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 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 (677 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

American-style censorship is out of touch with free speech laws in the rest of the Western world, so it's good to see Facebook move towards catching up.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 20:50 UTC as 10th comment
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NZ Scott: I do wish Sony would introduce a touchscreen for the RX100 series.

I won't buy one until they do.

toughluck: It happens with cars and phones, but not with cameras aimed at professionals and enthusiasts. As already mentioned, a touchscreen gives options for controlling functions such as focus point. Most people find this to be useful. A very small minority of people are opposed to touchscreens, but as long as physical controls are retained this objection is pointless as it is always possible to turn off the touchscreen.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 23:24 UTC
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NZ Scott: I do wish Sony would introduce a touchscreen for the RX100 series.

I won't buy one until they do.

toughluck: No need at all to get rid of the buttons. It could have the same controls as it does now, just with the addition of a touchscreen so you can use that if you prefer.

Touchscreens are great for things such as moving focus points and navigating menus. They are also a great backup if any of your physical controls stop working. My current camera, a Panasonic GM5, has a broken scrollwheel but I can still use the touchscreen for controlling aperture, etc.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 20:10 UTC
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Andersonm: Let's face it: Sony 6500 with IBIS, Sigma 19mm 2.8, Sigma 30mm 1.4, Sigma 60mm 2.8.

A good setup, but two of those lenses are pretty slow.

Panasonic's 15/1.7 is faster on M43 than Sigma's 19/2.8 on APSC.
Olympus's 45/1.8 is faster on M43 than Sigma's 60/2.8 on APSC.

Even taking equivalence into account, the difference is roughly a stop.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 09:07 UTC

Great to see a lens review - thanks, Dpreview.

Like some others have requested in these comments, I would appreciate Dpreview measuring coma on fast lenses.

I find coma to be a big deal when shooting in dark conditions with light sources near the edge of the frame (eg, astro).

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 23:35 UTC as 28th comment
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NZ Scott: Winter?

It's moving into summer.

And nor is it meant for half the world's population, apparently, given that 12 per cent live in the Southern Hemisphere and 40 per cent in the tropics.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 22:11 UTC
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mxx: Winter is coming? What are you smoking? It's spring here where I live. Summer is coming. DPR does not even know what season it is? Do you even know what day of the week it is?

It's not just the southern hemisphere - also the many hundreds of millions of people living within a thousand kilometres either side of the equator.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 21:47 UTC
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Pudelspringer: Actually, Summer is coming. Perhaps global websites should be a bit more aware there is an entire hemisphere below the equator

t is moving into summer only in northern parts of the northern hemisphere. Dpreview has an international readership. It was originally based in the UK, but since moving to the US has fallen into the "America-centric" trap in which it assumes that everybody in the world is American.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 21:45 UTC
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NZ Scott: I do wish Sony would introduce a touchscreen for the RX100 series.

I won't buy one until they do.

Lexo Lexo: That doesn't make any sense at all, as you could simply turn it off.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 05:33 UTC

Winter?

It's moving into summer.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2016 at 13:01 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
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Mariano Pacifico: At 1" sensor who needs fast AF when everything is in focus. There are still people who falls for this marketing ploy.
- I stopped counting pixels, have anyone of you?
- I never peeked into that tiny viewfinder
- Same 'o lens since RXIII 4 years ago which is light-years in digital cam world
- Can anyone tell if it is stacked or not?
- They can do 5k or 6k run but that is for the next baby-step iteration to make money
- same soda pop tin can body

Ha ha. Yeah, he's pretty negative, isn't he?

He's also wrong, because this camera has an f/1.8 to f/2.8 lens that is more than capable of throwing subjects out of focus.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2016 at 00:45 UTC

I do wish Sony would introduce a touchscreen for the RX100 series.

I won't buy one until they do.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 03:08 UTC as 8th comment | 7 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: Looks like a nice camera.

Positive: the grip looks more hefty than the slim one on the original E-M1.

Negative: The on/off switch is still stupidly placed.

Ambivalent: Would prefer a swivel screen to a fully-articulating one, but that's a personal preference.

It's stupid because it can only be accessed with the left hand.

Properly-placed on/off switches can easily be accessed by the hand that is holding the camera (ie, the right hand). Nikon has this down pat, as does Panasonic on most of its m43 cameras, and Olympus itself with some of its PEN bodies.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 09:11 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)

Looks like a nice camera.

Positive: the grip looks more hefty than the slim one on the original E-M1.

Negative: The on/off switch is still stupidly placed.

Ambivalent: Would prefer a swivel screen to a fully-articulating one, but that's a personal preference.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 02:11 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: One feature that seems to have passed without mention is the audio jack, which was controversial on the GX85 and which I believe is standard 3.5mm on this camera. Is that correct?

Thanks, Dan.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 01:49 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)

One feature that seems to have passed without mention is the audio jack, which was controversial on the GX85 and which I believe is standard 3.5mm on this camera. Is that correct?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:50 UTC as 171st comment | 4 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)
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Boissez: Looks nice. Any word on whether the body is made of plastic or metal?

Boissez: The body is half-metal and half-plastic. The front part is metal and the back part has a "plasticky" feel, according to one review I read.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:47 UTC
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