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On article Have your say: Best high-end ILC of 2017 (102 comments in total)
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racin06: I just learned something...MFT cameras are "high end"' and APS-C cameras are not.

Surely sensor size has little to do with classifying a body as entry-level, mid-range or high-end. Let's say that the Nikon 1 S1 and the D5 swapped sensors. Would the former then suddenly become a pro-grade body, and the latter become a beginner's camera? Of course not.

The classification is based on features, ergonomics, build quality, customizability and performance.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 17:09 UTC
On article Have your say: Best mid-range ILC of 2017 (67 comments in total)
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russbarnes: Once again, Canon gets obliterated in every category this year. The disdain for their own userbase is alive and well. Canon have massive work to do in 2018 to restore their brand because it's disintegrating faster than icicles in June.

Canon has actually strengthened its market position in recent years, gaining market share mainly at the expense of Nikon. So, either the customers are pretty happy with what's on offer, or they're so full of self-disdain that they're voting with their wallets for a product they don't even like.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 18:19 UTC
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PaulSnowcat: Disney ruined Lucasfilms and Star Wars. Now it's Neational Geographic turn to be ruined. Just "great"!

Yes, episodes 7 and 8, and Rogue One, are all much better than episodes 1-3.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 12:44 UTC
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justmeMN: Leica's press release doesn't mention the word "profit", leading me to suspect that they have nothing to brag about in that area. Just because a company sells expensive products doesn't mean that they are profitable.

Thom Hogan recently claimed that Leica is profitable based on reading recent financial reports. He doesn't give any hard numbers, though.

http://www.sansmirror.com/newsviews/2017-newsviews/jan-mar-2017-newsviews/leica-is-healthy-but-theres.html

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 12:19 UTC
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Slapstick Noir: Time is an irrelevant source of information for anything. They did crown Hitler as man of the year back in the 30s. And A7rIII is not a gadget.
But does that disqualify the camera in any way?
No.
It's the best camera currently on the market, period! It would have been the D850 if it weren't for it's lack of IBIS, and the idiotically expensive plastic grip, and also the nightmare of front/back focus which dpreview caught in action.
Sony's got slow buffer, no lossless compression, and it eats hot pixels. All these are fixable with a software update. That's how future-proof the system is. Try that with a dslr.

You can't add IBIS to a mirrorless camera with a firmware update, either. Either it has IBIS or it hasn't, just like a DSLR.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 22:01 UTC
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photoMEETING: Canon is talking about a patent for illuminated buttons on cameras?

Canon, don't talk about those thing any longer. JUST DO IT!

New model(s) with illuminated buttons have a chance to impress me. Talking about a patent has not.

They aren't just talking about a patent, they have actually filed a patent. And as mentioned in the article, this particular patent is likely to be used in a camera in the near future.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 06:09 UTC
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Bob Janes: The article could do with some clarification of which Kodak is laying people of...

The article mentions clearly that it's Eastman Kodak. Are there any other Kodak companies? There are a few companies licensing the brand name, but that's another matter entirely.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 20:30 UTC
On article Sharp's new 8K camera is $77,000 (198 comments in total)
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Zoom Zoom Zoom: There will be 700 bucks mobile phones next year shooting 8K and just about all cameras the year after. Sharp better hurry selling lots of these quickly while they have the leverage..

You're talking about consumer devices with a completely different target market.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 20:55 UTC
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PerTulip: It just says that Nikon isn't selling by ITSELF anymore. Still enough camera shops there. I also don't buy my gear from Nikon directly, I buy it in a camera store. So, no "Nikon RIP". :-D

But in Brazil, the Nikon web store is the only official seller. The camera stores all sell gray market gear only.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 22:08 UTC
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russbarnes: lol and here come the usual Nikon conspiracy theorists. What I see is a company making healthy decisions to protect and enhance profitability. I keep saying it - the company that is asleep at the wheel is still Canon, no question.

Canon's market share has still increased in recent years, though, while Nikon's has shrunk. So, for being asleep at the wheel, they are doing surprisingly well.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
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nachos: Oh man, this thread is going to be full of people who think there is no Nikon equipment for sale anywhere in Brazil. Due to tax reasons all the local resellers sell gray market gear. That won't change and as the statement says, neither will servicing.

