dotyman

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eno2: "the 5D IV can also capture HD and 4K video, at up to 60p. "

They forgot to mention it shots a crappy 720p video resolution wise in a 1080 format, full of moire and aliasing. A 2,5-2,8K resolution wise video in a 4K format with a huge 1,75x crop in UHD, with an ancient and very inefficient codec, which yields enormous files. And on top of everything, the high ISO quality is on par with latest m4/3 cameras that cost 4 tiles less. :)

eno2, I think you need a faster computer and a color managed monitor. You're equipment sounds like it's limiting the quality of the video for you.

As far as your reference to Tony Northrup's video, you must be kidding. The footage at ISO 3200 on the GH4 is FULL of artifacts and noise, and the colors are flat. In addition, the GH4 isn't even a "latest" M4/3 camera. And, finally, I refer you back to the idea that the 5DIV is not intended to be a 4K video camera for the masses. Not sure what you're thinking here...

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 03:02 UTC
On article Have your say: Best midrange ILC of 2016 (53 comments in total)
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iamatrix: Really have to say the PenF in this category. It's beautiful, more so than my Leica, and that is saying quite a bit.

The merit is the user experience. True, it is imperfect, but so are so many other cameras (all actually). Again, and maybe you'll try it this time, test one out on your own–the camera is a joy to hold and shoot with. I sold mine for some of the reasons you mention, but I still feel it was a joy to shoot with.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 02:50 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1608 comments in total)
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Eugene CH: Time-Lapse: I already wrote to the Dpreview and kindly asked for always including in "Specification" if the camera tested has or not a Time-Lapse! Unfortunately they did not implement this improvement. Why not???? There are already some tested cameras which have Time-Lapse, however not mentioned in Specification! Would you, Dear Colleagues, agree to have this information in each future Test-Specification?

Ahhh, it is an imperfect world, isn't it?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 02:46 UTC
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BobORama: Show me an artist for hire and I will show you someone who compromises their vision.

Show me someone who worries too much about being perceived as pretentious, and I will show you mediocre work.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 02:42 UTC
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eno2: "the 5D IV can also capture HD and 4K video, at up to 60p. "

They forgot to mention it shots a crappy 720p video resolution wise in a 1080 format, full of moire and aliasing. A 2,5-2,8K resolution wise video in a 4K format with a huge 1,75x crop in UHD, with an ancient and very inefficient codec, which yields enormous files. And on top of everything, the high ISO quality is on par with latest m4/3 cameras that cost 4 tiles less. :)

I think you hit the nail on the head-Canon does not want you to buy this camera to shoot video. They want you to buy one of their video cameras for that. The 5DIV is designed to give you the ability to shoot reasonable quality jpegs at a high frame rate so you can capture stills in a tight sequence. Get it?

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 17:04 UTC
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eno2: "the 5D IV can also capture HD and 4K video, at up to 60p. "

They forgot to mention it shots a crappy 720p video resolution wise in a 1080 format, full of moire and aliasing. A 2,5-2,8K resolution wise video in a 4K format with a huge 1,75x crop in UHD, with an ancient and very inefficient codec, which yields enormous files. And on top of everything, the high ISO quality is on par with latest m4/3 cameras that cost 4 tiles less. :)

Also, 1080-60p on 5DIV is outstanding. Why shoot at 720?

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 16:59 UTC
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eno2: "the 5D IV can also capture HD and 4K video, at up to 60p. "

They forgot to mention it shots a crappy 720p video resolution wise in a 1080 format, full of moire and aliasing. A 2,5-2,8K resolution wise video in a 4K format with a huge 1,75x crop in UHD, with an ancient and very inefficient codec, which yields enormous files. And on top of everything, the high ISO quality is on par with latest m4/3 cameras that cost 4 tiles less. :)

Hi ISO performance on ANY current MFT camera is No where NEAR this camera. I've tried them all. Be real please!

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 16:57 UTC
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Miki Nemeth: Definitely I made the wrong decision when I bought this overpriced, mediocre camera with its three year old sensor, crappy Leica lens, hilarious 1.5 crop in 4K, no MF Assist WHILE recording, bad colors, false AWB, noisy image, crazy hunting AF. This is my first and only Panasonic camera, and I started loving it until I read this review; now I want to sell it. No way I am going to buy any Panasonic again ever. I am afraid, it is not going to work next time, when I want to turn it on. It is so heart lifting and utterly practical reading reviews like this.

I'm sorry for your loss(iness)...

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 22:19 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1608 comments in total)
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Eugene CH: Time-Lapse: I already wrote to the Dpreview and kindly asked for always including in "Specification" if the camera tested has or not a Time-Lapse! Unfortunately they did not implement this improvement. Why not???? There are already some tested cameras which have Time-Lapse, however not mentioned in Specification! Would you, Dear Colleagues, agree to have this information in each future Test-Specification?

You can always look on the maker's website.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 17:42 UTC
On article Have your say: Best midrange ILC of 2016 (53 comments in total)
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iamatrix: Really have to say the PenF in this category. It's beautiful, more so than my Leica, and that is saying quite a bit.

