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).
Looking into this now, will report back.
shauravraj: Been in this dpreview forum for a while. But this awards that you guys gave does not sound fair based on some of the cameras I have had opportunity to use. What are the basis for award what factors did you consider? And how much does sponsorship skews your awards?
The editorial team spent weeks deliberating each category, weighing tons of factors we use in our reviews. Given the level of technological knowledge spread across the team, we're confident these awards represent the most accurate assessment of the market at the moment.
Roland Karlsson: Yes! I really also recommend you all to look at his web site or at 500px. Much larger images. Makes a much better impact.
I have said it before - and I say it again. It is a pity that dpreview always shows portofolios so small. Sometimes it works and sometimes it do not.
Maybe I am just imagining, but I also think the dpreview portofolio cuts away some bright tones. Maybe it is because it is smaller. Or do they do some kind of destructive compression?
Moreover, there is so much more in his own portofolios. And some I think is even better.
It's a good point though, we aim to make it more clear that you can view the images larger, and we are also working looking into a homepage design that will scale to your browser size.
ThePhilips: 3 articles on DPR's front page - if anything, Leica knows how to make product launches.
Ah, yes, sorry, makes sense now. Hadn't had coffee yet. :)
We publish a press release, a first impressions review, and a hands on for almost every camera we have access to ahead of launch.