Lucien

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Joined on Apr 20, 2001

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NumberOne: ...Still can't understand why not one single manufacturer makes/offers a 16mm (or even 14mm) to XXXmm instead of 24mm to XXXmm zoom!?
IMO, a bad choice of range - and at least for me, the reason why I will never consider buying a pocket camera like this - 24mm is not wide enough for many situations! :(

A mere 14mm? That's massively wide. That's really fish-eye lens. 24 is already pretty wide-angle. If you need that, look at something like a GoPro but then you have no zoom.

Not sure type of pictures you take but you could always stitch multiple picture together. Then you can go even wider.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 18:49 UTC
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pjl321: It's still a phone sized sensor so the image quality will only be that of a phone (or lower as a phone uses a prime lens). Yes, you do get 30x zoom which has benefits but it's at the cost of low light and wide angled bokeh. A decent phone today offers F1.7, this camera at it's widest is F3.3 and going all the way to F6.4 at the telephoto end. Anyone who cares about IQ would only be able to use this under the brightest of conditions as the ISO won't be great from such a small sensor.

I'm not trying to knock this camera, i'm sure Panasonic has made a class-leading product here but i am just not sure we need this class anymore. For a camera to sell it needs to set itself apart from a phone. A 1 inch sensor is a minimum now, even if that is at the cost of zoom range. A customer has to *choose* to buy this camera and then *choose* to carry it with them over their phone which they will always buy and always have with them. You have to give customers a real reason to spend their money.

Ignoring the zoom for a moment when comparing to smartphones (which I agree is apples to oranges), sensor is slightly larger than something like S7/S8 (1/2.3" vs 1/2.5"). Not much difference but F1.7 is not such a huge advantage either. Most people forget lens has big impact too. Such a tiny lens limits quality with more CA and corner softness. Just take a look at RAW (if that's available). Not that most people probably care since nowadays norm is over processed images even for the most expensive smartphones.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 18:44 UTC
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LJohnK2: Two things that perplex me......who actually uses compacts like this anymore ?.....when I am on vacation I see in oder of frequency Canon Rebel DSLRs, cell phones and Olympus Tough Waterproof compacts....can't remember the last time I saw anyone with a compact and why oh why do they pack so many MP onto a tiny sensor, surely the marketing folks could think of a better angle to sell HQ compacts with actually decent IQ, particularly since sales have bottomed in this market segment....could only imagine how good compacts could be if the used current sensor technology for 7 MP coupled to one of these compact lenses.

@Mike FL Yes but that only comes into play in dim or low-light. Otherwise both will be able to use ISO 80. This camera is best at sunny conditions.
That said I still haven't seen really excellent low-light photo's from smartphones in general. For those conditions size of the sensor is more important and for that I'd go for a 1" sensor rather (e.g. RX100 or G9X/G7X, ZS100...).

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 22:15 UTC
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LJohnK2: Two things that perplex me......who actually uses compacts like this anymore ?.....when I am on vacation I see in oder of frequency Canon Rebel DSLRs, cell phones and Olympus Tough Waterproof compacts....can't remember the last time I saw anyone with a compact and why oh why do they pack so many MP onto a tiny sensor, surely the marketing folks could think of a better angle to sell HQ compacts with actually decent IQ, particularly since sales have bottomed in this market segment....could only imagine how good compacts could be if the used current sensor technology for 7 MP coupled to one of these compact lenses.

Popularity isn't an indication of what's best for everything. Compact long zoom are category of their own. With smartphones you get no or virtually no zoom. With SLR you need a massive zoom lens to get anywhere close to that and this still fits in your pockets. Quality of this category is good enough for 2-4K displays and it can take pictures you can't otherwise. Just look at some reviews/forums for examples.

For better quality you'd have to look at something like 1" sensor zoom like ZS100 or Sony RX10 but they are lot more expensive than this.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 14:35 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (192 comments in total)
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deandidthis: I've had this phone for about 6 weeks now (coming from several years of iPhone 4 to iPhone 6) and while the single pics are great, am hugely disappointed with the panoramic mode stitching errors. I love taking phone pano's and sharing; this phone has killed that for me and I am now searching for post-processing options, but that again kills my appetite for phone panos.

