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On article In Fine Detail: Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R In-Depth Review (741 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: This camera is touted as the resolution beast. There has to be a reason why you would accept sub-par performance in low light, burst, and movie modes. I went straight for the comparison images expecting to be wowed by its resolution difference at the expense of the ISO performance and dynamic range.

Honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference in resolution at all. Even at 1:1 pixel sizes it looked the same as the other cameras. Honestly, 50+ megapixels is pointless. Even high end glass doesn’t resolve detail in the 8K range.

Simply put. If I was a Canon loyalist. I would rather have the 6D and a bag full of lenses instead of this camera.

"There has to be a reason why you would accept sub-par performance in low light, burst, and movie modes."

Yes, perhaps none of those things matter to you. Say that you intend to use the camera exclusively in the studio, where low light performance rarely is an issue. Or that you aren't interested in shooting action/sports/wildlife. Or that you never do any video work.
All cameras aren't intended to be general purpose cameras, that does everything well.

"50 megapixels only looks great when you compare it to the other Canon offerings that are still 20 megapixels or less."

Well, many (most?) people who are going to buy this, probably already use Canon cameras and lenses, so that will be the natural comparison to make for them. Not every customer is looking to switch systems, or is a beginner who haven't yet chosen a system.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 13:01 UTC
On article FAA officially launches drone registration system (173 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: And as usual the US becomes more of a dictatorship year by year with insane laws. Land of the free? Yes if you compare it to North Korea, not so much compared with Europe.

Compared to Europe? The EU is a gigantic, bureaucratic machinery that sucks in taxpayers' money and spits out mostly "insane laws", with little regard for the specific requirements of individual member countries.
The core ideas of peace, stability and free movement of labour force, capital, goods and services are admirable, I think, but the EU has gone way beyond that.

I still think that the term "the free world" applies to both North America and most European countries, considering the situation in many other parts of the world. At least we're allowed to complain about the laws our legislators are passing, without being sent to prison.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 11:11 UTC
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bobbarber: Why aren't (weren't? maybe things have changed...) Casio compacts more widely available in the U.S.?

It seemed like a few years ago people were salivating over the "street" features of the Ricoh G-x series and other cult cameras, but the Casios, without much publicity, seemed to have a lot of cool features before anyone else, especially high-speed video, and even in low-end compacts. But a lot of the models were only available in Asia

I'm all about cool features and fun in a compact. I wouldn't buy this model, but I'd like to see Casios in general more availabe.

Casio hasn't released any new camera models in North America (or Europe) for several years. I think they pulled out of all markets except Asia.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 17:16 UTC

This is the same market Sony was targeting with the KW1, shaped like a perfume bottle. I wonder if that turned out to be a success too?

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 11:17 UTC as 26th comment
On article Video: a look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II (125 comments in total)
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The Squire: I know it's obvious to say 'if it were cheaper they'd sell more', but I do feel that they should be pricing this product somewhere between an RX100mk4 and the A7rii.

Seems more logical to have it as an aspirational compact or an entry-level to full frame goodness.

Surely it does cost less than an A7RII with a comparable lens?

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 17:15 UTC
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RichRMA: When will modularity come to Japanese cameras like mirrorless and DSLRs?

Ricoh did release an M-mount module for the GXR, so the idea of separating the sensor module from the lenses certainly occurred to them.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 20:05 UTC
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eno2: And now the Leica SL viewfinder undergone a huge resolution downgrade to only 4.4 million dots from pixels: "The highlight of the SL is undoubted its 4.4 megapixel 'EyeRes' EVF".

You should change the viewfinder description of that camera, it has only 1,41 Mp not 4,4 MP as most of the internet folks (including you) wrongly advertised it. :)
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4830978874/2015-roundup-high-end-interchangeable-lens-cameras-2000/12

No, the photo sites (or pixels) on a sensor aren't comprised of three sub-pixels (or dots). A 42 MP sensor has 42 million monochrome pixels. Above that is a Bayer array that gives us 21 million green pixels, 10.5 million red and 10.5 million blue. The final 42 MP output image is created by interpolating the missing colour values for each pixel, by taking that information from surrounding pixels.

If each pixel in the output image was created from several pixels on the sensor through pixel binning, that would be a closer analogue to the pixels/dots of a display.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 11:21 UTC
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Prairie Pal: Epson and viewfinders?? I had no idea they were interested in it. I remember they used to make digital P&S.

