Revenant

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On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (388 comments in total)
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beavertown: Hi Dpreview, how could you not include the DL?

The DLs were never released, and they have now been cancelled by Nikon. That's why.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 08:14 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (611 comments in total)
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vscd: [...]The list of qualms I have with the a7-series in particular is full of items that, on their own, are quite insignificant; but as the list grows, they all combine to make for cameras that I almost never choose for personal work or play.[...]

Couldn't describe it better. The specs were always fantastic, but working with it was a pain. If I tried to reshape that phrase in comments I got a lot of hating... beeing a "fanboy" of (insert brand here). That's the reason why everyone want the sensors of Sony in a cam from Nikon or Canon.

There's plenty of smart people who understand that a DSLR is perfectly capable of producing excellent photos, and they use them successfully for that purpose on a daily basis. And I think that very few people who spend more time using cameras than talking about them online, are really worrying about being held back by this supposedly "obsolete technology".

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (611 comments in total)
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photog4u: This post starts out complimentary then off to a decidedly whiny finish...Ugh...make up your mind Carey ;)
Weather Sealed + XQD = A9R for $5,295.00 Announcement in November

"Any balanced review would rate these cameras 10 years ahead of the current Canikon offerings, costing thousands of dollars more."

No, it wouldn't. For what they are designed to do, the D5 and 1DX II are pretty much state-of-the-art. I'm not saying that the A9 and A99 II are worse sports/action cameras, but if you think they're 10 years ahead in things like AF tracking, or that the build quality and ruggedness are comparable, then you should stop pretending to have a balanced point of view.

And yes, the market will of course sort this out, like always. But the market rarely sorts things out based on technical specifications alone, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens. I'm not seeing the "DSLR killer" that many Sony fans so gleefully are talking about, just a really impressive camera that may or may not succeed in the marketplace.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 12:18 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (611 comments in total)
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photog4u: This post starts out complimentary then off to a decidedly whiny finish...Ugh...make up your mind Carey ;)
Weather Sealed + XQD = A9R for $5,295.00 Announcement in November

Bringing up both the good and the bad points is what a reviewer is supposed to do. You're basically asking for less balanced reviews.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 11:21 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (611 comments in total)
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TheClueless: I just got an insight as to why so many complain about the Sony menus (well, aside from being unable to adapt to a horizontal menu category movement from vertical). Do you actually wait for visual feedback to end of each button press, then process what options you should be looking for next?

Holy cow.

Reviewers must realise that the menus are actually very consistent generation-to-generation on each Sony body so *if you consider yourself actually qualified to review anything other than your daily driver* you should be able to hit items while barely looking...

...right? Or is the faster speed a major usability factor because you're aimlessly trawling around the menus half of the time because you don't know what you're looking for?

Olympus' menus are also pretty consistent, but that doesn't change the opinion of the many of us who think that they're quite poorly organized and sometimes use strange terminology. It just means that they're consistently poorly organized.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 11:13 UTC
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Wu Jiaqiu: so all these new generation expensive cameras are because......ooooops :P

Cameras are getting more expensive because they're selling fewer of them. The market is shrinking, so the manufacturers are responding by increasing the profit margin per unit.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 21:09 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: Unfortunately sensors for traditional cameras vs smartphones, cars and IOT are both a trivial percentage of their business and unprofitable. Less than 1/10th of 1%. The sensor division has hinted that they plan to discontinue the camera segment of their product line unless it becomes profitable. As cameras are part of that division and also unprofitable... The A9 is a desperate attempt to increase margins and introduce profits, unfortunately there is too much wrong with that camera for it to be worth the asking price; just a modest improvement over the A7.

Cameras are not a part of the same division as the sensors. The semiconductor business is a separate subsidiary company; they don't make cameras or other consumer electronics products, they make components used in such products.
This factual error throws doubt over the rest of the claims made by the OP.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
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DPPMetro: What's funny is that everyone was claiming (with no evidence) on the Pentax forums that the next update for the K-1 would fix lots of problems and enhance features and then they release this puny update that doesn't do anything. Almost seems like it was released to give some signs of life in the company after the credible Nikkei report about the questionable future of Ricoh in photo imaging.

No offence, DPPMetro, but you seem to have a huge chip on your shoulder. You seem to take every opportunity to find fault with Ricoh/Pentax, which may be the reason why some of your posts have been deleted. The forum rules don't allow "deliberately and repeatedly bashing the same brand, product or company."

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 21:49 UTC
On article Trends to watch at NAB 2017 (19 comments in total)
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avinash_kumar01f: With all this technology rolling out it seems like we’re playing a catch-up game we’ll never win.

