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Impulses

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS40 Real-world Samples Gallery article (90 comments in total)
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peterpainter: Why this one? Are you going to test the other pocketable 30X(or whatever) zooms? Recent magazine (Chasseur d'Image) has Canon SX700HS, Nikon S9700, Panasonic TZ60 and Sony DSC-HX60V.
Gives the nod to the Canon as (least bad) but as usual there are pros and cons so a comparison is worth reading as ones' priorities may be different.
Also, someone else mentioned a Casio......
Incidentally, for us unbelievers, the review did mention that the stabilisation made these extreme zooms usable in good light (speeds of 1/30th with non-shaky hands!)

The LF1 lens wasn't reviewed very well either, tho I guess it's all about context. Looked poor next to an LX7, looked better next to a ZS but I dunno how much of that was down to the lens or the larger/lower MP sensor.

I like my LF1 and still use it despite preferring my M4/3 in most cases. Sometimes even a camera on a strap is too much bulk and I need something pocketable (but cheaper than an RX100, if only Sony had some competition there).

The LF1's range is still uniquely useful compared to other larger sensor compacts, I got some great DMB concert shots with it last summer (even used the EVF for stability's sake).

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 11:56 UTC
On HTC One M8 Camera Review post (54 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: Another no-go. My Nokia 808 won't be beaten in IQ for another year for sure.

Unless Samsung or Sony comes out with a large-sensor, thick cameraphone with a prime, wideangle, bright lens. Samsung have released three small-sensor zoom/"Kamera" models (pretty good ones for a zoom camera but, at the same FoV, can't rival IQ-wise the large-sensor prime-lens 808); hopefully they also release a large-sensor fixed-FoV lens one as well.

I don't see Samsung releasing a fixed FL anything outside of phones, zooms appeal to the masses and Samsung's all about mass appeal. I'd really like to see Sony take the QX concept to it's logical evolution and release a couple of prime editions, or at least one at 35mm with the 1" sensor...

It would HAVE to be significantly smaller than the two existing models, maybe even as small as something as a Panasonic 20/1.7... That'd be eminently pocketable and a MUCH better alternative than a smaller sensor P&S or phone. It makes sooo much sense, just gotta market it right. It's not like the concept of selling zoom to smartphone users really caught fire (existing QX).

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 10:58 UTC
On HTC One M8 Camera Review post (54 comments in total)
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Robemo: Never understood these 'camera-phone' reviews. I don't know anyone who is serious about photography that uses a phone. I do know a lot of people using their phone for taking 'social events' pictures and then sending them to friends. They don't give a hoot about 'ultimate' quality images. It's about sharing a very basic image. Most of the time the images stay in the phone until memory runs out (and then they come to me ...'Help, my camera is not working anymore !'). If they ever print such an image, which they seldom do, it will be postcard size. The images in this review of the M8 look good enough for that for sure. Make these reviews more realistic by aiming at how almost everyone uses their phone and not by reviewing it for the rare geek that uses their camera phone like a Hasselblad.

Ron

So they shouldn't compare IQ at all? Even if the majority of users will not do anything with the shots but post them to FB that doesn't mean they don't give a hoot about IQ... You do realize displays are getting better and better all the time on tablets, laptops and even TVs no? 1080p (2MP) is like the minimum people will accept across those devices now and they WILL pinch and zoom and often look at pictures in more detail than any "serious photographer" would while printing.

Frankly I don't much care about the camera on my phone because I won't use it for anything critical or memorable, I have other cameras, but for PLENTY of people now their phone is their SOLE camera and it'll be called to capture everything from first born sons to weddings. Your snobbish attitude is wholly unnecessary, if you don't care for a technical review of a smartphone camera and just want a subjective by the seat of your pants comment then read any of the dozens of tech blogs.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 08:42 UTC
On LG releases G3 with QHD screen and laser-AF post (60 comments in total)
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Photog74: I wonder what the point of a 534ppi display is. Most people's eyes cannot resolve more than 300. And even the eagle-eyed cannot distinguish more than around 400 dots/pixels per inch, really.

