TrojMacReady

TrojMacReady

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On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (441 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: Given that the ancestor, the A5000, had a, noise-wise, *significantly* worse sensor than its big brother (the A6000), I wonder if the switch to using the current (A6000, D5300, D3300 etc.) stunningly excellent 24 Mpixel sensor means the possible A6100 is introduced with a, say, 30 Mpixel, absolutely excellent sensor.

You're right, was thinking of the D5200. The D5300 does have a Sony 24 MP sensor, hence the lack of banding at low ISO.
As for Nikon using different sensors, they're in the luxurious position of being able to choose, depending on who at the time of demand has the best offer in terms of price/quality.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 10:41 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (441 comments in total)
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JonathanFV: Does anybody know if it would be possible to add XAVC to the A6000 via a firmware upgrade? The A5100 is a nice little camera, but the only thing it has that I wish my A6000 had is the better video codec. Thanks to whoever can give me an answer!

Full sensor readout is the much bigger difference (more detail, less moiré, a lot better signal to noise ratio, first APS-C still camera with this feature). I wonder if that could be added through firmware....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 10:06 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (441 comments in total)
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Black Box: Burst rate 6 fps. Same sensor, same processing engine. WHY artificially reduce speed! Sony keeps shooting itself in all legs of which it has fewer and fewer.

Could have a cheaper (slower) mechanical shutter, or maybe you're right on the cap.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 10:04 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (441 comments in total)
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Menneisyys: Given that the ancestor, the A5000, had a, noise-wise, *significantly* worse sensor than its big brother (the A6000), I wonder if the switch to using the current (A6000, D5300, D3300 etc.) stunningly excellent 24 Mpixel sensor means the possible A6100 is introduced with a, say, 30 Mpixel, absolutely excellent sensor.

The D5300 uses a Toshiba sensor and D3300 uses a Nikon sensor, neither being the Sony Exmor as found in the A6000 and now A5100.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 10:01 UTC
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Kirk Bruner: Alpha? Are they kidding? Did no one at Samsung think this name through? Did they even stop to think if someone might already be using the name Alpha for something? Lawsuit in 5, 4, 3, 2,

Except that outside the US, they won the overwhelming majority of them. Food for thought.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 12:05 UTC
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R Vaquero: Copying Apple as usual...

My Android hasn't slowed down in over 3 years of use. With the latest updates it actually feels smoother (not much faster). Bad apps, too many custom widgets (something iOS lacks to begin with), a full memory, Dalvik that hasn't been renewed in ages, it can contribute to a slower phone.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 16:40 UTC
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HaroldC3: When they say metal body do they mean metal trim? When I think metal body I think the whole thing.

It shoots 4k video yet it only has a 720p screen. I guess as long as it can output 4k then that's okay.

Even with the typical compression, the details resolved in 4k are still far greater than any smartphone in 1080p. Plenty of comparisons using existing 4k capable phones out there to support that notion. Or try it yourself...
And you don't need a 4k screen to see the benefit, even downsampled on a 1080p screen it looks better, or on anything inbetween 1080p and 4k.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
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Boerseuntjie: Wow A7s is amazing at ISO 25600 JPEG's

There is no reason to assume on my behalf when:
A) you often make vague claims contrdicted by available data and always fail to support those claims by sharing your files and test results.
B) you just confirmed not using a perfectly controlled comparison setup ( no tripod but matched lighting on different days... sounds legit..)
C) and most importantly the actual RAW files provided by Dpreview again prove your claims wrong, with a good margin too. See below.

http://i57.tinypic.com/2ecznzp.png

Same for your A7s claims vs the Df that have been debunked countless times, even made easier by the fact that you don't believe in resizing (according to yourself).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 14:08 UTC
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kecajkerugo: it is interesting to see that Fuji X-T1 has less noise the Sony, even at ISO6400, unfortunately it is impossible to gather higher iso on the Fuji with the RAWs.

Despite slightly overstating its ISO's and lots of RAW smoothing, the X-T1 is still quite a bit noisier in low light. See here:
http://i59.tinypic.com/2db12k5.png

Up to 2 stops difference in shadows.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 10:22 UTC
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Boerseuntjie: Wow A7s is amazing at ISO 25600 JPEG's

Unless you shot those RAW files side by side in a controlled environment with the exact same physical exposure, which I am sure you didn't, any conclusion would be worthless.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 07:01 UTC
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aandeg: Why does the panasonic have so much noise? The A7s raw at iso 3200 looks like the Gh4 at iso 400.