Whatever, future is always amazing.

The past was more amazing, because in the past we had a future.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 21:37 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1844 comments in total)
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Every Crook and Nanny: I honestly don't get a lot of people. They treat brands like they are sports clubs, putting down users of other systems and using words like " Canon/Nikon/Sony fanboys", "DSLR killer", "the final nail in the coffin for C/N". Why should you care what others use? I think that the A9 is a marvelous feat of tech and it would be interesting to see it put through the wringer. Stuff like this drives competition and improves the overall level of imaging technology. It's never a good thing if brands die out and only a single brand is left to monopolize the market.

Also, why are DSLRs considered obsolete/dinosaurs? Did everything suddenly become too difficult for DSLRs to take pictures of? Truth is, we are absolutely spoiled with what modern cameras are capable of and if a Speed Graphic can still take jaw dropping pictures, I don't see why a DSLR can't. We all should be happy with the immense selection of camera bodies and systems we can choose from.

Isn't modern technology wonderful?

Except that Canon and Nikon aren't uncompetitive if we're talking competition in the marketplace, as opposed to competition in gear forums.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 11:41 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1844 comments in total)
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Koenemans: Bravo Sony! In a little over 10 years they managed to get Canon and Nikon some serious headache...so with ±100years of camera-making experience, where are the 'revolution'-cameras from the latter companies?

Maybe their customers don't look for "revolution" in a camera, but rather a functional tool that just lets them enjoy photography?

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 11:27 UTC
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (444 comments in total)
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surlezi: Canon is cheap to charge for a minor upgrade on such an expensive camera. Those who need it will gladly pay for it. Those who find that normal are wrong or naive if they believe in any kind of hardware upgrade.
Sad.

If a firmware update was all that's required, then of course Canon would have released a firmware upgrade, free of charge or not. Do you really think they'd go to the trouble of having people send in their cameras to service centers, just to fool them that it's not just a firmware update?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:03 UTC
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (444 comments in total)
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Phototaker41: Instead of giving upgrade free of charge, Canon want to squeeze people to get money. Worst company. I hate this. I am thinking of selling all my Canon cameras and lenses and switching to Sony.

This isn't just a firmware update, but requires a hardware change of some sort. Would Sony or any other company do that free of charge, as you seem to imply?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 16:52 UTC
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (444 comments in total)
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Oliver KMIA: Who cares about the 5D4 for video anyway ?

5D IV owners perhaps?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 16:46 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1844 comments in total)
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CaPi: Big gun. Nice one!
I hope we get an update of the A7 series soon. The A9 isnt for me.. the A7 series is interesting.. with some of the added features it would be a real option.

"Revenent: Remember the NEX 5000 series? Was it absurd for Sony to change the updates to 6000?"

They didn't. The A5000/5100 sits below the A6000/6300/6500 in the line-up, just like the old NEX-5 sat below the NEX-6. Two different tiers, just like the A7 series and the A9. Sony may release an A9r and and an A9s, but in that case they won't replace the A7 models; they'll sit above them in the line-up.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:12 UTC
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Yxa: Is it SONY PR day to day DPR?

Sony just announced a really interesting camera, so it seems like a good idea to be writing about it, don't you think? And what better opportunity to look back at what they've done in the past, than in connection with the new release?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:03 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1844 comments in total)
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CaPi: Big gun. Nice one!
I hope we get an update of the A7 series soon. The A9 isnt for me.. the A7 series is interesting.. with some of the added features it would be a real option.

The model name (and the price) makes it clear that the A9 is NOT the update for the A7 II. That would be as absurd as saying that the Nikon D5 is the update for the D750.

The A7 II is Sony's general purpose model, the A7r II is their high resolution model, the A7s II is their video-optimised model, and the A9 is their high performance action/sports 'flagship' model.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 21:35 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.

What sets this apart from a phone camera is exactly that 30x zoom range, which is the whole point of the travel zoom category. And people do still buy these, otherwise we wouldn't see new releases in this category.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 14:31 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (155 comments in total)
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Alexis D: The sample images look good but not special to me. I suppose it's similar the 12-60mm f/2.8-4. Nothing "Leica" in the IQ.

The M10 is still a Leica product, as opposed to a Panasonic product that is 'approved' by Leica.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 10:00 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (155 comments in total)
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Franz Weber: The war between Lumix and Panaleica will continue. I wonder which brand will survive in the end?

This is a severe slap in the face of all the Lumix GX lens fanboys.

What war? It's two product lines made by the same manufacturer, it's just that one of them uses a more 'upscale' brand name.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 09:53 UTC
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