dormcat

dormcat

Lives in Taiwan Taiwan
Joined on Aug 28, 2011

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Gimli son of Gloin: Yeah no... nyet... nein... For this price and this low resolution why not a bridge camera like the RX10 or FZ1000? The RX10IV is an amazing camera with its lens.

Theres is virtually no image benefit for photographs to have a Micro Four Thirds sensor/camera when compared to a 1" Inch.

Besides, the Micro Four Thirds cameras have been steadily increasing on price while features are not different from what one can find in the competitors.

After using exclusively Panasonic for many years I just dumped it in favour of 1" Inch sensors and an old Full-Frame camera. I get the best of both worlds: size and way better image quality.

To me the final nail in the coffin was that Panasonic/Olympus seem to be stuck in the past in relation to their resolution. 20mp still?? Why? Add to that the lack of dynamic range, the poor ISO. And nothing has changed.

Good luck everyone that decides this is a worthy camera. Be prepared to pay an arm and a leg for not so much.

So long.

@jnd: As a fellow FZ1000 user, here's how to tweak it from PAL to NTSC:

1. With the camera power OFF and on a steady surface, press and HOLD the three buttons of "AF/AE LOCK" + "DISP." + "WB (right arrow)" at the same time, then turn the power on.

2. Then, with the camera power ON, press and HOLD the three buttons of "AF/AE LOCK" + "DISP." + "ISO (up arrow)" at the same time, then turn the power off.

If you've done it correctly, the LCD screen would display a yellow triangle with a black exclamation mark moment before powering down; the mark would also appear every time you power off the camera (don't worry, it won't affect functionality). If no exclamation mark appears, it's very likely that a button is not pressed firmly while turning the power on/off; just start over from step 1.

Beware that video recorded previously under 25/50 FPS PAL format cannot be played in-camera after this tweak, so better backup your files within the memory card before commencing the tweak.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 12:21 UTC

Has Hasselblad ever manufactured some of the finest cameras on Earth AND in space? Sure.

Has Hasselblad ever made really awful business decisions and made itself a laughing stick of the photography industry? Sure.

Nikon has done the former on par with Hasselblad; the latter as well, fortunately, to a lesser degree.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 17:36 UTC as 89th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D700 (115 comments in total)

As a D700 user for almost six years who have felt D800/800E/810 somehow not exactly fitting my need, I, like many posts here, agree that D850 is truly worth waiting as the legitimate successor of D700.

Thanks to DPR for revisiting D700's review.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 14:05 UTC as 52nd comment
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endofoto: Full frame camera and lens was this small, after 60 years or so FF cameras are bigger, heavier. This is a shame. Made in occupied Japan is a different dilemma, thousands year old japanese culture became USA toy, what a shame.

@Slouch Hooligan

And why did US do that? Because Japan staged Mukden Incident, invaded Manchuria, and established a puppet regime by installing Puyi (the last emperor) as a figurehead. All and all because Japan needed more "living space" i.e. "Lebensraum" (perhaps this German word sounds more familiar in Westerners' ears?). Ever heard of Jinan Incident that Japanese Army mercilessly tortured and murdered 17 Chinese DIPLOMATS in Jinan on May 3, 1928?

"History didn't begin at Pearl Harbor." Well said.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 23:54 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (123 comments in total)

I bought an F50fd as my second P&S compact digital camera in 2008, with acceptable but certainly not the best image quality. Years later I spotted an F31fd in an used electronics store with the price of US$39 (complete with original cardboard box and accessories) and I bought it without hesitation. Under indoor lighting, the IQ of F31fd triumphed over F50fd in almost every aspect, with or without flash.

Some Fujifilm fans believe that F50fd was the first sign of the decline of Fujifilm's once glorious high-end F and S series with larger-than-average SuperCCD and excellent IQ. After the "200s" of both series, Fujifilm compacts have been circling around and going nowhere for about four years, and while X10 had been moderately popular among hipsters, it was defeated by Sony RX100 series and smartphones, along with buggy XF1.

