Maverick_

Maverick_

Lives in United States NY, United States
Joined on Feb 28, 2004
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Professional photographer, journalist.

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I am a tech junky, so found the news of a brand new phone very interesting. However, I wonder if the 4 cameras to maintain 3D effect, is a move that later on will be retracted with the actual phone's screen that can spot your face instead. Then, you'll have a 5" camera looking right at you.

The second generation of this phone should be a lot of more interesting with all the feedback they are getting.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 17:33 UTC as 7th comment

After watching the entire presentation video, I found it very interesting to see the thought process behind their engineering solutions.

This phone is geared toward current AT&T iPhone users who are serious users of Amazon Prime. And I am going to guess that it will do OK with that crowd, specially after the price drops to $149 and then to $99 in the next few weeks.

As a VZW Samsung user on a 5.5" phone I would never consider this phone, no matter how many cameras it has. I am going to guess and Galaxy S5 users will also not consider it, unless they are addicted to Amazon Prime.

We don't go smaller on our phone screens only bigger or more high res. I am looking forward to swap my Note 2 to the next gen Note 4 later on this year with Quad HD screen (2,560 x 1,440) at possibly 5.7 or 5.8".

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 16:23 UTC as 13th comment

The new Dynamic Perspective sounds like an excellent new gimmick to make the unit stand out from Android and iOS. Nice job there. Although seems a bit useless really, and may get boring fast, so what the images move a bit from side to side.

The Firefly is also pretty nifty. Point your camera to an item and get info on it, or buy it from Amazon.

6 cameras is setting the tone for the next generation of phones and future technologies.

However, why only AT&T and why $200? I am not complaining for myself as I use a Galaxy Note phone, which is the priciest in the lineup, but if this phone meant to be for the masses, why not a people-friendly price of $99? Specially for a 4.7" 720p screen?

Unless they want to make the phone appear as expensive initially and then drop the price down by 50% after 3 weeks and free with contract after 3 months.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 22:35 UTC as 46th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 real-world samples gallery article (59 comments in total)
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jimread: I have a 4/3rds Panasonic G2 and a full frame 5D Mk 1 both 12MP. I took the same two scenes one close up one landscape with both cameras, 50mm 1.8 on the 5D and the 14-45 lens set at 25mm on the G2 both at f8. I then got 4 12" x 18" prints done they are indistinguishable I was amazed I thought the 5D would knock spots off the G2.

It seems odd to me that the G range has gone downhill since the G2 with menu driven controls. Panasonic use Leica lenses yet insist on changing things constantly unlike Leitz who have stuck to a basic good design for 70+ years.

of course they aren't real. they are fabricated, paid for by Panasonic.

No actual professional, meaning you go on any pro stills set, anywhere in the world and you will not see a single MFT camera anywhere in sight. It's not a pro stills camera, period.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 01:57 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 real-world samples gallery article (59 comments in total)
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jimread: I have a 4/3rds Panasonic G2 and a full frame 5D Mk 1 both 12MP. I took the same two scenes one close up one landscape with both cameras, 50mm 1.8 on the 5D and the 14-45 lens set at 25mm on the G2 both at f8. I then got 4 12" x 18" prints done they are indistinguishable I was amazed I thought the 5D would knock spots off the G2.

It seems odd to me that the G range has gone downhill since the G2 with menu driven controls. Panasonic use Leica lenses yet insist on changing things constantly unlike Leitz who have stuck to a basic good design for 70+ years.

Hi, It's tough to tell the difference in print due to limited dots per inch output of the printers out there and printing system in general.

If you would add a high-end digicam image to your test, chances are you wouldn't see any difference either.

The difference is visible on hi-res monitors.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 17:18 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 real-world samples gallery article (59 comments in total)
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Maverick_: Very disappointed! Perfect reason why no one uses the MF4 for stills professionally. The images are just a couple of notches above my cell phone pics.

Top MF3 cameras will only be used professionally for video use. And hence the top grade video features on this camera.

BTW, I use a Pana GH and totally dislike its image quality, but it's great for video.

Not a troll. Don't call me that, been on here for over a decade and am a GH owner. I am as far from a troll as it's possible.

I seriously and passionately dislike the image quality of the GH series. None of the images posted above do anything for me or even on the slightest help to change my mind.

