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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On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (164 comments in total)
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tom1234567: They never discussed the video did they use H265 and convert it or what
there is a lot of problems just now getting the video into an edit program

Samsung converter is crap from what I read will this be sorted soon

what is the procedure for getting the video to play smoothly on the timeline
what did they use to convert video, the never spoke about this
as far as video goes all they say is it looks good we know that but!!!!!!!!!
what did u convert it to what software did u use.

I think I'll seriously consider buying this camera when H.265 becomes native to Premiere Pro and AE CC

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 14:44 UTC
On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (164 comments in total)
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Everlast66: This looked a bit like Samsung NX1 promotional video, rather than a "reivew".

It looked like they were only pointing out positive things, and then in the end just mentioned some problems that could be fixed in firmware ... maybe.

To be honest, I have to admit I skipped on a few places so, could have just missed of where they mention any issues with it.

Well, every website talking about the NX1 only seem to have positive things to say. Why? Maybe they are genuinely impressed. Samsung is playing hardball whereas manufacturers like Canon seem to be trying to sell 6 year old technology with the fears that their firmware may be hacked again making their other products in their other markets obsolete.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 14:41 UTC

Already dreaming about the A7s II with 4K and 5-axis IS. And of course the full XAVC not XAVC-S.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:49 UTC as 171st comment
On Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II article (179 comments in total)

Great video. It's not all about the dynamic range and low noise and more about the photographer.

Still, I think I'll hold out for the 7D Mark III. It should be ready in 2020 and if we're lucky maybe 4K.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 01:26 UTC as 24th comment
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)

It looks amazing so far! Can't wait for the H.265 4K video samples!!!!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 14:47 UTC as 11th comment

I think Hasselblad's original intention was to make hand guns... but on the day the firearms was supposed to show up a truckload of cameras came. Hasselblad is a laid-back company, so they just said, "Screw it, mount them on!"

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 14:38 UTC as 84th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)

I'm gonna guess 99.5% of the time you'll be able to pull off the same shot with indistinguishable IQ on the 7D.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 14:28 UTC as 66th comment
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (189 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Apple users think that there are no benefits of 4K video because everyone still uses 1080p monitors. This in a nutshell is the mentality of die hard Apple users today. They can see things like how 4K looks significantly better on their 1080p monitors, but they try to erase from their minds what they've seen, and never research things like why 4K video significantly looks better on 1080p monitors.

Lenscraft, do you usually replace other people's neutral words with "racial or religious description" and criticize them for it? Sounds like a terrible thing to do. Why not just replace their entire sentences with quotes from another crazy person and judge them on things they never said. Which is what you are already doing.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 14:16 UTC
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (189 comments in total)

No 4K. 1080p looks like garbage on 1080p monitors. 4K would be so much nicer. Maybe on iPhone 7?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 14:08 UTC as 12th comment
On Amazon Fire Phone camera review post (55 comments in total)

Please review Galaxy Note 4. As a pixel peeper with 13 years of experience, it blows away just about any smartphone image I've seen. iPhone, Nokia, and even the Galaxy Note 3. There is some magic with the ISOCELL sensor and it's ability to gather more light.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2014 at 12:54 UTC as 6th comment
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (189 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Apple users think that there are no benefits of 4K video because everyone still uses 1080p monitors. This in a nutshell is the mentality of die hard Apple users today. They can see things like how 4K looks significantly better on their 1080p monitors, but they try to erase from their minds what they've seen, and never research things like why 4K video significantly looks better on 1080p monitors.

David 247, so you are saying just because iPhone does not do 4K you are making the assumption that it can't be done right. I guess you haven't seen 4K footage from the Galaxy Note 4 (it blows even the Note 3's 4K footage out of the water). The noise performance, dynamic range, of the new sensor with the OIS looks as good as 4K footage from a Panasonic GH4 with a really sharp edge-to-edge lens. So you think it's not useful and the specs are for just bragging rights? I guess you would have to know how highly regarded the Panasonic GH4 is in the videography world to understand what I'm talking about...

