Artistico: It's better than the performance of many a compact camera. An iPhone truly eliminates the need for a low-end compact for snapshots, and I do believe that at times, you can get a shot with an iPhone that you simply couldn't with a bigger camera, either because it's always with you, or because it's unintrusive and doesn't cause a change in your subject's behaviour before you get the picture, as particularly large cameras with big lenses do have a tendency to do at times.
It might just be my next phone. I just have to wear out, lose or accidentally break my current one first...
There is a simple solution to the concern of "flooding" and "diluting". Just use the DPReview news filter feature to turn off the "Connect" part of the feed for your view. You won't see any more of the Connect phone related stories.
While the quality of the article isn't the greatest, I applaud the fact that DPR has spent some more time on the process of photography and the results these days and not just on equipment reviews. Unless you are a serial equipment buyer, you likely spend far more time behind the viewfinder than buying equipment.
I think there's still some tuning to do on the selection of articles, but I'm glad an effort is being made.
If you only want reviews, just click the "Filter News" option on the front page and choose "Reviews and previews".
I saw Weingarten portrait work when it came through the High Art Museum in Atlanta. It reminded me a lot of mixed-media artwork and I think it makes the most sense in that context instead of the photography context. Photography is a tool being used to combine items that cannot be combined physically as in traditional mixed media.
I do feel like it fails in being a "metaphorical" representation of a person as the content is very literal (the baseball, the jersey, etc). Perhaps this is an inevitable result from the goal of being able to recognize who the person is rather than just convey an impression of the personality.
ICE will also work with RAW under Windows if you have the FastPictureViewer codec installed. Of course, you'll likely get better results doing your own RAW conversion and then using ICE. I have done dozens of panos and other stiches with ICE and I've been quite happy.
Of course, the point of the article is not seamless stitching, but intentionally giving the effect of a pile of prints lined up to form a larger image.
For those who think the camera is BS, snakeoil, trickery, etc; there are many resources on microlens array imagery out there. You can start with the academic paper published by the guys who founded Lytro: http://graphics.stanford.edu/papers/lfcamera/lfcamera-150dpi.pdf And also look at the industrial application from Raytrix (which came before Lytro) - http://www.raytrix.de/
Of course, even the high resolution industrial ones only go up to 7MP. Raytrix notes on their site that adding a microlens array to a sensor cuts its effective resolution to 1/4 of the original. So, a high resolution one is possible, but you have to start with an extremely high resolution sensor - not a cheap proposition.
I don't know much about Lytro, but I have a friend who also worked on microlens array imaging in graduate school.
I haven't seen it mentioned much, but this technology can also be used to generate an image with essentially infinite depth of field, rather than choosing a particular focus point and using a conventional depth of field. That's how it's used in industry (and why it was developed in the first place) to create very large depth of field without super small apertures (and thus long exposures).