It's not really to show more content, most UI elements are scaled so they're the same size. Yeah you could zoom out of a desktop formatted web site and get more legible text with less aliasing, but they're mostly doing it for the DPI race and it's bordering on silly... Won't say it's pointless because at 5.5" I would expect a higher res display than at 4.3-4.6", it was just bound to happen.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 08:32 UTC
On LG releases G3 with QHD screen and laser-AF post (60 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: I pretty much hate marketing people.

Those dimwits redefined quad HD nonsensically. QHD is four HD screens arrayed in a 2x2 fashion, which is 3840x2160. But no, that's 4k when actual 4k has 4096 horizontal pixels, and QHD is now 2560x1600.

The did the same with phones. 4G LTE is actually 3G LTE, they just renamed it to make it sound cooler, even though it meets none of the 4G specs.

It's 5.5" tho, not that I think it makes a difference vs 1080p, but if you go from something like 1080p at 4.6" vs 1080p at 6" you'll notice it so it's not all pointless IMO. I do see less and less incentive to upgrade my smartphone lately tho, probably won't bother at all this year despite my rapid upgrade cycle thru the last 3... I had three EVOs and now a Nexus 5 but they all represented a much bigger leap (single core to dual and GB, qHD to 720p and much thinner profile and ICS, etc).

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 06:05 UTC
On LG releases G3 with QHD screen and laser-AF post (60 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Laser AF sounds cool, but at the same time the DOF margin on a phone gives a pretty wide berth for AF accuracy. Not sure it's going to revolutionize anything.

I think it's more about speeding it up than making it more accurate...

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 05:59 UTC
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Jan Privat: Just spray some Ultra-Ever Dry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPM8OR6W6WE) on your lens, and spend the money on alcohol & girls.

That should've read hazy residue, not heavy, darn autocorrect.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 10:03 UTC
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Jan Privat: Just spray some Ultra-Ever Dry (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPM8OR6W6WE) on your lens, and spend the money on alcohol & girls.

I know (hope?) you were kidding, but that stuff actually leaves a heavy residue or film on the surface of whatever you spray it on, it also wears off after a while... Two things they fail to mention in this and other various promo videos I've seen, it's still pretty nice for certain household items and outdoor stuff tho, possibly decent for certain electronics, glass not so much.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 10:01 UTC
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munro harrap: Yes, it is near-sighted greed pure and simple to force you to pay more for more ram according to HDD size, but that is why they make them. Apple not only do the same but are worse, and almost the biggest general offence against the consumer is that if they are kind enough to "give" you an HDMI slot they use the excuse that the motherboard has not got the ability, to limit your HDMI output into anything to a max of 1920x1080, so I'd check this very carefully before buying anything size your high resolution TV, or your 2560x1600 photo monitor that very likely has no displayport socket anyway , wont be able to work at full resolution. They'll add (and all are now so doing still) hundreds of pounds to the cost just for a plug!!

The Displayport socket may very well also be limited
to the same poor performance.

The last time I went looking no laptops at under £1100 list had an HDMI port that supported 2560x1600 output Only Apple .

It's not the "socket" that's the limiting factor, it's the GPU or video card user. A consumer should of course be informed about said limitations tho, I never said otherwise, I'm just saying you're blatantly misunderstand where the limitation and blame lies.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 05:26 UTC
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Greg Gebhardt: But will it run my Windows software? I tried their latest and greatest and it installed quickbooks just fine but when I tried to open my 250gb company file, it brought the Surface Pro 2 to it's knees.

I would very much like to replace my notebook with this but will it do what I need?

I said usually, not always, it's obviously possible for RAM to just disappear but most of the time it fails in other ways... At least based on the dozens upon dozens of faulty RAM DIMMs I've replaced. You'd think even a dimwitted salesman would check for that, but even with 2GB of RAM I can't see the being the issue. What does ancient ME have to do with anything btw?

