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moimoi: Those MFT sensors are near the end. Once the FF sensors have been fully and efficiently integrated into a mirrorless system (I do not think it is quite there yet, but Sony is close enough with their last iteration a7riii), the game will be over soon. Still, it is quite silly to invest so much money knowing that you will always get better IQ with larger sensors (FF and MF). As today I think those crop sensors are much less relevant as it used to be 10 years ago (making larger sensors is not as expensive as it used to be). I see more future with phones and larger sensors (maybe not as large as MFT though).

These "m43 is dead" posts from the FF Thought Police have been on every m43 product announcement post on DPR since 2012.

Well guess what FF Bitches? It's 5 years later, we're not dead, we're still here, we're not going anywhere, and we're going to continue to annoy the **** out of you at every opportunity.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 23:04 UTC
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stevevelvia50: The Olympus, Panasonic 4/3 family, are dedicated to creating the very best photographic equipment, in a very compact system. The 2 pound Olympus IS 300 f4 and 40-150 2.8, are unsurpassed in image quality, and at he very least, rival their 12 pound Canikon counterparts.....try lugging one of those FF 600 f4 babies into the jungles of Matagascar, along with your absolutely necessary tripod to go with it. The panasonic Leica 100-400 (200-800) is a treat, with resolving ability comparable to the best zooms out there! Not only that, these are superb long distance semi macro lenses. Size matters, when small, solid, ultra sharp, unbelievable image stabilization, factor in. I had the D800,750, 7200, which served me well. After much though and research, I switched to 4/3s. The DC G9 will be an amazing addition to 4/3, along side the OMD Em1 mark 2.

@Krauthammer Yeah, should do. If it is Oly m.Zuiko glass you won't get the Depth by Defocus AF assist on this camera, just the CDAF. But then that's all your PEN-F has got.

All the in camera barrel distortion and CA correction will still work on the G9.

If you have a lot of 4/3rds DSLR Zuiko Digital lenses which you use with an adapter, best to keep with the E-M1 II. Those lenses really need a camera with PDAF sensor to Auto Focus fast enough to be usable.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 22:17 UTC

I got into ILC cameras with Micro Four Thirds, so the E-System was kinda before my time. I bought a second hand 50-200mm SWD to go with my E-M1.

Amazingly good lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 11:49 UTC as 14th comment
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Jorginho: Hope they will do two things:
- Get us m43 users those fantastic lenses.
- Get 4/3 users the adapaters they need for Em1.3 etcetc.

Olympus aren't just going to give MMF-3s away to people that have a registered E-System cameras, that would be mad.

But for what is a passive adapter with electrical pin passthrough, they should bring it down in price (the 11 pins of m4/3 mount include the 9 pins of 4/3 mount plus 2 extra for more software control of the lens. I'm pretty sure it's just a ribbon cable between the two sides of the adapter).

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 11:35 UTC
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (719 comments in total)
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Brooklyn Studio: This format in general is not quite big enough. The cameras are blazing fast and small and of excellent quality. But the big question is where is the 4k? I feel like that is what will put this format in to the next level. The GH4 was a step in the right direction. As for stills the 16mp looks good when using food glass and With a little photoshop work they can be really amazing. But again. VIDEO.... The mirrorless apc-s bodies coming out in the near future are going to put micro 4/3 out of business if they don't advance.

Firstly, check out the Panasonic m43 cameras if you want 4K video (either the GX8 or the G7. The G7 is a bargain).

Secondly, WHAT APS-C mirrorless cameras? Samsung have pulled out, Sony seem to only care about the A7 range, and don't make me laugh about using the Fuji cameras for video! They can't even do HD right, a Fuji with 4K is years off.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 16:16 UTC
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endofoto: New Graphene sensors are on the way. The advantage of full frame will be over soon. For birding this will be the format.

Blackcoffee17, this is the "good enough" argument. If you consider that the Image Quality of Full Frame today is "good enough", then yes, when future technology moves that same good enough IQ to smaller sensor systems, the Full Frame systems using the same tech will still be out in front with an IQ advantage. But if the small sensor system is now "good enough" it weakens the argument for putting up with the extra size and weight to get the same reach on Full Frame (which birders hiking across a nature reserve to the hides *really* could do without!).

Personally, I think the IQ of Full Frame was "good enough" for the vast majority of people years ago, and what we are getting now is "more is better" for the sake of selling cameras. The advances in number of AF points, AF speed and FPS rates in newer Full Frame cameras is far more important than the IQ upgrades.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:32 UTC


HEVC still uses DCT as it's transform, which is a floating point transform. Since most codec implementations of DCT are written with integer maths (fixed point) for speed, it means with each pass through the codec, information is still lost even if you don't do the quantisation step for lossy compression. It's not what maths geeks call "reversible".

Whereas JPEG XR uses a completely different transform that is integer from the start, so you can turn off the lossy compression steps, and the image you get back after decompression will be pixel for pixel identical to the one you fed in.

It's about time the industry started using JPEG XR and got over that Microsoft invented it.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 10:14 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (734 comments in total)
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57even: It is not perhaps surprising that mirrorless does not replace DSLR...yet.

