Macist

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On article Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (327 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 Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (327 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 Power Zoom: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100 Review (327 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 28th comment | 10 replies
On article Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 30x travel zoom (79 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 3rd 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 23rd comment | 4 replies
On article Big Zoom: Nikon Coolpix P900 real-world samples (162 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

Sony has generally decent images and great design, but their GPS implementation is sub-par.

Like most travel camera makers, they turn the GPS off when the camera is off, requiring a GPS search and lock when the camera is powered, which can take a minute or more. By the time the lock is achieved, the shot is often either taken, or gone.

The result is that many, and often most, images are not tagged with coordinates ("what was the name of that village again?" or "where was this waterfall?")

Panasonic has traditionally been the only major travel camera manufacturer to implement an option to keep the GPS running when the camera is off.

I know it runs the battery down, but it normally lasts a full day and I'd rather charge nightly, or carry a spare battery, than wonder where did I take this shot a few months later.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 08:42 UTC as 2nd comment

I had the Lenovo K900, their old flagship. Got it mostly for the camera, which was the first with a 1.8 lens I had seen.

The camera did OK in low light, but not as great as I expected.

It over-processed the images a lot. They looked great on the phone's screen, but shown on a 65" plasma they looked "fake" compared to similar shots taken with the iPhone 5.

Panorama did not do continuos measurements like the iPhone does, which meant that if different parts of the panorama were lit differently, part of the shot would be overexposed/underexposed dramatically.

Finally, the phone was buggy. Had poor reception: way too often I had to dial repeatedly before the call would go through (sometimes it did not at all), while there were no issues with other phones on the same network. Lenovo never updated the firmware in any meaningful way.

I would not buy another Lenovo phone for a while, regardless of the specs.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 04:44 UTC as 2nd comment
On article DxOMark Mobile report: Sony Xperia Z2 takes top spot (151 comments in total)
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Dominick101: Luckily we have GSMARENA for a fair comparison:

Enormous amount of artifacts and noise:
http://www.gsmarena.com/piccmp.php3?idType=1&idPhone1=6144&idPhone2=4577&idPhone3=5753

Fuzzy grasses anyone:
http://www.gsmarena.com/piccmp.php3?idType=2&idPhone1=6144&idPhone2=4577&idPhone3=5753

Nuf said. You guys and DP can tell me Z2 is the new king but facts will never lie. Don't kid yourself, checkout the comparisons.

Nope. GSMArena is basically a Samsung fan site, where every comparison places the S5 on top, or as close to the top as possible without their faces being completely covered in egg....

Even though their own sample photos from the S5 show the poor dynamic range and heavy over-processing, GSMArena boldly claims it's a great camera.

Samsung either sponsors the GSMArena reviews, or they are pandering to get their ads.

Either way, GSMArena is just about the most unreliable site for camera reviews.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 21:15 UTC
On article Nikon Coolpix P600, P530, S9700 go big on zoom range (45 comments in total)
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miiicho: Is this a joke?
1/2.3 and 30-60x zoom? That was maybe cool 5-10years ago.
Why not give us rather double the sensor size and 1/3 of the zoom? it could fit into similar package. Nobody ever (ok maybe some exceptions can appear) needs more than 10-15x.
This thing is big and still is a toy (okay the price is right, but stilll...).

I kind of disagree on the zoom.

When I travel, there are a lot of things I can't get close enough to, so a superzoom is handy. It's great for wildlife, as well as people - when you don't really want to be rude and stick your lens in their faces.

I currently use a Nikon P510, which is decent for the purpose. My main problem is that its GPS function is rather weak, and in remote areas it seems to fail to tag most of my shots (and since it's remote, I have no clue where I took them exactly).

I am waiting for the DMC-ZS40, which will do 30x in a compact body, with a Leica lens.

In my experience the compact Panasonics have by far the best GPS implementation (you can set it to keep the location even when the camera is OFF), so I have high hopes indeed. The ZS40 can use both GPS and the Russian GLONASS, which should make it a total winner in this category (IMO).

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 01:17 UTC
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Francis Carver: Wow, yet another "fixes lens superzoom" -- just hat the world has been waiting most anxiously, I suppose.

But this one from Oly and Hardy is so bad, the poor lens' aperture can only be coerced to open up to F6.5 in tele setting. What good is THAT? Particularly when shooting video?

The "dot-line" gimmick is totally ridiculous -- you have to pop up the little flash just to use it, so where are you supposed to be looking at here, anyhow -- dot-line, EVF or LCD screen? Two out of three? All three?

I make mine "none" or "neither," and save $399 in the process as well.

I must give it to Olympus -- they are constantly trying. Just rarely succeeding.

No offense, but some of the Luddites may as well ask why we need digital cameras, or the internet, when we did perfectly fine before that....

The point is, when many of us travel, we go through jungles, small towns, villages, parks, lakes, etc., many of which are not easily recognizable months, or years, later.

Virtually all photo apps and catalog sites nowadays, such as iPhoto, Aperture, LightRoom or Smugmug, have a mapping feature, which will take the coordinates from your photo and place the precise location on a map.

So, I can see the exact curve on the river in Borneo where I took a particular shot, or where a particular village was, the name of which I never knew, until Aperture mapped my shot of it.

So, yes, I can say "Asia," but it's much better when I know exactly where the shot was taken.

Now back to my point about superzooms: they are a compromise by their very nature and most useful to those who travel and need to pack light, yet need a versatile lens.

Get it?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 03:41 UTC
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Macist: Without GPS, it's useless as a travel camera.

Fail, since superzooms are mostly bought for travel photos.

Yeah, well..., I suppose if it was black&white only it wouldn't be totally useless, either. :) Or, alternatively, by getting a good grip on the barrel you can use it to hit people with it :)))

As superzooms are generally a compromise, I wonder what else do people use these superzooms for, if not for travel?

But unless your idea of memorable travel is to just to Paris and back, a GPS is very useful nowadays: virtually every image storing app or site has a mapping feature and most of those who have moved away from film use the location info.

Thus, I think a superzoom without a good GPS implementation is largely "useless" as a travel camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 21:45 UTC

Without GPS, it's useless as a travel camera.

Fail, since superzooms are mostly bought for travel photos.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 06:01 UTC as 1st comment | 9 replies

Wow, it looks like this would become my new travel camera.

I've had a couple of the older ZS cameras and was really happy with them, but then went to superzooms, first Sony, now Nikon. (I have given up on DSLRs for travel, too much weight and hassle.)

My main problem with the Sony and the Nikon superzooms is that for them, GPS seems to be an afterthought and it takes so long to lock, that the majority of my shots are not tagged (just came back from a rainforest trip, where out of about 600 shots, the Nikon tagged about 40 :(

My old Panasonic ZSs seemed to remember their previous location and lock almost instantly on being powered on.

Really hope that the GPS on the ZS40 is as robust. Combined with the 30x lens, this would be a perfect travel camera.

Can't wait to try it.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 08:09 UTC as 3rd comment
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