bigley Ling

bigley Ling

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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Joined on Jun 21, 2004
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On Sony Xperia Z2 camera review post (36 comments in total)
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Markol: Looking at the samples my first thought is: if your camera can't handle 20 MP, don't even bother to make them available. Just offer the downsized versions, who will benefit from so lousy 20 MP photos?
Maybe it's my eyes or personal taste but the Sony 20 MP smart phones really disappoint big time. And I'm so waiting for a decent Android camera phone. Other than the S5. Nokia 808 decent. Look at the full size images from the 808 and then look at the 20 MP images here- this is my gold standard and not even the 1020 came close IMHO:
http://img230.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=436190887_2013_07_14_2952_122_424lo.jpg

Just to be clear_ I don't doubt that downsampliong these photos will give good results but I wonder why they use such a bad 20 MP sensor, just look at the ISO 50 photo of the roofs with antennae.

exciting stuff, this IPhone 6. Will wait in great anticipation for it's release and camera offerings. Ignoring the camera quality, I still will be upgrading to an IP6 as I enjoy the way iOS as an operating system works in general

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 00:56 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z2 camera review post (36 comments in total)
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seliscan: Sony cameras have the most unpleasant jpg engine from all companies that I know of, this phone make no exception. The heavy NR + heavy sharpening applied in the photos make the unusable. It is very sad.

@Menneisyys

Absolutely agree. It could well be the output from their sensor is not all that it is made out to be, and the need for clever image processing may have been required give a semi descent output.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 00:52 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z2 camera review post (36 comments in total)
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Markol: Looking at the samples my first thought is: if your camera can't handle 20 MP, don't even bother to make them available. Just offer the downsized versions, who will benefit from so lousy 20 MP photos?
Maybe it's my eyes or personal taste but the Sony 20 MP smart phones really disappoint big time. And I'm so waiting for a decent Android camera phone. Other than the S5. Nokia 808 decent. Look at the full size images from the 808 and then look at the 20 MP images here- this is my gold standard and not even the 1020 came close IMHO:
http://img230.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=436190887_2013_07_14_2952_122_424lo.jpg

Just to be clear_ I don't doubt that downsampliong these photos will give good results but I wonder why they use such a bad 20 MP sensor, just look at the ISO 50 photo of the roofs with antennae.

vlad0 , agree completely, the n8 has abnormally large micron pixels which help contribute to good dyanmic range and lower noise. The only gripe I had with the n8 was the whole camera interface experience. It was good when it was released, but once I got the taste of the 808 camera UI, the n8 controls paled in comparison and actually got annoying to use.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 20:58 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z2 camera review post (36 comments in total)
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seliscan: Sony cameras have the most unpleasant jpg engine from all companies that I know of, this phone make no exception. The heavy NR + heavy sharpening applied in the photos make the unusable. It is very sad.

Menneisyys , I think the android phone that has RAW output currently is the OPPO find 7.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 20:55 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z2 camera review post (36 comments in total)
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seliscan: Sony cameras have the most unpleasant jpg engine from all companies that I know of, this phone make no exception. The heavy NR + heavy sharpening applied in the photos make the unusable. It is very sad.

Yes, but the Z2 does seem to improve the JPG engine to a degree, as there seems to be less heavy handed noise reduction. That being said, images at higher ISOs still lack detail, and are indeed noisy.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 20:54 UTC

another option is to just set the resolution to automatically drop down when using the oppo in front camera mode, unless overridden by the user.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 22:50 UTC as 3rd comment
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Jogger: Is the HTC actually allowing selective focus?

It seems like its just capturing depth info at the pixel level and applying fake digital blur based on that how far that pixel is from what is in focus. In this case, its not refocusing at all... its more like digital blurring based on depth information.

Instead of trying to measure DOF by using a secondary camera, HTC may have had greater success by using some sort of Laser distance measuring system where there secondary camera sits.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 21:22 UTC
On Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 article (155 comments in total)

here is a color monkey pic I captured using the older Nokia 808

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bigley/9399226681/sizes/o/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bigley/9401980806/sizes/o/

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 06:00 UTC as 28th comment
On LG releases G3 with QHD screen and laser-AF post (60 comments in total)

Interesting this laser AF. I think Sony used a laser back in the day when the Cybershot F-707 was released to aid low light focus

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 22:57 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On Nokia releases update to its Camera Beta app post (18 comments in total)
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pwilly: Nokia's Camera Beta makes a huge difference in the capabilities of my 928 vs. my Galaxy Nexus.
Apple apparently agrees and has kidnapped the creative lead from the Nokia imaging division. I hope that like most technology developers the workers were the creators that made the department head look good.
Try a Nokia, you will be amazed at the creative options and the speed at which they can be accessed.

