Najinsky

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Sean65: I don't understand the pricing of the latest batch of mirrorless cameras. Sony 6300, Canon M5, Olympus PEN F etc.

These are selling at (nearly) double or 30% more than the price of cameras like the Nikon D7200/Canon 80D.

The weight saving advantages are diminishing and the lens lineup seems a bit handicapped, especially for the M5.

Nice cameras but the price seems way too high considering what else is on offer.

I have no issue with the camera, I really like it.

For me, an optional finder and grip, like Nikon V3 has, but with all the M5 specs would have been even better, because then I could have ditched the briefcase and put in in my pocket sometimes, while other times shoot it with the finder and grip like an SLR.

But even as it stands, looks like a very nice camera I could really enjoy shooting.

The comment was directed more at the price, which is going to leave it open to criticism during reviews (already has).

At $1000, reviews may focus on what's missing compared to what's there. no weather sealing, no 4K video, no IBIS (stills), no native high performance lenses.

A $750-$800 it would be much easier to focus on what it does have:

Dual pixel AF
24 MP with improved DR
Great controls
Nice viewfinder
Touchfocus

Fortunately I look beyond reviews

4K not on my radar, time consuming / expensive to process, a labour of love.
IBIS partially offset by IS lenses
Better lenses will come, etc

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 11:04 UTC
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (89 comments in total)
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Everlast66: I'll be very happy to see Flickr disappear completely. Yahoo completely ruined the service after acquiring it 2005.

I was extremely annoyed when they made it impossible to use their service without giving them your phone number, but it's a totally different level of incompetence or even criminal negligence to allow hackers to steal HALF A BILLION USERS' data, including these phone numbers, several years later.

Pannumon, Most likely thinking about their bottom line, cost cutting and profit margins.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 09:06 UTC
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (89 comments in total)
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Saurat: Note to all idiots, cretins, morons and typical DPR commenters, Flickr is not - repeat NOT - closing down. Ok, now go back to counting your thumbs.

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Wait it working...

I see it all now. I'm at one with the entire universe.

The answer's coming..

I can nearly see it...

It's getting so so clear...

The answer is....

Chubby Checker.

Hmm. That was an unexpected twist.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 07:24 UTC
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Alphoid: The lack of GPS, not to mention high frame rate video (hundreds of frames per second at reduced resolution) is completely inexcusable on this camera. Otherwise, this would be the first essentially feature-complete camera on the market. The specs are otherwise just ridiculous.

If I were buying a new camera, this would be it.

I'll be curious where Olympus prices it.

This is not a good week for Canon/Nikon, so far.

You're joking right? Missing smiley?

EM1.2 is in a whole different league to the Canon. It's targeted at pro wildlife and sports shooters (entire message of the announcement).

Price is minimum $1500 in the cheapest markets, and then ++ in others.

Until this, Olympus were a strong force in the circa $1000 MILC market. Now they vacate that market, for a while at least.

Meanwhile, Canon just released a sub $1000 MILC with 24MP, better DR and better AF than the old generation E-M10.2 and E-M5.2 that Olympus leave in situ.

Canon must think it's their birthday. A big competitors in the circa $1000 game just went walkabout.

Over the last few days, Olympus seems to be realising it too, as all the post announcement interviews are now going off message, or at least out of their way, to say they'd like enthusiasts to buy it too. I'm sure they would!

And I probably will, but they still left a big gap at exactly the same time Canon bring in an excellent gap filler.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 12:21 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (347 comments in total)
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Lola69: It looks great.
I like the design oldschool.

Yes, can't beat that old school touchscreen aesthetic ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 10:43 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (347 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Look at China price of this and think about how overprice Olympus/Panasonic camera is
Either they make unreasonable profit or their cost too high

Olympus state in their FY2016 report that their strategy is to focus on "High Margin ILC Products".

High Margin is obviously an important metric/classification for business for where to focus their efforts in the market.

But for some consumers hearing 'High Margin' is acquiring a bit of a stink about it, thanks to regular price fixing scandals that hit the news.

