I see this as Apple's view of the demise of DSLR's in favor of the cameras on smart phones. They are right, sales of high end cameras are dropping, so Apple is just anticipating that their users will be making simple edits with their Iphone images.
Fortunately, there are other choices and for a few dollars, ACDSEE Ultimate 8 does everything and even has layers. I use Lightroom / Photoshop, but I have used ACDSEE for simple edits for years, in fact, since before the world wide web. I bought their flagship version last weekend for $49. Its quite capable and, like Lightroom, it has a database to keep track of your images.
My only gripe is that ACDSEE has been slow to update their RAW support for new camera models.
I came away with the impression that he really knows his product and about the tradeoffs in designs.
Its kind of refreshing to read as opposed to business types that only talk generalities and know products only at a high level.
Like Black Silicone, the press release sounds like someone applying for more taxpayer grants. Diffractive optics does pretty much the same thing.
Lenses can be made shorter, but the aperture and focal length determines the diameter.
I have a eye-fi pro, and use it with my 5D MK III. Its a great card. The speed of a wi-fi connection and the signal strength makes a big difference to upload speeds. I updated my wi-fi hotspots to high speed professional grade units and compared signal strength using free software. They are much faster and do not drop out like my router based all in one units do. I was also able to select a channel where there was no interference, that speeded up the transfer as well.
By the time I'm finished taking photos and return to my computer for editing, jpegs are already there. Raws take a little longer.
I'm considering one of the new units, but if the cut prices on the pro model, I might grab another.
I like being able to pop the same card into any of my cameras with a SD slot and it just works, no need to change the setup or fool around.
expect lots of lawsuits. They will likely go bankrupt as a result.
All they need to do is purchase it!
I haven't bought one, because I see no practical use. Its a nice technology demonstrator, but so far, I see no use to justify the expense. Same for video. I don't use VR, so I have no opinion there.
As a Canon owner, I'm not really worried about buying from Canon or Nikon, all cameras have a personality, and the most important thing is the response from the manufacturer when a issue is discovered.
I do think that some go overboard about a almost undetectable issue.
Before I went from APS-C, I made a list of lenses that would be good on both FF and APS-C cameras. The 15mm FE, 24-105mm L, 100mm Macro, 70-200mm f/4 L IS, along with my 17-55mm EF-s.
After buying that first 5D MK II FF body, I continued to use the EF lenses on my 40D along with the 17-55, and after upgrading the 40 D to a 7D and then eventually to a 1D MK III, I sold the 17-55.
For me, there was a middle ground, and it worked well.
DavidKennard: There are a variety of CC licenses, some allow commercial use of images, and some don't.
The main issue I would think with this service is that all of the general CC licenses require attribution of the copyright owner, and that the type of CC licence used is given as well. So presumably to run this service legally, each print would have to include a line of text at the bottom giving the name(s) of the copyright owner(s) and the type of CC licence it was licensed under.
Or maybe this info would be OK just included on the back of the print? The CC licence terms aren't too clear on this point.
Using that Logic, I could take any image, and sell prints, since I'm only charging for the printing service and the image has no value - Yea!
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.
Greg VdB: Bring it on trolls 'n fanboys! :-)
It certainly makes it unpleasant to read the comments by Trolls and Fanboys. Some of them post the same thing multiple times. I don't have a issue with the review, its well done.
I enjoyed reading both viewpoints, I've been interested in the camera, but I'm not deliberate, and like fast AF, so I identify with Sam. My results would likely be like his at first, although I tend to first take very controlled shots just to prove to myself what a camera is capable of. Then, I can teach myself to duplicate those results in less controlled situations.
I think its a good idea, and I'm sure his recent bout with Cancer makes him feel very mortal. What better way to help photographers while ensuring that his legacy continues than to start up the endowment.
good for you, Michael!
I enjoyed seeing the video, I lived in Western Washington and got to see salmon running out my front window as a kid.
I also managed to do a lot of fishing in the ocean and around Puget sound over the years.
Its been a struggle to keep salmon runs going, they are just a tiny shadow of what they used to be.
Getting those shots in the heavily shaded areas along the creek is difficult.
Google also has facial recognition, so it can name the persons in a photo, and even inform the FBI if a wanted person is found.
The potential, as noted sounds both wonderful, and also frightening. Snapping a candid photo of a person and having them named? Its possible now for millions of people, but so far, Google is holding back due to potential privacy issues. (big $$$$$$$$$ lawsuits)
I've pre-ordered. I like my sharp version of the MK I, and this one has exactly the improvements I wanted.
I've started using my G1X II for casual travel shots where absolute image quality was not the highest priority. There is always a trade off, but there is less of a trade off with this camera than many point and shoots. I was at the EMP Museum in Seattle this weekend, and took some shots in very low light situations (No flash is allowed). I did not use raw, since I was just taking some snapshots. I'll be interested in seeing how they come out, a first look was encouraging, considering that some of the lighting was so low that I could not see details.
Kabalyero: Timer just reached zero...nothing happened. Am i missing something?
The timer is a simple thing, programmed by a kid at the ad agency. It does not take into account other time zones, so depending on the time zone, you see a different time. Poorly Done! I hope what they are advertising is better!!
In that Canon interview, here is what they say:
"Currently no Canon camera offers more than 22MP. Do your DSLR customers ask for higher resolution?
Yes. We know that many of our customers need more resolution and this is under consideration. In the very near future you can expect us to show something in terms of mirrorless and also a higher resolution sensor.
The very near future is only 13 hours and 22 minutes from now here on the West Coast."