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Sony RX10 III — Autofocus ‘Spatial Object Detection’ Still Based On Contrast AF.

by Anura Guruge


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From Sony’s announcement of the Sony RX10 III. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original.

Click to read original Sony Press Release for the Sony RX10 III.


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Click to ENLARGE. From Sony’s product page for the RX10 II at Sony.com.


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Click to access DPReview ‘First Impressions’ video at Amazon (who own DPReview). At the 1.50 minute mark (show) there is a discussion on CONTRAST-based autofocus.


DPReviews ‘criticism’ of the Sony RX10 II, though  got a DPReview 82% rating Gold rating, mainly centered around its Auto Focus (AF) capability.

From what I can see the new RX10 III still uses the same Contrast-Detect AF, as in the RX10 II, rather than having Phase-Detect. The above video highlights this.

Appears that the ‘Spatial Object Detection’ touted in the RX10 III Press Release works with Contrast (and is really an enhancement to Contrast-Detect).

This worries me. Though I use Manual Focus more than most, I can only do so on still objects. This is the one RX10 III ‘issue’ that gives me serious pause.


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How Many Of The Sony RX10 II Cons Are Still In The New Sony RX10 III?

by Anura Guruge


Though the Sony RX10 II got a DPReview 82% rating Gold rating, DPReview found the following Cons in their in-depth review.

How many are still inherent in the new Sony RX10 III? The auto-focus (AF) issues are of particular concern since the longer zoom might exacerbate them.

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Extracted from DPReview. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access original review.


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Two Sony RX10 III Sample Images, Untouched JPEGs, Gives Me Pause.

by Anura Guruge


These two ‘Out of the Camera’ (OCC) JPEGs, by famous U.S. photographer Steve Huff, using a pre-release Sony RX10 III, at the U.S. announcement on March 30, 2016, in San Francisco, gave me pause for thought. There were, of course, other images in the set, by Steve Huff, that were very good.


A crop from a Steve Huff image.

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Click to ENLARGE. Use above links to access Steve’s original — at full scale.

This is at 600mm zoom and the seal looks OK. Just not impressed with how the rocks in the background look. Not, in my opinion, a depth of field (DOF) issue. A tad to fuzzy for my liking. That would bother me.


Another crop from a Steve Huff image.

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Click to ENLARGE. Use above links to access Steve’s original — at full scale.

Yes, I am sure that it could have been easily fixed with Exposure Compensation, but I don’t like amount of shadow on her face.  I would have deleted this image!


In the case of the Sony RX10 III I have to always compare it to my own Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 given that I know it so well. Some of Steve Huff’s pictures are superb and way beyond my capabilities. But I am just looking at the camera, the senor and the optics. I will keep on looking. Just wanted to share.


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Was Panasonic Badly Blindsided By Sony With The RX10 III — The FZ1000 Detractor?

by Anura Guruge


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Very strange that there were NO rumors of any kind about the Sony RX10 III — and as we know there are at least 3 credible Websites that do nothing but scour the world looking for new camera rumors.

Now it is also possible, given Sony’s clout and drive, that they PAID OFF sources and Websites NOT to talk about the RX10 III before it was announced.

The BIG question for I, as a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 owner (and the owner also of a Panasonic Lumix LX100), is whether Panasonic was totally oblivious to the possibility of a RX10 III.

Notice that I used ‘detractor’ vs. ‘killer’ in my title. The FZ1000, as I have found, is one heck of a camera and it is going to 1/2 the price of the RX10 III — and for many that would be more of an incentive than the added 200mm (though it is a 50% increase).

I am sure Panasonic could match the RX10 III with a 600mm zoom FZ2000. BUT, I am not sure that would be enough.

What would REALLY make a difference is IF Panasonic came up with a Micro Four Thirds FZ with a 500mm or 600mm zoom. I guess all of the lens dynamics will make it a big camera. BUT that would be the ULTIMATE Bridge Camera.

And is this what the so called LX200 is … a Micro Four Thirds with a BIG ZOOM?


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4K Videos Shot With The Just Announced Sony RX10 III On YouTube — By Sony.

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Click to access YouTube video.