OP won't respond because seeking help wasn't his aim.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 22:36 UTC
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munro harrap: Yes, it is near-sighted greed pure and simple to force you to pay more for more ram according to HDD size, but that is why they make them. Apple not only do the same but are worse, and almost the biggest general offence against the consumer is that if they are kind enough to "give" you an HDMI slot they use the excuse that the motherboard has not got the ability, to limit your HDMI output into anything to a max of 1920x1080, so I'd check this very carefully before buying anything size your high resolution TV, or your 2560x1600 photo monitor that very likely has no displayport socket anyway , wont be able to work at full resolution. They'll add (and all are now so doing still) hundreds of pounds to the cost just for a plug!!

The Displayport socket may very well also be limited
to the same poor performance.

The last time I went looking no laptops at under £1100 list had an HDMI port that supported 2560x1600 output Only Apple .

You have an Acer desktop, now what GPU does the desktop use? That's the key, Acer or Apple can't pull a rabbit out of a hat, and a dedicated GPU simply won't fit into most slim systems, so they're at the mercy of whatever GPU Intel integrates into their CPU (or chipset if we go back a few years before GPUs on CPUs).

So yes, despite your dubious anecdotal evidence, blame Intel.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 22:31 UTC
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djsphynx: Looks good overall.

That said, if I'm not mistaken, it only has 1 USB 3 port. I'd love to use something like this for when I travel but I'd need 2 USB3 ports so that I can back up to my two external HDs that I travel with. It was one of the reasons I passed on the 11" MBA a couple of years ago, that iteration if memory serves didn't have 2 either. Maybe the SP4 will have it. YMMV

http://m.electronicdesign.com/embedded/what-s-difference-between-usb-20-and-30-hubs

TL;DR: Yes, but t's not gonna matter, USB 3.0 bandwidth isn't gonna be your bottleneck unless you're simultaneously backing up from one premium SSD to two other premium SSD in external enclosures. If you're using hard drives for backups or in the system itself then they'll be your bottleneck rather than the interface or the hub. Never mind if there's a slower SD card in the chain or something like a USB drive...

Can only read from or write to as fast as the target or destination will allow, and USB 3.0 is fast enough to not be saturated by a single SSD. USB 3.0 hubs do have a number of improvements beyond raw throughout, tho they're mostly transparent to the user, see link. If you have the money or need to tote around two SSD just for backups you should probably look into Thunderbolt.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (421 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: This is what I wrote one month ago as a comment to the nx30 preview

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/samsung-nx30

'Imo this is a 'just' a good camera, too expensive, that does not shine in any field.'

I see with pleasure that the reviewers share my ideas. Unfortunately those things can't be said on samsung forum.

I'm really happy to see this camera treated for what it's worth. Just another decently good/average camera. NOTHING MORE.

And samsung needs so much more than this to be interesting.

They need to be better than anyone else at a lower price. Not just as good as some, worse than others, at a higher price.

Samsung really needs to go back to school.

And, the shape. Ridicolously big, bulky, dslr like. Please...argh.

Ohhhhh, I'm so satisfied.

Samsung doesn't really need to be particularly better, they just need to start flexing their marketing muscle to push mirrorless into the limelight. Despite all the doomsayers, I do think there's still a decent sized market for dedicated cameras outside of full on photography enthusiasts, pros, and smartphones... Most of the market (specially in the U.S.) is simply not aware that there's anything out there between their phone or a P&S and a DSLR.

Back to Samsung tho, if there is one company with the marketing know how AND the incentive to push mirrorless into the lime light it's Samsung.

Fuji, Oly, and Panasonic don't have the budget and/or marketing know-how. Sony is all over the place and now has the pricey A7 series to push too... Samsung was nothing in the smartphone space and it was marketing more than anything that propelled them forward, even to this day a Galaxy S isn't particularly better at anything than any other phone (Sony was doing water sealing before Samsung FWIW and nobody seemed to care).

I'm a M4/3 user btw, but I'd LOVE to see some Samsung ads on TV saying "here's a mirrorless camera, here's it does better than a DSLR, this how it compares size wise with a 10x super zoom" (I'm assuming Samsung has one of those, even a large-ish G6 with the new 14-140 is smaller than most Rebels).

