Flashback: Why do we have suffer that canned heavy metal music!
We're currently taking requests for the soundtrack of future videos, but keep in mind that licensing music can be costly. We would have to tax DPR users a bit if you want to watch Richard wear a cravat to the sound of Taylor Swift.
eazizisaid: At 0:48, HCB ?
I actually assumed the same thing, a quick ode to HCB. :)
xtoph: m-cameras are unusual, and most people are likely to misunderstand what they're capable of due to inexperience, not to say, ignorance.
which is why when a specialist site like dpr posts what is supposed to be an expert review or samples, it is all the more important to have some clue how to use the camera, since most folks can't be expected to have personal experience to go on.
you should pull these botched samples and re-do them properly. you also should not be guessing about the shutter speed--at least not with the whole stops.
That is the interesting thing about photography, what makes a shot work for one person, makes it crap to another. We do not claim to be veteran street photographers, that's for sure. But whether we shot in manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, etc..., is less a matter of ignorance, and more a matter of making the most of the few hours you might have with the gear. In a lot of cases, I think we each embraced the spirit of rangefinder shooting, insofar as, we looked through the viewfinder and focused on the composition more than we worried about perfect settings, potential shutter shake, a little blur, etc...
By the way, I looked through your site, and for what it's worth, I really like your point of view.
Skipper494: Where are the high-def samples? These are little snapshots.
Assuming you are here:
Click on any image first, then in the upper left-hand side of the screen, click on "one hundred percent" and you can see a 100% zoomed in version of the image.
Ron Poelman: Let's see, DPR tests them, rates them, then we vote = profit ? Redundant, at best, tautological, probably, productive, not really.You could be forgiven for thinking we matter.My vote is for a decent level of display quality in the Posts,couldn't see the category, but.
Indeed, you are onto us, this was all about Half Life.
Joed700: If you look at the credits toward the end, it says it is supported by Sony. I wonder what equipment she actually uses on her own.
Cristina is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, has been for a long time:
The Squire: Article is a bit piggy-ducky-horsey for the DPR audience, in my opinion. But I like the layout.
I dont think the Getting Ready for 4K is accurate, regarding PC/Mac specs. I've been editing 4K for a year or so and unless you are doing lots of channels and layering, a good dual core and 8Gb is plenty. You just need a fairly modern dual core which has more video codec support on-chip...
I think "piggy ducky horsey" is going to be my new saying.
donutlover: I don't mean to sound aggressive or negative, but this "primer" seems like nothing but a Panasonic advertisement. It LOOKS like an advertisement, and READS like an advertisement. I know (and appreciate) that DPReview has a "sponsored content" disclaimer next to the story, but I'd be interested to know if DPR staff actually wrote this piece. The language is pure ad copy to my eyes; the text sounds like it came from Panasonic.
All criticism is fair game, but all of the content is written by DPR editors, as indicated at the top of the article. It's meant to be an introductory primer for those new to 4K, and so we went around the office and outlined what the key aspects of 4K are for photographers, and then went from there.
fastlass: Honestly, whenever I rent a movie on amazon I only choose SD, and my screen does 1080. I can tell the difference, but it really doesn't affect my perception of the film. I'd rather spend the extra dollar on some nachos.
I have a 50 inch plasma, and have been watching Walking Dead in SD, and it looks great. #morenachos
pierpa: Re the new design: why GREY type on white? Good old BLACK would be more readable.
All considered, I think the new design sucks: it's ugly, less readable, and after forcing myself to read the article nevertheless, my eyes ache.
Any feedback is good feedback, sort of. Thanks for sharing!
Les Berkley: Very nice interview, but that man cannot be a photographer. He never mentioned "bokeh" or "Eye-Cue".
I liked the joke Les. :)
forpetessake: This review is 6 months too late. Everybody who was interested in this camera already bought it, tried it, and sent it back.There are at least two very serious drawbacks that somehow the reviewers missed. One is the kit 16-50 lens. It's so bad that it can compete with Sony 16-50 for the worst kit lens on the market. Selling 28MP camera with such poor lens is a complete waste of megapixels.Second, other reviewers noticed, and I verified it myself, is the shutter shock problem with this camera & kit lens. It's pretty bad, people need to be aware of it.It's also strange that the reviewers praised the low light performance. It's actually pretty unremarkable. There is a blue noise in dark areas, and the resolution goes down the tubes.
