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On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1290 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: It would be interesting if DPReview would spend a few words explaining WHY the GX8 is so big compared to the GX7, despite the removal of the flash (itself not a problem for me), etc. Maybe Panasonic USA can help.

The GX7 is itself hardly tiny. Is the GX8 bigger chiefly because some people want bigger cameras, or is it bigger for technical reasons that can’t be easily circumvented? Clearly the viewfinder is bigger, but that doesn’t account for much.

It is what it is and I don’t write off the camera, but it sure is beefier than I expected.

A peek inside might reveal a large IBIS mechanism.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 22:53 UTC

The EM5 Mark 2 is the refresh Olympus needed to make. When they introduced the EM1 and EM10 it looked like the end of the EM5 line, leaving many consumers with no clear upgrade path if we wanted to retain the smallest form factor that was weather proof and built like a tank.

So this Mark 2 version is a sight for sore eyes. I am personally looking for better manual focus aids like focus peaking, remote control, fast image uploads direct from the camera, better 1080 video and the zero shock setting introduced on the EM1. I will happily upgrade for these features.

Although not something I would use often, the 40mpx feature is a very smart option to provide in the EM5 Mark 2. The form factor of the EM5 is perfect for mountain climbers and adventurers looking for a tough waterproof and yet light and compact camera to take trekking up mountains etc. When they get to the top of the mountain, I expect that 40mpxs will be a very welcome option.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2014 at 21:24 UTC as 8th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review (490 comments in total)
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Red Colorado: "The GH4 also has one of the smartest combinations of touchscreen and viewfinder we've seen. The option exists to allow you to conintue to use the touchsceen to position the AF point while looking through the viewfinder. More importantly, you get to choose whether touching the screen makes the AF point jump to the corresponding position in the viewfinder (Exact mode) or whether it merely moves from its current position, based on the direction you swipe your finger (Offset mode)."

This is simply awesome.

I had been considering this idea for some years now and am very pleased to see it become available.
Unfortunately the GH4 or even GX7 are not my type of camera as I am looking for something smaller. I just hope this feature finds its way into the GMx cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 03:40 UTC
On article Canon USA brings white EOS Rebel SL1 to America (115 comments in total)
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peevee1: Innovation!

There are so many great things about this camera that I find amazing. Its hard to know where to start.

Firstly, and most importantly its the first micro sized SLR camera made by Canon in white for the American market under $500. I bet you have never seen that before.

Secondly and even more importantly, is the emphasis on the color white. In a photographic world that has strived forever to create vivid coloured images and pushing white to the back of the photo never to be seen, it is Canon that shows us the true meaning of individuality, creativity and genious by reviving the concept of white. It is a triumph in engineering, social manipulation and marketing.Just like Apple.

And finally, and I cannot understate the importance of this, it's a statement from Canon about how something so seemingly trivial can be made important, because its Canon that did it. This is a true sign of greatness.

We are so lucky to live in an era with companies like Canon supporting us on our journey.


Link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
On article Samsung announces tiny NX mini mirrorless camera (80 comments in total)
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Raist3d: See the pricing here Nikon? Oh i am sure the good Nikon 1 lenses will most likely be better but still.

Going by Samsungs current range of NX lenses, I would say Samsung's lenses are a match for the Nikon 1 lenses.The NX pancakes would be good companions for this camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 07:38 UTC
On article Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent (321 comments in total)

Would be interesting if anyone uses this law to prevent a speed camera fine, claiming that the photo is illegal.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 19:21 UTC as 116th comment
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)
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ZAnton: "The Nikon 1 V1 and V2 are two cameras that are not frequently discussed among camera enthusiasts."
The only way they can change that is to make bright lenses for it. Bright zooms (f/2) AND very bright fixes (f/1.4).
Otherwise Canon G1X mk2 is way better than Nikon 1 line.
There are also Sony RX, Canon G15/16, and Nikon P7700/7800, although the last one is a tiny bit slower on AF than G16.
So basically Nikon 1 loose to the whole bunch of the "normal" enthusiast P&Ss.
UPD. Oh, that dark camera doesn't even have a hot shoe, so that i could mount my SB700?
I assume the DPreview authors must rethink the market placement of V3. I don't see _any_ reason for an enthusiast to buy this camera.

Clearly an F2 zoom for a 1" sensor can't be done. If it could then Nikon would Shirley have done it.

Sigma's f1.8 doesn't count because its APSC, not a 1". Ditto the Olympus 43 35-100mm F2. And the yet to be released Canon G1x II with an F2 lens also doesn't count because its a 5x zoom on a 1.5" sensor and its a fixed lens anyway.

People should learn how to compare one format to another.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 01:47 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)
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DaytonR: It looks nice and svelte compared to its older sister ! :)

Define svelte...,491

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 01:32 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary (524 comments in total)

This is a vast improvement over the G1X Mark 1. I was one of the first to condemn that model for being too big to be jacket pocketable for me, too slow and with a useless viewfinder.

This one looks to have overcome all the issues and has the potential to steal the show. An optional electronic viewfinder is a workable option (although can be expensive). If the AF is fast and the image quality is excellent at both ends of the lens range then this will be almost the perfect travel cam (to be perfect it would need the built in EVF and weather sealing).

