Smartphones and Mirrorless Cameras

Smartphones and Mirrorless Cameras
'Difficult as it may be to believe, there are people who take photographs who are more concerned with that than bragging about the gear they own and it remains to be seen which will become the dominant force in the marketplace. And this will always be hampered by the fact that the truly creative will as usual be outnumbered by the journeymen. '
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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL - The best smartphone camera to date?

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL - The best smartphone camera to date?
'And if I was a mirrorless camera manufacturer I would be worried. In fact I'd be VERY worried. Because this smartphone camera, at lower ISO's it has to be said, produces images that the likes of m4/3, Fuji X and Sony APS-C struggle to match. '
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The Olympus Air AO1 - Refreshingly NON retro - Review and Opinion.

The Olympus Air AO1 - Refreshingly NON retro - Review and Opinion.
'Now I've got some posts on the Air via THIS LINK and it's a versatile little thing. For me made all the more attractive by it's pared down menu. Much easier and more fun to use than my OM-D II for example, I'm very impressed with it. I pair it with an Apple iPod touch, which is even smaller and lighter and the wi-fi network they create seems very reliable and robust (which makes a change!) It takes a few seconds to set up and once that's achieved the AF is positive and relatively quick. '
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 - in-depth review and reappraisal of an underestimated camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 - in-depth review and reappraisal of an underestimated camera.
'But if you are interested in hybrid and are serious about shooting some (more than) decent stills and video, without havng a huge budget to expand your choices, then you won't go far wrong with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7. It's relatively cheap, unfussy and produces results way above it's 'pay grade.'  And I can't think of any higher praise than that. '
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Is retro doing the mirrorless market more harm than good?

Is retro doing the mirrorless market more harm than good?
'These days it's very difficult to buy a mirrorless camera that doesn't have retro styling. And DSLR's haven't had a face lift since they came into existence. In the face of the continuing onward march towards smartphone domination and a world seemingly impressed by the sleek modern styling of the iPhone, is this continual harking back design wise to the 'good old days' of film photography really helping in the camera manufacturers battle to retain market share against their communication device competitors? 
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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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West Wales - Day 3 - Smartphone Panoramas and the Leica Q

West Wales - Day 3 - Smartphone Panoramas and the Leica Q
'However talking about proper cameras, I have to say how much I enjoy using the Leica Q (Typ 116) It has wonderful image quality and such sharp files that if this is the sensor Leica are using in their new interchangeable lens camera, then get ready for some spectacular images.
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The Olympus Air AO1 - who is it for?

The Olympus Air AO1 - who is it for?
'I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that it’s not what I thought it would be. I imagine I’m not alone in thinking that because of the attachment to a smartphone and the size and weight, that it might be perceived as some kind of shoot and run, ‘street photography,’ social media servicing type device with the benefit of a larger sensor and better lenses. But I’m coming to the conclusion that it’s not that at all, but something quite different.'
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Panasonic GX8 + Image App

Panasonic GX8 + Image App
'Returning to the app. and apps. in general, there are still some issues with these. I really do think that they should be better than they are. There is also an inconsistency between different manufacturers apps., how they work, how they perform on cameras and on different smartphones and tablets.'
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