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On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (472 comments in total)
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Impulses: I wish Fuji would make a sealed X100, I'd be all over that...

DC2000 does 10fps with 20MP full resolution - too slow fps for you? And image quality is on par with Sony RX100.

Great value compared to leica

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 07:43 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (472 comments in total)
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Impulses: I wish Fuji would make a sealed X100, I'd be all over that...

Until then the closest option is a SeaLife DC2000 with 1 inch sensor (Sony), a f1.8 wide-ish prime and tough cam construction.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 05:53 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (472 comments in total)

In tune with the "niche"ness of fixed prime compacts, why not the SeaLife DC2000 as the only tough cam with a fast prime and a decent 1 inch sensor?

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 05:42 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies
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ShatteredSky: YES, finally. But why oh why no zoom lens? I would not mind it being larger ... but then again it also depends on how close you can get with this thing. I'd also rather have a tele add-on ...

Just because it's a tough cam doesn't mean it has be a shirt pocket size - quite the opposite, it should have a size so that it can be held and operated by gloved hands (divers, climbers, skiers). I wouldn't be carrying it in my pocket for a start - no good there when the action starts! Until I see folded optics that deliver good image quality I'd rather have a 'normal' orientated lens. A Fuji HD-M film camera design would be a good start, even an Nikon AW-1 with a fixed lens would be a good starting point.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 05:47 UTC
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Lazlo55: It would be great, if possible, one day to have a proper test of these kind of diver's cameras. Proper diver's cameras, meaning that can go to at least 40 m / 130 ft and have Raw to deal with colour temperature issues of underwater imaging.

Maybe too action cameras with housing, the kind of equipment a diver - photographer can use without having to break the bank...

Like up to 500 usd and up to 1000 usd respectively...

Have a look at http://deepshots.co.uk/blog/2017/02/quick-review-sealife-dc2000-underwater-camera/

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 10:18 UTC
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Mark Roberts: It's just another 'rugged camera', but this has an extra-housing-needed for the 60m depth. Sorry, not a Nikonos.

This one produces image quality equivalent to a Sony RX100 -especially from the RAW files, good review at http://deepshots.co.uk/blog/2017/02/quick-review-sealife-dc2000-underwater-camera/

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 10:15 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (295 comments in total)

One confused company - now lost out to Sony in the FF market, messing with 1 inch compacts and ILCs. Cant get a sensible hierarchy in its APS format. And people think M43 has no future ...

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 03:38 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
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HA0T0: Looks like this will be the thing that sinks m43, hee hee.

Was wondering why they didn't show any picture with much shallower DoF though. With baselines that wide shouldn't that be pretty doable?

Haha - like Nikon isn't even No.2 for FF anymore (Sony is) - but then again the dino-SLR is a dead end in photographic evolution. M43 is far ahead of C & N in digital technology - stills and video. Canon is far more likely to adapt and through sheer market size will survive. Nikon will probably fizzle out like Konica Minolta.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 06:33 UTC
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Peiasdf: Nikon, Pentax, Panasonic and Olympus are on the way out. Nikon and Pentax because they are small company and stick with DSLR when the market is fast moving away. Panasonic and Olympus because they pick the wrong sensor size. A size that's boxed in by super compact 1" and cheaper APS-C and FF.

And guess who is shareholder in Olympus ...

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 03:55 UTC

Yeah- and next no photos of people standing on roads, or standing on ice, or climbing Mt Everest, swimming with sharks, or probably most dangerous of all, eating at M*D*n*lds ... answer is obvious - get rid of the trains!

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 08:33 UTC as 142nd comment

Would love this if they sold it without the housing - I want all weather and limited submersion in a compact form, don't need a clunky housing that limits portability on land.
Look forward to seeing some real world samples - obviously this model with its 1 inch sensor should trash the sad 1/2.3 sensor cameras that ruin this camera genre.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 07:34 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1206 comments in total)
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snapa: It still amazes me how a 'm4/3' camera can cost $2,000 (without any lens), and be considered such a great camera. Once you start adding Pro lenses, then think about how well the IQ is at higher ISO levels with still pictures, it does not make any sense to me.

Maybe if you are looking for a very good 'video camera', it would be a good solution to your problem if you are looking to get very good videos. Still, to me, a m4/3 sensor camera for $4-5,000 (with lenses) that take just OK still pictures seems like quite a bit of money to me IMO, considering its competition with larger senor cameras.

BTW, how may professional videographers seriously look to buy a m4/3 cameras for taking serious video?

BBC been using GH series cameras for their flagship and award winning nature documentaries for quite a few years, so the sad old cliche "my sensor is bigger and therefor better" doesn't win when the smaller sensor is used "smarter".
Sorry unless you have a 35mm "FF" sensor, in which case it is smaller but better than larger medium format sensors. "FF" physics is amazing.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 05:43 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (382 comments in total)

So are the worm artifacts reported at higher ISOs not worth a mention?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 03:44 UTC as 56th comment | 3 replies

Indeed a sluggish market for unoriginal and me-too designs based on 1960s film cameras ...

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 05:37 UTC as 120th comment
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QuarryCat: BUT....
18 f/sec only with electronic shutter - so not really good for all moving subjects

and even 15 f/sec with mechanical shutter - only without AF-C -

so, when I am right - Olympus E-M1II can only do 10 f/sec with mechanical shutter (without rolling shutter!) and AF-C -

so it is not faster then Nikon D500 and only a bit faster then Fujifilm X-T2...

so it always depends.
most of the Olympus gimmicks are restricted very heavily in practice ...

it is still not the best system for fast moving subjects, by far not the best system for lowlight, it is not a SPORTS-Camera nor a ANIMAL-Camera.
But it seems perfect for closeUp and macro-Photography and traveling with a little lighter bag.

You really need to read the facts about he AF modes and drive speeds ...

And plenty of reviews have demonstrated the electronic shutter is very usable in most sport and wildlife situations.

And you say you own one?

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 09:24 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Can we expect similar report about the tele-conference at Nikon, to introduce new D760 or D820?

No innovations there, move along please ...

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 07:57 UTC
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polarabbit: this was indeed a great milestone camers and a modern classic.

This design would be great for a UW design as it gets away from the image degrading folded optics that every current "tough" cam uses while being able to retain a flat shape for stowing in a large pocket.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 07:40 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1393 comments in total)
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Beckler8: "The Mark II is customizable to the point where it's overwhelming"

Not sure why this is constantly mentioned in the review. The more customizable it is the better - nobody is 'overwhelmed'. If every single control is assignable, that's exactly ideal. If you want to criticize the UI, that's different.

Additionally, if they actually put some thought into UI, they'd have a PC or mobile app that really lets you easily change not only all hardware functions, but all the menus, etc., as you choose, and create preset groups to assign to whatever you want, etc. You could essentially have entirely different user (or use) profiles.

Yeah - treat people as if they are intelligent and give them set up choices and then they complain the system is too complicated ...

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 19:20 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1393 comments in total)
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CaPi: Portable data center.. and just as complex as it seems ;)
I owned the Mark I right when it came to the markets. Software errors causing failures due to overheating processor..
I am hesitant to invest into the Mark II. Let us wait and see

Really? What software issues? What firmware version?
Found nothing on google that matches up with your statement. Any digital camera can heat up depending on what is doing, especially for extended time periods.
Oh yes and beware the hissing noise is the IBIS system working :))

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 19:18 UTC

Still unable to arrange any sort of C-AF sequence test after all this time?

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 09:39 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
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