GH is a video tool! Period.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 17:13 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 real-world samples gallery article (59 comments in total)

Very disappointed! Perfect reason why no one uses the MF4 for stills professionally. The images are just a couple of notches above my cell phone pics.

Top MF3 cameras will only be used professionally for video use. And hence the top grade video features on this camera.

BTW, I use a Pana GH and totally dislike its image quality, but it's great for video.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2014 at 18:48 UTC as 10th comment | 14 replies
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Maverick_: guys before bashing this, keep one thing in mind, the Surface is a very popular product. They do sell. And it's a neat but flawed concept.

I was in the market for an ultrabook, narrowed my choice to a 13.3" Sony Flip, but before buying it Sony sold that division and I decided to look further. Also 13.3 Flip screen is way too heavy to be used as tablet since the keyboard is still attached.

The Surface 2 Pro wasn't even in the running for me, because of the tiny screen size and weight.

So, I decided to look at tablets instead and just when I needed to finalize my purchase Samsung came out with the excellent Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. I got the LTE version on first day of release and have not regretted it.

Surface going to 12" is a good move, but a better move would be 13.3. Windows products don't work as well on small screens. But keep in mind, the thickness/weight of the Surface is its worst enemy.

The future will be phones and tablets and only 1% will use desktops.

dvt, I have two wide screen monitors on my monster desktop. two monitors are the way to go. cheers,

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 07:40 UTC
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Maverick_: guys before bashing this, keep one thing in mind, the Surface is a very popular product. They do sell. And it's a neat but flawed concept.

I was in the market for an ultrabook, narrowed my choice to a 13.3" Sony Flip, but before buying it Sony sold that division and I decided to look further. Also 13.3 Flip screen is way too heavy to be used as tablet since the keyboard is still attached.

The Surface 2 Pro wasn't even in the running for me, because of the tiny screen size and weight.

So, I decided to look at tablets instead and just when I needed to finalize my purchase Samsung came out with the excellent Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. I got the LTE version on first day of release and have not regretted it.

Surface going to 12" is a good move, but a better move would be 13.3. Windows products don't work as well on small screens. But keep in mind, the thickness/weight of the Surface is its worst enemy.

The future will be phones and tablets and only 1% will use desktops.

impulses, so, consider yourself in the 1%. no need to get touchy about it. the consumer and the pros have two different and distinct needs. the consumer will always take the lighter/cheaper/simpler route.

Also, while we are at it, almost all cameras will go away in the next 3 to 5 years and they'll be only cell phone cams and pro grade cameras. No inbetweens. You can cry about this one too, but that again has no meaning, because Pro needs will always be different than consumers.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 07:38 UTC

guys before bashing this, keep one thing in mind, the Surface is a very popular product. They do sell. And it's a neat but flawed concept.

I was in the market for an ultrabook, narrowed my choice to a 13.3" Sony Flip, but before buying it Sony sold that division and I decided to look further. Also 13.3 Flip screen is way too heavy to be used as tablet since the keyboard is still attached.

The Surface 2 Pro wasn't even in the running for me, because of the tiny screen size and weight.

So, I decided to look at tablets instead and just when I needed to finalize my purchase Samsung came out with the excellent Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. I got the LTE version on first day of release and have not regretted it.

Surface going to 12" is a good move, but a better move would be 13.3. Windows products don't work as well on small screens. But keep in mind, the thickness/weight of the Surface is its worst enemy.

The future will be phones and tablets and only 1% will use desktops.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 01:36 UTC as 38th comment | 8 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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Maverick_: The MFT is becoming more and more a gear for indie filmmakers not wanting to go the 5D route. At the end of the day, it's sensor size that matters for stills. I am a long time GH series user and will not upgrade to another GH. My next camera will have a large sensor.

EOSHD: I wouldn't call any image from a small sensor Panny to be "superb." That term can only be used for a full frame. Then you can use "great" or "rich" in dynamic range for APS-C. Then simply "adequate" or "does the job" for the tiny MFT sensor.
These cameras are clearly video cameras first and no pro photographer in his right mind will ever shoot with a MFT. But videographers who can't afford 5D or higher end cameras settle on the GH.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 18:30 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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Maverick_: The MFT is becoming more and more a gear for indie filmmakers not wanting to go the 5D route. At the end of the day, it's sensor size that matters for stills. I am a long time GH series user and will not upgrade to another GH. My next camera will have a large sensor.

