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Brilliant idea to add more value to their 4K video feature. Personally, I don't find 4k useful nor convenient.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 02:59 UTC as 3rd comment
On article 4K video: What you need to know (282 comments in total)

Sorry Panny, the feature is still in its infancy. This won't take off until h265 codec is supported by hardware in many affordable devices. The file sizes are very inconvenient and the Full HD at 60p isn't mainstream yet maybe due to the mentioned file sizes.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 16:57 UTC as 16th comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II added to studio test scene (210 comments in total)
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Eric Glam: The lens is such a disappointment!
Every (p)review I've read so far praised how good the fixed lens is and how sharp it is corner to corner. So not true!!! People can compare the photos but they pay more attention to the words, which are so misleading.

I've compared photos both here on DPreview and on Imaging Resource, and the conclusion is that the fixed lens on the Sony RX1r mk2 is NOT good enough. From about 75% and outwards, the photo is fuzzy and blurry.
The good news is that the sensor produces excellent blacks, and noise performance is also excellent. But the lens is simply not up to par.

It is intentional. Fixed prime lens cameras are designed similarly so that lens size, weight, and costs are minimized as much as possible. To get the quality you expect, the lens will be similar to a Zeiss Otus or a medium format lens.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 07:43 UTC

I wonder why they bothered with a short film than a ton of still images; not holding my breath on this one.
We still have yet to see more LCD screens with Quantum dots.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 17:20 UTC as 3rd comment

Indeed a smartphone sensor but the performance seems no different from what we have today. Global shutter does help in the fast panning scenes.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2015 at 03:01 UTC as 11th comment
On article Western Digital announces plan to acquire SanDisk (70 comments in total)

It will be business as usual but WD needs the flash manufacturing capability of Sandisk to remain relevant in the future as hard disks are on their way out on many applications, becoming a niche in a few years.

They're quite late though, probably waiting for Sandisk's price to come down, as Samsung is at least 1.5 years ahead versus all flash storage makers.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 15:17 UTC as 7th comment
On Connect post Google announces Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones (87 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: Pricey. The 5X doesn't even feel an upgrade from the Nexus5 despite the higher price.

Nah, two years in the smartphone industry is a long time and using the same parts should give it a substantial decrease in costs.

It lost OIS, wireless charging, and probably NFC too. Same 16GB storage. I reckon a quick drop in prices of the 5X in a few months.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2015 at 04:42 UTC
On Connect post Google announces Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones (87 comments in total)

Pricey. The 5X doesn't even feel an upgrade from the Nexus5 despite the higher price.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 17:48 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On Connect post Sony Xperia Z5's 4K display shows most content at 1080p (88 comments in total)

Can't wait for a couple of reviews on this one. Sadly, it is actually the interface and texts that might show a noticeable difference versus images and videos.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2015 at 17:01 UTC as 9th comment

Nice, if it's free to get.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 04:55 UTC as 127th comment

DSLR's and even higher resolutions? Sounds odd to me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 04:53 UTC as 33rd comment

That would be a good device to exhaust a lot of test and produce articles on the internet. Text or lines on the display should be a good test whether or not this has an advantage over full HD based on user experience.

For smartphone displays, I think I'd rather have a 120fps as many devices are capable of this frame rate and play life-like videos.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2015 at 18:18 UTC as 8th comment
On article BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene (539 comments in total)

Now give the A7s the BSI technology so that it's less pixels with less noise.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 17:30 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies

There are plenty reasons for the decline and not one factor only.
Camera makers should not take all the blame too as gross income and market is size just enough for small, incremental innovations.
Sony is probably innovative as they have the incentives to develop imaging technologies for smartphones and bring it to larger cameras.
A smartphone is pretty much an all in one device which happens to include good enough cameras. So, innovation and price reductions are relentless similar to the computing industry.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 14:33 UTC as 223rd comment
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jonby: It seems odd that, with an obvious gap in the market for a mirrorless/rangefinder-style MF camera, and with Leica's extensive experience in this field, their MF cameras should be SLRs. The CMOS sensor surely has now opened the door technically for the development of mirrorless/rangefinder MF and I would have thought that Leica would be well placed to be first ones there. If they made one, I doubt they would need to be dropping their prices to compete like this.

Same here. It's all I think about while going through each slide. With fast electronics and widely available EVFs, this could have been a mirrorless while using the same lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 18:06 UTC
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Thuravi Kumaaran: “If there are reports of poor low light AF ability with the a7R II floating around the internet, it's likely because of the slow lenses attached by those testing and making these claims of poor performance......”

Are you, cares about, other cameras in the same way & timing – for the floating negative comments of around the internet.

Looks like, this respected site is going to be like a street vendor. – who is holding the Sony sensor cameras on his head and crying for its sales. Anyway business is business. Interesting - but looks, so sad.

If there's any camera or any product that is truly great, they will hype and over rate it. It is true that this is a business and try to sell these as much as they can but their findings/tests are supported by facts.

They might need to look into some comments here though regarding the Samsung NX1 as it might perform similarly with a bright lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 13:27 UTC

Interesting. I thought this was similar to Samsung's already shipping V-NAND or AMD's HBM RAM. This seems in between both using NAND as storage while the architecture is similar to RAM.

Regardless, I think it is time for camera makers to provide built in memory in cameras. See, 32 GB is the norm for flagship android smartphones these days and that capacity seems fine for cameras starting from $400.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 13:09 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1584 comments in total)

Drool worthy. A true electronic gadget. One would need proper output devices for its best video outputs such as 4K or 120-144hz screen for the 120fps video.

As I mentioned before, video file sizes will be cumbersome in these video modes. I wish the camera has h.265 video support for better file compression.

I guess, their larger format cameras will eventually get the stacked CMOS sensor design too in the near future. Wow.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 08:48 UTC as 145th comment
On Connect post Motorola Moto X Style preview and samples (37 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: Good results for a smartphone. But I really don't believe tiny smartphone lens's can genuinely resolve 8MP worth of detail let alone 21MP...no way! Its a marketing gimmick, the vast majority of those MP's are just eating up memory while going to waste.

@ GabrielZ I agree and there's no way of getting away with it except choosing a reduced image size.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 03:43 UTC

From the video, it seems that there's varying quality of the 3D created models. The ones inside their glass display looks impressive but the model created from Panasonic's female representative doesn't. I guess, for that $450, you get that lower quality.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 04:48 UTC as 26th comment
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