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On article Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' (143 comments in total)
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Michael Piziak: A smartphone's camera will never produce the rich images that a dslr will, because it's the lens that really makes a camera (not megapixels). Those tiny lenses on the smartphones will never deliver what the larger lenses on a dslr delivers. That being said, I'm sure the dslr market will continue to shrink but I don't forsee dslr's being completely obsolete.

haha, iPhone as good as D800. Nice one. do you want to talk about IQ or dynamic range or low light performance first?

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 01:27 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix G9: What you need to know (245 comments in total)
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keepreal: When a flyweight takes on the heavy weights, a camera needs some quality features and this camera certainly seems to have some. Except that the G9 is middleweight with a flyweight sized sensor.

Sergey Borachev below says this is a camera that is not too heavy or expensive. Compared with my Nikon D610, the Panasonic Lumix G9 is 4mm shorter, 16mm less tall, 10mm thicker and 192g, a fair amount lighter. Given that it has advanced features that mine does not have, that's not bad until you take into account that the sensor has only 26% of the area of full frame and about 52% of APS-C.

IMO that makes the most advanced MFT cameras ridiculous. They are fairly big and quite heavy. So you have a choice of full frame or APS-C with either OVF or EVF - if you like EVF and mirrorless with a moderate amount less bulk and weight - or MFT if you have been brainwashed into a platform that started out sensibly enough but now at the top of the range has been designed for those with MFT sized brains.

@Keepreal - I don't think MFT buyers have small brains. But, I am put off by Pany going so far upscale ($) on this model. I've had Pany in the past and currently use Oly as a travel backup body. But seriously, other than the desire for hand held 1/4-1/10 second exposures of nature/waterfall shots possible with IBIS, I am disappointed with the IQ of MTF at 16mp. For any serious work ($) I use a Fuji X-T2 and an X-T20 as my backup. Unless someones primary need for G9 is video, I can't see the high price being justified. If you want MFT and are not doing pro video, there are much more economical choices out there.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 00:25 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (594 comments in total)
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odpisan: Good 4 people who want small camera ... bigger than cellphone, smaler than DSLR. But 4 those who want to take much better photos there are also better cameras on the market 4 the same value of money. A little havier, a little bigger - but much better.

odpisan did have a point. At 16mp, this sensor is limiting and very old design. Sony 1" sensors produce very similar results to Oly 10 series at 16mp. However, Fuji XTrans3 sensor as in X-T2 and X-T20 soundly beats this sensor. And, at least in most Oly m43 images I have seen online, XTrans3 beats any m43 sensor with ease. DR/detail/noise handling/shadow detail. m43 is in a strange position with the quality of both smaller and larger sensors making great strides in past 2-3 years. m43 not so much, IMO.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 13:03 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (594 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This camera isn't designed to be an upgrade from the EM10 II.

This is just a tweaked, refreshed and improved version of the EM10 II. No one in his right mind would upgrade from the Mk II to the Mk III. However, it now becomes more attractive to first time M4/3 buyers moving up from smartphones, or sideways from other camera brands.

@Jefftan "Bet those buying won't get MFT, either 1 inch or APS-C, 1 inch for weight, APS-C for IQ" - EXACTLY - m43 today is in a precarious position. Sony 1" sensors produce nearly the same IQ as m43 at 16mp as in this camera. m43 glass is becoming overpriced and the 16mp sensors are not holding up well against the likes of both Sony 1" on the smaller side and nowhere near the detail of Fuji Xtrans3 on the larger size. If m43 does not wake up, they will get squeezed from both sides.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:36 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (594 comments in total)
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Gyula: I browsed on the dpreview site, and saw the Sample Gallery there concerning Olympus OM-D E-M10 II and E-M10 III. As for the image quality E-M10 II is better than the other one, in my opinion. I think, the JPEG output is much better because of the very finest details. In case of the new camera (M10 III) the images are soft. It was the most striking when I was looking at portraits.

