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On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for beginners (72 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: This is a bit surprising having read most of these reviews.

The EOS-M100 review was enthusiastic and you got the impression the reviewer really liked using the little wonder.

The SL2 review on the other hand gave me the impression that the reviewer was upset he had to dirty his hands handling a low end canon piece of garbage.

Including sony in the roundup is confusing as is the fact that you don't mention that its' a dated 2014 camera. Since when do you include 3+ year old cameras in an annual roundup while excluding other brands with decent, current offerings?

Sony is focusing on the high end ignoring the low end. Got it, that's their choice but it they don't want to play these low end reindeer games why included them while excluding other heavy hitters showering love on the low end such as Panasonic or Fuji?

Exaclty Marty. Sorry if I implied it's only a sony thing but they are perhaps a more extreme example than the other manufactureres (expecially compared to canon with the M100, M6, Sl2, T7i, T77 etc all released this year) . While the number of releases has declined your own table shows that 18 entry level ILC cameras were released after the sony 5100. Surely there has to be one of them that is a better option than the antique sony to put on this list?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 11:16 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (479 comments in total)
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Toni Salmonelli: As for the EOS M Line-Up. The handling is great (as is typical for Canon IMO and Dual Pixel AF is a joy to use, but this is not enough to get on a top list IMHO.

Why?

1. New EOS M models like the EOS M5 and M5 feel really cheap in comparison to older EOS M models and I'm comparison to the competition.

2. As those are ILCs, lens selection should be factored in. Though there are some high value lenses around, the EF-M lens line up leaves a lot to be desired.

3. The absence of such basic features like Auto-ISO settings in cameras of the price range like the EOS M5 (which is the top level camera of the EIS M line-up btw) and the EOS M6 us inexcusable IMO.

4. I can't tell for the EOS M6, but I encountered a serious quirk with my EOS M5: Once the attached lenses are stopped down and not used at their fastest aperture, the frame rate drops down significantly to about half the advertised max. frame rate of 8fps.

BTW, I did not even get started about 4K ;-)

"When Shooting 4K video it is easy to grab single frames "

Which isn't supported on the M's. My theory is Canon dropped the feature because of 4K..... then forgot to add the 4K.

Even if they had 4K my problem with this solution is that I'm now left with big video files I need to watch to capture a scene of the perfect moment (potentially doubling the time taken for the capture) verus just snapping a pict when it happens

"but I missed quite some candid shots of my kids and friends, "

Wow this is still a problem? I call the firmware on my T2i "overly optimistic" because it often picks shutter speeds way to slow.

For anything that moves, often I'm using Tv or manual and keeping an eye on the ISO to let me know if I need to pull the flash out.

Agreed more lenses would be nice but I don't find my 100mm, 10-18 or 55-250 hard to handle on the M .. I just hold the lens instead of the camera (but of course the size is anything but small).

Thanks again for the info!

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 08:14 UTC
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hypnotictortoise: For those bemoaning the absence of a quality camera in this sector.

Leica X-U

https://www.dpreview.com/products/leica/compacts/leica_x-u_typ113

Sony RX0

https://www.dpreview.com/news/4343428297/sony-rx0-puts-a-1-inch-sensor-into-a-rugged-and-ultra-compact-body

And I just bought a Fuji XP120 (if I spend too much money I won't be going anywhere over Christmas) and it's pretty bloody average.

Sealife is a "name brand" for underwater cameras. They've been making popular underwater cameras for over a quarter of a century.

"If it makes you feel at all better, my English is likely better than yours."

Ha rolls eyes whatevah. Totally over your head. woossh. It's not your "Better" english that is in question it's your understanding of american slang. "on steroids" implies that the sony "isn't in the same league".

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 19:39 UTC
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for beginners (72 comments in total)

This is a bit surprising having read most of these reviews.

The EOS-M100 review was enthusiastic and you got the impression the reviewer really liked using the little wonder.

The SL2 review on the other hand gave me the impression that the reviewer was upset he had to dirty his hands handling a low end canon piece of garbage.

Including sony in the roundup is confusing as is the fact that you don't mention that its' a dated 2014 camera. Since when do you include 3+ year old cameras in an annual roundup while excluding other brands with decent, current offerings?

Sony is focusing on the high end ignoring the low end. Got it, that's their choice but it they don't want to play these low end reindeer games why included them while excluding other heavy hitters showering love on the low end such as Panasonic or Fuji?

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 19:24 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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hypnotictortoise: For those bemoaning the absence of a quality camera in this sector.

Leica X-U

https://www.dpreview.com/products/leica/compacts/leica_x-u_typ113

Sony RX0

https://www.dpreview.com/news/4343428297/sony-rx0-puts-a-1-inch-sensor-into-a-rugged-and-ultra-compact-body

And I just bought a Fuji XP120 (if I spend too much money I won't be going anywhere over Christmas) and it's pretty bloody average.

