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zeyno44: 2 x AAA Batteries? How many shots can you actually get? It would've been perfect if it had built-in rechargeable battery - in my opinion.

It would be nice to charge it with a micro usb slot. I don't like buying things without AA / AAA, but it would be very convenient if they could squeeze in the components required, esp as Metz already have USB.

Micro USB is fast becoming the go to charger in my house at least - phones, tablets etc. There's one in every room. AA/AAA chargers however are bulky and don't stay in the sockets.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 09:55 UTC

Where's the 4k support?! If Canon is expecting this to be a dedicated images and home video box for the AV setup, then it should at least be as good as a HTPC. It obviously will be simpler which is good, but I feel 4k should be mandatory for a new device that won't be binned in 2-5 years.

Does anybody know if the NFC support on the new camera models is open to non-proprietary developers? I'm thinking NFC would be nice if it worked with Lightroom imports, especially to dual locations, as per standard Lightroom options.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2015 at 14:29 UTC as 32nd comment

I can't be the only one who thinks this looks great in walnut.

Am I more likely to buy an x100 or just use my big old 5D? Yes. But would I like to be the guy who doesn't know how to use them, and just uses really expensive point and shoots, with wood trim?

Probably :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 20:54 UTC as 158th comment
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1658 comments in total)

Clever...associate your brand with dull surprises. Which marketing genius cooked this one up?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 10:49 UTC as 132nd comment
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Roland Karlsson: Poor monsters and evil children, liking to kill and frighten the sorry creatures.

I give this a 2 on a scale of 1-10. That it gets a 2 and not a 1 is because it was a rather unexpected series of photos.


The kids are not realistic.

The nightmare monsters are not nightmarish, rather funny.

So you want scarier monsters, and children who look more 'realistic' fighting them in their bedrooms? Sheesh, just watch Harry Potter or LOTR or something.

Or perhaps look up 'catharsis' and begin to understand the fun and psychology behind this cute series.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 08:49 UTC
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beavertown: That kills the Canon with great humiliation.

Without Sony's sensor, Nikon will die straight away.

In the absence of peanut butter, Nikon can buy some jam. I really don't understand why you wish to engage in fantasy situations wherein companies cannot outsource to more efficient providers.

The essence of modern economic trade theory is specialisation, that is, we benefit when we don't all try to be farmers, printers, carpenters and textiles companies on our own. Sure, it would be more fun, and perhaps make you feel more independent, but it almost certainly would prevent your (or different society's) attainment of expertise and efficiencies.

Yes, Sony can charge more for its sensors if they're very good relative to the competition, but Nikon does still retain know-how in sensors not to mention ergonomics and extant customer and equipment bases. In the case of game theory type 'defection' on Sony's part e.g. hiking prices or withdrawing services, both Nikon and Sony would likely suffer long term, but neither their brands nor particular specialities are likely to suddenly 'die'.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 08:00 UTC
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lab Test Review preview (79 comments in total)
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munro harrap: There should come a point at which there is no vignetting. A lens designed to cover the sensor properly would have no vignetting even wide open. As they charge now so much money, perhaps we could get them to design for full-frame. I do not care if it is bigger and heavier, but I do care if it always vignettes. DX review shows it still vignettes a third of a stop at f11. I have zooms that are better than this.

If you use primes quality is now the sole criterion> I want primes that ALWAYS cover the sensor> I want zooms that do as well- remember the 70-200f2.8G VRI?

Fair enough. But software fixes most vignetting, and I personally care more about size, weight and other image quality characteristics like colour and contrast.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 20:16 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: What a disappointment. Make a very nice camera with a very good lens and put an aged sensor in it with yesterdays performance. I was planning to buy it. But ... now I buy something else. Thank you DPR for this review!

The problem is only - what?

I have looked at A6000, GM1, GX7, RX100 and P5.

I'd go Fuji x100 or x100s personally. I don't have one yet - still use an old heavy 5d and 35mm prime or my phone. But apart from battery life (which is always an issue with small cams , especially that can't use AA eneloops or equivalent as tech improves), I can't think of any downsides for casual photography.

Big pros include viewfinder and lens, as well as nice touchy-feely manual controls. Plus one should never underestimate the difference a beautiful retro camera will make to portrait subject's comfort and thus smiles. :)

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 10:01 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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dr8: I didn't get past the word "re-imagine". I also don't read articles or see movies that are labeled "must - ___ ".

Good for you. Now think something helpful.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 21:34 UTC
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michael19843: Why did they not make this camera with a zoom lens? Pure mental concept to have two adapters. Just stick a zoom lens on it Fuji.

Zooms are not as good optically, do people not seek to learn before pontificating?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 08:54 UTC
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bstolk: Given enough megapixels, wouldn't cropping an image in software have the same effect as using a longer lens?
Yes, you lose some resolution, but that is not a big deal if you shoot your images for the web and such?

that's correct. Although your exposure may be slightly less accurate, it's the same thing.
Bear in mind with the adapter though that you can post-crop the resulting 50mm in the same way, with same number of pixels.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 09:09 UTC
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RStyga: Kodak did pioneering things during the film era and continued in the digital age with some degree of the same spirit of innovation but never quite made it to establish itself. I'm not sure at all that JK is up to the task, i.e., using such an iconic brand name for mediocre profiteering. Let's hope for the best outcome, but I seriously doubt that JK can do to Kodak what Cosina has done to Voigtlander.

