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    Guess the camera...

    Here's an interesting comparison I just did...

    First the whole frame, 35mm focal length, f/2.8
    Then a 100% crop taken with the Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron (approx 35mm), ISO 160, f/2.8
    Finally a 100% crop taken with the "mystery camera", ISO 250, 35mm, f/2.8.

    Without looking at the EXIF data, can you guess the type and price of the "mystery camera"? I will post the answer after a few guesses.

    The point here is that I am shocked how good this "mystery camera" is.

    -Brad
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    Re: Guess the camera...

    Actually,
    I am pretty shocked at the M8 crop. Are you sure there was no movement there. The writing on the New Cookbook leads me to say this.

    Well the mystery camera has more pixels than the M8...and the GRD, DP1 etc are 28mm so that rules them out. I could say a Canon G9 but the lack of detail on the back cover of the wine book looks somewhat Panasonic like.

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    I may have had a little camera shake on the M8 photo, sorry. Here's a hint on the "mystery" - it is priced at $350 !!!

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    I will lock these two cameras down on tripods in controlled lighting for a better test soon.

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    I'm shootin for a panny
    hmmmm......

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    hmm, looks like it has 12 megs. more in camera sharpening than the m8. 250 seems like a rarely available iso setting in a compact. he doesn't say it won't go wider, just that he shot it with that to compare to the m8.
    Last edited by smokysun; 12th June 2008 at 20:10.

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    My guess is a Panasonic TZ5.

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    I'm betting it's the Nikon P5100. Yes? I've almost bought one a dozen times. People say it does very nicely indoors.
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    Re: Guess the camera...

    I'm guessing Fuji F100fd.

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    Here's an outdoor shot, all straight from the "mystery camera".

    Full, then 100% crops. ISO 400.

    You're right, it's nearly 14 megapixels.
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    Re: Guess the camera...

    Sorry, not Panasonic, not Fuji, not Nikon.

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    Sony DSC-W300 was my second guess. Now that you say almost 14MP, it is my guess .

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    It's a Holga. LOL
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    It's a Holga. LOL
    Funny you should mention a Holga. On Sunday I'm doing a photo safari at B&H and we will be out shooting with Diana's (another plastic fantastic medium format camera).

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    Amin wins! It's a Sony DSC-W300. Check out the review on Luminous-Landscape:

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...t-pocket.shtml

    Thanks to everyone who played!

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    Drum Roll Please.......and the WINNER

    YEA AMIN

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    Thanks Helen .

    Smokysun, the meat of that user review is that the lens is no good on the W300, more specifically that it is sharp only in the center with poor sharpness in the periphery. That's not what I'm seeing in sample photos. For example, this W300 photo I found on Flickr shows pretty impressive detail across the frame. There's some lateral CA, but no more than other compacts like the G9 and D-LUX3.

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    hi amin,
    thanks for the link. these pics look good. there are a number of reviews out there. here's the most extensive i've found: http://www.cameras.co.uk/reviews/sony-dsc-w300.cfm
    and i found one user who loves it:
    http://www.ciao.com/Sony_Cybershot_D...eview_10004153
    guess i'm resisting the temptation of another camera (and i do love my sony 717's). so far the fuji 30/31's satisfying my compact needs, though i like the d-lux 3 for the wide-angle. 14 megapixals does sound over the top, if they give the resolution.
    anybody else have one? comments?
    best,
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    Re: Guess the camera...

    I am not finding the edges to be disappointing. I think the person who wrote that review may have gotten a bad copy of the camera.

    My only disappointment with it is that the small charger that it comes with takes too long to recharge the battery. It's about twice as long as other compact chargers. Don't know why. Other than that, it's the best P/S I have owned, and I have owned a LOT of them.
    -Brad

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    By the way, with an 8 GB memory stick, I get something ridiculous like 1400 shots on a card at full resolution!

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    Amin, the shots on the serious compact site are remarkable, Sony has evidently done a great job with this camera!

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    Re: Guess the camera...

    I have just tried out a friend's new W300 and took a few shots at ISO400. It was as he handed it to me - no special settings.

    Attached are two files as produced by the camera without processing so it is interesting to see what this camera produces from scratch.

    The cat and chicken was 1/125th at 5.5 and the plate was hand held at 1/20th at 2.8 in a dark kitchen.

    The plate file looks dark but the detail will come out is well preserved without the mushiness I get with my small sensor cameras.

    NR

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