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On GoPro announces Hero4 lineup article (69 comments in total)
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maxnimo: I was just browsing the GoPro website and apparently all their cameras have a fixed super wide-angle lens. They don't even mention the focal length, nor do they give you a choice. They must think everyone wants, needs and loves super-distorted ultra wide angle views.

This probably explains why all GoPro videos look so terribly distorted.

"Eyes rolling in disbelief!"

To answer your question, maxnimo, try strapping any interchangeable lens camera to your head and go for a vigorous mountain bike ride or a freestyle ski run. Let us know how it turns out.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 00:08 UTC
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boogieboogie: So that's £400 for the camera that cost £200 to make and £800 for the purse that cost £10 to make. Go figure.

> something so materially complex and precision built is thought of as cheap/consumer/plastic/crap...

One word: volume.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 23:58 UTC
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boogieboogie: So that's £400 for the camera that cost £200 to make and £800 for the purse that cost £10 to make. Go figure.

You forgot that it actually costs another £800 to sell it. At the end of the day, Canon probably writes it off as marketing cost.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 17:53 UTC
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arvivaz: To the Apple Haters and the Shamsuckers, so sorry but it's a given. Just as the iPhone became the template for smartphones, and the iPad became the same for the tablet, the Apple Watch will most likely end up being the product template for the rest of the smartwatch industry to copy. The look and feel, the level of integration, the ability to do so many things, etc. will influence their product design and content. And Shamsung, which in the past couple years have been trying their darndest to predict the next big thing and as usual lose its pants due to a crisis of vision, will have found inspiration in the Apple Watch. And, like with a bad habit, develop a timepiece that's practically a clone of Apple's product. They are probably hours into the meeting right now measuring screen captures of Apple's new toy.

Jeff, don't be too upset. You probably don't care what speaker cables I use in my audio system. I don't either, but some of my friends do, a lot. They talk about cables and interconnects probably like you talk about watches, and they spend thousands on those copper wires. But most ordinary folks will just give them a blank stare. Sometimes, that's the appeal.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 00:25 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

> Uh no. Most people don't use an iPhone to begin with, so how could I even imply that?

Haha, you got me there. I should've said 'many' rather than 'most.' In this case, it's many many millions. Installed base in the US is ONLY about 40% based on a Guardian article late last year. I doubt it has changed that much now. Still, you did imply all these people bought into 'hype.' Of course, you would be correct if you define hype as the Apple's signature 'look and feel' or its user experience.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 18:23 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

Joseph, thanks for your thoughtful comments. I'm not sure my previous sarcasm was well conceived, or well perceived. :)

That said, I actually don't think Apple is playing catch up. Catch up usually means matching performance or features. Apple often sits on the side line, watching others clumsily mess around in the field. It would then map out its strategy and go in for the kill with a well thought out and well executed product. Look at the music market place. There were plenty of MP3 players in the market, and I believe Apple bought the iTunes program. It's how they then put it all together with a product that people can actually use that set them apart. Apple always plays leap frog, seldom catch up. They may catch up on a specific feature, like a big screen, but they always leaps frog in a product segment. On top of that , they manage to have an enviable profit margin others can only have in their wet dreams.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 16:32 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

> Fine products but mostly hype as a result of marketing.<

Right, as you mentioned, Apple is a fine cool aid company. And of course, most people are stupid, as you implied.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 14:37 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

> The cool aid.

Hey, I want to know what's in that cool aid. It made Apple one of the most profitable company in the world.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:26 UTC
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arvivaz: To the Apple Haters and the Shamsuckers, so sorry but it's a given. Just as the iPhone became the template for smartphones, and the iPad became the same for the tablet, the Apple Watch will most likely end up being the product template for the rest of the smartwatch industry to copy. The look and feel, the level of integration, the ability to do so many things, etc. will influence their product design and content. And Shamsung, which in the past couple years have been trying their darndest to predict the next big thing and as usual lose its pants due to a crisis of vision, will have found inspiration in the Apple Watch. And, like with a bad habit, develop a timepiece that's practically a clone of Apple's product. They are probably hours into the meeting right now measuring screen captures of Apple's new toy.

> Give me an Oris, vintage Rolex, Omega, etc. I'd be embarrassed to walk into a room if everyone had the same watch.<

Sarcasm aside, I have no qualm with vintage Rolex lovers. But I'm sure you know, and probably are proud, that you are an extreme minority and many, probably most, of us do not share your passion or embarrassment.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:23 UTC
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arvivaz: To the Apple Haters and the Shamsuckers, so sorry but it's a given. Just as the iPhone became the template for smartphones, and the iPad became the same for the tablet, the Apple Watch will most likely end up being the product template for the rest of the smartwatch industry to copy. The look and feel, the level of integration, the ability to do so many things, etc. will influence their product design and content. And Shamsung, which in the past couple years have been trying their darndest to predict the next big thing and as usual lose its pants due to a crisis of vision, will have found inspiration in the Apple Watch. And, like with a bad habit, develop a timepiece that's practically a clone of Apple's product. They are probably hours into the meeting right now measuring screen captures of Apple's new toy.