OR bad copy of the lens. You can't 100% say it's sensor unless the exact same lens is used. Primes preferred.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2217 comments in total)
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boni bonev: I was able to try the new Fuji X-T2 with different lenses. As a wedding photographer with 20 years of experience, I can only say - this camera is slow. In low light it is terribly slow, much slower than new Panasonic models ( but they of course are limited by ISO) . Compared to my old Nikon D3s X-T2 is far far away if you want to capture spontaneous moments in low light.

bb - You are a photographer, please qualify 'low light' and 'slow'. What EV are you talking about, what ISO are you at, what lens were you using, and what version firmware are you using?

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 19:55 UTC
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keepreal: For me it is bad news that the worst of the camera collapse is over. Almost certainly it means that buyers are over-spending again following recovery from the financial crash.

It would be interesting to know what the sales demographics are for cameras, lenses and associated equipment among the various segments of the populations of the developed and developing world as a whole. I certainly get the impression at DP Review that wanting to upgrade at every technological twist and turn has becomes as addictive as drug taking. There seems to me no reason whatsoever to keep changing, keep spending more money when most users do little better than take snapshots or only very slightly better. These are little more than souvenirs of no interest to anyone but themselves, their families and friends.

Advances in technology serves professionals increasingly well and that is fair enough but amateurs and prosumers need to have a sense of proportion, not spend excessively on the one pursuit.

@ Scottelly - "What difference does it make how good the photographer is?" Facepalm. You seem like a gizmo tech feature-phillic kinda person. But I think you are living in a dystopian version of what photography really is about.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 00:10 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2217 comments in total)
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Rainer2022: Without that monster grip only 333 photos available until running out of batt power!

With that monster grip a good portion bigger and heavier than the Nikon 500, I guess!

For comparison: on my Canon 60D I shooted 5.000+ shots with a single battery :)

Many people find an EVF to be more than a fair trade off in battery expense. The time is running out on the clock for DSLRs. The flapping mirror will be extinct as soon as Canikon get brave enough to embrace FF mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 23:44 UTC
On article Sony a6300 gallery updated with Raw conversions (137 comments in total)
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photogeek: Don't know why they bother. APS-C is definitely a dead end in Sony lineup. To make it otherwise, Sony needs smaller, APS-C specific lenses for these cameras, and given that they can't even be bothered to produce a full lineup for their $3K+ bodies, I just don't see this happening anytime soon, if ever. This is coming from a former NEX-7 owner. I liked the body, but the lens lineup was inadequate, so when the first A7 came out, I saw the writing on the wall and got rid of NEX-7.

"Building a system takes time." - Sony had more than enough time.
I also got out of Sony e-mount when the a6300 with THREE G Master FF mon$ter lenses was announced. Trying to say it's the users fault that Sony has not bothered to make a solid line of affordable and ergonomically appropriate lenses is hyperbole. People using compact bodies do NOT want to have to use lens adapters.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 11:50 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2166 comments in total)
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Dervast: Nice review and shows the negatives and pros of the system. It is indeed a good all round camera to do all at a body compact.
I think the point perhaps missing from this review is that handling generally is good but pressing the buttons a lot, when you need to adjust settings a lot (i.e think of a wedding where you need to change auto focus point all the time and not rely on eye-af since the latter fails in such cases a lot) your fingers would start to feel it soon.
Also handling benefits go away if you want to start doing portraits with focal lengths over 85mm (full frame equivalents).
An idea would be to have an official grip (to transform your camera when you need to). The third party grips from other manufacturers were not good for the a6000.