ESL? "On steroids"
https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/on+steroids

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 12:57 UTC
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Shlomo Goldwasser: Time for at least a 1inch sensor?

He meant the 00 but it's more like a go pro than a point and shoot camera.

Nikon has had a 1" waterproof for some time now:
https://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Nikon1/Nikon-1-AW1.html

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 12:02 UTC
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hypnotictortoise: For those bemoaning the absence of a quality camera in this sector.

Leica X-U

https://www.dpreview.com/products/leica/compacts/leica_x-u_typ113

Sony RX0

https://www.dpreview.com/news/4343428297/sony-rx0-puts-a-1-inch-sensor-into-a-rugged-and-ultra-compact-body

And I just bought a Fuji XP120 (if I spend too much money I won't be going anywhere over Christmas) and it's pretty bloody average.

Niether of those are really "this sector".

X-U is bigger not pocketable and fits in the same niche as the nikon waterproof 1" sensor camera and the sony is more like a go-pro on steroids.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 12:01 UTC

Holy cow, I've never seen such a device limited app:

"Affinity Photo for iPad supports iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad (early 2017). Please note that older iPads are not supported. **"

App of the year is a little suspicious as most iPad users would need to upgrade in order to use it.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 11:55 UTC as 4th comment
On article Before and after: Shooting Raw with the iPhone X (70 comments in total)

Curious article that left me wanting.

As many of the examples are backlit I was most interested in a comparison to RAW + PP versus in-camera HDR (or for google HDR+).

Then of course you could do HDR with RAW so I'm also interested in how well that works (especially for moving subjects) versus the baked in HDR support with jpegs.

Maybe all of the above will be addressed in a later update but given the tone/level of the current offering I seriously doubt it.

So how about dpreviewers: What are your results comparing RAW (or RAW with HDR in post processsing) to in-phone native HDR support?

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 06:29 UTC as 8th comment
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1500 (59 comments in total)

I was just thinking probably one of the two of the top things driving non-pro camera sales are Kids and Travel.

Folks feel obliged to buy a "good camera" when they get kids or go on a trip.

So how about "The best camera for photographing kids" and the "The best camera for Travel". (I think you used to do a travel category in years past but I don't think I've ever seen kids)

Oh and "Best camera kit for a beginner". My favorite quote from a new mom talking about her A6000: "They said it was the fastest camera you can buy but it doesn't take very good pictures." (of course the A6000 can take good pictures but meh lighting with that awful kit lens and it falls on it's face.)

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 10:12 UTC as 3rd comment
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (479 comments in total)
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Toni Salmonelli: As for the EOS M Line-Up. The handling is great (as is typical for Canon IMO and Dual Pixel AF is a joy to use, but this is not enough to get on a top list IMHO.

Why?

1. New EOS M models like the EOS M5 and M5 feel really cheap in comparison to older EOS M models and I'm comparison to the competition.

2. As those are ILCs, lens selection should be factored in. Though there are some high value lenses around, the EF-M lens line up leaves a lot to be desired.

3. The absence of such basic features like Auto-ISO settings in cameras of the price range like the EOS M5 (which is the top level camera of the EIS M line-up btw) and the EOS M6 us inexcusable IMO.

4. I can't tell for the EOS M6, but I encountered a serious quirk with my EOS M5: Once the attached lenses are stopped down and not used at their fastest aperture, the frame rate drops down significantly to about half the advertised max. frame rate of 8fps.

BTW, I did not even get started about 4K ;-)

What do you mean by this? Every canon I've used has auto ISO.

"absence of such basic features like Auto-ISO settings "

Also disapointing about the build quality. You can fault my origiinal EOS-M for a lot of things but it's built like a tank

One thing I'd add to your list is that you can't take a picture while taking a movie. Pro's don't care but for hanging out with family I've loved that feature but canon recently dropped from their entire line-up and even with 100s pages of coverage on the new canon's by dpreview it was not mentioned here once.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 10:05 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (479 comments in total)
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Toni Salmonelli: As for the EOS M Line-Up. The handling is great (as is typical for Canon IMO and Dual Pixel AF is a joy to use, but this is not enough to get on a top list IMHO.

Why?

1. New EOS M models like the EOS M5 and M5 feel really cheap in comparison to older EOS M models and I'm comparison to the competition.

2. As those are ILCs, lens selection should be factored in. Though there are some high value lenses around, the EF-M lens line up leaves a lot to be desired.

3. The absence of such basic features like Auto-ISO settings in cameras of the price range like the EOS M5 (which is the top level camera of the EIS M line-up btw) and the EOS M6 us inexcusable IMO.

4. I can't tell for the EOS M6, but I encountered a serious quirk with my EOS M5: Once the attached lenses are stopped down and not used at their fastest aperture, the frame rate drops down significantly to about half the advertised max. frame rate of 8fps.

