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On Recipe for 6S: iPhone 6S Real-world Sample Gallery article (119 comments in total)

They are great for quick grab photos in a place of p&s cameras 90%+ of the population used to use years ago. We have to remember that. Most of us here are enthusiasts or professional and, as such, our standards are usually higher.

I have an 6 plus from last year and it's great for this type of use in good light. low light? Nah, nothing with a sensor that size can do it...yet. Maybe someday. Until then, real cameras are preferred for any critical work.

But, for the causal snap shots, you can't beat what these phones (and some of the Android's) do WITHOUT having to carry a camera with you. That's the real benefit to most users IMO. No camera to carry. Remember, they have replaced the p&s in all cases EXCEPT the high end p&s' like RX100's, etc.

With all that said, I can't be too critical of any PHONE that produces usable images in good light. If it was a dedicated camera, I'd change my tune quickly. Face it, none of use here buy it as a camera...we buy it as a phone :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 21:06 UTC as 57th comment

Eh, take em or leave them. I wouldn't nominate any of them.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 21:20 UTC as 16th comment
On Apple reveals 12.9-inch iPad Pro post (200 comments in total)
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Jack Simpson: and we get our pics in there, how? One more reason for a/the Mac Air :)

I get my images in the iPad and iPhone ALL the time when I need it from my XT1 and RX10...I use the Fuji & Sony apps and the camera creates a wifi connection to the device. I select what images I want to import and it's done. It works very well!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 06:03 UTC

I understand the criticisms and the praise for this. Yes, I have a scanner and yes, like you this would NOT be my first choice. But as other pointed out, it's a VERY good choice for someone like my wife, or my 83 year old father in-law. It's simple, effective and "good enough". They aren't preserving original Ansel Adams here. Usually photos taken years ago on a point and shoot 35mm or even 110 film.

For me? I do shoot images with my camera(s) of images under my studio lights sometimes. The reason they aren't scanned? Some are so fragile, I don't want to risk removing them from their current mounting OR are too large for the scanners most of us have. Ex. right now, I'm doing a 10" x 120" panorama that won't make it to a scanner but is in bad shape from my grandfather. It needs to be preserved, so photos of the photos and manually doing a pano is my best option at this time. This device is just doing that sort of thing on a smaller scale for average people.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 05:12 UTC as 5th comment

LOL, it looks so fake that a selfie stick would be better :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 21:25 UTC as 66th comment

Great review and sums up my feelings as well. I hope Photos improves...A LOT. Until then, I'm suffering through with LR5. I loved Aperture but left a while back and want to go back but can't see doing that right now.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 21:55 UTC as 128th comment

I tried it in beta. Hated it. Period. I was an Aperture user. The biggest problem is that I like control over where my data is (referenced library) and want to set the folder structure of that library from within the app itself. There is now way to have overlays of main EXIF data visible without a floating window. It's just so basic it's really worthless for much IMO other than sharing on iCloud but I can do that now with LR5 and the iOS app easily too. I so much wanted to like Photos but just can't. I hated iPhoto, this is better, but not even halfway to what Aperture was. If it was a little closer, it would maybe be okay. I'll wait for future updates and maybe it will get better?

I'm not a LR5 fan either. The workflow just is bad for me. I loved Aperture's flow but not all editing tools. Tried C1 and others, nothing so far is close to Aperture as far as workflow. Blend Aperture and LR5 and you have a winner IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 22:38 UTC as 43rd comment
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ttran88: Give me 24MP with A6000 AF and I will buy as my apsc camera system. The Canon of the APSC mirrorless world. Gotta love fujifilm.

I think 24mp is coming...probably debut with the X Pro "2" IMO. Their AF has taken huge leaps over the past few years from where they began. I don't doubt they'll catch up within the next 12-24 months. The last thing is video...the X Trans makes that a challenge, but they can do it...I hope.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 23:10 UTC
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darngooddesign: It bears mentioning that the new 35mm is supposed to be a weather sealed prime.

I hope so. That fact alone will have it added to my XT1 in place of my 35 f/1.4. I'm used to the f/2.0 with the X100 line and I'll trade some light for seals for general purpose/travel. PLUS, it appears to be smaller which is also nice for a single lens travel setup.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 23:08 UTC

Thanks Barney! This was great! I'd like to see DPR do more of these "real world" use studies with various systems, get them out of the test studio at DPR and into the hands of non-reviewers. This really helps paint a complete picture and the combination of the video + tech / DPR style review really sets DPR apart from others IMO. Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 20:48 UTC as 109th comment
On Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II article (177 comments in total)

I keep getting tempted by the a7 series, but it's still lack of native AF lenses that hold me back. The kit zoom if "just okay" and would do in a pinch I guess....where's a 24-70 f/2.8 range? How about a 50mm f/1.4 of f/1.8 from Sony and not Zeiss? It's a nice small body, but the primes are pretty large (like the Zeiss 55). I'd be thrilled with something even like the Canon 50 f/1.8 just to keep it small, light and as a walk around lens. This system also screams out for pancake lenses as well.

