I can envision a scenario where I sign up for a year at the current rate, and then Adobe jack up the subscription price. I choose to cancel my subscription (which incidentally you cannot do online, though you can sign up online). I'll then have a LR catalog that will be reliant on the latest version of LR.
Assuming Adobe still keep on releasing boxed versions of LR, I'd then have to go & buy the product full price just to carry on using my catalog.
If Adobe were to count the subscription as a lease, so that after say 15 months you get the current LR version DRM for ever, that actually might be an appealing prospect. You also have incentive to stick around subbing knowing that in another 15 months you get the next upgrade to keep.
Paying a subs with nothing to show for it strikes me as a bad deal for the consumer.
It's nice to know that Adobe put more effort into DRM to protect their own product than they do their own customer's account information.
Do anything online with Adobe? Never again.
Phil of Cilcain: The only 'real' premium superzoom camera was the Panasonic DMC-FZ200? Did someone forget the Fuji X-S1? With its manual zoom its a classic.
Same experience here with the X-S1 as orion1983. Great build, ergonomics and EVF but very poor IQ for the price - very, very soft images and lots of blown highlights even in "flat" lighting conditions (not to mention the droopy lens at full extension). A great shame Fuji didn't fix these issues and come up with an X-S2. As it was, I sent it back and settled with the FZ200.
I was reaching for my credit card until I read the price. Yikes. I guess they needed to differentiate with the price RX100 II, but even so, that's a lot of cash for a fixed lens camera.
Wye Photography: One thing I dislike about Americans is their overtly nationalistic and patriotic attitudes. You know, hand on heart and that "One nation under God" lark. And what do they do, buy phones from a Korean company instead of an American company. Makes me laugh.
Perhaps Americans aren't as nationalistic and patriotic as the media makes us Brits believe.
At least Jonny Ive is a Brit.
Reg Natarajan: I love the images, but I need Android. Hopefully Samsung and Sony will step up.
A separate volume control for music and ringtones would be a start! Support for memory cards, Bluetooth file exchange, background download of podcasts blah blah blah.... these are all showstoppers for me.
Windows Phone as it stands is seriously compromised compared to Android, iOS and even Symbian - a lot of style overs substance.
However, looking forward to Windows Phone 8, hopefully it should plug some of the major gaps, especially if it can support PureView technology.
Zoltan Varga: "Samsung takes over from Nokia at top of mobile tree". Maybe they are trying to get on top again. But i don't know why are they forcing their Belle OS, thats the greatest disadvantage of this phone. Probably the picture quality better than all other phones, but we all know that phones will never replace a camera. And lots of application will not be available on Belle OS.
I put Belle on my Nokia N8 (wonderful camera), it is HUGE improvement over Anna and S3. The problem with Belle is that the ecosystem just isn't there to maximise it's value. Ice Cream Sandwich on my Galaxy S2 blows it out of the water (including GPS) - so much so I sold the N8. I can live with the inferior camera of the SGS2 for the other benefits ICS brings.
The big question of course is when Nokia will be putting PureView on a Windows Phone, or whether they will lease the technology to other manufacturers.