> Give me an Oris, vintage Rolex, Omega, etc. I'd be embarrassed to walk into a room if everyone had the same watch.

Yeah, I remember RIM CEO said the same thing a few years ago...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:11 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

> their new phone is worse than $200-300 non contract bargain phones!

And your area of expertise is...? I suppose you also think the world is full of fools who would buy these Apple's inferior phones. Especially those who lined up in front of the Apple stores. What have they been taking?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:01 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

Everyone forgot Apple also invented Android. Without the iPhone, we would all be using Blackberry and whatever M$ would copy from RIM.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 21:12 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: As ever Pentax lead the way with ergonomics. Other than the colour change LEDs on the mode dial and shutter, the control layout is very thoughtful. When I borrow my brothers D3, the illogical control layout drives me nuts. Nikon should hire a UX expert, something Pentax must have done years ago. I owned a K10D and it was a delight in the hand, as is the MX-1.

How dare you talk so sensibly here! Where's the hysteria and the hatred?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 17:08 UTC
On Hands-on with the Sony Alpha a5100 article (25 comments in total)
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samfan: How can people use these monsters without viewfinders?

> Time to join the 21st century, Rip Van Winkle. Did you just wake up from a decades-long sleep?<

Haha, youngsters. Rip Van Winkle never used viewfinders. In the 1800s they only had rear screens, just like today's LCD screens, except dimmer and larger.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 19:15 UTC
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Michael Ma: Amazing concept. Although, just skimming through these, I think your time would be better invested in something like Lynda.com for online learning. I don't disagree with the importance of a degree and having to go through a system getting one but Professors, although they do certainly possess valuable information that you want and need, don't necessarily make good teachers or presenters. If you've ever taught, a big part of the lesson plan is figuring out how to fill the 50 minutes or 80 minutes, which often results in a lot of endless droning of slides and creative ways to fill time.

Why not a carefully crafted 15 minute lecture that inspires and moves, and a few key takeaway concepts? Some students would complain that they are not getting their money's worth.

That carefully crafted 15 minute lecture may take 40 hours of research, planning, and prep. Instead you can just put 30 slides together and wing it based on your knowledge, and hopefully some of what you say will be absorbed.

Good discussion!

Keep in mind that professors deal with students, who are typically young and have not had years of experience with the materials. Short, compact lectures may not let things 'sink in' as well as slower paced lectures. Also there is more time for students to ask questions in lectures. As such, lectures are not designed to be presented as an online, non-interactive teaching tool. That said, I don't disagree that many, many lectures are truly long, boring and ineffective.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 18:42 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (626 comments in total)
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Higuel: 3 clicks to finally reach the article: the site is getting even more user-unfriendly then ever!!! -_-

> It's supposedly much more about quality of content these days.

Since there are no universal rules for the quality of content, one of the few objective criteria is the number of clicks.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 20:51 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (626 comments in total)
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Higuel: 3 clicks to finally reach the article: the site is getting even more user-unfriendly then ever!!! -_-

Now that I come to think of it, I guess I do get the point. This mini page essentially doubles the number of total clicks to the article, and as a result boosting the total clicks to DPR and makes DPR rank higher in search engine ranking.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 14:49 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (626 comments in total)
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Higuel: 3 clicks to finally reach the article: the site is getting even more user-unfriendly then ever!!! -_-

Totally agree. I don't get the point of having a mini page that is nothing but a link.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 14:45 UTC
On DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game article (47 comments in total)
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australopithecus: What's beautiful about a game that hosts players who argue with referees, who act as if they are injured (put them in a rugby scrum for a few games then they'll learn about pain !) and who bite. For this they are paid ridiculous sums of money.

> Football fans always remind me of the nazi rally films.

Interesting. I don't suppose Justin Bieber concerts remind you of nazi rally as well?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 00:30 UTC
On DPReview Reader Showcase: The beautiful game article (47 comments in total)
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australopithecus: What's beautiful about a game that hosts players who argue with referees, who act as if they are injured (put them in a rugby scrum for a few games then they'll learn about pain !) and who bite. For this they are paid ridiculous sums of money.

Some make it happen, some watch it happen, some said 'what happened?'

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 18:32 UTC
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