tlyons

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On article Canon EOS Rebel T8i (850D) sample gallery (130 comments in total)
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tlyons: Digic 8 (2 years old, mostly new design so likely snappy performance); 24MP sensor (first Canon APS sensor w/on die ADC so good dynamic range and IQ); Canon touchscreen interface (all controls on touchscreen so one could ignore the OVF and treat it as a mirrorless); gobs of good cheap lenses in EF and EF_S format for short money on the Canon refurb site; dual pixel AF in mirrorless mode for likely to be class leading auto focus with no need for AFMA.

To answer the Q of what is the appeal: The t8i will likely take nice pictures with a minimum of trouble but still allow for hobby growth. Some people actually take pictures with their cameras not just bloviate on the internet about them. Buying a camera with cruddy AF or expensive lenses or no touchscreen or a hideous menu system because it is the same brand as a stellar $3000 camera doesn't help with that.

I started to write but then thought surely someone already wrote it.
https://www.dpreview.com/news/7168986570/canon-shows-dynamism-eos-80d-breaks-new-ground-for-canon-low-iso-dr

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2020 at 03:04 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T8i (850D) sample gallery (130 comments in total)

Digic 8 (2 years old, mostly new design so likely snappy performance); 24MP sensor (first Canon APS sensor w/on die ADC so good dynamic range and IQ); Canon touchscreen interface (all controls on touchscreen so one could ignore the OVF and treat it as a mirrorless); gobs of good cheap lenses in EF and EF_S format for short money on the Canon refurb site; dual pixel AF in mirrorless mode for likely to be class leading auto focus with no need for AFMA.

To answer the Q of what is the appeal: The t8i will likely take nice pictures with a minimum of trouble but still allow for hobby growth. Some people actually take pictures with their cameras not just bloviate on the internet about them. Buying a camera with cruddy AF or expensive lenses or no touchscreen or a hideous menu system because it is the same brand as a stellar $3000 camera doesn't help with that.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2020 at 15:54 UTC as 21st comment | 5 replies
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Robje: Heat can only expand within the given platform on hand is limited. It needs to dissipate in order for the camera to function to its spec. I made a metal fixture that I installed (camera mount, 1/4"-20) and my R5 is running perfectly. So far I've ran out of memory (four ProGrade Digital 1TB CFexpress) and it's still working. I can feel the heat spreading on the fixture near the camera and it's gradually cooling off near the end of the fixture. I'm still have not ventured (nerd mode on) on using liquid nitrogen and some solenoids for further testing. Hehe!

Can you describe what mode the camera was in? 4k60p?

That Canon has apparently mechanical and maybe thermally coupled the tripod mount suggests they had considered a thermal spreader bolting to there. One could imagine a bolt on heat sink maybe even with fan. Recording video? Bolt it on. Out for the day and need a small form factor? Leave it home.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2020 at 16:29 UTC
On article Lensrentals tears down the Canon 600mm F11 IS STM (243 comments in total)
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attomole: I think it's a lens that can almost make its own market, many people get into photography to document thier wildlife hobby interests and frankly the options for lenses with any real reach are beyond eyewatering as to be unobtainable even for well-off people. Normal first purchase telle lenses X to 300 or even 400 don't cut it unless you are on APSC or MFT.

Thats the point.
At $900 its great.
At 2.8lbs its great.

I have a 150-600mm in the same price ball park. You need to be strong to point it handheld and hiking is impossibly awkward. I don't think going birding handheld with my or some other 4.5lb monster is any fun for most people. It can be done but its a pita.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2020 at 17:26 UTC
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(unknown member): @DPR: missed thr new rugged Anafi?

https://www.parrot.com/us/drones/anafi

Not a consumer drone but maybe there will be a follow on at a lower price. I am glad to see DJI adding some the cool features from the Anafi.

https://www.parrot.com/us/drones/anafi-usa

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2020 at 13:18 UTC

So there are 20 or so people posting 50 negative comments each per day on the R5/R6 over heating? Sure, that adds value.
Thanks DPReview!

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2020 at 21:09 UTC as 68th comment | 5 replies
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po61571: Although I would not be shooting in a manner which would lead to overheating, it seems to me that a camera manufacturer could design the body with an access door/cover with a conductive surface within connected to the core, which would allow a third-party company to design a heat-dissipating device that interfaces with that conductive surface, thereby dissipating heat like a heatsink on a CPU.

