jonathanj

jonathanj

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Grumpyrocker: This is a really interesting camera. Whereas Canon would release a cut down model lacking in features here Fuji is trialing lots of new features that one hopes will permeate up to the next range of higher end cameras. Fujifilm has added the kind of 4K Photo/Burst/Slowmo features that recent Panasonic cameras have become known for.

I'm very tempted to pick up an XT100 as my b-camera and family trip camera.

@ozturert - how about a wide range of native lenses that do not require adapters ?

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 10:26 UTC
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cosinaphile: on principle i would not but a highly speced powerful laptop that cant see fit to put a standard sd card slot .....micro sd ???? etf is it an android tablet or a serious computer ??/ ....its the stupidest thing ive ever read

Agree - don't get this at all!

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 05:35 UTC

"Once that's in place, you can book appointments and pay at restaurants, hair salons and similar establishments using the photo sharing app. "

yeah, because when I need a haircut the first thing I think of is a photo sharing app....

I really don't get the logic, if Facebook want to introduce a mobile payment platform, fine, but why link it to instagram?!

Link | Posted on May 5, 2018 at 03:45 UTC as 10th comment

Can't be any worse than yahoo ...

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 01:37 UTC as 100th comment | 1 reply

I guess it might be obvious from the terminology used, but perhaps a note in the article to say this applies to American regulations and American usage? There is an entire world outside of America where drones are also used, you know? :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2018 at 01:51 UTC as 1st comment
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stevevelvia50: The ability to shoot at 2 stops lower iso on micro four thirds when compared to a full frame camera to achieve identical results, along with similarly specified lenses at less than half the weight, a prime example, no pun intended.....the pro 300 f4, at a quarter the weight of a full frame 600 f4, and unsurpassed image stabilization thrown into the mix, is a game changer. The f4 acting like an f8 is a bonus for the slight extra DOF when zeroing on, for instance, the eyes of a bird or similarly difficult focus point.

.... with static subjects.....
Yes, it's great in many scenarios, but stabilisation is not always a substitute for a fast shutter speed.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 13:30 UTC
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Alex Zeee: It's gonna be really hard choosing between the A7III and the A7RIII, this thing is INCREDIBLE, especially compared to every other FF camera released at that price recently. Sony is doing amazing things right now

Yeah - that makes sense, AF vs resolution... personally it's the resolution I'd care about. I've been looking at the A7R2 now it's dropping in price - hopefully they'll be another bunch of people upgrading and a glut on the second hand market....

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 09:49 UTC
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Alex Zeee: It's gonna be really hard choosing between the A7III and the A7RIII, this thing is INCREDIBLE, especially compared to every other FF camera released at that price recently. Sony is doing amazing things right now

They are great cameras but I don't understand why your comment is so popular - assuming you've decided to go with Sony, if you need the resolution and can afford it, get the A7RIII, otherwise get the A7III. It's not a hard decision :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 09:29 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 sample gallery (57 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Whenever somebody looks at a series of sample images from any new camera, the responses can range the gamut of "hey, they look great," to "gosh, they are horrible..." Now go figure? To me, these look really good.

But more so is the fact that this kit lens - the Panny 12-60 - is a wonderful optic for both the focal range and price point. I've fallen in love with this lens a year or more ago and wound up with 3 of them. This kit lens (actually, IMO, it's performance levels are much better than a kit lens designation would imply) can stand up to the best of them (save perhaps the lack of a constant F2.8 aperture). Yet this lens is often (unfortunately) overlooked in favor of far more expensive optics.

Also, what I welcome is the gradual shift in how Panasonic renders colors. The color tonality of recent Panny cameras are gradually shifting to a more warmer tone without going bonkers by adding more red to the hues. This GX9 and 12-60 lens seems a great combination for the price.

