NZ Scott

NZ Scott

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Tauranga, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Hiker, journalist, educator, photographer
Joined on Jul 29, 2011
About me:

Formerly a news reporter for three daily newspapers in New Zealand and later a communications and language specialist based in South Korea and Malaysia. After a 10 year working holiday, during which I backpacked through 75 countries on six continents, I through-hiked the 3000km Te Araroa trail in my home country, New Zealand.

Currently a journalist for NZME in Tauranga, NZ.

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On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (76 comments in total)
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HenryDJP: Looks to be a great video cam just like the GH4 is. I just don't understand why Panasonic is so hellbent on staying with the Micro 4/3 format. Anything cropped more than APS-C is a dealbreaker for me for photo. Also he didn't mention anything about the autofocus design. He just said it's "AMAZINGLY FAST". That's a marketing term. That contrast detection AF only on the GH4 was also a big let down. So while this is fine for video, I would look elsewhere for dedicated photo.

You said a lot of things, Henry. You said that "anything cropped more than APS-C is a dealbreaker" for photography, even though there is little difference between APS-C and m43. You said that contrast detection was "a big let down", even though it is more accurate and DSLR autofocus. You also said that it was fine for video but not for dedicated photo, without explaining why.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 06:26 UTC
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (76 comments in total)
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HenryDJP: Looks to be a great video cam just like the GH4 is. I just don't understand why Panasonic is so hellbent on staying with the Micro 4/3 format. Anything cropped more than APS-C is a dealbreaker for me for photo. Also he didn't mention anything about the autofocus design. He just said it's "AMAZINGLY FAST". That's a marketing term. That contrast detection AF only on the GH4 was also a big let down. So while this is fine for video, I would look elsewhere for dedicated photo.

The image-quality difference between an m43 sensor and a full-frame sensor is significant, but the image-quality difference between an m43 sensor and an APS-C sensor is not.

We're talking 0.6 of a stop, which is nothing when you consider that m43 system has so many high-quality fast lenses available.

I'm speaking as someone who's moved from Nikon APS-C to m43.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 19:29 UTC
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (76 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: We are seeing a real cost paradigm shift, in terms of top end bodies in m4/3 and APS-C regularly nudging up against the $2k price border that used to signal territory of a FF body. Looks like a great video machine, with decent stills ability.

Yes, I think Zakzoezie is correct.

The new G85 is weather-sealed with a tonne of features and is only half the price of the GH4. In fact, I just bought one up for little more than USD $400.

It would seem the G85 is aimed at the enthusiast, whereas the GH5 has become more of a specialist "pro" camera for videographers.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 19:23 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (270 comments in total)
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Mateus1: My Awards 2016:

1. Best FF: ex aequo K-1 & A99II
2. Best action cam: D500
3. Best mirrorless: X-T2
4. Best m4/3: GX-85
5. Best 1": FZ-2500 (hoped for Nikon DL 24-85)

Valiant: That doesn't make any sense. If the E-M1 II is your best mirrorless, then it must also be your best M43.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 05:35 UTC
On challenge Crop Sensor (DX) AND high ISO (5 comments in total)

Confusing rules.

"DX" is Nikon APS-C, but this is not the same as "crop sensor", which can mean almost anything.

Do you mean any camera with a sensor smaller than 35mm, or do you mean images must be shot with Nikon APS-C?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 05:34 UTC as 1st comment

Interesting.

I'm a professional journalist, and I use my iPhone every day for shooting still and video images for publication. Having said that, I've never posted any to my Flickr stream:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottkmacleod/

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2016 at 03:47 UTC as 4th comment
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NZ Scott: These bags look stunning.

I'm a Billingham owner and love the English design ethos.

These Hawkesmill bags are too heavy for me, but love the old-fashioned look and quality materials.

Great, Hawkesmill. These look like awesome bags but I think there is a market for even smaller bags, high quality, but lightweight, as so many mirrorless cameras these days are aimed at trimming weight and size.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 09:26 UTC

These bags look stunning.

I'm a Billingham owner and love the English design ethos.

These Hawkesmill bags are too heavy for me, but love the old-fashioned look and quality materials.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 04:39 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies

ARRRGHHH!

Shame on you, Dpreview!

I went through the ordering process only to discover that this is US-only.

I really hate it when this happens. Please try harder to inform your readers with important information, Dpreview.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 05:03 UTC as 2nd comment
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justmeMN: "We've reached out to Olympus for comment ..." -DPR

The last time DPR reached out to a company for comment, the company ran away. :-) (Samsung)

Falconeyes:

I'm a professional journalist myself.

It's very unusual to say "reached out to" when "asked" would suffice.

