I'm not sure which NASA site is no longer available, but NASA's Image of the Day site is up, thank you. The photos are often artistic, but most are informative. (The link for NASA was pretty weak publishing, dpreview should not just republish, but do a bit of fact checking.)
And is there a link to the ESA stills site?
Maybe nothing new in these photos as someone said, but many of us love seeing them and glad dpreview showed us these.
Marty4650: These high capacity cards probably only exist for video needs.
Who the heck would put 10,000 photos on a card?
It would take me a year to shoot that many photos, and even a few months for most heavy users. That's an awful lot of post processing work for one night!
Take a three-month long trip shooting RAW even without video and you'll use more than 64GB. But one or two cards is less hassle than many small cards. Backups required though. The chance of misplacing a card when you change it in the field on a trip in a foreign country may be as likely as a corrupt card—no way to know and depends on your habits and luck.
I've taken 7000 pictures (digital) on a single trip. I've lost two rolls of film in the past (before digital).
The post processing is simpler with fewer cards to juggle. And I've juggled maybe ten of them on my last big trip three years ago. I welcome the larger cards. My camera uses SD, but I doubt it will be long before micro SD is common in mid-size and smaller cameras.
My wife welcomes the large micro SD for her GoPro.
I remember being surprised when I started working in a factory about 40 years ago going to the electronics repair shop. The first thing they did when getting in a device from the shop floor was give it a bath (probably hot but I don't remember). The technicians said they after that they usually needed to replace some of the capacitors, but otherwise no damage. You can image how dirty an oscilloscope or similar was after a few years of use on the shop floor.
Bottom line, nothing new.
ArmandN: I recently reviewed the same 3 programs (http://www.twin-pixels.com/best-photo-raw-converters/) and I came to pretty much the same conclusions.
And I didn't review Aperture either because it wasn't updated; it wouldn't be fair to compare the current gen Lightroom with old-gen Aperture.
Aperture is updated regularly. Just because the updates are free and they haven't gone to v4 to charge more money doesn't mean it's not updated. What's old gen about the current Aperture?
Roadtripper: I realize that Apple's Aperture is Macintosh only, but it should be included in this "shoot-out" because it is a viable contender for those who use Macs, both on an amateur as well as professional level. It may not be a "leading contender" but it does draw Mac users away from the so-called leaders. I chose Aperture over Lightroom after trying both of their free trials. I not only preferred Aperture for it's ease of use, but also it's cost - $79 vs Lightroom's $149. There are professional photographers who use Aperture for their entire workflow... please don't slight them (as well as us amateurs) in your reviews.Thank you for listening....
Agreed. In October 2012 Derrick Story, a professional photographer, did a podcast comparing Lr and Ap. Ap is his day to day app because of its organizational capabilities and he uses Lr occasionally for its image tools. You can listen via iTunes or probably on his site, http://thedigitalstory.com. He compares many other features too, some of the ones covered in this article as well as other considerations.
He also points out that at least for Lr and Ap the price shouldn't be a driver. You're spending $50 to $100 or less per year which is not much relative to the other costs of photography.
57even: Sigma's updateable firmware dock is extremely cool. I am very impressed with Sigma at the moment, the 35 was excellent and they seem to have a new lease of life.
How is this different than what you can do with µ4/3 lenses now? At least the camera can be updated to deal with the lens; not sure what exactly is being updated.
Now if Panasonic would only update the software on the G2 to pick up some of these improvements. The touch screen interface should be a software change. Computer manufacturers do this, at least Apple does.