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On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review (688 comments in total)
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camfan1: Congrats ! ... Fujifilm.
Smaller, yet bigger (sensor).
Better, yet cheaper.

@entoman. Indeed you are 100% right of cource. The compromise here makes this G90/95 a terrific camera. If we do take more lenses into the equation ... also non-stabilized primes then indeed the X-T30 is a less desirable camera ... for those purposes. But if I read here @dpreview that the G90/90 is a nice travel camera then, IMHO, there are so many other options. To me no crop for video is important, so the G9 would suite me better. I, very personally, also believe this camera may be a bit too expensive for what is offered in 2019 (?). But the G90 indeed seems a great 'compromise', as you wrote.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2019 at 19:24 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review (688 comments in total)

Congrats ! ... Fujifilm.
Smaller, yet bigger (sensor).
Better, yet cheaper.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2019 at 14:05 UTC as 58th comment | 4 replies
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brownie314: Damn - these lens prices do not make crop sensors attractive. It seems to get a "good" lens on crop is not very different from a good lens on FX. Why would I get this $800 lens on a crop sensor when I can get an f4 lens on an FX body for about the same price. Hell I can even get an excellent 2.8 zoom on FX if I am willing to give up a little on the long end. The value proposition doesn't seem to be there.

I think this new 16-80 is quite unbeatable in the that range (+ WR and 6 stops OIS!).
But indeed, looking at the 24-70 F4 Nikon mirrorless with the same dimensions + price, yet much faster because of FF sensor I, personally, can live with less reach (crop and enlarge in PP whenever needed).

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2019 at 07:50 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review (688 comments in total)

Hi,

@darkroom and others.
The FF camera I mentioned above was a low-end-FF Sony cam (introduced years ago) when it went on sale like in the UK@Amazon yesterday, Black Friday ... This cam goes on sale occasionally because of course, and I fully agree, it is no longer up to what the G95 & X-T30 and others can now easily pull off (like 4K video) ... but is is ... FF :-) !

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2019 at 06:34 UTC as 119th comment | 2 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review (688 comments in total)
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camfan1: For the size and price of an G95 and G9 I expect ... FF sensors in there.
If that would be the case then specs and price would be (more than) OK.
Nice camera(s), I love the look of it, yet killed by sensor (size).
I fear this trend will not attract *new* buyers into the m43 system.
A FF Sony A7 + kit lens nowadays is on sale for about 700 EURO.
I do hope Panasonic will be OK with this, but reading how the Oly EM X was evaluated ... dunno !?
It seems most people don't care much about size advantage anymore !?
FWIW ... I still do.

Androole ... It's obvious you are ... drooling over this new m43 cam.
Won't change the fact though that Panasonic also, finally, realised that a bigger (FF+) sensor is the way to go forward.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2019 at 19:03 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G95/G90 Review (688 comments in total)

For the size and price of an G95 and G9 I expect ... FF sensors in there.
If that would be the case then specs and price would be (more than) OK.
Nice camera(s), I love the look of it, yet killed by sensor (size).
I fear this trend will not attract *new* buyers into the m43 system.
A FF Sony A7 + kit lens nowadays is on sale for about 700 EURO.
I do hope Panasonic will be OK with this, but reading how the Oly EM X was evaluated ... dunno !?
It seems most people don't care much about size advantage anymore !?
FWIW ... I still do.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2019 at 15:50 UTC as 120th comment | 8 replies

Hi,

Personally I never expected Flickr to remain "free" at all times.
But in the years I had the free account I learned Flickr to be invaluable so I am happy to pay 50 USD/EUR annualy.
I don't even use Flickr for public storage but even as a personal website Flickr is great.
We not only get the storage, but the photo/video SAS software as well.

I only hope Flickr survives this ordeal.

Regards,
Stefaan

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2018 at 08:45 UTC as 11th comment
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review (1131 comments in total)
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marc petzold: How about the Lens? As other Reviews stated, it is 100% the same lens, as on the LX100 original - which does have a dust Problem. Is this issue from Panasonic now being fixed?

