CameraLabTester

CameraLabTester

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Architect
Joined on Aug 27, 2010
About me:

Real world "camera design" feedback provider to camera "lab designers" who never get out to see the real world.

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On SanDisk unveils 512GB Extreme Pro card article (160 comments in total)

Now just hold my beer here for a minute and let me find some gadget around here in my garage where I can put this nasty new motor to work...

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Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 02:03 UTC as 11th comment

Not impressed until someone invents Batman's "Utility Belt".

He has a hang glider and welding equipment inside those waist band!

Adam West should be proud.

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Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 01:19 UTC as 62nd comment
On Week in review: 8 things we learned article (48 comments in total)

8 Things we learned this week:

1. The monkey is also a photographer. The Poppy is also a flower.

2. Instagram Hyperlapse is great on any video viewer site except Instagram.

3. A breath of relief for a whole week without Nikon 1 on the landing pages.

4. DPReview staff are really nice people.

5-8. Repeat above.

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 01:37 UTC as 23rd comment

One thing ironical about the Instagram Hyperlapse app is that it operates within the Instagram name, which we all know is limited to ferociously boring square framing.

The Hyperlapse experience works best on 16:9 framing such as what can be supported on Facebook.

A lot of users are uploading to Facebook instead of Instagram.

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 11:23 UTC as 2nd comment
In reply to:

CameraLabTester: The finished video resides on the phone as a normal (not hyperlapsed) file BUT with a striking difference: It is as if a "steady cam" was used for the shot! The whole length has been "fixed" by the app!

This can be uploaded on Facebook™ and viewed as a normal widescreen video (depends on phone) with the shake, rattle and roll taken out!

Now THAT is a great plus!

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The audio is intact at the 1X speed setting.

In the initial set up, allow Instagram Hyperlapse to access your phones microphone for the audio to be captured.

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 12:39 UTC
In reply to:

CameraLabTester: The finished video resides on the phone as a normal (not hyperlapsed) file BUT with a striking difference: It is as if a "steady cam" was used for the shot! The whole length has been "fixed" by the app!

This can be uploaded on Facebook™ and viewed as a normal widescreen video (depends on phone) with the shake, rattle and roll taken out!

Now THAT is a great plus!

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What I have mentioned up there is the result of choosing the 1X speed, then saving the video.

The default is 6X speed. As soon as the video capture is finished, a slider appears to let you choose what speed you would like. Choosing 1X speed would output a normal video with steady cam effect.

Once you save it on the chosen speed, you can't go back to the original file.

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 11:56 UTC

The finished video resides on the phone as a normal (not hyperlapsed) file BUT with a striking difference: It is as if a "steady cam" was used for the shot! The whole length has been "fixed" by the app!

This can be uploaded on Facebook™ and viewed as a normal widescreen video (depends on phone) with the shake, rattle and roll taken out!

Now THAT is a great plus!

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 10:22 UTC as 5th comment | 5 replies
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luben solev: Lars, does the app have to speed up the motion?

You mention speeding it up up to 12 times. But what if you want to keep the motion at 1x speed, but just smooth it out. Could it do that, or is the speeding up essential to the smoothing process?

I'm asking as if the app does not have to speed up the footage, this could end the need for steadycam use. Then one could keep the audio that goes with the video.

I'd check it myself, but I'm an Android man, so no access to the app as yet.

The free app has only one button on the interface to start the video. Nothing else. The app has a mind of it's own.

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 10:11 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)
In reply to:

iAPX: Why remove the optical viewfinder?!?

That is for me the most interesting feature of the X20, compared to my Leica C, or a future Sony RX100 III. I would prefer to have an usable optical viewfinder instead a big sensor: I value the ability to frame and see the field (including outside the frame to anticipate action), more than IQ by itself.

Fujifilm still has a lot of Marketing 101 to catch up on the big C and N.

The X10, X20 and X30 should still be made current.

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 02:14 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)

The marketing spin doctors at Fuji should follow the Canon style of promo:

Keep all three (X10, X20 and X30) as current!

That way, there are choices of different arrangements.

Canon still keeps the 600D churning, even if the 650D and 700D have been launched.

A lot of people still want the X10 and X20 but can't find them on shelves.

Marketing 101, Mr. Fuji...

Marketing 101.

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 02:11 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies

The goal post keeps drastically being uprooted and implanted further at a head spinning rate!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 21:38 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (365 comments in total)
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veroman: I have yet to find any reason to go beyond my X10. The X10 gives me exceptional IQ in a wide range of environments and conditions and provides the best JPEGs of any camera I've owned so far, including my bigger Olympus E-bodies.

The X30 is almost certainly for newcomers and not X10/X20 owners like myself.

As the latest model in the series, I guess it fills the bill. But I don't see it as a worthwhile improvement over the older versions. I'm not even sure a 1" sensor would have made all that much difference. The X10 really does produce some remarkable imagery.

You come across as a legitimate happy X10 user, which is of no surprise. The X10 is a great trend setter.
The improvements on this new X30, normal in this sort of industry, is incremental.
The X10 still holds great value, having a real world OVF.
Your statements are well regarded.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 14:00 UTC
On Camera roundups 2013: What to buy and why article (285 comments in total)

What to buy: Cameras you have decided to zero in on, and study, and have read the excellent reviews and roundups made by the great team here at DPReview.

What NOT to buy: Cameras here on DPReview that always seem to HOG THE HEADLINES and are obviously being star billed on the landing pages. People are smart these days... they see the obvious invisible hand of the spin doctors. Example: Imagine selling a crap 1" camera for the price of two Micro 4/3 cameras, or even at a higher cost than an APSc compact! Really!

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 23:24 UTC as 47th comment

At last! Leica is listening!

No more black electrical tape over the logo when walking through the rough neighborhood...

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 12:56 UTC as 26th comment | 5 replies
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)

Has El Blood!

Now my Instagram™ uploads will have better... ummm... heritage.

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 08:59 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (378 comments in total)

Secret sources say that these bright spots were supposed to be "compensation" for the dark spots in the previous fiasco.

They just over compensated, no cause for alarm.

Everything OK now... Here.

How about you?

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 09:02 UTC as 27th comment
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (378 comments in total)

If you look at an expensive camera long enough at a camera shop, you will see bright spots on its price label after a while...

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 22:25 UTC as 47th comment
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Guy Parsons: "This video is private" is all that I get.

Here is a better link:

http://digg.com/video/the-difference-between-pov-timelapse-and-hyperlapse-visualized

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 07:54 UTC
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Guy Parsons: "This video is private" is all that I get.

It was on HYPERLAPSE...

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2014 at 07:47 UTC

Lesson: If you post your image out there, and a big entity likes to use your image, without compensating you, without regard to copyright ownership or your original work, and is prepared to bury you with a mountain of lawyers and litigations costs...

Make sure the monkey is your next of kin.

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 07:52 UTC as 389th comment | 1 reply
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