Photato

Photato

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (437 comments in total)

These are the kind of things I hate about Canon lately. My ancient Powershot G5 has voice tagging. I hope Canon fix that with a firmware upgrade because is beyond the pale.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 16:42 UTC as 136th comment | 2 replies
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (153 comments in total)
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Photato: Any reason why Apple is still using a 4:3 Aspect Ratio sensor in a 16:9 world?
All the pictures are shown top/botton cropped on the iPhone 16:9 screen or with side bars when zoomed out, same for HDTVs.
As for Video, most of the sensor's pixels are wasted into a 16:9 crop. Here the lens behaves more like narrower 38mm eqv.
I am scratching my head wondering about Apple's famous attention for detail. LOL

The new Panasonic CameraPhone has a sensor larger than the image circle, meaning capable of muti aspec crops. Why is that bizarre? A camera is a camera, big, small, iOS powered or propietary dedicated firmware . The limiting factor in a Samrtphone is Size and Weight, hence expanding the sensor rather than the lens assembly seems even more reasonable.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 20:18 UTC
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (153 comments in total)
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Photato: Any reason why Apple is still using a 4:3 Aspect Ratio sensor in a 16:9 world?
All the pictures are shown top/botton cropped on the iPhone 16:9 screen or with side bars when zoomed out, same for HDTVs.
As for Video, most of the sensor's pixels are wasted into a 16:9 crop. Here the lens behaves more like narrower 38mm eqv.
I am scratching my head wondering about Apple's famous attention for detail. LOL

It doesnt have to be a 16:9 sensor. A 3:2 sensor would have been a more efficient solution.
Ideally premium smartphones should have multi-aspect ratio sensor. Combined with the phone level sensors users would have shots at Level most of the time, fast and effortlessly.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 16:05 UTC
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (153 comments in total)

Any reason why Apple is still using a 4:3 Aspect Ratio sensor in a 16:9 world?
All the pictures are shown top/botton cropped on the iPhone 16:9 screen or with side bars when zoomed out, same for HDTVs.
As for Video, most of the sensor's pixels are wasted into a 16:9 crop. Here the lens behaves more like narrower 38mm eqv.
I am scratching my head wondering about Apple's famous attention for detail. LOL

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 15:36 UTC as 43rd comment | 6 replies

I'd be more than happy with a Smartphone having this sensor and the proper IR filter. Ok maybe 1/1.7" type with 2MP. Really interesting, I wonder how big are the pixels. Maybe equal to a FF sensor? Is that stated somewhere?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 01:13 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1666 comments in total)

Wow what an epic marketing fail...and to quote my Grand mom.
"Over Promised - Under delivered"

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 02:29 UTC as 175th comment | 2 replies

Canon is stubbornly clinging to the SLRs.
They are so clueless lately this is not even funny.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 15:09 UTC as 61st comment | 5 replies
On Photokina 2014: Quiet but significant article (165 comments in total)

Most people wanting 4K are unaware of Chroma Sub sampling in CODECs. They all should be asking for 4:2:2 10bit at 2K or even 1080P instead .
But same as the megapixel race 4K is easier to understand.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 00:05 UTC as 40th comment
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Photato: What needs to happen before DP Review will create a Review of the first and only Canon mirrorless camera?

Sure at this point it is a rhetorical question.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 17:04 UTC

What needs to happen before DP Review will create a Review of the first and only Canon mirrorless camera?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 16:49 UTC as 161st comment | 3 replies
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Apple iPhone 6 post (67 comments in total)
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Photato: All this is good but why most of these Smartphones are still using 4:3 sensors?
I hope the next iPhone use a 3:2 Aspect Ratio sensor instead for more efficient utilization of the Image Circle and the 16:9 display.

