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Mon July 23, 2012

Thom Hogan has a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the icons camera makers use to advertise the features of their digital cameras.

Read the article at: bythom [A Different Kind of Focus – July 20 (commentary)].


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Photography Is A Pain In The…

Thu February 23, 2012

Thom Hogan over at bythom has a tongue-in-cheek article on the pain of photography.

Luckily some of the pain points pertaining to equipment have been addressed by the modern cameras, as in: now there’s GPS to record the precise location of a shoot so you can easily return to it later, image stabilization that does away with tripods (unless you need absolutely positively no camera shake), sweep panorama that does the stitching automatically, dust removal technology, using external drive exclusively means never ever having to backup the laptop (though you do have to backup the external drive, but that’s a one button affair). The ones I personally find really painful are: “The pain of scratching your LCD, front lens element, or glasses” and “The pain of forgetting to turn VR on. Or off.” And I would like to add the following personal one: “The pain of finding your image blurred even when the camera’s AF beeped positive and the image looked fine on the LCD.”

Read the article at: bythom.


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Olympus E-P3 Review @ sansmirror (a new byThom site)

Wed December 7, 2011

Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3

The [Olympus] E-P3 is my current backcountry camera of choice, where I’m on those long 10-mile or longer dayhikes to exotic locations far from the road.

We’ve added another Olympus PEN E-P3 [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

sansmirroir (a byThom production) has published their review of the Olympus E-P3, a Digital Interchangeable Lens Compact System Camera with 12.3MP resolution (on a 17.3 x 13.0 mm High Speed Live MOS Sensor), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, Dust Reduction, an extra large 3.0-in. LCD (614k-dot), Full HD Movie (1920×1080/60i) with stereo sound, Intelligent AUTO (auto scene recognition), Scene Modes, AF Tracking, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, PASM modes, Shutter speed range of 60 – 1/4000 sec. plus Bulb (up to 30 mins), Continuous Shooting at 5.5fps, RAW file format, Digital Level, MF Assist, a hot shoe, Live View Autofocus system with real time focus, Multiple Exposure, Wireless compatibility (using optional PP-1 Penpal or Eye-Fi card), and Art Filters.

You can read the Olympus E-P3 Review @ sansmirroir.

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Samsung TL500 / EX1 Review @ byThom : a pleasure to use and the raw image quality is quite good

Sat August 6, 2011

Samsung TL500 / EX1

Samsung TL500 / EX1

it’s a pleasure to use this camera, and the raw image quality is quite good for a small sensor camera.

We’ve added a new Samsung TL500 / EX1 [Specs] review to our Reviews Matrix.

byThom has published their review of the Samsung TL500 / EX1, an ultra zoom with 10MP resolution (on a 1/1.7-in. CCD image sensor), 3x ultra-wide angle optical zoom (24-72mm equiv.), Fast F1.8 lens, Optical Image Stabilization, 3.0-in. swiveling AMOLED (920k-dot), Smart AUTO, PASM, Scene modes, RAW, Front Wheel Control, Smart Range (High Dynamic Range), Smart Filter, and Movie 640×480 @ 30fps with monaural sound.

You can read the Samsung TL500 / EX1 Review @ byThom.

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Fujifilm X100 Review @ byThom

Thu August 4, 2011

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100

The X100 manages to fulfill most of what I wanted, but it’s rough at the edges, and some will find that a problem.

We’ve added another Fujifilm X100 [QuickPrice Check] Review in our Reviews Matrix.

byThom has posted their review of the Fujifilm X100, a retro rangefinder-style APS-C digital camera with 12.3 MP resolution (23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS), F2 35 mm equiv. single focal lens (not interchangeable), 9-blade aperture diaphragm, 2.8-in. (460k-dot) LCD, Eye Sensor, PASM, One-touch RAW, In-camera RAW Converter, Continuous Shooting 5fps, Hybrid Optical/Electronic Viewfinder, built-in ND Filter (3 stops), Electronic Level, aperture ring, shutter speed dial, exposure compensation dial, Motion Panorama, and 720p HD Movie 1280×720 @ 24fps with stereo sound.

You can read the Fujifilm X100 Review @ byThom.

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Sony HX9V Review @ byThom

Thu August 4, 2011

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V

For casual shooting, the Sony will do. For serious shooting, unfortunately, you’ll have to move up. For video, however, the HX9V is a real shirt-pocket bargain.

We’ve added a new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9? [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Note: If you are ordering from Amazon.com, be aware that they seem to be confused between the HX9 model (without GPS) and the Hx9V model (with GPS). If you click thru to their page from the link above, it is not clear exactly which model is being offered.

byThom has published their review of the Sony DSC-HX9V, a 16.2MP resolution (1/2.3-in. “Exmor R” CMOS Sensor) ultra zoom digital camera with 16x wide-angle optical zoom (26-416mm equiv.), GPS + Compass and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (921k-dot), iAuto, P, M, Easy Shooting, iSCN, in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR), Intelligent Sweep Panorama, 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Continuous Shooting 10fps (16.2MP full resolution), Background Defocus, Handheld Twilight Mode, Smile Shutter Technology, Anti-Motion Blur Mode, Anti-blink Function, and Full HD 1080/60p Movie.

