Sirandar

Sirandar

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On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (116 comments in total)
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Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults.
Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating.
I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.

Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.

I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.

And the canned answer "just factory reset your phone" is no answer. It took takes ages to get my phone the way I like it and I simply won't factory reset. I would throw my phone away first and switch OS.

Factory reset is a convenient way for Google and carriers to hide their sloppiness.

Because I do things with my phone that few do I have had a huge number of issues and have factory reset my phone only once. Android does not require a factory reset and devs/carriers/Google recommend this because they don't want to fix their issues.

Every single issue but 2 I have had was eventually fixed by an update or uninstalling/reinstalling an app without factory resetting. One was fixed by a reset and one related to fast dormancy will never be fixed because it is caused by both the carrier and the phone.

PS I post here because Google is more likely to see it here than on their own broken and decimated forums ...... lol

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 17:43 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (116 comments in total)
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Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults.
Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating.
I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.

Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.

I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.

Actually Google needs to BOTH improve the power management model so any app that is keeping the phone awake is clearly identified AND the update process needs to be fixed so the end user doesn't get any 1/2 installs that kill you battery. Perhaps only forcing a reboot before and after updates is the only way to fix ..... just like Windows

This would be a pain but not nearly as much as playing detective to find that on app that was improperly updated. In the life of my Samsung S3 bad updates have caused battery and usability issues at least 10 times and uninstalling and reinstalling an app fixed immediately. Sometimes just rebooting fixes.

Most people just look at their phone and only play games and call. My phone is almost a primary computing device ..... when you use your phone like that issues are common.

That said Google finally fixed Maps and Gmail/calendar has also achieved stability and usefulness for me .... a good direction

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 17:34 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (116 comments in total)
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Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults.
Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating.
I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.

Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.

I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.

I would agree with you that not everyone has issues .... it depends on how you use your phone and whether you allow updates or not. Not allowing updates greatly reduces this problem as the updating process is also buggy, but if you don't update you don't get improvements and security fixes.

Using your phone as a multimedia device also increases this problem because having bluetooth on all the time eventually causes battery issues. Having a large music collection also causes issues unless you use Poweramp and set it up just right.

Not installing any apps greatly reduces this problem but does not eliminate it as Google Apps are sometimes the biggest culprit (Maps post V6) But not installing apps is like having a car and not driving it ... pretty pointless.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 17:28 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (116 comments in total)
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Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults.
Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating.
I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.

Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.

I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.

True that does work and I do regularly kill apps, but about once every single two weeks some update or condition will arise that wipes my battery while it is locked and in my pocket. Sometimes a reboot fixes, sometimes another update and sometimes the app is identified with Better Battery Stats and uninstalled or reinstalled.

It is far too much work being a detective and killing tasks. Android should be able to automatically tell me what apps are keeping my phone awake. But often Google apps themselves are guilty so I guess Google doesn't want this. Google own battery tools are useless and even using Better Battery Stats your wakelocks end up being the the Deletedwakelocks category and untraceable.

If you don't have these issues that is great, but search Android drain battery on Google and see the party ,,,,,, ;)

That said OIS may be no better, but that is no excuse.

ANDROID needs a better power management system, which maybe they have now ... I still have my S3

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 03:30 UTC
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (116 comments in total)
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Cartagena Photo: I had 3 different Z2 phones. They all had faults.
Decentered camera lens, Front LCD cover glass not properly aligned, Camera overheating and 4K video recording shutting down after only 2 min. When I had surfed the internet or used instagram for approx. 15 min the phone was 50 degrees Celsius, so if I tried to capture a photo the app closed immediately because of overheating.
I also had very blurry corners or other parts of the frame depending oon where the focus were. One side of the photos were more blurry than the other.

Bought a Galaxy S5 since they took the phone(s) back.

I must say that the Xperia Z2's i had had a photo quality that is worse than my old Sony Ericsson Arc S camera in sharpness and percieved noise.

My Galaxy S3 had the same type of overheating issue you described. It turned out to be Google Maps and last month an update came that completely fixed my overheating. When using Google Maps in the car my phone would sometimes shutdown giving a thermal overheat warning.

