Revenant

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stevo23: Margins - I wonder what the difference in margins would be between mirrorless and DSLR.

It's not just about the development costs. Surely it's more costly to assemble and quality control a device with mechanical and optical parts, that needs to be precisely aligned?

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 15:17 UTC
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barrym1966: Bye bye Nikon this could finish you

There is also much more to Canon than just cameras, but in most of the markets where Canon and Sony are active, they aren't competitors. The camera market is one of the few markets where Canon and Sony are direct competitors, and in that market Sony currently is not "eating" Canon.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 23:49 UTC
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barrym1966: Bye bye Nikon this could finish you

Sony eats both of them? What fantasy world are you living in? Canon is doing better in the camera market than Sony is, unless you're judging commercial success by technical spec sheets. Canon has almost 50% of the system camera market, while Sony has 12%.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 22:26 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (460 comments in total)
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Bas Hamstra: Why isn't the Coolpix A in the list? Too old?

It's no longer listed as a current model on Nikon's website, so it's likely discontinued.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 10:28 UTC
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Gesture: DPR still has the DL cameras listed under Nikon cameras.

Yes, done right, I think the DL series could have been a success for Nikon.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 08:56 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1281 comments in total)
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Janoch: Interested in knowing how many batteries were required to shoot the mentioned 2800 photos?

CIPA battery ratings follow a strict protocol that involves images taken at a 30 second interval with flash used for every other shot (if the camera has a built-in flash), reviewing images on the LCD, turning the camera off and on after a specific number of shots etc. The number they arrive at is completely irrelevant for use cases that involves burst shooting.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 15:25 UTC
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newe: Not sure how Nikon will respond to this...maybe with a new and improved Keymission that people can use in the bathtub.

The FF market is a small part of the market. The fact is that Sony did lose market share by switching to mirrorless. They recently published a 12% global market share in ILC (DSLR + mirrorless), which is less than they had back when they only made DSLRs. So they basically replaced DSLR sales with mirrorless sales, but not quite. That they are successful in the FF part of the market in certain countries doesn't change the overall picture.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 14:15 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: So Canon's strategy to ditch photography is paying off! Sounds good for shareholders.

Canon is simply broadening and diversifying its business. I see no indication that they are ditching photography as long as it's profitable for them, and as long as they are the market leader by a healthy margin.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 12:45 UTC
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newe: Not sure how Nikon will respond to this...maybe with a new and improved Keymission that people can use in the bathtub.

Archimedes did some of his best work in the bathtub.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 12:35 UTC
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noflashplease: Canon seems to be thriving as Nikon flounders.

Yes, Canon's camera business is declining, but their market share have increased recently, more than any other company's; they have almost half of the interchangeable lens camera market. This means that they aren't declining as fast as their competitors, especially Nikon.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 09:30 UTC
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beavertown: Canon is like the number one camera giant of Apple that will never die like the phoenix. Number two Sony will always be number two.

Do we really know that Sony is #2 in the camera market? All I've read is that Sony claims to now be #2 in the US full-frame ILC market, based on data from January-February 2017.

There are several qualifiers in that claim: a specific region (US), a specific product category (ILC), a specific subcategory (FF), and a very short time frame (two months). If Sony had data that supported a grander claim than that, eg. being #2 in the global camera market or ILC market, then surely they wouldn't hesitate to announce that fact.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 09:17 UTC
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tonywong: Shouldn't Canon have warned of how beleaguered they are because of the demise of DSLRs next quarter?

Canon is used to being doomed. We've heard about their imminent demise for over a decade now.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 21:32 UTC

Solid demand for G series compacts, and yet Nikon cancelled the DL series because they didn't think demand would be strong enough.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 21:09 UTC as 42nd comment | 4 replies
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)
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samfan: I have to wonder if the A9 really ends up being such a big deal or it kind of fizzles out.

Minolta also used to have top-notch pro sports cameras, in fact even better cameras than the equivalent Canons and Nikons in many respects,but still didn't get any traction. Because with a pro tool with a price like that, it's just too risky an endeavor to experiment with something else than the established systems.