As much as I admire Sony's tech, they keep pushing out bodies but not many appealing lenses (at least to me) to go with it. The IBIS is likely a way to say "use third party adapted glass"..I hope not. Come on Sony. You have a good thing going, stick with it, invest in the glass now.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 16:13 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies

The sad thing is that ACTUAL Hassy's are great cameras and have great IQ. As nice as the RX100 m3 is, it's not even in the ballpark with Hassy. This is just nuts. At least when Leica does it with Panasonic, they are helping at least with the lenses to a certain extent and, while you pay a premium for it, it's much more reasonable too. Put this Hassy in the same class as the tricked out all gold clad Nikon. Yuck.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 20:22 UTC as 168th comment

I understand that as the camera lines grow that they cannot continually update ALL cameras. However, it would nice if they could (hardware permitting) do it for at least the preceding generation (X100s for example for Classic Chrome, Q, etc.) and leave out the older models or ones that are more than 24 months old (X100, X Pro 1, etc.).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 20:15 UTC as 30th comment
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peckinpah: Good to see Fuji is still updating the X-Pro1. But why no Classic Chrome for us?

That would include my X100s which is X-Trans II and it didn't get classic chrome. No idea why...argh.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 16:21 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Too bad, no thethering options for Mac OS X.
While a large numer of (especially) professional photographers prefer to use Mac OS X over Windows.

That is a bad decision of Fuji NOT to support Mac OS X for thethering.

I agree....I personally don't know any photographer (outside of online) that are using Windows....we all use Mac. However, sure there are Win users out there. My guess is that if you look at photographers, it's probably a 70-30 or maybe a 60-40 split in favor of Mac.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 16:19 UTC
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Zaax: Oh crap, no classic chrome for the X-E1? I was really hoping to get that.

YES! I see no reason why that could not have been done. It's just a profile for jpg processing. Argh. I was hoping for this in the X-E1 & X100s

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 16:17 UTC

Bling bling bling! Not for me, but some will like it. It's an option and likely isn't costing Nikon much to make a small run of these to help clear some Df inventory. This is way better than Pentax making candy colored (and flavor named) DSLR's IMO :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 23:25 UTC as 132nd comment
On Sony debuts 21MP stacked CMOS sensor for smartphones article (95 comments in total)

I'll say this. Everyone just think about where we were with sensors 5-7 years ago. FF, APS-C, p&s, cell phone, etc. Now look at today. Back then, many would have not thought a 1" sensor could do what it does today. Nor would many have thought of a camera phone being anything that could compete with a "larger" p&s sensor. Yet, here we are.

In 5-7 more years, I'd be willing to bet that high end camera phone sensors will be producing IQ with very good resolution up to ISO 1600 and 3200. We'll see 1" sensors performing at levels of most APS-C (think a6000, XT1) of today and APS-C going beyond what standard FF does today. 4/3 will also progress. FF? Watch out. Look at that Sony A7S. I think ISO 56,000 will be a walk in the park for most.

PDAF and best AF tech today will also look pretty slow as well. It all changes, always does. Sit back and enjoy the ride :-) Of course, I could be completely wrong too LOL!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 21:35 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies
On Sony debuts 21MP stacked CMOS sensor for smartphones article (95 comments in total)
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sebiruns: This is just silly. The details will be smeared. Any 8 megapixel DSLR from ten years ago will out resolve this crappy sensor. Adding more megapixels is just a bad idea. But sure, people will still buy it and think it is the best thing since sliced bread.

This is how I view the 1" sensors as well. I do have a Sony RX10 (20mp). I treat it like it's a 14-16mp sensor for normal use and down-sample it from the 20mp. The resolution is still pretty competitive but it really does seem to improve the overall IQ IMO. It prints to 13x19" (largest I've tried so far with it) very well.

If I'm at ISO 1600-4000, I treat it like a 10mp camera and down-sample to that and the noise is well "controlled" if you get my drift. Mind that I do not usually "crop to zoom" like some people do, I try and get everything right in camera first.

Following this logic, I see Simon's point. If you are staring at 20+ MP you can do this. However, if you are starting at 8-12mp, I really don't want to down-sample to 4-6mp.

I have an iPhone 5s. I don't down-sample at all. I take it for what it is. A camera on a phone that does a great job at low ISO's. That's it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On Amazon Fire Phone camera review post (61 comments in total)

It's interesting it has such a poor camera for a new release. They tried to put so much into it. It's not selling well anyway.

I love Amazon and shop with them a lot and I'm a paying Prime member. However, I just don't understand why they venture into these things (Fire phone, tablet, etc.). The Kindle is a great product. If you just want to read, that e-paper is great.

Their shopping apps for iOS and, presumably, Android are very good. I also make good use of the Kindle app and the Audible (owned by Amazon) apps as well. I wish they would focus on what they do best - sell other people's products and make a killing doing it :-) (Oct 24, 2014)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 05:51 UTC as 11th comment
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