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onlooker

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On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (200 comments in total)
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Scales USA: I remember when jpeg replaced gif images. It was painful.

Changing over the web browser infrastructure will be much more difficult than it was in the early 1990's. It was a clear choice due to very limited bandwidth, but the image quality suffered due to artifacts.

I'd go for a new standard, but likely won't live long enough to see it.

"You don't have to, there's a javascript decoder. Nice, isn't it?"

No, it isn't. But it doesn't matter, it would be transparent to the users with browser updates supporting the new format - IF it gets adopted.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 21:54 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (200 comments in total)
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Scales USA: I remember when jpeg replaced gif images. It was painful.

Changing over the web browser infrastructure will be much more difficult than it was in the early 1990's. It was a clear choice due to very limited bandwidth, but the image quality suffered due to artifacts.

I'd go for a new standard, but likely won't live long enough to see it.

"Changing over the web browser infrastructure will be much more difficult than it was in the early 1990's."

Why? With automatic updates, no one would even notice when their browser started supporting yet another graphics format. It would be completely transparent to the consumer of the image.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 07:32 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (200 comments in total)
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Tom Holly: Not a good enough improvement. We really need FIF. Only fractal algorithms are a genuine answer in today's ultra megapixel environment.

@SmilerGrogan: http://www.math.psu.edu/tseng/class/Fractals.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal_compression

And here is a discussion from 14 years ago where people were wondering what happened to FIF (yes, it's old):

http://ask.slashdot.org/story/00/09/09/180219/what-has-happened-to-fractal-image-compression

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 02:48 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (200 comments in total)
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Ozyxy: We already have PNG which is perfect. PNG can replace JPEG, why can't digital photography move to PNG? We don't need any more lossy compression because the internet is fast now and hard drives are big enough. We should focus on maximizing quality rather than compressing the pictures.

"We don't need any more lossy compression because the internet is fast now"

I don't think you understand how much more data would have to be transferred in PNGs. It is not going to happen any time soon.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 02:42 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (200 comments in total)
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iAPX: Lol!

Is it April's fool day?!?
That's exactly as if someone is proposing an incompatible alternative to HTML, and even for that purpose there's PNG that is supported by all major platforms.

No, it isn't the same at all. If Firefox and Chrome supported it, that would end the problem. You DO NOT require different markup language. I have no idea where you got that from.

The only issue could be legal challenges, as capanikon mentioned earlier.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 02:30 UTC
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nasuryono: Hi, I'm Andrew Suryono, the one who took the Orangutan picture #11. Just wanted to say thank you for all the kind words and support here.

If you want to see a bigger version of the image on the screen, you can view it at my SmugMug page >> http://photoseis.smugmug.com/Public/Portfolio/i-pDWdXjr/A

I'm glad to be a part of the wonderful DPReview community!

Cheers everyone!

My favorite so far. Nice catch, Andrew!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 19:04 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1115 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: Soft video lacks detail
iTR struggles to track fast moving subjects
Long screen blackout during live view shooting
No AF with continuous shooting in live view
No zebras to evaluate exposure
No focus peaking
No touch screen
No Wi-Fi
and no 4K.
Way to go Canon, the NX1 is going to eat your lunch.

Joe Ogiba:
"Way to go Canon, the NX1 is going to eat your lunch" AND "Clueless people buy cameras by sales numbers."

Joe, did you really mean to say that, in keeping with your first prediction, NX1 buyers are clueless? Because you just did.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 00:50 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1115 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: Maybe the 7D Mark III will have 15fps and 4K like the Samsung NX1 by 2020.

@HowaboutRAW - I think you meant to respond to Joe Ogiba about A7S. I did not mention it anywhere.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 00:35 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1115 comments in total)
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mrcultureshock: I think this is a fair review. The 7D Mark II is exclusively for the sports/action/wildlife shooter and it's awesome at it. But I think these days most people would want a more balanced camera that can do still and video well, with touchscreen and Wi-Fi.

"most people" "exclusively for the sports/action/wildlife"

You've answered yourself. It's a specialized tool.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 23:05 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1115 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: Soft video lacks detail
iTR struggles to track fast moving subjects
Long screen blackout during live view shooting
No AF with continuous shooting in live view
No zebras to evaluate exposure
No focus peaking
No touch screen
No Wi-Fi
and no 4K.
Way to go Canon, the NX1 is going to eat your lunch.