I'd suggest - for the high LX100 Mk. II price, a 3.69 MP EVF, non field-sequential, should be Standart.

Considering the orginal LX100, Buyers of the new Mk. II wouldn't *ever* get a Firmware Update - again! The Lumix FZ-1000 have seen a few ones, but *never* ever the LX100, so i do think, only with these slightest, modest Upgrades (GX9 Processor & LSI & 20 MP AA-less Sensor) the Mark II would never see a FW Update, and Panasonic thinks, potentional buyers would spent that much money, over the next 4 years again - when into 2022, the LX100 Mk. III perhaps would bring finally a better EVF, a new Sensor, a new Lens, and a fully articulated Touchscreen, no offense.

Good Light!

Hi Marc,

IMHO what you just mentioned is what makes the Mark II worth the upgrade.
The sensor was the problem with the first version. This has been solved.
Better LCD and touch screen, ditto.

Of course a 3.69 MP OLED EVF would have been great (of course) but seems to be (anno 2018) still reserved for high end cameras like G9.

In 2022 ? I sincerely doubt we will even see a Mark III !!!?

Kind regards,
Stefaan

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2018 at 08:33 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Panasonic LX100 II review (176 comments in total)
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Rich Evans: I am going to repeat here what I said before: who in their right mind will spend 1000 bucks for this camera? There are FF models for same PRICE!

As pointed out in the review: it doesnt reach the IQ of an APS-C camera, its not as portable as a 1 inch sensor and it is priced way too high while being mostly the same as previous model: Same lens, same ISO performance, same small sensor, same number of focus points, same small battery, same screen size, same fps. This is not an update, it is barely a spec increment. And no flipping screen?!

The Micro Four Thurd fans should see why this camera has been so criticised. There is nothing here that is not done better, cheaper, smaller in other bodies. Heck, get a RX100 IV and still spend some money in a nice trip.

This would have been an OK camera if it would have not been for the EVF problems , sensor dust, lens errors when retracting, barely matching 1 inch sensor IQ so on and so forth.

It is a nice TL camera but for 1000? Way too much.

Hi Rich,

Only 1000 USD for a FF camera + lens ? In the US ?
BTW, here, in Europe, the LX100 Mark I is now sold for around 450 USD.
About the LX100 ... never change a winning team !
LX100/D-LUX 109 + F1.7-2.8 + DxO PRIME = low light magic for a small camera like this.

But as always ... YMMV (and that sure seems to be the case here :-))

Kind regards,
Stefaan

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 17:45 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review (1131 comments in total)
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TomFid: Re: "Unfortunately, there is a downside of this system in that you never get to use the full sensor region, so don't quite get the full image quality potential of the sensor you've paid for."

This is a silly perspective. The image circle of the lens is a more important limiting factor. Who cares if they choose a slightly bigger sensor in order to make better use of it by providing multiple aspects without simple cropping?

It always beats me why some people seem to imagine multi-aspect choices as being a 'negative'instead of realizing that it insetad optimizes the available sensor area vs the optimal lens circle (size).
Doing it this way might indeed not be optimal if the *only* aspect ratio desired was 4:3 aspect ratio and using a 4:3 sensor. However, this is the main plus of the LX cameras (surely not a minus). If anyone still wants to look at it the other way then the LX camera line simply may not be your best choice.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2018 at 06:48 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review (1131 comments in total)
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Ebrahim Saadawi: The LX100 was pretty popular in the filmmaking world. The insane 36mm starting point pretty much kills its video potential. One would get an RX100 with a 24mm starting point (and larger sensor, ironically). For photography it's quite intetesting.

