression of movies is highly affected by the music. But we're all different - I thought the soundtrack to The Revenant was very effective, but read reviews by people who thought it was distracting.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 15:48 UTC
On article Pulse: Extreme weather in black and white (56 comments in total)

Amazing footage - most of us would be happy with a few stills from that video. Lousy music choice.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 13:39 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)
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Oclux: Wonderful photos, especially 4, 6 and 7.

2, 5 & 8 for me ... go figure :) But mostly, 2.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 07:09 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1156 comments in total)
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Pritzl: I have a stupid question? Sony are no longer digital imaging noobs and yet they continue to fail miserably on the user experience front. Are they oblivious to those failings or unwilling to invest the time/money to address that shortcoming?

It's a shame really because they do indeed pack their bodies to the gills with features. The problem is that it always seems that you are kept at arms length from the creative process by some odd design decisions. They are almost the polar opposite of Canon, who keep their esoteric decisions limited to artificially differentiating their line-up but offer some of the nicest handling cameras outside of Fuji. The first time I scrolled through a Sony menu, I immediately realized that I was not the target audience for their cameras.

Sony: soul-less bleeding edge tech baubles.
Canon: conservative dinosaurs that just work.
Fuji: Nirvana? I'll find out as soon as I figure out a cost-effective transition strategy.

Did you read the review ? The "Operations and Controls" page starts off with three paragraphs describing how Sony has improved the menu. This after Sony recently replaced the awful NEX menu with the Alpha menu. So I'm not sure where you're getting that Sony is "reluctant or unwilling to invest in improving the UI".

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 14:43 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1156 comments in total)
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Pritzl: I have a stupid question? Sony are no longer digital imaging noobs and yet they continue to fail miserably on the user experience front. Are they oblivious to those failings or unwilling to invest the time/money to address that shortcoming?

It's a shame really because they do indeed pack their bodies to the gills with features. The problem is that it always seems that you are kept at arms length from the creative process by some odd design decisions. They are almost the polar opposite of Canon, who keep their esoteric decisions limited to artificially differentiating their line-up but offer some of the nicest handling cameras outside of Fuji. The first time I scrolled through a Sony menu, I immediately realized that I was not the target audience for their cameras.

Sony: soul-less bleeding edge tech baubles.
Canon: conservative dinosaurs that just work.
Fuji: Nirvana? I'll find out as soon as I figure out a cost-effective transition strategy.

I don't disagree that Sony's menus could benefit from some improvement. For that matter, they could probably be improved by changing the body design and number/placement of buttons. But plenty of people - including pros and hobbyist Nikon & Canon users who have picked up e-mount bodies as second systems or RX100s as pocket cameras - simply use them with minimal trouble. That's far from failing miserably.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 02:56 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1156 comments in total)
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Pritzl: I have a stupid question? Sony are no longer digital imaging noobs and yet they continue to fail miserably on the user experience front. Are they oblivious to those failings or unwilling to invest the time/money to address that shortcoming?

It's a shame really because they do indeed pack their bodies to the gills with features. The problem is that it always seems that you are kept at arms length from the creative process by some odd design decisions. They are almost the polar opposite of Canon, who keep their esoteric decisions limited to artificially differentiating their line-up but offer some of the nicest handling cameras outside of Fuji. The first time I scrolled through a Sony menu, I immediately realized that I was not the target audience for their cameras.

Sony: soul-less bleeding edge tech baubles.
Canon: conservative dinosaurs that just work.
Fuji: Nirvana? I'll find out as soon as I figure out a cost-effective transition strategy.

A stupid question because it's based on a flawed premise. If Sony really did "fail miserably on the user experience front" they wouldn't be as successful as they are. Some people don't like 'em. Some do.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 21:16 UTC
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noflashplease: Do you really want to approach a lion with a 20mm equivalent lens? Apparently, Casio photographers have the audacity to sneak up on a lion at night. I'm impressed. What's next? A fisheye lens attachment for close-up photos of grizzly bears?

To be entirely serious, it's nice to see something different and far more original than yet another GoPro clone. Casio is being clever and that's just what a camera company needs to survive in the smartphone era.

No problem. Just crop ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 20:28 UTC
On photo I am an Elephant in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 5, E challenge (25 comments in total)
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Midwest: What sandbagging idiot gave this great photo a single star?!

Thanks for your honest Bibix. Must have been a sight to see in real life :)

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 19:02 UTC
On photo I am an Elephant in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 5, E challenge (25 comments in total)
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Midwest: What sandbagging idiot gave this great photo a single star?!

I didn't vote, so it wasn't me ... but why is the elephant glowing ?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 15:14 UTC

"May you always have the sun at your back"

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 23:48 UTC as 12th comment
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Yxa: The new trend in photo gear
We are selling less let's hike up the prices to compensate for that
Is it a successful tactic?
How many camera manufacturers will be left in a couple years time?

You're right - it's not just Olympus. Sony at $1400 for nice electronics in a mediocre body; Panasonic at $900 for the G85 - getting tougher to find a mirrorless body with an EVF built in at entry level prices, unless you buy something old. Sony pushing the RX100 up to $1000. The XT2 at $1600. I think Canon and Nikon are going to start regaining some lost market share.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 12:35 UTC

Amazon has a pair of gloves on sale that would be ideal for shooting with this camera:
https://www.amazon.com/IsA-Kitchen-Silicone-Resistant-Grill-Gloves/dp/B00S96Q2UO/ref=gbps_tit_s-3_0082_a2b224ec?smid=A3VZQ1OBES4GGU&pf_rd_p=2644760082&pf_rd_s=slot-3&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=gb_main&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=E86BQRT0TBV9ZHXBFDF1

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 00:56 UTC as 4th comment
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