Mark Banas

Mark Banas

DPReview Contributor
Lives in Canada Ontario, Canada
Works as a Industrial Designer/ Panographer/ Writer
Has a website at http://markbanas.com/
Joined on Jan 26, 2005

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dansclic: Body seems to,be quite compact

Well, pretty compact for camera with a mirror. When the rumors first started (oh jeez, 2008?), there was talk of "most compact full-frame camera with a stabilized sensor," but then Sony ruined the party! ;)

Hey, the Astrotracer image reveals the sensor can move...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 19:48 UTC
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M Lammerse: My colleague described it once as the best nonsense digital compact camera. I think he's quite right.

"Best nonsense digital compact camera" is the orange and green award from DPR.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 20:28 UTC

Karma always comes back to give you what you deserve.

(I hope that means I deserve a sandwich.)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 22:16 UTC as 19th comment
On article Luna is 'world's smallest' 360-degree camera (26 comments in total)

Great to see another consumer-grade, all-in-one, 360x180 video solution - like the Ricoh Theta and Giroptic 360cam.

That said, by the time this design is shipping (slated as August 2016), there will be far more competing products... including one from a very big player in the "action cam" market. Hope they get their funding before CES pops their bubble, so to speak.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 22:23 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Connect post Google launches Cardboard Camera VR app for Android (20 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Stereo (which is NOT 3D because of occlusions -- you can't look truly behind things) is normally done using two points of view which are essentially parallel. I assume this is simply one eye's view lagging behind the other as you turn through the panorama, which means the views are skewed slightly outward rather than parallel. At small angles, the fact that the views are not parallel is completely negligible. Sort of like Sony's old 3D panorama on cameras like the NEX-5... although I think Sony may have put a bit more computation into it....

You're almost certainly right about the lag, but I hope they sync the pitch, since any lag in that axis would be visually disturbing.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 18:38 UTC
On Connect post Google launches Cardboard Camera VR app for Android (20 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: I thought everyone gave up on 3D.

Nah... just look at the in-theater movie listings. Maybe motion sickness-inducing, but it draws the audiences to the seats, instead of online.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2015 at 12:17 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: What is it with Europeans and their dongles??? They were a pain 25 years ago and it hey haven't gotten en any better...

LED technology is advancing faster than bluetooth/ wireless protocols. I'd wager the panel gets replaced first...

Now that I've thought of it, they should've made slide-out LEDs!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 20:48 UTC
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Nukunukoo: would have been even better if they included even just a 10-bit option...

There are ways to include much greater bit-depth in a JPEG, but only for apps that can understand it. See JPEG-HDR;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JPEG-HDR

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 01:15 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (285 comments in total)
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pierpa: Re the new design: why GREY type on white? Good old BLACK would be more readable.

All considered, I think the new design sucks: it's ugly, less readable, and after forcing myself to read the article nevertheless, my eyes ache.

:)

(no, seriously)

I'd actually prefer it if *all* sponsored content had this lighter theme (and only that content). That way I wouldn't be reading it and wondering "why does DPR only mention Panasonic cameras that record 4k?"

My only problem with the theme (never mind the content) is the erratic, right-then-left justified text blocks, on an almost per paragraph basis. Some paragraphs even look like pull quotes because they are (oddly) centered. Probably looks good on a phablet, though...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 03:23 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-$1200 (156 comments in total)
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solarsky: The Sigma SD1 Merrill was omitted again, as usual. When will they learn...

Richard is right, even at the current MSRP of $2300. Outside of yen-devalued deals from Japan, it is essentially impossible to buy a new Sigma SD1 Merrill for under the $1200 USD price cap of this group, or even the $2k cap of the next group. After that is a roundup that includes the Leica SL and Pentax 645Z... along with a bunch of "lowly" Sonys, Canons and Nikons. ;-)

Edit to add: I bought an SD1 Merill myself, so it must be super-niche!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 16:01 UTC
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brycesteiner: If this model is still in stores, why would Samsung confirm this discontinuation? No one would buy it because it won't be supported. Dealers couldn't in good conscience recommend it and Samsung doesn't want to take them all back to the warehouses especially if there is a stockpile.

If this being the case, they certainly wouldn't confirm it with a press release, which is what seems to be happening.

I have personal opinions like anyone else, and am not hamstrung about expressing them. If a press release from an unnamed source seems quite obviously false, giving it wider press does a disservice to the readership. My only guess is that this is intended to motivate Samsung into responding officially.

