peppermonkey

Lives in Canada Toronto/Ontario, Canada
Joined on Mar 21, 2007

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On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for parents (262 comments in total)
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Luddis: I'm a bit perplexed why no m43 made it on the list. My GX85 is small, quick to maneuver with its touch screen, has a fast AF, good video quality, and there are plenty of lens options. For me the camera works great capturing my kids and I would recommend it to others for this purpose. Though I can see the the advantage of an even better video AF in the canon m6 the lens options for the m series are rather dull.

@dansclic Haven't heard that about the GX85. Panasonic in general but that was years ago. They have generally caught up and have pretty good skin tones these days.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 14:29 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for parents (262 comments in total)
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soundknight21: Best parent camera:
1. Fits under$1000 budget for camera with kit lens.
2. Small enough to store in handbag, smooth enough not to get caught on something when your whipping it out to catch that quick baby face.
3. Light yet durable, possibly splash or even water proof (latter is outside budget)
4. Awesome auto focus with 90%+ accuracy
5. Good enough low light performance f2+ kit lens
6. Option of good cheap light zoom upgrade under 1k$ with f2, sharp images and ff range of 24mm - 85mm.

Look no further than M43 at 16 MPIX

@D_Preview Err...why not? It's not the best around but it's certainly good enough for most people.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 14:26 UTC
On article Apple iPhone X review (380 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: Hmm, For videography it would be very hard to justify any camera purchase from camera manufacturers. 60FPS 4K with image stabilization 100Mbps HEVC format. The successor of the Sony AX53, for example, should deliver at least this feature. On the other hand, for still image photography an iPhone cannot even hold a candle vs an APS-C (mirrorless) camera, unlike for video.
This shows how primitive video technology is implemented in photography cameras from traditional makers: even an IPhone cam produce similar or even better video image quality with its tiny sensor vs the grandioso APS-C/FF cameras: shame on Canon/Sony/Nikon/Fujifilm. Apple gives them a lesson and eats their cake rapidly.

Umm...yeah...Try a Panasonic GH5/GH5s, G9, GX8 etc. etc. then come back. Numbers don't mean everything.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 22:09 UTC
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(unknown member): As long as it retains full compatibility with all F-Mount glass via a bundled adapter, I don't see any issues unless they go the Sony route and limit the usability of older glass.

"clearly the best at supporting older lenses"...err...I think Pentax has something to say about that...

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 16:45 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1025 comments in total)
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anticipation_of: It seems like all else being equal, if one were buying a high end MFT camera today, the Panasonic—not the Olympus—would probably be the one to get. If nothing else it’s a few hundred dollars cheaper for similar stills performance, and it’s the better camera for video. So it doesn’t make sense to me that the Olympus has a gold award and the Panasonic a silver; if I were new to the site and trying to decide between the two cameras, I feel like that would be misleading.

Product reviews are primarily buying guides. The fact that the G9 came out later should not affect the decisions of someone who is buying a camera today. I think that giving the G9 a silver here makes the review less useful to people who are trying to research their next camera purchase.

@Barney Sadly, the grand majority of people don't actually READ said scoring methodology explanation page. It's hard enough to get people to read each and every page of a review. Asking them to read a scoring methodology page on top of that is a little too much I think. How something is scored (at least the summary final score) should be intuitive without the need of having to be explained.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 21:08 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review (1025 comments in total)
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Rich Evans: FINALLY!!!!!

The camera that *ALL* sports photographers were waiting for. Time to ditch your nice L-glass boys and girls, forget about the amazing speed with better IQ of the A9 and D500. We finally got THE camera we were waiting for with a minuscule sensor size and passable DR.

Said no pro sports photographer ever....

@ZeBebito Hey, didn't realize they made FF bodies and lenses the size of my Panasonic GM1 with its PL 15mm f/1.7. Thank you for enlightening me!

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 16:50 UTC
On article Have your say: Best mid-range ILC of 2017 (75 comments in total)
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peppermonkey: Strange...can't vote with any browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) on pc, nor can I vote from my smartphone. Only the results shows. If I logout, then the draggable voting system shows up but then it says you can't vote till you login...

but it says voting is till the 18th...

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 05:30 UTC
On article Have your say: Best mid-range ILC of 2017 (75 comments in total)

Strange...can't vote with any browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) on pc, nor can I vote from my smartphone. Only the results shows. If I logout, then the draggable voting system shows up but then it says you can't vote till you login...

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 19:42 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
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MrALLCAPS: Panasonic has been releasing high end bodies, with weather sealing, as well as some zooms, but what about the Primes? You have a 15mm, 20mm, 25mm, 45?mm and more, yet none of them a weather sealed.

Seems like they're only focused on videographers and not Still shooters, like they say they are.

err...Panasonic just released the 200mm F/2.8 WITH the G9... Then there is the 12mm f/1.4 released last year. Both being weather sealed...

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 05:20 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (379 comments in total)
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Stejo: Seems better and cheaper than the EM1ii which is a very successful camera. It's also cheaper and more feature packed than any FF offering.

