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On Connect post Samsung Galaxy Note II camera review (83 comments in total)

Nevermind shutter speed indication ffs. How about Shutter speed priority mode, and optional EV indications?

There are times shooting toddlers and such that one needs to guarantee a fast shutter speed, e.g. 1/200th

With my original Galaxy Note, even with the sport mode enabled, it often fails to deliver more than 1/30th due to some auto iso nonsense thinking the IS can handle it.

I just want semi-manual control. I don't need Aperture priority unless they increase the size of the sensor dramatically (Which wouldn't hurt), but shutter priority is essential.

Dpreview seemed to help drive development in dslrs by mentioning the major negatives in every camera review, and generally expecting more.

Incidentally good review, and I didn't know that about the volume button. An app called CameraPro does the same thing.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2013 at 18:30 UTC as 47th comment

Most companies seem to think that what features counted as premium or nice to have last year can still be premium this year. In a competitive market, most such features if cheap to implement ought to be considered essential by consumers a few seasons after they are developed.

An example of this is wifi connectivity. Within a couple of years, most camera market segments will consider this a necessity and not a 'nice-to-have', forcing the manufacturers to include the feature in order to compete in that marketplace.

Most consumers are daft when it comes to camera specs so the market has fed us non-usm lenses for example for decades when they should have been standard even on budget models years ago.

But stuff like wifi and connectivity, I think more people understand, or I hope so. I think Canon is looking like its asleep.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 08:00 UTC as 37th comment
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JavierDiaz: A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of France states that a photo lacking an element of "originality" nor having any "artistic creativity" does not allow the photographer to claim copyright protection.

(in French)

Actually this sounds sensible to me. The photog took a boring shot at the right time. He was compensated for being there already. Now, years after the event, he wants more money for a snapshot where lets face it all the star quality comes from the star in the shot, not the photog behind the lens. The law needs to catch up like it seems to have done in France. Most (not all) photojournalism is not artwork. A machine could do it, and it seems more and more sports photogs use clever devices to machine gun the photos from a distance.

Note I think they should get paid for doing this arguably skilled job, but I don't think they should have a right not to sell at a fair, pre-set price and image of a celebrity which many stakeholders - the players, the teams, the newspapers, the fans - arranged /willed to be taken.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 15:31 UTC
On Connect post Samsung launches Galaxy S4 superphone (108 comments in total)
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knize10: What will be the life expectancy of this new Made In China gadget., 3 months, 6 months.....
What another waste.

Enough with the racism and prejudice already. My Galaxy Note N7000 is about 18 months old and as new, my original Galaxy S now works as a upnp music streamer so I can push music to my hifi over wireless with Bubble UPNP; you know, like Apple Airplay but much cheaper. The Galaxy S is also great condition. And unlike many other options, with Android you can usually flash a new firmware to keep your device up to date after the manufacturer eventually disowns it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 13:26 UTC
On Connect post Samsung launches Galaxy S4 superphone (108 comments in total)
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sammy_j: make the image sensor larger. thats the obvious step here. I don't care about megapixels.

But I'm sure samsung knows the general public does.

Yawn. Go buy a camera that stays in your pocket 24/7 and can be used for reading, browsing, music, upnp, movies, tv, old console games roms, children's games and instruments, email, text and phone.

It's feasible for Samsung to make a variant with double depth and battery life and in doing so, also have more room for a bigger lens.

I cannot fit a 5D or G series in my pocket; and in 2013, why would I?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 13:18 UTC
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tazmac: Big brother? :)

it will watch you when you get up and insist you do a few press-ups before letting you use it...1984 style.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 15:33 UTC
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HopeSpringsEternal: Stupid LCD monitor manufacturers like Panasonic will put 1080P on 5 inch cellphones,1200P on a 10" tablet and 4K on a 20" "tablet" but refuse to produce and sell affordable 4K monitors for use by normal people.

I find this quite amusing. People are buying 'retina' tablets but there's still no affordable 24 or 27" monitor with anything like the pixel density offered by smartphones and tablets.

