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On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta DiMAGE X (118 comments in total)
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TheAlligator: How can "Below Average" be a rarity? Are only the best cameras are reviewed? but I can't remember a mainstream DSLR that hasn't been.

yes, I think as a practical matter, DPR always pre-filtered obvious dogs and "me too" products. OTHERWISE the fd-31 review would never have ben published :-)

As an example, count how many cameras HP sold, and how many got reviewed here.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 15:32 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (480 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Amazon has some interesting pricing.

They will sell you a Sony RX100V for $998, or you can buy one for $1,098 and get a "free $100 gift card."

Does Amazon imagine their customers cannot do math?


What does the Sales Rank show ?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 16:31 UTC
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Sir Reginald: Am I alone in never having forgiven Sony for dumping the Minolta brand name? I'd be much more likely to dump Nikon for a Minolta-branded camera. Just sentiment, I know...

@Sir Reginald.
Not at all ! as an A-mount owner I was thrilled that my mount wasn't officially dead. Sony deserves a huge amount of credit for the enthusiasm they've put into A-mount releases.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 13:11 UTC
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kamiyama: As Mr. Nagase demonstrates, the "o" in boke is pronounced as in the English "no" and the "e" as in the English "kept". The "h" now commonly added in the loan word in English is an unnecessary and non-standard Romanization of the Japanese . Boke is usually written in Japanese in katakana as ボケ; it is a noun form associated with the verb 呆ける, bokeru, meaning "to be befuddled, confused, blurred". Japanese photographers refer to the quality or characteristics of the circles of confusion of a lens as bokemi, literally "the taste of confusion". Another common Japanese word including boke is jisaboke, literally "time difference confusion" a rather more accurate description of what in English is called" jetlag." Incidentally, Mr. Nagase, knowing that non-Japanese have a hard time pronouncing Japanese words that include either of the dipthongs "ryu" or "ryo," was being courteous when he accepted the interviewer's incorrect pronunciation of his given name Ryu as "ru".

@Bob Klein
but, etymology is more fun than e=mc2 !

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 15:39 UTC
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Leandros S: Sooo.... prime lenses have a bad rep at Canon? Among the ten lenses mentioned, there wasn't a single prime. Are they considered too easy?

@Leandros S
Maybe over the period of timeinvolved, zooms have had more challenges and more need for innovation.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 14:25 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (391 comments in total)
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JackM: Kodak Disc

I had one of those too. Ergonomically, it was a really good system design - very convenient & comfortable to use.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 19:37 UTC

Really interesting retrospective. There are a few things that standout to me :

1. Olympus did so much really good work on the lenses. It's amazing to me that they produced a fully populated Consumer and Pro lens line so quickly.

2. I always wondered why Oly weren't able to make small mods to their 4/3 optical designs, and make m43 lenses out of them. I guess the Telecentric design didn't make sense to continue with.

3. I have always wished Fuji would have produced m43 equipment. Not that they don't seem to be doing fine on their own, but I think all 3 companies could have benefited.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 21:13 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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RolliPoli: I still remember all the reviews of the e330 that asked: 'Why would anyone want this 'Live View' feature anyway?'
Olympus has been a great innovator, though it's features such as 'Live View' have been marketed most successfully by other companies.
Another example of Olympus over the horizon thinking would be the E10 and E20 DSLRs (in fact the first 'Live View' DSLRs) that were mirrorless designs; the mirrorless DSLR trail that Olympus cut was then followed to market success by Sony.

@RolliPoli, that definition would not explain TLRs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin-lens_reflex_camera

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 21:04 UTC
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chrohrs: You should probably change the headline to clarify that this is not MICRO for thirds.

@hymenoptera ... It's a headline. Even less KQ (Knowledge Quality) than tweets.
(and compliments for getting me to gooogle insect orders)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
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Marty4650: The keyword here is "magazine" and not "photography."

ALL magazines are in deep trouble today. Literally hundreds have disappeared and were replaced by websites.

And please notice the cover price. In 1937 it was 25 cents, today most special interest magazines cost $6.95 or more, which even after accounting for inflation is a lot more. And they are competing against websites that are essentially free.

That 1937 price is about $5.00 today. I don't think the $2.00 diff is at all significant.