Are you talking about the panasonic ("leica") 12-60 f2.8-4, or the panasonic (non-leica) 12-60 f3.5-5.6? In the sample gallery there are photos taken with both. ...
Edit - just expanded the comments and noticed others asking the same question - you can ignore this post :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2018 at 04:48 UTC
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jonathanj: When you post the full review, please compare this to both the gx8 and also the gx80/85, so that we don't have to flick between this and the gx85 review to judge what has changed. As many commentators state above,this is closer to a gx85 upgrade not a gx8 upgrade.

... not sure it it's deliberate or not, personally I'm not reading too much into it as I guess they just wanted to get an article up as quickly as possible and Jeff honestly thought the GX8 was the best reference point. But if they positioned it as a GX85 replacement, the response might be more positive. I am a current GX85 owner who was not interested in the GX8, but I'm actually quite pleased to see a small and (relatively) cheap body with the 20mp sensor. Hence my ask for a direct comparison, so I (and others like me) can judge if the upgrade is worth the money. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 04:46 UTC

When you post the full review, please compare this to both the gx8 and also the gx80/85, so that we don't have to flick between this and the gx85 review to judge what has changed. As many commentators state above,this is closer to a gx85 upgrade not a gx8 upgrade.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 17:08 UTC as 132nd comment | 2 replies
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (404 comments in total)
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Ty Audronis: Ryan Ross on FB sent me this link... it gets even worse. My apologies to anyone that I may have insinuated is paranoid...

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/world/asia/dji-drones-china.html

DJI is a chinese company - obviously they have to hand over any data they have if the government asks for it, what else would you (or the new york times) expect? The same is true of any company that has a physical presence in China - at any moment officials can legally walk through the door and take whatever they want.
The key point here is not that they might hand over data, but **what data are they collecting, why, and how long are they storing it for?** That's the point to flight: even if it is necessary to check whether a drone is in a no-fly zone, there is no reason to tie this to individual customers, and absolutely no reason to log this information on a server somewhere and store it indefinitely. If you have any influence on professional organizations, get them to lobby for data privacy!

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 10:41 UTC

No need to work, can travel around the world wherever he likes taking photos - I think he got a better deal than Zuckerberg! His instagram (@myspacetom) is worth checking if you like that style.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 02:46 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1206 comments in total)
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jackf00: To DPReview staff
Thank you for the good review
I have a remark concerning the compare mode tool in the conclusion page.
If you do a comparision with the GH4, the GH4 appears to be better in term of Raw quality, jpeg quality, Viewfinder rating and High ISO perf which is contradicting what you write in the different tests ?

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@Dragonrider, so when that happens, you add 5 points (or whatever) for every camera that has 4k.... that's exactly the advantage of having absolute scoring is that it means the numbers do increase when manufacturers add more features, so we can compare this year's model to last year....

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 08:02 UTC
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Bob Furly: A much better alternative that I've been using here in rainy Vancouver, BC, is the Euroschirm Handsfree trekking umbrella. It's more adjustable via telescoping main shaft so you can have it closer to your head or much higher, and it has a much larger canopy that will cover your body like a big golf umbrella. It also only weighs 365 gm vs this article's nubrella's 1400 gms. Two models: the Swing Handsfree and the Telescoping handsfree (more compact design, smaller canopy) - but both models have the telescoping main shaft. Headquarters in Germany - and Atlanta is North American distributor. Very good quality! And you don't need their special harness that's shown in the picture because each umbrella comes with two 'clips' that attach to any backpack harness.
https://www.alpinsport-basis.de/media/image/product/13393/lg/euroschirm-handsfree-umbrella-system_1.jpg http://www.euroschirm.com/

Followed the link and this looked like a good product... but then i realized that the same effect could be obtained just by strapping a normal folding umbrella to a backpack strap... good idea but not sure this is is worth 80 Euro.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 02:24 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1206 comments in total)
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jackf00: To DPReview staff
Thank you for the good review
I have a remark concerning the compare mode tool in the conclusion page.
If you do a comparision with the GH4, the GH4 appears to be better in term of Raw quality, jpeg quality, Viewfinder rating and High ISO perf which is contradicting what you write in the different tests ?

