What are the dark areas? Dust clouds?
Since there has been no news of this from Sandisk I am guessing this is a predatory takeover.
Since Sandisk seems like a perfectly viable company I would see this as a bad thing specially for all the employees at Sandisk who will became "redundant".
Sandisk actually has manufacturing capability (rare for a brand name these days) so I guess it could be a win win if WD injects some cash for R+D and upgrading so that Sandisk can remain competitive. Will this happen though?
Currently Sandisk seems to always get beat out on price by Adata, in Canada at least. And I have found products from both reliable. I have SSDs and microSD cards from both.
danieljcox: I wonder how many of you so called photographers, who are against DRM, have actually made your living by way of selling your photography. I'm guessing few if any. If you did depend on selling rights to your images you would understand that something has to be done for professional photographers to get paid for their work. Just like the music industry has done. Your answers are to just give up, it won't work? Spineless with lack of vision comes to mind over this issue.
In the end there are only two choices:
1) The cultural wasteland of free state and corporate controlled music.
2) Artists get paid close to directly for their work by the end user so they can live and create.
In terms of music Western nations are pretty much a wasteland with about <0.000000001% of the population being able to make creative music that has real creative spirit that can actually reach public ears. There are probably 20,000 people in Canada and the US who are elite pianists. Ever heard any of them?
Interestingly, China which is state controlled and embraced the free music philosophy has a much much better hit rate for musicians and a flowing music scene, but they are have the finances to support them.
500px has a million downloads on Android, but I have a feeling that even the elite photographers are making too much money.
Video seems to be where its at, and photography has been too associated with advertizing and thereby tuned out.
Sorry Jtan .... I was only referring to this part regarding philosophy.
"The real problem is just like everyone else photographers have been replaced by machines that can do "good enough" if not artisanal work in the hands of most anyone." Few like shooting weddings especially for free so based on the above statement these may be the only people who get paid.
Actually I agree with everything you said except that the end user is not central to the problem. When you can steal or use "free" alternative they simply don't pay. It is almost impossible to make them pay, as enforcement and poorly working DRM costs more the the money it saves. If you took the enforcement money and DRM costs and paid the photographers more people would probably be happy ;)
In the end it is up to the end user to pay or not. As long as we have a culture that thinks stealing is OK and music and photos are free, we will have the musical and photographic landscape we have today, pretty much a wasteland.
500px already has a good system for selling photos .... nobody will use it
@jtan: Your philosophy pretty much means the only photographers who will make money are wedding photographers.
I agree with danieljcox that something should be done so excellent photographers can make money, but DRM probably isn't it.
The sad fact is that the end user is central to the problem. They simply don't want to pay, whether they are corporate or personal. We don't want to support photographers then we don't deserve photographers. We don't want to support musicians then we don't deserve musicians. When was the last time you saw a musician playing in a park or street? I do it, and I see one or two people a year who can actually play in a city of 2 million people.
Music is already gone, photography is almost gone too.
People don't want to pay for either music or photos. They think "The Man" will pay instead .... he isn't. In Canada the only viable source for music is Itunes. Amazon is barred from the market. It is a monopoly, Itunes never says how $ is split
Sirandar: My first digital camera was the Oly CZ-730.
In some ways it was an abomination with abysmal low light focusing and performance. But is good light it took surprisingly beautiful pictures as long as wide dynamic rage wasn't required. I still have some CZ-730 prints on my walls.
My next camera was a Pana FZ20. It was a great cam with a great lens, but when the FZ30 came out it was pretty much a no brainer. That was a great camera and I would probably be using it still if it wasn't for its limited dynamic range and poor low light performance. Gave it to a friend and she still uses it and surprisingly the OEM battery still works. Skipped the FZ50 as it just didn't seem worth the upgrade.
Next camera was the Oly EPL2 and it opened up a new range of shooting options as it actually had decent dynamic and reasonable low light performance. Used it for a while, but never fully satisfied with it as I came to realize a viewfinder was pretty much mandatory for my shooting style.
My experience with the EPL2 lead me to decide to pay more for a camera so I got a Oly OMD EM5 when the price dropped enough and eventually bought a few lenses that could benefit from such a camera. It is a camera that I can say I was fully satisfied with, except that Oly seem to not be supporting it with any new features with firmware and it suffers from shutter shock which is usually avoidable.
My first digital camera was the Oly CZ-730.
Sirandar: Still no microSD, but if the 128GB model is actually available and really only 150$ more, this isn't as much of an issue as it usually is.
I still like microSD better as when you drop your phone in the toilet or on the ground and it doesn't boot, you don't have to pay $$$$ for data recovery, you just pop it out and put it in a new phone. Android does have backup, so if you have enough data or WiFi access (which all do) they may be safe there. Never actually tried it though.
If sync is on all the time, you can get some pretty nasty data charges. I moved a Dropbox folder on my PC, and Dropbox decided to resync a lot of files without me knowing on my data plan = data charges.
