GDMitchell

Lives in United Kingdom Hampshire, United Kingdom
Works as a IT
Joined on Nov 5, 2010

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On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (460 comments in total)

The problem with all of these cameras is one thing alone. They are fearfully over priced and don't represent good value for money. Why anyone would pay over $1000 for any of these, unless money is no object to then, is beyond me. each one represents a massive compromise in that they attempt to fit a really high technical spec into a smallish case and really represent poor value for money. The large apsc sensors are welcome but 2.8 equivallent is not impressive. They weigh in quite highly too meaning that even though some fit in your pocket you really wouldnt want to carry them that way, maybe the Ricoh being the exception there. Too much development is being wasted on gimmicks when faster lenses would be more useful. I read about micro 4/3rd standard being possibly dead. If people are wasting money on these overpriced point and shoot models, then that could be true, but really there is so much good gear out there already, all formats could become obsolete unless we all realise an expensive camera alone doesn't produce a good shot.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 12:47 UTC as 27th comment | 8 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (460 comments in total)

Well this is the second Fujifilm compact I've owned in the last few years and it's the second camera I have been really disappointed with. I was looking for a larger sensor camera to port around instead of my Pentax Q7. So far the results from the X70 have been dramatically inferior to the minuscule sensored Q7 and I cannot understand why. The X70 autofocus is very poor in all light an the lcd is so weak as to be almost unusable in sunlight. when you consider it is only spring here in the UK I am amazed how hopeless the screen is even when tilted away from the light source. The RAW images are a pain in the neck because LR doesn't recognise them so I have had to use a DNG converter and frankly I wish I'd shot Jpeg because the colour is blown out all over the place on the RAW images, If I cannot get any or the settings to resolve this quickly I can see this camera ending up on eBay. Hopeless reintroduction to a once great brand.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 00:11 UTC as 67th comment | 4 replies

I know it's subjective, but I can't see any problem with the photos if you consider this for what it is: a great piece of photo journalism.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 17:45 UTC as 4th comment
On article Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras (424 comments in total)
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DJD29: I've settle with carrying around my 60D even when its bulk is inappropriate to the occasion. I gave my S90 to my wife which she soon wore down. I then gave her my LX5, a sad farewell. I enjoyed the LX5's fast metering, focusing presets, fast focus, and generally great image quality. I sold my G10 - not happy with its range, though the image quality was okay.

Now, that the game has changed, I'm back in the market for one of these "enthusiast" cameras.

I'm hung up on sensor size. I'm leaning towards the RX100. Am I for all the wrong reasons?

Could someone tell me what the sensor size accomplishes in terms of resolution, etc?

My pick would be the LX7 only because I loved the responsiveness of the LX5. What does "largest image area" accomplish in terms of resolution, etc?

I reckon I could throw a G10 a distance of around 30-50 feet if the conditions were good enough. I think that's a good range for a point and snap.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 22:30 UTC
On article Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras (424 comments in total)
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davids8560: I reach for the Sony RX100 more often than any other I own. And I own many cameras, including enthusiast compact models like the XZ1 and LX3. The RX100 offers far more bang for the buck, in terms of image quality, than any other small camera I've tried. The RX100 is not the most fun or intiitive camera.. But the images it produces, for its size, in almost any light, are superlative. The LCD has let me down in bright light. it can be hard if not impossible to see. The RX100 needs a small EVF like the one the tiny Nikon P60 has, or an optional hot shoe-mounted viewfinder like the XZ1. I also use a third-party adhesive filter adapter, and t for even more creative possibilities, and it would be great if Sony provided a lens adapter tube attachment. I hope the follow up to the RX100 has at least an optional viewfinder, a wider, faster lens, and a control wheel with detents.

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Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 22:27 UTC
On article Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras (424 comments in total)
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tommyngo: My wife likes taking pictures with her Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 from the touring bus as it is winding its way through the countryside. But she misses her shots most of the time due to the slow response of the shutter button !! My question is : Can the Sony RX100 assure 100% success rate for her ?

Her birthday is coming up in a few weeks , I would love to get this camera for her if it really does the job . Thanks ...

Have you thought of explaining the limitations of her technique? You could ask the driver to stop too. A better camera may not equal better shots. The RX100 is very slow at any lever of zoom, big sensor or not. The lens grabs the light so invest your pennies there. Panny LX series trades zoom for aperture and gives great results even at zoom on a smaller sensor. It would still. Struggle at 30mph out of a bus window though.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 22:25 UTC
On article Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras (424 comments in total)
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Artistico: Shame the RX-100 doesn't have a 10 (or at most 12) megapixel sensor instead of the pointless 20. It would have been so much better in terms of colour, dynamic range, noise, half file sizes, and basically the same practical resolution as it is more lens-limited than sensor-limited.

Isn't this typical of Sony: Spinal Tap mentality at it's worst: if the amps go to 11 (or 20 in this case) they must be better

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 11:40 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Hands-on Preview (71 comments in total)

Why would anyone who is not barking mad pay $599 for a camera that is as big as this with such a slow zoom lens. The 14-42 offerings of Panasonic and Olympus are very poor with a maximum aperture of 3.5 at best . The benefits of a large sensor will be overshadowed by poor glass. These modern GFs are pretty poor by comparison to the excellent GF1 and to some of the recent Olympus offerings too, dispensing of nearly all of the manual controls was a real act of arrogant naivety from Panasonic. Only the GX1 has prevented their miniature Micro 4/3 cameras becoming a laughing stock.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2012 at 22:22 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On article Tamron and Tokina join Micro Four Thirds (76 comments in total)
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joyclick: The mounts and batteries for cameras should be standardized by legislation.

I don't think we really want politicians deciding the standards for cameras. Remember they made the rules that governed the banks and financial institutions and look at the mess that ended up in. Leave design to the designers. It's up to the consumers to decide what to buy but if we all bought with our heads instead of our hearts we'd not commit to anything until the manufacturer did. M4/3 cameras were pointless before the 20mm pancake from panasonic because the kit lenses are disproportionate to the camera size and they are utterly average or worse in performance. The lack of a good quality viewfinder on the smaller cameras renders them useless unless you have good short sighted vision and/or use auto focus lenses out of direct sunlight. I cannot understand why it is beyond the ability of Sony, Olympus, Panasonic etc to put a quality viewfinder in the rangefinder styled cameras. The bolt on ones look ugly and bulky and disable the hotshoe

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2012 at 00:43 UTC
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