Michael Ma

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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Looks like a zombie arm. There is no blood circulation.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 02:37 UTC as 74th comment

Just use ACR/Lightroom for more flexibility.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 03:21 UTC as 16th comment
On Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera review post (85 comments in total)
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Jostian: My Note 4 is pretty decent in low light, no worse than any other current cameraphone.

Compared to any phone made even 1.5 years ago, low light performance is shockingly good.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 03:17 UTC

So, DxOMark, you're telling me my Galaxy Note 4 has had the most amazing camera the entire time? Yeah, I knew.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 00:57 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (346 comments in total)
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cgarrard: DPR- Glad you will keep pushing the raw issue as much as you can without hurting your relationship with Canon.

I'm not buying that answer Chuck! :)

Yeah, the needle of my BS meter popped off with that answer. Who would believe a processor on a modern camera was so limited in new cameras of the last 3 years?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 02:45 UTC
On Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (346 comments in total)

The problem with buying this camera is that Samsung is likely to introduce a camera with double the specs with an ILC system, RAW, bigger APC-S sensor at half the price this year, and then top themselves every year. If they haven't already.

I hear Samsung is even trying to work with Magic Lantern developers for the next update of the NX1.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 02:39 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
On Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera review post (85 comments in total)
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IEBA1: I had hoped to see a comparison of the Note's video with and withought HDR. And does HDR video work in 4K?

I found an app that lets me record HDR video in 4K on my Note 4 (Exynos). The 4K setting is enabled with a beta checkbox in the settings. Unlike the stock app that disables HDR once you start shooting the 4K video, the Open Camera app will record 4K video with HDR. I do not agree with Menneisyys, but maybe his Snapdragon Note 4 is different. And what is better is that the saturation is not amplified like in the stock camera app. The HDR on the Open Camera app looks natural where the HDR video in the stock camera app can look over-saturated. And another thing is 24p can be set, and it looks legit. I don't know if having a Snapdragon Note 4 will make a difference.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 17:10 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera review post (85 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: I found a better camera app called Open Camera. Shoot 4K video with HDR, and 24p with the Note 4. I think the HDR on the Open Camera app looks much flatter and natural rather than the over-saturated stock camera with HDR. Overall, I love my Note 4 camera.

You can get 4K HDR video on the Note 4 with the Open Camera app. It is true what you said about the stock camera app. When you start recording 4K video, HDR disables. But it is not true of the Open Camera app. There is a beta setting in the app that lets you shoot 4K video with a checkbox. And to my surprise, with the HDR option enabled, it records 4K video. The HDR colors are awful in the stock camera app, but on Open camera, there is no saturation added. It looks a bit flat, which is exactly what I'm looking for. And this is for 1080p and 4K. btw, I have the Exynos Note 4. Some minor gripes, fps can only be set to 24fps not 23.976fps. And rolling shutter is not the best. But it is a smartphone after all.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 17:04 UTC
On Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera review post (85 comments in total)

I found a better camera app called Open Camera. Shoot 4K video with HDR, and 24p with the Note 4. I think the HDR on the Open Camera app looks much flatter and natural rather than the over-saturated stock camera with HDR. Overall, I love my Note 4 camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 10:03 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1197 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: While Canon wants to correct the mistake of making people want to shoot HD video with SLRs, Samsung is setting their own standards and shaking up the stagnant Japanese camera manufacturers who handicap their cameras to sell more premium models. Maybe we'll be back to getting the most out of the hardware, instead of paying an arm and a leg for a codec implementation. Only good things can come from this.

They will probably. But for now, Samsung is like that new highly skilled young motivated employee at the company showing how to do some things better while putting the lazy union workers on notice. Enjoy it for a couple of years.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 10:56 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1197 comments in total)

While Canon wants to correct the mistake of making people want to shoot HD video with SLRs, Samsung is setting their own standards and shaking up the stagnant Japanese camera manufacturers who handicap their cameras to sell more premium models. Maybe we'll be back to getting the most out of the hardware, instead of paying an arm and a leg for a codec implementation. Only good things can come from this.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 08:45 UTC as 175th comment | 2 replies
On Linkedin announces lynda.com acquisition article (28 comments in total)

I would say Lynda has effected my life in many positive ways. I've taken courses for Photoshop, ACR, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Illustrator, photography, lighting, color grading, videography, video editing, recording audio, speaking in front of a camera. It all helps and they are all interconnected. You always pick up a little or a lot of things you don't know.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 05:18 UTC as 11th comment
On Aloha! We go shooting with Samsung's new NX500 article (186 comments in total)

All these comments below hating on Samsung because they are now making great cameras that produce some flawless images. Tsk tsk. Hating on Samsung doesn't make your favorite antiquated camera any better.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 10:26 UTC as 10th comment | 5 replies
On Aloha! We go shooting with Samsung's new NX500 article (186 comments in total)
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cptobvious: Is this what camera previews have become - camera companies giving out free vacations to reviewers? Olympus gives out free trips to Ireland and Bermuda, and now Samsung gives out Hawaii trips.

Certainly these cameras can be reviewed competently by just giving loaner review copies, but perks like these just smell like desperate attempts to influence reviewers.

Show them in the best light. That's the essence of photography. I'm sure dpreview can buy their own tickets to Hawaii. dpreview is not some guy's blog working to sell his free reviewed cameras on ebay to make a living.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 10:23 UTC
On Aloha! We go shooting with Samsung's new NX500 article (186 comments in total)
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mugupo: Wait till Sony A7000 which just around the corner, it will likely put this camera to shame. with EVF and better video function.

Some of these shots are flawless. Put it to shame?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 10:19 UTC
On Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter post (73 comments in total)

Direct flash is never good. An orange gel and diffuser would help. I'm going to guess the flash on your phone is likely to produce more natural results as the new smartphones have warmer flash units, know how to adjust the warmth when it knows that the flash is firing, and/or meter the light and fire the flash accordingly to the light levels (less flash needed the better).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 09:09 UTC as 7th comment
On Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter post (73 comments in total)

Direct flash is never good. An orange gel and diffuser would help. I'm going to guess the flash on your phone is likely to produce more natural results as the new smartphones have warmer flash units, know how to adjust the warmth when it knows that the flash is firing, and/or meter the light and fire the flash accordingly to the light levels (less flash needed the better).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 09:08 UTC as 8th comment

A Jesus selfie...that was unexpected.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 09:28 UTC as 8th comment
On Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory article (192 comments in total)

maybe a last picture of the finished product, or a group photo of employees would be a nice way to end the article.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 09:26 UTC as 79th comment
On Sony Xperia Z3 camera review post (150 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Good technology ruined by too many megapixels.

Thanks Lars Rehm! Looking forward to it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 01:25 UTC
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