JohnMcL7

Lives in United Kingdom Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
Works as a Systems Engineer
Joined on May 10, 2004
About me:

Equipment: Olympus E-1, E-3, E-500, E-330, E-510, 7-14mm, 12-60mm, 14-42mm, 14-45mm, 14-54mm, , Sigma 30mm, 35-100mm, 50mm F2, 40-150mm, 50-200mm, 'Bigma' 50-500mm FL-36, FL-50, EC-14, EC-20, HLD-4

Panasonic L1, LX3, GH1. GF1, 7-14mm, 14-140mm, 20mm F1.7, Leicasonic 14-50mm, DMW-MS1

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On article Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera (70 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: Not sure if I'm more amazed that you have one of these ancient artifacts, or that the printer still appears to work...

;)

I love your commitment to the cause :)

Great throwback as well, yes it does look laughable but I loved it at the time as it was a lot of fun and obviously there was nothing else like it accessible for my low teenage budget at the time

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 21:41 UTC
On article Google's Pixel phones: What you need to know (122 comments in total)
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JSmitty: Full resolution, free storage with Google Photos eliminates need for SD card or massive GBs. Period! Old school types need to learn how to utilize this technology. All of your images are at your disposal, on demand, whenever you want them. It works and it's far superior to the old way.

"All of your images are at your disposal, on demand, whenever you want them. It works and it's far superior to the old way."

It's funny that you describe a benefit of the 'old way' and one that doesn't apply to the 'new way' then claim superiority to the old way? Images stored online are not available all the time, they're only available when the phone has high speed data reception, available data (within a cap) and even then it still wastes batterypower when the phone heavily uses the LTE modem.

I have 232GB storage on my two year old phone and it stores its own images and all those from my last three phones all available straight away regardless of data reception, bandwidth and doesn't waste as much power either.

I can easily see why companies remove sd cards slots, there's lots of advantages for them but I can't understand people defending that when it's no downside having an SD slot on a phone and lots of advantages.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 22:07 UTC
On article DJI goes portable with the Mavic Pro (162 comments in total)
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GChris: Looking for people in a similar boat. I don't have a GoPro or a drone. I can either get the Karma with a detachable gimbal and camera, or get the better drone with the Mavic.

That's my thinking as well although it's annoying the Karma doesn't support the GoPro4 Session as that's what I use for action cameras at the moment. Making both the camera and the gimbal reusable is a great idea on the GoPro as it's offputting with the new Phantoms that I have to buy a camera I don't need nor can use anywhere else.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 18:15 UTC
On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (342 comments in total)
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Hen3ry: Direct battery charge in camera? WONDERFUL -- wish I had it in my GX7. Why? NO MORE POCKETFUL OF EXTRA BATTERIES!!!

Instead, you buy one regular power pack you might buy for your phone, and even a small one like I have will charge your camera three or four times. Get a big one, and you get twice that number of charges out of it.

You can even take pictures while it is charging.

Magic!

I was surprised the RX100 was slated for this as it's one of the handiest features, you can still buy a separate charger as you want but being able to use the myriad of micro USB chargers dotted around the house or an external power bank on the go is so handy which I particularly appreciate when hunting for a battery charger I've lost for cameras that don't support USB charging.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2016 at 17:35 UTC
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1071 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: I don't understand this article appearing on DPR.

Why is there an article that speculates about the dynamic range possibly being greater and that BSI may well be appropriate despite the larger sensor etc?

Why not just wait until you have reviewed it and tell us the facts?

Seems rather pointless to me.

To be honest, no I didn't think it worth sharing and I was left scratching my head as to the point of the article. Like most people I'm sure, I want to see actual data on the camera as there's an abundance of speculation on the A7RII and this article didn't add anything to what I've seen aside from a lot more waffle.

