Smartphones and / or Mirrorless

Smartphones and / or  Mirrorless
'Going forward I can see photographers having a wide range of choice. We will still all go out with our DSLR's and Mirrorless 'marvels' but how many of us won't take our smartphone with us as well. Not many I suspect.'
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Why can't my camera be more like a smartphone?

Why can't my camera be more like a smartphone?
'And while the camera companies just seem to bolt more pixels and some tech, fluff onto camera designs from the last millenium, the phone manufacturers are the ones moving things forward. Of course these are only untested specs. but they are the kind of specs. I'm interested in.
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Ten cameras for five days shooting - How did each perform?

Ten cameras for five days shooting - How did each perform?
'I took ten cameras with me for a 5 day shoot in Somerset last week. Deliberately. I still have too many cameras, so I decided I'd give each of them a tryout in a real world situation on a stock photography trip and decide what to get rid of. Here's how they turned out. '
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Panasonic CM1 - iPad - Nokia Lumia 1020 video - crazy or what?

Panasonic CM1 - iPad - Nokia Lumia 1020 video - crazy or what?
'It works well because small sensor video has been around for years anyway. After all a 1080 video frame is only 2.1MP, which makes it not that difficult to turn out decent footage. And that footage compares very well with other better specified cameras I have.'
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Stock Video Clips - Day of the Tripods

Stock Video Clips - Day of the Tripods
'As well as selling still images, many libraries now sell stock video clips as well. One of the reasons I've been so busy recently is that I've started to take this seriously. I have a handful of video clips uploaded, but difficulties over formats and the time it takes to upload have always made me reluctant to really get serious about it. However, the library above has made things somewhat easier and I now have the option to upload 4K clips from my Panasonic phone which don't take ages to upload and are excellent quality. I'm going to write about the CM1 in more detail in a separate post.'
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Format and sensor wars - So what's new! - 'Invisible' cameras.

Format and sensor wars - So what's new! - 'Invisible' cameras.
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It's been going on ever since photography started. Any kind of downsizing is met with disdain, disapproval and lies, damn lies and graphs, lots of graphs.

  • Plate cameras > Medium-Format 
  • Medium-Format > 35mm
  • Film > Digital
  • DSLR > Mirrorless
  • 'Full-frame' > APS-C
  • APS-C > m4/3
  • 'Proper cameras' > Smartphones'
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Is there any point to a digital zoom?

Is there any point to a digital zoom?
'The answer to the question in the title of this article would normally have been answered by me with a resounding NO! But the above samples from my Nokia 1020 smartphone have somewhat changed my opinion, at least for this particular camera. '
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Nikon Df / Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 and Nokia Lumia 1020 - An unlikely combination

Nikon Df / Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 and Nokia Lumia 1020 - An unlikely combination
'One of the more unlikely combinations I've ever used to take photographs is the Nikon Df + Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 pictured above and my Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. 'Full Frame' sensor plus manual focus lens designed for film and a micro sensor camera phone. Unlikely maybe, but it's actually a very creative pairing allowing me to create very different images from the same source material. '
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Panasonic Lumix Smart Camera CM1 Review - Part 2 - The CM1 compared to Nokia Lumia 1020 - Is this 'Camera Future?'

 Panasonic Lumix Smart Camera CM1 Review - Part 2 - The CM1 compared to Nokia Lumia 1020 - Is this 'Camera Future?'
'So, these devices are what they are. Really useful if you want to travel light and shoot inconspicuously, but full mirrorless camera functionality, speed and quality? Not yet (But getting closer all the time.) And no I'm not about to sell everything off and just use my phones just yet, attractive proposition in terms of the long term prospects for my back that might be. But both devices (lets call them cameras because they deserve it) But both cameras are incredibly useful in many situations when they are exactly the right tool for the job.'
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HDR B/W PANORAMAS - Olympus OM-D E-M10 Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone

HDR B/W PANORAMAS - Olympus OM-D E-M10 Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone
'These are experimental chiaroscuro HDR black and white multi-image stitched 'panoramas' shot with my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 lens and Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone. The original images (usually three or four for each pano) were uploaded onto my iPad. I then stitched them together in Autostitch and edited them with Snapseed.'
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Getting off the mirrorless merry-go-round for a while

Getting off the mirrorless merry-go-round for a while
'as indicated in the title, I'm going to take a rest from the brand bickering of mirrorless interchangeable for a while and use my DSLR (Nikon Df) Phone and Smart Cameras (Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung 2 Galaxy camera) plus my Sigma DP2 Quattro for a while, while I come to some decisions as to what I want to keep and where I want to go with that in the coming year. '
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THREE DAYS - THREE DIFFERENT CAMERAS - Panasonic FZ1000, Sigma DP2 Quattro, Nikon Df

THREE DAYS - THREE DIFFERENT CAMERAS - Panasonic FZ1000, Sigma DP2 Quattro, Nikon Df
'It's rare that I use the same camera / lens combination two days running. Firstly because I have rather a lot to choose from and secondly because it's a good idea to 'mix it up' in terms of what I shoot with, so that I have a varied selection of images available for sale on the stock sites that sell my work. '
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Cameras that produce 100MB+ files - SONY A7R, SIGMA DP2 QUATTRO, NOKIA LUMIA 10120 COMPARED

Cameras that produce 100MB+ files - SONY A7R, SIGMA DP2 QUATTRO, NOKIA LUMIA 10120 COMPARED
'I have three cameras that will output huge 100MB+ jpg. files. The Sony A7r with it's 36MP from a 35mm / 'Full-Frame' sensor, My Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone with 38MP from a 1/1.5" Micro Sensor and My Sigma DP2 Quattro with a whopping interpolated 39MP from it's APS-C Foveon three layer sensor. Now it should be a forgone conclusion as to which produces the best image quality, but this post examines what each camera actually produces rather than just making the usual photographic internet assumptions. '
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Sensor wars - Is bigger really 'better'? Nokia Lumia 1020

Sensor wars  - Is bigger really 'better'? Nokia Lumia 1020
"I was wondering about just what quality I could squeeze from my smaller sensor cameras. Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. As can be seen from the picture above this was done with a tripod and selecting the lowest ISO. The Nokia also has the advantage that I can shoot raw .dng files with it. The following is what I got."
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