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Pat Cullinan Jr: More phony baloney from Adobe. But at least we won't be seeing it for another four or five versions.

Fujica is wrong, ihv and Nobby2016 are right.

This is a different feature and Lightroom doesn't have it. The feature Lightroom has is not in Photoshop (though it is in Camera Raw). Now, when can we have both features in all those programs?

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 22:15 UTC
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PjMedia: Affinity Photo has this feature in its panorama stitching mode... Oh, and you don't have to rent it...

I think Affinity is a very worthy competitor, but the parent comment misses that Photoshop also already had this feature in its panorama stitching mode.

Now Photoshop has it in both pano stitching and normal image mode, while Affinity only has it in pano stitching mode.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 22:12 UTC
On article Instagram gets a new logo, monochrome interface (88 comments in total)
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Cdog: Really wish they would update the app to allow for landscape orientation for, ya know, photographs!

Also, the Instagram default 1:1 square aspect ratio is certainly a "photographic" aspect ratio. The millions of frames shot on the many square film formats in the 20th century fit perfectly on Instagram.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 23:34 UTC
On article Instagram gets a new logo, monochrome interface (88 comments in total)
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Cdog: Really wish they would update the app to allow for landscape orientation for, ya know, photographs!

Are you talking about something other than the support for both landscape and portrait orientations that they introduced middle of last year?

http://blog.instagram.com/post/127722429412/150827-portrait-and-landscape

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 23:31 UTC
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samfan: With the obvious Apple fetishism, I'm surprised the Apple QuickTake camera isn't on the list. It would deserve a spot more than all those other Apple 'firsts'.

I remember the QuickTake, and I'm an Apple fan. It was an interesting curiosity, but it did not change the world. Almost nobody had one. The early DSLRs were more influential than the QuickTake.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 00:31 UTC
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Denis the Menace: Sounds like another desperate ploy to try to get more users to their cloud. No thanks.

It's really getting annoying, these people (and their upvoters) so paranoid that they're reading every headline as "Adobe is out to get you!!!" ...even when it's the exact opposite as in this case, where it is a small independent developer well outside Adobe...exactly who they should be supporting!

I suppose it's the same lack of mindfulness that explains the situation the American presidential election is in...

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 00:24 UTC
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zodiacfml: I respect their "opinion" on Apple products.

This is the scope of the influence of the iPhone:
http://www.cultofmac.com/145083/what-phones-looked-like-before-and-after-the-iphone-transformed-the-industry-image/

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 20:54 UTC
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zodiacfml: I respect their "opinion" on Apple products.

cookedraw, you're relating to the iPhone from the "box of parts" mentality where a simple list of specs fails to understand the device is more than the sum of its parts.

The iPhone introduced many radical innovations. Touchscreen? Before the iPhone, touchscreens were simple single-touch or requiring stylus. Nobody had what the iPhone had: Gesture-based multitouch, which was a futuristic "wow" TED demo only a year before. Phones then didn't have a full web browser, they were stuck with awful WAP "mobile versions" of websites. It was because of the iPhone that physical number pads disappeared from phones. Before the iPhone, you checked voicemail through a tortuous voice-only phone tree, not an easy touch menu. And, often overlooked, before the iPhone it was the carriers who dictated apps and OS updates...with the iPhone, the app ecosystem was torn away from the carriers for the first time in history and made much more accessible, no one would want to go back to the pre-iPhone system.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 20:54 UTC
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ozturert: So should we be happy with the fact that they kept selling overpriced equipment (that's how you make profit if number of sales is low) and made big profit out of our pockets?

@ozturert says "I'm not talking about free markets, market conditions etc.. " So in other words, you're saying, "I'm not taking about real world economics..."

ozturert, you are concerned about products being sold well above cost of production. Well guess what, you are concerned about everything, because nearly all products are sold that way. The standard retail markup over wholesale is 50%, or you pay double the wholesale price, which is over production cost already.

A product can be sold at close to the cost of production if the seller does not have any costs beyond production, like development costs, transportation costs, administrative costs, marketing costs, retail operation costs, employee salaries for all the above post-production operations, etc.

Some like Sony and Apple can charge more because what they offer (in the eyes of the market, regardless of what you and I think) is not available from or better than the cheaper alternatives.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 23:40 UTC
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ozturert: So should we be happy with the fact that they kept selling overpriced equipment (that's how you make profit if number of sales is low) and made big profit out of our pockets?

