Charlie Jin

Charlie Jin

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Joined on Mar 27, 2008

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1071 comments in total)
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Karen Casebeer: I've been looking forward to this review and it seems mostly excellent. However, I noticed the new 7D2 got an 84% and a Silver Award, but the 70D got 83%, and a Gold award. I'm not sure what the relationship is between percentage and whether a camera body gets a Silver or Gold award.

I think that it depends on the "level".
DPR considers 7D2 as a Pro level, and for Pro level, 84% is Silver, while for Enthusiast level, 83% is Gold. I may be wrong, but that kind of grading is what I have observed so far.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 00:35 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (521 comments in total)
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Onteo: Any chance of getting a curved FF sensor? //genuine question

Heard that curved sensor would allow for smaller optics so my dream comes true. A very small travel/trekking camera with a couple of lens, either two zoom or 3/4 primes to cover it all.

It must be a very hard thing to do if it is not yet done.

With smaller optics, the resolution will be lower. Even now, there are not many good lenses that can resolve 36m pixel full frame cameras. So, how can you resolve a full frame sensor with smaller optics? Also, smaller optics means less light - which means more noise and less dynamic range...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 00:53 UTC
On Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup 2013 article (295 comments in total)

Between a6000 and 5100, it is not really the size and weight. I believe it is:
touch sensitive screen or not;
flip for self portrait or not;

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 07:07 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (613 comments in total)

Even the p&s rx100 has a mode dial on top. What is so wrong with this APC sensor camera? Does it want to be a cell phone camera replacement? Or is there a quick (or quicker) way to access the mode dial in a5100 ?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 09:34 UTC as 9th comment
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)

Some pictures give me the impression of Pentax 31mm Limited ...
Very nice.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 17:38 UTC as 24th comment
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (389 comments in total)

Should have put some diamonds on somewhere on the camera. Also neck strap should be made with pearls.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 02:34 UTC as 142nd comment
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)

Buy three of these in different colors. And bring them all with you, one on your neck with a short zoom lens, another in left shoulder with a long zoom lens, and another in right shoulder with either a portrait or macro prime lens. You will look like a professional, creative, and inspiring photographer. "Look" is very important in photograph business. Or, at least that's what Pentax is thinking of ...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 06:38 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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Charlie Jin: Sorry, Panasonic. You had to have a built-in flash. Even some full frames do. This is not an advanced camera for general photographers. It is just an interesting toy for a very small number of photographers. I know that some will be very enthusiastic with this camera, like the author of this article., but if I am going to buy a compact camera, I will never buy one without a built-in flash.

JoreFridday, I believe you are exposed only to some reasonable photographic situation, not in real world for general people. You know, most people don't want the art photography. They just want the OK (or better, good) picture in "any" situation, including in complete dark night, and so on. Have you ever seen many people trying to take pictures in an environment where a good photography is completely hopeless ? At least, flash helps produce "usable" photos in many such situations. I understand who you are, and I fully agree with what you said. What you (and Panasonic) lack is an understanding of other people. That's fine. It won't sell.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 03:30 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)

Sorry, Panasonic. You had to have a built-in flash. Even some full frames do. This is not an advanced camera for general photographers. It is just an interesting toy for a very small number of photographers. I know that some will be very enthusiastic with this camera, like the author of this article., but if I am going to buy a compact camera, I will never buy one without a built-in flash.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 12:47 UTC as 131st comment | 3 replies
On More manual control on iOS with Manual Cam post (46 comments in total)
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Charlie Jin: All these have been basic features in Samsung's default camera app. Why are these so new in iPhone, I wonder ?

Hi, guys. You may be right in that Android (Samsung in my case) phones don't have the "complete" manual controls. But they do have enough, and others may be simulated.
For example, you can set the ISO to max and exposure compensation to the minimum. In this way, you can force the shutter speed up to the possible max in that situation (for example - it's dark but you need a motion in stop. You will get a darker image, but you can adjust the brightness using Snapseed.
If you need slower shutter speed, the other way.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 15:16 UTC
On More manual control on iOS with Manual Cam post (46 comments in total)

All these have been basic features in Samsung's default camera app. Why are these so new in iPhone, I wonder ?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 02:29 UTC as 8th comment | 7 replies

Wow. Oh, My... I was going to switch from Samsung Note 2 to iPhone 6+, and I changed my mind. This is it~! Only if it is available in my country... Please?
On the other hand... 1.1 front camera is just too little... considering that the selfies are so popular. I guess that at some point front camera and the rear camera will have the same quality.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 03:28 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)

