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As these camera makers own a smaller market share than Canon or Nikon, they have often tried more radical and innovative approaches than the big two. You can see both Canon and Nikon as more traditional makers with very consistent and proven features in their cameras. When Sony bought Konica-Minolta's camera division, they inherited the only body-based ...


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Sorry but you are confused. Picasa first shows you the JPEG preview that is embedded in RAW files. It then loads the RAW data and lets it be converted by the codec. What you see then is the RAW file with default convertion. In order to get something good from a RAW file, you have to work at it. IIRC there are questions here regarding matching the JPEG ...


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The 40-150mm is optically better and lets you open to F/4 at 40mm, while the 14-150mm is already F/5.6 by that focal-length, so you get more light in until you get close to the end of the zoom range. For sharpness, it depends which side of the 40-150mm range you prefer. At 40mm, the 14-150mm is noticeably sharper than the 40-150mm. At 150mm, the 40-150mm is ...


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I have an Olympus body (E-PL1) and a Panasonic lens (100-300mm zoom), and haven't noticed any special problems. It feels kind of silly to have 'paid' for in-lens stabilization that I keep turned off, but even when I've accidentally knocked the switch into the on position, it doesn't ruin the average shot (it makes for odd effects during long exposures on a ...


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A few points that haven't been mentioned about Sony's cameras: The only way to get autofocus Zeiss lenses1. While Zeiss makes lenses for Canon and Nikon mounts, they're strictly manual focus. Yes, old Minolta lenses work -- and many are almost amazingly good on digital. Just for one example, there was a recent comparative review of the old (circa 1985) ...


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Most RAW photos include a JPEG thumbnail (which is what you'll see initially); Then Picasa runs the RAW decoding (with different parameters to your camera), giving you your desaturated image.


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as Itai's answer was very detailed, I will only add some details regarding to Pentax, which at least for me were important when buying my first DSLR: 1) support for AA batteries in Pentax entry level DSLR - some people love it, some hate it ... (I am from the first group :-) ) - currently you can decide as newest K-r supports both. 2) Pentax has excellent ...


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This is completely normal. Unlike many makers, though, Olympus includes the hot-pixel mapping function on all their cameras, so you can just use that. Remember, a full resolution JPEG from this camera has 15,925,248 pixels. If, say, a dozen of them are defective, that will have a 0.000075% impact on your final results. It's really a non-issue, and not ...


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I'll add Sigma for completeness. Sigma fits well with the "smaller camera makers can be more experimental" theme: Their primary claim to uniqueness is that the Sigma DSLRs are using a different type of sensor, the Foveon X3, which has higher per-pixel color resolution than the standard Bayer filter sensor. A little background: Almost all DSLRs use a type ...


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Okay, so, one can make this better. The control panel is in fact called the "Super Control Panel", which is important to know, because the setting I couldn't find is called Live SCP in the menus. And you get to it with a single press of the OK button, once the camera is configured properly. The relevant option is in the Custom Menu, under page D ( which is ...


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(To be 100% pedantic: The physical button is "Fn2". "Multifunction" is a software function that can be assigned to (some of the) physical buttons, and by default it's assigned to Fn2.) Hold the button down and rotate a dial one step - either of the two dials, in either direction. Now you're selecting which of the 4 functions the button will be ...


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The main problem is probably that you go through an analogue connection to your TV. Unless you connect using HDMI (or DVI, DisplayPort or other digital connections) you will not get good result. If your camera doesn't have any digital output, the best idea is probably to display your photos using a computer (or connect your computer to the TV using a ...


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This is my go-to resource http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/. At this site, you can find up-to-date news about the Micro Four Thirds industry (new cameras, technology breakthroughs, etc). They also lists the different cameras available in the Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds formats. They appear to be sponsored by Olympus, but give seemingly unbiased ...


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The bokeh is influenced by the aperture you choose. It is not an effect. The wider the aperture you choose, the less depth-of-field you get which is what makes bokeh appear. With the Olympus you have more latitude to choose less depth-of-field but you can choose an equally large depth-of-field on both camera. The Olympus ZX-1 is really nice and produce ...


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The Olympus Pen E-PM1 is a Micro Four-Thirds sensor at 17.3mm x 13 mm , while the Canon SX 40HS has a 1/2.3" sensor, at 6.17 x 4.55 mm. This alone is a massive difference, where larger sensors generally provide much better image quality, especially in these size ranges. Of course the Olympus has removable lens, while the Canon does not, another option to ...