Hi Ebrahim,
Thanks, that's a perfect description you just stated about the Video capabilities !
I use Powerdirector 16 Ultra to edit the UHD mp4 files and it's so easy and swift to create movies in H.264 or H.265 format on any of my systems (today regarded as 'fast' -and- even 'slow').
I am not a 'filmmaker' but simply use this cam as a small hybrid camera.
As you write it is a pity Panasonic did not put V-log and mic input into the Mark II version, but still I love mine (D-Lux typ109 mark I) as it gets me 26mm wide video ... almost a unique feature in fixed zoomlens cameras !
Kind regards,
Stefaan

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 07:08 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review (1131 comments in total)
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Ebrahim Saadawi: The LX100 was pretty popular in the filmmaking world. The insane 36mm starting point pretty much kills its video potential. One would get an RX100 with a 24mm starting point (and larger sensor, ironically). For photography it's quite intetesting.

The LX100/D-LUX109 MARC I 4K video is truly amazing. Unfortunately there is the problem that movie IS is far from perfect. However (on a tripod) the mp4 UHD movie clips are fantastic for such a small camera and espacially the WA fast lens makes it possible to shoot clips at really very dim light !
Also, because of the format and quite limited bitrate the video is easy to edit, also on less capable PCs !

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 18:41 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review (1131 comments in total)
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Ebrahim Saadawi: The LX100 was pretty popular in the filmmaking world. The insane 36mm starting point pretty much kills its video potential. One would get an RX100 with a 24mm starting point (and larger sensor, ironically). For photography it's quite intetesting.

Indeed, also AFAIK in the enthousiast stills photography world, as a backup and even as an one-and-only cam.
That's why it's a bit puzzling why Panasonic did not start the development of the Mark II sooner as to make more changes while at it !?
Most probably the shrinking digicam market (smartphones!) is to blame and they took few risks with the original formula !?
ILC LENSES (and FF) is where the money is to be found and thus a fixed lens camera should not endanger those sales !?
Kind regards,
Stefaan

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 16:48 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review (1131 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Here is a camera that is small and pricey but not small enough to be compared to Sony's RX100 series which is truly pocket sized at the same price range. Then the Canon M50 makes the price and size comparison fair, however the Canon is APSC which offers at least 1 stop advantage in image/video quality in every situation. I believe M43 is doomed and if Panasonic comes out with FF then it will be interesting to see what format becomes the ultimate small size alternate format: 1", M43 or APSC...

But AFAIK there is no such thing as an M50 with a (small) fast zoom, is there !?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 12:20 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review (1131 comments in total)
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scotthunter: I prefer the ergonomics and handling of the Canon G1X III. It's a slightly larger camera but you wouldn't want to be walking around far with one of these in your jean pocket anyway. I carry mine around on my neck. I agree that the long end of the Canon's lens is slightly slow at f5.6, but in good light and when you are close to your subject, the G1X III is still the best compact camera money can buy and the only such camera with an APS-C sensor. The EVF is excellent and centrally positioned, it's got weather-sealing and the smartphone / iPad app for reviewing images on your device works really well.

Indeed, except the G1X III video features are not really advanced and Canon is not known for the best low light sensors either (neither is panasonic).

But this really small APS-C digicam is indeed about as good as it gets for stills !

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 12:17 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review (1131 comments in total)
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tumivn: As an owner of the original LX100, I decide not to buy the LX100 II version because many issues I faced with the original one:

+ Magenta cast when shooting in neon light
+ Mainboard issues: navigation pad now cannot work correctly. Its durability is poor when comparing with Sony RX100 cameras.
+ Zoom ring causes unwanted zooming
+ EVF is not good and it's not WYSIWYG, colors are brighter and punchier than the result JPG.
+ When shooting in low light, it sucks. Its IQ in low light is not as good as expected.

Yes, in bright sunlight, this camera is amazing, but if you tend to take a lot of pictures in low light, it maybe not for you.

