Gordon W: Can't imagine a camera I'd have less use for.
It might make a good party toy for 20-somethings, if it produced digital copies as well as physical prints.
I wonder why they need SO many cameras. If the subject doesn't move, couldn't they put some cameras on a rack and move them around the subject? Do you suppose it is too difficult for a human to stay that still?
My Comodo firewall says the alexanderwild.com domain is unsafe, perhaps infected.
"Attempting to derive increased value from the brand" was all we needed to hear.
Eh. The bokeh wasn't creamy.
CAClark: It always seems to me that photos from phones are never fantastic, and only look decent when down res'd to go on the interweb.
It seems this kind of in-depth camera analysis of a phone is slightly tragic. Sure it's harmless throw away info to band around in conversation, but every photo ever from a phone looks great until you see it at 100%, and then it looks like hell.
Anyone sufficiently interested in this level of technicality of a phone camera should really go and buy an actual camera. They'll have some fighting chance of actually good 100% photographs.
Well, I guess I am the kind of person who this article is aimed at. I don't always have a camera on me, so the phone, while a distant second to a real camera, is better than nothing. Knowing that, what is wrong with finding out what phones make better cameras than others? I have to choose a phone, why not make it one that takes better pictures than the others?
KoKo the Talking Ape: Why is the new capacitor faster to charge? I thought the charge speed of capacitors is set by the voltage and amperage applied to them.
And LEDs are inherently more efficient than arc lamps like xenon tubes. They certainly run cooler. So aside from their color, they don't have any disadvantages, do they? So why don't they just work in making LED's more color accurate?
Thanks, LSHorwitz. To make output comparable to a xenon flash, you could just use more LEDs. An LED array would still use less power than an equally powerful xenon flash, because LEDs are more efficient. The LED array wouldn't be as much of a point source, but that might be a good thing for a flash.
Why is the new capacitor faster to charge? I thought the charge speed of capacitors is set by the voltage and amperage applied to them.
Printing images on spheres! The images would have to be inside-out, so that looking at the spherical print would be like looking through a crystal ball into the room.
So, what's "high street?" I can't imagine Britain has legalized marijuana, has it?
I believe the headline should be "at what price?", not "at what cost?" If ATT brings the Galaxy to the US, that costs us nothing. The Galaxy itself also has no cost, if we don't buy it. But it definitely will be offered at a *price.*
Hubba hubba! No idea if this peach is a good camera, but it sure is purty! Give me the silver top plate and I will be happy!
I wonder why Nokia doesn't use Android. Windows Phone is great, supposedly, but it is about 6 years too late.
yakkosmurf: We use up-to-date Nikon still cameras and Canon pro video cameras on the ISS. In a few years, the space radiation environment kills a high number of pixels on those sensors (especially the video cameras), and we have to swap them for a newly launched one. That isn't an option for Curiosity...obviously. Likewise, we see issues with large capacity flash memory cards for these cameras as well.
From what I've seen of the impacts on consumer hardware (even once extra shielding is added) in the space environment, I completely agree with their design decisions.
@qwertyasdf: That's a good question, but the answer is, Not very much. Mars' atmosphere is much, much thinner than Earth's. Its density at the surface is less than 1% that of Earth's. If you were standing in a Martian dust storm, you would not even feel the pressure of the wind. So no, not much shielding. It will be a problem for any people going to Mars also.
The ultimate travel camera. Not set up for fast-moving subjects though. Is that overly pessimistic?
KoKo the Talking Ape: 10th paragraph: "PlayMemories Home is essentially a re-skinned version of Picture Motion Browser, which does it's job pretty well."
That should be "its", not "it's".
I knew a copy editor who would search the document she was working on for every instance of "its" and "it's" just to make sure they were used correctly.
I don't recall finding such errors in the material written by DPR staff.
@GeorgeZ, I imagine you have been reading DPR much longer, and more extensively, than I have. Generally I have been impressed with the quality of writing here.
@xpatUSA, I was surprised and fascinated to hear that British English was different in that way, namely in using "it's" to indicate possession, so I did a bit of research. According to the British Council's website, the proper possessive form of "it" is "its".
Are you sure you are right about the British usage?
10th paragraph: "PlayMemories Home is essentially a re-skinned version of Picture Motion Browser, which does it's job pretty well."
Jogger: the resolving power will be limited by the lens methinks, even in the samples provided, the 100% are useless except for surveillance
Wow, JoeAmateur, that was uncalled for. gasdive he was just throwing out an idea. He wasn't showing off or claiming credit for creating that idea. Bitter much?
Though I have to say, kind of a slow week for DPR, was it not?
And say, how's that Fujifilm X10 review coming? :-p
From the review: "Pocket-sized cameras with manual controls have become increasingly popular.... Arguably, Canon started it off with the S90 (a form factor that is now on its third iteration, the S100)."
I'll argue that. My beloved S80 had full PASM. IIRC, so did the S70 and S60.
A quibble, but I always felt those cameras were underappreciated. :-)
And thanks for the review, DPR!