Timmbits

Timmbits

Lives in Canada Montreal, Canada
Works as a inventor
Joined on Oct 8, 2011
About me:

Deutscher, living in Montreal Canada.
Cycling, chess, design, inventions, nature, photography, are some of the things I like.

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Mike FL: "No 4K, No buy!" goes once:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/electronics/7242008011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_e_1_5_last

"No 4K, No buy!" goes twice:

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Electronics-Mirrorless-Cameras/zgbs/electronics/3109924011/ref=zg_bs_nav_e_5_7242008011

Say "No 4K, No buy!" one more time:

NX1 will be dead? No?

IF it were true, everyone would be bound my non-disclosure, and couldn't confirm it even if they wanted to. Not before a certain date, or until order is given.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 05:48 UTC
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Timmbits: I really don't care.
Samsung is pulling out of cameras.
I don't buy stuff from companies that pull out of a sector on a whim, or because their unrealistic timetable to rule the world is taking a bit longer than expected.

Well, it's like Google. they come out with new services (iGoogle, Froogle, etc etc), and just when you invest time and effort to adopt it, learn to use it, integrate it into your life, they discontinue it. it just p!sses me off. Samsung is discontinuing a great line of cameras, I invested time and money on the platform, and now, I will have no upgrade path for new camera bodies to use my collection of really nice lenses with. It is this same company that made this decision, and I do not support such a philosophy. And because of this, I will not give them more of my money. I will not reward their more lucrative business units, with my money, after they made me waste time and money on another unit that they are closing on a whim. You make me lose time, and money , then you aren't getting it from me anymore. There are so many other choices out there. I will explore those instead, searching for a more reliable supplier-client relationship partner. That is why.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 04:28 UTC
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Gesture: If Samsung retreats from APS-C, who stands to gain? Sony? Fuji? ??

I think they are capitulating to Sony.

I also think that if Nikon or Canon buy the division, they could pose serious competition to Sony in mirrorless.

I don't see Canon doing this: they are still too entrenched with their mirror models, and are determined to delay the transition for as long as they can.
Nikon seems to be the better candidate here.
Ricoh/Pentax don't seem to have the financial ressources to buy. And Panasonic/Olympus would be admitting defeat on everything they have said about MFT if they bought them.
So Nikon is your only plausible option.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 02:47 UTC
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Sdaniella: let's see ...

Nikon ditches Sony APSC+Coolpix dcam sensors in favor of Samsung NX APSC+smaller dcam Sensors

Sony keeps on supplying sensors to other smaller dcam/dslr/medformat mfrs

Nikon develops it own FF senors instead, or expects Samsung NX tech to include FF versions, like what Sony did before.
or
Samsung develops FF (FX1?) sensor tech exclusively for itself, and opts to shift to an EF Canon mount! :D

will anyone make a mirrorless camera sensor that can flexibly move forward/backward according to optimal lens focal plane? (FF down to APSC, 1", etc?)
will Samsung do it, if its feasible?
a smaller sensor area closer to the lens rear gets more intense light focused per unit area than one larger one sitting farther back for identical fov
... requires a lens design capable of having multiple focal plane distance (which is a default reality, if I understand basic optics)

wishful thinking and
speculations abound

when you bring it closer to the lens, it becomed more challenging to develop a lens that can focus the image that close, without barrel distortion. the sensor doesn't care where you place it. you can place any sensor anywhere you want. the limitiing factor is the lens!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 02:43 UTC
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ZJ24: How things can change (2010 article):

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/photo-news/samsung-to-out-sell-canon-and-nikon-by-2015-18787

"Samsung chiefs have told AP that the company is determined to secure the number one spot in the mirror-less micro system camera market by 2012, and to be the best selling camera brand overall by 2015."

of course, if you have an unrealistic timetable with an impossible goal, you are setting yourself up for failure.
(it would be akin to saying samsung tablets will outsell ipads in two years from now. rather myopic and unrealistic)
maybe if they had given the nx500 a VF, made the NX1 a FF instead of APS, it may have helped a lot... but with Sony offering a mirrorless FF of similar size and price to the nx1, Samsung clearly had bad planning and made bad decisions for their mirrorless products... I think Samsung counted on the competition (especially Sony) doing nothing. instead Sony did more and more.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 02:33 UTC
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CameraLabTester: NIKON has reportedly purchased all of SAMSUNG's NX mirrorless camera technology.

3 December 2015

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that would be a smart move.
Nikon wouldn't have to reinvent a whole new mirrorless line. reduced R&D costs and product ready to go to market, and beat Canon to market with a new mirrorless lineup.
If it were true, I hope they will also introduce a FF version of the NX1 (it could accept Nikon lenses, that wouldn't be bad).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 02:30 UTC

At these prices (and size), would you purchase a NX1 or a full-frame Sony?

For me, the answer is obvious.

If Samsung had made this a Full-Frame, they might not be at this point right now.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 02:28 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies

I really don't care.
Samsung is pulling out of cameras.
I don't buy stuff from companies that pull out of a sector on a whim, or because their unrealistic timetable to rule the world is taking a bit longer than expected.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 02:21 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
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Timmbits: @DPR, impressive, I am not so sure. it is merely a software mod. someone just had to think of it. as for higher res, you don't need to wait for 8k or whatever video to come out. processing power will get faster way before that. and all you will need is to implement another software update to use the whole sensor, and not just a crop of it.

but I really do like the idea. very nice feature.

time will tell, is if their software patent is enforceable, or if there are easy workarounds (like using the whole sensor for example). let's see what the competition does in this department. this might become an interesting feature in the enthusiast category.

