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 an account manager for a public relations firm in Tauranga.

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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 (1378 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 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (471 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 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (471 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 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (471 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 (422 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 (687 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 31st 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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