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Archive | November 22, 2015

Panasonic New Refocus (At Home) Feature, on GX8, G7 & FZ300, Is HUGE.

My Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.

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Related posts:
>> Lytro — focus with software.

>> Bought Sony RX100 II.
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Bought
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
>> 6 Images for the Day
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>> Taking Selfies My Way III.

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From ‘The New Camera‘,
a Website that I check a few times a day!

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Click to access original at ‘thenewcamera.com’.


This is HUGE!

This will revolutionize the entire digital camera industry.

It is NOT new. Lytro Illum, as I talked about way back in January 2015, was pushing this concept.

What is it?

The ability to FIX your exact focusing and depth-of-field — and change it if you want (multiple times and different ways) — AFTER a photograph has been taken, using software.

You will never ever again take a picture that is out of focus!

You can get perfect, spot-on focus, with any depth-of-field effect you want, at home — after the pictures is taken.

Yes, it probably will only work with RAW and I, to-date, have resisted using RAW or even any post-processing.

But this HUGE. I am surprised that I am not seeing more coverage of this.

Stay tuned. This could be the end of fuzzy pictures.

Though I keep on telling myself that I have a tryst with destiny with the Fuji X-T2, I have been itching to get a Panasonic G7. Hhhmmm! Yes, the stock market has been VERY GOOD to me.

But, I just wanted to share this with you in case YOU missed it.


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‘Camera Labs’ Point and Shoot Comparison — An Analysis.

Taken with Sony RX100 II

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Related posts:
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Bought Sony RX100 II.
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Bought
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000.
>> 6 Images for the Day
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>> Taking Selfies My Way III.

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I like ‘Camera Labs‘ and I follow the editor Gordon Laing on Twitter.

Last week I saw that he had done this post on “Best point and shoot camera” with “Gordon’s favourite compact camera right now: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

Here is a ‘thumbnail’. Click on it, or the link above, to access Gordon’s original post.

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I have no issues with his choice or his picks. I had myself just got a Sony RX100 II (from BuyDig) after convincing myself that I could not really justify the III or the IV because this was really my 2nd camera — the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 (for now) my main.

What surprised me with the choices was the wide variety. Yes, if you carefully read through Gordon’s words you would pick up on SENSOR SIZE and max. resolution. But it occurred to me that I would like to see a real side-by-side comparison of these 12 cameras per the CRITERIA that I look for in a camera (these days).

Per my new regime following the publication of my last book, I do not work on any new books on Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Those 3 days are for me to mess around with my other interests. So yesterday, Saturday, I devoted some time (maybe an hour) to spreadsheet these 12 cameras. It was fun and educational for me.

So here is that spreadsheet (and those you know me know that I live by spreadsheets and I create spreadsheets at the drop of a hat).


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So what struck me the most?

sensorszie2323I am BIG into Sensor Size because in the end, push-comes-to-shove, there is only so much you can do about trying to violate the laws of physics. Bigger sensors will always give you a better resolution image, especially in low light conditions, than a smaller sensor. I have this ‘sensor size’ image, from Wikipedia, handy at all times when I am looking at cameras just to keep me straight. These days I will not consider a camera with a sensor less than 1″.

So only 4 of the 12 cameras suggested by Gordon have sensors 1″ or greater (that being the ‘Four Thirds’ by Panasonic). That has to be taken into account, first and foremost, with any camera comparison. Otherwise you will not be comparing apples with oranges you will be comparing oranges with coconuts.

Megapixels per se don’t bother me that much since I don’t print posters, but I do like to see what the Maximum Resolution is. I really am not fond of cameras that can’t get me close to 5000x3x00.

BUT my next BIGGEST factor is maximum aperture, bearing in mind that none of these cameras offer constant max. aperture. A max. aperture of 3.5 or 3.6, though, of course, ‘livable’ is not great. Having a 1.7/1.8 max aperture cameras against cameras that are at 3.6 is unfair — and the consumer should be warned.

Then there is max. ISO. A max. 1600 or even 3200 camera in 2015/2016 is SAD. Again this should be highlighted.

Two of these cameras, viz. Canon SX60 HS & Nikon L840, maybe even three, i.e., Panasonic LX100, are not exactly compact. Yes, you can see it in the pictures but a heads up should be in order.

Then there is the price. The average price of these 12 cameras is $398. As such the Sony RX100 III is MORE THAN DOUBLE the average price! No wonder it is the top dog! So a BIG variation in price.

Based on MY spreadsheet I would contend that the Canon G7X or G9X would be a BETTER option, especially if price is a factor — PROVIDED you are not wedded to an EVF.

Again, this was primarily for me to understand how these cameras stacked up. But once I did it I was NOT going to NOT share it with YOU.


Tonight, Nov. 22, Is The Final Episode Of PBS Masterpiece “Indian Summers”.

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Other Related posts:
>> Last episode
‘Home Fires’.
>> ‘Home Fires’
better than ‘Indian Summers’.
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‘Indian Summers’ sluggish start.
>> ‘Indian Summers’ preview.
>>
‘Indian Summers’ on PBS Roku.

>> Addictive “Downton Abbey”.

>> PBS: “Pope Francis the Sinner”.

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Click to access PBS sneak preview video. Very high quality.


Just a heads up. Tonight, November 22, 2015, Episode 9 is the finale for Season 1 of ‘Indian Summers‘. Not sure whether a Season 2 is planned or funded.

Can’t say I will miss it much. Yes, we watched all 8 episodes so far, within 48 hours of them airing. It was OK. The chemistry was never right.

We all much preferred ‘Home Fires‘ which ended two Sundays ago. That we would like back.

Not sure what happened to ‘Indian Summers‘. You could detect the elements of ‘Passage to India‘ (e.g., court scene) and ‘Jewel in the Crown‘ (e.g., interracial love interests, Independence etc.) But the characterization was poor and I finally worked it out. The dialog was insipid.

So there will be no new Masterpiece shows on PBS in December 2015. It will be reruns. Then in January or February 2016 we kick of with the FINAL SEASON, season 6, of ‘Downton Abbey


‘6 images for the day’ — November 22, 2015.

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Taken with my (second) Sony RX100 II.


Original 5472 x 3648, ~4Mb,
JPEGs reduced to 1024 x 683, 220Kb, for display here.
So v. low resolution. Sorry.
NO post-processing whatsoever.
Straight JPEGs out of the camera

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

All taken in and around Alton, New Hampshire
on Saturday, November 21, 2015.







Enjoy. Thank YOU.


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