I also think a lot of that cost diff is accounted for by printing quality. I don't know what the 1937 Pop Photo was like, but a lot of magazines from that era are on newsprint-like paper, and the inks were far less enticing (even for the cover).

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
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Steve in GA: I wonder if National Geographic will be next to stop publication of their paper magazine?

I am a National Geographic subscriber, and I get constant emails from them asking for early renewal of my subscription. And some of the renewal offers are almost ridiculously cheap. That smells like desperation to me.

Since the 70s, "incredibly cheap" renewals have been a staple of Magazine distribution / sales. Even within the last 10 years, Road and Track Renewal offer was $12 / YEAR, and I think the cover price was $5-$7 range.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 20:30 UTC
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Suave: You should really stop calling it "the same lens mount", even with qualifiers like basic. That it has the same geometry does not make it the same. 105/1.4 is about as usable on Nikkormat as its Nikkor-P ancestor is on D750.

Suave, I read the lens mount statement to refer to the idea of commitment to continuing improvement of the basic technology. The details of compatability aren't relevant.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 16:27 UTC
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lacikuss: All these don't address the most critical aspects: Low quality products, manufacturing design product flaws and management continuous denials.

I smell blaclberry.

Except that, that's not what happened to Blackberry. I smell something too.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 16:21 UTC
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Ocolon: “Ah, the Coolpix A300. This 2016 release features a 1/2.3" sensor, 720p video and a low-resolution 230k-dot rear screen. Please Nikon, why?”

The rear screen and video specs could be better, but there are still people who don’t have a smart phone and want a cheap camera. It makes sense that someone produces them.

"there are still people who don't have smart phone".

This is the whole problem.

That on it's own is a shrinking segment, and that kind of camera has been in the market for 10 years; most that want one have got one.

And those that don't have people that know about craig's list - is that camera much better than my Fuji F31 (2006) or my in-law's Powershot SD880 (2008) .

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 16:19 UTC
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LFPCPH: Dpreview has not yet removed the DL cameras from the product list.

The cameras were announced, and functioning prototypes were produced. There's no reason to "delist" them. It's a good bit of history.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 16:06 UTC

I know this is primarily a photo site, but what I find most interesting about this is the economics aspects.

Adobe are creating a sort of borderless market, tied to currency rates in this case. Because there is nothing physical about selling the product (retail package, retail location, physical storey, manufacture, materials) they have no need to comply with local pricing at all, or even account for factors that normally drag on prices. Its starting to feel like exchange arbitrage.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 15:01 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
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sandy b: Cheaper than a Starbucks and a pastry. Automatically updated, seamlessly. The cost of updating when getting a new camera every few years was far more expensive. Plus no is forcing you to do it, it can still be purchased.

So you shop at a Starbucks that is also sticking it to you. Huh.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 14:50 UTC
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noflashplease: I think that the frequent firmware update strategy is taking a page directly from the Samsung NX playbook, and we all know where that lead?

Olympus really needs to become relevant and a $2,000 MicroFourThirds body is the very definition of market irrelevance, even in the Japanese home market.

It should be a wake up call to Olympus that Canon's mediocre and limited EF-M mirrorless line has taken a commanding lead in marketshare in Japan, while other smaller formats like the Pentax Q and the Nikon 1 system have fallen dormant.

So you are speaking as the marketing director of a digicam company that is successfully challenging Canon ? Great insights !

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 16:27 UTC
On article DPReview and the TWiT Network team-up to talk cameras (24 comments in total)
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kristian2000: I really liked The Screen Savors back when they were on ZDTV , the golden age of the internet. I didn't know about the Twit netcast, I've book marked it. :-)

Oh yeah, ZDTV was the best. There should be a DVD or show archive some where .... "INTERNET TONIGHT". I don't think you could do that show now. Great to see that Leo has kept it up, he seems like a great guy, and really good talking to people about tech.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 22:00 UTC
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fotabug: It is clearly stated as one man's opinion and everyone is entitled to that! What's the problem. He is entitled to give his opinion, just as some commenters are now doing. A lot of hubbub over nothing! What's the big deal?

To quote i-forget-who, everyone is entitled to a CORRECT opinion.

The problem, is that this goes from opinion to advice.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 15:04 UTC
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