For example, several TV/LCD makers, including well known brands like Samsung and LG, have been fined over $1 billion in total, for alleged price fixing from 2001 to 2006. The fines were levied in the US in 2008, but as late as 2013 in several parts of Asia.

Not only price fixing, scandals like PPI, mis-sold endowments and even beer come back to haunt large corporations and erode consumer trust.

Some may argue the market sets the price, and of course that can be true, but as the scandals show us, it's not always the only thing that sets the prices.

In the currently shrinking camera market, price may rise in significance.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 07:58 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Whatever Olympus wrote in PR about their new cameras was always a hyper-hyperbole. m4/3 especially, it always looked better on paper than in practice, when all caveats would be discovered.
Warned by their previous practice ("world fastest this", "world best that"), and until proven otherwise, all numbers quoted in the spec sheets are only random numbers.

Feel better now Triplet? It's good to get things off your chest. Don't take it personally, try to think of it as a game of Sudoku, they give us some of the numbers, and we have to fill in the blanks.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 05:39 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (648 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: 4/3 sensor is dated imho. They date back to when larger sensors were really expensive. Enthusiasts demand better performance nowadays at the $1000+ pricepoint. All TV/Monitors today are 16:9 as well so the 4/3 format is a bit awkward except for more traditional applications like print (magazines). In very small form factors the 4/3" format is nice but on larger cameras it makes little sense except maybe for the smaller lenses and increased affordability (if any). That does not mean that the OM-D cameras are bad cameras. On the contrary they are excellent just that there are better options for most folks available today.

A round finder? I like that idea. The blank space above and below (or at the sides in portrait mode) could be used to display the shooting information. Quick, call the patent lawyers, oh, too late it's already public domain now.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 05:32 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Photokina's greatest hits (45 comments in total)

"But as Pentaxians know, this camera was not to be, and it would be another 16 years before the company finally shipped a full-frame DSLR."

But what a full frame DSLR they finally shipped. Worth the wait, for those still alive...

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 05:10 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (648 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: 4/3 sensor is dated imho. They date back to when larger sensors were really expensive. Enthusiasts demand better performance nowadays at the $1000+ pricepoint. All TV/Monitors today are 16:9 as well so the 4/3 format is a bit awkward except for more traditional applications like print (magazines). In very small form factors the 4/3" format is nice but on larger cameras it makes little sense except maybe for the smaller lenses and increased affordability (if any). That does not mean that the OM-D cameras are bad cameras. On the contrary they are excellent just that there are better options for most folks available today.

Pentax K1 has a moveable sensor (as part of the stabilisation system), this can correct small tilts when the camera is not held level, so the horizon is straight.

Note, this is not post capture correction that requires cropping, it is a rotation of the sensor before capture, so the horizon is level at the time of capture. It can compensate for a tilt of up to 2 degrees (I read).

The same shift system is used for the Astro tracer feature, that slightly rotates the sensor to compensate for the rotation of the earth during long exposures for Astro photography.

Perhaps one day this feature could be extended to support 90 degree rotation so a portrait image could be taken without rotating the camear, although it would then look smaller in the finder!

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 16:15 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (648 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: 4/3 sensor is dated imho. They date back to when larger sensors were really expensive. Enthusiasts demand better performance nowadays at the $1000+ pricepoint. All TV/Monitors today are 16:9 as well so the 4/3 format is a bit awkward except for more traditional applications like print (magazines). In very small form factors the 4/3" format is nice but on larger cameras it makes little sense except maybe for the smaller lenses and increased affordability (if any). That does not mean that the OM-D cameras are bad cameras. On the contrary they are excellent just that there are better options for most folks available today.

Round sensor? I think it is likely to happen. In the past the sensor was such an expensive component it was very important to use it all. But a square sensor with redundant areas in the corners (making it like a round sensor) would not be such a sin now, so it may only be a matter of time.

In terms of how likely, it's hard to quantify, but is much more likely than making square or rectangular lenses!!

