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Love: The outdoors, gardening, ice skating, quadline and inline skating, cycling, skiing, snowboarding. Always looking for the perfect Disney vacation camera!


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On article Samsung launches Galaxy S4 superphone (108 comments in total)
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Paul_B Midlands UK: Whatever the whinging, cynicism, the boring Apple vs Samsung who did what first moan-in i.e the usual trademark DP forum comments, one thing is for sure this phone is going to fly off the shelves. I’m pretty impartial, but doesn’t it make the Iphone5 look a bit dull and old hat - it certainly trashes my ‘old’ HTC One X for apparent functionality. I can’t see HTC keeping up, but Apple I would have though needs to smell the coffee.

Its hard to imagine that Samsung would have released a phone that was less sophisticated than a year old phone by any manufacturer.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 13:38 UTC
On article Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? (1507 comments in total)
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SulfurousBeast: This is simply to vote for the best of 2012 among all categories - $100 to $10000. While there are category best within a certain price point, range etc. Again, no winners or losers as all are very good cameras, but this poll gives a insight into mindset of users, what they would buy assuming everyone could afford one. My 2 cents, interesting to see that FF cameras have scored cumulatively higher % of votes. Mirrorless is catching up, EM-5 giving a good run for the money to D800/E. If Panny did a OMD type sensor on its GH3 - that would be my personal pick.

The problem is that by choosing one "best" it implies all others are inferior, when they are not.

I recently returned from Disney with my FZ200, and it was a superb camera to have. It is not small, but it fit in the Osprey Veer shoulder back with tons of room to spare. Compare that to the poor souls hauling SLRs with crummy kit lenses or bags of gear. Oh, and the 5fps with continual focus were sweet on the Safari!

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 14:52 UTC
On article Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? (1507 comments in total)

Wow! The camera I would pick is not even on the list. For what it does, and what it costs, the Lumix FZ200 really pretty amazing.

I also have problems with the idea that we can take this random list of cameras, ranging from a tiny pocket zoom, to a monster SLR, and assign one as "best."

Best for what?

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 14:43 UTC as 394th comment
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Michael Stephen: Well its paid for itself for me and it was just my point and shoot. the latest issue of Top Gear Magazine NZ has a feature in it that I shot with my dslr cameras but also starts with a full bleed double page spread shot I took with my RX100 taken from a Hexacopter. The 20mp file in a very light camera meant I could get an aerial shot of an Audi S6 from a hexacopter without having to lift a heavier dslr. The magazine liked it so much they made it the opening spread.

To hell with the camera, I want a Hexacopter!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 19:03 UTC
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Franco8: Evidence that Sony must spend a fortune in advertising with this magazine.
A compact camera with a zoom the new Canon 1GX is a leap above any other camera
Olympus Pen series cameras, with Nikon Canon Pentax etc all have dust issues and they a shutter protecting the sensor, with Olympus the sensor is fully exposed yet they do not have that issue due to there patented dust reduction system. this is a leap in technology.
what about these new lenses on the market 18~200, 18~270 or 18~300 even though they are not pro lenses, they are pretty good quality, this would have been impossible to manufacture several years ago.
all the above should be above the Sony.

Is that a G1X in your pocket, or are you please to see me?

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 18:58 UTC
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Rachotilko: I posted this three days ago in the 'XZ-2 samples' article's comments section, but I think it's relevant here as well:

XZ2 vs RX100 =
= f2.4 vs f4.9 =
= ISO400 vs ISO1600
= massive XZ-2 IQ win at 100mm !!!


Yeah, but I can't get the XZ-2 in time for my Disney trip next week. So, do I order the RX100 for Disney and send it back afterwards when the XZ-2 comes out? Seems kinda sleezy! Maybe I'll just lug my FZ200 around instead.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 18:54 UTC
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jeff_006: It is not an invention !!! it is just a product...that probably uses several inventions...camera was an invention a long time ago, it is credited to Ibn al-Haytham (965-1039). The first CCD sensor was invented in 1969, that was a great invention !
RX100 one a the best 50 inventions of 2012 ??? let me LOL ! TIME magazine is probably not aware of what scientists are doing...maybe TIME journalists should have a look here: http://www.nobelprize.org/ for example...

What about the pockets on a pair of cargo pants? You'd look like a deformed chipmunk, but you could get a Nikon-1 and all the lenses in those.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 18:53 UTC
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xfoto: I don't care what it does...and I don't give a crap about tiny stuff you can barely hold to comfortably take a picture

I have half ownership in a Lytro. It is a novel PITA that takes crappy pictures. I hear the RX100 is a PITA that takes great pictures . . . . . . . until you compare it to s $3500 camera!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 18:49 UTC

Wow! Yuk!

I suppose my ideal would be the lens and control ring from an Olympus XZ2, sensor from 4/3, the body of a smaller powershot G series with articlulated screen, A dial for aperture/shutter/compensation depending on mode, RAW capable, Optical Image stabilization from Lumix or Canon, and access to the battery and card on the side of the camera.

Shake them up, adjust to satisfy the laws of physics and see what I get.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 18:44 UTC as 236th comment
On article A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera (137 comments in total)

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Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 18:41 UTC as 50th comment
On article A Serious Rangefinder Compact Camera (137 comments in total)

Yuk! That has to be one of the world's ugliest, and most cumbersome cameras ever! You would spend more time checking that each button is in the correct place than you would taking pictures. I'm all for a bit of manual control that does not involve mega menus, but moving it to mega stacked buttons and dials is asking for trouble.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 18:34 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
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ecm: Pretty good for a small sensor camera.

