ArchiDeos: Nice Camera.. but still a comparable size compared to DSLR rig. Well this is just only the first quarter of the year, expect new Camera will be release soon and this model will be the least to consider. CANIKON new model will rock the show as always.. Happy shooting guys..
Comparable to a smaller DSLR, sure, but you gotta take into account the lenses too. A 10x superzoom for the GH (14-140mm) is still only about as large as a kit zoom for the DSLR, equivalent lenses are usually smaller, etc. It can very well mean the difference between carrying one extra lens vs a bundle.
I think a lot of people are holding their breath until Canon puts the dual pixel sensor on a mirrorless body tho... Whether they'll commit to developing more lenses will be the real story.
Impulses: How about a comparisoto with RAW Vision? It looks intriguing, Photo Mate is hardly the only RAW processor on the Play market... I haven't tried it because I haven't had the time and the 15 min limit is hardly enough time but maybe Connect could look into it? I had suggested a look at both these apps months ago...
Ah, at the time I glossed a bit over the details and probably assumed that if both could export JPEGs they both must've had basic editing. I still wouldn't mind an in depth look at to see if it does RAW navigating/viewing any better thanPhoto Mate (like actual side by sides not using the preview JPEG etc). Thanks for this article btw! Not sure I said it earlier.
DavidWhittley: The earlier version of this application was called PhotoMatePro and it worked on my Galaxy Note II despite it being designed for tablets. Once last thing. Images can be quickly imported directly from most modern cameras using a simple (and very cheap) OTG usb cable.After connecting my Fujifilm x100s and powering up, jpegs can be viewed directly in the stock gallery application and imported with a simple click. Raw files will be opened in PhotoMatePro. Finally PhotoMatePro and I assume this app are great for improving jpegs.
Either or, once the camera (via a micro to micro OTG cable, less common but still cheap) or the card (via a micro to full female cable + reader) is connected to the tablet/phone, it's just another storage location... Just like internal storage or a micro card inserted into the tablet.
It would be completely up to the app (and yourself) where exported or edited files are saved and whether you'd copy the files over previous to working on them. The latter would probably make sense because even tough mobile device NAND controllers aren't all that fast, they're getting faster every year and will eventually obliterate a card's own controller when it comes to random access of smaller file blocks (edits, loading individual files, etc).
We're already seeing news of mobile devices moving on from eMMC controllers (similar to what's on removable media) to UFS 2.0 which should greatly help matters (Qualcomm & Toshiba will apparently be mass producing them this year). Currently this is probably as much of a bottleneck as raw processing power on the CPU's part.
Didn't know Eyefi could actually backup RAW; that's neat, tho as you alluded to, USB is definitely gonna be faster... At least until we get 802.11AC speeds out of very small embedded wifi solutions. At some point the flash media becomes the bottleneck either way.
I suggested Nexus Media Importer because I was somewhat familiar with it, didn't even remember it's a paid app... All my devices are rooted and they're all Nexus right now so I just use Stickmount as well, on recent HTC/Samsung phones you don't even need an extra app, external media mounts on it's own and off you go with any file explorer, etc.
I'm sure there's free alternatives though, some of the file managers have even incorporated that kinda functionality...
For $99/year it better include half a terabyte of storage and/or a desktop license... Otherwise it could be the best version of LR ever and it still wouldn't be worth the asking price.
I say that as someone who's still using LR on PC, but there's already alternatives on mobile. Something tells me this was less of an unintentional leak and more of a "let's float a pricepoint out there early and see how they react".
A discussion on how to get RAW files unto an Android device (particularly without a PC) would also be prudent, not everyone's aware of USB OTG and even fewer are aware of how flexible it is: you can go direct from camera to mobile device, card reader to mobile device, and there's keychain sized even micro USB OTG microSD readers... Some devices (like the Nexus line) might require a extra app like Nexus Media Importer etc to mount the card/camera. Wifi would absolutely not work for this since I'm not available of any app that imports RAW over ad-hoc wifi connections to cameras, I'm sure it'll happen eventually tho.
How about a comparisoto with RAW Vision? It looks intriguing, Photo Mate is hardly the only RAW processor on the Play market... I haven't tried it because I haven't had the time and the 15 min limit is hardly enough time but maybe Connect could look into it? I had suggested a look at both these apps months ago...