I recently captured about 20 mins of a family wedding on my wife's iPhone 7 Plus which had a great result and the iPhone does really well with pano -- while I like a fair bit about this phone and Android (my first time with this OS), I'm hoping a future update will fix the glaringly bad panoramic captures and give me iPhone-like results. Other still pics have been good though -- considering it's "just a phone" and not my Nikon gear.

Isn't there a better pano app in Google store you could use?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 19:46 UTC
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LiangMing: To me, spending $800 on a phone is ridiculous. Most of the phones over $300 are capable of taking good snapshots. If you really want to take better picture, put a compact camera in your pocket. It is not that big anyway.

Majority of compact (short-zoom) camera's have F1.7-F2.0. Difference in F1.7 and F2.0 is not really discernable. Other factors matter more than that (lens size certainly has huge impact on quality with good PP helping of course).

I don't think it's about whining it's too expensive, rather improvements weren't huge last few years so it's just not greatest value if you'd buy mainly for camera quality. It's not a difference like compacts going to 1" sensors. Maybe we'll see that one day...

And there are plenty of midrange smartphones that have very similar PQ...

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 21:16 UTC
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LiangMing: To me, spending $800 on a phone is ridiculous. Most of the phones over $300 are capable of taking good snapshots. If you really want to take better picture, put a compact camera in your pocket. It is not that big anyway.

@rwol1970 A decent $200 P&S compact is better than a S7 in my opinion in terms image quality. Especially considering you have zoom and better lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 16:30 UTC
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LiangMing: To me, spending $800 on a phone is ridiculous. Most of the phones over $300 are capable of taking good snapshots. If you really want to take better picture, put a compact camera in your pocket. It is not that big anyway.

Phones depreciate fast despite that every year improvements are typically tiny. There are compact camera's with at least 3x zoom that are not really much more volume than these phablets. And quality is way better.

Also I'd also say not a huge difference between smartphone camera's that cost half of the latest flagship models.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 16:22 UTC
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cprevost: I am also jumping ship. I've never owned anything but a Mac since the 90's. Microsoft is on a roll and seems to understand the needs of creative professionals better than Apple. Never thought I'd say that. This product is brilliant and transforms the way you work with pixels. My MacBook air is going up on eBay and the Surface Book will replace it soon. Wish I had the budget for the Surface Studio because I'd get one in a heartbeat.

I set 'close the lid' to hibernate and in device manager under keyboard I disabled 'Allow this device to wake the computer' for Surface keyboard. That works for me pretty well to avoid battery drainage.

Some people use the (newer) option in power options: Hibernate after ... minutes under sleep. That way it will start with sleep and then go to hibernate.

Not sure if that was added in 10 but there's a maintenance option that can wake up your computer. I disabled that one as well as I noticed my desktop woke up middle of night because of that.

I didn't have issues myself with upgrading to 10 despite Dell deciding to not even support a 2 year old computer. I took a big risk to upgrade anyway and working ok.

Different story with mobile. I happen to have a 640 and took long time before it was pretty stable. With latest updates battery life is pretty comparable. But not sure if there's any future left for mobile 10.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 22:46 UTC
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naththo: Well, either this or Macbook Pro new one come up, I just hope if they will pass the test as long as it is close to 6500K in colour temperature and sRGB must be at over 99%.
I go to the website to check

http://www.notebookcheck.net/

If they fail it is not going on my wish list.

If there's one criticism for AnandTech then I find it odd they never test the speakers or earpiece (on mobile phones especially). Also unfortunately they don't test many products.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 21:33 UTC
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cprevost: I am also jumping ship. I've never owned anything but a Mac since the 90's. Microsoft is on a roll and seems to understand the needs of creative professionals better than Apple. Never thought I'd say that. This product is brilliant and transforms the way you work with pixels. My MacBook air is going up on eBay and the Surface Book will replace it soon. Wish I had the budget for the Surface Studio because I'd get one in a heartbeat.

Yep got that update but I only use hibernate. I don't like sleep for multiple reasons (reduced battery life and potential for unexpected wake up) plus it only saves you few seconds for start up.

However I think this FW was rather about battery level being incorrectly reported to system causing reduced battery life.
As so often with updates it only affected small % of users so I can't tell any difference.

