RAWsumer reviews at the Compact Reviews Organizer
CANON: G11 S95 G10 G9 S90 SX1is
PANASONIC: LX5 LX3 LX2 FZ50 FZ100 FZ40/FZ45 FZ38/FZ35 FZ28
FUJI: S100fs
NIKON: P7000 P6000
CAMERA DIARIES: Panasonic LX3 Canon G10

Monday, April 28, 2008

Impact Review: Fuji S100fs at dpreview

dpreview newcomer Richard Butler jumps into the impact review fire as he puts the Fuji S100fs to the test.

The Fuji S100fs "giantsumer" was introduced in late January 2008.

Reactions to the review
There is a long Fuji Talk thread discussing the initial posting of the review, with commentary from the reviewer himself. But not everyone is happy with the review.

One thing that is a bit intriguing is that it wasn't compared with the latest superzooms with larger sensors (eg Panasonic FZ50, Casio EX-F1), but rather a DSLR with a kit lens. But they did use a Four Thirds DSLR to compare, which is the closest in sensor size among DSLRs. And the conclusions page adds fuel to the fire, there is a very glowing conclusions text, but the final rating is not "Highly Recommended". Those pesky paperclips are to blame! A skeptic would say that if this was the "Canon S100fs" it would have been "highly recommended for the ages" and the CA issue would have been "forgiven". Some for example would point at this text on page 14:

The S100FS is no exception - although its sensor is only around a third larger than the Canon's, the advantages are pretty dramatic and it performs pretty admirably against the entry-level DSLR it hopes to compete with.

By the way the lovely Canon G9 was highly recommended (but only just). And it is things like that that prompt some reasonable people to think that perhaps there is a slight Canon/Nikon bias out there. Considering that they are two market leaders it shouldn't be a surprise.

But a number of Fuji fans tend to agree with the reviewer's findings.

We think that sometimes too much attention is paid to the final rating (we just did it too), but what matters is the whole review, the pros/cons and the conclusions page text. They have to chose something as the final rating, and no matter what they chose, someone will be unhappy.

A smaller discussion is also underway in the News forum.

The Fuji S100fs is available at Amazon for around $750, and at many other online and offline retailers as well.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

RAWsumer Roundup: The Serious Compacts shootout is underway!

The Serious Compacts Shootout
Yes, RAWsumer fans, the big shootout at Serious Compacts has just began! That's right, the Sigma DP1 is squaring off with cameras big and small! Part one of the Shootout features an introduction and sets up the groundwork for the shootout.

Part II features a dynamic range comparison, loaded with picture examples, of the Sigma DP1, Canon 5D and Olympus E420. Lots of details and pictures provided!

And at the bottom of the post there is a teaser for an upcoming installment of the shootout, which will include the legendary Fuji F31fd! You can also stay tuned with all the latest shootout updates by subscribing to the Serious Compacts RSS feed.

Other RAWsumer stories
And speaking of the Sigma DP1, Camera Town is spotlighting the Digital Outback Photo review of the DP1.

In the whining section, we'd like to point out that out of 100+ new fixed lens digital cameras introduced in 2008 by the major manufacturers, only four of them have official RAW support. That's right, only four! How sad! You can get temporarily RAW capability with some other models using the CHKD method, but that is temporary and not "official".

Meanwhile in the world of RAWsumer shopping, the Fuji S9100 is offered by Beach Cameras on Amazon for $439. The S9100 does not have image stabilization (*gasp*) but does have a SuperCCD sensor, albeit not the "magic 6mp" one. The lens is a 28-300mm equivalent.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Top selling RAWsumers at Amazon

And we start with the debut edition of the RAWsumer Chart right here! For a brief intro of this feature, be sure to check the brief intro :)

As you are well aware, there are not that many current RAWsumers out there, so the Chart is going to be relatively short. For a complete list of the RAWsumers from 2002 to 2008, be sure to check The RAW List.

B4NowCamera NamePrice
-1Canon G9$450
-2Panasonic FZ8K$234
-3Olympus SP570uz$439
-4Panasonic FZ18K$300 via OneCall
-5Panasonic LX2K$358

The remaining RAWsumers that are currently available are outside the Amazon Top 100 best selling digital cameras. As you can sse this is a sad state of affairs. When we did a similar feature in October 2007, we had sixteen RAWsumers in the Top 100. Yet another sign (if it wasn't obvious already) of the dumbing of the non-DSLR cameras for the serious/advanced/enthusiast photographers!

The initial plan is to post this about once per week. If there is enough movement, we may publish it more frequently, but we start with weekly updates. So check back next week for a new installment!

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New feature: The RAWsumer Charts!

Regular readers of the Noisy blog our familiar with our Camera Charts feature. We are now expanding that feature here at the RAWsumer blog for the second time :) The first attempt was in October 2007 :)

What is this?
We take a snapshot of the Amazon Top 100 best selling cameras, and rank all the RAWsumers. A RAWsumer is a fixed-lens digital camera that supports RAW natively. By that we mean that it supports RAW out of the box or via a manufacturer's firmware update. The only camera we can recall that fits the latter is the Nikon 5400 (or was it the 5000?). By using this definition, we exclude CHDK cameras, which we consider quasi-RAWsumers :)

Please keep in mind that each one is a snapshot and no long term conclusions should be drawn. Amazon does use some sort of a weighted-average algorithm so they are more than just snapshots, but none-the-less, they should be treated as snapshots individually. Now if you string a few of them together, then you can perhaps start telling a story.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

RAWsumer shopper: Ricoh GX100 special at Adorama!

For those who are interested in the Ricoh GX100, Adorama has a special sale on the Ricoh GX100 kit for $550. This includes the GX100 (obviously), along with the VF-1 removable external viewfinder (costs $167 on its own), a free spare battery, free case, and free HA2 hood!

If you are not familiar with the GX100, be sure to check our previous posts, with ten Ricoh-specific posts, including an introduction in the Meet the GX100 post.

To put RAWsumers of the last few years in perspective, be sure to check the List of RAWsumers, from 2002 to 2008. Sadly, despite the 110+ new non-DSLR digital cameras so far in 2008, only four of them have native RAW support :(

Even though the new Nikon P80 has manual exposure and some other nice features, it does not support RAW. So the superzooms seems to be split nowadays, with Panasonic, Olympus and now Casio offering RAW, while Canon, Fuji (except the S100fs of course), Kodak, and now Nikon not offering RAW. GrrrR?

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Casio EX-F1 gets its first review (NY Times)

Not a full review, but more of a user/experience review by the New York Times tech editor and comedian-in-training David Pogue. We saw this discussed in the dpreview News forum.

Pogue has posted a two page review, but don't expect resolution charts, performance benchmarks and such. Nevertheless, it is great to see more information on a camera that has remained a mystery since it's double-announcement!

As always we won't be discussing the outcome of the review, so as not to introduce bias in the interpretation of the comments in this early stage. But of interest, in that review, we learn that Pogue's great uncle is Harold Edgerton who pioneered high-speed photography in the 30s.

We discussed the lovely EX-F1 here at RAWsumer when it was officially announced as a product in early January 2008.

Even more discussions of the EX-F1 are springing up in the Casio Talk forum at dpreview.

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