Tonio Loewald: Ever heard of Photogene on the iPad?
There are at least two other RAW converters for the iPad.
iOS vs Android aside... Wifi and NFC has no bearing on this, I don't know of any camera/wifi app that will let you transfer RAW files directly to an Android device. Don't get me wrong, I really like stuff like Panasonic's/Sony's/Olympus' Wifi/NFC implementation, makes for quick sharing of JPEGs...
The way to dealing with RAW files on Photo Mate would be a USB OTG cable, either micro USB at both ends for direct camera connections or micro to female full size for plugging in an SD reader etc. I've no clue how well the card reader for iOS devices works, I'm sure there's some additional limitations but as long as an app can get access to the RAW files they should be no less capable.
Bjrn SWE: I use Macs and PCs on a regular basis and it's a mystery to me how anyone could choose a Windows machine before a Mac. Salute to Steve Jobs!
I hope you're mostly kidding... The reason most engineering, programming, etc offices run Windows systems has little to do with ideology or their lack of creative juices. The Mac Pro is a decent home workstation, pretty well priced compared to certified workstation systems from Dell/HP (terribly overpriced compared to DIY but that's unavoidable and a non issue for most), and a nightmare for any IT department tasked with maintaining dozens or hundreds for them.
Apple makes primarily consumer products at this time... Lots of Pros, particularly creative types as you put it, may favor Apple laptops but there's a reason the Mac Pro lingered in limbo for so long.
Daniel Lauring: One correction and one other point.
1. Macbook Air with 512Gb is $1849, not $1549. That is the 256Gb version.
2. 13" Macbook Air has SD slot. That is a big advantage to photographers.
Macbook Air is way overdue for a screen improvement (to Retina and IPS.) See my comments below regarding my ultralight laptop choice.
Thunderbolt had a lot of potential, Intel and/or third parties have just failed in realizing it yet outside of storage (and those solutions are pretty high priced)... The Apple exclusivity period probably didn't help. A Surface type system that had the option for a first party dock for storage, display, USB, and network duties would be great...
Granted it'd still be a two cable solution unless it was an actual physical dock that also included power. Most people who are interested in that kinda thing can just make do with a more universal three cablesolution (USB hub, power, and display). Where's the damn Thunderbolt GPU docks? (with non mediocre GPU)
Daniel Lauring: The Macbook Air is a great little TOUGH lightweight machine. It was my goto travel machine, until a very hard fall took out half the screen. I had all intentions of replacing it with the latest Haswell version, but the specs just aren't competitive anymore. It's screen was good in 2009, but has never been updated to "Retina" not to mention it's not even IPS.
Instead I bought an i7 HP T13-3000 Spectre, that had a QHD (2560x1440) IPS touch screen and similar solid aluminum construction for about $250 less than the comparable i5 Macbook Air. It's only hardware shortcoming, compared to the Air is it's Intel HD4400 graphics vs. HD5000. Battery life is about 9 hours vs. Apple's 12, but that is still plenty.
By the way, when I spec the machine the author says (i7,8Gb,512Gb) costs $1549, on Apple's website it comes to $1849. The author's price is for the 256Gb version.
A) The Air screen is interior by any metric and there's a lot of room for improvement between it and $2k+ Eizo/NEC screens... Every other Apple product has a better display (relative to it's competition), they just let the Air behind for whatever reason.
B) Win 8's touch components can be completely ignored if you choose so... I use it just fine on my desktop (with three large non touch displays), only difference vs Windows 7 is you now have a large Start screen instead of a Start menu.
Everyone hated the Start Menu anyway, it was clumsy, easily got disorganized, and if you used a dock or pinned your most used apps it was largely unnecessary anyway... Suddenly everyone misses it, o-kay...
Helgen X: The comments here are absolutely hilarious. One went as far as to say "everything just works better on Mac because it's Mac." What? Do Apple people even know that the OS is running on PC hardware? If you open your Mac Tower or Macbook and note down the hardware inside and tally up the prices of them individually... You'll find you're spending $600 more for an aluminum case, an Apple logo and a trend. Hey, at least with Windows/Linux based PC's, you don't have to buy yet another accessory: Which apple is notorious for. As far as OS, I hate the fact that almost every problem with Apple is the hard drive, so there's really no way to fix them unless you google the solution for hours, or pay $150+ to send it back for repair, where as there's almost always a solution for most Windows related problems... Might because they'd have more problems depending on what you do with them (watching porn...) But at least you won't be in the dark.