With Fujifilm making good profits from X-series MILC and Instax cameras / films, guess the good memories of its fine compacts can only be locked up forever.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 01:05 UTC as 18th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon PowerShot Pro70 (111 comments in total)
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Maoby: Digital story !!
I own almost all the first digital cameras, with their original boxes.
See here :
https://www.flickr.com/photos/maoby/sets/72157635352973786/

And for memory cards see here :)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/maoby/sets/72157651212582949/

@Maoby: Wow, not only you have an awesome collection of cameras and memory cards, you also have Ichigo Morino as your test-shot model! :D

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 08:58 UTC
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Nobby2016: i bought a fuji compact for my sister 5 years ago.

it´s the worst compact camera i have ever seen.
the images are ALL smeary no matter what ISO.

my lumix LX2 from 2007 is making better images.

For some reason (wish DPR could dig up for us readers), Fujifilm changed their product strategies in mid-2009. The last of their excellent F-series mainstream compacts with 1/1.6" ended with F200EXR; everything started deteriorating with F70EXR and its 1/2" CCD sensor (also equipped by following F-series).

Same goes to the superzoom S-series: the glory of S9600, S100FS, and S200EXR (essentially S100FS with a SMALLER sensor) was overshadowed by many below-average S- and HS-series with tiny 1/2.3" sensor. X-S1 was a pricey failure, with IQ no better than S100FS, and the last ditch attempt by S1 was no better.

While the MILC of X-series are well received, compacts other than X100 (and its two "updates" rather than successors) show no sign of improvement over the years. Who's gonna buy the chunky X10-30 when 1" compacts with better IQ, larger aperture (and blurrier bokeh), AND smaller bodies are readily available? Guess the X70 is the last hope.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 15:24 UTC
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photophile: Seem to recall the F31fd (might have been a later release) having impressive low light (max ISO 3200!!) performance - at full 6MP resolution. They were still holding their value up until 2010.

In fact, Dpreview wrote: "...the F31fd blows away all its competitors at anything over ISO 200, which is no mean feat."

Still got my Fujifilm S100FS, F50fd (both bought new), and an F31fd bought later in an used camera store for NT$1200 (US$38). I was a bit frustrated when I found out the low-light performance of F31fd outperformed F50fd; no wonder many users had complained the latter when it was first introduced.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 14:55 UTC

After reading this feature article I'd like to request DPR site admins to update DPR's Casio camera database.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 12:43 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
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dormcat: As an owner of Fujifilm Mobile Printer MP-300 (using "Instax Digital" photo paper that has the same size of Instax but not interchangeable with the latter, as they utilize different technologies), I felt the picture quality of Instax SP-1 rather disappointing.

Comparison photo: http://1drv.ms/1RldAtU
Above: MP-300; below: SP-1.
Both were outputs of the exact same digital file: http://1drv.ms/1RldDWC

SP-1 is an updated and upgraded version of NP-1, Instax printer released back in October 2003 for Japanese cell phones equipped with infrared communication ports (http://www.fujifilm.co.jp/news_r/nrj1139.html). I wonder why Fujifilm didn't produce an upgraded MP-300 with wireless support instead; probably because most of Instax customers (i.e. Asian female) prefer the brighter, less sharp, less saturated effect of Instax over the more authentic Instax Digital / MP-300. Casio TR series knows the trick VERY well.

Now my MP-300 is left with the last two prints in its cassette...... (sigh)

"Casio TR series knows the trick VERY well."

Proven by DPR's new article: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2774239331/make-up-bracketing-and-selfie-boutiques-help-shoot-casio-to-record-levels-of-profit

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 02:03 UTC

As an owner of Fujifilm Mobile Printer MP-300 (using "Instax Digital" photo paper that has the same size of Instax but not interchangeable with the latter, as they utilize different technologies), I felt the picture quality of Instax SP-1 rather disappointing.

