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On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review (678 comments in total)
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camfan1: For the size and price of an G95 and G9 I expect ... FF sensors in there.
If that would be the case then specs and price would be (more than) OK.
Nice camera(s), I love the look of it, yet killed by sensor (size).
I fear this trend will not attract *new* buyers into the m43 system.
A FF Sony A7 + kit lens nowadays is on sale for about 700 EURO.
I do hope Panasonic will be OK with this, but reading how the Oly EM X was evaluated ... dunno !?
It seems most people don't care much about size advantage anymore !?
FWIW ... I still do.

Panasonic decided FF cameras are the only way go? That’s why they continue to make M43 cameras?
Total facepalm dude. They all have their place. Unless you’re printing huge pics, or taking pics of black cats at night, M43 is fine.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2019 at 22:25 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review (678 comments in total)

Does the G9 have usb charging? I like that this camera does.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2019 at 18:24 UTC as 121st comment | 2 replies
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megafolie: You know something is wrong when the camera body is larger than a full frame mirrorless camera.... for a sensor 4 times smaller.

It’s a comfortable size. Comfort counts. Smaller m43 cameras exist if you want smaller. Choice is good. Or do you disagree with all of this?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2019 at 19:20 UTC
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lnsmr: Another way to think about the "paid" upgrade is that many people probably never gonna need it. It is better to opt out by default than everyone paying for the same feature while most don't use it.

Companies should also think about providing firmware upgrade services. I love my old Sony RX1, but the software is really bad and Sony never offered firmware update. Canon can add Magic Lantern features to 5DM3 as a paid upgrade. More than happy to pay both if that incentivizes these companies.

Redtailboas - sure. Tons of pros use Panasonic’s mirroess for video. Eg, they use GH5s on Top Gear if I recall.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2019 at 21:36 UTC

So much whining. Panasonic is adding features that not everyone will want. So instead of charging everyone for them, they’re just charging those who want the extra functionality.

Like you do when you buy a computer. You want a fancy graphics card, you pay extra. Just because it’s software doesn’t mean it doesn’t cost Panasonic to make it. It’s an added value.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2019 at 15:13 UTC as 20th comment
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zeratulmrye: No AF-C

So basically, L-mount gets the worst level of support from one of its member Sigma

Wrong.
Sigma is merely following through on what it promised in 2018.
1) Sigma is converting these lenses to rapidly bring options to the system.
2) Sigma will ALSO be making new lenses specially for L-mount.
look at the 47:10 mark of this video:
https://youtu.be/qTSkz7mg7fI?t=2708

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2019 at 23:54 UTC
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dmanthree: Based on the recent announcements of lenses in the new mirrorless mounts, it appears that the makers are taking the easy way out and simply adapting old-style lenses for the new mounts rather than designing lenses specifically for the new mounts. These look like lenses with permanent adapters attached. No different, really, than buying an EF lens and sticking it on the Canon EF/R adapter, really. I'd prefer to see lenses that take advantage of the new mounts rather than simple conversions. Yes, I know, wishful thinking.

sigma will be making new lenses specially for L-mount.
look at the 47:10 mark of this video:
https://youtu.be/qTSkz7mg7fI?t=2708

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2019 at 23:52 UTC

Sigma is merely following through on what it promised in 2018.
1) Sigma is converting these lenses to rapidly bring options to the system.
2) Sigma will ALSO be making new lenses specially for L-mount.
look at the 47:10 mark of this video:
https://youtu.be/qTSkz7mg7fI?t=2708

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2019 at 23:51 UTC as 15th comment
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zeratulmrye: No AF-C

So basically, L-mount gets the worst level of support from one of its member Sigma

They have a ton of lenses they can adapt quickly. That’s what they’re doing. It’s smart. Why would anyone complain?

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2019 at 18:06 UTC
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ZilverHaylide: Really disappointed that the Sigma 70mm Art macro (or their 105 non-Art macro) isn't on the list of lenses compatible with the upcoming Sigma MC-21 adapter. That prevents dual-use of a Sigma macro in EF mount on the S1/S1R via the MC-21 adapter, plus also use on Fuji X-mount via the Fringer adapter, or on Sony FE via the MC-11, or directly on Canon EF/EF-S. ARRRGH !!! (I wonder whether one of the Canon 100mm macros will work via the MC-21?)

Unless a Canon-made true macro works via the MC-21, the lack of Sigma-macro adaptability means that the L-mount alliance won't have a true 1:1 macro (which I need soon) until Sigma gets to offering one in native L-mount. (And Panasonic's lens roadmap says no macro until what looks like mid-2020).

The release above says they’ll have the native L mount 70 mm macro this year... so some wait but not forever away
And as you suggest, canon macro lenses may work with the adaptor.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2019 at 18:04 UTC
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Satyaa: I was very hopeful for Panasonic as the new FF ML system in the market. The price threw me off a bit but I was still interested.

After seeing the sample images - both the first round images and the new RAW conversions - I feel that Panasonic has lost to the competition on image quality. Sometimes the colors don't look natural, sometimes there is too much noise even at ISO 500, etc.