Oops, just read your last comment... I think Mac OS might still have the edge in that scenario, dead drive and direct to metal restore... But you had to resort to that because you had no backups to begin with. :p
Mac OS still has an advantage over Windows in how programs are installed and handled, less dependencies, no bloated registry etc. It's still harder to restore programs/settings on Windows if you aren't keeping backups of the entire OS install.
That isn't likely to change since it goes back to the foundations of either OS (Unix/NT), though I'm not sure how much that really factors (or should factor) into buying decisions. It's like the virus/malware argument, there aren't many on Mac OS because of the install base, not because it is inherently more secure (far from it), but it became a huge selling point for a while and still is to an extent.
I think these days it usually comes down to hardware regardless.
There are built in options to restore the OS to how it came out of the box without even downloading anything... Think it gives two options, one attempts a refresh without wiping data. Not sure why you would download the OS every time either way, wasn't Apple distributing it on USB drives at one point?
I've been downloading Windows ISO for a long time and installing then from USB drives but that's probably beyond the scope of the average user. Frankly I don't use any of the built in backup/restore told because I like to handle my own backups...
If you take a little bit of time it's not hard to set up an image/backup process a-la-Time Machine, only with more control over the process. I can store the backups wherever (online or otherwise), run it on my schedule, etc.
skytripper: I think it's hysterical that some people insist that a MacBook Air doesn't have enough power for photo editing. I was editing photos in Photoshop on a 12" powerbook G4 for months on end more than ten years ago with no trouble whatsoever. By modern standards, that computer was a dinosaur.
But consider this: No laptop is ideal for critical photo editing because the brightness and contrast of the image change as the viewing angle of the screen changes. Because it is very difficult to position the screen at exactly the same angle every time you use the machine, it is almost impossible to edit consistently from one session to the next.
Software requirements and the files you're working on change with time too you know... I started off writing using a 486 and Wordperfect for DOS, quite a simple task, doesn't mean the process hasn't been streamlined by Word, more modern OS, etc (ironically keyboards are the only part of the system that hasn't improved much since then, the average membrane kb of today is actually far worse). Heck I'd hope computers evolve and continue to improve how they handle most tasks, even the basics, otherwise I might as well go back to film, paper and pencil.
AbrasiveReducer: It's great that Macbooks are this capable because it looks like when the current MacPros go away the only other option will be the tube, with a stack of $800 SSDs.
SSD are getting cheaper all the time... The next article on Thunderbolt or NAS storage solutions should be interesting.
The "tube" does go a bit too far in the name of minituarization though... I get that we're long past the point where a desktop HAS to be a big clunky box, but a desktop for a power use should still be something that's easier to expand or even work on and quickly repair. Otherwise there's no point to having one vs a laptop. It's not like smaller workstation class systems means cheaper, half the money is still going to premium components or certifications...
disasterpiece: Dual core Core i5 at 1.3 GHz and just 4 GiB of RAM (for the standard configuration) sound to me a bit shabby for serious photo processing.
Meh, the TN display would be as much of a hindrance as anything else... You can spec it with more RAM (even if Apple charges easy too much of a premium for $50-100 worth of RAM), you can choose a larger SSD, can't do anything about the display. Dual core's just a result of the form factor, can't do anything about that but neither can Apple... Laws of physics, heat dissipation and all that. Apple's pretty good about quickly adopting Intel's latest and greatest though, quicker than most other PC OEM... Having a good handle on their stock supply/demand has long been one of their advantages as a (relatively) smaller manufacturer.
in_saner: When I started as a designer at 1998, I had a coolest x486 PC with 15-inch Viewsonic monitor. We scanned 6x7,5 positive films on AGFA DuoScan 2500 with 2500dpi resolution. We had huge files about 5Mb, and that was pro workflow.
Nowadays, my smartphone probably 10 times faster then that computer, my 20Mpx pocket camera has 10 times more resolution then pro scanner from 1998, my photos that I upload on Gallery here is 5 times bigger then I used to make for 3x6m billboards, BUT...