Then you go on to say you don't need it on a mobile device. Those sounds like excuses to me.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 00:32 UTC
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (189 comments in total)

Apple users think that there are no benefits of 4K video because everyone still uses 1080p monitors. This in a nutshell is the mentality of die hard Apple users today. They can see things like how 4K looks significantly better on their 1080p monitors, but they try to erase from their minds what they've seen, and never research things like why 4K video significantly looks better on 1080p monitors.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 14:36 UTC as 16th comment | 12 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (511 comments in total)

Is this a prosumer camera for someone who is or has gone gung-ho on the EF-S line? Or is it for the small niche of sport photographers? I bet the majority of the users are the former. If it's for the ladder, that's a terrible business plan.

BSI, ISOCELL, 4K, H.265, 5-axis stabilization, Dynamic range friendly color profiles for video (S Log-2), global shutters, moire management...that's what the other guys are doing.

And correct me if I'm wrong but I think we have the technology to make an articulating screen that's not going to degrade the life of the camera for probably 99.99% of the people who would buy this camera.

I don't think Canon is oblivious to what their competitors are doing. They are just holding out to cash in on each of these features in a flagship product in another category. It's that vibe I don't like the most.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 14:28 UTC as 65th comment
On Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II article (271 comments in total)

No internal 4K or 10+ bit or 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 1080p . Maybe Canon thinks that "silly little enthusiast filmmakers" do not know what these terms mean.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 11:00 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (189 comments in total)
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KSV: Are you kidding me? The bad: no 4K video. Are you serious? Anyone who is still in his sanity would be ever interested in 4K video (and in full HD and in 8MP jpg for this merit) from this microscopic sensor?

Because 4K video looks lightyears better on a 1080p monitor. It is because of the codecs. There are no consumer codecs that will store individual 1920 x 1080 pixels for each frame. However, there is a consumer codec that will store 50% of 4K pixel data that when interpolated it will result in data for individual 1920 x 1080 pixels. To capture true 1080p video on a consumer device, the only way you're going to get it is by shooting 4K. This is one of the main reasons people who want to shoot high quality video today shoot in 4K to display.

And yes, a lot of people care about this fact but it seems a lot of people with iPhones could care less about image quality because they care more about the brand.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 13:25 UTC
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (189 comments in total)
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Fredy Ross: No stylus?

Some people think that when you have a stylus, you have to use it ALL THE TIME instead of your finger. I think that's why some people have such a hard time understanding it's purpose. For 20 seconds out of your 3 hours you spend a day with your stylus, a stylus is irreplaceable. It does what a finger can't. That's when you use it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 13:09 UTC
On High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review article (180 comments in total)

That's one dirty iPhone.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2014 at 11:27 UTC as 72nd comment
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justnuaces: For whom is asking if Apple is paying Adobe for develop the softwares for iOS (and cutting out Android)…

The answer is "yes", at least partially.

Some Adobe softwares are in the Apple App Store, and probably the delay for Android is part of the agreement.
Probably Adobe had to wait for the Android version in order to spare money (i.e. lowering the fee to Apple for staying in the App Store).

I've no proof, and this is my personal opinion, but it seems likely to me.
a_

The stylus by Adobe has an annoying lag that makes the experience feel very disconnected on the iPad. Adobe's products would be perfect for any devices (Android or iOS) if they had a dedicated stylus. The Galaxy Note devices have almost no lag. It's a shame they have to restrict their software on such a poor hardware implementation.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 11:25 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Samsung stand report article (70 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: I was hoping they put their Samsung SSD's in here somehow and gave us raw 4K video recording out of the box. They could have really made the huge dent in the entire film making industry. But still, not a good first try. Would I buy it over a A7s? Hard to say. Over a battlefield tested GH4...tough one. maybe after some good reviews dismissing all my concerns.

SSD's are about 5-6x faster than the fastest and insanely expensive SD/Compact Flash cards. Samsung makes ultra low power SSDs for a good price. Black Magic Designs puts SSD's in their cameras that do 4K at high bitrates and bit depth.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 09:07 UTC
On Photokina 2014 Video: The Samsung NX1 article (98 comments in total)

So...it looks like Samsung knows that cameras should know how to focus:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMYhZ18tKk4

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 01:05 UTC as 9th comment
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