Just so it's clear, the little silver DP logo by my name means I'm an occasional contributor to DPR, like Mr. Reid. Personally, I can't see why common sense and healthy skepticism are so absent in modern discourse these days... we are being trained to be partisan and uncritical from almost every aspect of our media, and rumormongering only reinforces it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 14:55 UTC
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brycesteiner: If this model is still in stores, why would Samsung confirm this discontinuation? No one would buy it because it won't be supported. Dealers couldn't in good conscience recommend it and Samsung doesn't want to take them all back to the warehouses especially if there is a stockpile.

If this being the case, they certainly wouldn't confirm it with a press release, which is what seems to be happening.

The "press release" isn't what seems to be happening, and you succinctly explained why.

This is clearly a case of click-baiting with Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt, that people who frequent a site dedicated to EOS HD video will gobble up and disseminate. The wording of release makes it instantly obvious to anyone who understands marketing, which I'm surprised that Mr. Reid at EOS HD (and the site name tells you something about motivation) would fall for, if not create.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2015 at 14:37 UTC
On article Good genes: Samsung NX500 review posted (511 comments in total)
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alfredo_tomato: Doggoneit. I wanted Samsung to survive. I knew they had it in them to make excellent cameras, but it came too late.

Trying to find one in a big box store in the US was nearly impossible. Now that they have shuttered their operations, it's going to be a bit harder.

I heard Pentax is "doooooomed," as well!
;-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
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JohnEwing: It's only a toy helicopter, you know. Let's not go daft.

Yes, a toy helicopter, but DJI has been making flight control systems for such toys since 2006. And just like the cameras in phones have started driving innovation in "real camera" sensors and controls (bsi, on-chip phase af, touchscreens, etc.), companies like DJI have been driving innovation for "real UAVs" in markets that Hasselblad is already in.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 13:11 UTC
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Greg VdB: "The latest version of Corel's AfterShot mage editing..."

Cool, mage editing! This software is magic :-)

Better than trying to invoke a Creative Cloud.

System requirements: 1 eye of newt, 2 toe of frog, 4 elderberries (cut by a golden scythe at the height of the full moon). :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 23:18 UTC

Comment by noflashplease (4 months ago)
"GoPro just did the $99 Polaroid Cube.... for $399....1080P? Really?"

We definitely knew that the Polaroid was first to market, and apparently beat the Session's patent by a day. Anyone think GoPro wouldn't sue C&A if the tables were turned?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 02:15 UTC as 56th comment | 3 replies
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PhotoKhan: I've been doing this with a chinese-made articulated arm fitted to the hot-shoe + a home-made tab adapter + 2 generations of Galaxy tabs + DSLRController App for well over 2 years now :)

...In fact, I kept my previous Galaxy Tab just to have it ride in my photography bag, on account of this.

I tell you guys, it is a must have for tripod photography (landscapes/architectural/nocturnal)

Either get this or do your own do-it-yourself solution. Those chinese-made articulated arms are about $10 each.

Like PhotoKhan, I've been using a similar setup based on a wi-fi connection to the camera (with live view, etc.) for product photoshoots with clients. They love the large view, and are fine with the moments it takes to transfer the jpegs to the tablet before inspecting them.

Tethering to the laptop would make it faster, I'm sure, but as Damien points out, a tablet still can't match Capture 1 and a laptop (or maybe a Surface Pro?) for tweaking and working.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 12:42 UTC
On a photo in the Leica SL Typ 601 Real-world Samples Gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Dan wins with this one.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2015 at 22:44 UTC as 1st comment
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piratejabez: One of those "I don't know why they didn't think of this before!" things...

Other trigger makers thought of it long before (Cactus V6). No idea why it took PW so long.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 22:54 UTC
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uRebel Rob: That back screen looks interesting. Sony has, and Nikon had, bottom hinged fully articulating screens, but not like this. Looks to have the speed, ease and from the waist stealth shooting abilities of a tilting screen, plus the portrait orientation tilting ability of a side hinged screen. I'm not sure it can be seen for self portraits, though.
Can't wait for more info, including the most important: When!

I'm going to wildly speculate that the "bug-legs" LCD won't be on the final production units. I heard the 645Z was supposed to have a "more flexible" rear LCD mount (and with tripod mounts on two sides, the Z kinda needs it), so this might be that original design. In any case, if the final body doesn't have this, then we can see where the delay(s) came from.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 20:14 UTC
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