We still got same eyes, same brain. Why it suited us then and why we complain now?
Because the human brain/body is amazing and current technology still can't compete with it, so anything that continues to improve the way our photos look or how fast we can work with them is worth praise... And as the brain ages it starts to get nostalgic and view everything as a complaint or affront... Just kidding, I started on a 486 too on an even smaller display and I'm "only" 31.
Not as much of an advertorial read as the comments would have me believe, but not that critically thought out either... Seems like the number one purpose for your Air is shifting files around with little editing (at least on the scenarios discussed), in which case the MBA 11 would work just as well... Heck a Surface Pro or even an IPad might be more mobile for that purpose, without "having to find a flat purpose" or tucking card readers between display and keyboard as you described (why not just disable sleep on display close btw?).
I'm not sure how easy it is to import RAW files into an iPad, it's pretty simple to do over USB OTG on modem Android tablets though (and obviously over faster USB 3.0 on a Surface Pro). For sending them out online via Dropbox, USB 2.1 wouldn't be a bottleneck, your Wifi/connection would be the slowest link... Obviously for other scenarios like quickly showing proofs to a client USB 3.0 would be a huge boon.
I actually had no clue the recent MB/MBA had high speed SD readers... I'm sure they're just wired over USB 3.0 internally (rather than 2.1 as they'd been for years), but I think that's still pretty uncommon outside of Apple. Very interesting, kind of a small but overlooked advantage. Apple's battery life edge is worth praise too, and it's something they'll always have by virtue of having less systems to optimize their OS for. It's more of a factor in usage cases that involve plenty of idle time, but that's a lot of usage cases.
For actual photo editing the Air is still woefully under spec'd compared to the competition or even the rest of Apple's lineup though. A 1440x900 TN display with lower color accuracy on a $1,000-1,500 system is inexcusable at this point. That display was pretty solid when the Air first launched but you can now find plenty of $1K systems with higher quality and more accurate 1920x1080 IPS displays (or even higher res if you go up the price scale, all the way to the retina MBs obviously).
I have a feeling Apple will get around to addressing that this year, just kind disappointing they've been pushing super high end high DPI displays on the regular MBP while ignoring the MBA entirely, decent 1080p (or even 1920x1200) displays aren't hard to source and they don't bring a large performance impact like the "retina" displays do. They're just trying to milk higher profits out of the Air since it's probably one of their best sellers.
No love for the NEX btw? At least it looks like that's what you used in the Radio City job (if that photo at the start is from said job). I was surprised it's alluded to as a "compact digicam" or a non-DSLR in an article that's all too eager to name/brand drop elsewhere. Just saying... No dog in this fight btw (Windows/Android/iOS & M43 user here).
They actually implemented something similar, if not better, on Win 8. The price difference between Windows and Mac systems is usually nowhere near $600 (it's maybe half that, tops), regardless of whether you're looking at an $1K Air or a $3K Mac Pro... But there usually IS a price difference regardless, particularly if you start looking at things like RAM and SSD size/options. The customer service argument in Apple's favor is a valid argument...
If you're a power user it's probably not one of your biggest concerns but for a casual user or a pro whose time is money it's definitely a point worth considering.
I've been a Windows user for a long long time, tbh Apple hasn't really done anything to tempt me away although I'm thankful they helped spur a shift towards better displays in general across all devices (they also saddled the Air with an average TN display for too long while many slightly cheaper ultrabooks had higher res IPS displays tho).
Zeisschen: wait: "It's an ultra-fast portrait prime"
Why is there still no single portrait shot from this lens? I can mostly see pictures from houses at daylight with focus close to infinity and aperture stopped down. Any of them could be made with a kit-zoom lens. Pictures that could need some subject isolation (horse, buddha statue) are not even taken at F1.2. The horse statue shot has infinite DOF, it could be taken with any point and shoot or smartphone. The only F1.2 "portrait shot" I see is the guitar player statue , but impossible to see any details on that surface, I can't even spot the focus point.To me all those samples look like a kid running around taking snaps with the camera on automatic-mode. This is a f**** expensive 1600$ ultra-fast portrait lens, remember? I guess I better look elsewhere...
Meant to say totallyspherical by 1.8 rather than 1.4, WTB edit on mobile site UI.