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Lost interest in the DSLR realm years and years ago. Sold my two Nikons, the lenses, the bag. My interest these days goes to bridge with a largish sensor and as much zoom as they will put in, like the Sony RX10-III with 1-in and 25x.

For longer zoom, any old super like Nikon P900 or Canon SX60. Finish up with a Sony HX90v compact that brings along a 30x, tilting monitor and viewfinder.

Together, they rip the snot out of the old DSLR routine unless you have a caddy and can afford at least a 1200x lens. And even then, I would probably leave the SLR at home. So much bother, not to mention the constant worry of leaving the bag behind somewhere.

Sure, get rid of the dumb compacts filling shelves. But the moves by some to impressively beef up the larger sensor high zoom bridge category is a welcome entry to the party.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 22:34 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
On article Camera Roundups updated for the holidays (44 comments in total)
In reply to:

maxnimo: My friends granddaughter asked "what's the bestest camera in the whole world?"

My vote: Sony RX10-III. 25x zoom, 1-in sensor, tilt screen, LCD info on top. I have yet to try one, but the specs are amazing. Second choice: Panasonic FZ-2000. SLRs are too limiting and expensive even compared to the hardly cheap RX10-III.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 20:29 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)

Wow, Apple made an external ergonomic hardware change for like the first time in maybe 10 years. They finally veered away from the dreadful design practice called minimalism (which looks okay to clean-freaks but makes so many things more difficult) into adding some actual functionality. Big surprise.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 16:55 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
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skanter: "Launches"? What does that mean? "Available sometime in 2017".

This is misrepresentation. "Announces" would be more accurate.

Launches an announcement maybe. Hey, writing copy for publication is difficult stuff. I've done it. Human beings, you know. We make a lot of mistakes and overlook things.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 14:35 UTC
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KonstantinosK: Great but $1500? Gulp!

For that price, I would like to see an LCD on top along with full swivel screen. Having said that, if the stills are decent (much better than 1/2.3 sensors), the $1500 must be compared against the $2500 one would pay for an SLR with a complement of lenses going from 24mm to 600mm.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 23:46 UTC

The camera I (and perhaps many others) have been waiting for. Wow, 25x zoom, mic input, focus and zoom rings, large EVF, at least a tilting LCD, 24mm wide angle, 960fps, WiFi. Been waiting a few years now (since like 2010) hoping somebody would do this.Just please take truly sharp images. Then the RX10-III will definitely be the one to grab. Oh yeah, after the initial price drop as well. Already I had figured on never looking back at the SLR world. Now that expectation will be empowered further. Yay, Sony.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 21:57 UTC as 34th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 30x travel zoom (80 comments in total)

Though Sony's website fails to note any distinction from the 90v, Digital Trends is reporting that the 80 lacks the control ring around the lens (which can be customized to use for a choice of functions, including manual focus) and GPS. So for $130 less, there you go. I like GPS quite a bit and find that control ring useful as a third customizable adjustment.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 21:04 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 30x travel zoom (80 comments in total)
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Beckler8: If this is like my older HX50 with 30x, it's not even useful to have that much zoom. Not only do you rarely need it and it's hard to hand hold, the image quality drops. I wish they'd stop it with the marketing nonsense and make what I think more people would actually want: 10 to 15x zoom and a larger sensor - in between this one and 1" in size.

Hah, I can use up a 20x zoom inside the house and fully utilized all of the 50x on my Canon SX50. I am waiting to get my hands on a Nikon P900 to find out if the viewfinder and picture quality make that model worth owning for the 83x zoom.

On my SX50 I captured a Boeing 767 approach and landing from right over my head still airborne until taxing off the runway nearly a mile away. Try getting that with 15x. But I can see why for people who mostly shoot snapshots of friends, pets or the garden, sure, 15x would be plenty.

Either way, I would never call zoom (like I would call the ISO race) a marketing point just to trick amateurs into being impressed. Optical zoom brings a whole new world into the lens. Yes, it does take getting used to holding the camera still, maybe by perching an elbow on your abdomen. Worth it though.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 20:44 UTC
On article Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 30x travel zoom (80 comments in total)

Okay, just looked at a UK site and found out where the dark product photos above probably came from. There, one can find three additional pics showing rear, top and side.

The original question is how if at all the 80 is different from the 90v. Looking through the features, I am unable to find a single change except for a tiny change in body size.

Therefore, my guess is that Sony is going to offer a much more advanced 90-series, though wanted to continue selling one similar to the existing and first in the series 90v at a now lower price, which will leave the upper price-point available.

While a quite decent and groundbreaking camera, $429 retail was quite a bit for the 90v due to the 1/2.3 sensor. It is probable they will continue finding buyers right there for $300, then asking more money to present who knows what else on a 91v, maybe a Mic jack or fully articulating LCD.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 19:47 UTC as 28th comment
On article Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 30x travel zoom (80 comments in total)

Wondering why DP offers 3 pictures of the front though nothing from the top or rear. Maybe Sony has yet to release alternate views. Aside from that, I am left fetching to discover the purpose of this release given the 90v with a seemingly identical feature set.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 19:28 UTC as 29th comment
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (617 comments in total)

I get to click through 10 pages just to read the thoughts on one new camera? Gonna have to be a really cool device before nudging me into laboring over the review. Just in case anybody is wondering. PS: Given that Canon has traditionally installed the worst viewfinder in history - really a joke on the idea of photography at all - in the G series, one should factor that in during the whole should I click another page choice.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 22:50 UTC as 77th comment
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (727 comments in total)
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justmeMN: A Sony press release is not exactly an unbiased source of information.