I guess I should have known better than to click an opinion article but I thought this site was better than this sort of thing.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 00:11 UTC
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Vegetable Police: I wanted a nice compact video camera with a fully articulating screen that also did good slow motion, but there was nothing so I gave up searching. I settled for a Canon G7X. Damn you mark IV. Damn you.

60fps allows you to go slightly slower but it's not really slow motion and slowing it down in a video editor doesn't work well (aside from that super expensive plugin that can sometimes produce decent results). The RX100 Mk IV can do nearly 1000fps at a decent resolution as well which is proper slow motion and incomparable to 60 or 120fps.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 11:26 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (2012 comments in total)
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Doc _ F: Has anyone else had problems with the rear screen? Used on a surf beach with mist. Camera did not get wet. After a couple of hours flip up screen went intermittent, then stopped working for 3 days. It then spontaneously recovered and now seems fine. The camera continued to work during this time. Nikon Europe's response was
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"I am sorry to learn about the problem you have experienced. I would like to confirm that the D750 camera is weather-sealed to certain extent, however depending on the actual conditions some moisture ingress may occur. If the mist was slightly salty, it may have affected the camera's circuitry and due to presence of seals it evaporated with delay"

I was under the impression the D750 was "Tough and durable: protected by a tough, weather-sealed body, the D750 is ready to take on any environment"?

Any thoughts?

They don't cover water damage where the camera has been immersed in water (such as dropped in a body of water) but they did cover damage where water had breached seals when it shouldn't have as they did repair E-3's in that situation under warranty.

Even that aside, my D700 was never even exposed to water despite the claim it was 'water damaged' and despite charging me for the repair they never fixed the problem, they broke something else and they had the camera for three months. I can't really think how the service could be worse but I gave up trying to deal with Nikon and keep the old Olympus for shooting when I need weather sealing.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 13:11 UTC
On article Nikon D750 Review (2012 comments in total)
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Doc _ F: Has anyone else had problems with the rear screen? Used on a surf beach with mist. Camera did not get wet. After a couple of hours flip up screen went intermittent, then stopped working for 3 days. It then spontaneously recovered and now seems fine. The camera continued to work during this time. Nikon Europe's response was
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"I am sorry to learn about the problem you have experienced. I would like to confirm that the D750 camera is weather-sealed to certain extent, however depending on the actual conditions some moisture ingress may occur. If the mist was slightly salty, it may have affected the camera's circuitry and due to presence of seals it evaporated with delay"

I was under the impression the D750 was "Tough and durable: protected by a tough, weather-sealed body, the D750 is ready to take on any environment"?

Any thoughts?

I had a problem with a sticky on switch on a D700 which had rarely been outside at the time never mind exposed to moisture. Nikon UK diagnosed the problem as being cause by liquid ingress, I pointed out it hadn't been exposed to any liquid and even if it had it's supposed to have weather sealing so was there a problem with the sealing?

I received pretty much exactly the same response as you, they don't guarantee any level of weather sealing and I'd have to pay for the damage - they claimed all other manufacturers were the same and that the camera shouldn't be exposed to rain or anything else which may get into the camera.

Needless to say I was pretty annoyed particularly coming from Olympus where my E-1/E-3 had been used in constant heavy rain without any issues at all and Olympus did do warranty repairs when liquid had managed to get in that shouldn't have.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 19:46 UTC
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JohnMcL7: I'm disappointed Garmin have completely abandoned their first generation Virbs - I much preferred them over the GoPro3: Black Edition I had for their better reliability, batterylife, interface, mount system (much easier to work with bikes than the fiddly GoPro mounts) and firmware system. The Virbs had a builtin power efficient transreflective screen along with a conventional four buttons (up, down, back, confirm) plus a handy big record switch that when pushed forward would automatically record no matter what state the camera was in (powered off, in menus etc.)

I'm not that fussed about lacking 4K as most of the time when I publish videos it's from the bike where there's a lot of motion so not super sharp anyway and I put them onto YouTube which tends to lose a bit of quality anyway. With action cameras I'm much more concerned about reliability and batterylife (something the GoPro3: Black edition certainly lacks) as without those the quality is useless.

