CyberAngel: Every release is more demanding on an older hardware.This time I was expecting FHD screen, but nope.Have to wait another year for iPhone 6+I don't now if mono-CPU Android phones are Lagdroids,but Apple is seriously lagging on features.no OISno NFCno FHD screenno wireless charging, but does have a finger-off reader
I implanted a Qi coil into my Samsung and have a Nokia charging plate at my desk at work. I can top up my phone if I've been using it a lot, and never need worry about wearing out the phone's socket again, or snagging the cable. Total cost about £28, or equiv US$42
Sam Carriere: This is all pretty irrelevant. Photographers use cameras, not phones. And to everyone who wants to show me a superb picture taken with a phone, all I can say is "Just think what that person might have done with a real camera."
Ansel Adams might have used a mechanical camera but his cameras took medium or large format film and so his "sensor" was 80 square inches, just a wee bit bigger than that in any phone's camera, even Nokia's.
Sam Carriere: The simple answer to the question asked in this title is "nothing". Real photographers do not do serious work with phones.
Tinley,try one of the Lumix cameras. compact & light with great image quality.
I think there needs to be a -0.5 as well as a +1 button
That is to say community moderation/ voting accentuates the positive.
Meanwhile I think dpreview generally has quite good commentators and are worthy of reading. If you want to see how bad it can get, go to Boy Genius Report; there are trolls trolling trolls where people have set up parodies of other people's usernames just for that!
CNY_AP: Kodak DC360 was competitive and I almost bought it, but ended up buying the Olympus C3000 ($800 for 3MP). That was 1999, but I had followed digital cameras for a year before buying one - when the various sites were just coming online. I think it was steves-digicams who used to give prizes at multiples of 100k page hits (which took quite awhile to reach!).
My first digicam was the Olympus C3040Z, and I think it cost me about $800 with a 128MB smartmedia card.The key reason I bought it was that the quality and resolution had reached that tipping point where you could take a picture, crop and scale it and it would look really good on a 1280x1024 monitor, or print it at 10x8 and be quite pleased with it.
The C3040Z had an amazing feature set, and when I gave it away to a friend who was very poor but very keen to try digital photography, there were many features on the Olympus that my replacement camera, a Canon A710IS, lacked.
NotSteve: What is the point of photojournalism, or journalism for that matter? I just don't get the point of this photo essay. At best, it is vacuous and states a very silly truism -- gaining trust of one's subject matter as a photographer is important.
What news is Karen trying to bring out? The existence of the Klan is not a news flash. What burning social questions is he trying to address?
In Canada, activists did serious to make sure the Klan could not come north. Their politics are truly reactionary and retrograde, and the Slate article portrays them as some quaint, obscure, secret society. The fact that he (and Slate and DPR) seems to have to little to say about an organization that has as history of seriously criminal activities, seems to be an indictment of photojournalism/journalism, more than anything else.
people who see the KKK and go on to assume all white people are going to be bigoted and racialist, are just as prejudiced as people who see a news story about a black criminal and assume all black people are criminal.
therefore, I feel no shame at being a white male, the same as the KKK male gang members.
what I feel shame is that our society still has living members of these kinds of organisations; that the spotlight of progressive multiculturalism and education hasn't shone into these dark corners of the USA and shown them for what they are.
"the best thing that you can do creatively is to give yourself limitations"
This is why I take all my photos standing on one leg, one eye closed, one eye behind my back, using a tatty old Nokia 640x480 phone camera with a scratched lens.
Sure, the photos look like those a child's toy might take, but it's intentional, and so it's *art*. I'll be rich and famous, one day, you'll see!
Frank_BR: The small ones always win. Of course, I am speaking of ants, not of pancake lenses!
indeed. see my other post about argentine ants taking over north america.
Radiolab did a story about how argentine ants are controlling huge territories in the USA, an amazing story.http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2012/jul/30/ants/
radiolab is one of my favourite podcasts.
Panasonic could also do an Android Lumix device... Not so long ago they launched a fairly decent android phone but abandoned it.The new G6 and GH3 cameras have wireless connectivity.
So why haven't Sony and Panasonic done this ? Lack of imagination? Market research denying the need?
Maybe DPReview could do a poll of how many readers would buy a Panasonic Lumidroid, Sony AlphaDroid, Nikon D7200droid or Canon DroidEos?
Perhaps this days more about their readership and what they demand in terms of quality photo-journalism than the staff of the newspaper?
Let's imagine that the paper did some proper testing in which they presented two versions of the paper, one with best quality images and ones degraded to simulate phone camera images. Perhaps they didn't find any difference in reader engagement (pages read, shared, cancelled etc ) or advertising revenue?
The issue as I see it is that the journalist is there to interview, observe and generate textual records. Trying to take photos as well is going to be a distraction. What's next? TV journos doing their own camera and sound work?
Dan Tong: Google's User Interfaces, as witnessed by, the confused, frustrating GMail, and all of it's related programs and apps is one of the worst in the industry, in my opinion.
For example, making folders along the left side disappear with one of their interface upgrades, is one of the worst ideas I have come across. They really don't understand how people work, especially, how frustrating it is to first time users to not find what they are looking for.
