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 DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (244 comments in total)
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joao salvador: I have and use the iphone 6 and the Note 4. Samsung for everyday/work and iphone as second contact phone and for weekends. The Note 4 is clearly the best for pictures and video. The iphone lags beyond but takes fantastic panoramas and sometimes gives you more natural colours. Problem is the Note is sometimes awkward to use and always requires two hands to get sharp pictures even with ois. But when you manage to keep it steady it provides clearly better results than the iphone. My wife has the 6+ and despite the ois it has the same problems of stability as the Note. So, in my opinion, it's the iphone for panoramas and the Note for everything else (provided you can keep it steady). Maybe the S6 will be the best of both worlds. BTW: my RX 100 smokes all of the above and it's not much more difficult to carry than the Note 4 or 6+!

hmm I used to own an LX3, and it did not even get close to smoking my 808. In good light, there is no competing against the 41MP sensor. In low light, the LX3 was exceptionally noisy at any ISO above 200.

The feature I liked best from the LX3 was the CCD type sensor. This made for exceptional video quality for fast panning video capturing as there would be absolutely NO rolling shutter of jello effect. Sadly though when capturing video the zoom and AF is disabled, so essentially you have to prefix your focus and zoom focal length before you start recording.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 05:25 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (244 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: Ok we get it, you like the crappy iPhone when there are tons of better smartphones( hello Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung) with camera or simply a real and dedicated camera. =D

the 808 and 1020 agree definitely can capture far more detail than the iPhone, but the Note4 only is better than the latest iPhone by a small margin in my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 05:20 UTC
On DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras post (244 comments in total)
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worldcup1982: nothing beats the nokia 808 still.
waiting for the successor, if there will ever be one.
the 1020 is worse, worse lens,worse timing...

back to the 808 and possibly the 1020. None of these mobiles on the top list have a lossless digital zoom! I find this feature indispensable for taking site photos, where I need to use zoom to get closer. Also having a "lower resolution" 3MP is ideal, for site images, as massive detail is not required, just good detail on the area of interest.

Unless the photo taken is going to be enlarged printed or post cropped, there is no real reason to use more than 8mp. Even so the lower 3Mp is a life saver for space efficiency.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 05:18 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (151 comments in total)
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brownie314: Do any of these phone cameras now matter since the Panasonic CM1 is here.

Why is the CM1 not suited as an everyday phone? Is the phone spec really that bad? or is it just too thick?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 04:49 UTC

hmm reminds me of my Nokia N93, which did sport similar apertures and was also a 3x optical zoom.....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 04:02 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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Dré de Man: 28mm equivalent is mostly boring for landscapes and cityscapes and way too short for almost all pictures of people. It's the one focal length I hardly ever use. It is very good though for egg head and other ugly pictures you can only excuse for by saying your phone manufacturer is smarter than you are.

each to their own. Historically there has been many 28mm lens released and have sold well for SLRs and DSLRs. Also point and shoot film cameras frequently had 28mm as well.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 21:39 UTC
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Timmbits: I find that the sweet-spot for street is the 40mm f1.8 I use.
It is quite remarkable really.

I hope there are lens adapters that can mount on front of the CM1 to allow for an approx 40mm FOV experience

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 21:37 UTC
On Amazon Fire Phone camera review post (61 comments in total)
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peevee1: ISO 40? What kind of sensor do they use for that? Interesting choice of base ISO, probably because the lens has fixed bright aperture.

it may be possible that ISO 40 may be a pushed ISO just to allow for cleaner image capture.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 04:13 UTC
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didida do da do da do da: For those who want to use it for long exposures:
It's not very useful yet, since it doesn't go over 1/2 s and it doesn't have any self-timer.

2.7 seconds is the max exposure time for my 808

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 11:43 UTC
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RStyga: 645Pro is the best RAW-output camera app for the iPhone that I've seen; it does not offer manual control, however, it offers AEL so you can point to a darker/brighter point and then AEL so that you force the camera to the exposure settings of your liking. Direct ISO control, though, is still not possible.

hmm agree the output JPG from 645pro will always have noise reduction already applied optimum. The idea of RAW is to be able to apply more image processing effects like Nr sharpening, edge enhancement etc post

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 08:23 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: What's the interest of manual settings when you're stuck with a fixed aperture lens? Shooting with the iPhone is akin to shooting with a conventional camera in A mode and automatic ISO.
The lengths they go to sell apps...

are you sure there was "manual focus" capability in apps before iOS8??

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 08:19 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: What's the interest of manual settings when you're stuck with a fixed aperture lens? Shooting with the iPhone is akin to shooting with a conventional camera in A mode and automatic ISO.
The lengths they go to sell apps...

even with fixed aperture lens, option like manual ISO and shutter control can have a great effect on creative photography. Also with manual focus, it will help acquire sharp focus on low contrast subjects.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 08:18 UTC
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Liberator: I just downloaded this app on my iPhone 6 Plus and it is enjoyable.

nice! could you tell me if this app has the ability to say magnify while manual focusing? wold be handy if it did for fine tuning focus on close up subjects.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 08:15 UTC
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Jostian: all this wowness and they give it an LED flash!! what were they thinking? LED flashes are useless at freezing any movement, so unless the scene is static you can forget about getting a decent photo!! XENON, come on Panasonic!

not necessarily true. Will have to determine how good the CM1 is at high ISO bearing in mind how much larger the sensor and pixels are in the CM1

I bet my old canon 5d at ISO 800 will blitz the 1020 at ISO 100 with xenon flash any day.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 08:11 UTC
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BAHRI-D: zoom optical is wanted

the CM1 is already quite large for a connected phone and camera. Adding an optical zoom with the 1" sensor would make it extremely thick.

If zoom is your priority, then the Galaxy K Zoom is more suited for you.

The CM1 smartphone camera will be all about quality imaging.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 08:07 UTC
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mojo34: I can't help but wondering if I would buy it without a swappable battery. If I'm heading out into a national park with nothing but a cell phone for a camera, I definitely want to be able to swap a second battery into place.

Having a user removable battery would have been nice, but for today's smartphones, more manufacturers are design conscious which in a lot of cases negates the design of a battery door or removable battery.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 23:24 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Sony Xperia Z3 post (11 comments in total)
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Cartagena Photo: I hope they managed to make a better phone thatthan the 3 different Z2 i had. The camera was a joke since it overheated after a short time shooting stills or video. 4K was a joke since it heated up like mad. But at least you could cook your eggs on it ;-)

seems like lots of Sony products can over heat especially when shooting video. My Nex 5n always over heated after taking video for any descent length of time

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 04:17 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Sony Xperia Z3 post (11 comments in total)

This color shading testing, was this ever done on the 1020 and the 808?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 04:16 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Jostian: all this wowness and they give it an LED flash!! what were they thinking? LED flashes are useless at freezing any movement, so unless the scene is static you can forget about getting a decent photo!! XENON, come on Panasonic!

Lets wait for high ISO image samples, then judge.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 08:23 UTC

hmm wonder how much dropping and shock the Cm1 can take with so many moving optical elements.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 22:51 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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