ThePhilips: Came for comment. Wasn't disappointed.
DPR is nothing if not easy to predict...
gbvalli: Leica is fooling !
There are even a few of us NOT uber-rich types about who'd be attracted to this proposition. As a designer, I'm of the opinion that digital cameras are among the most over-engineered, over-designed pieces of equipment a consumer can buy. I'd buy one of these in a heartbeat, had I even partially disposable income in the four- to five-figure range.
The lighter scheme makes it much easier to see and process information. Sections are visible at a glance, and links are much easier to scan. Overall, it's a more contemporary, fresher approach, one that I think puts the entire site in a more forward-looking position; the black scheme is very c. 2005 and looks pretty... tired. The content of DPR is without peer - why saddle that with an overall design scheme that fails to match the quality of the content? Carry on!
raztec: Finally a RX100iv competitor. Now it's just a matter of choosing zoom range vs. a faster lens.
But it would be nice to have a feature for feature, head to head comparison.
He referred repeatedly to the RX100iii, which was frustrating as that's not what most of us would compare it to...
RMillward: The photographs ARE nice, in a picture postcard kind of way; there's certainly a lucrative market for "pretty pictures," so I think he's probably looking at a good career.
I don't personally like photos that are so heavily post-processed, but then, I don't edit a nature or travel magazine either, so my interest is more of a purely photographic nature. I'd be very interested to see what he'd come up with given a "straight OOC" type challenge.
Have you actually LOOKED at the photos...? I may not be a professional, by I can certainly tell you they didn't come out of a camera looking like THAT, sorry.
With al due respect, Don, learning DIGITAL photography should come after learning PHOTOGRAPHY. Snark aside about "developing their film," digital cameras come completely configured to be used out of the box; I meant he should skip the Photoshop and whatever else he's been using, and see what comes out of the camera unmessed-with.
The photographs ARE nice, in a picture postcard kind of way; there's certainly a lucrative market for "pretty pictures," so I think he's probably looking at a good career.
MehdiT: I preordered one today. $400 off for early bird plus $300 coupon code (spend 5 minutes on google folks). Paid my $200 deposit, refundable up to shipment date. I want to support the innovation and may have the opportunity of being an early adopter for something really cool. If the reviews are bad prior to shipping date I will cancel. I see it as low risk with potential big upside.There are a lot of naysayers here and Ken Rockwell wannabe's reviewing it before they've seen it. I say give them the benefit of the doubt.
Thank you so much. Worth noting that that code grants $400 off, for a total of $800 off the planned release price... Their "preorder discount" is expiring tonight (10/16) at midnight, according to a notice on light.co, so if wanted one, now's the time to go for it...
Well, I just spent 15, and I didn't find anything related to Light or their L16 camera at all, so if you've really got something, perhaps you could share a little more information...?
Roch974: Apple must have shares in DXO; What a pity for not opening DXO one for all smartphones. A device that will go in the garbage quickly!
It was built specifically around Apple's Lightning high speed connector. Get back to us as soon as your Android phones have this feature - or anything even remotely comparable - available in a shipping product with a version of the OS that supports it installed on a percentage of phones measured in two digits... We'll wait...
Langusta: Who really needs this thing?Rather mediocre invention:1. 600$ is almost as much as one would pay for Rx1002. Size is not a real advantage if you consider the fact that whole thing needs bulky phone to make it work.3. Connector looks flimsy; I believe it won't last more than few weeks/months.4. Compatibility - no Android / Windows?5. Sony Qx is already here6. Clip-on cameras such as SonyEricsson MCA-25 were developed ages ago...
> 4. Compatibility - no Android / Windows?
Well, first, it's built around the Lightning connector and its high speed protocol - which is exclusive to Apple and its iOS devices. Second, Android users are recognized as downmarket users - they won't spend money on accessories or even apps, so DxO would be targeting a market that basically doesn't exist. Apple has cultivated an ecosystem that supports a peripheral like this; Android manufacturers are only concerned with increasing the number of units shipped from Asia.
appleRX100: Nice picture, but I like the SnapSeed mobile app for iPhone to do work like this. I believe the results are similar but without all the fuss and time.