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 22:07 UTC
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Greg Gebhardt: But will it run my Windows software? I tried their latest and greatest and it installed quickbooks just fine but when I tried to open my 250gb company file, it brought the Surface Pro 2 to it's knees.

I would very much like to replace my notebook with this but will it do what I need?

HowaboutRAW: If he has too much crap often he'd probably have issues with all sorts of apps, tho it's possible a 250MB file was the straw that broke the camel's back, seems unlikely tho. Newer versions of Windows are actually better at managing RAM (unlike XP which did little and wasted it a lot) and have lower base consumption than something like Vista...

Defective RAM usually doesn't just disappear ands manifest itself as less RAM, it's way more likely he'd just see errors left and right until corruption hits the OS. Definitely something to test tho since it's fairly simple to do so. I don't think the OP was seeking anyone's help tho (besides the store employee he mentioned, which seems like a bad resource if there ever was one).

Maybe I'm more pessimistic about his intentions. Comment threads are terrible places for troubleshooting tho. ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 18:57 UTC
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djsphynx: Looks good overall.

That said, if I'm not mistaken, it only has 1 USB 3 port. I'd love to use something like this for when I travel but I'd need 2 USB3 ports so that I can back up to my two external HDs that I travel with. It was one of the reasons I passed on the 11" MBA a couple of years ago, that iteration if memory serves didn't have 2 either. Maybe the SP4 will have it. YMMV

If you're already carrying two drives a tiny hub wouldn't add much more bulk... There's hubs that are basically just a cable with split ends, you can replace your drive's cables with that (ands maybe some full size male to micro male tips).

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 18:51 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (125 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: Please turn this OFF by default. It's annoying.

And didn't the user name used to be a rollover instead of a click? If so, please put that back.

It's just a little number up in the corner, how is it annoying?

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 18:48 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (125 comments in total)

Nice additions, both of them, it'd be nice if the mobile UI got some love too tho. I usually detest mobile sites but your actually works reasonably well and I've been using it for a while, particularly for the boards... BUT, there's two things that would make a world of difference: mobile sorely needs an edit button (forums and comments) AND the mobile forum really need a shortcut to skip to the last page of a thread, like seriously.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 18:45 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
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Maverick_: guys before bashing this, keep one thing in mind, the Surface is a very popular product. They do sell. And it's a neat but flawed concept.

I was in the market for an ultrabook, narrowed my choice to a 13.3" Sony Flip, but before buying it Sony sold that division and I decided to look further. Also 13.3 Flip screen is way too heavy to be used as tablet since the keyboard is still attached.

The Surface 2 Pro wasn't even in the running for me, because of the tiny screen size and weight.

So, I decided to look at tablets instead and just when I needed to finalize my purchase Samsung came out with the excellent Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. I got the LTE version on first day of release and have not regretted it.

Surface going to 12" is a good move, but a better move would be 13.3. Windows products don't work as well on small screens. But keep in mind, the thickness/weight of the Surface is its worst enemy.

The future will be phones and tablets and only 1% will use desktops.

Ehh, I think you might be stretching facts if you really think pro use only accounts for 1% of users overall... Possibly in a few more years tho, ARM based systems keep increasing performance exponentially. I think the biggest holdup in the long run are the mountains of legacy code tho.

Tons of professional work tasks that don't require the horsepower can't be migrated easily off x86 cause of legacy code, nevermind that often times a cheap desktop is still easier to maintain (read: service and repair) than outfitting a whole office with higher priced mobile devices that are way more prone to accidental damage or theft (can't take the human element out of the equation).

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 16:26 UTC
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keeyoni: Can you connect to an external monitor?

Besides, if you're hooking up an external display for desk use you probably won't benefit a ton from a small 12" display way out of the sight line... I'd just add a second external display if I really needed it and ignore the Surface's own display if I were docking it. I'm gonna have a desktop for the foreseeable future tho....

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 16:17 UTC
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keeyoni: Can you connect to an external monitor?

I thought 8.1 made special provisions for that, didn't it?

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 16:16 UTC
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