Google Tilta. Already announced.
If I had an R5 I would design a 3d printable one without the cage.
But I don't, so I won't.

Very strange dynamic on these threads, but that has been true for a while on Canon discussions. Did Canon steal all these peoples' dogs or something? insult their Moms? under inflate a ball and win too many Superbowls?

There are lots of cameras I don't want but it doesn't make me look for online forums to yell about it.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 17:19 UTC
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tlyons: I work in a long term contracting industry. Not commercially related to cameras but similarities include high brand loyalty, high NRE costs, long development cycles, lots of add-ons to extend revenue opportunity, and too many competitors.
In my industry, profitability requires either picking a niche and planning for a reduced addressable market; or >50% market share to provide enough revenue to fund new products in spite of market volatility.
Basically, my industry supports one major, one significant competitor and a bunch of declining also rans a few of which drop out in every downturn. They often seem financially OK until all of sudden the blink out.
Sound like cameras?
Canon basically healthy, Nikon or Sony bumping along financially but probably viable (wait to see if both survive, I think its one or the other), and everyone else.

Keep in mind, this doesn't have a lot to do with whether their latest camera is great. One great camera will not provide enough revenue.

But it is a question of a critical mass of sales providing enough cash flow to fund R&D. There's not a lot of R&D sharing between pro video cameras and ILC consumer cameras. Dropping lines will reduce the leverage of common R&D and common marketing costs.
DPR sometimes contributes to the confusion with ambiguous headlines but remember that Canon sells more ILC than anyone else. Selling more FF mirrorless in the US in good but not comprehensive.

https://global.canon/en/news/2020/20200326.html

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 16:53 UTC
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tlyons: I work in a long term contracting industry. Not commercially related to cameras but similarities include high brand loyalty, high NRE costs, long development cycles, lots of add-ons to extend revenue opportunity, and too many competitors.
In my industry, profitability requires either picking a niche and planning for a reduced addressable market; or >50% market share to provide enough revenue to fund new products in spite of market volatility.
Basically, my industry supports one major, one significant competitor and a bunch of declining also rans a few of which drop out in every downturn. They often seem financially OK until all of sudden the blink out.
Sound like cameras?
Canon basically healthy, Nikon or Sony bumping along financially but probably viable (wait to see if both survive, I think its one or the other), and everyone else.

Keep in mind, this doesn't have a lot to do with whether their latest camera is great. One great camera will not provide enough revenue.

A small part of a large company will oft times act much more abruptly. Miss an R&D ROI or some other key metric and corporate closes shop or spins out the unit immediately, Internally, there's plenty of warning but it can be a surprise to customers. One external warning can be when corporate separates a good business to keep (Sony's imaging sensors) from non-performing units to shutter/sell (consumer imaging.) Keep in mind non-performing is not about whether the cams are good or even profitable; its whether the unit is meeting financial goals. Sony has spent a ton of R&D money on consumer cameras and I would expect them to require some stellar performance from the camera people. At least in 2020, that isn't happening.
A smaller but one market company will often fight to the very end. Nikon won't quit until they have to do something to avoid bankruptcy.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 14:27 UTC
On article Canon EOS R5 added to studio test scene (553 comments in total)
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A Owens: Well you certainly would not choose between these 4 very fine cameras based on IQ. They all look fabulous!

Check out the Panasonic pixel shift.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 03:06 UTC
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jlg84: I’m very tempted by either of these new R cameras, but I have become very attached to the gps feature in my 5D. If someone can explain to me how to use my iPhone to convey location info to my R I’d be more convinced.

How about GPicsync as a post step? I haven't actually used this but your Q made me remember that I wanted to find an open source prg for this purpose.
https://github.com/FrancoisSchnell/GPicSync?

Alternatives discussed here: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4346024#forum-post-62012372

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 00:16 UTC

I work in a long term contracting industry. Not commercially related to cameras but similarities include high brand loyalty, high NRE costs, long development cycles, lots of add-ons to extend revenue opportunity, and too many competitors.
In my industry, profitability requires either picking a niche and planning for a reduced addressable market; or >50% market share to provide enough revenue to fund new products in spite of market volatility.
Basically, my industry supports one major, one significant competitor and a bunch of declining also rans a few of which drop out in every downturn. They often seem financially OK until all of sudden the blink out.
Sound like cameras?
Canon basically healthy, Nikon or Sony bumping along financially but probably viable (wait to see if both survive, I think its one or the other), and everyone else.

