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.
The lack of MicroSD is discouraging but the 64GB flat memory space mitigates this issue. Doe anyone know what it is made of?
Looks like a great camera and the image quality seems almost as good as a Oly EM5 and it is about the same price.
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
DPreview ... please do a review on this camera with respect to shot times and quality.
This is old tech but it works, I used to use PC version of Registax and it worked well.
If the 10 shots are quick enough this may work well.
It is a lie to say this is 50mp, that is almost fraudulent
Whats this ..... A HTC phone with microSD??????
Hallelujah ....... HTC exists as a phone company again for me.
I am sooo happy as HTCs were may fav phones before they pulled the plug on microSD.
Why is the 12-45 lens so big? It is the same size as my oly 40-150 and almost looks like it was made in the same plant.
It seems that the dynamic range on the RX10 is sufficient and the high ISO performance is also sufficient. I would say that this is a great camera and if I were to buy from scratch I would probably buy it. No lenses to change, everything you need in a single package in a small camera bag.
This is the camera I dreamed Pana would make after the FZ30 but never did.
Finally a successor to what Panasonic started with the FZ30 and abandoned.
If I didn't already have a camera that produces better images than the RX10, I would probably buy one when the price drops.
Looking at the image quality it does seem that the RX10 has a considerable penalty in both high ISO detail and dynamic range compared to M4/3 BUT in terms of actual use, in many ways the weather sealing and the flexibility on not having to change lenses all the time offsets the reduced image quality and slightly slow AF.
If you have to change lenses you have missed the picture opportunity.
I loved my Pana FZ30 and still have it, and I used it long after cameras with much better image quality and dynamic range were available for the simple reason that when the light was good it was always up to the task. The lack of dynamic range and the slow tele end were what made me move on.
Has most of everything I want, on paper at least .... I wonder if NA carriers will ever have it.
About the pixel density. IMO a higher pixel density has no perceivable advantage when zooming into a picture or web page ..... it all comes down to whether you can see the pixels or not.
Actually, the reverse is true .... a higher pixel density will let you read smaller text easily unzoomed .... to a limit. I would guess Apple has already reached that limit with Retina.
But a higher pixel density could be valuable if a magnifying pair of glasses were included with the phone. It would still be impossible to use the touchscreen as your finger would be too large.
I am also very curious how this performs .... my S3 camera is useful .... but like most smartphone cameras .... the usefulness is limited to good light.
It is hilarious that every S5 related cameranews item I found mentions nothing of this .... only things like selective focus.....
Thankyou Lars for actually posting something newsworthy about the S5 camera.
A better camera and 128GB of microSD are worth something in terms of usability.
Samuel Dilworth: I can’t predict the future, but I can tell you a universal problem with today’s cameras: they are pointlessly complex. I had great hopes the Df would offer another way, but if anything it’s worse.
The first company to make a genuinely simple, enthusiast-orientated, high-quality, fairly priced camera will have to beat people off its doorstep. Or me, at any rate.
I hugely enjoyed this series of interviews, but I was disappointed that the need for simplicity and reversal of feature bloat – which seem very urgent problems to me in 2014 – were not talked about by DPReview or the manufacturers.
Then it comes down to actual living ..... how can you enjoy an event when you are worried about somebody stealing your camera the minute you put it down somewhere. You can't dance, you are chained to your camera. A mirrorless camera with a pancake is the biggest chain I can tolerate ... and there are other options from Sony. Asking somebody to babysit a small bag just big enough for a mirrorless with a pancake is reasonable for 10-15 min ... asking them to babysit your DSLR bag is not.
Smaller size really does matter if you don't shoot for a living like most enthusiasts. Pros need the very best just in case ...
Every physical photographic tool I have fits in one smallish bag except for a tripod which I rarely even feel the need for with camera sensor advancements and IS.
When I want to I throw a pancake on my Oly and it is almost pocket-able and it is a very un-intimidating camera in that format. Right or wrong people feel more uncomfortable in front of a big camera.
IMO the OMD-E5 or similar camera with a pancake is the first smallish camera that can take pleasing impromptu ambient light pictures indoors. The Oly EPL2 couldn't with the same lens.
If it isn't with you you can't take the picture ... this is why people shoot an unfathomable amount of pics with a cellphone .... some are even good.
Even if Samsung just re-released the S3 in 2014 it would still be a far more usable phone than almost every newer smartphone except those made by Sony and a few others.
Why is simple ..... most new phones are deliberately crippled because they don't support microSD. HTC and Google want you to use the cloud so they can watch exactly what you do and mine that info. There is nothing inherently bad about this except it provides a very poor user experience compared to having your files local. No signal = no files Syncing sucks and is a waste of time.
