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On article Canon EOS M50 Review (1255 comments in total)
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monokultur: I bought this little cam last week as b-roll cam for mostly corporate video. Main cams are 5D IV. Although I get the complaints here - most of the haters will never do a living from video/photo and do complain about features not art. I never ever use log - I am not into Hollywood. Dialed down output (prolost flat) of my Canons is more than adequate for SELLING the final video. Yes Sony does offer more features. But - be honest: Do you really need them? Grade all your family or vacation videos? Whats the reason for that unnecessary and time consuming behavior? The highest production standards? What for? For kids and aunts and uncles hanging around in the backyard? Because its what? Future proof? Make better sure to always keep you digital videos playable so your kids can even view them at all in 30 years. Glad we have all those youtube talking heads who can't make a living from video either but have strong opinions on features sets that living without surely means suffering like hell.

Yep that's why most of those families don't buy cameras any more, a smartphone does pretty well.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2018 at 02:27 UTC
On article Olympus PEN E-PL9 headed to the US and Canada (181 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: its a sexy little camera, but a twenty mp would be even sexier

yes, those sexy bulging muscles look so good! I am aroused....

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 21:53 UTC

Another feature to continue the killing of ordinary cameras without internet connections.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 01:47 UTC as 6th comment
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras under $1000 (166 comments in total)
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bluevellet: "While we're yet to put the GX9 through its paces"

Then why add the camera to the list if you don't have definitive opinion of it?

Camera can't be bought yet. It should not be on any Buyers List until one can buy it. Or perhaps have a note saying it's coming.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 17:13 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras under $1000 (166 comments in total)
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Tom Caldwell: A few people like a tilt evf and might use it regularly (very few I think). Others might use it occasionally. But I suggest that most never use it when it is provided. I suggest that a tilt evf is not as big or as popular a feature as is has been expressed.

Therefore it is not a “big selling point” and suggest that the GX85/80 sales did not suffer one whit by the lack of a tilting evf unit.

My GX7 tilting evf only gets tilted when I need to adjust the dioptre.

You must have some inside into Panasonic marketing and sales to state without any doubt the value of a tilting EVF; you must feel so representative of the market to state that just because you don't use it, others don't either. So typical of so many in this site, they know what everyone likes: pathetic.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2018 at 17:07 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 sample gallery (57 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Whenever somebody looks at a series of sample images from any new camera, the responses can range the gamut of "hey, they look great," to "gosh, they are horrible..." Now go figure? To me, these look really good.

But more so is the fact that this kit lens - the Panny 12-60 - is a wonderful optic for both the focal range and price point. I've fallen in love with this lens a year or more ago and wound up with 3 of them. This kit lens (actually, IMO, it's performance levels are much better than a kit lens designation would imply) can stand up to the best of them (save perhaps the lack of a constant F2.8 aperture). Yet this lens is often (unfortunately) overlooked in favor of far more expensive optics.

Also, what I welcome is the gradual shift in how Panasonic renders colors. The color tonality of recent Panny cameras are gradually shifting to a more warmer tone without going bonkers by adding more red to the hues. This GX9 and 12-60 lens seems a great combination for the price.

Isn't the kit lens that comes with the GX9 a different lens than the Panasonic 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0? As I understand the included kit lens is slower.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2018 at 19:13 UTC
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Jefftan: Isn't GX85 almost the same thing? same weight with in body IS

but with EVF, cheaper, no AA filter, better DFD AF

GX85 got on camera flash?

GX85 has flash. Apparently only Olympus cameras are beautiful, something very important for taking photos and videos.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2018 at 02:32 UTC
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KonstantinosK: Apple a photo camera manufacturer? Kyocera?? Konica?? There's no Photomatix in HDR software. And Fotolia is a stock agency. Nice try, but...

I agree! Can't imagine something more worthless than this "infographic" How is this useful to anybody other than the media?

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 21:04 UTC
On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (188 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I like the picture for a camera which I have always with me. Sure, my Sony A7r III is much better, but not always in my hand. :-)

Isn't the 1d MK IIn a compromise over say a medium format camera? a 400MP Hasselblad?

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 22:55 UTC
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ZeBebito: Seems like price difference and camera size has vanished between formats. Now for the same money, one can get an m43, an APS or even full frame body.

Add the cost of the "pro" m43 lenses and the only thing small in this format is the sensor size.

MFT has all ranges of sizes and price. Is there an FF equivalent of a GX85, GM1, GM5 body? An equivalent of the tiny 12-32 zoom? the 35-100 compact zoom? or the pancake 20/f1.7? and on and on? Focusing only on the high end cameras and lenses misses the MFT picture.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 02:46 UTC
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Internet Enzyme: Minimum ISO of 200 on a micro 4/3s sensor. That’s pretty bad.

