Tag Archives: Sensor size

Google Pixel 2 Camera vs Sony a7 II (Full-Frame).

by Anura Guruge

NO post-processing whatsoever.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

One was taken with my new Google Pixel 2 phone yesterday and the other in May 2017 when I got my full-frame Sony a7 II.

The Google Pixel 2 was on auto and shot its image at 12.2MP (4032 x 3024), at ISO 301, f/1.8 @ 1/60 seconds with auto white-balance (AWB). Focal length = 27 MM.

The Sony a7 II with the Sony 18-200mm f/3.5 – 6.3 zoom at 24MP (6000 x 4000), at ISO 2000, f/8 @ 1/30 seconds with AWB. Focal length = 65 MM.

Can you tell which is which without looking at the ENLARGED picture at full resolution.

This is SCARY. I had heard that this was the case — but it is sobering to see it first hand.

To I the BIG difference is the focal length and that has to do with the HUGE difference in size of the sensor.

Click to ENLARGE. This is the REAL difference in SENSOR SIZE. The Google Pixel 2 also has a 1/2.3″ sensor like my Nikon P900 — and most other new smartphones.

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Nikon Raises The Price Of Its Aging P900 Super-Zoom In Response To Sony’s $1,698 RX10 IV Mid-Zoom.

 by Anura Guruge

What I paid for my Nikon P900 in August 2016
— and there was a shortage of them,
hence why I had to get it from Best Buy.

$696 at B&H. Wow. Check their Website.

Cheaper at Amazon BUT still $55, ~9%, more than I paid a year ago and I didn’t get mine at a discount or at a sale.

And it is this newly announced Sony RX10 IV that is driving up the prices!

It is NOT often you see a 9% – 10% price increase on a camera introduced 2.5 years ago, ESPECIALLY when there are hot rumors that it is to be superseded by a even more powerful model, the so called Nikon P1000.

But that is exactly what has happened with the Nikon P900. True is a pretty special and unique camera and I am very fond of mine.

The price increase is as a response to Sony’s new 24-600mm, mid-zoom RX10 IV. True, that the P900, with its 24-2,000 zoom reaches out much further. So, the P900 looks quite a bargain, even at $656 against the huge $1,698 for the RX10 IV.

But, please do NOT get duped. The RX10 IV has a 1″ sensor while the Nikon P900 has a 1/2.3″ sensor. That is a HUGE difference. Plus the Nikon is pretty long in the tooth. So, just a heads up.

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Getting My Head Around The LARGER ‘Field of View’ (FOV) Of A Full-Frame Camera.

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This, for I, is going to get some getting used to.

The irony being that I like tight, close-up shots.
So, my preference for zoom lenses and zooming.

With the Full-Frame Sony a7II 
I will have to stick to ‘zoom’ lenses.


A view of Acadia with a APS-C sensor and a lens at 40.7mm.

I will need a lens capable of giving me 61mm to get that same view.
IF I used the same 40.7mm there will be MUCH MORE scenery in the picture.

That could be good or bad and will affect the composition.

The irony is I like TIGHT compositions.

It gets even CRAZIER when you use a 1/2.3″ camera
such as my beloved Nikon P900.

That is another Acadia view, this time with the Nikon P900,
using 35.7mm focal length.

To get that view I would have to use a lens capable of 200mm
on the Sony a7II.

The Nikon P900 picture is below.

The Nikon P900 picture used above.

You can see that this is quite a nice view.

Yes, I will be able to get this same exact view with my Sony a7II BUT I will need a 200mm lens.

And, yes, I will get a zoom capable of 200mm. {SMILE}

IF you are not really into photography you are going to be wondering what the heck I am talking about.

This has NOTHING to do with resolution, i.e., 12MP, 16MP, 24MP etc.

The Sony a6000 that I just traded in and the Sony a7II have the SAME EXACT resolution; 6000 x 4000 pixels, 24MP.

But, the Full-Frame Sony a7II has a much BIGGER sensor and when it comes to cameras SIZE has always mattered.

A bigger sensor the more light you can get — all other things being equal BECAUSE there is more surface area to capture the light. That is usually the MAIN reason to go with Full-Frame. That is why I am finally going with FF. If you, of course, like shooting wide vistas then FF is a boon.

My problem is that I like tight, cropped shots! So, I really should be NOT getting a FF.

But, all is not lost. It just means that I have to stay at the higher zoom range when it comes to the lenses I use on the a7II. Later today I am going to create a Excel Spreadsheet to help me out.

So to get a 50mm APS-C equivalent shot, I would need a 75mm lens on the a7II.

It just means that I need to be careful not to get anything much below 30 – 35mm FF.

I will sort it out. Just need to get my head around it.

Yes, I can also use APS-C lenses on the Sony a7II but that CROPS the image and that is a whole different issue!

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A 125X Zoom, 24-3,000mm Monster-Zoom Replacement For My Cherished Nikon Coolpix P900.

by Anura Guruge

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

As yet it is BUT a rumor, and to be fair there has been speculation for at least 6 months that the P900, when it comes, will indeed have this type of ultrazoom capability.

This would be amazing.

I love my Nikon P900 — which I have now had for 7 months. That is a long time for I.

I used the P900 yesterday. It takes AMAZING pictures with NO FUSS.

If not for my preoccupation with SIZE, in this case Sensor Size, I would not use/need another camera. But, the P900 is a 1/2.3″ and that always niggles me.

After what we went through with the 1″ Nikon DL series I am NOT going to hold my breath for this replacement

One thing I do know. I will get it once Nikon announces it. That is a NO BRAINER. Not sure what I will do with my P900. I might even keep it for posterity. 

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New Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 — Not Convinced It Is Worth $601 More Than A Sony a6500.

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My comparison of what I look for in a camera.