The Samsung S5 will support at least 130GB of storage with a 128Gb microSD card. That means you can have all your music files local and never sync or wait for access again. And all local files are catalogged so you can search then quickly.
For those slagging the camera. You should probably wait to see the pictures .... then by all means slag away.
The S5 didn't really add much .... but at least they didn't take anything away.
greypixelz: sad he had to reach this age in order to understand that suffering and horror is not 'photojournalism' or 'the public's right to be informed'.there is such a thing as human dignity and dying is part of it. photographing death or any kind of suffering for public display is undignified and disqualifies the photographer as a human being. man should be immortalized on the highest peaks, not the deepest of valleys. this whole culture of decay and death is satanic in nature and goes against what man really is. the spirit of humanity is about rising from the abyss, not falling in it.God bless you all!
Why do you think police always confiscate cell phones first and threaten anyone who photographs or videos them in action. Imagine what it would be like in a war zone where combatants obviously don't want to be photographed and will gladly kill to prevent it. You are a little hard on Don McCullin. If he took one step out of line he would have been shot in the head. He was in no position to help anybody.
I will agree with you that pictures of death now serve no good purpose, but that doesn't mean it was always that way. What you refer to on TV and the news is called Death Porn and that is exactly what it is.
greypixelz: you can put the blinders on as much as you like .... it isn't going to go away. Out of sight is out of mind, but it doesn't make anything go away.
You would like to put mankind on a pedestal as God's great creation, but that is not who we are unfortunately. I do agree with you that photographing people's death is an indignity, but rape and murder is a far greater one. Pictures used to be considered photo-evidence and gave more credibility to a reported event. Without pictures it was just one word against the other. The same was true about the verbal communication as opposed to the written word.
Both pictures and the written word have no more meaning or truth than experience and verbal communication. All have exactly the amount of truth given to them. Both the written word and photography have been horribly abused because people expect truth from them when there is only as much truth as given to them.
Now pictures and video can be doctored on a 50$ netbook.
AndreyT: What? "Post-Communist Romaina"? In 2014? Pray tell, where did he find "post-communist" Romania after 2011, as the intro states?
No, my silly little pumpkins, this is not "post-Communist Romaina". This is capitalist Romania, EU member Romania, NATO Romania that you have in these pictures.
Although, on the second thought, I do see a rather fitting reference to Communism in these pictures. The only thing "Communist" that is probably still left in that country is the proper understanding among people of what's right and what's wrong. And that, unfortunately, does not play well in Capitalism. That is your last obstacle on that glorious path. Sorry, my dear people of Romania, if you want to live the "American Dream" you will have to learn to steal, to murder, to rape and, most importantly, to smile while you are doing all that. And learn to repeat the "we are doing the right thing" mantra - it helps to kill the remains of your human conscience, if repeated a sufficient number of times.
America .... been there quite a few times .... missed the steal, rape and murder parts ..... I am pretty sure I could find all of the above if I looked around enough, but that is pretty much true of every nation.
Generally, births and deaths aren't all that pretty to watch .... In these pictures it seems hard to tell which parts are birth and death.
A brilliant idea .... I am curious how the dev dealt with the laws of physics. The camera is only motionless to the pinnacle of the throw at only one point which means that compared to exposure times the camera never stops moving.
How did the devs compensate for this as in only in the brightest light would the exposure times be short enough to get a blur free shot. Could you make it light enough by filling it with helium to float?
Sirandar: Every time I read Nexus articles I feel a little sad.
I like the design, style and price of the Nexus phones and generally like Google but the lack of microSD precludes me from ever buying these phones.
For photography 32Gb is OK but people like me also use a smartphone for music and perhaps video. Syncing is so passé as you often don't have the music you want when you want it, and it is a PITA. On-line services are not even close to being there yet ( but may be eventually).
If the 64GB models were widely available and not outrageously priced I might live with no microSD, but nothing can really compete with a 32Gb Sam S3 or S4 with a 64Gb microSD card if you actually use your phone as both a camera music player and have a moderately sized collection.
PS I use Dropbox and Google on-line services and they are in no way replacements for local storage, especially for music.
I really can't understand how anyone can be satisfied with the On-line services like Google. I tried them and they are not even close to the convenience of having MP3s on a microSD card.
With on-line services your MP3s are not cataloged properly so you can't find what you want to play easily and when you do you have to wait to download it.
The ITune Match service brought my Internet connection to its knees for 1 week and never finished uploading .... I had to terminate it.
Every time I read Nexus articles I feel a little sad.