To gain market share, mirrorless majored on the big flaw of DSLRs - size and weight. A lot of the compromises more or less derive from that. Less room for buttons, less room for large batteries, and less reserve power for really fast processors.

So, they appeal to people who want the same IQ in a smaller size, but can live without the continuous shooting, all-day battery performance, such as photojournalists, travel and street photographers. Sony's venture into FF has also offered solutions for landscape and studio photographers.

But the bulk of the pro market is involved with events, sport or advertising, and these issues are a big deal, as well as lens range, flash etc. But breaking into this market would require breaking the dominance of Nikon and Canon, which is a whole different challenge.

We are in a state of transition, waiting to see what the big two may do. Who will blink first?

@Paul B Jones. I never found a DSLR that was comfortable in my hand. Never. Not one. Not even that attempt by Canon to miniaturise a Rebel. Even that was too big where it mattered, the grip.

There was a "sort of DSLR" that I got along with. The original Sony SLT, the A55. Sadly, they scrapped that body size and went big before they'd worked all the bugs out of SLT.

The EM1 I have now is bigger than the Rebel SL1 in all but depth, and heavier (but then the Canon is plastic fantastic so that's not surprising), but somehow fits my hand just right.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 13:25 UTC
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steve ohlhaber: Mirrorless vs DSLR is about the shooting experience, not the final image. Since you can get a full frame in both designs, and its possible they could have the same exact sensor in both, and you could use an adapter to use the same lens on both bodies, you WILL get an identical image from both. Its really about how you got to the point where you made the capture.

I am not excited about looking through an electronic finder, but I am excited about a shorter lens to sensor distance that allows lenses to be better, smaller, and cheaper. So, in that regard, mirrorless has the ability to produce a better image if you spend the same money on a camera and a lens built for each system. It has that ability, I am not saying they have done it yet, but technically, it should be easier to make a better lens just because of that shorter distance. That should make the vast majority of pros excited.

When you shrink a lens, you also have to shrink the manufacturing tolerances by the same amount. So you either have to use more accurate and presumably more expensive manufacturing processes.... or your quality control has to throw a whole lot more of what you do produce into a skip.

Neither option is a recipe for "cheaper lenses", sadly.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 19:22 UTC

The Mirrorless vs DSLR debate really comes down to viewfinders.

I think we are now at a point where even die hard DSLR fans will say that entry level EVFs are a better experience than entry level OVFs, and even mid range EVFs are a better experience than mid range OVFs.

That just leaves the high end, full frame DSLR OVFs as an example of the best of viewfinder tech.

Someone mentioned they like OVFs because they have full dynamic range. Well I would have thought that was a DISADVANTAGE. The DR of your eyes is over 20 stops, whereas even the best camera are more like 15 stops. So the camera will "see" less than you will, you just don't get a representative idea of the exposure through an OVF.

Plus EVFs can show some much additional information. And an SLR OVF is just dead weight if/when you shoot video.

OVFs (the top end, good ones) have just 2 advantages left AFAICS. No lag. And they are solar powered so save on your batteries!

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 17:32 UTC as 153rd comment | 16 replies
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Donnie G: My guess is that Canon's research into the MILC camera market is showing that not only aren't there enough customers entering that market, but of those who do enter, not enough of them will buy a lens other than the one the camera came with. Canon makes the majority of their imaging profits from lens purchases, so there's not a lot of incentive to produce a gaggle of MILC bodies or lenses that are mostly destined to be a collection of warehouse orphans. That's why the highly successful large sensor, fixed lens PowerShot line of cameras exist and is still growing. They are the compact camera and lens combo that sells, and there's not an orphan in the bunch. :))

And what proportion of people that buy a Rebel ever buy a second lens? It's a tiny amount. Being able to buy all sorts of second lenses might be part of the appeal, but most people never do.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 17:24 UTC

Not selling the M3 in America makes perfect sense.

At the moment, Americans as a nation don't like CSCs. The various theories of why they prefer DSLRs have been debated many a time on DPR and other sites. Here are a few... CSCs are too small and fiddly. DSLRs are larger, but at the same time cheaper so seem better value for money ("more" for less). Canikon have retail locations locked up tighter than a Nuns front bottom. CSCs are too discrete, so you can't show how much money you spent (cognitive dissonance with the second reason I know). American culture is advert saturated, so they only buy what someone tells them to. "Proper" photographers only use big cameras so if you aspire to be a proper photographer, you must buy a big camera.

Of course, due to their retail site lock in, Canikon could promote their CSCs in the US, raise awareness and show off the benefits of CSC designs. And I'm sure they are scared to do this, because it would raise awareness of all CSC systems, and opens the door to those "we're not playing the DSLR game any more" competitors to steal market share. You say Canon needs to make a Leica M for people who can afford Leica prices, but they are too late. Fuji already did.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 11:10 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies
On article Olympus announces OM-D E-M1 firmware version 3.0 (49 comments in total)

No mention of the "non modal" shooting displays that the E-M5II just got *sigh*. I'd quite like to have live histogram on permanently, and then switch between Level Guide and the Blinkies.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 13:29 UTC as 16th comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)

Damn, this camera has given me GAS!

