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On article CP+ 2017: Olympus interview: 'We chose to be bold' (350 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 (1189 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 (1189 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
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (200 comments in total)

DPReveiw readers: this is what's killing the regular camera market. This continual improvement of the "low end" media market is showing no signs of slowing down. No wonder the movement to bigger sensors. DPReview: Is it time to do reviews comparing these phone cameras with low-end regular cameras? I think this type of comparative review would help your readers and those who become disappointed with their phones.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 18:07 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
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Alxy: If I choose "low light" in the comparison tool E-M1 mark II looks worse than any other cameras I tried - PEN-F, E-M1, E-M5, Panasonic GH4, etc. What is going on???
Olympus promised a newly developed sensor. They claimed to spend many years developing it. They charge much higher price for this camera.
This is very disappointing to be lied like that.
I am going to sell all my M43 gear. This system came to a dead end.

Olympus is not the only player in the M43 system, and Olympus makes many other cameras that are great value. Olympus also makes wonderful lenses; throwing out this system for this early result seems premature.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
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coase: Good observations except I bet to differ with respect to being more demanding of real cameras. My guess is at some point, users almost all become indifferent to better cameras. We're near that point now, and a good Iphone cam will hasten that day without doing anyting to affect the standards of cameras except to convince makers of lenses that the only profit is to be had in charging Zeiss Leica prices.

I agree. While there are some positive influences, the most negative one is the lower volumes requiring higher prices to make a profit.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 16:34 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (905 comments in total)
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Kaso: MP3 players were already dead. Entry-level cameras of all kinds are dying.

The traditional concepts of "telephone" have changed completely -- the telephone functions are now parts of a mobile device that facilitates intuitive, instantaneous and transparent access to multiple network services. The traditional concepts of "camera" are being renewed -- the camera functions are quickly becoming parts of a mobile device, with exciting yet-to-be-invented apps that define modern photography.

My children and grandchildren enjoy photography (and videography), but do not relate to my fascination with klunky cameras and lenses that must be used in conjunction with klunky computers and hard drives. Who am I to argue with them? They own the future, not me.

I'm 72 and in transition from always carrying my big camera everywhere I go. Smartphones have become good enough. Big camera for special occasions and unique trips. It's not a matter of being lazy, it is learning that the results are pretty good and you join the family on Instagram and other social media with it.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 23:13 UTC
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matthew saville: I wonder how strict they will be with their rules about crazy photoshopping, in this day and age where dropping in a moon, lightning, or a rainbow etc. or other advanced things such as "focal length blending" or "time blending" seems to be more and more acceptable and common.

After the recent years of the HDR craze, I would love to see a renaissance of appreciation for landscape images that are captured in a single click, or with very straightforward techniques so that "the integrity of the subject [is] maintained"...

Is it possible to enforce a "one click" "x amount of processing"?

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 22:25 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (391 comments in total)
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nerd2: Nice looking toy with tiny sensor.

Actually is the other way around: 'So let's put away the "needs" and be realistic about what our "wants" really are.' The list of our "needs" have no cameras in it; cameras are only in the "wants" list.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 18:02 UTC
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marcio_napoli: According to ARRI's Product Manager, Marc Shipman-Mueller:

"4K, right now, is way overhyped," he said. "What's more important than resolution is overall image quality".

Of course, that statement comes from mid 2013. Things have changed a bit.

But one thing is absolutely for sure, only on gear forums where people are obsessed about tech, that we're already talking about 8k.

4k is barely catching up.

Do anyone here think there's a real need for 8k ? Really ??

The problem is that at any year during the progress in media through the years, sentiments have always been like you say here. Namely, who needs more than what we have now?

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 19:12 UTC
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marcio_napoli: According to ARRI's Product Manager, Marc Shipman-Mueller:

"4K, right now, is way overhyped," he said. "What's more important than resolution is overall image quality".

Of course, that statement comes from mid 2013. Things have changed a bit.

But one thing is absolutely for sure, only on gear forums where people are obsessed about tech, that we're already talking about 8k.

4k is barely catching up.

Do anyone here think there's a real need for 8k ? Really ??

"need?" I'd argue none of what we talk about here falls in the true category of "need"

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 18:31 UTC

Excellent! Both lenses are very attractive and your demonstration was awesome and educational as well.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 16:10 UTC as 37th comment
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ThirstyDursty: Clever Marketing Angle. Humor People.

Bunch of people here need to reconsider their stance on life...hating and bashing things is just a sign of your own insecurities and immaturity.

Of course being small has trade-offs (such as noise, DR)

But has benefits...size, cost of a lens kit etc

Different tools for different people.

I'd wager that for most people it is sufficient.

You say posters here are showing their own insecurities bashing things, but isn't this Ad from Olympus bashing DSLR's and their owners?

Link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 01:02 UTC
On article Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 (370 comments in total)

This is certainly a great camera! Your video review is awesome.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 00:47 UTC as 121st comment
On article Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (209 comments in total)

A terrific video review. I learned a lot watching it. This is a very good way to present a new camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 16:35 UTC as 70th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 samples gallery updated (73 comments in total)
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wootpile: good samples, shows the limitations of the lens, perhaps the format

Ridiculously expensive camera! same pricepoint as a Fuji kit!

Correction, Panny has a 25/f1.4 with AF, AND there are many wonderful f0.95 manual-focus lenses, all with very high qualities. Do SONY and FUJI make fast lenses like these?

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2013 at 00:13 UTC
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