One update of Maps and the problem was fixed so it was clearly an Android/Maps problem not directly related to Samsung.

Android battery management is a nightmare and one rogue app can suck your battery dry in an hour and make your phone overheat. It is sometimes hard to figure out which app is the issue and sometimes it is Google's own apps such as Maps post V6. The update process can change an app from well behaved to a battery sucking nightmare and only reinstalling the app from scratch fixes.

Power management is the biggest problem with Android and more often than not offending wakelocks cannot be attributed to a specific app so fixing can be a real pain. I don't know if new versions Android are better.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 21:54 UTC

Very impressive shots.

Remotes are safer for the photographer and better for the wildlife. A win win.

Close encounter with wildlife make for interesting shots and stories, but every encounter with a human being pushes a given animal reduces fear or increases interest in human beings both which may lead to a poor outcome.

Even if remotes garner curiosity they won't be as much of an issue especially if the photographic community adopts good practices:

1) Treat the device to reduce human scent
2) Treat the device so is smells like something not human.
3) Bring a porta-potty with you as animals may consider your waste a delicacy and be exposed to all our microbial community which sometimes has bad results.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 18:49 UTC as 8th comment

Very tempting ..... fewer lens changes .... lets see what DXO says if they every review it

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 19:59 UTC as 1st comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1300 comments in total)

Comparing the standard res Mark II images to the original OMD E5, they just don't look as sharp or crisp with the II. Am I missing something? Look at the green feathers...

Also, the addition of a articulating display is very welcome, but can you turn the display to face inwards when not using it? Since even with a screen protector the display tends to rub against stuff and take damage, turning it in would make shooting a much more carefree experience.

My old Pana FZ30 had this feature and I took advantage of it a lot as I tend to use the viewfinder.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 19:17 UTC as 201st comment | 9 replies
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)

I am interested in what this camera may see and whether more MP will actually result in seeing more or whether other limits such as light gathering, stability and noise will come into play.

I wonder if eventually NASA will park a telescope in orbit on the non-sun facing side of the moon.... there is probably no accessible place darker ..... but is may be more gravitationally wobbly.

PS ..... that may be the biggest ND filter ever made.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 14:57 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply

This is a very interesting case.

It seems that there is a fine line between licensing and photograph and licensing a posture or pose. There are certain requirements for patenting a pose, dance or other body movements. It doesn't seem that the photographer Jacobus Rentmeester has any claims to the open legged basketball posture shown in the picture.

BUT .... there are many angles and perspectives to shoot that open legged posture from. Did Nike deliberately choose one very similar to that of licensed pic tire by Jacobus Rentmeester? If so I would say Nike breached the conditions of the license by re-shooting it and should pay the photographer accordingly.

The 30 year period is irrelevant as all the parties are still alive and have interest.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 18:34 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

I think Samsung is going to do it .....

My Samsung Galaxy S3 is still such a good phone I Have no desire to upgrade. When it was the only phone that did everything I wanted well. While other companies were deliberately crippling their phones to fit in with their overall business model, Samsung made the phone I wanted.

I have a feeling Samsung is trying to do the same thing with the cameras. So is Sony and Pana to some extent.

I also think they are focused on the best of the worst market .... cameras that are not competing with compact or smartphones.

Sadly it will not be an easy road as many affordable cameras are more than good enough for just about anything. No matter how good the NX1 is it probably isn't going to get me to dump my OMD and lenses as like my Galaxy S3, it already does everything I need.

But if my OMD died it would be an interesting option.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 15:44 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (207 comments in total)

Before adoption of any new format like BPG it would be nice to know if there are any sneaky legal traps built into it which would be sprung only when photographers and designers depend on the BPG format.

