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John Koch: CIPA reports that inter-changeable lens camera shipments fell 11.4% in 2016 and may fall another 3.4% in 2017. Perhaps by 2018 the ICL market will reach a more or less stable floor. They will represent perhaps 70% of the surviving dedicated camera market. What I don't understand is where security cameras fit in the numbers, since the WiFi + smart phone controlled ones seem to sell widely. Are dashcams and rear-view cams also part of the "fixed lens" or "compact" numbers?

Meanwhile, smart phone use for pictures and video has exploded geometrically. People prefer them for everything. Anyone development "apps" or gear for photography or video will naturally orient to that market.

CIPA only reports shipments for regular cameras, not mobile devices, security cameras, dashcams, webcams, action cams, dedicated video cameras, industrial cameras or anything else that isn't a regular stills-oriented camera.

Basically, all the talk about the declining camera market refers to devices that are used to take photos in the traditional way.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 23:35 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (346 comments in total)
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Skyscape: I'm amazed that many experienced editors still cannot comprehend the difference between "its" and "it's". Just bizarre.

Touché!

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 16:06 UTC
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Martian Keyboard: The folded optics like this and that used in binoculars perhaps could make a
comeback, and even be used in phones.
Maybe this article will spurn more interest and development in folded optics.

Folded optics never went away. Most waterproof compacts use folded optics to be able to zoom internally.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 09:54 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (346 comments in total)
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Benfr69: It would be just nice that Nikon just put a second command dial and a pentaprism viewfinder on their 3xxx and 5xxx series. That is what has always rebuked me on the entry-level models and I personally think that if Pentax can do it, why can't Nikon.
The sole reason I left Pentax for Nikon was AF performance, even on the older models. But I hate the fact that on the Nikon entry level line the controls just suck. Nikon used to put twin command-dials and pentaprism viewfinders on their upper entry-level segment (D70-D80-D90), I wonder why they stopped.

The D60 was a true entry-level model, and it was followed by the D3000. The D5000 slotted in between the D60/D3000 and D90/D7000 levels, and was a new tier in the line-up.

Anyway, regardless of how we see the position of these models in the line-up, I agree with the point that those two features should be added to the D5xxx line.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 09:05 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (346 comments in total)
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Skyscape: I'm amazed that many experienced editors still cannot comprehend the difference between "its" and "it's". Just bizarre.

Of course they comprehend the difference, it's just sloppy writing and proofreading.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 18:36 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 review: making connectivity a snap? (346 comments in total)
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Benfr69: It would be just nice that Nikon just put a second command dial and a pentaprism viewfinder on their 3xxx and 5xxx series. That is what has always rebuked me on the entry-level models and I personally think that if Pentax can do it, why can't Nikon.
The sole reason I left Pentax for Nikon was AF performance, even on the older models. But I hate the fact that on the Nikon entry level line the controls just suck. Nikon used to put twin command-dials and pentaprism viewfinders on their upper entry-level segment (D70-D80-D90), I wonder why they stopped.

The D90 was enthusiast-level, not entry-level. It was succeeded by the D7000. The D5000 didn't really have any predecessor in Nikon's line-up.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 18:32 UTC
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108: Samples are simple, beautiful, and " easy" .. Wenmei Hill is a natural

Ah, you're thinking of the Amazon boss. I'm not sure he would interfere directly in human resource management of a subsidiary like that.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 15:22 UTC
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108: Samples are simple, beautiful, and " easy" .. Wenmei Hill is a natural

"Jeff could make this a much better site if he got rid of most of the staff and just had her shoot everything."

I'm not sure that Jeff (Keller, I presume) is in a position to do that. I thought Simon Joinson was the editor-in-chief.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 10:32 UTC
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?

Canon has used Sony sensors in many compact cameras. For example, my old G12 has a Sony CCD, and all of their 1" compacts use Sony sensors.

Canon has stated that their compact camera production was affected by the sensor shortage after the earthquake, whereas the ILC production was unaffected since they use their own sensors for those.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 00:06 UTC
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
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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? (346 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
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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
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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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