Otherwise well written review showing also the negative aspects of the system (and since I am an a6000 user I know those as well).
Alex

Since you mention 'system' at the start and end of the review... I just have to emphasize I do not consider Sony having an e-mount APS-C 'system'. Great bodies, mediocre and overpriced lenses with spotty coverage, overpriced speedlights, and the worse kit lenses of any manufacturer. a6?00 bodies are just the bait to get you to buy up into their FF models. If/when they release small and affordable e-mount lenses (not mon$ter G master FF glass), and get a descent kit lens, then we can say they are moving closer to having a system.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 01:26 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2166 comments in total)
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jcbmemphis: I left Sony. Until they understand the user experience better, I cannot go back.

IQ is lackluster...perhaps the s/n went up with the focus point increase. It is now more of a hybrid device than ever, being optimized toward neither stills or video. If I did both, or if Sony had a killer bright set of lenses, perhaps I'd go back. But, left for another brand and don't see myself going back. I know of a lot of photo people leaving for Fuji, Olympus, even back to Nikon.

Had really wanted the a6300 for my part....unexciting lenses and bad GUI/UI did it in. Just dissapointed. I had been a proven, spent the money Sony user.

I tried my ff lenses and the adapter and what a horrible situation (a6000 in a shop). That is just not a rational option. If you want Sony, go FF and be willing to spend on the G glass and its size. Or, look elsewhere. My conclusiion(s). The A7R2 is a brilliant sensor if you can deal with the UI and possible beta nature of the firmware (overheating, probably nbd.)

I agree completely with your points. Folks needs to understand that Sony is NOT a system camera. The lens selection is incomplete, overpriced, and has quality control (defocused elements) issues. The price of Sony speedlights is crazy high. I also got out of Sony e-mount APS-C. Still have my Sony a-mount. But I went Olympus for better quality on a smaller sensor, better lenses, and access to a real system.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2016 at 12:18 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (387 comments in total)
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Ghostboo: I'm glad to see Canon inching forward. My first DSLR (three decades ago) was a Canon and I loved it but they seem stuck in the past...just like Nikon. These two behemoths need to get with the game. Sony is setting the world on fire by giving photographers what they want and need. I will not reward a manufacturer my hard earned money until they give us products that are cutting edge. Sony is guilty too. How long has Gordon Laing and other top reviewers been touting fully articulated screens? Sony is stuck on tilting screens which is only marginally better. It makes sense once you get over traditional "old thinking". Try shooting at ground level if you are a bit older and less agile without a fully articulated screen. Panasonic has led the way and Olympus has adopted it for the Em5 Mk II. Still improvements are needed. Bigger buffers, faster write times, 4K video, etc. 2015 was a landmark year for photographers. Manufacturers began to give us what we want. Lets hope 2016 is better.

Sony have actually pssed off many NEX/A6000 owners by releasing FF glass with the A6300. a-mount and now e-mount APS-C seem to be languishing. Sony is pushing only FF now. People who want an entire and affordable system are finding Sony e-mount APS-C to be a very incomplete package with all kinds of lens quality issues let alone being very overpriced. I've left Sony APS-C e-mount behind. Went Olympus and still have my Sony a-mount.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 15:09 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (387 comments in total)
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Gal Root: No GPS. Pass.

The industry is moving away from GPS generally. It's a battery drain and not much value-add.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 15:07 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (387 comments in total)
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Derek Cazabon: I have been using a Canon Powershot S110 for several years. It's a great pocketable camera with a good zoom range but, first of all, the lack of a viewfinder, distortion, the loss of image quality at 24mm and 120mm are frustating.

So, the obvious upgrade is the Canon PowerShot G5 X hoping the lens does not bend too much strait lines. The zoom range of the Lumix DMC-LX 100 is too limited I think.

But then, keeping the S110, I could upgrade to a bigger camera like the Lumix DMC-FZ 1000 or even the Nikon D5500 + 18-140 zoom.

So, here is my question : is there a big difference in image quality between the GX 5, the DMC-FZ 1000 and the D5500 so that it's worth the extra weight and the extra bulk ?

