TrojMacReady

TrojMacReady

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2273 comments in total)
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Geomaticsman: If Nikon doesn't respond with (or even leak news of) a DX competitor by the time the 7DII is available for purchase, I dare say is sayonara Nikon for me. No doubt the "70D" sensor is a disappointment, but virtually everything else in the 7DII is exactly what I'm looking for in a DX body. Add Canon's superb supertele selection to the mix and superior TC's, plus the fact that Nikon killed my favourite post processing engine (CNX2), and you know...I think I could live with the sensor performance everything else being considered. Certainly nothing wrong with the 1Dx or 5DIII as a backup either.

Sorry Nikon, I only have so much patience...life is short and death is long.

Huge jpeg buffer, RAW buffer is pretty similar (31 vs 28).

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On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (908 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The JPEGs should be better than Sony. Sony is known for overly aggressive noise reduction.

So is Canon, but in this case at low ISO smudging away low contrast detail, yet oversharpening edges with halos. Just check the 6D review for example.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:00 UTC
On Canon unveils PowerShot G7 X with 1"-type sensor article (51 comments in total)
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Markol: Nice tribute to the RX100 and would have been a killer 2 years ago.
Almost exact copy of the RX100 with a Panasonic model number. Great innovation!

They forgot the viewfinder and still the RX100III has 50% longer battery life.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 12:55 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (787 comments in total)
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Sonyshine: If it had a different badge on it then sales would skyrocket.

For some reason the Samsung brand is sneered at by many photographers and I fear that the branding is what will hold this excellent camera back?

The NX10/NX100 sensor was up to a full stop behind competition in terms of noise at high ISO at the time of release and up to 2 stops in behind in DR. Compared to modern APS-C senors that has increased to over a stop and a half and 2 and a half stops respectively.
Even Samsung's own sensors have improved a lot since that one.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:54 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (787 comments in total)
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KameraFever: You know who will not sneer away from this camera? Videographers, care least about about what the name badge. If the NX1 delivers the goods in great 4k video, they will be all over this. Did you see the secondary market revolved around the Panasonic GH series? The same thing will happen here.

They are not made up numbers. They are measured numbers based on many different levels of lighting (see all the SNR plots in their full reviews) and different temperature too (see colour response tab).
The only thing they do not account for is patterns, which can and often have a visual impact too.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 11:43 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

The crux, you installed your apps back then, but might have lost support for updates now. People with an older iOS version can no longer install many of the new apps without support for older iOS versions. That's part of the word "support" too.

As is the fact that Apple has been dodging the standard 2 year warrantly laws here in the EU. The only large manufacturer to do so. Not perceived as great support here.

As for your "flagship" claim, I had a good laugh. There have been flagship phones ever since the introduction of the cellphone, long before any iPhone saw daylight.

The introduction of the term "smartphone", did not change that fact, nor removed the existence of flagship devices.

I had a Sony flagship device with a very nice 311ppi screen ("retina"!), metal construction etc., before Apple reinvented the term retina, started using metal housings etc.
At that time, Apple was still playing around with 163ppi screens and plastic housings for at least another 2 years.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 16:48 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

I feel for them if they don't know how to install a different firmware themselves (some makers actually provide relatively simple guides on how to flash your phone to whichever firmware) and if they are missing critical features. That last part I doubt is the case for most. Because even the first firmwares were already pretty feature rich.

But on the other hand, for Apple phones, especially for older models, it is critical or you lose access to many apps (with support stopped for older models), even many of the popular ones.
And this "forced" update model actually made plenty Apple users unhappy for ending up with slow older phones too. Another way to push new/upgrade sales I guess.

Most Android apps, popular ones included, still give support all the way back to some of the first versions.

The story that often doesn't get told in these discussions.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 16:32 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

You're all over the place with your arguments. What do updates have to do with the choice of OS? If I choose Android, I'm not going to lose sleep over not having the latest 0.0.1 update or not and I doubt many do. And if they do, they still have choice.
If you want a really nice phone with a recent version of Android, there are still at least 10 different Android phones and brands to choose from.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 16:21 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

That's your perspective. My perspective is that if you choose your OS based on your desires, Apple is your only choice for iOS and within that OS, choice again is very limited with less than a handful of models. Hence why their sales for single models are so high too, especially with a lock in and little exploration from owners outside their brand of previous choice.
On the other hand, for example Samsung has competition within Android from more than a hundred (!) makers. Of which more than a dozen quite serious with worldwide sales networks. Yet Samsung still outsells Apple with about 1 out of 4 smartphones worldwide being Samsung. "Freaking amazing"?

Those internet statistics are usually flawed for browser registration being inaccurate, incomplete, locally lopsided etc. I've never put any value in them, but you obviously do. And FYI, Google doesn't force its customers to "point to their servers". In fact, most Android phones sold in Asia do no point to their servers to begin with.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 16:14 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

@ SDPharm:
Hmm, I'll repeat my exact words one more time:
"Fine products but mostly hype as a result of marketing. "

So no, I didn't say that all these people bought into hype. I said they are mostly hype.