I don't allow any automatic sync of many types of data on my phone.
@tedoman: yes I know but I turn Wifi on rarely so things aren't synced when I want them. I have no home Internet, only mobile ....I pulled that plug a long time ago.
@tkbasic: Agreed 100%, but Apple and Google are in the data business and hate microSD .... yes of course it is a huge cash grab and usually the 128Gb versions aren't even available. HTC did a lovely about face on microSD and they are now an option for me. Samsung removed microSD on the S6 but actually do offer the 128GB version ... which unless you are into video, is good enough.
Still no microSD, but if the 128GB model is actually available and really only 150$ more, this isn't as much of an issue as it usually is.
The test image isn't bad from the DXO One, but suffers from general fuzziness, which is fairly extreme in the corners. The images also seem to have a lot of blown highlights, which shouldn't be happening in a test image.
It is certainly better than my Note 4 camera, but that has a panorama feature and the ultimate in portability.
If DXO made it for Android and could connect and control by NFC or WiFi, and sold for <150$ it may be worthwhile.
It is usually Lightroom quite a simple manner to reduce haze in Lightroom without a special tool. Somebody was bitching about no tool in Lightroom
Shutter shock sometimes rears its ugly head with my camera. Usually I can prevent it with the right settings, but sometimes .... there it is.
Even with CS6, I have found that very little that can be done to fix blurry pictures from shake or shutter shock. An electronic shutter is pretty much the only thing missing on my camera.
Sure you can try oversharpening, cranking the clarity and upping black clipping ..... but that really isn't fooling anyone, and usually looks hideous.
I am curious how Adobe claims to fix shake when shake inherently results in huge informational loss throughout the image. Anyone have ideas?
Haze is much easier to deal with and can be fixed by changing black clipping and doing channel by channel histogram tweaks. Seems hard to automate considering picture variability. Anyone know how well it works? I think Photoshop already has it, but I don't leave Lightroom much these days.
Sirandar: It's embarrassing that none of this made it to the OMD 5 mk1.... and no explanation why not.
My first picture with the OMD EM5 was taken March 2014 and I bought the camera new, so it is not a 3 1/2 year old camera. Oly was selling them 1 1/2 years ago.
You may be happy with lack of support after 1/1/2 for a 1000$ product ... I am not.
All Oly would have to say is they tried and found every single new feature was not portable to the Mk1.
The truth is that the OMD Mk1 is still a major contender and the stiffest competition for Oly .... for me to drop another grand on any camera it would need to be 1000$ better than my mkI. Sony almost pulled that off but the convenience of a single lens wasn't enough to justify the loss in image quality when I already have a EM5.
Olympus would be better served to invest some effort keeping their brand name in my mind until they do come out with a camera 1000$ better than the OMD EM5 mk1
This self competition effect is taken to extreme in the gaming industry where PC games are released so broken they barely play and never fixed.
It's embarrassing that none of this made it to the OMD 5 mk1.... and no explanation why not.
Looking at the test scene, I would say Sony has released a very useful camera. It does ISO3200 as well enough that I can read the bottom line of text easily and the images are pleasing. No doubt when shot raw you could make the images look however you like.
Is the extra 2600$ worth it over a 1000$ M43 or APS camera? Would I like one? Hell yes. I hope lots of people buy them.
Sirandar: It is mostly that cameras are not all that much fun for people who use more than a smartphone for photography
The reasons for this are simple:
1) It has become completely socially unacceptable to photograph someone you don't know and even people you do. There has been too much fear mongering regarding inappropriate use of photos. I just don't photograph anyone any more.
2) With the advent of excessive free photo distribution it becomes painfully evident that somebody else has 1000X more talent, 1000x more time, 1000x better equipment, and 1000x more opportunity than you do. The path of least resistance is to look at photos from the best on-line
4) Like music, for artistic photography the public has been trained to expect it for free. It has been devalued for a free model. As a percentage of the total # of photographers, the number that can make money in miniscule. With all free models of Enterprise, somebody else is determining what you can view and what is promoted. It seems democratic but actually it isn't.
None of this applies to the smart phone photography even though functionally there is really little difference between shooting with a phone and a dSLR.
Why is this:
1) It appeals greatly to human vanity and allows people to show off their appearance and lifestyles in an inexpensive manner. Selfie sticks seem to be an explosive market right now
2) There is the illusion of complete control and privacy. You take the pic with your phone with your selfie stick.
3) Hardly anyone cares about looking at framed pictures anymore, even in their own homes. Compelling photos are buried amounts billions of others. 500px makes a good attempt to address this problem but really they should be called 500,000px. The photograph has bee devalued for most people. This is the reason for the push to 4k video .... something new and shiny for the public to focus on. The primary purpose of medical schools (in Canada at least) is to regulate the number of doctors entering the market with medical training somewhere second. Artisitc photography is a victim of its own success.
It is mostly that cameras are not all that much fun for people who use more than a smartphone for photography