springsnow

springsnow

Joined on Jun 14, 2013

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$650 no contract may work if you are Apple or Samsung. I think Amazon is confused. They saw the ratings and they thought they are now Apple. People associates Amazon with value, ie. cheaper than the others. This is not cheaper. Yeah, you can claim 32GB or parallax on steroid, but in the end, you are competing with the established brand that people equate more with that price point (Apple, Samsung).
Example was Moto X. Its main feature, the Moto maker, was exclusive to AT&T, and it was selling for $199 with contract, same price as SGS4 and HTC One at that point. Guess what happened. Yeah.
I think by the end of this year, AT&T will discount this to $99 with contract to clear out inventory.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 03:50 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (241 comments in total)
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peevee1: What's with people demanding RAW on a camera with 16 million pixels on a tiny 1/2.3" sensor? Look at the pictures, they have noise (VISIBLE IN JPEG!) even at base ISO!
What do you expect from RAW, more encoded noise? Because JPEG at max quality already encodes 12 bit/pixel, and those tiny pixels don't have even 10 bits of information (as opposed to noise) in them!
Want to correct the picture - go ahead and correct the JPEG. Same thing. RAW is not going to turn these 16 mpix into 16 mpix from D4s!
Besides, except on Oly and Pentax at the very wide end, these pixels are way smaller than Airy disks, and even then Bayer-interpolated! Downscale 4:1 and stop fooling yourself.

I hear you. I had the highly praised Panasonic FZ200 super zoom that has 1/2.3" sensor, and often times, trying to tweak the RAW to look exceptional feels more of a waste of time than just using the JPEG.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 20:34 UTC
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (241 comments in total)

I wonder if it's better to just use your smartphone if you have waterproof ones like the SGS5 or the Xperia Z lineup. I mean none of these have anything particularly stellar in terms of image quality, and since most people would downsize them anyway, imo a smartphone would be good enough.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 20:32 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (214 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: DPreview please also test the Sony action cam HDR-AS100 when it's out in march. Really interested in this one with updated optics and sensor. The image stabilisation really makes a big difference from what I've seen in the last generation which was already on GoPro level.

Yeah. Looking at the samples so far, the much higher bitrate of the AS100 really shows great details.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 16:33 UTC

Well, no sh!t. Plus, they need a good hairdresser too.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 05:24 UTC as 78th comment

Is it just me, or do the lenses look too "big" for the stated focal length?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 05:23 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On Sony a7R teardown! Roger Cicala gets his hands dirty article (135 comments in total)

Cool! Now put them back together. :D

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 22:55 UTC as 16th comment

LOL @ the Zeiss iPhone case.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 02:40 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On From NEX to Alpha: Sony introduces 20 megapixel a5000 article (155 comments in total)

This is not an extension of the NEX-5 line. It's an overpriced refresh of the NEX-3 line. I mean it doesn't even have the top dial that is standard from the 5R onward.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 23:26 UTC as 13th comment
On Hands-on with the Panono panoramic ball camera post (112 comments in total)

Always love these kind of toys. How's the durability of the camera units themselves though, like the lens and whatnot? Kinda sucks if they are easily scratchable.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2014 at 02:13 UTC as 8th comment

Is raw really beneficial here? I mean I would think there will be too many things that require post processing (distortions, lens corrections, noise at low ISO) for raw to be worthwhile vs a good/better JPEG engine. I know the benefits of raw on DSLRs and cameras with big sensors, but it seems counter productive on a phone.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 08:14 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On Want to remember something? Don't take a photo article (185 comments in total)

But how about their memory long after the tour? Days or months or years later? Would it be any different? Also, I think my family and friends would rather see the pictures than hearing me describing the them. :D

Until I can upload the image from my brain direct into a computer for printing/sharing, I think I'll keep taking pictures. :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 09:24 UTC as 121st comment
On The Q Camera wants you to 'shut up and shoot' post (27 comments in total)
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springsnow: You have to get a data plan yourself. So you have to spend $200, and pay more to your carrier for a data service that is just for this camera to work. Imo it's DOA. They should just do a wifi version for $100 and develop a smartphone app that the camera can pair with so people can use their existing data plans.

At least it could be an impulse purchase without further money draining subscription for another data plan. Right now, it's an overpriced low-end phone-class camera that requires a data plan to work.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 05:28 UTC
On The Q Camera wants you to 'shut up and shoot' post (27 comments in total)

You have to get a data plan yourself. So you have to spend $200, and pay more to your carrier for a data service that is just for this camera to work. Imo it's DOA. They should just do a wifi version for $100 and develop a smartphone app that the camera can pair with so people can use their existing data plans.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 04:37 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

"Now, the FAA is lifting its rules on in-flight electronics. Instead of having to turn off your phones, cameras and laptops entirely, you just have to make sure they are in airplane mode and safely tucked away during takeoff and landing."

Wait, do people really truly turn off (literally turning it off, not just in stand-by/sleep) their stuff before? Isn't that the point of airplane mode on phones in the first place?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 23:44 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies

Can the phone even play back the recorded 4k video?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 07:50 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies

"Impatient Android early adaptors can always manually check for operating system improvements in Settings->About->System Updates."

That doesn't really do anything. It still depends if your device is in the queue from Google to be pushed for the update. Since you would get a notification anyway when that happens, that "check for updates" button is just there for the OCD.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 10:19 UTC as 1st comment
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Babya: Also announced is the PowerShot S200-using a CCD sensor:
http://cweb.canon.jp/camera/dcam/lineup/powershot/s200/spec.html

Not covered here yet as it's only a Japan-only release for now.

I saw that. It's very weird. Did Canon just have too many of the S95 sensors leftover or something? Plus the model numbering, S200, kinda makes it sounds like it's an upper end model compared to the S120, yet it has only Digic 5. Really weird. It's like a time paradox happening.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 08:22 UTC

I have mixed feelings about these Canon. I like Canon cameras in general. Love my S100. I was hoping that the S120 would be priced more aggressively, although I guess Canon can still get away with charging $450 simply because Sony is charging $650 for the RX100.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 08:18 UTC as 93rd comment | 1 reply
On OMG Life Autographer Quick Review preview (123 comments in total)

No image stabilization even at that price? I mean considering its usage, IMO some sort of image stabilization is a must.
I do like the concept. I've been thinking of wearing one of those Sony Cybershot TX cameras in a similar fashion. :D

Direct link | Posted on Aug 3, 2013 at 04:32 UTC as 42nd comment
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