NEW STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - CAMERA POLARISATION

NEW STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - CAMERA POLARISATION
'Maybe they will just die out and we'll be left with souped up smartphones and the software to make their images look great and one end and monster pixelated, ultra high performance, ultra high price picture creating machines at the other. However, one thing is for certain, there are too many 'ordinary' cameras out there chasing an ever decreasing number of people who want to buy them and something, inevitably has to give.'
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West Wales - Day 5 - Smartphone only day

West Wales - Day 5 - Smartphone only day
'As ever I appreciate the point and shoot simplicity and the focus using these cameras with restricted options gives me. There's nothing innovative here, nothing 'artistic' and no decisive  moments. Just a set of useful stock photographs. 
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COTTA HARD JACKET FOR PANASONIC CM1 SMARTPHONE / COMMUNICATION CAMERA

COTTA HARD JACKET FOR PANASONIC CM1 SMARTPHONE / COMMUNICATION CAMERA
'As you can see from the pictures above, this is a gorgeous case that fits the CM1 perfectly. It has two magnetic strips that hold it in place and the lens protector section is moved out of the way to allow pictures to be taken. '
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Canon G7X compared to Panasonic CM1 smartphone - Is there still any point in buying a point and shoot compact camera?

Canon G7X compared to Panasonic CM1 smartphone - Is there still any point in buying a point and shoot compact camera?
'The answer to the above is Yes, if you want a zoom lens. Because currently, smartphones don't offer that option, despite Samsung having a go at it. But there is no doubt that for many, that focal length choice isn't that important and more and more people are perfectly happy with what the cameras in their phones offer them.'
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Leica lenses for the Panasonic CM1 - Leica T (Typ 701) and Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)

Leica lenses for the Panasonic CM1 - Leica T (Typ 701) and Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)
'The relationship between Panasonic and Leica and the lenses the German company provide / design / approve or whatever they do have produced some of the highest rated for that brand and they have been designing some of the lenses for the smaller sensor compacts as well as m4/3. And this is certainly more far reaching than Sony's relationship with Zeiss. And to my eyes a lot more successful. Would Leica have given their name to a lens like the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 zoom? I think not.
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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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Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - Smartphone controlled video

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - Smartphone controlled video
'All this yet again proves just how good this camera is. Some peripheral things are poor, the manual focus routine and the pretty useless HDR function, but for the important things including video, as shown here, this is a very capable picture (and video) creating machine.'
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How does the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1 compare to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II? - Is this a 'photographers smartphone?'

How does the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1 compare to the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II? - Is this a 'photographers smartphone?'
'There are many ways that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 smartphone / camera phone can be seen as a fixed lens compact camera with extras! Certainly with the 1'' sensor the expectation is that image quality will be closer to m4/3 cameras than other smartphones. And that is indeed the case. (See comparison with Nokia Lumia 1020 HERE) But just how close is that?'
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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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The Photography Show 2015 - Part 3 - Micro Four Thirds - The Panasonic CM1

The Photography Show 2015 - Part 3 - Micro Four Thirds - The Panasonic CM1
'Panasonic had gymnasts and boxers and Olympus had demos and a somewhat tacky free back massage for DSLR owners, which presumably also extended to those who use an OM-D camera + Battery grip + 40-150mm f/2.8 lens!! They also had a camera 'clinic' as well, which was somewhat more useful.'
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The Photography Show 2015 - Part 1

The Photography Show 2015 - Part 1
'A bigger hall, lots more exhibitors and stands and crowds of people. The figures show a steady decline in camera sales, but walking round the show and seeing the number of photographers eager to see the new stuff and talk to the reps, I got no sense of that. I was surprised by the size and scale of the show and the overall enthusiasm for photography.'
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