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Reg Natarajan

Lives in Canada Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Joined on Nov 9, 2001

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On article Samsung doesn't deny Android-based camera (108 comments in total)

Despite all the naysayers, I think this is great. I've wanted a good single device to carry for ages. That means Android. Yes, I need to surf the net, and get my email, and make calls on this device. I would also like to take and share photos online with that single device. If you're willing to carry a dedicated camera everywhere, that's fine for you, but there are millions and millions of us who are not. Samsung has a huge and untapped market for this if they do it. If they don't, I hope Sony will. Both make good cameras and good Android phones.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:54 UTC as 28th comment
On article Samsung doesn't deny Android-based camera (108 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: What is the advantage of using such a bloated OS for camera? Are you going change the wallpaper? Use the text, calculator, alarm, navi, dictionary, weather, calendar and radio function on the camera? A smartphone takes 10~15 seconds to boot and runs on very powerful hardware that's very costly by P&S standard. Are you going to pay $600 for a smartP&S or $150 for a dumb camera?

Yes, actually, I'm going to do all those things, and more. Why is it so hard for people to understand that many of us want to carry one device around in general, not several? Yes, I'll probably always have a dedicated camera for when I want maximum IQ, but I'm not willing to carry that around all the time. Give me one device that does everything: something that I can make phone calls on, and check my email with, and surf the web with when I'm waiting at places, and take decent shots when opportunity presents, and share those shots online via 4g without any fuss. If that doesn't appeal to you, fine, but all you have to do is take a look at the 41mp Nokia comments to see that I'm not alone.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:49 UTC
On article dpreview.com gets mobile (110 comments in total)
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rare wolf: It worked at first, but having chosen to go back to the desktop version, now I can't return to the mobile version even if I address 'm.dpreview.com' (iOS5, Safari)

"we've placed small links at the bottom of every page to swap between the mobile and desktop versions."

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:13 UTC
On article Lightroom 4 Review (469 comments in total)

I love the software reviews. Please keep those coming. They're every bit as useful as camera reviews.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 05:23 UTC as 130th comment
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vlad0: I've been shooting with a smartphone for the past 15 months. I got rid of my p&s and my DSLR saw a decrease in usage and increase in dust collecting. What I realized was that my DSLR exceeds my ability/talant as a photographer, so there is no need for me to spent more money on extra gear. My Nokia N8.. well that seems to cover that aspect of me very well.. its always with me, and.. for the occasional macro/flower shot, sunset/sunrise, random night out shot, its perfectly fine. All the images in my gallery here are from the N8.. no post processing, just raw jpegs from the phone, and they don't look that bad.

Its no big deal, more and more people will catch up to that.. the 808 is just another leap towards better mobile phone photography.

That was the best comment I've read here for awhile. This thing isn't a DSLR. This doesn't make it wrong or bad. It's probably going to be a great camera phone. That has its own value. The problem isn't whatever limitations this little Nokia may have, the problem is that photographers generally take themselves far too seriously.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2012 at 13:00 UTC
On article Just posted: Our Samsung NX200 in-depth review (175 comments in total)
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King YONG: Finally NX200 review is out. Being waiting for this everyday. Reasonably fair review too. Agrees with the conclusion. Good ergonomic, good build, good UI, superb resolution, slow RAW write time, very good high ISO noise with RAW but poor noise control with jpeg.

Its a camera of compromise. Shoot RAW to get best image quality but need to be patience with write time. But given how much price has fallen since launch, its becoming good value vs cameras like Sony NEX7/NEX5n/Nikon V1/Pana GX1

@harrisoncac $789 at Broadway Camera in Vancouver. $799 at Henry's in Toronto. Both with the 18-55 kit lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 10:15 UTC
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Kuturgan: These cameras are dead born, because Nokia 808 outperforms them in IQ.

Not yet, although that day is coming soon. The Nokia runs Symbian which is a deal-breaker for a lot of us. When Android phones can match this quality, this whole genre of camera will probably die.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:23 UTC

Sony, please stop messing around and build this tech into 4G capable phones running Android. You will sell millions, including one to me.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:10 UTC as 14th comment

This is exactly where cameras need to go. If I can carry a slightly larger phone and get this kind of quality, I'll do it in a minute. The best camera in the world is the one you have with you, and the worst in the world is the one you left on the shelf at home. I need Android for business, though, so I'm looking for Samsung and Sony to step up.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:04 UTC as 100th comment | 1 reply
On article Flickr poised for much-needed interface improvements (81 comments in total)
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hindesite: I hope that they don't make any changes that break 3rd party uses of Flickr - I use it mainly because it (had) good 3rd party tools for uploading and also for viewing content - like Flickriver, and OnBlack, for example. Consequently the interface was not very important to me.

RSS feeds out to blogs were also extremely useful to me. I hope they don't break those. It also worked with Yahoo! Pipes (though that might not be around for long).

This is a great point. I don't think they'll mess with RSS but if they do, they'll lose me. Publishing my Flickr photos on my home page is one of the best things about Flickr.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2012 at 05:20 UTC
On article Flickr poised for much-needed interface improvements (81 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: I may be missing something and if so I apologise but PLEEEEASE can I BROWSE search results? You do a search, click on one of the results for a closer look and then you have to click the back button and click on the next result and so on, if I want to look at photos of a specific subject I want to sift through the photos as if I am browsing a photo stream or set, I don't want to have to keep going backwards and forwards for each result!

Click "Slideshow" when you have the results up and you can browse back and forth, looking at each photo.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2012 at 21:38 UTC
On article Flickr poised for much-needed interface improvements (81 comments in total)
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Freestyler: BLACK, for god sake let me have a BLACK BACKGROUND $@&@#$!!! How hard is it, seriously.

