Photato

Photato

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Well that's disappointing. Why don't be bold and use a true 3X lens?. The added bulge could be shared between the back and front, not just the front, a few millimeters here and there would still keep it within pocket-able range. A slightly wedged shape would make the phone more usable when on a table.
I hope the next iPhone increase the Tele lens to 3X or at least have the same sensor size as the Wider Camera, I wouldn't mind the increased thickness.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 21:09 UTC as 3rd comment

Copying the iPhone is not enough. They would have to come up with something more interesting like a third Camera module that could be used for true Stereo (great with VR glasses) or a Wide, Normal and Tele set, or just B&W with IR on/off filter.
They could have used 2 or more LED split apart for softer "flash" shadows and even lighting when taking Documents shots.
How about switching from the pesky 4:3 sensor to a more glass efficient, display friendlier 3:2, or better yet a Multi AR sensor...

So many possibilities....all they do is copy Apple even in the bad things like no SD card, is sad.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 12:14 UTC as 10th comment
On article iOS 11 will cut photo, video size in half (81 comments in total)

This is good but I hope the Alliance for Open Media prevails in their efforts to finalize and establish the AV1 format as the next standard for Video which is the royalty free alternative to h.265 and so preferred.

Who is the Alliance for Open Media?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliance_for_Open_Media

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 01:16 UTC as 3rd comment

Would love to have that sensor in a compact mirrorless body.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 13:17 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
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(unknown member): When this site prepare a report like the one you did yesterday informing how the rolling shutter work and teach the way to prevent it you guys do a great job, but when you prepare an "report" based on rumours and use those rumors to try to "teach" the biggest camera producers what they should be doing with their company you guys completly loose my respect. I have no clue why do you think you have the rigth to say Canon or Nikon what they have to do, but you have to remember what this site is about. Is cool when Thom post some of his tougths on his blog, but thats a blog and not a review. This thread seems to pretend that you are explaning the users how things have to be done and what you are posting is just an opinion based on rumours.

Everything about this thread should just be just deleted from a site that is supposed to provide reviews and suddenly is just gossip show. End line "I hope to be proven wrong" Really? this a report or using the site as a blog with that title?

Dude, is ok, lighten up.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 10:40 UTC

At least for Canon I don't see any problem or dilemma here.
The EF-M mount can fit a full frame sensor already.
It was designed in such way to allow a smooth transition from APS-C to Full Frame.
In fact, that is exactly how Sony played his Mirrorless strategy,
So Canon would just provide an adapter for EF compatibility and you can leave it permanently attached if you like or remove it when size and weight are important.
The AF motors would not be an issue either, except for older lenses but something has to give.
I guess the big news here is that CaNikon will come out with their overdue FF Mirrorless bodies this year.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 10:37 UTC as 196th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (502 comments in total)

Two and a half years after its release, the Pany LX100 still remains competitive.
However, it is disappointing that Panasonic has not issued a firmware upgrade to fix the unnecessary lens extensions/retractions cycles that are the reason why many are getting dust inside the lens.
I wont buy another Pany fixed lens camera unless they fix this simple but important issue.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 16:39 UTC as 38th comment | 3 replies

4K Video is most of the times overkill.
High quality 1080P is what the majority of Videographers need in terms of usability and efficiency. 10Bit 4:2:2 is the holy grail for quality 1080P in my opinion. Raw is still better but its huge size makes it unmanageable, a diminished returns thing.
Kudos to Pany for this.
Would be super nice if Pany can upgrade the LX100 firmware to record 10bit 4:2:2 as well.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 14:15 UTC as 3rd comment | 5 replies
On article OPPO 5x smartphone zoom system sample images (50 comments in total)

It looks great to me.
I just don't get it though why they settle for 2X if the optical zoom is actually 3X?
I notice that the "5X" is better than a conventional 3X + Digital Zoom would be because it is using pixels from both sensors, which a conventional camera module couldn't.
Not sure if I like the simpler Apple and LG two focal lengths approach but will be interesting to compare to see what is actually gain in terms of zoom power and overall image quality.
This is looking like the way forward for Mobile photography and kudos to Oppo for pushing the envelope.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 13:01 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
On article DJI reportedly takes majority stake in Hasselblad (191 comments in total)

Unlike Canon and Nikon, DJI is very innovative and aggressive.
I hope one day they become a real player in the camera/lens business.
I think this move would give them a foot at that door.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 10:35 UTC as 31st comment | 5 replies
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1640 comments in total)

Well, finally DPR made some serious effort reviewing the Video aspects of a Canon M series camera.
Thank you !