The majority of cameras with EVFs probably use Epson panels.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 17:44 UTC
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Photography201: What was the Fuji XA-2 compared to to make the Fuji gear of the year?

The author of the article said he did not come to DPREVIEW with too much hands on experience with other brands.

If you are comparing this Fuji camera why not compare micro four thirds for example or a high end bridge camera and forget the sensor size.

I guess I am missing the criteria or checklist for what makes an editor choose any camera gear of the year. Does this mean all the other cameras are not worth a look in the same price point. Does this mean it is only a mirrorless camera comparison. Is this a Fuji XA vs Nikon D3300 ?

The one point in the What I love list is "Cheap" IMO, the word Cheap will deter certain buyers from any camera. Say less expensive, for the frugal buyer or bargain. I am not wasting $500 on a cheap camera. I see "cheap" as a negative not a good thing with any product. If the Editor would meet the CEO of Fuji, nice to meet you I like your cheap cameras, not the nicest review.

"An editor reviewing a camera does not get to have a personal opinion"

Say what? A review is supposed to offer the personal opinion of a person who's knowledgeable and experienced in his field. That's the whole point. Now, that opinion may have been informed by scientific measurements, field testing, purely subjective criteria, or any combination thereof, that's entirely up to the reviewer. Indeed, some things, like ergonomics and user interface, can't really be assessed in a purely objective manner.

Having said all that, this article isn't a review, it's an editor's choice. If that's not what you come here to read, just skip reading it. Just because a website has "review" in its title, it doesn't mean that they can't also publish other types of content.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 19:43 UTC
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otto k: Is everyone here forgetting that don't actually have 32 millions of *pixels* but 32 millions of subpixels? We're recording green with 16 and red and blue with 8 million dots? We have clever methods of cheating our perception but it's cheating nonetheless.
If you want proper 4k and you want to keep square pixels, you need more than 8MP. Might as well be 8k so you use 2G+R+B for every pixel. Samsung NX1 samples 6.5k from sensor then downsamples it to 4k that it saves as video so it's nothing exotic (it's available in 1100 usd camera). Also, downsampling from 8k to 4k will give you 2 extra stops to play, or ability to do excellent stabilization or to pan and zoom losslessly within reason or... Don't box yourself in and try to imagine creative uses. Saying No is easy.

No, you've misunderstood how it works. A 32 MP Bayer sensor has 16 million green pixels, 8 million red, and 8 million blue. The final output isn't achieved by pixel binning, as you seem to suggest, but by interpolation. The missing colour values at each pixel are interpolated by using information from the surrounding pixels.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 21:10 UTC
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RedDog Steve: If development was stopped where did the 20mpx sensor (GX8) come from and why abandon the organic research ? This is disappointing that video is the only area that deserves R&D.

Sony Semiconductor makes a 20 MP 4/3" sensor. I don't know if that's the one Panasonic is using, but it's a possibility. Otherwise, no one is currently using that sensor, although Olympus probably will.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 19:41 UTC
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Jorginho: So GX7 is not using a Panasonic sensor after all??? Gh4 is not a Panaosnic development? Where did they get them, because they lack some characteristics my Oly cams do (like banding with some lenses).

Development usually begins at least a couple of years before the product is released on the market, and since the two models you mention have been on the market for a while, their sensors could very well have been designed by Panasonic before they stopped development of sensors.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 16:30 UTC
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tinternaut: Ummm.... When did they stop? Where do the latest sensors in Panasonic cameras (e.g. the GX8) come from? What am I missing here?

Since we know that Sony makes a 20 MP 4/3" sensor (it was announced together with a new 16 MP sensor last year), it's very likely that Panasonic is using it in the GX8.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 22:43 UTC
On article Sony finalizes buyout of Toshiba's sensor business (91 comments in total)
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SigmaChrome: "Except for Canon and Samsung, both of which manufacture their own APS-C and larger sensors, every other camera manufacturer, including Nikon, will now pretty much have to rely on Sony."

An amazing article that assumes that the camera and sensor manufacturer, Sigma, doesn't even exist. This is either a staggering omission based on ignorance or a deliberate distortion of the truth. Either way, it's unacceptable coming from a supposed photography industry journalist.

The Foveon sensor has been around since shortly after the turn of the 21st century. Sigma acquired the company in 2008.

It goes without saying that "every other camera manufacturer" in this context means "every other major camera manufacturer". Sigma is even more of a niche player than Leica is, so their omission is understandable.