HOWEVER.....The thing that differentiated this line of Nikon cameras - the viewfinder - is gone.

And I'm left with the question, why would I buy this? There's much better image quality to be had for about the same price, size and weight in the micro-4/3 and NEX camera ranges, if I'm willing to buy last year's tech - up to 50% cheaper, actually - look at the Oly E-PL1 or Panny GF-3.

I still do not understand the second part of this post. Every time I read comments along the lines of "Well, I can get a 4/3 for about this price" I am left wondering if any one checks the size and price of 4/3 lenses before posting. In these short zoom range P&S cameras you are, OK, getting close, but a lot of people used this argument against the Lumix FZ200, which is insane. I am not even aware of a 25-600 f/2.8 for 4/3.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2012 at 13:51 UTC
On article Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review (187 comments in total)
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jhinkey: Yes, the review style is kind of sub-par for DPR, but still usable for sure. DPR needs to keep up their former high standards as they obviously are transitioning the site to something else. In contrast, the tablet review was absolutely terrible.

Just bought the LX-7 to replace my LX-5 (had an LX-3 before that). Why do I keep coming back to these cameras?

It's the combination of features in an extremely small package.

24mm FF equivalent fast lens at the wide end - missing in almost all cameras of this class
True 16:9 mode and true multi-aspect sensor
Built-in flash
Switches/buttons instead of buried menus
RW2 (though only for dynamic range)
Decent size to hold on to - not too small nor to large
Availability of excellent leather case
Very very decent video
Good enough IQ

Does it have problems? Sure, but for me it has been the best compact camera for my uses thus far, including the new RX100 (which does not have true 16:9 nor 24mm and is more fiddly to use because of it's size).

My main concern about the RX100 series is the kind of limitations that sensor puts on the lens. Sure, you get better ISO images, but with brighter lenses you do not need to go up to that ISO anyway. Just look at the ZX-1 at low ISO. The image quality, IMHO, is still cleaner than the RX100.

The wrinkle in this argument is size. What would the RX100 be capable of if they had used a larger body and less megapixels on that sensor? The body to sensor size in the RX100, is really where it shines, and one of the reasons I have been thinking about a purchase.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 18:25 UTC
On article Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review (187 comments in total)
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Rachotilko: This thing has *fast* lens (even on the long end) of very high optical quality. That makes it an outstanding device, in some aspects more usable than Sony RX100.

I am really tired of the 1" and RX100 mantra claiming this to be the sole way to achieve good low-light capability. This is different approach ("small sensor+fast lens") to achieve low-light capability.

Took me a while to realize what you were saying about the mantra. I too am interested in the alternatives, particularly when you compare these new cameras to the old Olympus XZ-1 at low ISO. The image quality of that "old" camera still seems a lot cleaner than any of the newer cameras at sub 200 ISO.

I just bought the FZ200, and am very happy with what it does despite the "small" sensor, although I have only scratched the surface of what it is capable of. My last point and shoot was a Fuji 3D, which seemed like a good idea at the time and was a bad idea when it came to real photo taking. Before that, I had the FZ5, which I still think was one of the best point and shoots ever.

What I am looking for now though is a pocket camera with excellent low light capabilities. I am somewhat flexible on the term "pocket" so the RX100, LX7, and XZ-2 are all on my radar, so having as many opportunities to objectively compare is important to me.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 18:18 UTC
On article Just Posted: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review (187 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: A quibble: It would have been nice to have the usual discussion in the conclusion section about how this camera stacks up against its direct competitors, and perhaps how this class of camera fares vs. the Sony DSC-RX100 (OK, a more expensive small camera but with a far larger sensor). Instead we get links to other reviews, which is OK, but... that's not a replacement for a more robust comparison.

Agreed! I realize these two cameras are in different sensor categories, but they are the two cameras I am considering for purchase, along with the Olympus. So, it would be great if we were given the option to compare them in the comparison part of the conclusion.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 00:30 UTC
On article Canon Powershot S110 hands-on preview (107 comments in total)

Wow! What an uninspired update. I was looking at the RX100 and hoping for an amazing update to the xz-1, and Canon come out with this in response? I guess they have just given up in this segment. Off to check out the G15 now!

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 17:09 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On article Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review (373 comments in total)
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J. Qian: Sony has gone to great lengths to make this camera small, supposedly for travel , then why not have a GPS function built in it?

The Canon S100 is the classic example of why no GPS. It chews up battery life. It is pretty simply to carry a GPS logger in your pocket and just Geotag later. This means you have two devices, but they are now both maximizing their potential, and having a separate GPS logger helps those you travel with as well.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 17:44 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review (373 comments in total)
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BMWX5: So far, close to 80% or more of the comments gave RX100 a GOLD award! Majority wins, RX100 is golden!

I was surprised that it only got a silver award. Was this just because of the click wheel? Why does the Sony SLT-A65 get a gold award with 78% and the RX-100 only get silver? Not that it matters.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 17:41 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 review (373 comments in total)
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JohnFredC: If Sony can fit a 14x zoom into my wife's HX9V, a camera essentially the same size as the RX100, then surely they could have fit a 5x or 6x zoom into this camera, despite the larger sensor.

The RX100 is too capable a tool to be saddled with such a slight zoom.

Unfortunately, violating the laws of physics is not allowed! A larger zoom range (or constant aperture) would require either a smaller sensor or a physically larger camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 17:39 UTC
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