Being beautiful is not the PEN-F's only merit. It is a good camera, and it has both style and substance. You should test one out some time–then maybe you'll understand what is so appealing about the camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 06:05 UTC
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Mateus1: Olympus M1 mkII versus others:

M1 mkII $2000 - Fuji X-T2 $1600
M1 mkII $2000 - Fuji X-Pro2 $1550
M1 mkII $2000 - Sony A6500 $1400
M1 mkII $2000 - Sony A7 II $1500
M1 mkII $2000 - Pentax K-1 $1950
M1 mkII $2000 - Pentax K-3 II $850
M1 mkII $2000 - Nikon D500 $1800
M1 mkII $2000 - Nikon D750 $1800
M1 mkII $2000 - Canon D6 $1500

For me it's clear, no m4/3 cam is worth in 2017 this mad $2000 price. Period. I do not take all these arguments about M1 mkII size benefit (give me a brake it's bigger and heavier than all APS-C, and same as a few FF, and Olys Pro lenses are huge, heavy & pricely too), WR (others are WR), 4K (others have it), IBIS (others have it), build (other are also bulid great). Most important thing is: M1mk2 offer the tiniest sensor in big body - it's 25% size of FF and almost 2 time smaller then APS-C (you know how it impact on IQ). All I can say is this: I would never pay in 2017 for best m4/3 more then $1300 if I have such amazing offer from APS-C and FF today.

Mateus,

Here's a suggestion (and it will save you valuable time typing)–don't buy the camera. However, rest assured, many others will...

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 00:44 UTC
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JordanAT: They should have renamed it "The President" because that bezel is yuuuuuge!

iPad Pro easily replaces the Cintiq Companion. I sold my Companion after thoroughly comparing the two. The only thing the Windoz-based Cintiq can do that the iPad can't is run native Windoz apps, like the fullest version of Sketchbook. Also, the Wacom pen doesn't require charging. However, the iPad Pro is a much more versatile tool as a tablet than the Cintiq, so I prefer the iPad Pro. Also, I much prefer the screen dimensions better on the iPad Pro for sketching and reading and annotating documents.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 07:46 UTC
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Dave Boy: Honestly, the iPad Pro plus Astropad on the Mac should cause Wacom some concern. Although there are many that still may need the Cintiq,that combo will and likely has taken tsome business away from Wacom. It is a compelling solution for many professionals.

That's what I use, and I love it. Having the iOS and compatibility with my Macs and Apple TV for mirroring the iPad Pro display for presentations makes the combo as good as anything on the market. I sold my Cintiq Companion after the iPad Pro proved to be a worthy replacement with the added benefits of iOS apps.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 07:36 UTC
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Turboff: Nikon Df and first-gen A7S are here, but not the Fuji X-T2. Huh.

I suppose there is an assumption that a FF sensor affords the highest potential minimum image quality, which could be considered a "professional" requirement.

Therefore, a "semi-pro" camera could be described as a camera that offers a certain minimum image quality (and resolution) that professionals feel comfortable charging clients for, while still being priced low enough to attract non-professional "enthusiasts" willing to pay a moderately premium price for the same level of image quality.

OK–all together–"What's-that-now?"

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 18:39 UTC

Darn, I was really hoping for a "Quasi-Pro" camera. Guess I'll have to wait until next year...

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 18:30 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies
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Turboff: Nikon Df and first-gen A7S are here, but not the Fuji X-T2. Huh.

tectonic: Third paragraph of Introduction.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 18:24 UTC
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dotyman: Just buy an iPhone and be done with it already...

Fujica: I'm sorry if I upset your band fanboism. I'm not a fan of anything that doesn't fulfill its promise to me, as a buyer–one thing that Apple has done better than any other brand, so far. If Apple stops fulfilling my expectations, I will look to buy other brands that will.

To your point, however, I do agree that unforeseeable circumstances can set back otherwise good efforts to market a product. To that end, it is unfortunate that Samsung has suffered a defect probably not due to their own efforts.

My comment was actually intended to be more tongue-in-cheek than serious, but you've obviously chosen to take it more seriously. Sorry that I didn't make it more clear.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 03:41 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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itaibachar: Oly needs to rethink their naming strategy.
It used to be OM-1, 2 etc.
Now its a weird bunch of letters and odd numbers.

agentul, perhaps you should look into the history of the meaning of the designations. It might make more sense to you.

i.e. Olympus has evolved over a very long period of time, and the naming conventions have evolved with the changes in the models offered. Trying to accommodate your ignorance, simply because you don't want to take the time to understand the history of the brand, is a waste of a company's resources. I, for one, don't want to pay higher prices simply because you're lazy.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 03:26 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (445 comments in total)
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Shifter: $8,000 plus taxes. Hmm? My new iPhone is making me dump my 7D more and more.

Then you really haven't shot with a good camera. Try it. People that pay for their pictures can see a difference. Immediately.

You may be able to get landscapes, or wide angle shots with as much ease and small-screen quality, but the currently small sensor tech in phones has no ability to create an isolating story via photography without a lot of helpful accessories. And there goes the advantage for far inferior quality.

I hope you will experiment enough with different equipment in order to understand what I'm saying.

Good luck!

dotyman

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 03:21 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (416 comments in total)
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El Chavo: "So quote us on this - if you need sheer pocketable power, the RX100 V is a gold. As an overall experience though, it hits just lower than our highest award."

Um... does this makes sense to anyone?

I guess this cameras are becoming so good nowadays that we have to find "nitpicks" here and there: ergonomics that were fine before? Not good. Charger that was not included in previous model (and was not mentioned)? Not enough. "I" dont find it comfortable? Minus points.

This is not against the reviewer but there are big discrepancies in reviews and reviewers here and it would be great that those would be more nail down to avoid confusion.

Makes perfect sense. Sony's user experience is not as good as other maker's, and that's more important than showing off shear specs to try to impress people. I have an RX100IV, E-M1 and 5DIV and the Sony interface seems to have been a necessary evil to the Sony engineers that just want to cram in as many novelty (soon forgotten) bells and whistles as possible in a small package. If only they would take the user experience more seriously...

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 17:17 UTC
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