Updates like this are what sets Canon ahead of the other guy. This announcement helps support those who suggest that Canon is moving ahead with an emphasis on video. They must have been listening to those who understand that conventional manual focus methods are great but limiting for solo videographers who need automation to assist with performing AF tasks.Kudos to Canon!
Be sure to click on the Natural History Museum link above to see some of the other images, equally moving and thought provoking.
Nice article and decent review with sample video examples. Next time leave the wind noise crumpling the diaphragm of the built-in microphone out. That was harsh.
The review showed some of the strengths and weaknesses of the product but left me wondering how well the product(s) would stand up in more extreme environments such as would the suction cups maintain their hold at temperatures below freezing? Does the elasticity of the wheels change in colder temperatures along with the wheel to surface grip, causing a bumpy slippery ride?
Sample photos are quite okay for an 8MP camera. There will be zillions of photos taken with this camera er, ah, phone. Maybe not a lot of innovation with this model but the camera will prove to be very useful as Apple has tried to improve the photo capabilities in the areas where it is needed. The samples really don't illustrate the more demanding situations the camera will find itself to be in such as low light restaurants and similarly poor lighting conditions.
rb59020: No Pentax support? :-(
When I first heard about this feature, I imagined the new lens would have a micro-USB port to allow connection to the computer while the lens is coupled to the camera body. A secondary USB connection from the camera body to the computer would complete a calibration feedback loop to allow automated alignment of lens to camera body. Unfortunately, not so. Yes, the software would have been a bit more challenging to develop but likely would be possible since there are already some third party lens MFA applications. Sigma could have even open-sourced their lens tweaking protocol and let others create innovative tuning applications. Oh well, better than nothing but a bit short of what one should expect.
The Photo Ninja: If I buy a lens, it better work without me having to buy a dock to fix it.
Some people think that it doesn't exist if they don't/can't/won't see it.
JDThomas: Funny. People will complain when camera bodies don't have AF fine-tuning built-in AND they complain when a lens manufacturer offers a solution for all cameras.
There are no rules saying one can't use both. It seems to be the most logical perspective to have. Perhaps one feels uncomfortable that smaller, lighter, pocket fitting cameras are quite capable in many regards? Others seem to have limited their scope of photography to exclude anything which does not work well with such a small camera design. In the case of the author, it seems the later decision was made. The author understood that some photo opportunities will not be as successful or attempted at all. Why did the author choose to cast a shadow on the use of a DSLR by stating that he hasn't used one for quite some time? The author no longer cares to photograph in situations where the DSLR would be the preferable tool. OK, good for him. In the meantime those who don't feel a need to limit their choices of tools can continue on using DSLR's when it is the right tool for the job and using also a different camera when it makes sense and fulfills some other photographic purpose.
Its hard to understand all the negativity of the exploration attempts to present new and different perspectives, made possible with robotic cameras. Although the photos do seem rather boring with all those ultra long shadows, I do think the attempt has merit. Possibly they can take the images from all the robotic cameras and turn it into a very high resolution 3 dimensional space at the moment all shutters were actuated simultaneously? If so, that would make for some very interesting analysis and presentation of game play.
This is great! I've never seen them before but I "get it". There will be a percentage who find them boring because they expect comic strips to be a big thrilling flash of hilarity.
Nishi Drew: Yes, reality is there are people who would work for free, especially by those that think it's just a cool enough opportunity (I was there) and that doesn't help anyone. That someone who shot for free gets nothing, anyone else he replaced definitely gets nothing, and the opportunity for that shoot is gone, unless the results are stunning. But one can't go far shooting for free, do that and it could let others know that you're "cheap" and competing purely on value is not a good position as opposed to "getting the job done, and with great results".
Too often I cave in to doing a no-pay gig though, but as always, keep a good attitude and I'll do the best I could with the limitations at hand (no pay means no rentals too) and often I'll at least get unexpected food/transportation covered and that's great. Otherwise, only for family should anything be free, for friends it's a choice, but still respectable to pay/be paid some compensation.
