Revenant

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dlb41: Has the X-A3 replaced the X-M series? The X-A3 has a plastic body while the X-M is all metal.

It's my understanding that the X-M1 didn't sell that well, sitting in an awkward position inbetween the X-A and X-E series. It seems that most of those who cared about better build quality and X-Trans also wanted an EVF, while the rest was tempted by the lower price of the X-A series.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 13:57 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (149 comments in total)
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FantasticMrFox: With Canon falling behind compared to Nikon in AF, in additional to the well established disadvantage in image quality, what reason (except for prior investment) do photographers have left to choose Canon over Nikon?

"If a certain tool affords you more keepers, you have more portfolio-worthy shots to choose from."

Of course, and there is absolutely no evidence that the difference in real-world performance is so large, that one of the brands consistently and for everyone produces more keepers than the other.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 19:20 UTC
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (149 comments in total)
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FantasticMrFox: With Canon falling behind compared to Nikon in AF, in additional to the well established disadvantage in image quality, what reason (except for prior investment) do photographers have left to choose Canon over Nikon?

Prior investment is a pretty important reason, though. Also, ergonomics and handling are a matter of taste, and for many surely a reason to go with Canon.

And the much discussed disadvantage in IQ and AF, isn't really noticeable in the portfolios of skilled photographers. If it was, Canon shooters would be out of business.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 17:27 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (230 comments in total)
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Andrei L: You know what I don't get about DPReview's scoring bars ? The compare feature. If you compare the X-E2s to the X-T1, despite sharing the same sensor (and perhaps having some minimal sensor generation differences in the JPEG profiles), X-T1 comes out as better for High ISO and IQ overall. X-E2, same thing. I own X-E2, it's the same in every possible way, except for the protruding grip, back button labeling and the S having the actually quite welcome Auto (aka Hand it over to a noob to snap some).
While I do get it that the bar raises with each passing year, I'm wondering what value is there in the comparison feature, since it's so unreliable as long as 'expectations' change with almost every season?

There is a review site, can't remember which one at the moment, that re-calibrates the scale at regular intervals, lowering old scores as new cameras get increasingly better. That's an alternative to using an open-ended scale and grade "inflation".

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 09:26 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (230 comments in total)
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Triplet Perar: This is what this sorry industry has become — a donkey piñata for the outdated Japanese business model of creating 'new products'.
Endless iterations of the same gear, with minor changes and different prices, twice a year, to create artificial offer until market suffocates to death. And they wonder why camera market sales are down?
We have cheeses with longer expiry dates than cameras.

So what money should companies use to cover R&D and other expenses, then, if not the revenue from sales?

Also, the declining camera market has nothing to do with the constant iteration of new products, because that's been the norm throughout the digital era. No, the sales decline has coincided almost exactly with the rise of the smartphone as the camera of choice for the masses. We are simply seeing a return to the sales volume we had before the digital era, when it was mostly enthusiasts who bought cameras. Just as the masses embraced digital cameras because of their convenience compared to film cameras, they are now abandoning those same cameras because of the even more convenient smartphones.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 09:20 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (230 comments in total)
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tommmee: Understand all comments about this unecessary upgrade but confused about the scoring. Does the older e2 really outperform the upgrade?

Exactly, there are no absolute scores, only scores relative to the current competition. The X-E2 was a more competitive camera back then, than the X-E2s is today.

When you think about it, it's difficult to give absolute scores, because at any given time you have no idea how a camera will compare to future cameras. The only solutions are to have an open-ended scale, or continuously re-calibrate the scale and lower old scores as new cameras get better and better. Or, like DPR, avoid the problem altogether by only comparing cameras to their contemporary peers, with the drawback that you really can't compare scores that were given several years apart.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 08:54 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (461 comments in total)
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The Squire: "we're leaving Nikon 1 cameras out of the list, as we believe the series is no longer being developed" - That's the big news in this review. When was this announced?

I think it's the lack of announcements that leads DPR to that conclusion. The J5 was released over a year ago, the S2 and V3 over two years ago, and the AW1 almost three years ago. Replacements for all models are overdue.

It seems like Nikon is placing their bets on the fixed-lens DL compacts instead (that is, if they ever get a release date). After that announcement, a lot of people wondered about the future of Nikon 1, but AFAIK Nikon hasn't addressed those concerns.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 15:52 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (461 comments in total)
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Najinsky: As you have raised the subject, I'd be interested in any further clues you can give as the the fate of the Nikon 1 series.

With the J5, the 1" sensor performance in now ready for prime time, competive with M43 sensors in cameras like th OMD series. But the J5 body is too much P&S and unbalanced with the tele zoom. On the other hand, the V3 body, with hot shoe, optional grip and finder is pretty close to the ideal compact body, transformable from seriously compact, to seriously great controls.

The lens line up is not complete, but there is a very compact and very good wide angle prime, an excellent portrait prime and an excellent tele zoom, which is enough to have serious fun with.

If Nikon 1 is dead, I'm going to start research for a crazy project to take the innards of the J5 and transplant them into the body of V3. I don't fool myself that this would be easy or possible so don't want to start to undertake such craziness until I'm sure all hope for a Nikon 1 V3 successor is dead.

With Panasonic's touch pad AF as implemented in some of their recent models, it's possible to select an AF point with your eye to the viewfinder. You don't need to see the screen, because you see the same thing in the EVF. It works surprisingly well.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 15:08 UTC
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beavertown: Wow, upgrading the battery means a camera upgrade?