Panasonic, on the other hand, arguably is a major camera manufacturer, and they still make some of their own sensors, AFAIK. But they were omitted, too.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 16:50 UTC
On article Sony finalizes buyout of Toshiba's sensor business (91 comments in total)
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netudiant: It is wonderful to watch a new Kodak style dominance emerge.
Sony should have more than 50% of the camera sensor market with this acquisition, which means they can underprice their competitors and still make money. Rinse and repeat for a few cycles and market dominance emerges.
In theory, Samsung has the chops to block Sony, but Samsung has so many interests that cameras aren't even a hobby. Smart phone sensors however might be sufficiently important for Samsung to take a more aggressive role.

What's wonderful about one company dominating the market? Sure, a big player can afford to compete with aggressive pricing, but if we get a monopoly situation, they won't have to.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 15:38 UTC
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Timbukto: Let me guess...patent pending? If the output is standard jpeg...and it works in all standard jpeg browsers and devices...it IS standard jpeg. JpegMini is a *brand* and is a jpeg *encoder* but not a unique *format*. This is no different from various flavors of Mp3 encoders with LAME being the best and open source. There used to be other variant mp3 encoders that costed money and well isn't that weird...they don't exist any more and I can't even remember their name.

In addition it is highly doubtful that there is truly any unique patentable technique applied in this standard format that any other unbranded run of the mill jpeg encoder cannot also apply.

It may be very well that JpegMini is a good encoder but that will require more thorough analysis than this marketing bit.

Also the bits about it using 'perceptual' encoding as unique is hogwash as the jpeg standard is all about perceptual encoding just like MP3 is all about perceptual encoding. Silly to claim this is the only one.

No one has claimed that it's a different file format. Indeed, Mr Gill explained that the application outputs standard JPEG files.
What he meant by "normal compression" was compression that, unlike JPEGmini, doesn't analyze the specific image content to determine the optimal compression that can be applied locally.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 17:42 UTC
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Zvonimir Tosic: If only Ricoh's PR abilities and attention to details could match the Pentax engineering genius and their attention to details.

You seem to assume that Pentax is a semi-independent unit within Ricoh. AFAIK, Pentax was completely merged with Ricoh's own digital imaging division, first as Pentax Ricoh Imaging, but now called simply Ricoh Imaging.
I don't think the cameras released under the Pentax brand necessarily have been developed exclusively by former Pentax (read: Hoya) employees.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 17:53 UTC
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ttran88: Rumors are Ricoh is buying Samsung imaging division. The two have had previous business relationships so this is no surprise.

Just as with Sony and Panasonic, there is no sensor division; there's a semiconductor division that makes several kinds of components (sensors, processors, memory etc.) for all kinds of electronic devices, not just for cameras. And they have many customers besides Samsung's own consumer electronics divisions.

I would be very surprised if Samsung sold off their semiconductor business, just because they failed in the camera market.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 14:13 UTC
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iudex: Ad: "We purposely excluded the Nikon D4s and Canon EOS 1D X from this roundup as we feel the capabilities of both cameras put them in a class of their own." So why include the Pentax? Medium format is definitely a class of it´s own, however DPR indicates the 645Z is not even able to compete with top FF.

"DPR indicates the 645Z is not even able to compete with top FF."

No, they don't. D4s and 1D X aren't considered to be in a class of their own because of their IQ, but because they are high-performance sports/action cameras, which the 645Z definitely isn't.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 23:27 UTC
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shademaster: seems like the "advanced amateur" market is disappearing. soccer moms use their iPhones instead of their D5100 or T3i. I think all the ILC vendors were hoping to pick up these consumers from canikon, but those consumers simply stopped buying this class of product.

Soon, there will be either pro-level or camera-phone with nothing in between. I'm an NX user and I'm sad. If I were a Fuji or μ4/3 user, I would be worried.

"Fuji was, and is a camera company. A photography company. Film, even. They don't have a lot to fall back on if cameras fail."

Not true. Photography equipment is not their main business. It's a smaller part of their overall business than it is for Canon and Olympus. And of the major manufacturers, only Nikon has photography equipment as their main business.

As you can see on p.6 in their annual report for fiscal year 2014, imaging solutions account for only 15% of their business.

http://www.fujifilmholdings.com/en/investors/annual_reports/2014/pack/pdf/Annual-Report-2014.pdf

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 23:14 UTC
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