Hi tumivn,

(Magenta cast when shooting in neon light) ... I only shoot RAW and PP!
(Mainboard issues: navigation pad now cannot work correctly. ...) ... Agreed, this is not a PRO camera, but is not sold as such.
+ Zoom ring causes unwanted zooming : the zoom lever works great for my purposes (hybrid stills-video)
+ EVF is not good and it's not WYSIWYG, colors are brighter and punchier than the result JPG : for 16:9 ratio pics/video the EVF looks really BIG for such a small digicam
(When shooting in low light, it sucks. Its IQ in low light is not as good as expected) ... better shoot RAW and e.g. use Photolab PRIME or CO 11 and you will be amazed at what this cam can do in dim light.
At F1.7 I can even shoot most indoor scenes without flash.
FWIW ... indeed, for photographing tiny turtles on moonlit beaches we need that FF Sony camera :-)
Moreover ... I too would have loved a hypothetical LX200 ... not a MARK I or ... MARK II.

Kind regards,
Stefaan

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 10:49 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review (1131 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: I have the Mk1 and it is superb, in particular the under used by pros 4K video that is tack sharp and outshines some other more expensive video focused cameras.

I waited for the Mk2, wanting an articulating display for low shots (my knees!) and USB-C charging, but neither came, so I'm not upgrading alas. (All my technology is now USB-C equipped from laptops and tablets to phones and headphones, nice to only carry one charger and cable.)

Indeed ! ...
Also to me Wide-Angle video is of the utmost importance.
The Mark I has far better 'crop' for VIDEO making for a 26 mm WA lens vs Mark II 33 mm or so ... this sure is a BIG deal !
This 26 mm UHD 30p video-hybrid camera is in fact one-of-a-kind in such a small camera body. Moreover it being dirt cheap (nowadays the Mark I goes for 420 EURO/USD in some online shops vs USD 999 for the video WA inferior Mark II version !)

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 09:26 UTC
On article Skylum software launches Aurora HDR 2019 (110 comments in total)

Making great softwares like Aurora HDR, EasyHDR and Photomatrix takes a lot of time , skills and effort and can hardly be free !
As soon as I got the link to pre-order my upgrade for the Aurora HDR 2019 version I took the bait.
It's hard for me to resist because this is simply must-have software for anyone even remotely interested in HDR, stacking or astrophotography.
EasyHDR is cheaper and IMHO also incredibly good (and yes, not that demanding regarding yearly upgrade pricing).
This is software done right and, IMHO, it truly deserves every penny those guys ask for it !
The only thing I always ask myself is this ... what will these guys still come up with ... next year !?
BTW ... with AuroraHDR it is fairly easy to create true-to-life high-DR images too ... you really don't have to go crazy on (over-)tonemapping ... but you can !
:-)

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2018 at 11:23 UTC as 6th comment
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review (1131 comments in total)
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Critical Thinker: 2018 and no articulated screen and a fixed external flash? Why do manufacturers feel the need to cripple their own products?

Hi,

IMHO this Mark II camera now got what it takes to remain on top of the compact digicams for true photographers.
- that external flash proved to be great in use. I have used it quite a lot during performances in dark rooms and outside at night (orchestra, fast dances, flash sync 1/500 !) and in combination with the fast lens it did more than anticipated. Pop-up flash would only be OK for fill-in but this is way better.
- Tilting screen etc. would indeed be nice, but I learned to live without it on the Mark I.
- the 21MP sensor and touch screen are very important updates to 2018 tech.
- I am not sure yet whether this will be my instant buy (like with version 1) because the Mark one was already near perfect and I have a lot of softwares that today! can handle the RAW format of my Leica D-Lux 109 (LX100).
Thank you Panasonic-Leica for keeping this true Classic alive and kickin' !
Kind regards,
Stefaan

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2018 at 08:34 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III review (610 comments in total)

Many here seem to underestimate the importance of a big(ger) sensor in a small package with zoom, OLED EVF, wetaher sealing *and* built-in flash !
IMHO (even) $1300 is not too much for a one-of-its-kind camera ... whatever other possible drawbacks.
Also, to me anyway, this compact sure is, in many ways, a potential DSLR alternative.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 10:12 UTC as 107th comment | 10 replies
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