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pentaust: Fuji releases their cameras not with the full software feature set originally planned together with hardware design. They make incremental firmware updates on a regular basis as marketing tactic to keep their brand name being mentioned in the press and to use create some form of news to keep their relationships with distribution channels and online marketing (in order to keep and build share of mind). There is not benefit for the end user (exist the end user believe he gets free stuff) since those features could have been feature right at the release of the new camera model. But that marketing tactic works well. Good Fuji marketing.

Intentionally holding back performance and features when a camera is launched and gets the most attention, reviews, feedback would be pretty foolhardy. The lower satisfaction level and review ratings is not worth the extra attention of later firmware updates (especially since many users are not photo website and forum hounds and may not even hear of the updates.)

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 03:46 UTC

Even the name makes no sense.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 23:53 UTC as 238th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Casio QV-4000 (61 comments in total)

The Casio QV-2000UX was my first digital camera, I bought it right before my first daughter's birth, along with a 48MB CF card. It captured some great memories! I never got around to getting that 340MB micro drive card for it...

A lot of digicams back then had a 3x zoom lens that started at f/2, probably the same lens from Canon.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 18:31 UTC as 4th comment
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left eye: I'm sorry, but quite simply this was a big mistake by Apple.

There've steam-rolled over one of the main uses of laptops theseday: reviewing and editing digital photos, of which 90% are saved to SD cards.

It was a brilliant idea to include an SD slot in a laptop, absolutely ignorant to now omit it. If the slot was offered as a £40 upgrade, I wonder how many people would choose it when ordering a MacBook? - my guess would be everybody except those who missed the box to tick.

Yeah but what about all the CompactFlash users??? OR xD memory card users for that matter???

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
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dennis tennis: I continued to be amazed by Apple fanatics who believed that Apple loves them and are creating these "beautiful machines" for them the consumers. From where I'm standing Apple doesn't love the consumers, Apple covets their money. It would be like going to a Five Star restaurant and having to pay extra for knives and forks because "don't you have your butler to cut the meat up for you"?

Actually, they are building them for CONSUMERS, that's the problem. They are no longer addressing the needs of power users and pros.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
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LiSkynden: Next on news: Apple removed the screen from MacBook.
Phil Schiller continues: "we noticed that people didnt use the screen anymore so ..."

Well, screens are so cumbersome and use up a lot of battery power.

Plus, you can just buy an adapter-

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
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BurkPhoto: I like the new MacBook Pro, and will probably get one at some point. But here's what I would still like to have:

• Built-in Blu-Ray Burner
• 1 TB startup SSD, plus some sort of slot to swap out SSDs
• Removable, hot-swappable 12-hour battery
• A better, pro-quality audio interface solution for inputs AND outputs (separate!)
• Removable retina touch screen that becomes an iPad when removed, and can be used as a Wacom-like tablet for retouching, artwork, etc. with the Apple Pencil.
• Virtual touch screen keyboard that works like that of an iPad/iPhone
• User upgradeable RAM (up to 32GB minimum, preferably 128GB)
• SD card slot that buries the card in the body of the Mac like PCs do!

This would kick the weight back up to 6 or 7 pounds, and make the whole thing thicker and/or bigger, but I DON'T CARE. I want something portable that does everything. I don't want a desktop, I just want an external monitor and a dock for my peripherals in the office...

…and NO, I don't want a Surface Pro!

It would have been nice if the announced computers were called MacBook AIRS (after all they are thin and light), and then they came out with Macbook PROS that were more in line with your wish lists.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 20:57 UTC
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cdembrey: This is only the beginning, folks. It will get better, much better as time goes on. Waiting to see what tricks Apple will come up with for iOS 11 and iOS12.

Why so much snark? People use camera phones to capture a lot of daily moments of their lives, it would be a nice feature to have.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 17:20 UTC
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cdembrey: This is only the beginning, folks. It will get better, much better as time goes on. Waiting to see what tricks Apple will come up with for iOS 11 and iOS12.

It would be nice to have the capability to shoot video this way, but probably too much going on behind-the-scenes to do it real time at 30 FPS. Maybe iPhone 8!

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 19:25 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (710 comments in total)
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bloodycape: Can you test out Panasonic and Olympus m4/3 lenses to how they perform on this camera? And can you test out these lenses on a m4/3 to see how they preform? Can we buy the lenses separately?

I'm sure the individual lenses will be available on EBay by resellers who break up the bundle. I wonder how they will be priced...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:05 UTC
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CopCarSS: Now we just need to convince the pixel peepers of DPR to actually go out and take photos (and enjoy the experience) instead of arguing about ISO 51,200 noise comparisons and the dreaded "equivalency" discussions all day long.

