Michael Ma

Michael Ma

Lives in United States San Diego, CA, United States
Works as a Multimedia Professional
Joined on Jan 18, 2005

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On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 news story (232 comments in total)

I would have liked to see a properly exposed ISO102400. Either way, noise will not be an issue on this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 19:58 UTC as 18th comment
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 news story (232 comments in total)
In reply to:

mastrolittorio: a question to those who are more experienced than me. I never do video. but that function that increases DR in the video, also works for the photo?

I can't imagine this camera without some sort of HDR mode for jpegs.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 19:55 UTC
On Samsung NX30 First Impressions Review preview (363 comments in total)

Why not just a regular review?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2014 at 03:00 UTC as 19th comment
On Canon recalls about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 cameras news story (54 comments in total)

Canon should have left this part removable like any camera of this size as it has been since the invention of the modern SLR, but in their tradition of purposely handicapping cheaper products in the name of profits, they are now paying the price for their greed.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 22:54 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
On Adobe Camera Raw 8.4 and Lightroom 5.4 now available news story (66 comments in total)

The preview modes in ACR should have happened many years ago.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 01:37 UTC as 17th comment
On Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery news story (129 comments in total)

I would have killed for this camera when I was buying Powershots 10 years ago.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 22:11 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
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Michael Ma: In these cameras 4K cameras, they should have an option for SSD's. It is a small trade for tech 15 times faster, and much much cheaper. The Samsung 840 drives consume almost no power at idle.

It's like they built the next supercar, but it has a tiny 1 liter gas tank and only works on natural gas. And they are waiting on fuel MPG to improve before it can travel more than 10 miles before refueling. Just put a bigger gas tank and drive on regular fuel. The weight and size increase is minimal.

I was talking about the SD cards that most people have in their hands today which max out at 30MB/s. The SSDs of the last year and so on all do about 450MB/s (or 3600 megabits/second) read and write.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 09:20 UTC

In these cameras 4K cameras, they should have an option for SSD's. It is a small trade for tech 15 times faster, and much much cheaper. The Samsung 840 drives consume almost no power at idle.

It's like they built the next supercar, but it has a tiny 1 liter gas tank and only works on natural gas. And they are waiting on fuel MPG to improve before it can travel more than 10 miles before refueling. Just put a bigger gas tank and drive on regular fuel. The weight and size increase is minimal.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 08:08 UTC as 6th comment | 6 replies

No 24p. I guess no one cares.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 16:32 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (422 comments in total)

Top notch video quality, that's questionable. Every sample I've seen has blown out highlights, and people seem to comment that the codec will not hold the detail when you underexpose.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 03:20 UTC as 90th comment
On 900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail news story (272 comments in total)
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JanneFJH: Sorry to be rude but why go to so much work and settle for a lighting so bad :-(

I think they exposed for skin detail, rather than a close-up shot. Imagine if they lit only half the face. That wouldn't be a good way to demonstrate a 900MP image

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 11:41 UTC
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (48 comments in total)

Apple needs a new patent research firm. Note 3 already has this feature in the stock camera app called Remote Sharing under the share icon. For example, you can control and get a live preview of the Note 3 camera on your Note II (or any Samsung phone), It works for photos and videos. You get access to pictures taken.

It looks many times more sophisticated than what's outlined in this patent because on the iPhone it doesn't look like you have access to 100% of the camera features on the host iPhone.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 06:00 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without seeking consent news story (324 comments in total)

Suddenly their tourism plummets, employment rate goes down, social unrest goes up. Surely it can't be this this new law. They'll be scratching their heads wondering what went wrong.

Seriously, who doesn't dream of traveling and not bringing back memories? That's the whole point of traveling, and photos are the #1 medium to do so. Even people that travel to countries that forget to take many photos when they get there probably bought the tickets daydreaming about all the new memories they can add to their life experiences.

Take that experience away and replace that with the fear of getting arrested in a foreign country with fines and legal system you are foreign to. All because someone purposely stepped into your frame, and he called the police because you refused to give him some money. And of course he knows the language to explain his story to the cops but you don't. Guess who's going to win that argument?

Have fun in Hungary!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 05:12 UTC as 50th comment
On Apple releases 8GB version of iPhone 5c post (35 comments in total)

You can buy 128GB microSDXC cards now for $120. 64GB cards for as low as $40. These prices seem exorbitant.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 00:33 UTC as 10th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 Review preview (268 comments in total)

Dpreview, can you retest the Panasonic GH3 with the new test scene so it can be compared to reviews such as this?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 17:17 UTC as 68th comment
On Judge strikes down fine against drone photographer news story (127 comments in total)

It is sad that FAA have resorted to hunting for photographers who use drones by staking out popular wedding areas.

My guess is that the FAA just wants a cut of the money photographers make on shoots by the way of license fees. They are just putting the hooks in place.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 08:18 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
On Samsung explains the Galaxy S5's ISOCELL sensor post (45 comments in total)

Things that Samsung could do to move smartphone imaging forward.

RAW - This would improve, white balance correction at post, Highlight/Shadow recovery, better denoising options

Manual camera controls
Sometimes we want motion blur. Sometimes we can keep the phone still while snapping a photo with 1 second shutter speed. Let the users decide what we can and can't do.

Lens profiles for Adobe Camera Raw, iPhones have it to correct distortion, vignetting,, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 03:01 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On Samsung explains the Galaxy S5's ISOCELL sensor post (45 comments in total)

Wow, new tech in sensor technology that isn't just on paper. Kudos to Samsung. It's good to see image technology move forward rather than camera manufacturers like Canon building inferior cameras with 6 year old components because it would somehow compete against their 2 year old flagship.

What I really want to see their HDR video sample in a good test environment.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 02:52 UTC as 17th comment

Congrats to him but seriously, his buyers are out of their minds. You can tell when a photo is an composition that was worked on by working the shot and problem solving, etc.. Most of his photos seem to lack that.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 13:12 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On iOS 7.1 brings auto HDR mode to iPhone 5S post (15 comments in total)

Does auto-HDR mode work for video? That would open up a world of possibilities.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 03:38 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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