PatrickP, actually your point is valid for me to keep my GH only for video and add a Canon DSLR for stills. Wasn't thinking in this way. Although the new Canon 70D does both better than the GH.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 18:26 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)

The MFT is becoming more and more a gear for indie filmmakers not wanting to go the 5D route. At the end of the day, it's sensor size that matters for stills. I am a long time GH series user and will not upgrade to another GH. My next camera will have a large sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 05:56 UTC as 111th comment | 6 replies
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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Maverick_: I came close to get an A7 as I am in the market for upgrade, but the camera has too many important flaws to be used as a serious semi-pro model. It seems that it would make better use as an enthusiast camera.

But we can't ignore the potential of this groundbreaking camera, full frame interchangeable lens in a very compact body. Perhaps in 3 years they'll resolve the focus issue.

Photobeans, I'd certainly notice the slow focus, specially in video. If you watch YouTube videos of this camera doing focus testing it's painfully obvious.

Naveed, I think this type of camera is the future of semi-pro, but being the first of its kind, it needs more work.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 13:23 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)

I came close to get an A7 as I am in the market for upgrade, but the camera has too many important flaws to be used as a serious semi-pro model. It seems that it would make better use as an enthusiast camera.

But we can't ignore the potential of this groundbreaking camera, full frame interchangeable lens in a very compact body. Perhaps in 3 years they'll resolve the focus issue.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 05:31 UTC as 298th comment | 3 replies
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Maverick_: It's becoming painfully obvious that Samsung needs to change their camera department direction and vision of the future. For a company that has become the king of electronics, with very popular phones, laptops, tablets and also appliances and so on they are lacking in the camera dept.

They should either get out of making cameras and stick to enhancing the cameras on their excellent phones or relaunch the camera dept to be on par with at the very least Sony. Yes, it will take a couple of hundred million dollars initial investment, and hiring good talent (stealing from other companies) but for them that's peanuts.

Thanks guys for filling in.

I wasn't specifically objecting to this one camera from Samsung, but the fact that for such a successful company, their cameras are lacking. I am not sure why they need a camera business, LG, HTC, Nokia, Apple, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, on and on, none have cameras and for some odd reason Samsung decided to have one and they are very bad at it. Totally mediocre stuff, with (IMO) no reason to exist considering the excellent offerings from their competition in this field.

Hence my point is this NOTE TO SAMSUNG:
Either dump your camera business to some Chinese company or revamp it completely and make it competitive. I don't think Samsung actually needs to be in the camera business, except in their phones/tablets.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 19:26 UTC

It's becoming painfully obvious that Samsung needs to change their camera department direction and vision of the future. For a company that has become the king of electronics, with very popular phones, laptops, tablets and also appliances and so on they are lacking in the camera dept.

They should either get out of making cameras and stick to enhancing the cameras on their excellent phones or relaunch the camera dept to be on par with at the very least Sony. Yes, it will take a couple of hundred million dollars initial investment, and hiring good talent (stealing from other companies) but for them that's peanuts.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 15:22 UTC as 23rd comment | 9 replies

another samsung that will come and go without anyone noticing, but the people who visit this site.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 20:25 UTC as 70th comment
On Nikon Df Review preview (1618 comments in total)

Why punish Nikon for stepping out and producing a beautiful retro camera.

It's not like they abandoned their normal model range.

They just paid homage to the classics. Red Dot does it every day. Auto and motorcycle companies do this rather often too. Nothing wrong with it.

And of course the internals are from a current model, did you expect they create a whole new product just to sell a handful for those with a sense of nostalgia?

As a non-Nikon fan, I think Nikon should actually be praised for thinking out of the box for just one model. Nice concept!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 18:56 UTC as 217th comment | 9 replies
On Nikon Df Review preview (1618 comments in total)

Why punish Nikon for stepping out and producing a beautiful retro camera.

It's not like they abandoned their normal model range.

They just paid homage to the classics. Red Dot does it every day. Auto and motorcycle companies do this rather often too. Nothing wrong with it.

And of course the internals are from a current model, did you expect they create a whole new product just to sell a handful for those with a sense of nostalgia?

As a non-Nikon fan, I think Nikon should actually be praised for thinking out of the box for just one model. Nice concept!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 00:57 UTC as 338th comment | 1 reply
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