If SnapSeed works for you, great - but since SnapSeed would not have been able to even open the RAW file the author shot, this comment isn't very useful. It also has nowhere near the level of control over selected regions of the photo recreate these effects, but again, if you're happy with the pictures you get out of SnapSeed, then it's the perfect level tool for you.
Erez, thanks a lot for sharing your process. As a relative newbie to the "digital darkroom" that has long experience with the Old School techniques, I appreciate the detail. (I could quibble with you over the final result but that's just personal aesthetics.)
One thing that struck me early on in your test was the statement, "...since I wanted to keep the shot, I needed to make the most of it in post processing, and this meant major retouching work which might upset some." Photographers have been using dark room tools - chemical and digital - to enhance captured images before printing for over 150 years... Upset whom, and how, and why?
Papi61: Why would GoPro be afraid of a cheap knockoff? Call me when Xiaomi releases something capable of taking 4K video and/or 240 fps @ FHD.
Oh, and BTW, stop with the thinly-veiled anti-Chinese racism: every tech company steals ideas from others. You don't think Apple invented the phablet, now did they?
Member for less than four months and spewing outrageously outrageous outrage, complete with pathological obsession with racism that isn't there, dim-witted view of how product development works - with bonus Apple-bashing throw in, just to make it interesting...?! Yeah. TROLL. Does your mommy know you're logging into her DPR account again, kid?
Perhaps there's some confusion (at least, I know *I* am confused...). I've looked at several different courses I'd be interested in, and I do not see any "video" links; I see instead what another poster is being chastised for seeing: a set of course materials with no supporting media content as explanation...
In the article above, click the link for "Photography and Trust". The MIT OCW site opens. There is no video included. There is no video in the "download" package. This is the same situation I found for three other courses I checked.
If someone else can explain in more detail how to arrive at media representing the lectures, I'd be very grateful. These courses sound interesting, but I am not an instructor and simply having access to the syllabus, reading list, and student work projects is not very useful.
I'm suitably impressed. I bought an X100s precisely to get this kind of two-manual-dial interface for the factors I find most important to take photos. I only wish Fuji had pushed as far with the rest of the UX as Leica appears to have done here. Only the most Luddite among us would say that cameras are not a hodgepodge of pointless complex little buttons, icons and inscrutable labels, but an entire generation of photographers is growing up thinking a camera should be like a smartphone - an ever changeable surface that reveals the features you need, when you need them, and responds to your simple touch. I only wish there were more pictures available of what's seen on the screen itself...
Diopter: The Sony NEX 5 line has been discontinued and it is selling below $400 here and there. Why I should buy a Leica's poor copycat without a flip-flop screen?!(-)
I think if you have to ask that question, you should probably just buy the Sony.
I'm a software product manager, and I've long wondered why more camera companies don't take this tack. I know, I know, they want you to upgrade, but continual improvement builds brand loyalty - and neglect does the opposite (I'm getting ready to sell off my Micro Four Thirds investment; one big reason is Olympus' "Feh, we already got your money, who needs ya?!" attitude...)
Ricoh and, in particular, Fuji seem to continue enhancing and evolving their products, even as the hardware is already in customers' hands. I like that commitment on the company's part and it makes me more confident in making another purchase from them when I decide I'm ready to move up to a better body.
"Flickr's privacy setting faux pas has us wondering: Are images shared via the web ever really private?"
If you are really wondering that, I'm on the wrong site. This is supposed to be DPReview, albeit a mobile-focused subset; it's not some Facebook/Instagram page. Anyone who thinks about it for more than about three minutes knows that your online photos are not and can not ever be entirely secure. You should never - EVER - post something to the Internet that would get you fired or cause your mother to be embarrassed when her bridge club finds it. The fact that some people don't know this is all well and good, but an author for DPReview? That's embarrassing.