In a May 27, 2015 financial document, Sony states that their ILC market share is only 11%.

Maybe their overall market share is indeed 11 percent (while probably increasing due to Canon having grown lazy on the innovation front). Yet the article seems to have been concentrating on and illustrating growth in the mirrorless portion of the ILC market. And given the starting point of mirrorless apparently being the only area experiencing growth, impetus for concentrating there is contained within. Thus, rationale for publishing the information, leastwise for this reader.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 13:40 UTC
On article The best in smartphone photography 2013 (54 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: The S4 zoom is the only modestly interesting development in phones with cameras and it didn't even get a mention that I saw. A fixed lens with a fixed focal length makes a cell phone a nearly useless device for photography for me and, in fact, I don't use my S3 for photography at all. I'd like to see a pureview style approach with a short fast zoom like the one in the S120. Then cell phones might begin to be useful for photography. Until then, I'll continue to carry a small but vastly superior compact camera.

#Lars, The S4 is an actual phone by any measure known to me at this time, but then goes a step further by adding a really cool amazingly long zoom of 10x. I can see no reason why it should be forbidden from competing in the group on this page dedicated to smartphone photography and informing readers of the choices.

If there is a reason, I guess including that verbiage in the article would sort of make up for the oversight, a little anyway. For example: "While a 10x zoom creates a category of its own, this piece will examine phones continuing to rely on the traditional non-zoom camera design.

Still a useful piece, though slightly misleading by neglecting to provide the full shelf of items available. Well, one can always count on the comments area for missing stuff. And by the way, I realize no feature can cover every possible contingency. Leaving out the king of phone cameras though, not the road I would have taken.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2013 at 16:31 UTC
On article First Impressions Review: Using the Canon PowerShot G16 (353 comments in total)

Does it still have the worst viewfinder since the throwaway paper cameras of yesteryear? What I remember from the G12 and giving up on the series right then was a tiny plastic square with NO information inside, no focus ability, just a tunnel showing the other side of the camera that frames an approximate size of what the photo is going to be.

Now I see here and backwards one number (G15) absence of the articulating screen. Plus you're still dealing with a measly 5x zoom. Waste of an idea. At least Nikon and some others continue trying to make what photogs actually want.

What once looked like an attempt to offer a useful tool for pros (G6) now appears to be a psychology study in turning off all enthusiasm among the faithful. That way when ultimately curtailing production altogether, the CEO can tell shareholders that sales were too low. What he won't be telling anyone on that day is that money from customers walked away after investment and innovation were withdrawn by the company.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 17:46 UTC as 85th comment
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Nathebeach: I am curious if and how comments have contributed to improvements in dpreview and even in product manufacturing.

Ask yourself that question. If you designed a camera, would you not want to read the comment section below reviews to obtain direct feedback from buyers or potential customers?

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 16:16 UTC
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Ybor: This has to be the single dumbest Comment section related to a DPR article since the inception of the site. And, after reading through most of the comments I want to puke so I think I will. I am not a fan of DPR forums or articles but they provide occasional entertainment.

Curiously enough, your arrogant disposition left me feeling a wee bit toward the vomiting end of the scale. For decades, many people KNEW that the major news networks and most of the big-city newspapers in America were run by liberal atheist liars. Yet their fake TV news programs permitted NO feedback while the newspaper owners decided which letters to the editor would be allowed public airing.

Now we are in paradise at last, the ability to hear what honest citizens think of stuff. And let me tell you, the results aren't pretty down below stories by ABC, NBC, NPR (which started heavily moderating) and CBS. AP stories also.

Thanks to talk radio, Fox News, other regular people on the internet and forums, we have entered an era where masses are learning true history and getting real news. THEY are speaking up. Yayyyyyy.

As for camera / product reviews, VERY OFTEN the reviewer fails to mention 80% of the features that annoy the crud out of me. Yet I learn about them in the comments.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 16:12 UTC

Control-freak, everybody must think like me moderators MAKE THEIR OWN labor by presiding over every conversation to keep their readers from, oh my, hearing the unapproved thoughts from independent thinkers.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 16:03 UTC as 63rd comment | 5 replies

THAT is considred an EXCELLENT response??? It's kaka. The photographer deducts RENT and nearly everything else on the planet from the $50,000 earned in four months to justify charging $2500 for shooting a wedding!!

You don't get to deduct rent because EVERYBODY has a housing cost. it is not intrinsic to wedding photographers, dopey.

Then the photographer wasted $400 month on a leased vehicle. My 1995 Villager costs ZERO per month and gets me around just fine, including a sunroof, digital gauges, leather seats and more. The insurance is just about nothing because given the small worth of the car I only buy liability.

Enough already. Whoever called the response excellent is living in dreamland. I am a photographer, having worked for a newspaper, an insurance company and done freelance.

But making $50,000 in four months is a LOT, given 8 more months to earn money). Our angry "insulted" photographer is being a twit. Just admit gouging because you can, and get on with your day, Nikki.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 20:10 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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