Boosted ISO is 100

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 02:38 UTC
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Fishchris: This would be great..... Except that I use an actual camera to take photos. Not a phone.
And with my actual camera, I'd no sooner use the "auto-HDR" feature, than I would shoot with the camera in full auto.
I suppose if a person either doesn't know what they are doing, or is just too lazy to mess with it, then this would probably be a really nice feature.

not just "It isn't going away" it is eating the normal camera market.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 22:04 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (598 comments in total)
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petreluk: What is the point of this camera?

It needs better integration with mobile OS to make it a true stepping stone from a smartphone, but Olympus don't provide it. The whole beginner thing comes across as marketing shtick. As it stands, a smartphone is a great deal easier and more convenient while a full-on camera model is a great deal more capable and, unlike this new model, is something a user can grow into.

I think the Panasonic GX85/GX80/GX7-II is a better entrance to M4/3 and cheaper.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 22:53 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (352 comments in total)
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HS Wells: I want to see Olympus makes a quality bridge camera like FZ1000. Longer and sharper images. If you do, then I'll definitely going buy it.

Since you did not specify price, Oly will make you one for $9,999

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 16:57 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1206 comments in total)
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entoman: Am I the only person here who actively DISLIKES the current trend to produce hybrid stills/video cameras? Most of the photographers I know don't want video, which just makes stills cameras more complex and more expensive. I'm sure the Pansonic is a great compromise (biased towards video), but I'd much rather see cameras designed EITHER for stills OR for video. "Jack of all trades, master of none"

If you shoot multiple frames per second with your still camera, video is converging to this world. Today video frames are jpeg only, but you can get 30 per second continously at 18mp size in GH5. They will be Raw in near future. Are you willing to not learn about video's evolution now? You will be left behind.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 03:08 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1206 comments in total)
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ttran88: Enjoy it guys this is the last camera from Panasonic's camera/video division. All future Pannys will be from their appliances department.

look forward to shaving with the next model.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 22:47 UTC
On article At the market: Panasonic GH5 sample video (79 comments in total)
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PhotoDiod: I was hoping very much that GH5 would have better skin colors than GH4 had. Alas, it hasn't happened. Same bleached look. Even the young girl's face @ 1:39 looks zombie-like.

Oh well, so much for my hope to switch to Panasonic for video.

I think this was color graded for a film look. GHx cameras can produce vivid colors if you want by selecting your preferred profile or graded for the color you want.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 18:42 UTC
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newe: Interesting comments here about phones vs cameras. We just got back from Mexico with our aged D300. Saw Coba, Cozumel and a ton of other stuff. I was the tiny, tiny, tiny minority of those with "real" cameras. People would come over and see just how much better the pictures were. They'd actually ask how they could be so good on a 10 year old camera. I said camera phones don't have good lenses. They cannot zoom or work nearly as well. Pretty much everyone who had a camera phone said they could zoom, and immediately showed me a digital zoom. When I explained what is going on, they shrugged their shoulders. Hey I love my Nexus 6p, it has a cool camera and I use it. Camera phones certainly have helped to get more pictures taken. But they have also dumbed down the general population. Most people don't have a clue how to take pictures anymore. Convenience has taken over and people don't care if their pics are blown out, noisy, blurry or digital zoomed...they just don't.

"If camera companies don't understand why the market for their products are shrinking, they get the crap they deserve. Whatever the topic, camera companies always get what they deserve when they don't THINK."

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:37 UTC

My guess is they determined each manufactured unit would ship at a loss. This move saves the company money. I'd bet they will sell the design and someone else will manufacture for a higher price.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 17:13 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (76 comments in total)
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Zakzoezie: So much effort improving video AF capabilities, but still no fast Panasonic 17.5mm AF prime lens :-( Yes I know about the 15 & 20mm f1.7 primes, but to have the full frame 35mm f1.8 DOF effect, a 17.5mm f0.9 is desired on m43. So the Voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 is still the only option today since I left the m43 system several years ago but guess what, no AF for the Voigtlander. So the Panasonic AF improvements will only be applicable for all slower lenses. I remember from my "GH3 days" that AF was already OK for these slower AF lenses (like the Pana 12-35mm f2.8), so I really hoped in the mean time Panasonic would have extended its AF capabilities towards really fast primes ... unfortunately not. Guess I stick to my Nikon D750 with manual focus 35mm f1.8 for video work, clean video in low light. For my video work it looks way better to invest in 1) the 700$ Tamron 35mm f1.8 for its extra stabilization 2) an external Black Magic monitor / recorder of 450$ for easier Davinci Resolve edits.

Even an amateur like me, with a one year-old XPS13 laptop, can edit 4K from the GH4 and render it to 1080. You appear to be a bit behind in what is needed to deal with 4K video. One other reason for me to want 4K as a family enthusiast is for the future proof of capturing the highest quality files of my family. I am old enough to feel the pain of not doing it always throughout our children's life.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
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