The advantages of the MF MILCs are pretty clear and the amount of units sold in the MF world are pretty tiny anyway, so there's a new camera and boom, suddenly it has half the market share. The A7 also have advantages if that's what you're looking for. With a pro sports camera, I don't see that as clearly.

I mean it's technically impressive but there have been lots of cameras that had amazing specs or ergonomics (again, Minolta) and nobody bought them.

I'm not against this camera at all, competition is good, just wondering how big of a splash it really ends up making at the end.

The NEX-7, A77, A77II, A99, A99II, A6500, A7 series, all of them were claimed beforehand to be game changers, DSLR killers, CaNikon killers, and so on. Now people are saying the same about the A9. I think that very few products live up to that kind of hyperbole and hype, no matter how good they are.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 13:59 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)
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luben solev: Comparing Apples and Oranges perhaps?

After all, both the price and the intended usage of both cameras differs substantially.

I'd think, that most prospective buyers for any of these high-end bodies, would be sufficiently knowledgeable to know which body suits them best. For example, are people really making buying choices between the D5 and D810, or between the 1DX II and 5Ds?

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 13:39 UTC
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gravelhopper: These "product overview" and "getting started" guides located at such a prominent site as DPR will provide effective sales support to cameras covered over cameras not covered. Any thoughts on this?

Are you suggesting that if DPR doesn't have the resources to cover every current camera in this way, then they shouldn't cover any camera at all? And doesn't your reasoning also apply to other kinds of coverage, eg. reviews?

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:40 UTC
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Gesture: DPR still has the DL cameras listed under Nikon cameras.

Yes, but the product description says "This camera was discontinued before it was released". I guess DPR must have some reason for keeping them in the database.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 10:16 UTC
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rz350: So who designed the stacked cmos sensor? Sony camera or Sony sensor? If it was Sony sensor, Nikon and Canon can buy it. After all, Sony sensor is an independent entity. Why should Sony camera have all the benefit?
Seriously, who owns the technology?

Sony's semiconductor division is simply a provider of sensors and other components to many other companies, one of which happens to be another company within the Sony Corporation. The revenue that Sony Corporation as a whole would lose by only selling sensors to its own camera division, would have a larger impact on their financials than what little competitive edge they would gain against other camera makers by doing so. The sensor business is much more important to Sony than the relatively small camera business.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 21:13 UTC
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Sdaniella: OK

now that
SONY A9 has elevated 24mp FF 20p/12p VIDEO to ...
"pro sports" STILLS pix status ...

but A9 "action/sports" shooters
must wade thru its "image/footage" to get the "money shot", as follows:

362 JPEGS @ Max 20fps = 18.1 seconds worth of images
241 RAW (Compressed) @ Max 20fps = 12.05 seconds worth of images
128 RAW (UNCOMPRESSED) @ Max 12fps = 10.67 seconds worth of images
pp if RAW
pp to size
pp to crop, etc
and deliver (upload: before or after pp)

they have also REAWAKENED those with
CANON 5DMkIV 4k DCI MJPEG VIDEO 24p/60p ... 24 fps/60 fps also to ...
"pro sports" STILLS pix status ...

but they can just REVIEW 4k footage in-camera ... and pick the 8.8mp "money shot" frame
and deliver
pp crop optional
pp regrading optional (c-log)
pp downsizing for web optional

given 4k DCI 8.8mp @ 24 fps / 60fps is a 1.641x Crop
many can make do with wider (lighter) FL zoom lens to get a TELE FL reach

the disparaged 5DMkIV 4k DCI MJPEG looking more "pro sports" STILLS pix status!
:D

I'm thinking that surely there must be a more concise and reader-friendly way to get across whatever argument you're trying to make.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 17:54 UTC
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CanonKen: Why are these tools needed for video *capture*, but you don't see this sort of stuff being used for still photography?

Consistency of colour and exposure is crucial for a lot of video work, so it requires more advanced tools for monitoring those things than stills photography does.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 15:47 UTC
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