Actually, the Nikon kit lens is very good for a zoom. You must be thinking of Sony kit lenses. ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 15:05 UTC
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TheDarmok74: It has everything I want, even the price would be ok, BUT I want a sharp lens.
At least my trusty RX100 is tack sharp at 28mm which I use most of the time anyway. But at the widest end my camera needs to be sharp and the g5x doesn't seem to be according to the review.

I tried the G5 X hands on. Looked at the images at home. The lens is really bad. Not just wide aperture and wide zoom. It's pretty bad everywhere. Never really sharpens up. Seems to be a quality control issue as I have seen some sharp shots. But you are taking your chances if you buy one. From what I saw on G5 X I used, the images were less impressive than Olympus XZ-2 which I also own (having 1/1.7" sensor vs 1" sensor) The lens on G5X is sub-par.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (387 comments in total)
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Catalin Stavaru: I actually think that the more interesting camera (outside this enthusiast forum) from the Canon 1" sensor offerings is the G9X. It has only 80% of the volume of the *original* Sony RX100, and 70% or less of the volume of the recent RX100 versions. There is no point in making a large, sophisticated camera with small sensor, unless reading these forums too much. A large camera is a waste without la large sensor.

@MarkInSF, I think you nailed very clearly the flaws in the G5X marketing in the last paragraph (too limited for enthusiasts, too expensive for everyone else). However, the viewfinder on the RX100 line is very piddly to me (coming from NEX-6, RX10, Fuji X1). G5X viewfinder is much better than RX100 or LX100). IF Canon were to lower the price on the G5X to $549, it would be in the right price slot, I would buy one (as a former/semi pro/enthusiast). G5X is just mis-assigned today in it's pricing point.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2016 at 20:44 UTC
On article Inching forward? Canon PowerShot G5 X review posted (387 comments in total)
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martindpr: It's a good little camera, a little short of very good, but the competition is going give it a hard run for the money, since something like Sony A6000 is amazing, same size, better quality, larger sensor etc etc... For $500 it's worth considering, but Canon's pricing aims too high for my taste... The quality of output is sufficient though...

@martindpr - I dunno, seems like Canikon body styling is stuck in the 1990's. Have you picked up a D3300 or D5300? They are [relatively] huge compare to most enthusiast cameras today. Granted they have a lot of great glass behind them. But people are increasingly looking for smaller systems (μ43, NEX/A6000), even fixed lens cameras (RX, GX), all are in a swarm of incredible technical advances (more from Sony/Pany/Oly than from Canon). Nikon seems phased/winded at this point, but they did come back once before when Canon had trounced them. Sony have upset a great number of customers over high prices for mediocre APS-C glass and the recent push to get their base to FE which is having backlash just now. The A6300 release with 3 G premium lenses and no APC-C glass really have the Sony user base upset. The G5X is great in the hand with plenty of features packed in. It is too high priced and the battery life too short. A G5X above $600 is kinda a joke.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2016 at 20:37 UTC
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ljmac: This suffers from the usual Sony problem: nice camera, shame about the bulky, narrow range of lenses. I find it frustrating that interchangeable lens cameras are reviewed as if they are products in isolation, while they are only half of the equation in reality, and that other half should be given more weight in reviews.

And what's with the headline?

Agreed, large lenses on small bodies don't cut it.
Sony is acting like you will want them just because they are so cool. But when you take them home you realize that something is wrong (in the lenses). Not really feeling the love here from Sony until they get serious about affordable and smaller glass. Grand opportunity for Sigma here. I'd love the Sigma contemporary art 17-70 in e-mount.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 19:49 UTC
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marike6: Oh wow, another Sony NEX E-mount body for almost double the price of the A6000, the same atrociously bad kit lens and perhaps the least inspiring lens lineup ever produced.

@JacobC, what brand/body did you goto?

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 19:46 UTC
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caravan: Sony a6300,best compact camera of 2016.Thanks Sony for a great product at an affordable price.

Product great, looks that way. Affordable price? Not for most folks. Sony is retreating up$tream.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 19:42 UTC
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