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Click image to access YouTube video.


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You know the drill. Click away.


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The JUST Announced Sony RX10 III With 600mm Zoom Is Pretty Darn Impressive.

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DPReview side-by-side of the Sony RX10 II, the BRAND NEW Sony RX10 III and my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. Click to ENLARGE and view here. From DPReview.com.


How ‘snapsort.com’ ranked my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 against the Sony RX10 II
last September.


How I ended up getting the ill-fated Sony a77 II instead of a Sony RX10 II.


In August 2015 I was nearly convinced that the then newly announced Sony RX10 II would be my next camera — my step up from my refurbished Canon T3i. Two things bothered me, the 200mm max. zoom and the 1″ sensor — especially at the then $1,298 price. I think I might have overlooked the 1″ sensor if it had at least a 400mm zoom. I ended up getting a Sony a77 II and that did not work out too well and I ended up returning it within the month. I got my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, with its 1″ sensor, as a (max.) 1-year compromise until I had more time to work out what next? The Lumix FZ1000 has served me well.

And now the RX10 III. I don’t need 600mm zoom BUT it would be nice. SMILE. Comparing the specs. the 600mm zoom is the one overriding advantage of the RX10 III over the FZ1000. Yes, the RX10 III being two younger will have better technology all around. But $1,500 is a lot for a fixed-lens 1″ sensor camera. BUT I will have to give it some serious thought. Did anybody notice that the lens is NO LONGER constant f/2.8 and instead stops down to f/4.0 at zoom (which is not half bad at 600m)?

Panasonic could counter with a 600mm zoom with a Micro Four-Thirds. I would get that in a heartbeat. Maybe that is the rumored Lumix LX200. Things are getting interesting.

Stay tuned. My current plan, of course, is to get the Fuji X-T2 when it is available.


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Fuji X-Pro2 Update: No Firmware Update As Yet, 150 Shot Battery Life Claim & 83% Rating By DPReview.

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From fujifilmusa.com Product Support page for the X-Pro2. Click to ENLARGE and view here.


From ‘B&H’ product page for the Fuji X-Pro2. Click image to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original at ‘bandh.com’.

Click here to access original review at ‘B&H’.


DPReview 83% rating. Click to ENLARGE and goggle here. You can find the original review (thorough as ever) at: dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilm-x-pro2/10


As I have already made clear the Fujifilm X-Pro2 leaves me cold. The only reason that I appear to obsessively follow it is because it is, by any measure, the precursor to my much anticipated dream camera — the yet to be announced Fuji X-T2. So that is the deal.

The X-Pro2, per Amazon & B&H, doesn’t start shipping till next week, March 20, 2016. Yes, I know that there were ‘pre-production’ models. That said I am slightly leery of the reviews that I see at B&H. Yes, of course they may have got the cameras by some means. But last September I saw many ‘bogus’ reviews getting posted on Amazon for the Sony RX10 II BEFORE the camera was shipping. That might not be the case on B&H but I am, as ever, cautious.

There are two reviews of the X-Pro2, at B&H, that are of concern. One is that posted above talking about a 150 shot battery life in ‘high performance’ and the throwaway comment, right at the end, that the “camera speed throughout is noticeably slower”. Aahh? The third review, a 3-star one (by a supposed Pro photographer with an impressive stable of Fuji cameras) is frightening. He confirms the ‘custom menu reset’ problem we have already heard about BUT claims it happens when you swap batteries. Yikes! That is why I was checking to see if Fuji has done a Firmware update as yet. They haven’t.

The DPReview 83% is, from what I know, above average. From what I have seen most ‘good’ cameras get 82%. So this is a tad higher. BUT JPEG image quality and ‘metering focus’ do not get outstanding ratings. That is scary.

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I Ordered A Panasonic Lumix LX100, In Silver, From BuyDig.com (And Fate Played A Role).

by Anura Guruge


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As is always the case I do a lot of intense agonizing before I buy a camera. It is always a compromise and I just like to really have a good handle on what compromises I am accepting. I had gravitated towards the Panasonic Lumix LX100 over 2 weeks ago when I stumbled upon the newly announced and not as yet available Panasonic Lumix ZS100. The ZS100, which is a smaller version of my heavily used Panasonic FZ1000, really intrigued me to the point that I went off and created a ZS100 blog (and I have had 560 hits in 10 days (which is a blast)).