Just badging the format as open source in no protection as in the end only the wacky court system decides who owns what and why.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 15:08 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On Seattle PI.com showcases its 'pictures of the year' article (29 comments in total)

"Seattle PI.com, formerly the Seattle Post Intelligencer, was the first major metropolitan newspaper in the USA to go online-only. Remarkably, the PI only employs two full-time staff photographers"

That's great .... the news reaches us going through only 2 hands..... Much cheaper to "purchase" the news that way.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2014 at 15:33 UTC as 8th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (895 comments in total)
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draschan: just tried it for a day. a friend got the fancy leica version. it's an excellent excellent camera. the lens is simply amazing. the controls are phantastic!!! aperture on lens, time and compensation dials. nice viewfinder (although I have little comparison with viewfinders). fast, reliable. and the lens. did I mention it? the lens. it is 1,7 -2,8. the wide angle seems better than my excepensive olympus 12mm. It is a loveable camera. don't see much (or any) difference to my gm1 concerning the 12 vs 16mp. I personally would prefer a touchscreen and I'm not sure why it's not included. the extra leica lens hood is also great... as far as I can tell all panasonic I used did amazing video, I am looking forward to test the 4k (and extract 8mp images from it). so only downside: if you like touch then wait or get the lovely gm5. panasonic is really trying hard to please their customers.

Interesting .... I had a look but the pics but the comparisons are too small and there are differences in black levels and contrast that makes it impossible for me to compare them. Also it is shot with a pana body which sometimes makes a 2 mpix effective resolution difference compared to an OMD at least according to DXO.

BUT it does seem a reasonably valid comparison and the pana 7-14mm lens must be a great lens to stand up to a prime.

I am actually a fan of Pana since the FZ20 and FZ30 and I have always liked their lenses. With the Oly EPL2 I switched over to Oly but was never fully satisfied with that camera. I am fully satisfied with my OMD.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 04:03 UTC

Give the term vanity cam a whole new meaning ....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 20:44 UTC as 41st comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (895 comments in total)
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draschan: just tried it for a day. a friend got the fancy leica version. it's an excellent excellent camera. the lens is simply amazing. the controls are phantastic!!! aperture on lens, time and compensation dials. nice viewfinder (although I have little comparison with viewfinders). fast, reliable. and the lens. did I mention it? the lens. it is 1,7 -2,8. the wide angle seems better than my excepensive olympus 12mm. It is a loveable camera. don't see much (or any) difference to my gm1 concerning the 12 vs 16mp. I personally would prefer a touchscreen and I'm not sure why it's not included. the extra leica lens hood is also great... as far as I can tell all panasonic I used did amazing video, I am looking forward to test the 4k (and extract 8mp images from it). so only downside: if you like touch then wait or get the lovely gm5. panasonic is really trying hard to please their customers.

DXO says that the Oly 12mm prime has a perceptual MP of 11mpx

I seriously doubt the zoom on this panny is better, but I would be interested to see your source data.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2014 at 16:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 First Impressions Review preview (302 comments in total)

For a new M4/3 sensor/camera it doesn't seem to be producing very sharp images especially at ISO1600

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 23:20 UTC as 64th comment | 5 replies
On Samsung NX mini Review preview (107 comments in total)
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Dohmnuill: Another slim camera..without a viewfinder. No thanks.

Although I am in 100% agreement that a EVF is very important for most cameras.....

This camera isn't one of them. I shoot 90% of my shots with a EVF but if I were in the market for this type of camera I wouldn't be looking for a EVF .... size, light gathering and image quality would be paramount.

With a few firmware updates this camera will be compelling for some ....

What Samsung should do is make this device into a cellphone. Protect the lens enough and I might be willing to lug it around

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 18:02 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (368 comments in total)

I am a fan of Samsung and this camera is very compelling. .... But this isn't a real world test or a review .... It is an advertizement and should be labelled as such if DPR wants to keeps some credibility.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2014 at 15:21 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production article (211 comments in total)
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Mike99999: A great design experiment that lives on in X-T1 and A7 series cameras.

The problem is the sensor. The E-M5 produces flat and digital-looking images. Worse so than older, albeit more noisy, micro four thirds sensors.

Flat is such a subjective term and is strongly related to the lens used.

All digital and print images are flat and it is the mind that assembles the image to give the perception of depth.

Depth often relates to the amount of fine detail you see in the different distance layers of a scene.

The EM5 has no problems capturing detail with a good lens ... have a look at DPreview and DXO.

In Lightroom you can add and limit depth by using the Clarity, Sharpening and Saturation tools.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 17:12 UTC
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