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Owning several Pentax (K20D, K-5, K-3) and a Sony (SLT A55V), I can add a little to Itai's: Pentax has a unique gimmick: An add-on GPS device (well, my Sony has GPS already built in), the O-GPS1, that is able to track stars. So, if you like to experiment with shooting stars at night, this is quite a great accessory. You can find example images on Flickr ...


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Yes, it is possible to print a 16"x20" print from a Olympus OM-D EM-5 16Mp file that retains it's sharpness and detail - when viewed from a typical viewing distance. The key here is viewing distance. Typically, a person does not view a 16"x20" print from the same distance as, say, a 4"x6". A 'safe' calculation of viewing distance for a 16"x20" print is ...


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In general, lens based optical stabilisation ought to work very well with a 150mm lens. Modern designs are capable of three stops (8x increase in exposure time) or more. As to whether it will make a large difference to what you can shoot, that depends on how much light you have. Of course image stabilisation does nothing to help you with moving subjects, so ...


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There's some warnings here about using different types of non-mercury replacement batteries. In this flickr thread, there are a few suggestions: use the PX625 replacement battery from Wein -- this is designed as a drop-in replacement for the OM-1, and even says so on the packaging. Downsize: expensive. get 1.3V hearing-aid batteries from the drug store; ...


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No, there are no Fuji X native prime lenses, AFAIK, under $500, other than the 27/2.8. Zeiss Touits aren't exactly cheap, and the Samyang/Rokinon X lenses aren't exactly small and compact, as they're mostly dSLR lens designs with an X mount. And the one that isn't is a fisheye. Adapting is also probably not a good idea. The four-thirds format is smaller ...


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My Oly EPL2 works well with my Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 prime. No quirks at all. The autofocus and image quality work precisely as one would expect. I can't say on the 25 mm f/1.4, but there seems to be a good ethic of m43 interoperability.


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The RX100 is not available yet but you are on to something. Allow me to replace the Sony RX100 with the Canon G1 X in your question and answer that instead :) A large sensor camera gives you high quality images, particularly at high ISO and shallow depth-of-field compared to typical compact models. This is true for fixed lens cameras and interchangeable ...


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We have this same question for Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Camera RAW, and possibly others I haven't found right now. In each case, the answer is the same: there is no such thing as displaying an "unedited RAW file". By definition, a RAW file is sensor data not in a useful form for display. The closest you might get is an RGBG matrix with linear ...


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It is now supported in the LR3.4/ACR6.4 update. Along with Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i / Kiss X5 Digital), Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3 / Kiss X50 Digital), Fuji FinePix S200 EXR, Fuji FinePix F550 EXR, Fuji FinePix HS20 EXR, Fuji FinePix X100, Hasselblad H4D-40, Kodak EasyShare Z990, Nikon D5100, Olympus E-PL1s, Olympus ...


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Unfortunately, no. Optical wireless with Olympus flashes is the only way to control the power of remote flashes with the Olympus set up.


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This is not supported by Olympus and I know of no third-party software to control the E-PL3. You can see the Live-View display on HDMI which means you can see what its doing but you cannot control the camera to take pictures.


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Image stabilization is generally regarded as being both more useful and more effective at longer focal lengths. See what is effectively the opposite question to this at How useful is image stabilisation below 200mm, really?, noting that for the normal rule of thumb for shutter speed the crop factor applies. For Micro Four Thirds, that's 2×, so, roughly, ...


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Are you sure all of the movement is between the quick release plate and the camera? From your description of what is happening in your question it sounds like the 494RC2 head is settling a little when you let go of the camera with your hands. The Manfrotto 494RC2 is rated to support up to 4kg/8.8lbs. That assumes the load is relatively centered over the ...


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Good news and... Not quite bad news. First, this is a modern flash with a low trigger voltage, and there is no risk using it on any modern camera. So, good news. Second: this will work with any generic radio trigger, from cheap to expensive. However, its headline feature is built-in radio triggering, and that works with Yongnou's own triggers, which they ...


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There's a few ways to go with this. First, you need a point of comparison, or a baseline to say what is "working" or "good enough" or "problem free". This might be something like: As good as other Olympus TG-2 cameras, i.e. is it function at it's own spec? As good as another specific camera, i.e. is it functioning as well as its peers? Reliably achieves ...



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