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 12:51 UTC as 90th comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)
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Cipher: Any word on IBIS?

Unlikely, the GM1 didn't have it either. The mechanism of the GM1 shutter was also a bit odd to fit in, so if there wasn't even room for a normal shutter then I really doubt there's room for IBIS too.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 12:50 UTC
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)

One part of the Nikon 1 system design that is pretty much guaranteed to put enthusiasts off? Not having a focus ring on the lenses. Although it looks like the 32mm prime and the supertelephoto zooms have rectified this, but really most of the other existing lenses need a redesign to add a focus ring, especially the other primes. It always gave the impression that Nikon expected the 1 system to be used by "auto everything" types.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 20:50 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)
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joeyv: Good companies plan for the future. Maybe it is hard to see what CX is all about right now. but as sensors improve the CX format advantages will be more obvious. For sure, Nikon will also come out with FF mirrorless someday. I suppose Nikon hopes that having FF + CX will effectively bracket the other formats in-between.
I use Nikon Dslrs and I sure am glad CX is there. I can can put my 85/1.4 in the V3 and have effectively a 230 mm/1.4. Or the 200/2.0 and effectively have a 540 mm/2.0. How cool is that!

@T3 - at the moment, the reason the Nikon 1 sensors have such fast burst rate is because of heat dissipation. The smaller sensor generates less heat when being driven at rates as high as 15fps. Heat dissipation is a big problem in the small bodies of Mirrorless cameras. And if the makers of 4/3 or APS-C sensors come up with a solution, that same solution can be applied to a CX format sensor to drive it even faster (it's a good candidate for 4K video for example).

Plus at the moment, 1" sensor is the largest that can be built using Backside Illumination, which ameliorates some of the downsides of being the smallest sensor on the ILC block.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 20:30 UTC
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Johannes Zander: 4k is not enough! I wait for 16k.
Until then I I am happy with HD.
With me not resolution is lacking but the skil and the crew and additional gear. For me as an Amateur the Nikon V1 is just fine.
This modular camera is for the pros with crew.

NHK have already stated that they see 8K as "the final standard", with no need to go to any higher resolution beyond that. This is the reason why they aren't really looking at 4K which they see as a short term thing.

What they will do (and are already working on) for after 8K is High Frame Rate 8K (120 fps!)

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 14:28 UTC
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Plastek: " We have done some studies where we presented consumers with a DSLR and a mirrorless camera and ask them if the image quality was the same, which one they would chose, and generally they chose the DSLR." - I would answer in exactly the same way. Simply because DSLRs offer by far wider choice of lenses many of which are superior to mirrorless glass. And then there are whole systems of accessories, flashes, and well: everything else that in the end creates a photograph.

So: Yes, DSLRs DO offer better final image quality, but reasons for that go beyond body itself.

A far wider choice of lenses is not the rationale that these Joe Public types are giving when they tell the Nikon Market Researcher they prefer the DSLR.

And why should it be? The lens attach rate for APS-C DSLRs is less than 2! How often do you see people toting a DSLR at some tourist destination? All the time, right? How often do you see someone toting a DSLR at some tourist destination that hasn't got the kit lens mounted? Hardly ever!

These Nikon guys told Barney what their customers told them, in the US it's the "bigger is better" belief, in Europe it is a prestige thing. Which suits Nikon just fine, they've got loads of DLSRs on the market already, loads of market share, so there is no need for them to do any expensive work inventing or perfecting a new camera system, they can keep churning out what they've always done with little R&D and therefore lots of profit margin, and Americans and Europeans will keep buying them.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 09:38 UTC
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rich889: The sense that I came away with in this interview that Nikon is extremely complacent. For instance, Nikon does NOT want to create a high quality mirror-less camera because it might detract from their DSLR revenue so instead they blame the American public. Denial to cover mediocrity. They ignore the fact that the move towards mirror-less is a growing market, and that the picture quality of Nikon 1 v1 and v2 is indeed INFERIOR to APS-C and even Micro Four Thirds. Nikon has not been an pioneer in the digital age for over 15 years, but the recent falling-off of quality (as shown by problems with the D600) is troubling, and is a shame for those of us who have used Nikon equipment for decades.

@Donnie G

It is my opinion that the sweet spot for mirrorless is shorter focal lengths, medium tele downwards. The key strength of mirrorless is small size, less weight, more portable, once you start making a super tele lens for a mirrorless camera, it will still be pretty large, so you need a larger body with a larger grip to balance it well, and then you've removed the one major advantage of mirrorless. For this use case, super telephoto, DSLR still makes the most sense.

For this same reason, using existing DSLR lenses with mirrorless cameras is pretty pointless. To get the advantages of mirrorless, the whole system, body and lenses, needs to be small.

I personally don't have any need for focal lengths longer than 200mm equiv, so mirrorless cameras suit me much better than a DSLR.

@rich889 Being truthful about US customers, their beliefs and preconceptions isn't "blaming them" for anything. Perhaps Nikon should have done the research first before designing a mirrorless camera!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 09:17 UTC
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