Revenant

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On article Canon PowerShot G9 X II sample gallery (108 comments in total)
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Ebrahim Saadawi: Can't just someone steal or emulate that f&@)(ing image secret "sauce" that Canon has in all its cameras?

I mean HOW can they make this sensor + lens combination look MORE aesthetically pleasing than the other just-posted A7rII + 85mm ptime?!

It just looks, better. A photograph to hang on the wall. Finished. Sleek. Coloured. "Lovely"

What is it, CFA on sensor? Jpeg/raw Colour Science engine? Secret colour-affecting coatings?

I just want to emulate that "lovliness" shooting FF 4K on an a7sII. Just can't. No mater how much I tweak the colour wheels, saturation, contrast in Sony Vegas Pro 13.

Can't someone study this scientifically and produce a LUT/preset that exactly emulates Canon? I believe that pretty doable. I just need access to an a7rII s35 4K & 5D s35 4K + a Metabones adaptor + An EF lens + a high quality colour chart + a high CRI fixed light source + Sony Vegas Pro 13. And match away. Get down to it even numerically, and on vectroscopes, studying each axis and response to each colour on the chart. Make it identical and export as a LUT. Can someone volunteer?

So Canon's DR and noise performance suck even when they use a Sony sensor? The very same sensor that Sony has used without anyone complaining about poor DR?

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 19:29 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (369 comments in total)
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Stejo: With smartphones obliterating the low end of the market, the differentiating factor for midrange models should be giving you full control of your camera in a way smartphones can't. Yet they keep releasing single dial models to protect sales of high end ones. They truly are blind and deserve what they get.

I understand the point of having a target user in mind, but if the manufacturer tries too hard to come up with the perfect mix of features, and assumes too much about the behaviour, preferences and previous knowledge of that target user, they may end up with a product that doesn't really suit anyone.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 10:37 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (369 comments in total)
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HEWCanon: Sorry to differ 110% with Richard. I think size, fully articulated screen, connectivity and full function touch screen is what makes this camera great. It is my second camera to Nikon D810, so I know what I am saying. IQ not as good as D810 of course, but anybody would be stupid to expect otherwise, but still very good. Buttons and dials not as good as D810, but again who would question that. Am I able to use in an easy, portable creative way, I definitely do. Can't use if you use your left eye, but that is almost all DSLR's and cameras with a right hand grip and left sited view finder. If Nikon is reorganising, I would do away with all other cameras and keep this one, next D500, next D810, finally D5 and that's what we all really need from Nikon!! Great camera for size and price. Well done Nikon.

I would add one more camera to that line-up, the D750, so we have the choice of a slightly more consumer-friendly, general-purpose body in FX too, not just the two specialised pro bodies.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 10:03 UTC
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Shlomo Goldwasser: It is at times like this that you wish Samsung was still in the camera market to bring over these goodies.

"Is the camera market really that small for Samsung to abandon it?"

According to CIPA, the Japanese manufacturers (which account for the vast majority of cameras sold) shipped 24.2m digital cameras in 2016 (12.6m fixed-lens, 8.4m DSLR, 3.2m mirrorless).

That's not a huge market compared to, say, smartphones. Also, the market is still shrinking, and Samsung reportedly had a very small market share, so they probably didn't think there was much prospect for growth, despite making excellent cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 09:43 UTC
On article OPPO 5x smartphone zoom system sample images (50 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: I'm really shocked they haven't combined this form factor with a smartphone:

https://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/compacts/sony_dsctx20

This is nothing new at all.

I don't believe anyone has claimed that folded optics is new. Most waterproof compacts use it. The "novelty" here is supposed to be the use of dual cameras to simulate optical zoom.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 00:16 UTC
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D200_4me: I hope these people/scientists don't get paid to do this. What's the point? I think there is none.

