Reviews

 

The Panasonic LX100 is ‘Probably the Best Zoom Compact Ever Made’, Says DPReview

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DPReview recently got a chance to put the $900 Panasonic Lumix LX100 through a thorough review, and after putting it through the wringer, the camera has come out victorious… like really victorious. In fact, it received the highest ever award in its class.

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Wildlife Photographer Adam Jones Takes Canon’s 7D Mark II Into the Wild for a Real World Review

When cameras get put through a review, it’s often done at a pixel-peeping level in a studio, where the lighting is consistent across the board and variables are few and far between. This is NOT one of those reviews.

When it came time to review Canon’s new APS-C flagship, the 7D Mark II, DPReview reached out to professional wildlife photographer Adam Jones and asked him to take the camera out into the wild… literally.

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Diving Into the Numbers: Is the Canon 7D Mark II as Bad as DxOMark Says it Is?

After much anticipation and positive initial reports about the new Canon 7D Mark II, DxOMark’s review of the camera’s sensor was met with some shock. According to their tests, the Mark II’s sensor was on par with the 5-year-old Nikon D300s, and even fell behind smaller Micro Four Thirds sensors — not good.

But was this assessment fair? Photographer and educator Tony Northrup — who praised the 7D Mark II in his rapid review — wanted to find out. And so he created this in-depth video to dive into DxO’s numbers, make some side-by-side comparisons, and see if the 7D really is as disappointing as DxO seemed to report. Read more…

Review: A 34-Inch 3440×1440 Monitor is Great for Photo Editing, So is it Better if You Curve It?

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Back in June I posted about how the then newly released LG 34UM95-P had changed my editing workflow going from dual screens when editing to a single ultra wide one. Today I’d like to follow up on that experience with a new one with the curved version of the LG monitor, the 34UC97-S. Read more…

Hands On with the Samsung NX1: One Samsung Camera to Rule Them All

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Samsung is making a statement with the recently announced NX1, and that statement is, “pros, we’re ready for you.” Up till now, any pros who wanted to use Samsung gear — and there are some that do — have had to settle for prosumer bodies designed more for the first time buyer than the seasoned pro.

With the introduction of the NX1, that status quo is no more, and a little bit of time with this incredibly powerful new body drives that point home splendidly. Read more…

A Review of the Panasonic Lumix LX100’s 4K Photo Mode

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One of the most exciting things about capturing high resolution video with the Panasonic LX100 is the ability to extract high resolution still photos from it. Video grabbing is not a new thing, but in standard definition you were looking at stills measuring a third of a Megapixel, and even in Full HD you’d only enjoy 2 Megapixels. But with 4k video you can make 8 Megapixel grabs which is much more useful. Read more…

Nikon D750 Review: Nikon… You’ve Created a Monster

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This Nikon D750 Review by Ross Harvey was originally published on his blog, and is being reprinted in full with permission.


What this review isn’t: pixel peeping and statistical comparisons between various cameras.

What this review is: a real world account in a professional environment from a gear lover with high standards. It’s not intended to be a catch-all review, it’s specifically tailored for my own needs and shooting style.

Important notes: 1) These cameras were paid for by myself, it’s an unbiased review. 2) I have used and compared gear from many other brands. They didn’t hit the spot and hence not adopted professionally. 3) Every shot (except dance floor) is ambient/available light. No flash whatsoever. Read more…

The Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Versus… a Two-Year-Old Pocket Camera

She’s a beaut. (Except for the rubber ring.)

Laaaadieeesss and Gentlemennnn! I have for you the lens test to end all lens tests! Not a mere test, mind you, but an epic showdown, a clash of the titans, the ultimate cage match! Pixel peepers rejoice! Read more…

Review: Can Canon’s PowerShot G7 X Beat Out Sony’s RX100 Series?

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Canon perceived premium compact users to want a bright powerful zoom lens with relatively large sensor and a viewfinder in the PowerShot G1X Mk II and G16, but Sony proved astutely there was a huge demand for a quality compact that could slip into a pocket.

When Canon was busy building old-school destroyers, Sony designed a sleek modern frigate in the form of the RX100 with a 1” sensor. It took Canon two years to respond, but they finally launched a compact with but one purpose – to regain the throne of best compact from Sony. Read more…

Photographer Puts the iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus Through Their Paces in Iceland

While everybody was still speculating and chasing after rumors about the then unofficial iPhone 6, photographer Austin Mann was hopping a plane to Iceland with a 5S, 6 and 6 Plus in tow. His mission was to test these three phones out side-by-side and see if the major tech updates Apple made to the camera translate into real-world results. Read more…