An object is not overpriced if it meets its targets at the price it was sold at. If it is the price the market will bear, it is, by free market standards, the correct price.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 00:20 UTC

The way Sony has come up from practically no presence in cameras to being a leader is nothing short of impressive.

But I also remember a time when my dad and his friends worshipped Sony audio and video products, and when the Sony Trinitron was the world standard in CRTs. Sony lost all of that when the industry went digital and Sony invested too much in proprietary formats like ATRAC and MemoryStick. Let's hope that the same minds who lost Sony's lead in audio and video aren't transferred over to the camera division.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 00:03 UTC as 31st comment | 6 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (278 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Interesting how your poll currently running has less than 10% of voters thinking a touch screen is important. I guess the testers at DP are more used to phones than proper cameras and downgrade cameras which don't have their favorite interface.

A touch screen is great when it adds without subtracting. I would never want a camera to remove all dials and switches in favor of a touchscreen, but for example, there is no better or faster interface for rack focusing video than a touchscreen (just tap the start and end focus points).

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 23:15 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (278 comments in total)
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rrccad: is there a point to doing a 2016 roundup in April?

They are this month's Cameras of the Year.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 23:13 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (278 comments in total)
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elefteriadis alexandros: What an ugly beasts is all the Canon.

I actually care about how my camera looks in that I would like it to be nondescript and lacking shiny "bling" on it, to be a less attention-getting theft/mugging target when I'm out shooting on trips.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 23:12 UTC
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Petrogel: No. 2 photo is……"creative " ?????????
i've got tons of creative photos !!!!!

You're not accounting for the context. The rest of that paragraph explains what he means. Most concert photographers only get to shoot for a short amount of time, maybe 3 songs. In that time you are under tremendous pressure to get "The Shot" especially if you are competing to sell against the other photographers who got permission to shoot that show.

Under those circumstances, you have no time to take chances or play around fiddling with settings. You have to be 100% on the ball and use every second productively.

That shot is "creative" because if you were at that same show but not with the luxury of shooting the whole show, you wouldn't have time to try many non-conventional shots like that one. Read the paragraph in the article again to understand.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2016 at 23:45 UTC

Imagining the DPReview Field Test Checklist:
Beer
Wineries
Ferry ride
Beach
Baseball game
Beer
Beer

Just kidding, great gallery! Appreciate the high contrast, into the sun, and night scenes.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 23:40 UTC as 11th comment

What is it with people in the thread blaming Nikon incompetence for this? Do you have any idea how bad the Kumamoto earthquakes were? The video coming out of it was shocking...4-lane highways wiped out by landslides, bullet trains derailed, hundreds of thousands homeless due to destroyed buildings... and this is in a country with excellent earthquake preparedness as you can see in the much higher death toll in comparable earthquakes in other countries.

Remember the 2004 Asian tsunami? Hard drive production was severely constrained by factories knocked offline, and prices went way up for a while. This is that type of situation.

I have no vested interest in defending Nikon other than being interested in the DL. My SLR is Canon and my compact is Panasonic.

There will be a slight delay in the arrival of your new toys, cranky Westerers with disposable income. You'll live...

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 01:58 UTC as 14th comment | 13 replies
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noflashplease: I really wonder if this is the last gasp for the Coolpix camera line? The point-and-shoot camera is effectively an extinct product in the current market.

But these are hardly "point-and-shoot" cameras. They are enthusiast compacts, with a relatively large sensor, raw format, fast lens, manual exposure and other advanced controls that you never see on a simple "point and shoot".

I've been waiting for this camera as my next "can't take the huge DSLR" camera because my phone, a true point-and-shoot, is not good enough.

Some of the capabilities of the latest "enthusiast compacts" exceed the digital SLRs I've owned. It is wrong to think they are in the same category as the point-and-shoots being replaced by the smartphone.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 22:33 UTC
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noflashplease: I wonder how much longer Lytro can stagger along with the $50 million in funding raised back in February of 2015, when they fired 50 of their 130 employees? Maybe they've raised more money? Maybe they are revenue neutral or somehow profitable, although I'd be very surprised?

This new product looks absolutely ridiculous, a bit like a TV camera from the early 1950s. Unless they already have it sold and in service, I don't see any future for it. It's a cumbersome implementation of a kooky concept.

Looking back, Lytro did produce real products and even had a retail presence. Oh well, so long and farewell.

If many of the 50 employees laid off were related to consumer-oriented product development, marketing, PR and sales to retail distributors, those people are no longer needed, and their loss not a problem, in a business model where your market is a tightly defined group of cinema production rental companies.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 22:29 UTC
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