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Latest Camera Comments

Latest comments, thoughts and reaction to our recently reviewed Camera Equipment, including the Canon EOS 400D.

njt1982
I recently bought one of these for my girlfriend and was SO impressed by it I decided to write up an article about it myself doing a comparison to show exactly HOW MUCH better it is compared to a Compact Digital (Nikon E4600) and a Sony Ericsson Camera Phone (K800i). Read my Canon vs Nikon vs Sony article at my website:

http://www.thingy-ma-jig.co.uk/blog/12-06-2007/canon-eos-400d-nikon-e4600-sony-ericsson-k800i

The above article is really interesting if you've looking at changing from one top-of-the-range camera to another, however I personally was a little unsure during upgrade what the £500 price tag actually warranted over a "good" £150 compact digital (or even my mobile phone).

Suffice to say I'm convinced. That why I did my own comparison.

Short URL:
http://www.thingy-ma-jig.co.uk/node/124

Made by njt1982 on 13 Jun 2007 3:21PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Mark_Readman
It's all gong and no dinner !

Made by Mark_Readman on 10 Jun 2007 10:54PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

barryfitzgerald
2nd that on the plasticy feel. Has the reviewer handled a 400D? Clearly not. The toy like comments are clearly misplaced too. Course the 400D review doesn't mention plastic build etc...sigh..(unbiased reviews please?)

Other issues are well noted, the weak spot is of course high ISO, which could and should be better. DRO is ok, Nikon have an equivalent which is pretty much the same...

Made by barryfitzgerald on 8 Jun 2007 3:02PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

barryfitzgerald
"paltry 6Mp" lol. Interesting I find it great for A3 prints, I guess not everyone has worked out that mega pixels are only part of image quality.

Nice camera, removal of in cam motor limits lens choices though.

Made by barryfitzgerald on 8 Jun 2007 12:06PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

barryfitzgerald
"the SD14 is, thankfully, free of preset scene modes"

And this is a good judge of a camera? 30D springs to mind! No custom presets on the main PASM dial either? Wasted space really.

Leaving that aside...interesting camera.

Made by barryfitzgerald on 8 Jun 2007 11:56AM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

crashby

Quote:2. The wider dynamic range in the S5 can be mimmiced and improved upon by shooting the same photo at three different shutterspeeds and sandwiching the resulting images together. Photoshop CS2 and CS3 do it best but the are pocket money programs that will do it for you!


Yeah, that'll work at a wedding! "Hold still everyone! Can we stop the wind from blowing the dress? Thanks"

Made by crashby on 5 Jun 2007 5:04PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

SpeedAltStar
Brufus is spot on with his appraisal of the G7. I agree with all his comments.

I think the ephotozine review of the G7 noise is fairly kind. It really is noisy above ISO 100. ISO 200 is usable and maybe even 400 depending on what you are trying to achieve on the day. I mainly use mine for black and white and often the noise problem is not an issue. In fact it can add to the overall mono look.
That said, at the lower ISO's the pictures are nice and sharp and the colours are really nice and vibrant.

The zoom lens suffers badly from barreling but if you pick your focal length it's manageable and can be further rectified with Photoshop etc.
The thing to bear in mind is the versatility of a big zoom on a small camera - there has got to be a compromise somewhere.

Regarding the noise problem - it's a shame that Canon have bowed to market forces and squeezed 10 megapixels onto a small sensor. I think it would have been possible to produce better results with 6 or 8 megapixels. A pitty as the only real issue I have with the camera is the noise problem. However, I get along fine with the camera and try to avoid conditions where noise becomes an issue.

The build quality of the camera is really superb. I am very pleased with that aspect and it's a joy to hold. It feels reasuringly solid. All the switches, dials and buttons are well made. And the menus and functions are very user friendly and intuitive. In fact, I think that the build quality is better than my Nikon D80.

It makes a great 'carry anywhere' or second camera. And in fact I probably take more pictures with it than the D80 as it is with me most of the time.

The view finder is a bit pants but the rear screen is a nice size and very clear. Most functions can be accessed via buttons without having to navigate through multiple menu steps - typical Canon well thought out design.

The G7 has some weak points but overall I think it's a great little camera and I am pleased with mine.

Made by SpeedAltStar on 1 Jun 2007 9:23PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Chuckles
The ISO noise is only a problem if you shoot JPGs, and using the Sigma for JPG is like using a Ferrari as a golf cart. The Sigma/Foveon is a RAW image camera, period. That's where it shines. Super-sharp images and true colors, right out of the box.

As the reviewer mentioned, it will take extra effort to process the RAW images, but the result is certainly worth it. I've used the Sigma SD9 for a few years, and I've used the SD14 for about a month. I wouldn't trade either of them for any other camera.

As a professional action sports shooter, my images are up against mostly Canon and Nikon competitors. While they may get more frames per second, they can't come close to the sharpness, image quality and true color reproduction of the Sigma.

It ain't for everyone, but if you don't mind trading some time for amazing image quality, give the SD14 a try.

Geez, ...that sounded like a commercial.

Made by Chuckles on 1 Jun 2007 9:00PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

Mark_Readman
such noise at such low iso will keep this a sigma enthusiast camera, it's not what I hoped for, a pro spec camera that breaks the 2 horse race

Made by Mark_Readman on 31 May 2007 9:31PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply

MeanGreeny
I think this is just about the first generally favourable review that I've seen.

Hopefully it's good news about the sensor quality and the RAW conversion software with regard to the DP-1

Made by MeanGreeny on 31 May 2007 1:02PM, join in and reply to this comment!  Reply