Macist

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On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (616 comments in total)
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Macist: And no GPS, in 2018? It's be like not including date/time data.

Strike it off the list for anyone who travels beyond the major tourist destinations....

Hear! Hear!

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2018 at 19:04 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (193 comments in total)
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Macist: Sony seems the only company here which understands that these long-zooms are perfect for travel and that for travel, a built-in GPS is a must.

I used to love the always-On option on my old Lumixes, but Panasonic, on its way down to camera oblivion, has decided to go cheap and omit the GPS feature on its current models.

Every major cloud photo site and every app feature mapping abilities which show where each photo was taken. It's incredibly useful for those of us who travel far and wide, so that at the end of a trip the places visited are too many to identify.

I do wish that dpreview would weigh GPS capabilities better, when recommending "travel" cameras.

I also understand that for many here, "travel" means a cruise to a few "dream" destinations, or a "trip of a lifetime" to Paris or Hawaii, so GPS is kind of bleh.

But really, a pocketable long zoom without GPS is strange in 2016, at least for those under 40 who actually travel and know how to use something like Google Photos.

Cameras for babies? I'd venture a guess that many people under 25 don't own a standalone camera. And the number will keep growing.

Lack of basic expected features, like GPS, only helps drive the nail in the coffin of standalone consumer cameras faster, IMO.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2018 at 19:01 UTC
On article Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200 (128 comments in total)
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Macist: Without onboard GPS, this is not a "travel" camera. Pass.

I am sure that it also can get exposure measurement from a stand-alone light meter.

But that's hardly the point :)

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2018 at 18:57 UTC
On article Does sensor size still make a difference? (1066 comments in total)

The best camera is the one you have in your hand when you see a good shot, and the flagship phones from the likes of Apple, Google, Samsung, LG and HTC all do better than adequate job of capturing great moments. Computational advances are rapidly addressing the inherent shortcomings of phone cameras and adding capabilities which at times surpass those of most dedicated consumer cameras.

Even when traveling, I find that I use more and more often my phone and my phone alone. It's not only more convenient, but it has a much faster GPS lock than the Sony travel zoom I normally carry, which means that my photos are always properly location tagged. Ironically, the trend among pocket zoom cameras nowadays is to remove the GPS, which is tantamount to a death wish, IMO, at least if they are targeting younger, cloud-aware users.

Once phone cameras get usable zoom, which I guess will be the next innovation push, it's really game over for traditional consumer cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2018 at 18:24 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (616 comments in total)

And no GPS, in 2018? It's be like not including date/time data.

Strike it off the list for anyone who travels beyond the major tourist destinations....

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 22:55 UTC as 122nd comment | 6 replies
On article Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200 (128 comments in total)

Without onboard GPS, this is not a "travel" camera. Pass.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 21:31 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies

Phone cameras have improved to a point where I don't need a standalone camera in my day to day life.

I do need a compact superzoom for traveling, but instead of bringing such cameras into the 21st century, manufacturers like Panasonic and Canon have stripped their "travel" offerings of GPS, eliminating them from the short list of anyone who travels and uses cloud-based libraries, all of which offer location mapping nowadays.

Sony is the only one left with the HX90V (GPS lock is so slow as to be practically useless for quick shots) and the HX50. And nothing new and enticing on the horizon.

So, yeah. Digital cameras are dying, because they are stuck in the early 2000s. When usable zoom phone cameras appear, it's game over.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 21:03 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply

No GPS.

Without GPS, this is not a "travel camera."

Pass in favor of Sony.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 18:47 UTC as 2nd comment
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (335 comments in total)

It seems that the iPhone 7 achieves generally a good balance, even under less than ideal light conditions. No, not as good as a DSLR, but that's not the point, is it? It's a phone camera and as such is looks to be a very good one.

DSLRs are most likely going the way of the dinosaur over the next few years, BTW.... :)

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 18:00 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (193 comments in total)

Sony seems the only company here which understands that these long-zooms are perfect for travel and that for travel, a built-in GPS is a must.

I used to love the always-On option on my old Lumixes, but Panasonic, on its way down to camera oblivion, has decided to go cheap and omit the GPS feature on its current models.

Every major cloud photo site and every app feature mapping abilities which show where each photo was taken. It's incredibly useful for those of us who travel far and wide, so that at the end of a trip the places visited are too many to identify.