I have seen all comments about S1's potential to be the best video camera. And may be that's what Panasonic is aiming to be. When it comes to S1R - the top stills camera - the images have to be top notch with no complaint. They are visibly better than the S1's but not on par with the competition.

Everything I liked about its size, features, etc., are useless when the IQ is not there.

Youre right, but something is prob off. #23 is at ISO 320 and is dramatically cleaner. Maybe it’s merely the unfinalized software. Maybe the iso reported is wrong.
Every DPR gallery is weird. It’s hard to put any faith in them.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2019 at 19:33 UTC

Language evolves. Get used to it.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2019 at 16:31 UTC as 129th comment | 6 replies
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vFunct: MF is largely for cinematographers under controlled situations.

The vast majority of video is shot for ENG purposes, and that's the domain of AF. This includes things like weddings, sports, and corporate events.

Very few video users are actually making movies or documentaries.

vFunct, you’re not talking about what the author is talking about. You’re saying *videographers* don’t want this.
He’s arguing *cinematographers* would adopt this camera if what he’s asking for is implemented.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2019 at 21:49 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 review (2020 comments in total)

Why the complaints about lack of lenses? There will be over 40 native lenses by end of 2020.

And that expensive 50 mm f1.4 lens looks like a halo product to demonstrate what the camera is capable of. I can understand wanting that at launch.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2019 at 01:52 UTC as 196th comment | 7 replies
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Pierre Louis: Fantastic news! Hopefully global shutter and a stepless 'ND filter' can be added to the GH6 (probably will have 4k or 6k max) 8k is needed, but moreso for 360 cameras IMO.

Creating highly detailed VR worlds, heh.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2018 at 18:06 UTC
On article iPhone XS / XS Max sample gallery updated (152 comments in total)
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Kevin Barrett: These are ok for the intended use. I am wondering if you can throttle back the smart HDR? Some of it looks a bit heavy-handed in some of these examples.

DG
Your complaining about a $1000 phone’s camera?
These aren’t merely cameras, don’t forget. They can edit video, makes phone calls, tune a guitar, adjust my sprinkler system, surf the web, and a zillion other things. They’re a full blown computer. You’re fetting way more than just a puny camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2018 at 17:02 UTC
On article Google Pixel 3 XL sample gallery (377 comments in total)

cameras aren’t just for stills. More and more people use them for video. Video capabilities are as important as photo. I think this is where google will fall short. In elementary schools and higher, kids are learning to make videos bc that’s seen as the future of everything.

I’m not sure googles software, which looks useful for stills, does anything neat for video. I’ve seen 2x zoomed video from an iPhone Xs and and it looks fantastic; I don’t think the pixel 3 would be able to match it at all bc it only has the one lens..

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2018 at 17:54 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
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Lotari: Rishi: Did you check the EXIF of the Night Shot comparison pictures? One is from Pixel 3 XL, the other from.. iPhone XS! Might be worth a mention in the article. You can see shadows of both phones in the 3 XL image.

Also comparison gif of the max super res zoom vs resized normal wide-angle: https://i.imgur.com/KYvUBNh.gif

There's significantly more detail in the super res version. Of course it's not perfect pixel level sharpness, but a noticeable improvement compared to ordinary digital zoom.

The iPhone Xs night photo is lame bc they forced the flash off. It would have been better than the Pixel pic if it wasn’t.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2018 at 21:29 UTC
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tkbslc: These computational features would be even better with a second 56mm camera like most of the Pixel's peers have added.

Agree, and so what if the sensor in the zoom is smaller. You know google is smart enough to be able to combine zoomed images from both lenses to net something superior than what one lens would allow

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 02:57 UTC
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vadims: Many of these techniques are not implementable in DSLRs in principle. For instance, try "going back in time to the last 9 frames captured right before you hit the shutter button".

It's a real pity MILC manufacturers are so slo-o-ow in adapting any of this. Sony currently has an edge because they're "electronics company" and compete with HW manufacturers... But whenever it comes to software, they are simply incapable (e.g. my Huawei Mate 9 takes panoramas *way* better than my a6500; PlayMemories is a joke, etc. etc.).

Canon has excellent dual-pixel tech, but they don't want to use it for anything but AF. They want you to buy their 1.4kg f/2 behemoth.

If only some software manufacturer hired photography experts and started producing "conventional" ILCs, it could change everything. Or, better, if a camera manufacturer fired all their SW devs and bought a good SW company to replace them.

The gap in SW quality between conventional cameras and mobiles has become truly frightening.

Vadims: “Many of these techniques are not implementable in DSLRs in principle. For instance, try "going back in time to the last 9 frames captured right before you hit the shutter button".”

Panasonic has implemented this in some of their M43 cameras. They did it a while ago. Prob a few years ago.

It’s neat what they’re doing with software these days. Every phone company is doing this stuff one way or another. The thing is, why not add a second camera? It would make better images still. Eg, you can zoom in 2x with zero loss on an iPhone. No amount of software can make up for that.

And I’m skeptical that OIS is really doing as much as they say except in tightly controlled scenarios. Eg, the camera is mounted and not moving. Sensor shifting to increase resolution works, but I’m not sure the tech is there when held by naturally shaking hands.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 02:42 UTC
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