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Agree with Rouseabout - we already have the gold / silver / bronze awards that indicate the best cameras at a given point in time, scoring would be more useful if you did it in absolute terms. Or, failing that, at least indicate (for each review) what you are scoring against - i.e. would what the camera have to do in order to score 100..... as it stands it's just another random number :-)
That said, the strength of dpreview reviews has never been the numbers, it's been the overall depth and attention to detail, and kudos to the team for maintaining that.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 02:09 UTC
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jonathanj: Customer feedback my a***. How exactly do.they engage with their customers? Is there even an official web forum or email address for general feedback? I would like to buy a Canon mirrorless if it has certain features, how would I even begin to communicate that to Canon?
I have ranted about this before, but canon, along with all the camera companies except maybe the real high end such as Leica and Hassleblad, have an almost total absence of direct customer engagement. They sell through third parties, service through third parties, and generally keep as far away from end users as possible. An occasional focus group in Tokyo or a couple of "ambassadors" or such like is not a customer engagement strategy. Note that even most of the English language social media engagement is by regional or national branches, with very little connection to the people in Japan driving strategy and product decisions.
They may well be valid decisions and certainly the people making them know far more than I about the camera market, but the one thing they are not is customer driven.

@Zdman & Entoman, good points, but asking your current customers is also a great way of getting "more of the same" responses - people who bought your existing products are probably broadly happy with your existing solutions, so you're never going to collect the feedback that would lead you off in a totally different direction. That's not to say it's not valid, but if you survey your customers over a period of time in which your sales are declining, what you are left with is survivorship bias - you're not getting the answers that would tell you what you would need to do in order to attract the people who stopped buying your products. Focusing solely on existing customers works great in a growing market, not so well in the current climate....

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 06:46 UTC
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jonathanj: Customer feedback my a***. How exactly do.they engage with their customers? Is there even an official web forum or email address for general feedback? I would like to buy a Canon mirrorless if it has certain features, how would I even begin to communicate that to Canon?
I have ranted about this before, but canon, along with all the camera companies except maybe the real high end such as Leica and Hassleblad, have an almost total absence of direct customer engagement. They sell through third parties, service through third parties, and generally keep as far away from end users as possible. An occasional focus group in Tokyo or a couple of "ambassadors" or such like is not a customer engagement strategy. Note that even most of the English language social media engagement is by regional or national branches, with very little connection to the people in Japan driving strategy and product decisions.
They may well be valid decisions and certainly the people making them know far more than I about the camera market, but the one thing they are not is customer driven.

Some good points above, and I may be being a little harsh, certainly I'm not sure about the CPS engagement. Also I genuinely believed they outsourced support - I may be wrong on this, or perhaps it differs between countries.
I do think, however, that there is a huge gap to what they (and the other camera/ electronics companies) could be doing - pro-active engagement with current and prospective customers including normal consumers as well as professional users, public feedback and suggestions, etc. etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 02:12 UTC

Customer feedback my a***. How exactly do.they engage with their customers? Is there even an official web forum or email address for general feedback? I would like to buy a Canon mirrorless if it has certain features, how would I even begin to communicate that to Canon?
I have ranted about this before, but canon, along with all the camera companies except maybe the real high end such as Leica and Hassleblad, have an almost total absence of direct customer engagement. They sell through third parties, service through third parties, and generally keep as far away from end users as possible. An occasional focus group in Tokyo or a couple of "ambassadors" or such like is not a customer engagement strategy. Note that even most of the English language social media engagement is by regional or national branches, with very little connection to the people in Japan driving strategy and product decisions.
They may well be valid decisions and certainly the people making them know far more than I about the camera market, but the one thing they are not is customer driven.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 15:42 UTC as 57th comment | 13 replies
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (119 comments in total)
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mcshan: Slightly bigger than the GM5 but you get less? I too wish it kept the small EVF. Okay...advantages: tilting screen and small built in flash may please some. Cheaper BUT the GM5 had really come down in price.

Tough to please everyone I suppose.

My hope is that this is the GM1 replacement, there'll be a GM5 replacement later....

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:28 UTC
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