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 13:08 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (648 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: 4/3 sensor is dated imho. They date back to when larger sensors were really expensive. Enthusiasts demand better performance nowadays at the $1000+ pricepoint. All TV/Monitors today are 16:9 as well so the 4/3 format is a bit awkward except for more traditional applications like print (magazines). In very small form factors the 4/3" format is nice but on larger cameras it makes little sense except maybe for the smaller lenses and increased affordability (if any). That does not mean that the OM-D cameras are bad cameras. On the contrary they are excellent just that there are better options for most folks available today.

BobT3218,

"Anyway, why limit your view of the wold by looking through a letter box?"

Open your eyes and look around and you will see your view of the world is already in letterbox format. This is because you have (hopefully) two eyes, set apart and aligned on the horizontal.

Cover one eye and after a moment of adjustment you'll be able to see square format.

This link is an interesting read: http://filmmakeriq.com/lessons/the-changing-shape-of-cinema-the-history-of-aspect-ratio/

Which also contains this video: https://youtu.be/lII5rXbxcCs

I shoot with both 16MP 4:3 and 24MP 3:2. When I want to crop to 16:9, when I use 4:3 I end up with only 12MP whereas with 3:2 I end up with 20MP. Quite a difference, but both have their uses.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 07:09 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (648 comments in total)

"The low, mixed lighting of a Photokina meeting room was not ideal to really assess the quality of the finder in normal use, but it certainly seems sharp and clear. "

Aren't most viewfinders (in current bodies) pretty good in good light? Surely a complex mixed lighting scenario provides a pretty good test of the extra capabilities for a 'Pro' level finder?

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 05:45 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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brycesteiner: >>The company says dynamic range is improved, with noise performance improved by 1EV (though we're somewhat sceptical about this).<<

Why? They know it would be tested. Perhaps it's relating to the new ISO 64 LOW setting?

The E-M1 has the lowest DR of current M43 offerings. At base ISO, the E-M5 about 0.36 stop better, while the 20MP GX8 is 0.82 stop better. Above base iso the gaps reduce.

This is based on William Claff's measurements, and DXO gives similar figures:

http://photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Ideal%204/3,Olympus%20OM-D%20E-M1,Olympus%20OM-D%20E-M5%20Mark%20II,Panasonic%20DMC-GX8

So the E-M1 mark 2 only has to perform to GX8 levels and is already 82% of the way there on it's 1 stop claim. They make note of using anti-reflective coatings on both sides of the sensors glass seal. Sony made a similar note when introducing the A7R2, but it was just one of a number of new sensor design features, others included BSI and Gapless microlens design, so it's hard to assign a value to the coatings in isolation.

From this, I'd guess the improvement could be in the region of 0.8 to 0.9 stops. More would be even better.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 05:02 UTC
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ttran88: Barney probably knew before hand what was going to be released at photokina this year. After today with the new camera announcements the M5 does feel outdated and disappointing.

Did you see any prices for the new stuff yet?

Canon an Sony are becoming the cheap alternatives!

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 01:37 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 First Impressions Review (121 comments in total)

Throwback Tuesday.

Richard, take a look at Simon's review of the old Ricoh GX100 back in 2007, the first 'large' sensor compact to offer 24-72mm.

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/ricohgx100/14

While today's lenses and sensors have advanced light years ahead, ergonomics and control seem to be taking continuous steps backwards.

How cool would it be to write a review like that but adding the benefits of modern sensors, lenses and processors.

I'd love to see what Ricoh could do with a 1" compact.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 01:28 UTC as 19th comment
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Barbu: Is it only my impression, or does anyone else feels like the DPR editors are trying hard (and succeeding) to incite "discussions" by trolling on popular products?
Intentionally planting seeds of flamewars in exchange for comments and pageviews. Libertine laissez-faire editorial job from the ones that decide if an article is publishing-worthy or needs amends. What would be the use of this? Hard to believe that it was just the nature of things, since quite often the DPR team mingles in the comments and adds sarcastic one-liners.
Shame for this tactic. And if it was really unintentional, then DPR needs a professional editor-in-chief to moderate (and whip into shape) a decent attitude inside the house.