Looks like another home run for Panasonic, especially when street price gets knocked down a couple hundred $.

@RED Stejo is talking about launch price. E-M1 II has been out for over a year and as such, has gone down in price a little.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 23:08 UTC
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inorogNL: The previous lumix G model introduction price was 900 dolarz....

@Mark9473 Japan didn't follow the naming convention. Presumably because the GF series was and still is doing very well. And as far as I can tell, same with the G8 series. The naming convention was explained @ DPR, though I can't remember where.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 07:06 UTC
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inorogNL: The previous lumix G model introduction price was 900 dolarz....

@PedroMZ which is why I said "albeit, no(t) real flaghship per say, just the higher end GX#", meaning the GX8 is the highest level GX. Mind you, the GX8 is ~$1200 USD, in the states, which is not nearly "less than half the price".

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 07:03 UTC
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inorogNL: The previous lumix G model introduction price was 900 dolarz....

Starting with GX8 Panasonic changed their numbering system. With their Gx line, G# = Flagship (starting with this new G9). G## = mid level (starting with G80/85) and G### = entry level (G850). The new G9 has no predecessor. It's the first of it's line. The GX line has the same numbering system, albeit, no real flagship per say, just the higher end GX# starting with the GX8.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 22:44 UTC
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VEK: With development of mirrorless cameras I want cameras without center placed viewfinders so i do not have to press my nose to the backside.
Make alle mirrorless cameras with the viewfinders at the left side!

If the viewfinder is in the middle it does not suit both left and right eyed people equally. ;)
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all joking aside, I totally understand why left eyed users wouldn't want a viewfinder on the left corner.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 07:55 UTC
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alandalsong: If you can still touch the sink while operating the camera, the solution is not really effective. The thermal contact between the source and sink is so poor, it hardly helps.
Just my opinion.
Flame on!

To be fair to the OP, if the heat sink is working but it's cool to touch, I would think you can probably get a smaller heat sink made with better materials and be good enough (and still cool enough to touch).

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
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BJN: He likes the MFT format because, "...it's really small and compact..." so let's build and strap on a huge heat sink rather than consider a GH-series camera that doesn't have the heat dissipation issue.

To be even fairer, considering the GF7 can only do 1080P at 60, you could get a GH2 used for about $200-250. Quite a bit smaller and cheaper than a used GH4. Bonus being it's even smaller than the GF7 with ridiculously large heat sink.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 18:01 UTC
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(unknown member): Why buy this over the Olympus E-M10II? No EVF, no IBIS. Those are massive advantages.

The amount of pages a manual has, has nothing to do with how intuitive or bad the UI is.
Oh and btw, I haven't read my GX8 manual... Because I haven't needed too.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 06:32 UTC
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Tom Caldwell: The GM series provided camera bodies that looked like toys but performed like real cameras. The GX850 and its earlier GF cousins now add more toy-like features to make sure that they are more likely to be used like toys.

The GM easy use features could be mentally brushed aside by more serious users - the GF7/8 and GX850 models leave the toy image intact and continually in the user's face.

Did Panasonic ever regret that they made the GM series such a capable camera that they needed to revise it to appeal to less involved users? For every new less involved user won over there might be three others who are waiting for the next GM that might never come.

If, and only "if", we can ignore all attempts to make it look "a lightweight" inside there beats a solid heart of capable camera. Myself - couldn't be bothered - I will keep my GM5 forever if need be.

Sorry, don't have it on hand, just remember reading about it. I do know that at least up to GF7 the GF line was Panasonic best selling camera. Not sure about GF8 and it's too early for GF9.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 20:32 UTC
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Tom Caldwell: The GM series provided camera bodies that looked like toys but performed like real cameras. The GX850 and its earlier GF cousins now add more toy-like features to make sure that they are more likely to be used like toys.

The GM easy use features could be mentally brushed aside by more serious users - the GF7/8 and GX850 models leave the toy image intact and continually in the user's face.

Did Panasonic ever regret that they made the GM series such a capable camera that they needed to revise it to appeal to less involved users? For every new less involved user won over there might be three others who are waiting for the next GM that might never come.

If, and only "if", we can ignore all attempts to make it look "a lightweight" inside there beats a solid heart of capable camera. Myself - couldn't be bothered - I will keep my GM5 forever if need be.

The GF line has been Panasonic's bestselling M43 line. And selling the GM line for $300 means they are losing $$$ on each unit sold. Yet it was done to at least get some money back from a failed line.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 12:16 UTC
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Raist3d: Dpreview - you have completely ignored the awesome street photography use this camera provides. And as for action- it shares the DFD of the gx85/Gh4 and can do some reasonable tracking.

You also seemed to miss (maybe I did) the double raw buffer over gm5. The camera operation that's so fast and as for lack luster color, did you try vivid with some contrast and saturation? Or standard? I find that at night it can work well.

I used to always fix WB with my GF1. I never need to do any WB fixes these days with my GX8. I would say WB has been significantly improved if not fixed in general.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 00:58 UTC
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