So she's another of the ones who bought into the whole "esthetic is artifice" thing? It's a fine subject, but these shots are _completely_ uninspired.
I once had a job developing and printing for a building inspection company (yeah, I'm kinda old). These are the kinds of shots that our inspectors, mostly retired firemen and insurance agents, would take.
Let me say it again...there's nothing wrong with lighting, color, and composition. Refusing to take an interesting photo is not the same as depicting reality objectively.
Thank you, I'm finished for the moment.
Timmbits: DO NOT BUY ANY OF THESE!!! is the best advice I can give you.
I purchased the best of the past years' roundups, the Panasonic, figuring that it should be a little bit better than the dismal tiny-sensor cameras out there. Boy was I wrong, and it was wasted money. It became an expensive hand-me-down for my 8 year old girl - at least she can drop it, we can take it out on the inflatable kayak, and she is delighted with all she does with it (stop motion video, pictures of her dog...) and she's just too delighted to discover what she can do with a camera to worry about IQ.
If you are to get yourself a waterproof camera, get at least something with a 1" sensor or larger if any are available. I haven't researched this in the past months, but I do remember Nikon has the waterproof version of their Nikon-1. That is what you should get.
If you're going to have crappy image quality that these things deliver, you may as well just get the Sony waterproof smartphone and use that instead.
I have the AW120. It can take decentish pics, and, of course, the real perk is that it can take them in places where I wouldn't bring my other cameras.
I also like the fact that I can give it to my 6 and 8 year old sons and not worry about drops, etc. It's like any camera...it has its uses and it's good as long as one has reasonable expectations. Except Leicas...those things make no sense ;)
OK, I'll only say this once...does sharpness in the corners, especially wide open, matter much at all? If I'm shooting wide open, it's either because the light is low, in which case I'm going for atmospheric or capturing the moment, or I want to blur the background, so my corners are deliberately as soft as possible.
Are some of you shooting forensics or architecture with a fast, medium-to-wide prime? Is the interest in your photos all in the corners? You may be doing it wrong.
I like the updates, but the thing that still confuses me is...why can't I terminate my account? I've looked, but not found a way to do so. Maybe I don't want to be a dpreview member forever.
CaseyComo: Quality of the blur is horrendous. Doesn't look like a good lens, looks like a bad Gaussian job in Peeshop.
Um...is that a rhetorical question?
Quality of the blur is horrendous. Doesn't look like a good lens, looks like a bad Gaussian job in Peeshop.
It'll revolutionize photography the same way that quadrophonic recording and playback revolutionized music.
venancio: very intriguing... Microsoft bought Nokia, Nokia's head honcho moves to Apple, Apple delivers an iphone with image stabilization, f1.8 capability, and crammed with doodads, and the photography world slows down a bit to take stock on what's happening with smart phones becoming smarter... and the new thing from the camera manufacturing world is a digital single lens reflex mechanism on a smart phone... wow... I mean, Nikon and Canon are still pushing for a DSLR world, right?
You know what? Your phone will be just fine for snaps of your friends and their lunches. Enjoy!
GoBro cam has some utility for deployment in adverse conditions. Too bad the images and video are on par with a cell phone from 8 years ago.
I like the "...usually it's in the very last place you look for it..." part of the article. If it's anywhere else, you are doing it wrong.
JonB1975: Want, want, want....... My first dream camera since the 1Ds MkII! As for those people saying Ansel Adams would never touch something like this - How the hell would you know???
He wouldn't. It did not exist when he was alive. Those self-righteous purists need to go smoke one and relax.
I'm gonna buy this and wear it around my neck. I'll use it to take pictures of ramen bowls and bearded dudes at SOMA food trucks. it The other hipsters with the puny iPhones will be forced to worship me as a god.
I have named my massive tool Casey Junior.
OK idea. I won't accept the implicit premise that the flatness of the shots indicates that they are documentary images that won't dilute their message with esthetic effect. These are essentially just dull pics of prisons.
jaygeephoto: Some here get it, most do not. It's clearly an understanding of the history and aesthetics of photography and an appreciation of the techniques and methods. This comes through educating one's self. The derisive and boorish comments are clearly from those who seek pleasure at criticizing the efforts of others.
"Getting it" and liking it are different things.
You know who pushed the technological envelope and did something simultaneously interesting and beautiful? Harold Edgerton. To me, this is half forensic, half Chuck Close (though less attractive), and half disgusting. But, you know, YMMV.
There's some element of the barnyard about these...I can almost smell it.
In reconstitituted Soviet Russia, Photoshop tricks use YOU!
The Chinese government will shut you down in a heartbeat for not following proper business practice. Proper business practice consists of showing the proper financial consideration to the officials of the government.
I'm an easily bored gadget-loving idiot with money to burn. Will I like this, or should I just buy something with an Apple logo? I mostly care about impressing dumb girls and dudes with handlebar moustaches and ideas about what app is cool.