I know the quality of the Canon 7D. I brought it to Annapurna, Mt. Fuji, and many other mountains in Canada and Washington State. I dropped it so many times, got wet in rain and snow. A lot of dust situations also. It survived quite well and still working in excellent condition. What a camera... It is heavy though. Since it still produces good pictures, I have no reason to upgrade to Mark II at this moment. Another thing I would like to mention is that 15-85mm lens is really, really sharp with Canon 7D. Maybe I was lucky to get an excellent copy of the lens, but unless you get are very lucky to get an excellent copy of 24-70mm, it will be very hard to beat 15-85mm, except the brightness.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:33 UTC as 548th comment | 2 replies
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Charlie Jin: Can we control ISO ? With Samsung Note 2, in the tennis court at night (with the court lights on), I was able to get descent shots (forehand, backhand, volley, etc...) by setting up ISO to the highest (which is 800) and lower the exposure compensation ( to minus one stop). This forces the camera to bump up the shutter speed, which is good for sports photography. I am planning to come back to iPhone ( Plus, that is...) I hope that it can control ISO.

Hi, Thatcannonguy. I was not taking the pictures for descent prints to hang on the wall. I just wanted some nice pictures for my blog or social networks. Samsung Note 2 and Snapseed app was more than enough. And I found that controlling ISO can be very effective in many situations. I know that there is no way to control ISO in iPhone, until I was using iPhone 4 two years ago. I wanted to know there is any change during the time. Now, thinking of switching back to iPhone, I am afraid whether I am losing too much - another would be battery replacement - which was quite handy when I take hundreds of pictures in a day in travel.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 02:23 UTC

Can we control ISO ? With Samsung Note 2, in the tennis court at night (with the court lights on), I was able to get descent shots (forehand, backhand, volley, etc...) by setting up ISO to the highest (which is 800) and lower the exposure compensation ( to minus one stop). This forces the camera to bump up the shutter speed, which is good for sports photography. I am planning to come back to iPhone ( Plus, that is...) I hope that it can control ISO.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 01:32 UTC as 32nd comment | 6 replies

I actually saw a professional photographer who used this camera (previous model) in a city event. There were so many people around the mayor's announcement, but the photographer just had a nice long pole which was attached with this Sony camera at the top. He was controlling all the stuff using his smartphone, since they were wifi-connected. He was behind the crowd, but I guess that it is him who got the best photo shot. He was also taking pictures of the event from high angle, without any more facilities. I asked him about the stability, and he said there was no problem since there was a optical image stabilizer and he was wearing a belt to stabilize the pole. Very nice.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 04:29 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
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Charlie Jin: When the new iPhone 6 comes out, current iPhone 5's will be on sale. It looks like Samsung Galaxy Alpha and S5 are to compete against such dumping iPhone 5's, not against iPhone 6. "Maybe", Note 4 could be the contender.

I am one of such people. I had been using iPhone 1st generation to iPhone 4, until my eyes just could not catch up the small screen any more. I am using Note 2 and have been fairly happy with its big screen. But I will switch back to iPhone 5.5 inch. However, I will keep Note 2 for other purposes. For example, with AirDroid app it can be a very nice watchdog cam :-) Also, other Aduino fun projects...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 07:13 UTC

When the new iPhone 6 comes out, current iPhone 5's will be on sale. It looks like Samsung Galaxy Alpha and S5 are to compete against such dumping iPhone 5's, not against iPhone 6. "Maybe", Note 4 could be the contender.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 05:57 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

OK. I have Sony RX100-mk1 and I was going to upgrade to mk3, especially because of the bright lens (and built-in WiFi). I compared the portraits from NX Mini and those from Sony RX100 mk3 (the sample pictures in here preview). To me, RX100-mk3 is not in the same league as NX Mini which produces so much better and more artistic pictures. Sony may be more detailed and pictures may be sharper, but that's not my preference. Now, I am hesitant. The only upside for Sony is that it's very pocketable. I am not sure how much pocketable NX Mini is. Does anyone have good experience in using both cameras ? Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 13:52 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply

Can't say about other types of pictures, but for portraits, wow, I can't believe that you can produce such quality from a 1" sensor camera. The skins look gorgeous. Maybe it's the prime lens ?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 08:21 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
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