I agree totally. A bit more customization of our Photostreams would be simple to do and extremely welcome.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:45 UTC
On article Flickr poised for much-needed interface improvements (81 comments in total)

I love Flickr the way it is. I hope they improve it without messing it up. I don't want another Facebook. A few new features would be nice, though, and with Picnik closing in April, they'll need something to replace that.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2012 at 06:42 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply

After reading all the fuss, I went looking for orbs last night. I found a few. The handful of orbs in my pictures appeared from relatively intense artificial lighting which would blow highlights on most cameras. Speaking purely for myself, the orbs didn't bother me at all. If you think they ruined my pictures and that Fujifilm is the devil incarnate for having them, well, fine. I tend not to get worked up over small things.

Here's a link to my photo shoot on Flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=x10&m=tags&w=61266278%40N00&d=taken-20120217-&ss=2&ct=0&mt=all&adv=1&z=e

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 01:16 UTC as 42nd comment | 4 replies
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solsang: If the raw button is reprogrammed, there is no menu option for changing raw settings, you have to reassign the raw button to do it, more crippling!

Furthermore the update removes the different iso for each pasm setting, which is one of the things i liked about the x10

This update is the most dissapointing i have ever witnessed, and the reason i am sadly avoiding the camera; i was going to try it even with the orbs

You're mistaken about the menus. RAW is in the setup menu if you ever need it, right beside AEL lock.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2012 at 08:59 UTC

I've had an X10 for a few weeks. Shot perhaps a hundred photos so far, about half at night in the city. No orbs yet. I'm not saying they don't exist, but I am saying I haven't seen any. I have noticed a lot of blown highlights, but my gut feeling is that's because I'm new to the camera and haven't yet figured out the best combination of settings to deal with night photography in the city with this camera. It's been rainy here the last few days and I haven't made it out again to see if I can't beat that problem.

Daytime shots and nighttime shots that don't have intense spot lighting have all turned out very well for me so far.

I did the firmware upgrade yesterday and, while I can't assess how it dealt with the orbs (since I haven't seen any, yet), I can say it lets me reassign the RAW button to another function, which is incredibly valuable to me.

If the orbs ruin the camera for you, ok. I'm not saying you should feel otherwise. They don't ruin it for me. I haven't seen them.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2012 at 08:11 UTC as 165th comment | 5 replies
On article DPReview is looking for a Mobile Imaging Editor (35 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: The idea of having tools for sharing my d-SLR or mirrorless captured images quickly online in the field is appealing. Using a phone to take a photo? Sorry, I know they say "the tool doesn't matter," but I thnk it sort of DOES matter. You get to this level of being an enthusiast or professional, you use tools to match that. Phones just aren't that, I don't care what awards photos taken with them have won. As CAPTURING tools, they just don't rate. As SHARING tools, well that's fine. Anything that let me take images I've captured with my d-SLR or mirrorless & share before getting home & offloading to the PC, I'm all for.

That's fine if that's what works for you. There are, however, many of us for whom the tool really doesn't matter. Oh, it matters a bit, sure, but in general I believe in trying to get good results with whatever I have handy, including my cell phone.
If you don't care about this new direction, that's fine. You certainly have the right to that opinion. I do care. I continue to see better photography done with Androids and iPhones than I see from many gearheads with expensive rigs shooting flowers with blurred backgrounds and other such tired old photographic cliches. It's the same crap people inflicted on their neighbours in 1970s slide shows, if you're old enough to remember those. If I see another bloody insect macro from some rube with a DSLR on a tripod, I'm going to regurgitate. It's entirely dead photography compared to this new golden age of topical, relevant and timely photography that we're entering into.
I'm delighted to see DPReview go down this new path.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 13:54 UTC
On article DPReview is looking for a Mobile Imaging Editor (35 comments in total)
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Reg Natarajan: I have no interest in the job, but I'm delighted to learn from this posting that DPReview is going down this path. Mobile/connected photography is where the future is. While gearheads will continue to sweat over every imaginable specification on new cameras, people are out there actually shooting photos and videos with iPhones and Androids. The gearheads may look down their nose at them, but they probably have more to show up on Flickr than any five gearheads.

You think so? You should take a look at the winner of the World Press Photo 2012 contest.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/2/11/World_Press_Photo_2012

You'll see that it is grainy, has no shadow detail or dynamic range, is barely in focus, and has poor overall resolution such that you can't discern individual hairs on the guy's head. It is also one of the best photographs I've ever seen.

Photo quality = big sensor? I wish it was that simple. It's far, far more complex than that. Photography is only minimally about gear.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:31 UTC
On article DPReview is looking for a Mobile Imaging Editor (35 comments in total)

I have no interest in the job, but I'm delighted to learn from this posting that DPReview is going down this path. Mobile/connected photography is where the future is. While gearheads will continue to sweat over every imaginable specification on new cameras, people are out there actually shooting photos and videos with iPhones and Androids. The gearheads may look down their nose at them, but they probably have more to show up on Flickr than any five gearheads.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:15 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
On article World Press Photo announces 2012 contest winners (173 comments in total)

I'm surprised we're not hearing from more gearheads worried about what lens he used and whether he shot using HDR. Whether you like the shot or not (and I do), I think everyone should take a second to realize that this photo would be no more powerful if you could see better what what was in the shadows, or if each hair on his head was individually discernible, or if the RAW image had more detail. Photography is only minimally about gear.

Brilliant photo, symbolic of a brilliant movement. May our brothers and sisters in Yemen soon be free.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2012 at 16:49 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
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