As you move further up the ISO scale, the difference climbs well past three stops in shadow noise due to much lower read noise and better efficiency per unit sensor area too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 21:12 UTC
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Sdaniella: so, the Sony A7S has video with Full M/M ISO (ExpSim LV) control like FF EOS LV Canons do, but Pany GH4 does not... ok, got it. Oly video is stuck in Auto-ev0/autogain LV (perfect, though for P&S videographers)

wait ... auto-iso isn't available ... hm, ok ESLV is available, but adjustable, but P&S autogain (auto-ev0) mode isn't available ... ok, now, I got it ... mimics most digicam autogain/auto-ev0 video modes, which lack full M/M ISO control ... how ironic.

btw, if you want on-the-go compensation adjustment of iso in M mode with auto-ISO, it's no different from making on-the-go adjustments with M ISO directly. in both cases you are bypassing auto-ev(pick your value) altogether anyway

PS: read out and reset speed are connected through the same clock and in this case it's specifically the reset scanning time that directly influences the usability (and thus availability) of EFC.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 22:05 UTC
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Sdaniella: so, the Sony A7S has video with Full M/M ISO (ExpSim LV) control like FF EOS LV Canons do, but Pany GH4 does not... ok, got it. Oly video is stuck in Auto-ev0/autogain LV (perfect, though for P&S videographers)

wait ... auto-iso isn't available ... hm, ok ESLV is available, but adjustable, but P&S autogain (auto-ev0) mode isn't available ... ok, now, I got it ... mimics most digicam autogain/auto-ev0 video modes, which lack full M/M ISO control ... how ironic.

btw, if you want on-the-go compensation adjustment of iso in M mode with auto-ISO, it's no different from making on-the-go adjustments with M ISO directly. in both cases you are bypassing auto-ev(pick your value) altogether anyway

Sony has at least 2 patents themselves describing EFC systems to cover their implementations.
Second, read out speed has everything to do with electronic curtain (both first and second) and the larger the sensor and the more pixel lines/rows, the more crytical it becomes. Only the third iteration of the 36MP Exmor (Sony design directly based on the 16 MP APS-C sensor first found in the A580/A55) is capable of supplying an EFC. And it's also the one with the fastest read ouf of all 3 generations.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 21:27 UTC
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Sdaniella: so, the Sony A7S has video with Full M/M ISO (ExpSim LV) control like FF EOS LV Canons do, but Pany GH4 does not... ok, got it. Oly video is stuck in Auto-ev0/autogain LV (perfect, though for P&S videographers)

wait ... auto-iso isn't available ... hm, ok ESLV is available, but adjustable, but P&S autogain (auto-ev0) mode isn't available ... ok, now, I got it ... mimics most digicam autogain/auto-ev0 video modes, which lack full M/M ISO control ... how ironic.

btw, if you want on-the-go compensation adjustment of iso in M mode with auto-ISO, it's no different from making on-the-go adjustments with M ISO directly. in both cases you are bypassing auto-ev(pick your value) altogether anyway

No, the A7R not having EFC has everything to do with read out speed, nothing with Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 21:13 UTC
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peevee1: DPR wrote: "Unlike the majority of cameras, the a7S offers full-sensor readout - its 1080p video is made up from all the pixels within a 16:9 crop of the sensor, then downsized to 1080 resolution."

I am pretty much sure it is not so - it is not 16:9 crop of the whole sensor (which would be 4240 x 2385), but 3840 x 2160 crop of the sensor, which then simply downscaled 4:1.

Also, can you check that no line skipping happens at 1080p30 and 1080p60? At least in the latter case (and MAYBE in 30p), I am pretty sure every second line is skipped.

Precision in the things like that matter - just parroting manufacturers' advertisements is not good enough.

It doesn't skip in 1080P30, as also specified in the official specs.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 08:31 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (629 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Not a Nikon 1 user, but I thought the review may be a little harsh...this camera has possibilities if it came with the 20 meg Sony sensor, which Nikon can do easily since Aptina is into automobile products now.

And btw, the NXMini uses the same Sony sensor, but applies horrible RAW NR (smearing) at higher ISO's.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 07:58 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (629 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Not a Nikon 1 user, but I thought the review may be a little harsh...this camera has possibilities if it came with the 20 meg Sony sensor, which Nikon can do easily since Aptina is into automobile products now.

And we can all compare the RAW files ourselves and notice the V3 performs worse, also at higher ISO's with a $900 lens. No amount of reliance on unknown or private sources will change the simple facts staring us in the eyes.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 07:28 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (629 comments in total)
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57even: Hmm, can't see many early adopters. Nikon, get a decent sensor, quick!

Better still, put all this excellent technology in an APSC body. You would probably sell millions.

The RAW files are not better than the Dpreview claims which they supported with samples shot in various light conditions (typical deep shadows in typical indoor light included, unlike Imaging Resource). Shot with a $900 lens too, so no excuses possible there either.

Relatively high shadow noise at all ISO's and an early colour shift in shadows at higher ISO's.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 07:24 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Let's hope Google unhides the "limit background/crapware" feature that Google hid with the move from Android 4.1 to 4.2 and higher.

Plenty of free apps out there to tell you what's running in the background and what's loaded at startup. Including control over those apps. The feature you were referring to is for cached programs anyway, which has little relationship to CPU power being used. My cached apps rarely use more than 5% CPU, mostly well below 2%.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 08:27 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Let's hope Google unhides the "limit background/crapware" feature that Google hid with the move from Android 4.1 to 4.2 and higher.

If 10 seconds of effort to unhide developer options is too much work....

And for recent phones high on (free) RAM, there are more downsides to limiting the standard amount of cached programs (such as much longer load times of frequently used apps and higher battery drain as a result) than benefits.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 15:28 UTC
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