zaurus

zaurus

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On Google working on RAW imaging for Android post (84 comments in total)
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Jogger: What's the point of RAW on a 13+ mp sensor the size of a pinhead? Garbage in, garbage out.

Jogger: "Put another way, if you care enough to shoot and mess around with RAW.. then why on earth are you shooting with a pinhead sensor in the first place?"

The Samsung S4 Zoom phone has a 1/2.3" sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy NX interchangeable lens camera has an APS-C sensor.
Both run Android. More will surely follow. Both are unlocked so one would be able to install CyanogenMod and receive all new Android updates.

This is great news.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 20:53 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Going "retro." The surest sign of gradually getting marginalized, "the old rich guys stuff."

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 05:15 UTC as 958th comment | 4 replies

How is iPhone or iOS even remotely relevant at this point ?
Sure, I'd love some competition so that Google does not get lazy.
But Apple. Doing for a change something new instead of copying the others and just relying on marketing muscle? Not gonna happen, ever.

An iOS and Android developer, if that matters.
If the idiots still pay, somebody gotta collect the monies.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 04:52 UTC as 4th comment
On Did Sigma design the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm F1.8? article (200 comments in total)
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yabokkie: no matter who makes the lens how much does it worth if it can have similar resolution and aberrations as say Canon 135/2L?

135/2L got a 1.4 stops larger aperture (the difference of focal lengths also considered), more elements thus costs more to make. but if we ignore the internal formula issue, the lens should worth 1.4 stops less than 135/2L thus 989 * 2 ^ (-1.4) = 375 US.

@Vadimka The Olympus 75/1.8 is equivalent to a 150/3.5 lens on FF. So your comparison to the FF Canon 135/2.0 is ridiculous.
Better compare it to the Canon EF 100/2 USM on a APS-C body, like any Rebel. There the Canon lens is equivalent to a 160/3.2.

However, the Canon 100/2 is $450 whereas the Olympus 75/1.8 is $900. Both are the same size and weight.
And the Canon SL1 body is about the size of the OMD-EM5 -- but cheaper.

Oops!
Right.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 08:06 UTC

Sony's concept might be interesting if they provide a way to quickly change settings (aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation etc.) on the lens itself.
Something like Samsung's iFn button on their NX cameras, plus a ring.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 05:25 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1311 comments in total)
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AshMills: meh.

meh.

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 02:54 UTC
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Kendall Helmstetter Gelner: It's a nice tablet but there are still a lot more really good photo editing applications on the iPad, included Apple's own iPhoto which makes a very excellent and quick 100% examination tool. To a large degree the possible selection of software should be even more important to choosing a device than just the hardware.

Instead of cheap general talk, please substantiate how exactly is the photo-related selection on Android inferior? And how about applications, like Photo Mate for Android which are unmatched on iOS?

Oh, and in addition to Android having a better hardware selection, it also has the superior operating system resulting in a faster, smoother system overall.
I hope you will not try to compare Android 4.2 to the slow and partial rip-off that's called iOS 6?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 09:33 UTC

As universally acknowledged, even the 1st generation Nexus 7 was far superior, and cheaper to, and preceding the iPad Mini -- both hardware and software wise.

Why did you not post a table then for everyone to see? Huh?

NOW you are posting a table, but talking it down: Yes, the Nexus 7 is superior, but to the old iPad Mini.

Talk about iSheep and their defence mechanisms -- it's really pathetic to what extremes they are willing to go.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 09:26 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On Motorola announces a trio of Droids post (4 comments in total)
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Impulses: Google must be content to let Motorola hang itself or be a perennial loss... Either that or they had standing contracts with Verizon. These phones don't seem bring anything that would make them stand out vs a One, S4, or even an LG Nexus 4... You gotta think at SOME point they'd either want to leverage Moto's engineering to build a fully in-house Nexus or do something special in some way.

The Moto X should be the in-house Nexus announced on August 1st.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2013 at 11:43 UTC
On Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Zoom camera/phone hybrid article (222 comments in total)

All compact cameras just got killed.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 14:02 UTC as 76th comment | 7 replies
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Nikonworks: Apple was and is always over priced.

Android works for me at a much better price.

Ferrari brings Italian design.
Apple copies Android design.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 18:47 UTC
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Tarpon6: Hopefully Google will be now be able to sue Apple for patent infringement.

Google won't because they are not evil.
Microsoft will.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 18:34 UTC
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skytripper: The thought that people may be willing to turn over control of their mobile phones to a thoroughly unscrupulous company like Facebook is very disturbing. I know that most people aren't very smart, but I'll be shocked if they are this stupid!