I do wish that dpreview would weigh GPS capabilities better, when recommending "travel" cameras.

I also understand that for many here, "travel" means a cruise to a few "dream" destinations, or a "trip of a lifetime" to Paris or Hawaii, so GPS is kind of bleh.

But really, a pocketable long zoom without GPS is strange in 2016, at least for those under 40 who actually travel and know how to use something like Google Photos.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 22:10 UTC as 59th comment | 15 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (373 comments in total)
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Macist: DP should stop calling cameras without GPS capabilities "travel" cameras.

Travel cameras should be able to tag your photos with location data. Every major cloud storage site for photos shows location maps nowadays, so I expect to be able to use these with a "travel" camera.

If this is a "travel" camera, it's one for people who don't really travel far.

Apparently, I am not the only one:

"Dropping GPS from a camera designed to travel around with you felt like a bit of a weird decision for the Panasonic TZ70, so we’re happy to report that Sony’s travel zoom keeps this functionality."

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/articles/sony-hx90v-vs-panasonic-tz70-7-things-need-know-47938#Yd82wZEPYkydHzs5.99

I personally would not buy a travel camera without GPS. But then I enjoy faraway places and I like taking pictures.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 03:14 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (373 comments in total)
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Macist: DP should stop calling cameras without GPS capabilities "travel" cameras.

Travel cameras should be able to tag your photos with location data. Every major cloud storage site for photos shows location maps nowadays, so I expect to be able to use these with a "travel" camera.

If this is a "travel" camera, it's one for people who don't really travel far.

Photographers or Travel Photographers?

If you are in your backyard or in a studio, no, you don't need GPS. Or, if you are old enough that you think of GPS as a pointless "novelty" and still use paper maps.

But if you are in the middle of nowhere, like a jungle, one of hundreds of islands, or wilderness, or some village the name of which you can't pronounce, then you need GPS. And if you upload to any major cloud site, it will nicely map your route and years from now, you'll know where that unnamed village was.

This is billed as a "travel camera." Without GPS tagging, it is not.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 18:54 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (373 comments in total)

DP should stop calling cameras without GPS capabilities "travel" cameras.

Travel cameras should be able to tag your photos with location data. Every major cloud storage site for photos shows location maps nowadays, so I expect to be able to use these with a "travel" camera.

If this is a "travel" camera, it's one for people who don't really travel far.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 21:17 UTC as 52nd comment | 8 replies
On article Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 30x travel zoom (80 comments in total)

No GPS.

If traveling far, it will never know where it is....

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 07:34 UTC as 5th comment
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Macist: I don't see a mention of GPS tagging capability.

In 2016, a camera without GPS is not a travel camera.

I am giving up on Panasonic. Hello Sony!

I can always carry an extra battery, but without GPS tagging, I have no idea where I took that shot when I get home.

So, it's not a travel camera. Not in 2016.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 04:19 UTC

Without GPS, this is NOT a travel camera.

Not in 2016, anyway.

Pass.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 19:13 UTC as 60th comment | 8 replies

I don't see a mention of GPS tagging capability.

In 2016, a camera without GPS is not a travel camera.

I am giving up on Panasonic. Hello Sony!

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 19:10 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
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Macist: What i need to know is that the DMC-FZ300 doesn't have GPS.

This should automatically disqualify it as a travel camera in 2015.

LOL :)

I am still trying to figure out where many shots I took pre-GPS were taken. GPS on a travel camera is a must, and super-zooms are by definition travel-cameras.

Virtually every cloud service has had mapping features for years now, and the new Google Photos Stories are really great for presenting a narrative travel story.

I will never buy another travel camera without a good GPS implementation.

This Panasonic is for the over 90 category, I guess....

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 00:06 UTC

What i need to know is that the DMC-FZ300 doesn't have GPS.

This should automatically disqualify it as a travel camera in 2015.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2015 at 20:34 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
On article Big Zoom: Nikon Coolpix P900 real-world samples (163 comments in total)

I don't get it: why no GPS?

Superzooms are presumably aimed at those who travel, right?

Unless one travels on a scheduled tour or a cruise, or to see the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower, a GPS tag is invaluable a few months or years later, when memory fades. Heck, sometimes I don't even know the precise locations I've been and taken a shot at.

I know the manufacturers try to shave every penny they can, but it kind of defeats the purpose for many who travel.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2015 at 18:54 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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