Can Nikon upgrade a lens hood, cap etc and name it a new lens next time?

Nikon finally trumps Canon in terms of insulting their own customers.

I'm not saying you're wrong here, but I still think the main point of releasing an entry-level model is to expand the user base with new customers, and not just catering to the existing customers (the upgraders). Especially so for Nikon, since they have lost market share in recent years.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 11:01 UTC
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Marty4650: Nope.

The time for this sort of camera came and went around two years ago. And removing key features doesn't bode well for Nikon's sales projections. Today's entry level camera is the smart phone. From there, anyone who wants to upgrade will go directly to the D5500 or a MILC camera for not very much more.

With DSLR sales at half of what they were a few years ago, you really need to wonder about the wisdom of Nikon offering NINE different DSLR models (Dx, Df, D8xx, D7xx, D7xxx, D6xx, D5xx, D5xxx and D3xxx).

Talk about cannibalization!

Nikon is so busy competing with themselves that they have completely forgotten that MILC cameras exist! Nikon should be consolidating their DSLR lines and moving more aggressively into other areas that are growing, or at least stable markets.

I think five models rather than nine would make more sense. Two well-specified consumer models, one DX (D5500 or D7200) and one FX (D750), plus three pro models, one DX (D500) and two FX (D810 and D5). That would give plenty of options for general photography as well as for sports, wildlife, landscape, studio and photojournalism.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 15:03 UTC
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beavertown: Wow, upgrading the battery means a camera upgrade?

Can Nikon upgrade a lens hood, cap etc and name it a new lens next time?

Nikon finally trumps Canon in terms of insulting their own customers.

I don't really expect a replacement model to be an upgrade compared to its predecessor. An update certainly, but not necessarily an upgrade.

I don't think the primary target audience for an entry-level model is the people who already own the previous model, and are looking to upgrade. It's targeted at newcomers who don't already own a system camera.
If you already own a D3300, Nikon wants you to buy a D5500 (or maybe even D7200). That's why they do things like including a swivel screen on the mid-range model, but not the entry-level one - to entice the customer to follow the upgrade path.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
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pelikansalat: Did they license the protocol used for the communication between body and lens like Zeiss or did they reverse-engineer it like Metabones?

"Why should they waste time helping people who are not serious [...]"
"If I was a Sony shareholder I would be happy they rejected you."

What's up with the rudeness? How is that helpful to anyone?

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
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beavertown: Wow, upgrading the battery means a camera upgrade?

Can Nikon upgrade a lens hood, cap etc and name it a new lens next time?

Nikon finally trumps Canon in terms of insulting their own customers.

I never said that it's an upgrade, and Nikon didn't use that word either. It's a new model replacing an older one, better in some respects and worse in others. If the total package is an upgrade or not depends on whom you ask.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 09:56 UTC
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newnail: Nikon has too many levels in DX type camera, such as,3xxx, 5xxx,7xxx, plus D500. Low end it is lost to Sony A5xxx, and A6xxx. nikon lacks of features to compete with Sony.

The low end is not lost to Sony. Nikon is still #2 in system cameras with over 30% of the market, and the bulk of their sales is consumer DX DSLRs. Sony is #3 with 12% of the market. I'm pretty sure that Nikon sells more D3xxx and D5xxx series cameras than Sony sells across all their ILC models.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 09:22 UTC
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moawkwrd: Has any other manufacturer make their entry level product worse than the previous model like this before?

Removing the sensor cleaning? What year am I in? 2008? New lenses without VR? Is this the 1990s all over again?!

The Sony A3500 is basically an A3000 with a worse kit lens. It's only available in Australia, though.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 09:10 UTC
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Nikita66: So, Snapbridge and longer battery life; that's it?
I should think smaller size would have been a positive step in luring the mirrorless kids (even though it's already pretty small).
Also, a flip screen might have been good, but whatever.

The flip screen is one of the selling points of the D5xxx series. Nikon is kind enough to give the customer a reason to upgrade. ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 09:04 UTC
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beavertown: Wow, upgrading the battery means a camera upgrade?

Can Nikon upgrade a lens hood, cap etc and name it a new lens next time?

Nikon finally trumps Canon in terms of insulting their own customers.

To be fair, battery life isn't just dependent on the battery itself, but also the energy consumption of the device using the battery. So Nikon could very well have made improvements in the camera as well.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 08:56 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (461 comments in total)
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electrophoto: So it performs worse than an a6000, has no EVF, sluggish performance, has a very limited and not really special lens collection, needs an adapter to make use any good lenses... has only one really not so good control dial...

I think it's canon's attempt at: "hey, look nikon, we have an APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens camera".

complete fail.

The 22mm and the 11-22mm lenses are actually excellent, and offer very good value for money.
And the M3 has two control dials, not one. Plus an EC dial.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 23:24 UTC
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mick232: We need more categories. Every vendor should get at least 5 titles.

A magazine is a PDF file in its physical form. Somewhat reminiscent of toilet paper, but with more text and less texture.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 15:01 UTC
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alcaher: What prosummer means ?

As the name implies (when spelled correctly), it's somewhere in between the professional and consumer categories. Perhaps the same as 'semi-pro' or 'enthusiast'? The usefulness of these categories is debatable.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 14:41 UTC
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