Keep in mind, this doesn't have a lot to do with whether their latest camera is great. One great camera will not provide enough revenue.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 23:58 UTC as 21st comment | 5 replies
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Foskito: YES, no doubt the R5 and R6 are superior to basically all other full-frame mirrorless cameras, ergonomics, color science, superior optics, video, etc. Hopefully, to leave space to these 2, the original R that everybody hates will get some serious rebates by the end of the year, maybe in the 1400-1500 USD range.

It's $1311 right now refurb. Use the Canon Loyalty 10% off coupon to bring it down from the current $1457. Refurb comes with a 1 year as new warranty. Every refurb from Canon I have bought looked new.

https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/refurbished-eos-r-body

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 03:23 UTC
On article Canon EOS RP review (1693 comments in total)
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saber6: Kinda confused about the RF's weather sealing. you guys say there is none, Canon seems mute on the topic yet all other reviews say there IS weather sealing. Who is right? thanks.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4366472#forum-post-62306617

Claimed similar to a 6d.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 19:53 UTC
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Peter1976: What I don't get, the smaller sensor has more pixel for photos than the bigger one. Why is that? Has it to do with video topics? I have no clue about video, tbo.
1/2" sensor = 48MP
1" sensor = 20MP
?

Fewer pixels on a bigger sensor = bigger pixels = more light per pixel = better low light performance

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 03:30 UTC

I am disappointed in the review. I come to DPR to read a photo centric and imaging perspective not a techno gadget view. Everything about the Mini is really well executed for the price and size with one exception. Size, weight, speed, battery life, range, software interface, support: all well done. Give DJI credit.

Imaging? In 2020, it's second rate. 40Mbps? 2.7k? no manual controls for video or still? Missing state of the art flight modes and no follow me? That's lame.

By the end of 2020 (or sooner, like right after CES) this will feel like last gen tech. In the US, the 249g is almost irrelevant and there are already similar priced and sized products that are more capable; higher end drones with price cuts and new designs that didn't remove capability.
DPR needs to keep them honest. DJI hobbled the imaging to protect more expensive products and DPR needs to call them out on it; point out the non-DJI brand alternatives not just suggest spending $1500 on a Mavic Pro 2.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2020 at 22:51 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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junk1: Wow so much engineering in the features and shape but I feel a drone with practically no features that could carry a m43 camera would be more profitable. Maybe the cuteness fracture will get it into Best Buy = huge sales potential.

They made something like that: https://store.us.powervision.me/products/powereye

The problem in the drone market is that you have to differentiate from DJI with features, performance or price. Most choose price and everything looks like a cheap Mavic.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2020 at 18:12 UTC
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M Chambers: There were impeachment hearing on Nixon? People have a strange sense of history.

No there were not! It never got that far. Nixon knew he could and would be impeached and resigned.

"People have a strange sense of history. "
Uh, yeah, you're right about that. And people believe things that could be easily corrected with a quick Google search.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2019 at 22:57 UTC

Imagine the 5x optically zoomed photo was a Sony ILC and the digital zoom was a Canon DSLR. Think DPR would be so forgiving of that cr*ptastic result?

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2019 at 23:49 UTC as 73rd comment
On article The best camera bargains of 2021 (348 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: This is a really weird list as it does not include any of Canon's rebel DSRLs.

They are best selling, often tops of any sales chart for a reason: bang for the buck.

I "get" that dpreview see's it's mission as pushing the camera industry forward into the new mirror-less promised land. However, ignoring the rebel line seems just a tad blatant/over the line.

(example: 8 of the top selling DSLR cameras sold on amazon are Rebel T6 bundles. At $400 new and $300 refurb it's arguably the best "bang for your buck" bargain of any system: https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/photo/3017941/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_photo_1_2_last even widening our scope to just "photography" the T6 is the only ILC in amazon's top 100).

It is going in and out of stock. If you wanted it, it would be worth checking back.

Here's a technical review that suggests it is similar to the EF-S version. I don't own it so what do I know, but it seems OK. The site has test comparisons to other lens on a different page.

https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-M-55-200mm-f-4.5-6.3-IS-STM-Lens.aspx

Here's a quote:
"Although not the least expensive telephoto zoom lens, the EF-M 55-200mm is close to that mark. The relatively low cost combined with the very good image quality, small size and light weight make this lens an excellent value for EOS M owners looking to extend their reach. "

Link | Posted on May 1, 2019 at 19:15 UTC
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