Joe Ogiba: "Way to go Canon, the NX1 is going to eat your lunch."

I will repost this in December 2016, and we will all laugh together.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 22:51 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1115 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: Maybe the 7D Mark III will have 15fps and 4K like the Samsung NX1 by 2020.

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DigAgYD-QY"

You are showing me a tracking comparison to a mirrorless camera that sucks at tracking? Brilliant.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 22:09 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1115 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: Maybe the 7D Mark III will have 15fps and 4K like the Samsung NX1 by 2020.

Samsung NX1? Yeah, 15 fps of which 2 are in focus. Every practical review on the planet is cringing at it, and you want Canon to aspire to it? This 7D II wipes the floor with NX1.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 21:34 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (369 comments in total)
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qwertyasdf: Didn't know people actually take pictures with their Leicas...

While I am not a Leica user, before you make such comments, you should take a trip to the Leica forum. It may surprise you. You will find many times more photographs there than in other forums. I wonder how that could be? Could it be that they are enjoying their simple, "dinosaur" cameras to take photos instead of endlessly arguing over minutia?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 01:19 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (369 comments in total)
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Mike FL: M9 is Made In Germany.

From now on, Leica may be better to ask Panasonic to help Leica to make its cameras in Japan or China.

Added:
I have some tools which are made in Germany, and the exceptional quality is second to none.

@FujiLiver -- You appear to have not read the announcement before commenting. That is rather common. It is not the sensor that is corroding, but the glass. Schott glass. Shott AG. Still hasn't sunk in? Here: "Schott AG, founded in Jena in 1884, is a German developer and manufacturer of high-quality industrial specialty glass products."

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 01:15 UTC
On Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review preview (453 comments in total)
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wolfie: About to be shamed by the the smaller Lumix LX100 with M43 sensor and faster zoom ...

@historianx -- Look here: http://www.four-thirds.org/en/special/microftmerit/merit2.html
(This is Four Thirds organization).

Read QA section items 1 & 3:

"1. Micro Four Thirds sensor: High image quality in both still images and movies.
[...]
3. Why is the Micro Four Thirds sensor so sharp in spite of its small size?"

Now go away.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 23:03 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (522 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: I have expected to see the Sony A99 as one of the picks on the last page. But otherwise, pretty unsurprising conclusions.

The most interesting bit for me is the explosion of the number of the FF cameras. I wish the manufacturers were as eager to bring their lens catalogs into the 21st century: some small and pancakes primes and zooms would have done much good to really expand the choices.

@Serious Sam -- So what do you say to the link I provided above? Unless you just prefer a pat on the shoulder from quezra?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 07:51 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (522 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: I have expected to see the Sony A99 as one of the picks on the last page. But otherwise, pretty unsurprising conclusions.

The most interesting bit for me is the explosion of the number of the FF cameras. I wish the manufacturers were as eager to bring their lens catalogs into the 21st century: some small and pancakes primes and zooms would have done much good to really expand the choices.

@Jogger "Pancake primes are a huge compromise in optical quality as a trade off for compactness."

You have to tell that to Canon. Go to: http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/8859616748/photos/3088261/ff_pancake

All at f/2.8.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 22:46 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (522 comments in total)
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ashokvashisht: 6 Sony, 4 Nikon's and 2 Canons in the list. The world of full frame is changing ? :)

"Sony hating"? He simply pointed out (correctly) that any Canon model outsells all Sony cameras into oblivion. If anything, you seem to be emotional about it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 22:33 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 II real-world sample gallery posted article (231 comments in total)
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onlooker: This shot http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/reviewsamples/photos/3085731/iso-640-dsc00341-acr?inalbum=sony-a7-ii-real-world-samples has been pushed 1.25 stops at 640 ISO. It should be clean, but the amount of chroma noise in darker areas is eye scratching. Is this sensor behaving differently when placed in a Nikon DSLR vs. in a mirrorless camera?

@pixelpushing -- No, not that much. Or has the apology brigade arrived?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 02:12 UTC

Do you have to pay return shipping?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 22:40 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
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