The interesting thing about the state of camera technology is that cameras even 5-6 years old still take amazing photos relative to the current offering from most manufacturers. The NX500 is still being sold, and will be a relevant piece of gear for years to come, so we make these videos with that in mind, aiming to show gear being used in real world shooting scenarios.
GiovanniB: Is it just me or do the colors seem ... well ... just not quite right, with candy colors overemphasized and subtle hues seemingly desaturated and brownish?
It's not just you. Our team was in Oregon right at the peak of the wildfires, so there was a general yellow smog in the northwest. We're pushing instagram to release a "Forest Fire" filter, they haven;t responded to our emails yet though.
rrccad: what a weird list.
first they claim that the K-52 doesn't make it on the list because it's MSRP is greater than $500, okay fine..
One could purchase D3300 kit for 400 and change.. but that didn't make it on the list either, neither did the canon T5, SL1, the Sony A58, Pentax K-50..
and the final amusing point is this..
"Note: Cameras in our roundups are broken down by current MSRP in the United States. " according to your amazon.com - the MSRP of the A5100 is $548.00, it's on sale for $378 body only. the X-A2 is also an MSRP over $500..
dpreview is really going downhill.
More like the prices of these cameras are going downhill, which is great for all of us!
Bjorn_L: The negative reviews are not (for the most part) "bad people" or "bad comments". They are frank and honest.I love kids. I love the photos my kids take (3 boys, which have all had their own cameras since they were very young). But their photos like the cute tykes above are generally bad photos which are precious to me as their father. However I am not exploitative nor manipulative to pretend stuff worthy of a refrigerator showcase is worthy of being mentioned on a site like this or in a book, etc.What the father is doing is, in my opinion, not right. But then youtube is full of equally exploitative people just like him who are also trying to trade their kids "cuteness" for money. Let kids be kids. If you are going to post about a photographer, post about one who is noteworthy for their skill not their age.
Greg, I think that is a fair assessment. But I think we both can agree a third story might be over-doing it. :) Maybe if the project is funded we can conduct an interview with Aaron and let him speak to the excitement and joy he's experienced getting to bring his first son along with him on assignments.
The problem Joseph is that you are making the mistake of projecting your cynical assumption about what is happening onto the photographer:
"The photographer saw his child taking pictures and hatched a plan to fund a project, as opposed to having a warm fuzzy feeling about spending time with junior."
This is one huge assumption. Fortunately we, Dpreview, have the luxury of interacting with the photographers and manufacturers that we write about. Our role as an editorial site is to exercise judgement and choose to present stories and information to our readers that we find interesting, valuable, etc...
Your assumption that the photographer has "lost all perspective" is perhaps indicative of what you want or choose to see, but it is not rooted in any facts, or understanding of or exposure to the photographer or the project.
I think we just have a practical view of how the photography world works. Increasingly the public at large is not willing to pay for photographs. Freelance photographers like Aaron get this, and they fund projects using methods like Kickstarter. Funding a book project that aims to be widely distributed is no small feet, and so for us at DPR it was never a question of commercialization, it was the reality of working independently and finding funding where there is funding. The project stands on it's own.
Aaron is an accomplished photographer who's chosen career involves him shooting all over the world on a weekly basis. He chose to begin a project that allows him to spend time with his son, and expose his son to something he loves and has made a life out of. His project is not about exploitation, it is about the power of getting creative with your children.
MikeDPR: I'm seeing only 1080p. Can you guys post 4K version? 4K is a key selling point for these cameras.
I cannot speak to all of the decisions made by the crew, but to give you context, this video came together in less than a week, was shot in a single day, and a final edit turned around only days later. Not a typical window for a full music video + making of video. :) So the decisions re: post, 4k, angles, etc..., included the need to get something done quickly.
Hey guys, sorry to report, both of our directors shot in 4k, but in post worked to output in 1080, mostly for workflow efficiency (scaling, reframing shots, color work).