What the iPhone lacks is the ability to uses physical control to activate the shutter. The dual stage half press to focus and full press to capture has been proven to work well with standard cameras since the advent of autofocus capability.

Maybe Apple will finally incorporate a dual function "volume up" button to have a dual stage activation.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 23:04 UTC
On Nokia releases update to its Camera Beta app post (18 comments in total)
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RFC1925: No 1020 support for the new features is a big let down.

Pretty much the Processor in the 1020 has been made obsolete. So apart from the 41Mp camera capturing ability, one has to look towards the 930 and the 1520 for the latest and greatest updates.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 23:01 UTC
On Nokia releases update to its Camera Beta app post (18 comments in total)
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Digital Suicide: The first thing Nokiasoft should fix is the image colors in 1020. They are way oversaturated and are ok only for Ken Rockwell perhaps...

For this reason I wish Nokia would add color, sharpness, and saturation control real time as it was on the Nokia 808!

With only a set default color setting, you cannot please everyone as every one has different tastes. Also different scenes need different color profiling, eg for landscapes one may want a more saturated image, whereas for portraits, a more neutral tone may be desirable to achieve better skin tonality.

Cmon Nokia/Microsoft, these kind of presets were available on the initial release of the very ancient Nokia n8. Why is there none for the newer Lumia camera phones?

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 22:59 UTC
On Nokia releases update to its Camera Beta app post (18 comments in total)
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Coguar: I sell my Lumia 1020,because of bad colours, and lowlight photography is under my exceptions... and now I'm happy with unbeatable photo quality that come out of my Iphone 5s with #Cortex Camera APP.
Usable apps are also there for photo editing...

sry Nokia, not yet, and maybe never again....

tried this cortex app and it works wonders. Just ensure you have a steady hand. As for the 1020 bad colors, I am not sure if it is that bad, but rather not to ones taste. Personally I am still enjoying the neutral accurate colors I get from the 808

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 22:54 UTC
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LANDSHOTS: but what about the sony s5 ? the s5 has 16 mp.

Hey Lars, I know the 808 is not a modern smart phone anymore, but it still is a smart phone and does fit the criteria of being "compact sized".

I am pretty certain the 808 would do well against these compact smart phones. :)

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2014 at 20:51 UTC
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tompabes2: Hi guys, with the Sonys in manual mode you have to set the "Image Stabilizer" option to ON to go above ISO 400.

interesting, considering the whole idea of choosing a higher ISO is to increase the shutter speed, and hence negate the requirement for an image stabilizer.

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2014 at 20:48 UTC
On Shooting Raw with the Nokia Lumia 1020 post (72 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: I understand raw capability should made it more attractive to serious users. But wouldn't a serious raw user conclude that to get better quality, one needs to use a camera to take pictures?

Phone camera's are pretty good these days, and with RAW support it just adds flexibility especially at times when one does not have their camera at their disposal

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 03:37 UTC
On Shooting Raw with the Nokia Lumia 1020 post (72 comments in total)
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djohnfot: An interesting exercise but the only benefit I can see from shooting RAW is a slight improvement in DR.

true, although one assumes the auto white balance to get it right first time, to alleviate having to correct it post.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 03:35 UTC
On Shooting Raw with the Nokia Lumia 1020 post (72 comments in total)
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Houseqatz: being able to REALLY edit the images from a camera phone is a dream come true. it's not always practical to carry around a dslr, but i always have my phone on me. the 1020 is the best solution for my needs, mostly taking notes, and quick snaps, and when i want more, it delivers.

i have yet to use a camera phone that is as capable in the image department, or whose output affords as much editing latitude. i know that the 808 is supposed to outperform the 1020, but i have never seen one in the wild.

I frequently edit my RAW files on my Oly E-M1, if I need to extract a quick JPG for sharing online etc.

The oly in camera RAW to JPG allows for basic exposure, contrast, shadow recovery and art filters. One can also crop, reduce red eye, etc during the conversion process.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 03:33 UTC
On Shooting Raw with the Nokia Lumia 1020 post (72 comments in total)

based on what I can see from the crops, the out of camera JPG is superior to ACR converted raw with noise reduction. ACR without noise reduction is sharper and has more details than out of camera JPG but then the result seems rather noisy.

Be aware that the 1020's ISO 1600 may be close to ISO 400 on comparable cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 08:20 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies
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JoeWall: I broke my Android and now back on my 4-year old iPhone. The company that puts a decent 1 inch sensor in a smartphone gets my money

ooo, is there a VOIP app for the 1020?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 04:17 UTC
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