Google provides an infrastructure to assist businesses including Google Apps, Pages, Communities, hosting, analytics, to name a few.

Facebook provides only a "modernized" version of identity harvesting and sell out -- just like email harvesters provided for spammers, who were in turn hired by marketeers.

We all know how fads like spamming were restrained. And even the typical, less-than-30-seconds-of-attention-span Facebook user will soon get it.

So enjoy it and profit while you can, HubertChen.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2013 at 03:09 UTC
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skytripper: The thought that people may be willing to turn over control of their mobile phones to a thoroughly unscrupulous company like Facebook is very disturbing. I know that most people aren't very smart, but I'll be shocked if they are this stupid!

Google and Apple's main revenue sources are many and all of them legitimate.

Facebook's business model is to try to assume full ownership of and sell their users content.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2013 at 00:11 UTC
On Which mobile platform is best for photographers? post (16 comments in total)
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Combatmedic870: As of right now, OIS has the advantage of only releasing one phone a year. All apps are optimized.

For video, I think android has the upper hand. Being open source, you can drive in the OS and up the bit rate and in some cases the FPS.

Who knows, both are becoming good platforms. Within the next year android will pass up OIS in apps. Just too many phones and too many people.

"I've heard computer savvy folks talking about the downfall of iOS for a long time now but it never seems to materialize."
There never was, is, or will be a downfall of iOS.
Except for an initial, start-up, fluctuation there was, is and always will be a normalizing trend driving the market share of all crucial Apple products and services toward 10% whereas maintaining the 50% markup -- and the markup/profit is the number they are really interested in.

Yes, Android 4.2 is light years ahead of iOS 6 in every single aspect (including usability) and yes, at every iOS price point there is a cheaper, better designed and better manufactured Android product.

But this does not matter one bit to the niche Apple is targeting for many years now.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2013 at 04:47 UTC
On Which mobile platform is best for photographers? post (16 comments in total)

Camera FV-5 and PhotoMate are two Android photo apps I use every day.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2013 at 04:11 UTC as 10th comment
On Aptina signs patent cross-license agreement with Sony article (30 comments in total)
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zaurus: Prepare for more such atrocities to come.
Just remember who started it all -- IBM, Microsoft and Apple.
Not that it matters eventually, repeat atrocities tend to become the norm as soon as they can translate to $.

Software-related patent litigation is not older than IBM.
Sorry to point out the topic of the article, but you seem to enjoy the obvious being stated.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2013 at 02:36 UTC
On Aptina signs patent cross-license agreement with Sony article (30 comments in total)

Prepare for more such atrocities to come.
Just remember who started it all -- IBM, Microsoft and Apple.
Not that it matters eventually, repeat atrocities tend to become the norm as soon as they can translate to $.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 04:14 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On Samsung launches Note 8.0 tablet post (7 comments in total)
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shadowz: your launch news says..
."At 189ppi the pixel-density of the 1280x800 screen is much lower than on some of the 1080p 5- and 5.5-inch phones released this year, or Apple's Retina displays"

The LCD specifications of samsung note 8 are actually better than those of ipad mini with whom it competes[or am I missing something ???] ....check the ipad mini specifications in this ink at this same site.......

http://connect.dpreview.com/products/apple/tablets/apple_ipadminiwi/specification

Do you suffer from a split-personality disorder?

If you have high-lighted the Ipad Mini in the headline as the pinnacle-of-all standard to which all the smaller tablets should be measured, then compare the Note 8 to it at all levels.
If you deem the Ipad Mini as one of the "most other devices" as in the main text -- then don't mention it in the headline. How simple is that?

Which one is it gonna be, Lars Rehm? You can't have it both ways. Pick.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2013 at 08:33 UTC
On Samsung launches Note 8.0 tablet post (7 comments in total)
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shadowz: your launch news says..
."At 189ppi the pixel-density of the 1280x800 screen is much lower than on some of the 1080p 5- and 5.5-inch phones released this year, or Apple's Retina displays"

The LCD specifications of samsung note 8 are actually better than those of ipad mini with whom it competes[or am I missing something ???] ....check the ipad mini specifications in this ink at this same site.......

http://connect.dpreview.com/products/apple/tablets/apple_ipadminiwi/specification

Umm, Lars Rehm, should you not compare "apples to apples" once the Note 8.0 is positioned against the Mini?
When it comes to screen, you suddenly decide not to compare them? And you don't point out the Note has the better processor etc.?
You know... that kind of selective comparing raises some questions.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 00:32 UTC
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