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 07:06 UTC as 148th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera (896 comments in total)
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DaytonR: Thanks Nikon ! Now every other camera maker is teasing us into a frenzy over new cameras ! :)

Nikon are so influential, they can make other camera makers provide tease advertisements and bring out similar designs before Nikon do it.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 01:39 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Lens of 2013 (88 comments in total)
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Nathan Chao: Years ago when Olympus first came out with 4/3 dslr, I posted that it will die since it had no compelling reason to exist with no size advantage to APS-C and smaller sensor. I was kicked off the dpreview forum for the post.
Now with the Olympus 9-18mm being way smaller than APS-C lens of similar focal length and f stop, I am an adoptee.
The Olympus 9-18mm on a small mirrorless micro4/3 is totally unobtrusive compared to any other camera lens combination for superwide and that even includes the Panny LX5 with the LWA52 adapter which has a front element that is 72mm wide compared with the 52mm filter size of the oly superwide. This oly superwide is singular in its diminuative size and weight.

Yep the 9-18 is a little wonder. It is a most useful lens at a wedding, able to take everyone in when standing around in a crowd, or sitting down at the reception.

I also think the new Lumix 12-32 fits in the same category of tiny and useful, with excellent build and image quality as good as the 9-18, able to go moderately wide when needed and literally half the size of the mZuiko 9-18.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 07:06 UTC
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Ciprian: Although I'm probably going to buy a K-3 the thing is I'll do it because Sigma decided to include the Pentax mount for its 18-35; so my choice is clear.

Agree. This Sigma lens will keep a LOT of people happy in the APSC format.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 06:43 UTC
On article Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples (255 comments in total)

Some example comparison shots here between the Oly 17 and the Panny 20. They are not a perfect comparison with slight framing differences but should help people make up their own mind if it is close enough to the 20.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2013 at 13:25 UTC as 26th comment
On article CP+ 2013: Interview with Olympus' Toshi Terada (242 comments in total)
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Deleted pending purge: The sheer amount of various formats makes one think about why. What really dictates the image formats today? Cinema? Can't be. TV? Which among all the various sizes? Books? Newspapers? Surely not. Almost every paper-reproduced image has to be adapted to any of these formats.
So why don't they all agree that the best photo imaging format would be square? It exploits the lens FOV in the best possible way. It gets rid of side-up camera holding. It produces images easily cropped to all ratios or purposes. It allows internal masking to facilitate framing for every photographer's need...
No go. We get to buy whatever the analog era left behind, as if it's some stone-hewn universal law.
Ditto, mechanical mirrors in digital cameras - obsolete from the first digital camera onward. Ditto, camera shapes; although there is no more film to stretch between the casette and the take-up roll. Ditto, God forbid, an universal lens mount.
Funny, but the whole thing is supposed to cater to camera users...

@ T3, some of us live in the real world and can benefit from the musings OldArrow has to offer. personally I would like the option of any crop from an image, or a large 1:1 image from my tiny m43 camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2013 at 20:41 UTC
On article Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? (1507 comments in total)
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(unknown member): When you vote, it does say "The BEST camera of 2012". Not the one you own, or like, or find handy cos it doesn't weigh a ton, the best one.
With a D800 you can make a pro quality movie. Your prints can be as big as a Picasso or Delacroix epic painting and your macro shots , well, are potentially the best possible from any camera on the planet-if you are any good, that is. I shall spend the rest of my life trying to fulfil its potential. Even in low light it is better than 35mm ever was, and makes the D4 they charge more than double for quite redundant. You are expected to vote for the BEST camera, not some joke toy!

I vote the Hubble telescope. Most significant camera this year. You lemmings voting for the D800/E and OMD don't know what a good camera is. If I had one in my back yard I wouldn't need to travel.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2012 at 13:24 UTC
On article Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? (1507 comments in total)
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IrishhAndy: In a survey 8 out of 10 cats preferred the OM-D..

That survey was proven a scam when some entrants were found to be the same cat dressed in different fur.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2012 at 13:19 UTC
On article Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? (1507 comments in total)
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JackM: OMD beats D800 and 5D3... riiiiiiiiiight.

zinedi, you were right, no ferraris won car of the year. I can't believe it...

Year World Car of the Year
2005 Audi A6
2006 BMW 3-Series
2007 Lexus LS 460
2008 Mazda2 / Demio
2009 Volkswagen Golf
2010 Volkswagen Polo
2011 Nissan Leaf
2012 Volkswagen up!

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2012 at 02:06 UTC
On article Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? (1507 comments in total)
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lone_samurai: Ok, camera of the year award is important but how can an OMD be compared realistically to a D800? Big and heavy with ultimate IQ but of limited appeal to the mainstream vs small, light and fast excellent all rounder with more mainstrean appeal.
DPreview should also consider along with the compulsory camera of the year award(where it may be a little difficult to conclude according any set criteria the best camera) category based awards for example - best Pro Dslr, best CSC, best P&S, best entry Dslr etc....

For this reason (uses and needs vary so much) it would have been good to be able to select your top 3 or four cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 12:17 UTC
On article Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras (416 comments in total)
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Wolffy: I am sure all of these cameras can and will take great quality images but 1 thing I must have is a viewfinder. That leaves only the Canon and the Fuji x10
If no viewfinder then an articulated LCD would be nice Nikon and Samsung
ever tried using one of these LCD screen only cameras out in the sun?
your better off with your cell phone

This is a very useful review, but I would like to see a section on viewfinders. In Australia or anywhere there is harsh light, a viewfinder is an important consideration. They can also be useful at performances where a bright screen might be distracting.

My VF2 viewfinder was originally purchased for $200 to fit an m43 camera, but I can also use it on my XZ-1, and presumably on the XZ-2 as well, so the cost is amortised over a longer period. Something to consider.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2012 at 22:08 UTC
On article Buying an ILC (149 comments in total)
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Looleylaylow: This article is showing its age, particularly in references to mirrorless systems. The low-light gap is shrinking quickly.

Focus speed should also be clarified. There is nothing slow about my mirrorless Olympus EM-5. Its one of, if not the fastest for single auto-focus and shot-to-shot times.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 02:30 UTC
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