The most efficient AR is the one intended for the final crop. The majority of displays today are 16:9 and the standard for HD Video is 16:9 as well. Almost all professional DSLRs use the 3:2 format that is closer to 16:9, requires less crop.
Also a 3:2 sensor would give a wider field of view so you dont need a wider lens.
The full native shots of these phones never show because the screens are 16:9. This is retarded and a complete lack of attention to detail.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 19:26 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Apple iPhone 6 post (67 comments in total)

All this is good but why most of these Smartphones are still using 4:3 sensors?
I hope the next iPhone use a 3:2 Aspect Ratio sensor instead for more efficient utilization of the Image Circle and the 16:9 display.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 19:01 UTC as 17th comment | 6 replies

Something is wrong with Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 04:25 UTC as 65th comment | 1 reply

With due respect to Mr Westfall but he needs to be informed that MOV and MP4 are not CODECs. Those are Media Container Files.
As far as I know the 7DII has not choice the CODEC as he implies, It only does H264. With the choice of consumer grade IBP frames and All Keyframes.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 23:34 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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Photato: The future of Photography seems to be on the hands of Electronics Giants like Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Apple, etc.
Right move from Panasonic.
I hope Apple do something similar since I'm in the iOS platform.
A Smart Camera that can replace my smart phone !

Apple still have another event for iPad, iPod and TV in October. They might announce a photo-centric iOS device there but I doubt it. All they need to do is to put a good sensor and lens on a iPod or iPhone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:49 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2101 comments in total)
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Joseph Black: A camera for people who care about photography by a company that cares about photography. Gearheads won't have their spec lust satisfied, but photographers will have one of the best cameras money can buy.

Smaller buffer, longer battery life. 12MP still give you plenty of resolution to crop from. Also you can freeze motion easier by choosing faster shutter speeds.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:02 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2101 comments in total)
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bronxbombers4: Anyway the speed and AF and all sounds like out of the park, awesome.

The sensor is what it is. It would be DOA for a 5D4, but it's probably OK for a 7D2 (although not ideal and I certainly feel for the one body shooters who'd use this as their main landscape cam too).

The video looks pretty punted though in terms of quality. The video AF might be useful though.

If you don't hit DR-limited scenes much and never shoot video it's a total home run. Grand slam even (assuming it lives up to the words).

If you were looking to it for video it's a D+ if you care about all things plus video quality. If you don't care about the video quality so much at all, it's maybe B to A- depending upon unknown UI factors.

If you wanted an action cam plus great all around aps-c sensor it's mixed, great on the one hand and stuck in 2007 and not quite so hot on the other.

Yes in the end we judge a camera on how it satisfy our specific shooting needs.
But still, no matter what you shoot, the sensor seems to be the weakest link here. Small pixels on a cropped sensor.
Notice how the marketing material didn't talk much about IQ improvements. So I guess it'll be close to the 70D IQ wise, which is nothing exciting.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:58 UTC
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Gesture: Fascinating. Camera makers have literally had to "come to the phone."

No, they just have to join the personal mobile computer which happens to have a phone.
Ironically, these days people are texting more than placing phone calls.
I'm surprised it has taken this long.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:33 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2101 comments in total)
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Photato: For a camera that is supposed to remain relevant for the next 5 years this is disappointing.

I was expecting:

-Much better image quality either by using larger pixels or a more revolutionary sensor to allow faster shutter speeds.
-Better Video specification like full sensor readout for movie mode, professional grade encoding 4:2:2. Faster FPS and more choices in resolutions.
-RF flash control.
-Articulated screen (Despite the weather seals challenges)
-Touch Screen. It has interesting professional uses.
-Many other creative solutions that are expected from a "leading" camera company.

The 7DII should be a capable camera but in my opinion Canon came short of what could have been an exciting camera that at least matched photographers expectations in 2014.

Those might look like gimmicks to you, but are actually useful features for others.
A professional camera like the 7DII has to be flexible and versatile enough to make the work of photography/videography faster, better and easier. IMO Canon didn't deliver enough. And if you want to talk about "performance in the field" I'm sure the sensor performance will be behind competitors offerings.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:18 UTC

The future of Photography seems to be on the hands of Electronics Giants like Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Apple, etc.
Right move from Panasonic.
I hope Apple do something similar since I'm in the iOS platform.
A Smart Camera that can replace my smart phone !

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 18:28 UTC as 102nd comment | 2 replies
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