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Google’s “Project Fi” Wireless Service Adds 3 New Phones: 2 High-End, 1 Low-End.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access Google’s “Project Fi” Website.


Given that I have a Google Pixel 2 I have used Google’s “Project Fi” from the get-go. It was a no-brainer for I since I do NOT have a big need for data. Has worked well for I — plus I use the built-in software SIMM.

The BIG drawback of ‘Project Fi’ was that it basically ONLY supported Google Pixel/Pixel 2 phones a couple of old Motorola phones. Well, this week they have fixed that. Interesting choices. In terms of pricing the two LG phones are much more expensive than the Pixel 2. Wow.

Well, check it out.


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Panasonic LX15/LX10 With 1″ Sensor Definitely Not The The Successor To The ‘Four-Thirds’ LX100.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for “The New Camera” original
original from September 16, 2016.

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Early this morning, based on the lack of control dials, I pointed out that the Panasonic LX15/LX10 cannot be the supposed successor to the Panasonic Lumix LX100.

That the LX15/LX10 has a 1″ sensor is the ULTIMATE PROOF that the LX15 is NOT the hoped for ‘LX200‘.

The successor to the LX100 is still somewhere in the pipeline. But why wait? Just get a Canon M5 with a even bigger sensor.


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Would Be A Shame To Use A UV Filter In Front Of The New Nikon’s 1″ DL Camera Lenses, e.g., DL18-50.

by Anura Guruge


One of the many highlights of these three new 1″ sensor Nikon Premium Compacts is the high-tech Fluorine coating used on the lenses of all three cameras. Per Nikon (and see below) this Fluorine coating actively repels dust, water, grease and more. That sound good. Very good.

The DL18-50 lens, in addition, is said to have a special ‘Nano Crystal Coat‘ that eliminates distortion, ghosting, aberrations & internal reflections.

It is the dust, water and grease (as in fingerprint) repelling of the Fluorine coating that interests (and concerns) me the most.

In an effort to safeguard the surface of my (expensive) lenses and because I have been doing it for so long, I, as soon as I get a new lens (whether attached to a camera or interchangeable), immediately slap on a good quality, typically B+W, UV lens on front of it. And doing that will continue to protect the lens on a new Nikon DL camera.

But here is the irony and rub. Even a good multi-coated filter (such as a B+W) will not have the equivalent of the Fluorine coating of the lens behind it. So the filter will be prone to dust etc.

Plus there is a school of thought that is adamant that UV filters should under no circumstances be used with modern digital cameras — since they will interfere and interact with all the built-in, integrated filters built into the sensor!

So it would appear that it would be best to avoid putting a UV filter in front of the new Nikon Premium Compacts — and from what I can see Nikon, nor anyone else, appears to make a  Fluorine coated UV filter. But even if they did, the don’t use UV with modern digitals would override that.


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I raised this issue on the “DPReview.com” “Nikon Coolpix” forum
this morning. 
Basically what I talked about here.

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Sony RX10 III — “Engadget” Contends (Provocatively) That It Is too Expensive.

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One of the ‘engadhetSony RX10 III sample pictures.

I like it. My quality. Now I don’t feel as shaky as I did when I saw these 2 from a RX10 III.

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Click to ENLARGE study & admire. From ‘engadget’.


Interesting. Of course this has crossed my mind.

In the end it all BOILS down to the 1″ sensor. I, with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, which also has a 1″ sensor, fully understand the pros and cons of this compromise sensor size.

Unlike Nathan Ingraham, the ‘engadget’ reviewer, I do use and like long zoom. So that is the trade-off. Yes, my plan is/was to get a Fuji X-T2 with the APS-C sensor. But I am not going to be able to get a 600mm zoom for that — not for the money I am willing to spend.

So that is the choice.


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Yet Another Sophie’s Choice For I — Panasonic Lumix LX100 or New ZS100.

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As I have been saying for the last couple of days I am now looking for a replacement for my Sony RX100 II given that it is sold and gone.

I was planning to get a Fuji so that I could standardize on Fuji cameras. BUT that doesn’t seem as easy and practical as I had thought — and not in the budget that I was hoping. Anytime you do any serious evaluation of today’s cameras, using Web resources, you are bound to be told of the competitors. The Panasonic Lumix LX100 kept on coming up. Over the last 24 hours I, as I am wont to do when I come across a camera that looks interesting, did a deep-dive, immersion into finding out about it. Quite the camera. Just two things, other than the smaller than APS-C sensor size, that bothered me: it being a 13MP camera (despite using a 16MP sensor) and the lack of a built-in, pop-up flash. (I am a great exploitor of pop-up flashes). Though the LX100 comes with an external flash that would be an impediment. But the reviews rave about the LX100.

Then on Sunday I came across the newly announced, viz. January 5, 2016, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100. I had not paid any attention to it since I had by then thought that I was done with buying anymore Panasonic cameras. WOW. ZS100. Basically a smaller version of the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 that has served me so well! But a 1″ sensor and I really wanted to move away from 1″. But it has a pop-up flash and is 20MP. Lens, at zoom, is a bit slow.

To make it worse, and would you believe it, they are EXACTLY the same price! $697.99.

The ZS100 will NOT be available till March 26. Can I wait that long? Seven weeks? Yes, I can, but do I want to.

Wow. This is quite a decision.


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