Perhaps, but if so I don't blame them for trying. I do detect a more personal angle (opinion) to some recent posts, and these guys have a lot of experience handling lots of different equipment so they are well placed to offer opinion.

It would also, possibly, be a little hypocritical to call out manufacturers for not innovating while trying to keep their site exactly the same as it's always been.

It's even possible, perhaps, they have detected a maturing aspect to us, their fan-club, in how we conduct ourselves in discussions, and so may feel we are now ready to handle it.

If so, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

But I do wonder if M5 sells well over christmas, to people moving into more enthusiast style photography, and those people find their way here to learn more about it, how will they feel about seeing a headline from an editor saying 'disappointing'. Especially as it seems a very nice camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:55 UTC
On article 6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (168 comments in total)
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FLruckas: m 4/3 is lens limited via nyquist limit just above 4k.

for 6k you need an APS-C sensor.

6k is wasted on this sensor size.

But it won't keep this camera from selling like hotcakes.

Why?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:30 UTC
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Najinsky: Don't worry, I'm sure you'll recover, GAS can be a very uncomfortable condition, but it passes.

With all the jumping around, it's hard to pinpoint what you are actually disappointed in. I think I've narrowed it down to:

It has direct control dials and comfortable grip.
It uses a 24MP dual pixel sensor.
It has a built in high resolution EVF.
It has an articulating rear screen.
It has a built in flash.
It takes photos.
It can take and transfer them wirelessly.
A guy in a suit spoke a few years ago about something that didn't happen.
It doesn't have 4K video.
It doesn't have a built in toaster, or mind control, or something.
Samsung took away your NX1.

Personally, I like a lightweight camera that just lets me get on with capturing without it getting in the way. Well placed direct control dials and a comfortable grip are a great starting point for an enjoyable shooting experience.

M5 may not be a swiss army opto-electronic device like Sony, but it does seem to be a very nice camera.

Best CANON mirrorless to date.
Possibly best value mirrorless for features actually used by most users?

There is a disturbing trend in ILC, which is to move products to high cost high margin status.

Olympus released one mirrorless this year, the Pen-F at $1199. Last year, Panasonic released the GX8 for $1199. GX8 didn't sell and is now on clearance for under $700.

Even Sony released A6000 at $799 with kit lens, but the 2016 A6300 update is now $1000 body only or $1150 with the same kit lens.

With global growth rates at around 2.8% for the last 2 years, that seems a 30% (+) actual price increase, but I'll leave that to economists.

Olympus Imaging lost ¥50 Billion in the last 5 years, including the ¥4B forecast for this FY. In their annual report they plan:

"Break even despite reduced sales."
"Strengthen sales of high margin ILC products."

Fleece the faithful?

At $979 the M5 is not cheap, but it's nice to see prices going down, and post xmas it will likely be lower still.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:57 UTC

Don't worry, I'm sure you'll recover, GAS can be a very uncomfortable condition, but it passes.

With all the jumping around, it's hard to pinpoint what you are actually disappointed in. I think I've narrowed it down to:

It has direct control dials and comfortable grip.
It uses a 24MP dual pixel sensor.
It has a built in high resolution EVF.
It has an articulating rear screen.
It has a built in flash.
It takes photos.
It can take and transfer them wirelessly.
A guy in a suit spoke a few years ago about something that didn't happen.
It doesn't have 4K video.
It doesn't have a built in toaster, or mind control, or something.
Samsung took away your NX1.

Personally, I like a lightweight camera that just lets me get on with capturing without it getting in the way. Well placed direct control dials and a comfortable grip are a great starting point for an enjoyable shooting experience.

M5 may not be a swiss army opto-electronic device like Sony, but it does seem to be a very nice camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 10:24 UTC as 83rd comment | 2 replies
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