Unlike Apple, which is or was driven by Jobs who was one of the few industry leaders who understood that User Interface, was extremely important, Google, I would guess, is led by persons who just don't understand this at all. What a shame. I hope they learn this lesson soon.
Still, I will probably check it out - I think I already joined up, because I can't stand Facebook. One of the problems is that Google makes it somewhat difficult to go from GMail into one of their other "Apps".
I think that the trend to hide all visual clues (disappearing menus, borderless buttons, overly subtle shading between window areas, etc) must be usability nightmare for the visually impaired. I have good eyesight and I struggle at times. I think that all UX designers should have a two-screen setup: one is their 27" pro S-IPS monitor, the other a 19" crappy TN at 1200x1024 so they can see what the majority end user will experience.
Glenn72: Pretty useless to those of us with Windows Phones, as there's still no way to upload photos to Google+. A shame, as Nokia Lumia's are capable of some great looking photos.
I'm sorry for you and the two other people with Windows Phones.Can you upload through Web interface on the old Picasa service?
informme: Why nothing new for Picasa or how it can be used with G+? IMHO Picasa is the best photo product Google offers but it is ready for updating/enhancing.
I expect that Google will kill picasa as soon as G+ has feature parity even if those features don't actually let you work the way you would have done in picasa.
Sad Joe: A shame that its closing but having attended for a number of years I did feel that the show had either to change (become far more interactive) or close and did not plan to attend the 2014 show (if it had gone ahead) and second that this reflects (again) the changes taking place across all of photography. I strongly feel that our hobby using (real) cameras and lenses is on borrowed time now with fewer and fewer (younger) people seeing any reason why they should not just just their phones... one day Canon & Nikon (etc) will simply be APPS on another smart device ... don't believe me ? Watch this space - it's coming.
I don't fully agree, but I think the younger generation of today value converged portable devices very highly and many simply aren't willing to carry a large camera when their phone appears to satisfy their needs.
I hear similar complaints about hifi and music quality, with people being happy with relatively poor quality music reproduction due to compression, lousy analogue circuits and cheap headphones.
It's not money, really, a high end smart phone costs as much as a low to middle DSLR. Although maybe if you could buy a camera easily on credit like a phone contract, it'd promote sales?
Adrian Van: As the article says, if an image corrupts while writing on one side, it may not be corrupt on the other partition (in case of bad sectors on one side). As most cameras (still cameras mainly) have only one CF slot (or only one SD slot), except for the Canon XF100/300 pro video camera which has 2 CFs, this could be useful to some people. Many older cameras do not have both SD and CF slots, or 2 SD slots, and many mainstream APS-C cameras have only one card slot (except for the higher end ones).
The general consumer taking personal photos, may not care at all for this, but some event and journalist photographers and video guys, may want one if their camera does not have backup slots. How expensive is this card?
I wonder if they could put it into a mirrored SD or that too small to do so.I think Sony is working on a dual mirror pro memory card like this as well on their line (mainly for video backup for pros) I have read.
@dylanbarnhartan SD card is a high speed serial bus, a CF is parallel.there's still a flash controller in an SD card which does wear levelling, fee block management, garbage collection etc.
you are probably thinking of smart media, a long defunct card format, where the card was dumb and most of the control was external.
dylanbarnhart: This is not a gimmic.
You have to remember this is not a magnetic device like hard drives, where the whole drive fails when the disk stops spinning. This is random access memory. If one partition fails, the other side still works.
Background: CF cards of all brands use NAND chips from companies like Samsung or Micron. For example, a 32GB card can use 8 chips, each of which is 4GB. These chips are separate and only connect to the ATA memory controller. If one dies the rest don't die with it.
There are some kinds of failures that could render the entire thing uselsess, like when RAID itself fails, or if the card is damaged physically. Far more common is the problem where some memory cells are corrupted, or that a single NAND chip fails. That's what this card can deal with.
the controllers in the card boot off a locked and hidden part of the flash, so if the flash in that region goes bad, the card is effectively bricked.
jackpro: about time Im suprised no-one has created a cf-sd adapter that holds 2x sd cards & a raid controller on board
well, there have been devices somewhat like that:http://en.akihabaranews.com/18419/legacy-unused/pc/diy-ssd-drive-test-a-raid5-hdd-with-3-compact-flash
the only SD to CF adaptor I've seen holds a single SD or uSD card.
SirSeth: Maybe it will be as good as RAID. If so, then what a boon. If the two partitions are insulated from each other correctly that is... and time will tell. Auto backup in one card is a fantastic idea in theory and it will only take a bit of time to see if this idea delivers the goods or not. Naysayers, maybe it's not as good as it sounds (message that scarcity mentality), but you have to admit that if it does provide highly reliable mirroring in one card well that could be amazing for mission critical shooting. I'm in favor.
if the connector is damaged, or the controller fails?or if the camera corrupts the file system, you duplicate the corruption.
RAID is not a backup or archiving solution.
no news at all about this new lens then?
Tamron have given Panasonic and Olympus a great head start to get ahead of this in the race for sales and mind share.
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