If you look at numerous last week SB reviews on Buffalo Tech, Engadget and The Verge they all mention it's pretty stable now unlike a year ago. SP4 & SB were more unstable when they were just released than SP3 due to driver issues. But both are pretty stable now (at least for most). Again with return policy it's easy to return.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 21:22 UTC
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cprevost: I am also jumping ship. I've never owned anything but a Mac since the 90's. Microsoft is on a roll and seems to understand the needs of creative professionals better than Apple. Never thought I'd say that. This product is brilliant and transforms the way you work with pixels. My MacBook air is going up on eBay and the Surface Book will replace it soon. Wish I had the budget for the Surface Studio because I'd get one in a heartbeat.

I'm talking about Surface specific issues, not software bugs. I use them daily. One work and one for private use mostly for web browsing. But again just return if you have issues....

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 15:16 UTC
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ShutterNot: It's pretty, but Windows 10 ?

What would be the point of this without Windows 10 touch and pen support?

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 17:42 UTC
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naththo: Well, either this or Macbook Pro new one come up, I just hope if they will pass the test as long as it is close to 6500K in colour temperature and sRGB must be at over 99%.
I go to the website to check

http://www.notebookcheck.net/

If they fail it is not going on my wish list.

For display testing AnandTech reviews are also very good. They might review it as well. I like NotebookCheck but their battery tests are bit off at times (compared to other tests). Not that that matters here of course.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 17:36 UTC
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cprevost: I am also jumping ship. I've never owned anything but a Mac since the 90's. Microsoft is on a roll and seems to understand the needs of creative professionals better than Apple. Never thought I'd say that. This product is brilliant and transforms the way you work with pixels. My MacBook air is going up on eBay and the Surface Book will replace it soon. Wish I had the budget for the Surface Studio because I'd get one in a heartbeat.

I have 2 SP3's and had never any issues (using hibernate instead of sleep as well which helps). That said if you have issues you can always return it. If you have Microsoft store in neighborhood it's even easier.

Regarding Amazon: SP4 gets a 4/5 with 1200 reviews which is pretty good. Of course there are always 1-2 star reviews of any product. That's true for any product including any Apple product.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 17:31 UTC

AnandTech low-light comparison to iPhone is pretty amazing:

http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6236/DSC_7972_575px.jpg

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6236/hands-on-with-the-nokia-lumia-920-lumia-820

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2012 at 19:14 UTC as 49th comment
On a photo in the Canon PowerShot G1 X Preview Samples sample gallery (10 comments in total)
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Nathebeach: To you naysayers, take a look at IMG_0363 (inside the airport terminal).
ISO 1600 and at full zoom, and not a lot to complain about. Nice.
My Olympus Pen Mini cannot do that unless I go down to 400 or better and then hand held is out of the question.

I wonder if that photo is fresh from the camera or if it was processed. Is there a way to find out?

I doubt dpreview post processes unless you mean in camera settings. jpg file looks normal with all EXIF data.

The file is small meaning high JPG compression. Hopefully it has super fine but you'd think dpreview would have chosen lowest compression if it would be available:-(.

You should be able to do this with Pen Mini since this is F5.6 (for some reason) which causes the slow shutter time.

This looks ok but I think SLR looks probably better at this ISO. But waiting for studio samples to do a direct comparison.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 00:30 UTC
On photo IMG_0363 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (10 comments in total)
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Nathebeach: To you naysayers, take a look at IMG_0363 (inside the airport terminal).
ISO 1600 and at full zoom, and not a lot to complain about. Nice.
My Olympus Pen Mini cannot do that unless I go down to 400 or better and then hand held is out of the question.

I wonder if that photo is fresh from the camera or if it was processed. Is there a way to find out?

I doubt dpreview post processes unless you mean in camera settings. jpg file looks normal with all EXIF data.

The file is small meaning high JPG compression. Hopefully it has super fine but you'd think dpreview would have chosen lowest compression if it would be available:-(.

You should be able to do this with Pen Mini since this is F5.6 (for some reason) which causes the slow shutter time.

This looks ok but I think SLR looks probably better at this ISO. But waiting for studio samples to do a direct comparison.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 00:30 UTC
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Peter Dhaeze: look at http://www.eoszine.nl/295893/Canon-PowerShot-G1-X-Preview.html for ISO 1600 and 3200 JPEG straight from camera. DPP not available yet. Also comparison with EOS 60D.

There's just more noise reduction with the G1X and you can see actually more detail is resolved in center for the 60D (due to less NR).

That said the 60D kit lens is obviously not best with lots of CA and softness at the corners. It's 1 stop slower as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 00:19 UTC
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