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 22:09 UTC as 85th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon PowerShot Pro70 (111 comments in total)

This camera was ahead of its time and Canon at its best. Featuring all the basic components of a contemporary Digital Camera.
Back then it was rare to see that articulated screen in other cameras or Raw.
This model was further refined with the also excellent Pro90 and it peaked with the Canon Pro1 which I owned and really loved.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 22:31 UTC as 50th comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1640 comments in total)

meh
Except for the DPAF, the feature set is not enough to make me sidegrade from the M+ML to M5. In the mean time my 4K video needs are now being covered by Panasonic.
Will UPGRADE when/if Canon releases a M body with substantial better features.
Disappointed that they didn't release a fast prime.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 10:10 UTC as 359th comment | 1 reply
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2138 comments in total)
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Photato: Can someone explain what is the logic behind not offering UHD ?
Having to crop gigabytes worth of 17:9 data all the time doesn't seem like fun or an efficient way of making videos.

CIASpook, Canon knows how to make a proper video camera. Take a look at the XC10. It uses the proper codec h.264 MXF, the proper media CFast and UHD.
DCI 4K is just a few more pixels on the horizontal direction that will have to be cropped away all the time when delivering for 97% of displays out there. This is really irritating and a waste of storage, CPU and time.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 19:15 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2138 comments in total)
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Photato: Can someone explain what is the logic behind not offering UHD ?
Having to crop gigabytes worth of 17:9 data all the time doesn't seem like fun or an efficient way of making videos.

CIASpook, on a UHD TV screen you would get two horizontal black bars Top and Bottom (aka letterbox). It wouldn't be any wider or sharper.
If you like wide shots, you need wide angle lenses.
Or project your 2.43:1 video on movie theater.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 18:44 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2138 comments in total)
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Photato: Can someone explain what is the logic behind not offering UHD ?
Having to crop gigabytes worth of 17:9 data all the time doesn't seem like fun or an efficient way of making videos.

UHD is missing, that is what is wrong.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2138 comments in total)
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Photato: Can someone explain what is the logic behind not offering UHD ?
Having to crop gigabytes worth of 17:9 data all the time doesn't seem like fun or an efficient way of making videos.

4K = 4096 x 2160 17:9
UHD = 3840 x 2160 16:9 (What 90% of users actually need)

If you need more information.
http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/174221-no-tv-makers-4k-and-uhd-are-not-the-same-thing

I will be waiting patiently for your link to TV sets, YT videos, Computers or Smartphones with a 17:9 AR display. Thanks :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 16:52 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2138 comments in total)
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PropaPH: some other blogs etc are saying the crop factor for video is 1.74 and not 1.64x crop you guys state.... what could explain the difference?

If you want a number to calculate equivalent field of view the standard is to measure it by the Diagonal.
So here are the numbers that matter:
For 16:9 is 1.832955061280073
For 17:9 is 1.743899805657525
Thus, for a UHD field of view equivalent to 28mm you would need a 15mm lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 16:40 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2138 comments in total)
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ProGlass: Folks, what is the ONE pet peeve about the new 5D Mark 4 that really irks you? There are a lot of haters and a lot of lovers here. I'm a canon owner and was really looking forward to this model but I won't hide the fact that I am disappointed in this one.

No UHD is borderline unethical, especially when Canon says "In developing this new DSLR camera, we listened to the requests of current EOS users..."
I have a hard time imagining "EOS users" asking for 17:9 video. When people ask for 4K what they really mean is UHD, small but important difference.
Canon knows this and that is the unethical part, IMO.
But hey, it is what it is, take it or leave it. Business as usual.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (232 comments in total)
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Photato: The sensor might be showing its age but the larger full frame still shows its superiority in terms of contrast due to less diffraction when compared to smaller sensors.

Go to the Studio Test Scene of this article and compare the 5D with a modern but smaller sensor camera like the Sony RX100 IV. Look for the high contrast areas at low ISO. That is diffraction in action. Feel free to compare other cameras with smaller sensors, same thing.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 13:59 UTC
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