Doing it free for the family? It doesn't seem fair to work free for a family member if they profit from your work. It's no different than working for free for a friend or a stranger whom you feel you are "helping out" who profits from your work. Helping a family member by photographing their posh home for a real estate advertisement resulted in a quick sale with a substantial profit. No compensation was offered except to potentially have paid work from the realtor.
I'm not so emotionally insecure that I need Facebook to define my social network. I'd rather meet people in person and develop a physical presence with them and in that light, share my photographs as I have chosen. My ego doesn't need to be stroked by way of Facebook Home stealing images from myself or from others without a specific agreement for each image.
If I have any say in the matter, Facebook will never be an app or a launcher on my smartphone.
Certainly an example of poor conflict resolution. Really, the photographer has presented an uncompromising ultimatum to be compensated well beyond the value and use of the photograph. On the other side, the radio station wishes to only pay a minimal amount without any additional provisions to the errors they made. Although there may eventually be a legal settlement as their actions escalate, the costs of such actions will likely far exceed any remedy the court may assign.
VadymA: Ok, some snob eventually discovered something that millions of ordinary people do everyday, that is taking good pictures with a cellphone. How is that a big news?
I don't think he's a snob. Why can't a long time photographer become bored with DLSR's and just want a simple tool that doesn't distract his subjects? It may not produce the technically best photos but it sure can deliver photos only limited by the talent of the photographer.
Kim Letkeman: It's not about plugging for Apple and it's not (only) about convenience and it's certainly not about style. It's about fashion. And it is fashionable right now to shoot with a phone, because it still manages to surprise the naive that taking an image in bright light with a modern smart phone is not only not difficult, it looks just like every other camera on the market. These conditions are not challenging in the least, so a modicum of skill and talent will render a nice image every time. What is not easy is to get noticed, and phone images happen to be fashionable right now. This too shall pass, so get while the getting is good.
I don't think its an issue of being fashionable or pulling the wool over the eyes of the naive but rather a tool that can produce acceptable results without creating attention... "hey look everyone, I'm taking a photograph with this big obvious DSLR!" It's not about taking a technically perfect image...who cares, but rather getting the job done, capturing the essence of the story through images, unobtrusively.
jjnik: I can get most his reasons except where he says it's fast - a "fast" phone has yet to be brought to market!
It is very fast to deploy, take the shot and put away before the subject even has had a chance to register what just happened. Perfect for spontaneous imaging that likely captures more of the subjects true emotions than something where they will brace and compose themselves in front of a big ugly DSLR with a fat foreboding lens. The subject isn't even sure you photographed them when you look quickly at the phone, shoot and put it away.
Nothing wrong with the HDR approach. I can't understand why B&W is accepted yet HDR cannot have similar respect. Technically, it's not like B&W has any more genuineness than HDR as both interpret colour space and light into something our eyes do not directly see. I'd be more suspicious of a B&W photograph with something to hide in the monochromatic colour.
It's really nice to see Canon stepping up and listening to the users of the camera. I was wrong. I didn't think Canon would add f/8 AF capability in a 5D model so its quite refreshing to learn today that this feature will be added, uhmm, next year. I suspect the delay addresses the usual reasons (stop users switching brands, allow other yet to be announced products to catch up). Unfortunately that's a long time in the professional video world. No pro is going to wait for April fools next year to show up but rather acquire another brand in order to meet present production needs.
Maybe they can up the frame rate from 6fps to 8 fps along with a deeper buffer? The 5D3 must keep up with at least a 7D, a three year old camera. The 6fps is way to slow for action photography. Ideally it would go faster as then it would be the one the rest of us could more afford than a 1DX with some of the same benefits. That would make the $3400 price tag more palatable.
The update just barely begins to address all the user interface idiosyncrasies that the Nex7 has. The update IS appreciated but gosh, a few more tweaks to the use interface could have been implemented in this firmware release. It will be nice not to always discover that the camera is in video record mode.
Its really nice to see DPR trying hard to be an entity that strives to maintain their relevance by establishing a presence that will carry them into the future. There are likely more photographs created with these devices on a daily basis than with the conventional legacy camera. The revolution has only just begun!
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