ultimoInfierno

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GrapeJam: What's the point of 64mp other than stats padding when it already looks like water color even on a 2k monitor?

There are a few “gotcha’s” in 64 megapixel mode, when using DNG format. The biggest is, that it takes for “forever”, before the camera is ready for next photo (several seconds after latest firmware upgrade). Size is ginormous - ~128 megabyte! Although the transfer speed (WiFi) is now around 25 megabyte/second compared to around 11 megabyte/second (Osmo Pocket) it still takes for “forever”.

These sizes kills the speed of Affinity Photo and especially Luminar 4.3.0.

On both the latest iOS (256GB)/ipadOS (512GB) as well as Android 10 (Samsung Note 10+ 512GB) most Apps crash immediately trying to read the file, a few die, when you try to actually do something. The ONLY app actually surviving and working reasonably fast was Snapseed (Not my cup of tea;-), but instead of saving the original 9216 x 6912 pixel images get resized to 5773 x 4330 pixel.

I decided on using my old Lightroom 6.14 (last before subscription), and it works very well, operates surprisingly fast.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2020 at 13:02 UTC
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rubank: OK, looks like a fun gadget.
BUT, what can it actually do that a phone can´t?
(Especially since you need a phone anyway, to see what you´re doing).

@Vit Adamek By tge way: It's far from safe to judge quality based on a YouTube stream. Especially if the original material is recorded in 100 megabit/second.

I'm not able to check that angle today. Earlier today some idiot decided to use his digger without checking for cables, water pipes or electricity etc. He managed to avoid a high voltage feed - sadly not fried alive - but the fiber feed to the whole area was cut *coming up again some time tomorrow". So my 450/450 megabit full duplex connection has gone for now. And since hundreds of homes have the same experience the mobile network currently mimic original ADSL speeds (768 kbit down, 128 kbit up - with a lot of luck). And I have a high powered 4G LTE transmitter only 5-600 feet or thereabouts away.

YouTube? Nada! Probably not even worth looking several hours after midnight :-(

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2020 at 19:52 UTC
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rubank: OK, looks like a fun gadget.
BUT, what can it actually do that a phone can´t?
(Especially since you need a phone anyway, to see what you´re doing).

@Vit Adamek Mayve operator error? Or early firmware.

The predecessor gimbal has a few "handlling" settings. One is tracking a marked object (and that is smooth) and another - amongst others - allows very smooth movements - even if you turn quickly or jerkingly - within fairly wide limits - the "camera head" of the gimbal does its own thing following from A to B - in a constant, smoothe movement, sometimes reaching the end position a few seconds after your movement has stopped. You can of course choose a more direct option

The only thing, the gimbal cannot compensate very well is vertical movements, so you need to adjust to using elegant tango steps instead of heavy footed elephant stomping, when you walk.

When I have to walk some distance, I often use a bike to steady the hand holding my gimbal (whether similar to this or heavier). Result: Nearly - ahem - as smoothe as a real multimillion hollywood type dolly track ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2020 at 19:25 UTC
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rubank: OK, looks like a fun gadget.
BUT, what can it actually do that a phone can´t?
(Especially since you need a phone anyway, to see what you´re doing).

@rubank It works completely without a smartphone, always have. You can also control remotely via WiFi, or cabled (or on a special control stick).

Have you ever tried using it (or the predecessor)? It’s a really nice tool; especially for travel (In 2019 I collected hours and hours of good, solid material - both video and stills. Thousands in the case of the latter).

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2020 at 17:35 UTC
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seri_art: I'm late to this party, having never heard of these cameras before. In what ways is this camera better than, say, the very small Sony RX-100 M3 (which I have) or above?

In 2019 in Brussels Auto World museum, I used my Osmo Pocket indoor instead of my iPhone for both images (RAW) and video (4K, 100 megabit/25fps) with far better results. Especially in poor light, the gimbal does wonders for stability for stills (and being able to put it anywhere, and controlling via WiFi gave final touches to some “under the chassis” images).

I prefer to hold a “stick” one handed, instead of a far more heavy top of the line huge iPhone using both hands to keep it steady (I’m not young anymore). The Pocket is in many respects the ideal “Old geezer tool” for getting things captured virtually anywhere at any time of day.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2020 at 09:48 UTC
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(unknown member): Not much break through in terms of technology and I found very little difference in terms of video quality from gopro 7/8/9 to osmo action/pocket. Sony's RX0 is a very good concept with 1" sensor in a very small package but the implementation is bad. I will wait.

And they all have built-in gimbals? Ehh...?