@kkardster:
probably because they did not put enough processing power into this, to handle higher resolution (otherwise it would just be a firmware update, but I,m guessing this one's not fast enough).

that is why I said, give it time and you'll get that.

it's either because today, faster processing would up the cost, and tomorrow it will be cheap, or it is simply a case of planned obsolescence, or more likely a combination of the two.

they will give you more as hardware costs come down and when the competition catches up... but more likely the competition's models will one-up them before they one-up the competition again, and so on.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 22:12 UTC
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RonHendriks: It is still in shops. And no mention of it being discontinuït for customers in The Netherlands. Was today in a Media Markt.

@Ron, they aren't supposed to tell you, the sales people are supposed to sell.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 22:06 UTC
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Lassoni: The G5 X looks pretty cool. Too bad these aren't ILC, would make perfect m43s

just read the posts here and links to blog reviews that some posted here, you'll see

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 22:04 UTC

@DPR, impressive, I am not so sure. it is merely a software mod. someone just had to think of it. as for higher res, you don't need to wait for 8k or whatever video to come out. processing power will get faster way before that. and all you will need is to implement another software update to use the whole sensor, and not just a crop of it.

but I really do like the idea. very nice feature.

time will tell, is if their software patent is enforceable, or if there are easy workarounds (like using the whole sensor for example). let's see what the competition does in this department. this might become an interesting feature in the enthusiast category.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 01:22 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
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iae aa eia: In not very practical terms, Lytro is more interesting.

irrelevant

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 01:09 UTC
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Quentin Crisp: There seems to be a common misconception here that Post Focus is just a focus bracketing feature that shoots a second or two of 4K video while pulling focus. But it is far more sophisticated than that. It takes up to 49 images focused on different focus points detected in the actual image, at 30 images per second, and then assembles them into a short video file.
One can then either select any of the points it focused on and save that individual image or slide backwards and forwards through the entire focus range and save as many images as one wants - all on the camera. It is also possible to stack them (on a PC) to produce an image with practically infinite depth of field.
I have tried all this on both macro shots and telephoto shots with a G7 and an FZ330, including rapidly moving subjects, and it works remarkably well.

1. it is far simpler than that. it just does a focu range fore and aft of your selected point
2. it does not work with moving subjects

Just read.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
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nils rostedt: Can anyone help with a "Focus Stacking Freeware Workflow for Dummies"?

I installed the new firmware on my FZ330 and first tries are promising. But to my disappointment I discovered that my editing software (Photoshop Elements 13 and Panasonic's own PhotoFunStudio) does not support Focus Stacking.

The only freewares I found, ImageJ,and Picolay, look a bit complex but can evidently do the job? But can someone help me with the required workflow? To begin with, neither seems to accept the FZ300's .mp4 file format, so some kind of decomposition of the clip into stills is necessary. The other alternatives I found, Zerene and Helicon, are despite their pricing options IMHO somewhat pricey for the probably rather limited usage they'll get.

Any advice on the is appreciated.

@Aberaeon, you are on to something there.

keep it simple!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 01:02 UTC
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nils rostedt: Can anyone help with a "Focus Stacking Freeware Workflow for Dummies"?

I installed the new firmware on my FZ330 and first tries are promising. But to my disappointment I discovered that my editing software (Photoshop Elements 13 and Panasonic's own PhotoFunStudio) does not support Focus Stacking.

The only freewares I found, ImageJ,and Picolay, look a bit complex but can evidently do the job? But can someone help me with the required workflow? To begin with, neither seems to accept the FZ300's .mp4 file format, so some kind of decomposition of the clip into stills is necessary. The other alternatives I found, Zerene and Helicon, are despite their pricing options IMHO somewhat pricey for the probably rather limited usage they'll get.

Any advice on the is appreciated.

@vadim: it is wikipedia, feel free to update/correct it yourself

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 00:59 UTC

$5K is less expensive?
not what I expected.
if it had another name on it, it would cost 1/10th that.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2015 at 00:02 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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Douglas F Watt: A bit of a shock, given how much $ Samsung spent on this bet that it could crack the rarefied air of the higher-end big-bodied camera market space.

I suspect that as great a camera as it is, the undeveloped state of the lens ecology, and the real difficulty in persuading Canikon enthusiasts and pros to jump ship was its undoing.

Curious how it's selling in the US? Anyone know?

you don't take on "big=bodied" by gradually making your camera bodies larger. I bought in to Samsung, and still have an NX20... which I never upgraded because the NX30 was larger.
they were gaining momentum, but their accelerated timeline to planned success was unrealistic.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 23:56 UTC
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RonHendriks: It is still in shops. And no mention of it being discontinuït for customers in The Netherlands. Was today in a Media Markt.

if they still have inventory, it will "still be in the shops"

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 23:52 UTC
On article Hands-on with Canon's new PowerShot G5 X, G9 X compacts (147 comments in total)

I love these cameras, on the surface... but all reviewers seem to agree that the performance is not up to par. It's not like Canon doesn't have the technology, it's that they refuse to let any product like this compete with their more lucrative Rebel line! These are myopic decisions from management. If you come out with a better product in this category, you may lose some Rebel sales, but you will put a serious dent in your competition's market share in this category, and maybe even expand the market for this, in a world of dwindling sales.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 23:43 UTC as 4th comment
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