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SONY HX9V REVIEWS
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Date Camera Review Site
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2011-12-19 Travel Zoom Shootout 2011 Imaging Resource
2011-08-04 Sony HX9V byThom
2011-08-01 Sony HX9V Camera Labs
2011-07-20 Compact Travel Zooms DPReview
2011-07-15 Sony HX9V Imaging Resource
2011-06-15 Sony HX9V PhotographyBLOG
2011-05-19 Sony HX9V ePHOTOzine

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Nikon Coolpix P300 Review @ byThom

Tue August 2, 2011

Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon Coolpix P300

A reasonably straight forward semi-sophisticated camera to a not-so-serious shooting spouse or child.

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byThom has published their review of the Nikon Coolpix P300, a compact digital camera with 12.2MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), 4.2x ultra wide-angle optical zoom (24-100mm equiv.), 3.0-in. LCD (921k-dot), Optical Image Stabilization, PASM, Scene Auto Selector, Continuous Shooting 8fps, D-Lighting, Easy Panorama, Backlighting HDR, Smart Portrait System, Smile Timer, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, and Full HD 1080p video 1920×1080 @ 30fps with stereo sound.

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NIKON COOLPIX P300 REVIEWS
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2011-08-10 Nikon Coolpix P300 DigitalCameraReview
2011-08-02 Nikon Coolpix P300 byThom
2011-07-26 Nikon P300 Trusted Reviews
2011-04-11 Nikon Coolpix P300 Tech Radar
2011-03-29 Nikon Coolpix P300 PhotographyBLOG
2011-02-08 Nikon Coolpix P300 Press Release

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Olympus XZ-1 Review @ byThom

Mon August 1, 2011

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

I can’t help but feel that the XZ-1 could have been better, though. The sensor and noise reduction let it down a bit.

We’ve added a new Olympus XZ-1 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

byThom has posted their review of the Olympus XZ-1 with 10MP resolution (on a 1/1.63-in. CCD sensor), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, an iZuiko F1.8-2.5 fixed lens, 4x optical zoom (28-112mm equiv.), 3.0-in. OLED monitor (610k-dots), full manual controls, six Art Filters, and HD 720p Movie.

You can read the Olympus XZ-1 Review @ byThom.

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Nikon D5100 Review @ byThom

Tue July 26, 2011

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

I’ll cut to the chase: for a lot of people, the D5100 might be their “just right.”

We’ve added another Nikon D5100 [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

byThom has published his review of the Nikon D5100, an entry-level Family digital SLR camera with 16.2MP (23.6 x 15.6mm APS-C CMOS), PASM, Guide Mode, Scene Modes, Scene Auto Selector, Active D-Lighting, 11-point AF, 3.0-in. Vari-angle LCD (921K-dot), RAW, Live View, High Dynamic Range, Continuous Shooting 4fps, and Full HD 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps with stereo sound.

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Can I Use My iPad For Field Work In Photography?

Wed June 8, 2011

The Apple iPad is the perfect display and presentation device and many have wondered if it could replace their laptops for serious workflow in the field. Many photographers have found the iPad a very useful device in the field: as a portfolio to present to clients, as a display and control device tethered to your DSLR, etc. and could not think of not having one with them now. But they still have their laptops with them, too. Will we be able to one day replace the laptop by the iPad for all the complex workflow we do in the field?

Not being one having an especially heavy field workflow, I’ll instead let Thom Hogan share his views with you on whether the iPad and other tablets (Xoom/Galaxy/etc.) are ready for serious field work.

Read the article at: byThom. [You may need to search for “Tablets and Photography June 7 (commentary)” in the archives if the article has moved off the front page.]

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Does Nature Need Our [Photoshop] Help?

Tue June 7, 2011

In his article “Nature Gets in the Way,” Thom Hogan asks the question that may or may not bother us: should we retouch a picture of an animal taken “in the wild?” His beautiful picture of the owl eagle has a lint in its eye and is therefore not “perfect.” While many of us won’t even think twice about cloning it out, he is of the opinion that doing so amounts to tampering with the “wildness” of the image.

Update June 10, 2011: Thom fooled everyone by refering to his picture as a “wild owl.” Turns out it was neither wild nor an owl. It is a captive eagle. The cheekiness! Oh, you clever Thom.

If you remember, we’ve had a couple of high profile contest winners demoted for this very reason: either setting up a photo scene and calling it wild or a slight retouching in photoshop was enough to invalidate the authenticity of the scene.

Read the article and view the image at: byThom. [You may have to search for the article “Nature Gets in the Way” if it has moved off the front page.]

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Articles

Looking ahead. Future of camera world.

Mon April 18, 2011

Andrea (author of rumors sites, such as www.43rumors.com), Mitch Aunger (author and owner of www.Planet5D.com), Thom Hogan (writer/photographer, www.bythom.com) and Vitaliy Kiselev (UX designer, author of GH1 hack, www.gh1-hack.info) discuss the future of the camera world. Topics include mirrorless cameras, DSLRs, the economy, the “next big thing,” modular cameras, Sony’s pellicle DSLRs, optical vs. sensor-shift image stabilization, 3D, multiple AF (choose your focus point after the fact), parallel sensors, parallel processors, phone cameras replacing the low-ends point-and-shoots, and more.

Read the article at: Personal View.


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