Much of what we know about the physiology and psychology of perception is derived from similar types of experiments. And even if this particular example won't add anything to our understanding of colour perception, it's interesting anyway, IMO.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 21:47 UTC
On article OPPO 5x smartphone zoom system sample images (50 comments in total)
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EskeRahn: Metadata-oddity:
Have anyone tried to copy one of these images and paste them into say MSpaint?

They appear rotated 180 degrees...

The browsers respect the metadata of the original image, but as soon as it is copied to the clipboard, the metadata is lost.

I have read somewhere, that the clipboard in Windows actually saves images in bitmap format, which doesn't support metadata. Maybe someone more knowledgeable can tell us if this is true?

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
On article OPPO 5x smartphone zoom system sample images (50 comments in total)
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EskeRahn: Metadata-oddity:
Have anyone tried to copy one of these images and paste them into say MSpaint?

They appear rotated 180 degrees...

I believe the clipboard in Windows only saves the image data, not the metadata. Maybe I'm wrong, but that would explain this 'phenomenon'.

Edit: I just copied one of my images and pasted it in Paint, then saved it as a new JPEG. It's now rotated, and the EXIF data is gone.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 11:46 UTC
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Melchiorum: I really hope this look is only for the dev-kit and not the final product. Because I don't think I have ever seen a more ugly and impractical design. Ever. Not only it looks horrendous, but all these ridges are going to be filled up with grime, gunk and skin grease in no time.

Also, since when is it a thing to sell dev-kits to common consumers? I can understand offering something like a prototype of a completely new technology that was kick-started through crowdfunding or something, so at least it gets some content for the final version. But when a "dev-kit" is being sold for a technology that has existed for quite some time now and is well understood, this just seems like Ricoh's wish to sell their product twice and also make consumers pay to become beta testers for their unfinished camera.

It's just weird all around.

I don't think the purpose of including the SDK, image-control tools and source code, is to make consumers into beta testers. It's to give the users flexibility and additional tools to help them tailor the camera for specific uses.

The mention of "live streaming of events, telepresence, computer vision and surveillance" suggests that common consumers is not the target market for this product.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 10:58 UTC
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webber15: 360° video,,ibis,,face/eye detection,,touchscreen & (video aside) electronic shutter are all pointless tech that the gear heads like to jump on...
Back to the actual product...360° video is not exactly a treat for the eyes,,won't be long before this pointless waste of energy to produce will/should die along with it's congeners...
Edit...
Just saw the price!!!
Will admit,,probably quite useful for surveillance and streaming events (as per article),,but not much else...

If IBIS is pointless tech, then so is OIS. After all, they both have the same purpose, namely stabilizing the image, and they both work very well in current implementations. There are use cases where OIS works better, but in other cases IBIS works better. And most importantly, both technologies offer a real user benefit for every type of hand-held shooting. They aren't just pointless gimmicks.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 10:38 UTC
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Photoman: The 'V' & 'J' series should have died years ago, yet the let the DL die before it's born. So sad. The '1' series was 1 big failure.

Maybe it did. No new bodies released since 2015, and I'm not so sure they are still producing the "current" models. They probably have inventory left that they are trying to get rid of.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 10:14 UTC
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mandophoto: Nikon builds great cameras. What they don't do well is marketing. Canon has succeeded better than all other brands not because it makes better gear (oK, their recent spate of lenses are top notch,) but because it has the best marketing. No other camera brand has the name recognition of Canon. Notwithstanding the DPReview denizens (gear nerds,) it isn't about the gear, it's about salesmanship.

@sh10453

I think the OP is talking from the manufacturer's standpoint, not the consumer's. It's certainly true that marketing sells products, they don't sell themselves based on their intrinsic qualities. If that was true, then the market shares would probably be distributed differently.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 16:51 UTC
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wetsleet: "OPPO announces dual-cam 5x optical zoom technology for smartphones"
Really? I thought the optical zoom was 3x.
Who is responsible for the marketing inflation here, Oppo or DPR?