Who knows?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2014 at 09:26 UTC
On Google working on RAW imaging for Android post (84 comments in total)

I hope they provide option for Adobe raw which is already open-source AFAIK. Why reinvent the wheel, when a universal wheel has already been designed?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:06 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On Classic photographs recreated in Lego article (118 comments in total)
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dw2001: cute..but I've seen this kind of "creativity" like 1 million times before with lego, it's getting kind of booring..

Okay, but 'creativity' according to various academic studies in classrooms and workplaces is generally destroyed by this kind of thinking, in yourself and other people. If we want something different we can create it ourselves. I don't think its creative to criticise just because you don't like something; just don't praise so much.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 09:37 UTC
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' article (552 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: I am as in favor of advancements in technology as the next person but this is just getting out of hand. I don't yearn for the days of old. I don't go to exhibitions because the images were made on a cellphone. And I certainly don't give a hoot whether the photographer used pure rainwater for the final bath or devised a new sharpening tool that takes voice commands. I just want images to change my perceptions and understandings. Let me put this another way: when is the last time you saw an announcement for an exhibition of paintings at MOMA or the Met that said the show will feature work done only with horse hair brushes?

For portraiture, I find that the subjects get nervous with a big ugly camera and whop-off lens. Most people like the look of these old cameras, and I find that they relax more.

It's also possible that they were designed when ergonomics was more of a selling point than ultimate technology speed or gadgetry.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 20:08 UTC
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Alberto Tanikawa: I have 20-13 vision, and I can read the e-mails on my phone from 30" away, 20" comfortably. I don't use my phone at 8" - I think that's ridiculous, or whoever does needs to have their eyes examined (nearsighted). Instead of ever increasing pixel density, how about higher contrast, much higher color gamut, more accurate color calibration from factory, better visibility in direct sunlight, higher efficiency, etc. These are much more worthwhile features to add than pixel density beyond 300dpi.

I partly agree but I don't have a problem with bigger and better. I have one level better than 20-20 vision and watch movies on my Galaxy note 1 phone from about 8 or 9". Could do with more resolution sometimes, but usually its irrelevant due to file sizes - either streamed or local, the shadow areas are usually a bit blocky. It's still good though.

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D1N0: When you see a pixel you will die! Better safe than sorry. Of course when a screen is made for pc then 1080p is enough for a 27" screen. That is because pc-screens are safe and people do not need high resolution.

Actually Asus has a 4k monitor coming out but its a bit pricy for me.
In my opinion, Ballmer at Microsoft should have been pushing better displays for Windows, working with key partners, like NEC and Samsung etc to get 4k and more years ago.
I'm not saying tablets and mobile wouldn't be where they are today, but PCs would certainly seem more relevant.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 15:07 UTC
On Samsung announces curved Galaxy Round post (144 comments in total)
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peevee1: It is the first Samsung Android phone which I actually like. The shape means that it will be much more natural in the pocket around my leg, in my hand or around my face - not a flat slab, and for a phone that big it matters a lot.
Back looks like leather (although knowing Samsung they probably saved 25 cents and it is actually not a real leather) - also much smarter decision then their usual plastic or even painted metal or glass, making a case basically unnecessary, saving on total weight and size.
Looking for time/weather by pushing on it slightly instead of picking it up and turning up is handy.
Now, bring it to T-Mobile, in pure Google (Nexus) form. Screen might be little smaller to.

@ claudio. Do you have a reference for your inference of the dangers of radio waves on human cells? As I understand it, there is no evidence to suggest harm, however people are advised to limit use by children due to thinner skulls and developing brains etc?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2013 at 08:43 UTC
On Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note III post (10 comments in total)
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2001: Really curious but profoundly frustrated, I feel that manufacturers Samsung included although they are more adventurous than most really need to abandon the notion of a phone and make a fully fledged 7 inch device that covers as much as it possibly can. The notion of phone, tablet and computer is gradually eroding but being held back by incompetent and conservative ideas of what these devices do and who they are for. You can always count on the morons in market research to things up abysmally. I have and both love and am profoundly frustrated by my Galaxy Note 11, it does a lot but I can think of so many things that it could do so much more if it only had a 7inch screen and a flash drive of at least 64gb this is not rocket science it's more than feasible now. I hardly use the Note to make phone calls, using Skype on my computer 4 years ago! TO MAKE PHONE CALLS already has more than adequately prepared me for this paradigm ! When I look at my ilc's realizing that camera manufacturers finally made a digital camera worth using that they could have made 10 years ago is astonishing. When I look at a huge but ordinary consmer grade dslr with an lcd screen the size of a 35mm negative, it is grotesque, repulsive and quaint. What ever my feelings may be from day to day towards this camera, I thank God I never have to use it again. This is how I feel and I'm sure many consumers feel about woefully conservative and incapacitated technology that is antique even before it's purchased. Give me a fully functioning device! I don't care whether you call it a tablet a phone or a computer ! Just give me something that is smaller than a paperback that works! Half measures don't count. The Note 3 may be a nice intention but given the technology available right now it's far from satisfactory.

Not really sure what you want. Do you just want a Note 3 that is 7 inches with 64GB built in storage?

How much more could you do with such a device compared to a Note 3 with 64GB micro SD at approx 6 inches?

I kind of agree with you, and am a bit peeved the Galaxy Mega is not oled and doesn't have an s- pen. But I still don't get why you're annoyed, or what is available right now that is missing?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2013 at 15:42 UTC
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JABB66: Casio did it before...

and Samsung imitates them already in 2009...

I've never owned that Casio model or any Casio phone or camera; I remember thinking when it came out, that whilst Casio may have been ahead of the game, the smartphone aspects were unlikely to be in the same league as Samsung / Apple.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2013 at 09:19 UTC
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