speculatrix

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speculatrix: why can't they just fit a larger memory card? A 64GB card only cost me GB£14 (US$20).

sure, but 90MB/s memory cards exist which are just fine for 4K video

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2016 at 11:48 UTC

why can't they just fit a larger memory card? A 64GB card only cost me GB£14 (US$20).

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 20:44 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)
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naththo: Huh!? Who use wifi anyway from camera? I hardly use and i don't see anything useful with this. Wifi chews the battery out of camera too much. Not worth it.

thank you for telling everybody what is or isn't useful to them.
I'm sure Nikon has already contacted you to be their chief designer.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 22:04 UTC
On article Patents hint at camera on future Apple Watch (34 comments in total)

this is absurd, there have been cameras in watches for years.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 21:55 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery updated (68 comments in total)
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Haim Hadar: Possibly the worst moiré I've ever seen on any camera - look at the horses in the title photo!

LOL

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 18:46 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (315 comments in total)
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beni Wittenberg: Very nice BUT
The pictures of the Panasonic are Misleading. they were taken
with a Sony A7.

I myself owned a LX7 that was Defective from the 10'st. shot.
Panasonic made a fool of me. and demanded funds for repair.

hang on, the pictures OF the panasonic?
why does that matter? They could have used a Nikon or Canon to take product photos?

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2016 at 22:22 UTC
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(unknown member): As a reference point perhaps we should consider the cost of spectacle lenses? My last pair of coated varifocal lenses cost about £400 and then there was the cost of the frames taking the total up to £650. Now admittedly I wear them every day but in terms of complexity and value for money I would say there is a heck of a lot more in a £650 camera lens compared with my specs.

Perhaps that's not exactly comparing apples with apples but maybe you get the point.

I buy my spectacles from online stores, the last pair were top quality AO lenses, with all the coatings, photochromic etc. The price was about a quarter of the high street optician where I had my eyes tested. The only difference was the frames didn't have a design label but otherwise identical.

Oh. they came from India. I had to wait an extra week than getting them locally.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2016 at 22:49 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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photohounds: Interesting,
Olympus was also working on 2 variations of this idea at the same time.

Theirs are called Focus Bracketing and Automatic Focus Stacking (it happens in-camera and the original shots are also kept as separate files).

They went public a couple of months ago.
MFT - more useful every day!

I am fully aware of diffraction limits, depth of field differences, smaller sensor sizes and noise. But very very few people are pixel peepers; 99.99% of people don't care.
And as for pixel count, I don't know anyone who has a 20 megapixel monitor!

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 23:34 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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wakaba: Very small sensor, small lenses, questionable 4k IQ. My phone is as bad. Adding an app that creates lowend stills...not innovative. Makers really Need to up their systems with ff4k ad good glass. Their stuff is boring and that is why sales are down.

troll

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2015 at 17:53 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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photohounds: Interesting,
Olympus was also working on 2 variations of this idea at the same time.

Theirs are called Focus Bracketing and Automatic Focus Stacking (it happens in-camera and the original shots are also kept as separate files).

They went public a couple of months ago.
MFT - more useful every day!

there was a time that 35mm was mocked for being a toy format, just for family snaps, and medium format was the only true "pro".

technology has advanced where todays m4/3rds sensors are far better than the 35mm sensors of a few years ago, and more than good enough for the majority of users - the limit has become the skill of the photographer.
Do you really believe that lugging round a camera that weighs four times as much as an m4/3rds is the way to prove you're a pro and make you a better photographer?

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 22:52 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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wakaba: Very small sensor, small lenses, questionable 4k IQ. My phone is as bad. Adding an app that creates lowend stills...not innovative. Makers really Need to up their systems with ff4k ad good glass. Their stuff is boring and that is why sales are down.

wakaba, if you're not a troll, them facts and history are not your strength.
35mm film was originally very much an amateur "toy" format. Better technology eventually made it acceptable as a "pro" format.

much like the audio cassette was never invented for HiFi purposes, but technology allowed it to become so.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2015 at 15:34 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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wakaba: Very small sensor, small lenses, questionable 4k IQ. My phone is as bad. Adding an app that creates lowend stills...not innovative. Makers really Need to up their systems with ff4k ad good glass. Their stuff is boring and that is why sales are down.

35mm is not full frame.
Why not go to a true full frame camera - a plate camera - where the photo plate is the size of the actual final print hence full frame.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2015 at 22:07 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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wakaba: Very small sensor, small lenses, questionable 4k IQ. My phone is as bad. Adding an app that creates lowend stills...not innovative. Makers really Need to up their systems with ff4k ad good glass. Their stuff is boring and that is why sales are down.

Phhhht. You and your legacy cameras. There would have been a time you'd have been lugging around a medium format camera and mocking 35mm amateur cameras as toys.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
On article Apple reveals 12.9-inch iPad Pro (212 comments in total)

I have been wondering why Apple couldn't/wouldn't do this before. Perhaps Samsung did a deal with Wacom to license their patents for active pen technology and no-one else could? The Samsung S-Pen stylus doesn't need batteries, whereas the iStylus (er, Apple Pencil) does, as does the Surface's pen.

Perhaps some patents have now expired which allowed Apple to finally do this?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2015 at 15:42 UTC as 5th comment
On article Kodak PixPro SP360-4K 360-degree camera unveiled (79 comments in total)

I was thinking that something like this would be a good replacement for a dashcam - capture everything around you, not just in front

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2015 at 13:55 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Toshiba brings TransferJet wireless SD cards to Europe (33 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Be nice if all these wireless implementations in cameras and cards would work as easily as with a phone or tablet. I don't even use the Olympus version because it's such a operationally flawed product.

A friend of mine has a Nikon D5300 with wifi, and he say's it's much the same but worse, he never bothers with it.

At least the Panasonic app mostly works.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 22:28 UTC
On article Toshiba brings TransferJet wireless SD cards to Europe (33 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Be nice if all these wireless implementations in cameras and cards would work as easily as with a phone or tablet. I don't even use the Olympus version because it's such a operationally flawed product.

I find the WiFi in the Pansonic G6 isn't all that well thought out. It's often easier to use a USB OTG adaptor for my phone and an SD card reader, than to fire up the Panasonic App, if I want to transfer photos.
The remote control function works well, but sometimes getting the initial connection doesn't work.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2015 at 14:26 UTC

It seems crazy that a European Union ruling designed to protect VCR manufacturers decades ago is giving digital camera makers headaches even today. Madness, it's just ****ing madness.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 19:27 UTC as 26th comment
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sh10453: Duh, what is new here? Didn't we know about jpg's lossy compression back in the 1990s?
Upload the same original (lossless) PNG file a thousand times, and it will look like the first picture in this matrix, after one conversion/compression.

Even photo editors save a jpg file at 85% quality, unless you change the defaults.
I made a presentation about this back in 2000 to show photographers what happens if you keep saving an image using a photo editor, and showed the image quality after 10, 20, ..., and 50 saves (at the default 85% compression).

Download the first jpg file from Instagram, and then upload it, it will be compressed again, now a 2nd compression. So now you have 85% of the first 85% of the original PNG file, which is now at 72.25% of the original quality.
Keep repeating the process, and you can do the math. 1.06% of original quality after 28 times!
Here I assumed Instagram compresses at 85% of the original quality.

It's amusing though if you are bored.

are there people who don't know you can do lossless jpeg rotation and cropping?

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 23:18 UTC
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