But the servicing only applies to gear purchased through the Nikon store, I believe. If I'm not mistaken, Nikon doesn't honor the warranty of gray market gear.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 21:55 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: I wouldn't be surprised if they cut out South America and Africa completely before too long, and Nikon's would then only for sale in NA, Europe and parts of Asia only. I mean, if it means survival, then so be it (as I'm from the US, and I would think the Asia and NA would be the two markets the would pull out of last as a last ditch effort if they had to.

Although I could also see this as a potential for grey market gear to end up Brazil and other places before too long, for those who still want Nikon gear but there isn't an authorized reseller around.

"I would think the Asia and NA would be the two markets the would pull out of last"

According to CIPA data, the European camera market is bigger than the North American, though, both in terms of unit volume and value.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 21:47 UTC
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walker2000: Who is going to fill the gap? Sony, Canon, or Apple?

I don't think they'll service the gray market gear, though. I believe Nikon's policy is to not honor the warranty of gray market products.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 21:40 UTC
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timberedplum: Who makes/designs these lenses? I know it was zeiss with V mount, fuji w/ H mount, but who makes these? I can't seem to find it anywhere. Are they in-house?

The lenses are made by Nittoh. Hasselblad has stated that officially, so there's no need for speculation.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 13:17 UTC
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Swerky: I still don’t understand how the camera phone relegates the compact camera to the trash bin. If I was in the market for such a camera I’d definitely prefer a dedicate photography tool to a phone. Completely different ergonomics and way of shooting. Powerful optical zoom and more capable flash. Seems to me the only real advantage of a phone is immediate social sharing...
Dunno if phones today have better image quality output than small sensor cameras.
But that’s only a personal opinion.

"Seems to me the only real advantage of a phone is immediate social sharing..."

And for many people, that's a huge advantage, and basically the only thing they care about. The vast majority of consumers who used to buy P&S cameras weren't particularly interested in photography at all, they just wanted to take and share pictures with friends and family as conveniently as possible. As soon as smartphones arrived and made life even easier fot these people, the P&S market was doomed.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 19:12 UTC
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mick232: The reason is not the rise of smartphones, but the fact that these cameras couldn't add any extra value on top of what you get from your smartphone. On the contrary, smartphone vendors keep improving their camera apps, whereas the likes of Nikon thought they can get away with selling the same non-innovate stuff for years.

It's mainly a question of convenience, connectivity and workflow. The camera manufacturers have failed to replicate the ease of taking and sharing pictures that smartphone users take for granted. And in that sense, it really is the rise of smartphones that killed the entry-level compact.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 19:03 UTC
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99tollap: So more expensive than a Fuji XT20 with kit lens... sure the XT20 is not weather resistant nor has IS, but otherwise appears to me at least as a much more attractive proposition.

If this camera were $800, and assuming it is small enough in the hand, I would have been tempted.

Their #1 spot has lasted for more than a decade with such products.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 05:58 UTC
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Ben Herrmann: Sigh... And why in the hell couldn't Samsung have continued with this advanced R&D in their camera systems. Ohhh, what could have been. And for those of us who still maintain Samsung NX systems, you know what I'm talkin' about.

Mobile devices are a much more lucrative market than regular cameras, especially in Samsung's case. The NX system had a very small market share.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 16:18 UTC
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elementare: Sensor isn't all in photography, this score means nothing to photographers, but at least Nikon sells an estimable tech in this camera at the same price of the lower iso, lower DR, lower pixel, lower AF capabilities Canon 5D mk4.

"the only thing that take the photography to the next step is the sensor technology."

Only if you're talking about the purely technological aspects of image capture, as opposed to the artistic aspects of photography. It's like saying that recording technology is the only thing that takes music to the next level.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2017 at 19:24 UTC
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elementare: To all accusing DXO, they just tested the sensor and stated that at this day it's the best camera sensor. They also specify that they state this especially and JUST for its low iso DR/pixel count ratio.
Are you all able to understand english language? I am not english mother tongue, but I try to read it at least.

"to all praising DXO, they just tested the... RAW files, and not the sensor itself"

The raw file is what the photographer has to work with, though. We don't have access to the data prior to being saved as a raw file, so the performance of "the sensor itself" isn't really interesting for practical, photographic purposes.

"image quality = sharpness and contrast."

Yes and no. Those are certainly two aspects of IQ, but there are several more, including colour, dynamic range and noise performance.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2017 at 19:17 UTC
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