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The Sony a7 III Has Been Finally Announced, BUT I Am Not Salivating Over It!

by Anura Guruge

Click to access “DPReview” post.

Click to access September 2017 post.

Click to access October 2017 post.

The only thing that truly appeals to me is the new sensor — and that was always going to be the #1 reason to upgrade from my current Sony a7 II.

All the other features, e.g., enhanced “Eye Auto Focus (AF)”, faster shooting rate, larger capacity ‘Z’ battery, AF joystick and 693 AF points, are really of marginal interest. I seek excellent AF but I no longer need LOTS of AF points or “Eye” AF. Most of the time I go with straight ‘Center Point’ AF — but also do a LOT of manual focus.

The two posts shown above from September and October really tell much of the story — and those were BEFORE I got my Google Pixel 2 phone at Christmas. During the last 2 months I used the Pixel 2 more or less exclusively! Yes, the cold weather was a factor. The Sony a7 II is not rated for ‘below freezing‘ temps. and I wasn’t going to take any chances since it is not exactly a cheap camera. But, the Pixel 2 is also so much easier to carry around. {SMILE}

My big gripe with Sony is the lack of ‘reasonably’ priced Full Frame lenses. What I can get from my a7 II in the end is gated by the lenses I have rather than anything else. So, just upgrading the body will not get me much — if any. Hence, my thinking about waiting for a Full Frame mirrorless from Nikon or Canon. Right now I am willing to wait. No hurry — for a change — to get another camera. {Smile}. I do have three cameras not counting the Pixel 2.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Barometric Altimeter Died After 48-Days! My 2nd Vivoactive 3. 1st DIED After 15-Days.

by Anura Guruge

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This is when I noticed. Saturday, January 27, 2018.

NO elevation on run. It is run with over 400′ elevation change.

So, same run. When altimeter was working …. after it failed.

Notice, in this graph the elevation is FLAT! Not right.

Today, Saturday, January 27, 2018, after my run — on course that I run at least twice a week — I noticed that there was NO elevation reading!


Then I remembered that 2 nights earlier, on Thursday night, it had said I had hardly climbed any stairs. It was late, I was tired … I just let it go as a temporary glitch. The altimeter must have stopped working around then.

As of today, this Garmin Vivoactive 3 is ONLY 48-days old.

I had it delivered from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

It was my 2nd Vivoactive 3.

First one died, totally, after just 15-days. ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’, a class outfit, replaced it.

Now this one is not fully working. Elevation is important to I.

Yes, I have done everything.

  • I cleaned the sensor holes with compressed air.
  • I did a SOFT RESET.
  • I cycled power.
  • I turned off/turned on Altimeter auto-calibration multiple times.
  • I manually calibrated it.

I am at a loss. Don’t know what to do.

It is a Saturday. It had to be. Garmin & ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ are both closed.

Not sure I want another Vivocative 3.


I am so upset. So, distressed.

Bloody Garmin. And as of last week I became a Garmin shareholder.

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Nikon Coolpix P1000 (P900 Replacement) — My Realistic Wishlist.

by Anura Guruge

I am being totally realistic.

I would LOVE to see a 1″ sensor BUT I know that that would not be technologically possible for that level of zoom — unless it was going to be a mounted on wheels!

I am NOT that fussed about the higher resolution either. Let’s face it — this is 1/2.3″ sensor. I am fine with the current 16MP but I know Nikon will insist on giving me at least 20MP. C’est la vie.

Now for the shocker. I am not that hung up on 125x zoom either! 

100x might do, provided we can keep max. aperture in the f/2.8 to 6.5 range. A larger aperture will be a BONUS.

But what I have above is what I would really want.

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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.

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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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A Sony Alpha a7 III: a7 II Full Frame With Sony a6300/6500 Sensor Technology?

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Occurred to me the other night. The full-frame Sony Alpha a7 II now kind of plays second fiddle to the a6500 because of its new sensor technology (which, to be fair, is the same as that on the a6300).

Would have to assume that Sony is working on this. In terms of timing my guess (which is purely that) is a March 2017 announcement — probably with June 2017 availability.

Given that the MP size is 24MP what this means is that the a7 III pixel will be LARGER; 5.9 microns vs 3.9 microns on the APS-C sensor. And this is where things start getting muddy and murky. Some argue, passionately, that bigger pixels (also called greater ‘pixel pitch’) always translates to better pictures. I am not convinced — from a theoretical standpoint. Though I used 35mm I have never used a Full-Frame digital. So, I don’t have first hand experience.

Something to think about.

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A 1″ Successor To The ‘King Of Zooms’ Nikon P900 By Nikon Would Be A Sensation.

by Anura Guruge

Click here for “The New Camera” post
of December 10, 2016.


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IF Nikon manages to pull this off it would be close to a MIRACLE.

