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On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (555 comments in total)
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otto k: I cannot fathom why Sony would put such an underpowered processor in such an expensive camera. No, seriously, absolute monster of ARM cpu with 3-4GB of RAM cost few dozen dollars (and they buy them in bulk for their smartphones) and it would make this camera so much more pleasant to use. Worst thing for "on the run" shooting is having to wait 30 seconds to use your camera again.

I am not a hardware designer, but my guess as to the original question is that the camera was designed with the small exterior size being a key feature.

A more powerful CPU would generate more heat that perhaps could not be adequately dissipated by a body of this size. Worse, it would shorten the battery life, which is already described as atrocious.

I understand the desire to keep this camera small, but I think the result shows that they pushed it beyond reasonable.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 03:51 UTC
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UCSB: Without AF micro adjustment, this is just a frustrating waste of money. Anyone that owns any lenses or hopes to buy additional lenses in the future should not consider this camera. The front focusing example in the review is a perfect example of how every single one of your quality lenses will perform on this camera. The only question is just what will be the extent of the front/back focus errors ... one thing is clear at 24 MP, the focusing errors will be plainly visible.

Olympus E620. Introduced in 2009.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 04:14 UTC
On article Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II (280 comments in total)

Are you sure about that 3:2 display aspect ratio in the text under picture 10? From the picture it looks much more like 4:3...

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 05:01 UTC as 53rd comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)
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Hen3ry: Not interested. No built-in flash.

Sigh... The key point of this camera is its size. The point that is lost as soon as you attach an external flash to it, turning a cute little camera into an unwieldy contraption.

Yes, a viewfinder is more useful than a flash, no disagreements there. But that does not change my opinion that a bundled external flash for a compact camera like GM5 is essentially useless. Its owners will not want to carry it around, and as we all know, the best flash is the one you have with you...

That hotshoe on GM5 is like putting lipstick on a pig, as far as I'm concerned. Or, for a better analogy, like a trailer hitch on a motorcycle.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 03:36 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)
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Hen3ry: Not interested. No built-in flash.

Probably the person responsible for no flash on the cheaper Oly Pens moved to Panasonic :-).

As a "bonus", we also get the 16:9 LCD screen that everybody hated on the older Pens. "Great" choice give the 4:3 ratio of the sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 01:56 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)
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jalywol: I think there might be an error on page 6?

"The number of photographers who value a viewfinder of any sort will more than make up for any put-off by a 3:2 ratio screen, which doesn't quite match the shooting dimensions"

This looks like a 16:9 display, not a 3:2. Can you check on this?

I agree. GM1 had a 3:2 LCD already, and this one looks considerably wider (actually, less tall; width seems about the same).

I understand the desire for an EVF, and I appreciate the improved ergonomics, but between the 16:9 LCD, no built-in flash (hotshoe flashes are pointless on cameras this small, IMNSHO) and especially the considerable price hike I can't help but wonder if Panasonic may have misread the marked here...

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 18:58 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review (510 comments in total)

The screen, the control dial and the IS are definite improvements over the previous generation. So good job on that (finally).

Why Olympus still stubbornly refuses to build the flash into the body of an entry-level model is beyond me though. Olympus, get it into your thick skulls: *nobody* wants to carry that pointless external toy flash with them -- I've literally never used it, not a single time, because I never have it with me. They finally fixed it in OM-D E-M10 and you would've thought that they would extend it to the rest of the range, but I guess that was too much to ask. Panasonic managed to squeeze one in the tiny GM1, damn it!

The decision not to bundle the camera with the pancake zoom seems similarly short-sighted. Or is that again going to be a US-only "feature", like with E-M10? If so, could the "genius" responsible for these decisions please finally be fired?!

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 05:44 UTC as 133rd comment | 6 replies
On article Olympus releases OM-D E-M5 firmware version 2.0 (86 comments in total)
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don_van_vliet: Thanks Olympus, I wasn't expecting this. Small AF points are very welcome. Well done for looking after your customers.

And E-PM2, and E-PL5. Basically, all Olympus cameras with the 16 MP sensor with the exception of E-M5.

So I am a little disappointed that they didn't add mode dial re-assignment, which is so obviously a software-only thing, but I guess given Olympus' poor history of adding features in firmware updates, we should consider ourselves lucky with what we got... Thanks, Olympus!

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 02:03 UTC
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