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2020 at 09:39 UTC
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Photosection: Anyone got first hand experience of the audio improvements?

@GodSpeaks What’s the problem with that. The video is actually rather good, with a fair selection of examples, and even comparisons to the predecessor.

Hint: If it says “Osmo Pocket” on screen it’s the old version, and “Pocket 2” is the new. The video is in my view better than most, and I can draw my own preliminary conclusion ;-)

P.S. I’m not a Chinese speaker (sadly), and English is only my fifth language, so... In an “international” (note: not the same as English only) forum, don’t complain about good information available. Especially, if you just have to use your own eyes (and ears) - the best measuring instruments you have to initially judge the video and microphone quality (even if it’s just a taste of what’s coming ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2020 at 09:36 UTC
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DrCastle: Comparing this to a phone is largely an error. It has mechanical 3-axis gimbal which no other phones out there provide. The original osmo pocket(with smaller sensor) already surpassed most phone videos anyway.

@Elisam Yes, this “just” has a dedicated phone camera built in, and this is what makes this gimbal interesting. Fully loaded for bear, the Osmo Pocket I use weighs less than any of my flagship smartphones. And... the results delivered are rock solid even after a full day of walkabout.

I have DJI and Feiyutech gimbals, that are powerfull enough to actually stabilize and hold my smartphones reliably, but to say the truth, I have never been able to fit any of these contraptions into a chest pocket, whether the phone is mounted or not. And... with the Osmo Pocket you don’t have to (re)balance the gimbal when the phone is mounted (you do not have to mount any phone ;-)

Have you tried using the Osmo Pocket or a standard gimbal with a modern flagship smartphone in real life?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2020 at 07:25 UTC
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weisman: Does this Pocket 2 still require a smartphone app and product registration via said smartphone like version 1 did? The required dependency on a smartphone is a dealbreaker for me.

@weisman After registrering you do not need a smartphone - ehhh - except for the practical task of upgrading firmware from time to time. Otherwise it can be used as a completely standalone product (I often do, placed in my left front pocket and my phone in the right, when not used).

Smartphone use can alternatively involve an USB-c cable or wifi connection instead of the “standard” fixed connection.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 17:37 UTC
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Clickalot: It's a separate thing to take and forget somewhere. Humans are incapable of taking and remembering anything more than a phone and not even always that.

@Clickalot Ehhh? Don’t include the rest of humanity!!

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 17:30 UTC
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kinoworks: Olympus won't be the last camera company killed by Android/Apple.

@MikeTakesPix Mostly agree with you. I haven’t bought any camera gear since Panasonic GX80, and I do not plan on buying any of the current releases; they’re too expensive, too big, too limited for my use. So, that’s it for me.

I hope whoever need the current crop of new cameras will be happy with their choices, but I’ve more or less decided to keep, what I have (for special use and projects), and otherwise concentrate on using my smartphone(s) to the best of my ability (pure luxury compared to my film days).

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2020 at 15:12 UTC
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kinoworks: Olympus won't be the last camera company killed by Android/Apple.

@lattesweden There's the odd plus or benefit when using flash on the LX100 (leaf shutter), and it is the completely non-problematic use of a shutter speed like 1/2000 sec combined with virtually any flash (even a weak flash). This both freezes everything (odd exceptions exist, but...) and delivers the side effect, that everything behind "front row" from medium to far distance blends nicely into black - "elegantly" hiding any unwanted clutter in the background.

That's harder to do at high flash oputput on DSLR's etc. even with flash in hi-sync-speed-mode (wasting a lot of the flash power available at ordinary camera sync speeds).

I've even made som really nice portraits that way (probably more luck than... ahem.... anyway, it worked ;-)

Have fun

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 22:33 UTC
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kinoworks: Olympus won't be the last camera company killed by Android/Apple.

@lattesweden Your requirements are understood and I also - infrequently these days - kick one of my “real cameras” into use (for travel my Iimit tends to be a Panasonic LX100), but...

RAW not always deliver better - especially not quicker - results compared to a well balanced computational HDR photo from a good smartphone (I compare 12 megapixel) in reasonable light. In low light I always use LX100, when I suspect movement is required. And plan on using a lot of time to get good results afterwards ;-)

The new Apple RAW combined file may even turn out to be a viable option between “frozen computational” and simple, traditional RAW, as we know it in many more situations, than hitherto possible with RAW delivering Apps.

I’m not using flash that much anymore. I have for years worked with available light only - whatever camera in hand. Results - within limits - only depend on “working the light” (catching mood and atmosphere mostly impossible with flash.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 21:26 UTC
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kinoworks: Olympus won't be the last camera company killed by Android/Apple.

