Sirandar

Sirandar

Lives in Canada Guelph, Canada
Joined on Oct 29, 2004

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1235 comments in total)
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40daystogo: Why would anyone choose to get either the Lumix FZ1000 or the Sony RX10 - both of which only have 1" sensors - when Sony's A6000 with 18-200mm lens cost roughly the same as the RX10 (admittedly before the discount), and which has a larger APS-C lens, with the A6000 combo weighing less than the RX10?

Never having to change lenses is a big plus if you are shooting a lot.

You like changing lenses in the winter with gloves on? You like searching though your bag when the photo op is passing?

Pana should have made this camera weather sealed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 17:00 UTC
On Blast from the past: Photographing steam locomotives article (72 comments in total)

Stunning work with loving care .....

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 14:33 UTC as 30th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1235 comments in total)

This little piece of current events so illustrates that camera pricing has very little for do with manufacture costs.

Did the cost to make a Sony RX10 drop 300$ overnight? The price of a camera is what the market will bear.... until you get close to the bottom.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 18:54 UTC as 76th comment | 5 replies
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Sirandar: Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB

I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.

Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control

Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.

Post Post note ...... 2 full days of battery life ... and the only thing I did was use Tasker to force the phone to only have Location Services "on" when I want it.

I wouldn't even dream, of complaining if Android actually allowed you to easily Identify what app or system process was waking your phone constantly ..... I would simply delete any app and blacklist the developer ....

But you can't do that because more often than not there is no way to figure our which app is the problem and often it is Google's own apps.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 01:07 UTC
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Sirandar: Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB

I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.

Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control

Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.

Post Note: After suffering through the small pain of rooting my S3 (Knox made it harder than it should have been) and installing 3 utilities Tasker, Superuser and Secure Settings ........ I can finally stop my phone from spending 50% awake.

All it took was only allowing location services ON when I wanted on.

And No I am not Factory resetting my phone every month.

What an embarrassment to Google and their Android model. When the phone is locked and in your pocket, there is no excuse for more than 10% awake time.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 23:23 UTC
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Sirandar: Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB

I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.

Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control

Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.

To Lars .... Many people Android using android phones have this issue .... battery management is one of Androids biggest shortcomings. Some think that location services must be disabled to get decent battery life.

How easy is it for an end user to only have Location services on when they use Maps. Except for remembering to manually toggle, there is no way.

I finally broke down and rooted my phone .... now I can use tasker to finally shut down all that crap in the background.

There is no excuse whatsoever except very sloppy OS management for a phone not to last 2 days when you don't use it. Android is doning way too much in the background that a un-rooted end user has no control of.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 16:19 UTC
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Sirandar: Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB

I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.

Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control

Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.

To Lars ..... About once a month I get a situation where some app or Android process gets stuck in some kind of loop and my S3 won't sleep, even when locked.

Yesterdays mayhem was related to fast dormancy and the wakelock ril-fd. The one before that was the play store. The one before that was related to syncing my Google account and only deleting my account from the phone fixed that.

It is like a full time job keeping Android running

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 15:53 UTC

Interesting .... but no microSD and a 100$ whallop for 64GB

I am well and truly sick of Android and all it's battery mayhem. It seems Android has become a buggy mess. If FireOS was written from the ground up to actually manage your privacy and battery life this phone may actually survive.

Android seems totally incapable of preventing apps from constantly waking up phone even when it is locked in your pocket. Better Battery Stats helps but often doesn't because Android isn't really set up to identify what is actually waking your phone = deleted wakelocks and wakelocks you can't control

Once a month I am troubleshooting because my phone can't make it through the day in my pocket unused because of some update, issue or other. I don't even load new apps anymore because it is just too much trouble. Sometimes it is Google apps at fault, the Play Store for one. Try forgetting to manually kill that task and see what happens.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 04:52 UTC as 25th comment | 12 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1235 comments in total)

Thank you Sony and Pana for making cameras like this again.

I used a FZ30 for years longer than I should have just because it was such a great camera in good light. It's dynamic range and low light capabilities left much to be desired though.

If the Pana engineers can deliver a competitive dynamic range compared to M4/3 this camera will be a very powerful and versatile tool.

From the test images on DPreview it looks like the high ISO performance is only adequate, but this offset by not having to change lenses, which is huge IMO. It looks usable up to ISO1600 which allows some indoor photography without a flash.

I am a little puzzled why they didn't make it at least splash resistant as it seems it would be easier for this type of camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 17:17 UTC as 173rd comment

A simple but groundbreaking idea .......

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 17:04 UTC as 50th comment

I think the pictures are beautiful and more than a little creepy

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 17:37 UTC as 2nd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1235 comments in total)

At last a successor to the FZ30/50

It has no where near as good high ISO performance as an OMD E5 ....

But to never have to change lenses again ...... what a dream

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 20:59 UTC as 232nd comment | 1 reply

I can't really tell how good the effect is ..... but it will all come down the quality of the masking and edge detection .....

Actually at the resolution shown the effect isn't that bad ....

Still, this camera doesn't make all that much sense. The effect tweaked a little would be good for macro shooting to choose the best focused picture maybe.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 14:31 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)

In good light this camera takes very pleasing and detailed pictures. If I didn't have a M4/3 and wasn't worried about ISO1600+ I would buy ..

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 17:22 UTC as 121st comment
On Behind the Shot: Shredded article (84 comments in total)

What a picture ......

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 20:33 UTC as 41st comment
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (219 comments in total)

Lovely pictures with that certain something....

Interesting that an engraver could afford a nice vehicle at that time. There must be more to the story....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 14:39 UTC as 115th comment | 1 reply

Had a look at their website and they certainly know what is important to me as an end user.

I love the fact that they use CyanogenMOD as the OS, because I am so sick of being locked into my carrier for slow updates and bloated crapware installed that takes hours to disable. And no battles to root.

I am guessing CyanagenMOD plus the 3100Ah battery may give a very good battery life. I had to disable a huge amount of Google and non-Google crap to get decent battery life on my S3.

Now I know why HTC went all out on this years phone and defied Apple by putting microSD back on their phones. They are scared and they should be.

If this phone is reliable and stable (which is should be with Cyanogen if the hardware is good) I will not even consider buying a phone from a carrier again. But I am sure Bell Canada and the American carriers are lobbying as I write this to keep the phone out.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 20:33 UTC as 4th comment

The lack of MicroSD is discouraging but the 64GB flat memory space mitigates this issue. Doe anyone know what it is made of?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 20:20 UTC as 5th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (561 comments in total)

Looks like a great camera and the image quality seems almost as good as a Oly EM5 and it is about the same price.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 20:03 UTC as 117th comment | 4 replies

Might be a interesting product but 150X magnification is probably stretching it a bit. Looking at the web site the quality at 150x isn't bad, but not equivalent to a microscope.

Unfortunately bacteria require 1000X mag to visualize usefully.

Still a very interesting product .... I will probably put my 25$ in

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 17:27 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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