If I were Microsoft I would be pushing demand for / commissioning and / or investing in the development of higher resolution 'Everyman' monitors so that Windows desktops recover their viewing size advantage over 'retina' tablets.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2013 at 08:33 UTC
On article CP+ 2013: Interview with Canon's Masaya Maeda (490 comments in total)
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rpensotti: I agree with mpgxsvcd, Masaya Maeda should be fired now!
The statement about the doubtful future of the APS-C is irresponsible.
With the improvements in sensor technology, this format is still the best compromise for quality, bokeh and low light.
What about the hundred of thousands EF-S lenses out there?
The EOS-7D should have been ready before Xmas.
His comments about the Sony RX-100 are ridiculous
An RX-100 lookalike with a better hand grip and a little longer, wide zoom made by Canon will conquer a large share of the serious enthusiast market as the ideal take anywhere, or second camera.
Let's keep in mind that with a good in-camera panorama feature, a really short wide angle is not a must anymore.
Shame on you Canon, you are letting your constituency down!

Oh dear. I'm guessing you have some ef-s lenses :) There's nothing quite like schadenfreude when it has to do with non- life and death cruel though this may be...

...hahahahahah! You should have bought full frame lenses like me. :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 16:03 UTC
On Connect post Nokia Lumia 920 Camera Review (66 comments in total)

Come on dpreview. Every phone review should include more negatives about the sensor size and the usual presets favouring slower shutter speeds which mess up lots of photos.

Not to mention the lack of manual modes?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2013 at 18:37 UTC as 34th comment
On Connect post CameraMator connects your mobile devices and DSLR (56 comments in total)

Shame theres no support for 5d classic. Also its a shame about the size!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 22:21 UTC as 25th comment
On Connect post Panasonic says bigger is better with 20-inch tablet (55 comments in total)
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JordanAT: First off...the small menus are a feature, not a bug. If you're going to be using a pixel-accurate stylus, a 24x24 pixel (which is photoshop) is more than enough. I want every tool available, and I want it to take up as little screen space as possible so I don't have to constantly pan and zoom. Now, for touch interaction...that will need bigger icons. I can see how a touch optimized icon set which allows you to manipulate the tools with one hand and the photo (via a pen) with the other could be pretty sweet.

It's gonna need a bigger SSD, no doubt, but this is a rare case where I think 2 hours on battery is okay, as you're probably going to be near some sort of power source if you're doing more work than that. You'll get a big battery and an external drive to go with this if you're going to be doing large volume on the road and don't have a local wifi network or portable power to use.

I do architecture, too, so I can't wait to mark up drawings on this thing.

2 hr battery and it might as well be a desktop pc as far as I'm concerned. But with a light and long power
supply, I can see this might work as a desktop replacement while also being great to show photos/plans to clients.

Aren't there any lower power cpus that might be suitable?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 22:18 UTC
On article Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview (173 comments in total)
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offertonhatter: I want one!
There said it. I have waited for Pentax to bring out a prosumer compact for years. Now they have and it is gorgeous!
Who cares about lack of hotshoe. I want one!

I care! :) But most won't :(

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 19:55 UTC
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mpetersson: Samsung does almost everything right (excluding offering an EVF), but still their cameras don't do it for me. Being a NEX-user I would love to have their lens line-up for the NEX-system. They have covered most bases with fast primes, pancakes, zoom-lenses etc. And now also the phase detect-pixels on the sensor. Honestly this looks like a great camera, but I wouldn't switch my NEX-7 for this.

My dream would be if Samsung stopped making their own mount and just went ahead and joined the E-mount instead, but that would never happen. In the end I think the whole mirrorless manufacturers need to build consortiums like m4/3 has done. Pooling knowledge about lens-design and electronics could mean a lot.

I bought lightroom already. Why would I chose to buy it again with a camera? I'd rather take a discount on the camera. Still its easy to recommend to those who don't own lr.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2013 at 23:13 UTC
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mikespcr: Perhaps antipathy is to be expected - Samsung is not a traditional camera company... nor did it buy one (like Sony). It's not easy to separate marketing from product (Samsung is not the only one), but I would not write them off, this one looks promising.