No, it's not the same as digital zoom, I think we're all aware of that, but it isn't purely optical zoom either. This isn't achieved solely by physical means, like when using a regular zoom lens; it involves image processing, i.e. it's a form of computational photography. That's not what we usually mean when talking about 'optical zoom'.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 09:09 UTC
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wetsleet: "OPPO announces dual-cam 5x optical zoom technology for smartphones"
Really? I thought the optical zoom was 3x.
Who is responsible for the marketing inflation here, Oppo or DPR?

The end result might be equivalent to a 5x optical zoom, or even indistinguishable from it, but it isn't achieved by using a 5x zoom lens, which means that it isn't really 5x optical zoom.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 21:21 UTC
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57even: "We’ve learned that some customers require exceptional lens performance."

You mean, up until now you thought they wanted unexceptional lens performance? Probably explains Sigmas former reputation.

At least they are delivering on the former. Kudos to their lens designers, but I've had it with 3lb lenses.

It's not like there is no middle ground between bad or mediocre and exceptional. I think very few customers require exceptional performance, most would probably be satisfied with very good performance.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 19:45 UTC
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DPPMetro: I think Sigma also needs to reevaluate their policies and/or gentlemans' agreements with Ricoh to not produce certain lenses for the Pentax K mount now that we have the K-1.

There are ZERO ultra-wide primes and just the overpriced Tamron 15-30 to fill that area. It has become clear now why Sigma never released the 50mm ART for Pentax now. Not even a wide prime, like 20-24mm for Pentax.

The increasining trend-setting and relevance of Sigma as comparable to first parties and their lack of availability for Pentax has ensured the lack of relevance of Pentax. It's like a developing company from scratch, not a company that has been around for decades upon decades.

I think the lack of support for the K-mount is mainly a question of market share. And if Pentax is in fact losing its relevance, you should really blame Pentax (or Ricoh), not a third-party lens maker who is free to support whatever system they choose. If Pentax is failing in the market, they need to do a better job of marketing their products. Then perhaps they will get more support from other companies as well.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 14:48 UTC
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Wye Photography: "We’ve learned that some customers require exceptional lens performance" does that imply that other customers don't want exceptional lens performance? I have not met a photog who does not want anything but exceptional lens performance. "Yeah, I use this SIGnificant MAlfunction lens coz it is as soft as butter". That's why I do not use SIGnificant MAlfuction lenses any more.

To want exceptional lens performance, and to require it for one's photography, those are very different things. I think many photographers are happy with 'good enough' for their needs, which usually is somewhat short of exceptional.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 14:35 UTC
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OlyPent: What? 100 posts so far and no denigrating messages about "equivalency" from the 35mm crowd? :)

@ecka84, equivalency is mostly relevant if you're making a choice between systems, or are considering to switch to another system, and are trying to make sense of the different aspects of the size/price/performance equation.

My point, as Roland correctly understood, was that, for the many people who already made their choice and are working within their system, equivalency isn't all that important or interesting. Unless one enjoys purely academic comparisons in gear forums, which I understand is popular among some people.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 11:42 UTC
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OlyPent: What? 100 posts so far and no denigrating messages about "equivalency" from the 35mm crowd? :)

@Roland

I think most MFT shooters are well aware of the limitations and compromises of their system, and many of them only use that system and are perfectly content with that.

When a MFT user is happy about getting an F1.2 lens, it's not because they think it will give them the same result (DoF, image quality) as F1.2 on a FF camera, it's because it will give them a better result than a slower lens *for their system*. No FF equivalency can change the fact that F1.2 on MFT is better than, say, F2.0 on MFT.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 10:18 UTC
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Infared: Ok...so why does this article keep showing up at the top of the list even though it was posted days ago?

DPR does that from time to time with many articles, not just interviews. I guess they select an article to be featured, if they think that it's particularly interesting to many readers, and don't want it to "drown" among all the other articles.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 09:59 UTC
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