They would have to get pretty close to DEFYING the laws of physics — when it comes to optics and focal length.

As you KNOW I am in awe of my Nikon P900. It is one heck of a camera. Though I previously owned a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, which does have a 1″ sensor, the Nikon P900, head and shoulders, is a better camera.

I just can’t even imagine how they could get a 1″ sensor into a body similar in dimensions to that of the P900 and offer a 1,800mm zoom.

The best that we have, at present, with 1″ sensors is 20x to 25x — and that is even true with Nikon’s, yet to ship (and now rather ill-fated) DL 24-500mm.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II WAY TOO Overpriced For A “Four Thirds” Camera.

by Anura Guruge


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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II has some pretty impressive specs. BUT in the end it is still a “Four Thirds” camera and sensor size does matter.

This is STUPID pricing.

$400 more than the Fuji X-T2 and the Fuji is an APS-C sensor.

Same pricing as the Nikon D500.

I would pay $2,000, body only, for for a Nikon D500. But for a “Four Thirds” Olympus.

I think it is at least $200 overpriced.

Not that I was thinking of getting one. I am STICKING with APS-C. Thanks.

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Rather Than Waiting In Vain For Panasonic Lumix LX200 Consider Samsung NX500.

by Anura Guruge

“DPReview” side-by-side comparison.

Click images to ENLARGE and study here.

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There is also this YouTube video
that rates the NX500 over the LX100.

The Samsung NX500 with a zoom lens should be better than a Panasonic Lumix LX200APS-C sensor, on sensor PHASE DETECT and an insane 28MP resolution.

So give it some serious thought.

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Samsung NX500 Epiphany — Why Not Settle For An APS-C Sensor?

by Anura Guruge


“DPReview” side-by-side camera comparison. It is DIFFICULT to ignore sensor size.

As with the Fuji X-T2 the Samsung NX1 was another camera I lusted after for months and then, at the last minute, shied away because of technical (as opposed to financial) considerations.

I will also readily admit that my requirements, fancies and demands tend to change, sometimes within days — and have over my 2 year saga for a set of long-term cameras. Maybe I will never have a set of cameras I keep for that long. C’est la vie.

Anywho … I think I had dismissed the Samsung NX500 BECAUSE it did not have a viewfinder.

That requirement has changed in the last month! Since I have had the Nikon P900 I have rarely used the viewfinder. So I now know that I can live with just a good LCD.

So the Samsung NX500 is back in the fray.

It has phase-detect AF and I really want phase-detect. And it is an APS-C.

And what I am looking for is a compact.

Still not sure what my eventual BIG camera will be.

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Nikon P900 — One Month Review After Taking 4,000 Pictures!

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

3,989th image taken with my Nikon P900, on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

This is one heck of a camera!

I am very impressed with it. I am very fond of it.
I love using it.

Amazingly easy (and forgiving) camera to use.

Despite not having a control wheel and only one ‘Fn’ button, you can set it up for a shoot,
ONCE you have assigned ‘White Balance‘ to the ‘Fn’ just going, click, click, click, click.

3,930th image taken with Nikon P900

I picked up this Nikon P900, from Best Buy, on Sunday, August 28, 2016. I did not start using it until the next day. Thus, today, nominally is the ‘1 month’ anniversary (though I know that stictly speaking it is 1 month & 1 day).

The last picture I took today, September 29, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, around 3pm, has a serial number 4,058. And over the course of the month I might have deleted 40 pictures or so. Basically not many. This camera takes ‘KEEPERS’.

4,000 in a MONTH is the most I have shot with any of my dozen or so cameras over the last 2 years.

When I shot 2,500 in the first month with my now relegated (i.e., traded-in) Fuji X-E2s, I thought that was a lot. Well I have taken 60% more pictures with the P900 — and I wasn’t trying. If I am to be frank over the last week, I have been so busy, that I didn’t have much time to use the camera.

4,000th photo taken with my Nikon P900, on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

Yes, I am fully aware (and sometimes conscious) that it is a 16MP 1/2.3″ sensor and the few prints I have had does show that — though they are not bad. But the images, as you have seen, over the last month, are just great for Web use, even when reduced to 1600×1200.

I got this camera as a ‘Grin & Giggles‘ to tide me over for 6 weeks, till I finished the “Brain Meditation” book — and while I was waiting for the likes of a Canon EOS M5.

Well, I am so happy with this camera that I am going to take my time deciding on the next camera. Plus I am writing another QUICK “Brain Meditation” book.

Plus, I will not get rid of this P900. I am going to keep it. Yes, I might end up with 3 or 4 cameras BUT the P900 is staying,

I definitely recommend it — HIGHLY.

A great, wonderful camera for an intermediate ameteur.

Images from the range 3,945 to 3,999.

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