I use the cameras mounted to the bike so the audio is never any use anyway, I found it useless on the GoPro as well although I saw some good tips for improving the audio on the Virbs using foam socks.

I've tried to pick up a bargain Sony action camera a couple of times when they've been clearing out of them but had no luck, would quite like to try one but wouldn't want to pay that much particularly when it can also mean investing in new mounts, batteries etc. which I've got plenty of with the Virbs

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 19:09 UTC

I'm disappointed Garmin have completely abandoned their first generation Virbs - I much preferred them over the GoPro3: Black Edition I had for their better reliability, batterylife, interface, mount system (much easier to work with bikes than the fiddly GoPro mounts) and firmware system. The Virbs had a builtin power efficient transreflective screen along with a conventional four buttons (up, down, back, confirm) plus a handy big record switch that when pushed forward would automatically record no matter what state the camera was in (powered off, in menus etc.)

I'm not that fussed about lacking 4K as most of the time when I publish videos it's from the bike where there's a lot of motion so not super sharp anyway and I put them onto YouTube which tends to lose a bit of quality anyway. With action cameras I'm much more concerned about reliability and batterylife (something the GoPro3: Black edition certainly lacks) as without those the quality is useless.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 13:18 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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TimBerty: Garmin now join to action camera market ? Look like it will be a GoPro competitor.

No, these are their second generation products - they released their first range (the Virb and Virb Elite) a couple of years ago

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 13:11 UTC
On article Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera review (94 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: "Image Quality

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 produces some of the very best image quality of any current smartphones. Its pixel level image quality cannot quite match the Apple iPhone 6 Plus but this is more than made up for by the higher 16MP sensor resolution on the Samsung. Exposure is usually spot on, colors are saturated but skin tones are natural and white balance reliable. "

Is this a joke? despite 1 stop difference in ISO (which up to now I cannot understand why post two picture with different settings?), Note 4 is better in the studio comparison. Blow up that 8MP of iPhone 6 and you will end up with 16MP pixelated smeared result. Equalize both at print size and Note 4 is much better.

I don't understand the pointless 'pixel level image quality' comment either unless they're downsampling the Note 4's output to the Iphone's 8MP and finding the Iphone better? Otherwise as you say, they should be upsampling the Iphone to match the 16MP of the Note 4 and then see how the pixel level image quality compares.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 13:34 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix CM1 coming to the US (80 comments in total)
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Studio Menno: Great quality, but why no zoom?
I think I still prefer my Samsung K Zoom because of that.

The phone is already bulky incorporating a 1in sensor, with a zoom it would be enormous. The Galaxy K Zoom's sensor is tiny in comparison hence being able to fit a zoom in.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 12:10 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix CM1 coming to the US (80 comments in total)
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teddoman: Very curious to hear how this cameraphone is doing in France Germany and UK right now.

I'm in the UK and not been even able to find the phone for sale, it's not on large phone sites, it's not on specialist phone sales sites, it's not on ebay and I can't find it on the likes of Amazon.de which I've used to buy German phones in the past.

So I've absolutely no idea how it's doing - I've been wondering what's going on with it. I loved the idea of it as the sensor in the RX100 is superb (I'm assuming it's the same one) but when out cycling at times I only have the space for a mobile phone, not a camera as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 01:54 UTC
On article Nokia Lumia 1520 camera review (102 comments in total)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7 in screen rather than 5.5in which was the screen size of the Note 2.

I did consider the Nokia 1520 as the camera on the Z Ultra is very poor even for a phone camera but after trying out WP8 for a bit on the 925 I decided not to. There is a lot WP8 does well but the problem for me is the bits it doesn't do so well or you want to do differently, you largely cannot so some elements like the poor keyboard (compared to Swiftkey) you can't change.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 15:11 UTC as 10th comment
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