I have a private Galaxy phone and a year old iPhone from work. I know the differences, weaknesses and strengths. I also know that I didn't get the iPhone because of hype, but my workplace did. Others didn't. But marketing played a large role for many people's buying decisions, regardless of brand or OS. Hence the huge differences between market shares in different countries (even with similar levels for wealth).

As for your numbers:
No idea why you're limiting things to the US, where statistics are not representative for worldwide use. At all. As of now, for every iPhone, there are about 7 Android phones being sold. Even in the higher end segment (>$400), they are now outsold by Android devices (with a 3 to 5 ratio).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 12:55 UTC
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falconeyes: Does the DPR article contain an error?

All iPhone 5-s and 6-s have 1.5 um pixels, 8 million of them. Their sensor sizes should be identical. BTW, this explains why the camera module has the exact same depth for all models and why it protudes with the thinner 6 models ...

Which would be physically impossible, knowing how close current senors are to the theoretical maximum for a single exposure.
And in that last part, lies the key to Sony's claim. That sensor (for surveillance purposes, not consumer cameras), combines multiple exposures to begin with.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 12:41 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

Easy words, until it impacts people financially and even in terms of technical infrastructure to quite some extend. Lack of choice is fine for as long as the products meet your needs. Beyond that, not so much. Which explains a lot of the disappointment from many dedicated customers right now.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 17:02 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

" but making an operating system is a serious undertaking that Google has so kindly saved them from."

Not that simple. Many of the features added to Android over the past years, were actually developed by phone maker first and then in collaboration with Google implemented by default.

And as for accountants running companies, think of profit margins too.

Finally, it's not just good products that sells products, it's hype (branding, see huge differences between different countries, even in the developed West) and it's lock in too. I know many people who wanted to buy a large Android phone, but couldn't because they were heavily invested in the Apple eco system to:
- make their TV work with their phone
- make their audio system work with their phone
- make their computer communicate with their phone better
etc.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 16:42 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

"And of course, most people are stupid, as you implied."

Uh no. Most people don't use an iPhone to begin with, so how could I even imply that?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 16:36 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

Fine products but mostly hype as a result of marketing. See Coca Cola as another example.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:55 UTC
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Peiasdf: A bit disappointed that it isn't all crazy with the specs but after using a LG G2 for a month in January and a Note 3 for 2 months just now, there is still no other choice but Apple. Raw specs sound sexy but if raw spec is all there is everyone here would be shooting D810 + Nokia 1020.

That said, if I am designing these two phones, I would make both 1mm thicker, add in a huge battery and put OIS on both. It would make them slightly more expensive to make but it would also convince some spec-whore to switch.

BTW, there is a photo comparison out for iPhone 4.7 prototype vs iPhone 5S. Night scene is a lot better. Looking forward to the full review.

Not really. Back in 2008, 2 years before the first "retina" display, Sony already had a smartphone with 311ppi screen.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:46 UTC
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Joseph Black: It's nice to know some companies choose deliberate development rather than the rapid release of poorly conceived gimmicks. Not to say Apple doesn't have a gimmick here and there, but when they do something they do it right.

The cool aid. Especially those waiting days.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:22 UTC
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Jurka: Still without exposure compensation?????? Crap!!!!

No, you don't already have it. Those are surrogate functions that simply adjust brightness after the fact without changing physical exposure (thus no change in light). Reason being that the API's do not allow true exposure control yet. After all these years....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:17 UTC
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Ben O Connor: Nokia holds its place for camera; The Top.

But real screen revolution was the Samsung edge from ifa. Such a great idea.

IPhone created a monster,which has eaten its creator in the end. Bye bye Apple ;)

I've run into more software problems (read:limitations) with my year old iPhone than my now >3 year old Galaxy S2. The latter is far easier when it comes to sharing content, streaming 1080p to several different types of TV's, using my personal choice if keyboard (SwiftKey), a camera with true exposure compensation and ISO control, etc. No software issues yet.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:09 UTC
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Paulyd0021: On one hand I like how Apple is focusing on improving the sensor and image quality rather than just bumping up the megapixels. However on the other hand I don't think 8 mp is the sweet spot for a fixed lens. If you can't crop in much without distorting the image, which means you'll need to get a lot closer to whatever it is you're taking a picture of to keep the quality high. I think 12-13mp would have been a better choice and make the phone slightly thicker for increased sensor size. Phone thinness is as thin as it ever needs to be IMO. I'm all for weight reduction, but ergonomically I'd rather have something to grip on to that fits the form of my hand. A wafer thin phone isn't that. I'm still excited to see what the image quality will be for the 6+ with OIS. I hope it helps with low light shots. Still, I don't think I'll be switching any time soon from my Samsung K Zoom. With manual controls, 10x optical zoom, and xenon flash, its the best P&S replacement out there right now.

@mgblack74:
False.
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/samsung-pre-iphone-designs-640x418.png

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:00 UTC
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