I really struggled with the LX100. The 12.8MP resolution really, really bugged me. That said I will never be requiring ‘HUGE’, 11″x14″ prints off pictures I take off that camera (I hope). 99.5% of all pictures I take I use online, severely downsampled. Yes, it is better to start off with more Megapixels BUT for what I need the difference will be marginal.

People just RAVE about the image quality from the LX100 and that is my paramount requirement.

Plus it has a very nice (if a tad short (i.e., 75mm)) f1.7 to 2.8 Leica lens. That f1.7 was the final clincher. I have had f1.8 lenses in the past and they are a joy.

And then the TOTAL MANUAL controls. That is what I really want. I want to be able to instantaneously change exposure compensation, shutter speed or aperture without having to press buttons and then turn things. This is also the reason that I will be replacing the FZ1000 by September. I am going to get a Fuji X-T1 (or X-T2, if there is one) with full manual controls. Getting the LX100 will give me a chance to make sure that I will indeed enjoy the manual controls.

So that is that. If there is an LX200 in June I will upgrade. SMILE. That is a given. As I did with the Sony RX100 II will sell it on eBay.

So despite the ZS100 it seems I was fated to get the LX100 from the first time I read a review about it.


Fate then intervened again and I kind of feel that that was good.

I was going to get the LX100 from Cameta Camera because they offered a keenly priced KIT.

But, of late, I have been buying most of my electronics from BuyDig (and their sales-master Ray Messiah). The BuyDig kit was not as competitively priced. This morning I went to Cameta to order the KIT! They had run out of Silver LX100s! They had (at least) one at 1am this morning. Now it was gone.

I wanted this LX100 in silver to go with the whole retro-look. So I called Ray Messiah. He understood where I was coming from. So, as was the case with the Sony RX100 II I bought from Ray I got the LX100 at a discount. Wasn’t a huge discount, but a discount nonetheless. I feel safer and happier getting it from BuyDig. So that is the story of the LX100. Yes, of course, I will share pictures with you.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 — I Have Created A Blog.

by Anura Guruge


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The scheduled for March 26, 2016 availability Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100, that I serendipitously stumbled upon a few days ago, has really piqued my interest. It is basically a smaller version of my semi-beloved Panasonic FZ1000, which I am now using every day (now that I sold my Sony RX100 II).

As is always my wont I am crunching through reviews of the ZS100 at quite the pace. So it occurred to me that I might as well share what I am finding as I go along. IF I end of getting a ZS100, and right now the odds on that appear to be around the 75% mark, I could really start making the blog exciting with my photos.

Since the Sony RX10 II this is the first ‘pre-release’ camera that I have taken this much interest in. So that was another reason to start blogging. I only created it Monday night, February 8, 2016. This is the first time I have spoken about it. BUT it has already had 95 views with 57 already today — and they are coming from all over the World.

So stay tuned. Please do check out the blog. I already have 6 posts.


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Yes, I do have a blog for the Panasonic FZ1000 too —
though I will confess I haven’t done much with it yet. Sorry.


by Anura Guruge

The Supposed Sony A68 Coming Tomorrow Does NOT Make Any Sense. A77 Mk II.5.

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sonya68If Sony, as is widely rumored on the Web, announces a so called a68, I will be a bit miffed — as a Sony shareholder. From what I can see there just isn’t enough differentiation between it and the existing a77 Mk II (I having owned one for a few weeks just a couple of months ago). The specs, bar for 4 additional crosspoint focus points, are basically the same.

As I talked about in the case of the Canon Rebel T6i v. T6s, companies incur a HUGE cost for each new product they introduce and then have to maintain. This is the so called ‘Cost per SKU’. No wonder the financials for Canon and Sony don’t look that great. They are squandering millions and millions of dollars with TOO MANY products without sufficient differentiation — and as such justification.

So I really hope that rather than an insipid, a77 Mk 11.5 a68, Sony announces something much more dramatic and worthwhile.