gerryabc: Went on the niksoftware website, in the US $99 in the uk £99.I make it a policy to never buy from companies who treat potential customers with this sort of contempt, no matter how much I might like their product.
What kind of contempt is that, charging for their product? They offer a discount to current users to upgrade and I paid the full $150+ for the original version. They have a 15 day demo which is more than fair and the product is extremely capable so I don't really understand your complaint.
larrytusaz: Hopefully I'm more respectful this time. Those that state that "obviously we're not Ansel Adams, it's just for fun" etc, sure. Besides that, sometimes "lo-fi" even by artists has its place. John Mellencamp's latest album "No Better than This" was DELIBERATELY recorded with a 50's-era mono recorder with 1 microphone, & the video for the title track looks sort of like black & white super 8 film or something. The album itself is one of my favorite albums ever.
Still, I listen to it on my MP3 player, not vinyl, & I stand by my belief that once you arrive to a certain level of capability, it's time to put away the snapshooting toys, I think, smartphones included. Why use something inferior just because you can? There's always mirrorless for "discreet" or "always with you" scenarios, the quality is far superior & you can still "lo-fi" it in a smartphone (via Eye-Fi) or at the PC. By the way I look forward to the follow-up on how to "lo-fi" at the PC. I hope my post was respectful.
Isn't there something to be said for someone who has adequate skill, knowledge and vision to elevate these "snapshooting toys" to a level of artistic excellence.
Polaroids were very basic cameras but almost everyone has used them and some have used them quite creatively. The same can be said for the Diana or Holga or even someone building a pinhole camera out of a tin for oatmeal. In reference to an earlier comment you posted, maybe these photos can't be blown up to 16x20, do they need to be. Sometimes keeping things small creates a better sense of intimacy and inquisitiveness than a large print.
I am the first to jump in with my large camera and try to capture everything, but occasionally my friend, with his point and shoot or cell phone can is quicker to it and less obtrusive, preserving the moment more authentically than I was able to.
gl2k: Great example of someone coming too early.I bet this cam is at least 10 years ahead of its time and therefore will fail. And as history tells us ... in 10 years every P&S will have this technology.Does someone still remember the Apple Newton ?
But in response to that, someone has to lead the way and show what the technology can produce. I am not going to rush out and buy one, not just yet, but there is a strong possibility that I will if for nothing more than a) a cool gadget that can take interesting photos b) support the company to show that there is an interest and encourage them to grow the technology.