DPreview has regular contact with camera companies' PR divisions, and you can be certain that they didn't just fire an email to a random recipient.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 04:59 UTC
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justmeMN: "We've reached out to Olympus for comment ..." -DPR

The last time DPR reached out to a company for comment, the company ran away. :-) (Samsung)

Yes. Simply "asked" would be better. It's odd for journalists to use three words where one would do.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2016 at 22:43 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1360 comments in total)
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Adrian Harris: I now realise how good the Panasonic GX8 is, I had expected this new Olympus to stomp all over it, but the image quality up to ISO6,400 appear on par and the anomalous miss-tracking focus issues seem very similar.
Phew, that's saved me £2,000, and a bit more time to save up for the Panasonic GX9 - if they ever bring one out :o)

If you're only interested in image quality then you can save yourself a hell of a lot of weight and money by simply buying a GM5. Pretty much the same image quality as a GX8/EM1. But, of course, there's much, much, more to a camera than just image quality.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 05:25 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (353 comments in total)
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ChrisH37: I'd mark the G85 down purely for Panasonic seemingly being unable to implement a usable Auto ISO system, not acceptable in 2016.

Yes, I'm aware of the "minimum shutter speed" situation. However, I am perfectly happy with the camera's ISO selection the vast majority of the time and disagree with your comment suggesting that the system is "unusable". I don't understand why you think the camera would default to something "silly". Can you give an example of a situation in which it would be "useless for capturing people, for example"?

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (353 comments in total)
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ChrisH37: I'd mark the G85 down purely for Panasonic seemingly being unable to implement a usable Auto ISO system, not acceptable in 2016.

I use auto-ISO with my Panasonic GM5 all the time, no problems at all.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 05:48 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (353 comments in total)
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quietrich: "Some shooters still prefer the DSLR shooting experience"
That would be 75% of "shooters". Just saying...

I think a minority of people prefer the "DSLR experience" these days.

From where do you get the 75% figure?

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 05:45 UTC
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Hen3ry: Apple is scrambling to respond to a ridiculous design stuff up. No dongles for me thanks -- I want a clean machine with stuff required daily built in. Like I have with my 2010 MBP which I was planning to upgrade this year. If the upgrade happens, it's going to be with a used machine.

Imagine taking an MBP into a client's office to do a presentation with a bunch of dongles hanging off it! Stupid.

MBP? Nope -- MBAmateur. And MB fluster cuck amateur at that. Great image, Apple.

What Geoff said.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 07:37 UTC
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RomanP: All these complaints...but are they from real photographers?

Photographers who use laptops for editing already need external drives because of space limitations. You can connect your DSLR to the new Macbook Pro with a simple USB-A-to-C cable. Easy.

I am a "real" photographer and I use the card slot on my Macbook Pro. I don't want to have to go hunting for a cable every time I take a few shots.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 07:27 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (420 comments in total)
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WillMc: I love the reviews and in-depth information on this site. But I am a little curious at the knocks the RX100 series has received ever since the review of the m3, which I have. I have no problems whatever holding the camera. I hold it like a DSLR: cradled in my left hand, my right hand operating the controls. All of the parameters I would often change in a session are available by pressing the Fn key. Are controls small and close together? Yes, but this is a really small camera; that's one of its selling features. I think that the evident disappointment that shooting with an RX100 is not like shooting with a larger camera with numerous dials and buttons is unreasonable.

I have a Panasonic GM5, which is about the same size as the Sony RX100, and it has excellent controls via buttons, dials, a rear scrollwheel and a touchscreen. Add a small Franiec grip and it handles great. There's definitely enough room on the RX100 for decent controls.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 06:38 UTC
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ttran88: Are people uncomfortable paying 2k for an Olympus body because of its sensor size? Sony, Canon and Nikon all have 2k+ bodies and people seem to be a ok with them.

I went from Nikon APS-C to Micro Four Thirds. The difference in image quality is negligible and those people claiming a significant difference between those two formats are simply wrong.

The size/weight advantage is massively in favour of my little Panasonic GM5 over my old Nikon body.

There is, however, a significant difference in IQ between full-frame and APS-C/M43. I would pay $2000 for a full-frame camera, but I would not pay $2000 for an APS-C or M43 camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 03:38 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (672 comments in total)
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Spark211: @Dan, thanks for the review, it's quite on time!
I am just checking the GX8 in local stores and found it quite good(love the EVF and fit my hands well).
Then I found this review.
Actually, I don't understand why GX8 is scored lower than this G85. Is it only because price?
I live in China. And even GX8(smuggled from HK usually) is much cheaper than Sony (no smuggle available).
so, if not take price into score, how is GX8 compare to this G85? Thanks!

The GX8 suffers from shutter shock.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 20:34 UTC
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