BTW, I did not even get started about 4K ;-)

"the EF-M lens line up leaves a lot to be desired"

I think they've done a pretty good job. I shoot both sony and canon MILC and while sony has more lenses canon has more that I can actually afford and that I want to buy.

For the average user they have zoom covered 11mm to 250mm, a couple of nice primes (22mm F2, 28mm macro ).

They haven't duplicated EF lenses like the 50 or 40 but both of those, even with the adapter are the same size or smaller than sony's 50.

Sure there's no F2.8 zooms but those are huge anyway making the size of the adapter a non-issue.

On my wish list would be a prime wider than the 20mm but other than that not much else......

And compared to the rube goldberg adapter my A6000 uses with a built in pelical mirror based focusing system the canon adapter is a total joy. I have to look twice to see if it's even on my bigger lenses like the 100mm F2.8 Macro.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 10:02 UTC
On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (479 comments in total)

For some reason I'm not getting much out of these this year.

The comments are fun as all the trolls and fanboys are out in force but for the actual articles.... meh.

Show of hands: Who thinks these are well done, as good or better than in the past and "value-added" to your future camera shopping?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 09:55 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $2000 (77 comments in total)

Is it me or are these "best of" fairly bad this year?

I've just scanned a couple and the recommendations were fairly wacked with few justifications and little content.

For the last few like this I've skipped through to the comments which so far (even after filtering out the trolls/fanboys) are lightyears more informative than the original article.

Show of hands: Who thinks these are well done, as good or better than in the past and "value-added" to your future camera shopping?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 09:52 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (247 comments in total)
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RonnieJ: Since I have owned cameras (40+years) batteries have never been an issue. Does your camera use a battery? Then have spares. For any photographer who is "prepared" batteries are a moot point. State of charge is no different than shutter speed or aperture or ISO or white balance etc. I do applaud advancement in battery life and appreciate longer lived batteries but to make it monumental is silly. When the battery gets low, change it, simple.

" stay on 0% for quite some time before completely dying."

This is a bug not a feature. Innaccurate battery readings is a common side effect of using 3rd party batteries. And I have a hard time believing "quite some time" for any A6000 battery on any meter reading.......

"It is nice to bring another battery or 2. But not 4 or 5 extra."

Exactly.....

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 16:50 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (247 comments in total)
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RonnieJ: Since I have owned cameras (40+years) batteries have never been an issue. Does your camera use a battery? Then have spares. For any photographer who is "prepared" batteries are a moot point. State of charge is no different than shutter speed or aperture or ISO or white balance etc. I do applaud advancement in battery life and appreciate longer lived batteries but to make it monumental is silly. When the battery gets low, change it, simple.

"For any photographer who is "prepared" batteries are a moot point"

as an A6000..... LOL.

The battery life, and the way it dies when it is "off" have seriously detracted from my joy of using the camera. Even with 4 batteries and multiple dual chargers working on mains, 12v and USB.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 01:12 UTC
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Absolutic: Ok here is my crystal ball 🔮 prediction. DSLR death within 5-7years from now. I know it’s been said before but 3 things happened recently. 1) battery life on Sony a9/7r3 and Olympus em1m2 is same as for dslrs; EVFs are larger than OVFs and evf lag is minimal or nonexistent; and AF is on dslr level. With these 3 components existing, the days of DSLRs are numbered. And that will happen very quickly.

My next prediction: smartphones with multiple lenses. Since they can’t make optical zoom small enough, they will simply add to 2 lenses already existing on modern iPhones and other smartphones. iPhone had 32mm and 50mm. Expect 85mm and 120mm join the lens lineup on the back of your iPhone. That will be the final nail in the chest of digital cameras with small sensor

Let’s come back in 5 years and see if I was right

Plus with an OVF you can look through your telephoto lens all day with out using up your battery....

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 11:43 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1085 comments in total)

"While the buffer is clearing, the camera is mostly operable, with the main exception being that you can't switch into video mode - "

So you can make any adjustment to the camera including burst speed while the camera is clearing the buffer? That's some progress.

And dpreview even mentioned a limitation, that's even more progress but.....

HOW LONG? How long will the camera prevent you from changing modes after a full burst using both cards (or did I miss it in the conclusion)? Is it 2 seconds or 20 seconds that I would be sitting there swearing at my camera?

Also can I take a picture while taking a video as I can with the RXxxx series?

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 08:32 UTC as 60th comment
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aris14: Nice story.
Where is its spirit in DPR today..?

imaging resource followed by cameralab is the closest.

Reviews that are short and to the point and give me a better sense of what a camera is like than anything I've every read "post phil" on dpreview.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 08:26 UTC

"one of the best mirrorless cameras ever made."

Isn't "one of the best" fairly "faint praise" as it's the latest flagship model from the leading mirrorless full frame manufacturer? I mean it's like a given right unless Sony cameras are getting worse?

I wonder what they consider as the best mirrorless camera?

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 08:17 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
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