I spent several weeks with a Samsung NX20 last summer with stock zoom lens and pancake wide, and was astonished at the IQ of both stills and videos right out the box, in either daylight or low light. I took many 100s of shots; very few bad ones could be blamed on the camera. For reference, I've been a dedicated Nikon SLR user for years -- latest being the D7000, with several previous models before, and 35mm SLRs going back many decades. The Samsung's innate IQ is high, the EVR quite good (tho too cool color cast and not as good as the Sony NEX-7), the LCD stunning, and focus/shutter response was very quick. It was let down by a menu/control system not well designed for more experienced shooters, and kludgy (not smooth) lenses.

@ the jakal what nonsense and rudeness. The guy states sony are better in major aspects of camera user experience and you think he's a samsung plant?! Poppycock. Look up cognitive dissonnance. Really is your opinon of Samsung so low (or of your preferred brand so high) that you don't believe when someone thinks product a or b is okay?!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2013 at 23:11 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: So who will buy Nikon 1 now???

Its not that simple; distribution chains cannot easily be won over by new or smaller players than Nikon and Canon who have a long reputation of making sales for retailers.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2013 at 23:05 UTC
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AngryCorgi: Same sensor, same failure awaiting. Samsung doesn't get it. Stop playing with stupid gimmicks, like ridiculous LCD screens and put a decent sensor in your camera for once. And fix he ergonomics while you're at it, the nx200 is terrible and this looks to be equally uncomfortable.

Really who needs a best in market sensor to take photos these days?!!!

I expect it will be capable of taking better than or equal photos to any large but not 35mm sensor. I don't know is it better than my 5D classic with L lens? Probably not, but what member of my family would notice the difference in prints? Probably just me!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2013 at 23:03 UTC
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Digital Suicide: Any good from company that makes everything? I mean EVERYTHING: from cr@ppy smartphones to power plants..

actually that is sometimes stated as a reason why the products are reliable especially in ssds (e.g. the 830 and 840 series); because Samsung controls the entire production line of every component, they can put the good stuff in the top end and you (and they) know its probably going to last.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2013 at 22:58 UTC
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andycs1: Samsung is global leader in many things: smartphones, TV's, hard-disks, flash-memories, sensors and ... and ... (like Sony and many others)

Unfortunately the UI sometimes falls short (my first Samsung phone S1 vibrated loudly in the middle of the night when fully charged without simple solution for many months!), but they seem to be learning and listening in some departments. For example, the smartphone range has progressively got better and better S1 to S2 and Note to S3 and Note 2; people complained about the lack of Wolfson audio DAC in S2 and Note (claiming worse audio quality), it's back in the new S3 and Note 2. Samsung is listening to customers for top end products. It's been a bit slow with the mirrorless market, but the products seem solid.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2013 at 22:55 UTC
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andycs1: Samsung is global leader in many things: smartphones, TV's, hard-disks, flash-memories, sensors and ... and ... (like Sony and many others)

I wonder how many people appreciate how big and important Samsung is; these guys make parts for lots of other products besides what is badged Samsung. They are leading the field in many technologies, which means they will lead the markets eventually.

E.g. with TVs they along with LG are the only ones with OLED tech about to arrive - and LG staff have been prosecuted for stealing Samsung OLED research!. As far as I know most of the tv panels sony uses are originally samsung.

Also they will lead in SSDs I think. Intel is the only other reliably mfr in my opinoin and Intel are more expensive.

They release so many products per year. They are typically the ones seeming to have the new ideas these days, simply because they are so good at launching test products with new features, some make it to the next model, others die due to low sales. Its a dynamic business model, where they seem to try it out on the market rather than evaluate and predict. This also gets a lot of press attention!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2013 at 22:49 UTC
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bikinchris: They could hang a battery pack where the motor drive went. They could even include a motor drive inside. But that would raise the price a lot. If they made it modular, they could include a back for the different models, a sensor would clip into the back and the whole thing would plug into the electronics and battery hung off the tripod mount.
I might want to start looking for another F3 or Fm2 body.

Good point, how about solar power topping up a new-fangled small battery, eneloop style? Or wireless charging device on the strap?

I think one of the biggest problems today is portable power. Our batteries simply aren't good enough yet for lots of stuff that could otherwise be feasible.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2012 at 21:40 UTC
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