Michael Ma

Lives in United States San Diego, United States
Works as a Multimedia Professional
Has a website at http://rawxmp.com
Joined on Jan 18, 2005

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Wild Shooter: Tried the Gear VR headsets, absolutely terrible. How have we slowly advanced in VR realm over the past 13 years? Dedicated headsets I used in 1993 were better than these slap-in-phone attempts.

What are you talking about? Virtual Boy was better than Gear VR? That's like saying Atari was better than PS4. Gear VR is $100. I think Virtual Boy was expensive. If it's not Vritual Boy, how expensive was the rig you are talking about? Was everyone able to buy one at K-Mart at the time?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 06:17 UTC

Why take a profile shot at f/6.3 and show everyone that the DOF is near infinity? Is the DOF that deep at f/1.2?

The only shots that had shallow DOF were shots of small objects at close distances. I can do that shot with a smartphone.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 02:30 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

When they said hands-on, they really meant it. Literally.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 04:05 UTC as 48th comment

Finally, I can throw away my keychain remote that came with my Hero 3 Black.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:26 UTC as 9th comment
On article Mosh pits and sunsets: Shooting with the Panasonic GX85 (146 comments in total)

Just release the GH5 already. The smaller versions with low bitrates rarely makes a splash.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 18:14 UTC as 20th comment
On article Samsung announces ruggedized Galaxy S7 Active (36 comments in total)

Don't tell me it's an Active without swappable batteries.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 16:46 UTC as 16th comment | 7 replies
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LFPCPH: But when will sensors deliver global shutter for us consumers ?

For stills, usually rolling shutter is a non issue as the delay is very minimal because it relies on a hardware curtain to limit the exposure. If you enable the electronic shutter option (this disables the hardware curtain) on some cameras, you will see rolling shutter issues in your photos because an electronic shutter's readout speed is still no match for a hardware shutter.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 04:56 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (422 comments in total)

ISO3276800 is a little too noisy for my tastes.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 15:12 UTC as 60th comment | 2 replies
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LFPCPH: But when will sensors deliver global shutter for us consumers ?

Yeah, I'm wondering where the Invisage stuff is. It looked very promising.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 22:49 UTC

Specs sound identical to the Galaxy S7 sensor, except the 4k 60p. Specs are good but we need to see video sample to say whether it's an improvement. I was hoping Invisage stuff to start making it in to smartphones.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 22:49 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

I think future historians will have a page on people skiing with long poles pointed at the camera before everyone had a pocket device that also functioned as a drone to be your personal videographer as you skied.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 08:34 UTC as 3rd comment

Skin looks MINDBLOWINGLY AMAZING on the Huawei P9 compared to any smartphone camera picture I've ever seen. That's no small achievement. It's probably the best skin color I've seen on a smartphone. Samsung too red, magenta, or blue. iPhone too yellow or orange. It's not just a white balance issue. Things like this is why people still buy Canon over anything else even if they are selling outdated technology. People just can't match Canon's skintones. I want this camera on my next Samsung phone!!!!!!!!

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 08:18 UTC as 4th comment
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Michael Ma: All ~20 Sandisk microSD and CF cards have always performed to perfection and still work today. All ~8 western digital harddisks I've ever purchased, all have failed within a year of purchase or just out of warranty. Am I the luckiest and the unluckiest guy in the universe?

With SanDisk, there are too many counterfeits. Scammers take 8GB cards, and make them look like 64 or 128GB cards. Everything looks good for a few gigs of writing until it has nowhere to go. Some of these counterfeits even slip through Amazon. Be careful when you see a "good price" SanDisk.

I worked in IT repairing computers when I was in college. Touched about 1500 computers in a 3 year scope. In that experience, 20-30 of the cases, the problem was that the harddrive was bad. And I'd say more than 80% of the time, it was a Western Digital. So I'd say my sample is much larger than the average person. In WD's defense, it may have been the time when they had a bad model that had a high rate of failure. This was more than 15 years ago.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2016 at 01:41 UTC

All ~20 Sandisk microSD and CF cards have always performed to perfection and still work today. All ~8 western digital harddisks I've ever purchased, all have failed within a year of purchase or just out of warranty. Am I the luckiest and the unluckiest guy in the universe?

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 08:12 UTC as 13th comment | 12 replies
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)

Good video, unfortunately, you can see the video quality is limited by very narrow dynamic range. Skin colors peak and shift to yellow which gives the impression that it was shot using a point and shoot. C-Log would make sure this wouldn't happen on bright sunny days but it doesn't have it. Photos look nice though.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 01:46 UTC as 93rd comment | 2 replies

I don't know what influences me, but all I really want these days is a Boosted Board, a Canon 70D, and some dollar pizza.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2016 at 00:30 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
On article Samsung offers NX1 and NX500 firmware updates (159 comments in total)

NX1 was validation that they can compete with the big boys as in terms of tech and image quality. If they ever come back, they should come back with full frame and a new set of lenses rather than trying to establish footing in some kind of crowded and cloudy crop sensor market.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 13:27 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies
On article Yi action camera updates original with 4K video (46 comments in total)

I think it's time for GoPro to step up their game. One thing that would be killer is built-in 1-axis roll stabilization.

But to be honest, one thing that is far more important is color science for skin tones. It is incredibly poor for indoor lighting.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 23:21 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
On article Yi action camera updates original with 4K video (46 comments in total)
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GCHYBA: How is this better than a GoPro?
I'm just curious, the specs look similar, but the GoPro has all these mounts and stuff already out there.
Someone educate me please?

Price. 4K at 30fps is can only be done on the Hero 4 Black Edition which costs $500.

GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition can do 4K 24fps or 30fps. Not sure if this can do 24fps that some people want.

If you want a GoPro, the only option is the Silver which is $400. There is the Session for $200, but it's in a different class of cameras. Smaller sensor, which usually means lower image quality.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 23:15 UTC

I think the Orton technique can be used for a very particular artistic look. For the benefits described in this article, there are far easier methods to achieve the same results such as Camera RAW filter with curves (or few minor tweaks to the slider). But really, it should have been done it with ACR (or Lightroom) in the first place before it made it into Photoshop.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 13:28 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies
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