noflashplease: The industry needs more competition among sensor suppliers, especially in the full frame segment. If full frame format sensors could become "commoditized," digital photography would be transformed, and all for the better.
I used to think the same thing, until I bought my A7. Now I'm an FF convert. 1. Amazing shallow depth of field; 2. Crisp, massive resolution that you can re-crop down to perfection.
LaFonte: good thing: - sharp fonts and sharp images, crisp displaybad thing: now it takes twice as much power and the battery also has to be nearly twice larger to keep with last year MBP - and nothing inside is now user replaceable or upgradeable, everything is soldered.
I see this retina craziness really counterproductive with the much increased energy consumption.. The ipad 2 has 25w/h battery for 10 hr run, the ipad 3 needed 45w/h battery to drive the power hungry retina so it can still get 10 hours. Now an ipad 3 with non retina display would easily run 18 hours. If I have choice I would choose 18hr run time over retina display any time.
Same for MBP, yes retina is nice to look at but now we need to run the devices with twice as much power!
Completely agree with you about the iPads. I thought the resolution on my iPad2 was fine - I felt there was absolutely no reason to upgrade. Then I got the new one - it is such a vast difference that it hurts my eyes to go back to the old iPad2. And I really notice the jagged text and underlying pixel grid of my computer monitors.
Now you could say that I've become suckered into Apple's product obsolescence cycle but I really welcome this new resolution movement if it means clearer reading and less eyestrain. We all upgrade our desktops and laptops eventually, so why not incorporate some of these kinds of enhancements in our next purchases.
I say bring on more of these technological improvements if that means enhancing our world and making our lives just that much nicer.
ZAnton: Another stupid technology. Reading nano letters becomes cool. I have 22" 1900*1200 and I cann't normally read in internet (I don't wear glasses and have good vision). Have to scale up to 125%. Well, all pictures are scaled up too.On the win7 I also scale up everything to 125%. But old programs, which do not support that, it is practically impossible to work. Letters are under 1 mm height.Same problem in PS. If I paint (i.e. the mask), I can not see the border very good. So I have to scale up the image to 150-200%.
So what is the use of that excessive resolution?Another p. enlargement pill?
You don't seem to understand the significance of this - It's not just another laptop with more pixels crammed into the same size screen. It's actually pixel doubling - the first time in almost 30 years of personal computing that the native screen resolution has changed for fixed sized, raster objects. All raster image software will have to be updated to take advantage of it (Photoshop etc) but your OS menus and palettes and of course all text and vector graphics will look crisp and better defined.
Those of us who have been using the new iPad have become acutely aware of how low-res the other computer screens in our lives appear - it's like looking through a screen door, the grid of pixels looks so prominent, text so jagged in comparison.