Click to ENLARGE.

I could be wrong but I don’t see the justification for the added $601.

IF it was APS-C or Full-Frame — yes.

But, darn it — it is a Four-Thirds sensor. Panasonic appears to be playing the same game recently played by Olympus with the much anticipated OM-D E-M1 Mk II. That too was priced, body-only, at $1,999.

I think the Four-Thirds vendors are HOPING that a $1,999 might make their cameras look better. Not sure that that is going to work.

Yes, the Panasonic GH5, at the end of April, with a new version of firmware, is supposed to get some groundbreaking video features. That has zero value to me.

I just can’t see paying $2,000 for a 20MP Four-Thirds body. Period!

It would be competitive if it was $1,400 U.S.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II Delayed? Has Canon With EOS M5 Already Stolen The Mirrorless Thunder?

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Click here for the full, original “DPReview” post
with entire Olympus Press Release.


Well the much anticipated Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II, as was expected, has been announced at PhotoKina 2016. But the wording on Olympus’s press release is curious. It says: “Olympus Announces The Development Of Its New Flagship Camera …”

“Announces The Development” …

Claims that the camera will come LATER this year, i.e., 2016.

Does that mean December 2016 — the Canon M5 slated to be available in the first week on December.

The specs, as I always expected them to be, are FORMIDABLE. It looks like it will be one heck of a camera.

But, in the end, push-comes-to-shove, the Olympus despite all of its bells and whistles is a Micro Four-Thirds (4/3″) and the Canon M5 is an APS-C — and sensor size does matter. I might, however, be TEMPTED to wait to see what the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II can really deliver.


Enlarge and stare at. From “canonrumors.com” — with THANKS.

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Olympus Should Not Wait Until ‘Photokina’ To Announce OM-D E-M1 Mk. II.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘New Camera’. Use link below to access original.

Click to read whole story from ‘New Camera‘.

‘Photokina’ 2016 is towards the end of September. If Olympus waits till then to announce the REFRESH for the OM-D E-M1 it would be a full 3 years since the first model was unveiled. If at all possible Olympus should bring forward the announcement to give Fuji X-T2 aspirants, I among those, a very competitive Micro Four-Thirds alternative. Next to Fuji the Olympus OM-D line is my next favorite in terms of extensive direct control — though I am getting increasingly fond of my Panasonic Lumix LX100.

I would seriously look at the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk. II. My only reservation would be the Sensor Size. But the exceptional Image Stabilization of the Olympus, even without ‘Dual IS’ is a major consideration. The new Olympus PEN-F looks real attractive and has enough control wheels at the back to keep me entertained BUT all the reviews I read say that it is unbalanced, in terms of weight, with anything other than small (light) prime lenses — and the one type of lens I am UNLIKELY to use are primes. I am a zoom guy. It actually got me looking at Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk IIs. Refurbished Mk Is are available for $350 directly from Olympus. Tempting.

Fun, fun … fun. 

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If The Samsung NX500 Is Indeed Discontinued Then $798 Is Still Too Much For It.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘B&H’ product page for the Samsung NX500.

Rumors have been around since September 2015 that Samsung’s camera division, despite the critically acclaimed Samsung NX1, was on the skids and that Samsung was looking for a buyer.

On Tuesday morning a number of camera rumor Websites were reporting that mega-distributor “B&H” had the Samsung NX500 marked as discontinued. I checked Cameta Camera and BuyDig.com. Neither of them have the NX500.

The NX500 is still listed on Amazon, by Samsung for one, at $797.99 with a 16-50mm kit lens. IF Samsung is discontinuing this camera, the baby brother of the much more expensive NX1, this is still too expensive. I have never considered the NX500 because it does not have a viewfinder — electronic or optical. And I wouldn’t get a camera at this price bracket without a viewfinder.

If it is indeed discounted the price will probably drop, quite quickly, by another $200. When it gets close to $500 it would be tempting to revisit it since it does have one heck of an impressive 28.2 MP APS-C sensor (though I keep on hearing that all the current Samsungs have autofocus issues).

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DPReview Posts 30 Initial Sample Images From The New Panasonic Lumix ZS100 — Nothing To Write Home About.

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Click to access the DPReview sample gallery for the Lumix ZS100.

They are definitely OK. Not bad, not bad at all. But nothing truly spectacular here — and that could be due to a myriad factors.

I can get this quality images from either my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 or the new Lumix LX100.

I am kind of glad that I eventually opted for the LX100 without waiting for the ZS100 and my druthers about the larger sensor size in the LX100 being a better bet seems to be proving true.

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Would I Have Bought The New Nikon DL24-85 vs The Panasonic Lumix LX100?

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The newly announced, available in June 2016, Nikon DL24-85 at B&H. Click to access the B&H product page.


A snippet from (the as ever extremely helpful) DPReview side-by-side comparison. Use link below to access full comparison. Click to ENLARGE and check out just these parameters here.

Click here to access the full DPreview side-by-side comparison.

The Nikon DL series was announced exactly a week after I had placed my order for the Panasonic Lumix LX100 from BuyDig.com. Yes, I had heard the rumors but Nikon did not really figure in my choices — the only brands I was seriously considering having been Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic.

Should I have waited for the Nikon DL? I don’t think so.

Why? First and foremost SENSOR SIZE. It is like trying to overcome an addiction. I really, really do want to get away from 1″ sensors. That is like the #1 goal in my life! I know it is sad — when sensor size becomes the most important goal of your life. So that alone would have been enough for me to discount the Nikon.

And then there is the availability. June 2016? In my world that is the lifetime away. I would probably have taken over 6,000 pictures with the LX100 by then!

So right now I have no regrets. Whenever I see stuff about how good the Nikon DLs are I just remind myself, 1″ and in this case SIZE matters a LOT.

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