Many great cameras appeared in 2013. Too bad camera sales have languished. Sad to say, most holiday pictures will be taken with phones. The Kodak era of "Open Me First" is gone. The only positive spin I can think of is ... maybe discount prices soon.
Stephen787: these are bought by museum right? why would anyone want to pay such money.
Why endow a museum to pay fortunes for cameras?
Might the Welshman who picked up the gold-plated Lexus II while serving in the UK forces that occupied a segment of Germany in the 45-47 period? It could have fetched someone a mighty favor. Escape from Spandau?
Might the other three still be belong to the estates of Industriellen oder Politiker prominent in den 1930er Jahren?
Grant Hutchins: What's next?
News papers will can all their writers too and send out the janitorial staff with mobile phones to snap pics, then come back and write the articles in between cleaning toilets?
Janitors include some aspiring journalists. Janitors also see documents the rest of the public does not, before shreding or incineration.
Android can't handle AVCHD, SFAIK. RAW would choke small processors.
jkoch2: By tragic coincidence [?] on Nov. 18 a vicious lunatic enterred the Libération offices and shot a photographer's assistant seriously. Strangely, the criminal managed to get a ride to a subway station, where he melted into the passengers, and the hostage drove home rather than inform authorities. Onlookers ... well, maybe later we will learn of phone camera images that help lead to an arrest. Meanwhile, this is not the sort of thing that traditional staff photographers would be able to cover or solve, unless the perpetrator happens to be a luny estranged colleague.
C'est le meme chose. Point being: camera phones are more likely to aid in the capture of the felon than photo-journalists, one of whom in this case happened to be a victim. The suspect, nearly fired a gun at another TV firm a week earlier, clearly has some malignant ire on the lose. Why hate photographers or videographers, unless ... Well, there's a lead the French police might explore.
By tragic coincidence [?] on Nov. 18 a vicious lunatic enterred the Libération offices and shot a photographer's assistant seriously. Strangely, the criminal managed to get a ride to a subway station, where he melted into the passengers, and the hostage drove home rather than inform authorities. Onlookers ... well, maybe later we will learn of phone camera images that help lead to an arrest. Meanwhile, this is not the sort of thing that traditional staff photographers would be able to cover or solve, unless the perpetrator happens to be a luny estranged colleague.
forpetessake: From Wikipedia: "Originally an extreme left newspaper, it has undergone a number of shifts during the 1980s and 1990s to take the social democrat position... Its editorial stance is currently of centre left."
What else to expect from a socialist newspaper?
What would a right-wing paper do? Fire everyone and declare a dividend?
nicoboston: The purpose was also to send a big "ENOUGH" following recurrent racism issues in France lately (as the country is more or less falling appart, it's very tempting to blame others).Good photographers and photojournalists are not in danger. Talented people will always exist. They have to adapt. It won't be easy, but they have to! Everybody loves nice images. Now everyone can capture decent images with good cameras and phones... If everyone had access to good violins and pianos, it would be more difficult to become a recognized musician. It's competition... Don't give up, photographers ! Newspapers will disappear, you won't ;-)
All the violins and pianos in the world won't make more prosperous musicians. Anyone, sooner or later, can snap a half-decent photo. To play an instrument well-enought to get anyone but your Mom to buy your MP3 recording, meanwhile, is a stupendous challenge. But it may be true that musical gigs for weddings, graduations, parties, or corporate events will continue to pay better than what the photographers get. What's easier: to fake Chopin or fake a camera jockey?
Jogger: Did CST really can their entire staff of seasoned photographers for bloggers with iPhones?? What a d!ck move. I'd like too see one of those hipster iPhone photographers go to Syria with their iPhone.
There are more iPhones in Syria than people who might (very foolishly) roam around shooting with a camera.
As Libération's circulation and ad revenues decline, who will it fire instead of the tenured photographers? Or will all, in solidarity, share pay cuts?
In some ways, text without pictures might be a better way to disseminate news and analytic articles to mobile devices. But I'd bet they'd not dispense with graphics for the advertisements.
Could these photos reawaken any dormant litigation between a shipping line, merchants, and Members of Lloyds of London? Wonder if any proctor in the Admiralty courts has seen these pictures.
Lawrencew: I will think about it when it has a 41mp sensor...Then I can refocus, zoom, crop, change perspective, etc, and still retain a decent amount of detail.
In the meantime, brilliant idea though it is, it is just an expensive toy.
A 1D is also an even more expensive toy. A toy is anything whose financial return is nil, or whose marginal utility is dubious, relative to the idle entertainment or status it confers. A toy becomes either a fetish, a PITA, or pure junk when the fun is over.
Why isn't there a DPR forum for Lytro users? Based on the praise some folks seem to offer, there must be plenty of owners.
backayonder: No but the idea sounds okay if other camera manufacturers could somehow incorporate it into a DSLR etc? No more miss shots due to incorrect focus. The shape of the thing is all wrong it's like shooting with an empty toilet roll
Maybe camera design should be assigned to American Standard, Kohler, or Eljer.
41 megapixels are on a Nokia phone camera sensor. Maybe that's the world standard these days. Don't ask about need. A DSLR with only 20 MP just ain't manly enough.
The "pocket" appellative merits clarification. The camera is small, but not pocketable, but is suitable mainly for pros with lots of money and batteries in their pockets. The camera body is only a fraction of what one must buy to make proper use. People without time or incentive to edit h.264 MOV or AVCHD video won't need ProRes or CinemaDNG any more than a kid on the lap of Kris Kringle (or Edmund Gwenn) will need a real locomotive or a B-29.
It is possible to admire this camera, as one might admire an RJ Corman GG10B, without having any impulse to buy one.
Folks anxious to capture or edit CinemaDNG, and who have the requisite equipment, time, and fine eye to take advantage, may be disappointed when the fruits of their labors fail to register in the 3mbps 480p version most people actually see, or the absence of any incremental pricing they'll be able to pass on to clients to cover the costs.
AndreyT: At first one wonders what was the point of reposting these images again, after we have seen them hundreds of times already (they were making rounds around the Net for a few years now). But then one notices that there's an obvious political bias in the selection of these images: out of all those well-known Lego photo recreation pictures only the ones were cherry picked that fit certain propaganda-censorship agenda. And then a few "neutral" pictures were added to masquerade the original intent. Apparently someone at "dpreview staff" saw this veiled trolling opportunity and took it.
The artist shows a sinister bias against the Boston Red Socks. Otherwise, I see nothing that would offend an over-65 arch conservative US male with a 24x7 penchant for Lego.
DaveE1: Mercifully, the brand of camera used was not mentioned here. Otherwise, at least 70% of comments would have slated them as technically flawed.
These are fun, and the concept might also be a great way to get children interested in photography.
Canon "are." Nikon "sell." At least in the UK.
But "The United States" is. How? No consistency.
Rupert Bottomsworth: Most kids grow out of lego by the age of 10.
Most people close up shop mentally after age 20 or so, according to Edward Bernays. After that, they are slaves of convention and PR. Creativity peaks early, around the stage that Legos appeal, then fades.