Revenant

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On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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NCB: Couple of strange things about these reviews:

(1) why no Nikon D3400? Great image quality, good handling, good guide mode, good value for money. If you shove in the T7i then the D3400 ought to be in there.

(2) Don't get the love affair with Fuji. I have the X-E2S and it has some of the least attractive colour I've come across (compared to Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Panasonic). Dynamic range is comparatively poor, handling is more about looks than substance, and the EVF is no more than adequate.

The D3400 is included in another roundup:

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/2016-round-up-interchangeable-lens-cameras-under-500

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 14:13 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Just out of curiosity , why is the absence of a viewfinder on the $400 Canon M3 a drawback, while the absence of a viewinder on the $700 Canon M6 is a plus, since it keeps the body compact?

Exactly, the M6 basically is the M5 for people who don't need the EVF.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 10:37 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-ZS70 (TZ90) sample gallery (56 comments in total)
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Callus: I despair at Panasonic at regular intervals. Up until and including the TZ7 they were unrivalled in both user interface, technology, customisation and, most of all, their ridiculously sharp lenses that just left the competition not even worth considering. Sure, high iso was never their forte, but I was such a fan that I completely converted from Canon compacts to Lumix.

Then something dramatic happened. After the TZ7 image quality went downhill, fast. I tried last year to see if things had gotten better and bought a TZ60. Utter mush. Took it back, bought a TZ70. I kid you not, you didn't need to zoom in to see that the whole left side was as if butter had been smeared on the lens. Every photo. Took it back and exchanged it. Again, completely decentered and the parts that were in focus had ridiculous amounts of noise. Took it back.

So what happened? I miss the great Panasonic travel zooms so have thought about what could have happened for them to go from being the best with the sharpest lenses to being, well, frankly I don't think they should be selling these things. They're bordering on not fit for purpose.

My only guess is that they had a fantastic team of engineers up until TZ70 - and then they left. Anyone know?

Maybe they discovered that, in this category of camera, they could use inferior optics and/or sensors, and skimp on the quality control, but still sell loads of them anyway? So not a lack of engineering ability, but rather a conscious choice in product development.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 10:18 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: IQ is the most important thing in any camera. So, D5600 should be the real winner. Also other properties are more than enough for enthusiasts and entry-level professionals, too.

Practically any current ILC model has good enough IQ for most use cases, so it's really the lenses, handling/ergonomics and features that are the deciding factors when choosing a camera. It's a different story for special applications and much professional work, but then we aren't really looking at this category of camera.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 02:30 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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nekrosoft13: 80% equal gold?
82% equal silver?

Can anyone explain the rating system?

There's no point in trying to correlate the scores with the awards, since they represent two parallel, but unconnected, ways to judge cameras. The score is a weighted sum of many different metrics, and is supposed to be as objective as possible. The award is a subjective opinion that expresses how the main reviewer "feels" about the camera.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 17:37 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (386 comments in total)
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Shlomo Goldwasser: The quality of reviews on DPReview is dwindling with each passing year. Look at the comprehensive reviews back in 2010, and then look at this, as well as the heaps of round-ups that really do not satisfy my desire to really know the cameras, and make an educated decision on buying one.

People have always been complaining that DPR reviews too few cameras, and that it takes them too long time to complete them. This review format is likely an attempt to address those concerns.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 17:55 UTC
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Iloveaircraftnoise: The rusted on gear heads in here are are still dissecting mirrorless sales from DSLR figures. If you're going to look at it that way, smartphones also qualify as mirrorless cameras. That probably shrinks DSLR sales figures to less than 1% of the camera pie.

Mirrorless is not the only future. Very soon the big camera makers will release full frame cameras with hybrid viewfinders. I personally still want to be able to frame a picture before I have to switch the camera on.

Smartphones don't qualify as mirrorless cameras in the context of dedicated cameras, which is what we mean when talking about the 'camera industry'. That's the industry that has been declining, and that the CIPA statistics refers to.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 15:31 UTC
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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 (463 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 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2674 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
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