Comparison photo: http://1drv.ms/1RldAtU
Above: MP-300; below: SP-1.
Both were outputs of the exact same digital file: http://1drv.ms/1RldDWC

SP-1 is an updated and upgraded version of NP-1, Instax printer released back in October 2003 for Japanese cell phones equipped with infrared communication ports (http://www.fujifilm.co.jp/news_r/nrj1139.html). I wonder why Fujifilm didn't produce an upgraded MP-300 with wireless support instead; probably because most of Instax customers (i.e. Asian female) prefer the brighter, less sharp, less saturated effect of Instax over the more authentic Instax Digital / MP-300. Casio TR series knows the trick VERY well.

Now my MP-300 is left with the last two prints in its cassette...... (sigh)

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 02:18 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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ecm: What? No WiFi means no printing from a phone.... Who does canon think their market is with this printer? Not a typical dSLR owner, I have an inkjet printer for my photos so I can print larger than 4x6.

I got the Selphy 910 for my daughter just a few weeks ago specifically because it prints directly from an iphone. She's having a blast with it; its with teens like her they've got a real market; she loves sharing prints with friends.

An OTG flash drive (with dual USB connectors: type-A and micro-B) might solve the problem. Of course, it's an additional expense and something you have to carry around.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 07:26 UTC

Looks like just an updated CP800: 100g less weight, 8mm thinner, and without Sony MemoryStick slot. Dunno why Canon took Wi-Fi away.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 09:31 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

Last time I checked, April Fool's Day was on 1st, not 9th.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 00:29 UTC as 75th comment

I wonder if someone has noticed that X-S1 is missing in the "future compatible models" list; X100 and X10, both older than X-S1, are still in the list.

Looks like Fujifilm either has abandoned the idea of using its 12MP 2/3" on a superzoom, or is planning a new model to replace X-S1. If it's the latter case I'd like to see something featuring the same 12 Megapixel 2/3" X-Trans CMOS II on X30/XQ2, with slightly more reach (especially the wide-angle end) than that of an Olympus Stylus 1, but smaller than a Panasonic FZ1000 (which uses 1" CMOS; twice the size of 2/3"). Manual zoom would be a big plus.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 23:26 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On article Another Hasselblad rebadge or Photoshopped hoax? (185 comments in total)
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coudet: I called it 2 months ago. ;)

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52003260

Hey! I'm earlier! See http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/07/22/Hasselblad-announces-Stellar-Sony-RX100-based-20mp-compact?comments=5

"Now we've got Lunar and Stellar, I bet that we'll see a Hasselblad Solar in the foreseeable future. Possible candidates are:

1. The DSLR/DSLT mentioned in the partnership last September; possibly a rebranded A99.

2. RX1, once an interchangeable lens successor is available.

Thoughts?"

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 00:10 UTC

Unlike any other Leica lens, the focusing ring of this Summicron 1:2/50 has no metric scale. Guess the camera and lens are designed for Americans only.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 01:11 UTC as 181st comment
On article Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century (250 comments in total)
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qwertyasdf: The Casio TRYX is very successful in Asia

Seconded.

The newest products of the line, TR15/TR350 (different model number depending on retail location) and TR10/TR300 (same but without Wi-Fi connectivity) have the price tag of NT$23,990 (US$805.37) and NT$19,990 (US$671.08) in Taiwan, respectively, way more expensive than ~US$250 as DPR described in this article.

Check out the product announcement ceremony: http://chiconydcd.tw/casio/news/preview/111.html
http://digiphoto.techbang.com/posts/4957-casio-ex-tr15-tr10-self-portrait-artifact-listed-is-equipped-with-wi-fi-at-23990

Due to high demand and low availability, queues at authorized retailers take months to buy one (and limited to one camera per person), thus many potential customers now willing to pay US$1,000+ to parallel importers.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 17:11 UTC
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PixelMover: Oh, anyone wanna take a $100 bet that their FF DSLR (with choice of 11 grips, handcrafted out of hand-selected rare bullsh*t) will be called 'Solar' ?

@PixelMover: Hey, don't you steal my idea.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 14:37 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: Anyone seen a Lunar in the wild yet?

mpetersson witnessed one at Fotografiska (Swedish Museum of Photography), Stockholm: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/06/10/hasselblad-lunar-now-shipping

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2013 at 19:59 UTC
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