Didn't you read the story? Taking photos of brick walls does not decrease the enjoyment of said walls.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 16:31 UTC

This seems like a much better fit for Lytro. The consumer market is dominated by price, and the Illum was basically a non-starter on price alone. Their cinema camera camera may be able to deliver capabilities that justify the price of buying or renting the system in the film industry, given the production budgets for commercials, TV, and movies.

It will be interesting to see their 'Life' short.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 16:34 UTC as 17th comment
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (306 comments in total)
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Chippy99: I don't know why such a big deal is made about the lac of mic input. Anyone serious enough about video to want to use an external recorder or mic is *surely* going to want to edit videos in post. And if you do that, syncing external audio to your video track takes seconds.

A mic input is imho a completely redundant feature.

Yes, it is more or less enough IMO- each camera has to be designed for a price point and feature set. But that wasn't my point, I was just addressing the OP saying a mic input is a 'completely redundant feature'.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 16:17 UTC
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fmian: It was a terrible business decision for them to market and make their products for consumers in the first place. I still don't understand why they didn't push the technology in the security, investigation and surveillance realm.
Instead they ended up making toys for peoples curiosity.

Instead of "ENHANCE!", it will now be "FOCUS!"

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (306 comments in total)
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Chippy99: I don't know why such a big deal is made about the lac of mic input. Anyone serious enough about video to want to use an external recorder or mic is *surely* going to want to edit videos in post. And if you do that, syncing external audio to your video track takes seconds.

A mic input is imho a completely redundant feature.

So there can't be a middle ground, where someone wants to shoot HD video with better sound and no camera operation noise, without operating a 2nd device for audio, and not doing too much post? I agree it's technically redundant, but there is definitely a use case for it.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 21:23 UTC

Come on guys, a little tongue in cheek is okay. Stop eviscerating DPReview over this-

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 16:39 UTC as 7th comment
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (218 comments in total)
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yahoo2u: I'll wait for real world images before giving an opinion. Image 12 at ISO-400 in exploded view is a touch on the "noisy" side.
The Nikon A at half the price is a better deal, and as for now the Ricoh still has this market stitched.
Fuji boys who enjoy the 28mm view will buy it because it's a Fuji, that's it.
There will plenty on the used market just like the Nikon A when it was out. The Ricoh's were harder to come by used because "photographers" purchased those.

The Ricoh GR is a really nice camera, with a great user interface that's tailored for enthusiasts. I'm sure the X70 is very nice too, just more expensive. The X100T seems to have very solid AF (tried it briefly.)

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 00:04 UTC
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (218 comments in total)
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yahoo2u: I'll wait for real world images before giving an opinion. Image 12 at ISO-400 in exploded view is a touch on the "noisy" side.
The Nikon A at half the price is a better deal, and as for now the Ricoh still has this market stitched.
Fuji boys who enjoy the 28mm view will buy it because it's a Fuji, that's it.
There will plenty on the used market just like the Nikon A when it was out. The Ricoh's were harder to come by used because "photographers" purchased those.

The Ricoh GR has significantly faster autofocus, after its firmware was updated. To be fair, the Coolpix A should be compared with cameras in its class (APS-C compacts)- so no Micro 4/3 for example (although a compact M/43 with 14mm f/2.5 lens will AF almost instantly.) I guess another comparison point would be the original Fuji X100, which is not extremely fast either at AF.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 16:40 UTC
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (218 comments in total)
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yahoo2u: I'll wait for real world images before giving an opinion. Image 12 at ISO-400 in exploded view is a touch on the "noisy" side.
The Nikon A at half the price is a better deal, and as for now the Ricoh still has this market stitched.
Fuji boys who enjoy the 28mm view will buy it because it's a Fuji, that's it.
There will plenty on the used market just like the Nikon A when it was out. The Ricoh's were harder to come by used because "photographers" purchased those.

Actually, Coolpix A was $1100 at launch!

Current used/refurbished/clearance pricing is great, if you don't mind the slower operation.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 03:10 UTC
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (218 comments in total)
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yahoo2u: I'll wait for real world images before giving an opinion. Image 12 at ISO-400 in exploded view is a touch on the "noisy" side.
The Nikon A at half the price is a better deal, and as for now the Ricoh still has this market stitched.
Fuji boys who enjoy the 28mm view will buy it because it's a Fuji, that's it.
There will plenty on the used market just like the Nikon A when it was out. The Ricoh's were harder to come by used because "photographers" purchased those.

I would love the Coolpix A if the AF was faster. But then the used price would be higher.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 22:35 UTC
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