@foveonite Ehh... show me a FF camera with f1.4 lens at a size - I’ll be flexible - no larger than two iPhone 12 Pro Max, delivering the same capabilities in communication and internal storage (speed). Plus a few extras ;-)

Until then, the iPhone 12 Pro Max (maybe even the iPhone 12 Mini) will be the preferred “camera” for anything but specialist use.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 14:38 UTC
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kinoworks: Olympus won't be the last camera company killed by Android/Apple.

@lattesweden Re: “ Maybe these will also come with good enough still image capture options so that some photo enthusiasts buys them.”

A 8k video system has a resolution of 32 megapixel (give or take a few) - that should suffice, and not be that far off.

The new iPhones can capture stills while recording video; for many uses 8 megapixel may be usable even today.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 14:34 UTC
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Halftrack: "The two new models are constructed of surgical-grade steel and use advanced physical vapor deposition (VPD) technology that results in a ’spectacular luster.’"

…which I would immediately cover with a $13 phone case because I can't afford to spend four figures every time I get a case of the dropsies.

Delete not possible

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 14:24 UTC
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Based: Another solution to another problem that doesnt exist.

@uniball No, “fat pixels” are not the reason.

The main reason is, that even a midrange “communicator” - aka “smartphone” - is far easier and more flexible to use, and delivers “good enough” results for most people. Not complaining.

When night comes and I have to capture MOVING “thingys”, the LX100 outclasses any smartphone (only judging by results). Only alternative is prosumer or real pro gear (and the heavy lenses to go).

I’m getting too old for the latter, but my LX100 actually has delivered impressing results from I.e. deep night/madrugada semana santa processions in Granada or Noche Blanca de Flamenco during the night in Cordoba - all in Spain. I still haven’t found any smartphone capable of delivering the same quality 4K/25 fps video. It may come some day, but until then... when light becomes really scarce and movement has to be captured, my LX100 gets drafted into active duty again. And again, and...

Anyway: Have fun with whatever gear you prefer to use. OK?

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2020 at 10:23 UTC
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panther fan: What is the appeal of APS-C DSLRs at this point? I mean mirrorless is all the rage, but I understand that some people like the plentiful cheap DSLR glass and OVF experience of DSLRs.
But neither apply to APS-C DSLRs. The viewfinder is tiny (0.51x), and there is almost no glass designed for APS-C available. With mostly FF lenses being adapted and performing rather mediocre on something they weren't built for.

In the sub-800-1000$ price range, you can find a ton of great FF DSLRs on the used/ refurbished market which are a much better pic

@Hubertus Bigend Agree!

Although travel is a bit restricted for now (and maybe 2021 too) there's this question about weight (and size too).

Unless you travel intercontinental business class, but then you would probably not buy used gear anyway ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2020 at 15:43 UTC
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justmeMN: BTW, in both The Americas and Europe, DSLRs continue to outsell mirrorless.

(CIPA, unit shipments, Jan-July)

@DrewRick Re:” Never mind the fact that that two lens kit was the better value.” If only one lens will ever be used, the buyer probably made the right decision!

Did you give the best advise - instead of a choice - to the person, though?

When you advise people on buying a camera it may be a good idea to listen to their wishes, accept their (maybe very) limited experience and completely forget your own preferences. Or...?

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2020 at 12:00 UTC
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panther fan: What is the appeal of APS-C DSLRs at this point? I mean mirrorless is all the rage, but I understand that some people like the plentiful cheap DSLR glass and OVF experience of DSLRs.
But neither apply to APS-C DSLRs. The viewfinder is tiny (0.51x), and there is almost no glass designed for APS-C available. With mostly FF lenses being adapted and performing rather mediocre on something they weren't built for.

In the sub-800-1000$ price range, you can find a ton of great FF DSLRs on the used/ refurbished market which are a much better pic

@panter fan Since I’ve been on the mirrorless wagon since Panasonic GH1 - and on the side, at home, using a nice Canon “bazooka” - I’m not against using the camera type at all.

But the camera in question is not a bad alternative solution for a complete beginner. It depends on what (s)he wants to handhold how, and maybe also existing lenses from a seven or more year old predecessor, that was lost or getting unreliable in use.

As I tried to illustrate with my example: Giving advise is easy, if it is not your money, and you do not care about the wishes and aspirations - and experience - of the person in the receiving end.

My comment was directed at your advice to enter into used FF cameras as an alternative. For most people, that’s not good advice.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2020 at 13:20 UTC
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