G1Houston

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Peter G: I have an SD card reader, that I never use. I just plug my camera into the computer.

It's more work taking the card out of the camera.

"so does your camera have a USB-C connector on it?"

Many people here complaining about Apple would love how the camera makers have been so far behind in technology. Most cameras, including the very popular and pretty modern D7200, still have a USB2 port.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:53 UTC
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WalPhoto: Now somebody should explain why there is no USB3, GigaLAN, HDMI, no F-keys..

One day Apple sells a vanilla CPU with the bloody Apple logo glued onto it and tells you this is the newest/slickest/sexiest/coolest Macbook PRO and you can always put a Logic Board, RAM, SDD and other useless crap into your sad Apple survival pack - where is already a Gigabit LAN adapter, HDMI adapter, USB3 adapter, SD card reader - and nowadays also the keyboard with the missing F-keys, so one can use it also for something else than photo/music editing. Steve Jobs would hate this; when you need to explain your fans how good it feels you still pay the same price and get less in your Macbook but your Apple survival bag grows year to year.

"have a LAN/network socket?"

Available as a dongle/adapter.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:47 UTC
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BadScience: the proof of the pudding will be in the sales. I'm guessing they will be poor. Pro-range laptops need to have much more functionality for customers that want-and are willing to pay for-a pro-range rather than standard-range laptop. that is: more screen options, including 17" and matte options. More RAM (16, 32, 64 GB). Better graphics card options. More connectivity options.
Yes, the machine will be bigger, but that's the point of a pro machine isn't it - you want more power and more options, and that takes more space.
very disappointed, and will be sticking with this 2008 17" macbook pro for another few years, or until it gives up the ghost; at which point it may well be replaced with a windows laptop if Apple do not sell what I want or need.

I'd also add, this is the first time I can remember die-hard Apple users (and fanboys), including myself, being utterly dismissive of a new Apple computer. These are not the machines we waited for or want.

"16GB RAM"

It is curious indeed, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Keep in mind that iPhones have always used half the amount of RAM as the Android counterparts, because of the efficiency of the whole system.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 23:23 UTC
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BadScience: the proof of the pudding will be in the sales. I'm guessing they will be poor. Pro-range laptops need to have much more functionality for customers that want-and are willing to pay for-a pro-range rather than standard-range laptop. that is: more screen options, including 17" and matte options. More RAM (16, 32, 64 GB). Better graphics card options. More connectivity options.
Yes, the machine will be bigger, but that's the point of a pro machine isn't it - you want more power and more options, and that takes more space.
very disappointed, and will be sticking with this 2008 17" macbook pro for another few years, or until it gives up the ghost; at which point it may well be replaced with a windows laptop if Apple do not sell what I want or need.

I'd also add, this is the first time I can remember die-hard Apple users (and fanboys), including myself, being utterly dismissive of a new Apple computer. These are not the machines we waited for or want.

I wanted my student to buy the last gen MBP but failed, because he just loves the new one.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 22:58 UTC
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Biowizard: The big killer for me, is the loss of function keys and a physical escape key. There is SO much space on the top-plate of the Mac, surely they could have included a full keyboard AND the toy-graphics OLED strip?

Brian

My understanding is that you can map one of the icons in the Touch bar to function like a Esc key, or you can assign this to another physical key of your choosing. The one that just came out, does not have a Touch bar so it has the traditional keyboard.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 22:54 UTC
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jonathanknights: Forgot to ask the big question.... How has Microsoft managed to steal a march on Apple e.g. Microsft has touch screen Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and Surface Studio. Where is the touchscreen Apple Macbook Pro?

You should try the iPad pro.

I have tired so hard in to keep finger prints off my computer screen, so to me making a touch-screen for a computer is just silly. Computer already as a wonderful pointing device, the mouse! Apple is not rushing into it because a touch-screen PC solves almost no user problems.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 22:35 UTC

Apple's point is that there are too many card formats and new and better ones keep coming, so it does make sense for the users to use an adapter instead to swap/update the reader(s) when needed.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 22:28 UTC as 289th comment | 3 replies

Very few pictures in the sample gallery properly show the capability of the portrait mode. Taking smartphone pictures in low light without flash is really not very usefully considering the size of the sensor, and most users would not do it in real life without the flash. There are several detail studies on the beta-portrait mode for those who are interested:

http://www.macworld.com/article/3129476/apple-phone/photo-shootout-we-tested-portrait-mode-with-an-iphone-7-plus-fashion-shoot.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAiNE1gjl1I

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/david-pogue-on-apple-iphone-7-plus-portrait-mode-185945017.html

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 15:30 UTC as 12th comment
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Kaltpfote: I am very disappointed about the end of the Note 7. I had it since release and it is a great phone, Samsung did a good job on the device. Too bad they obviously screwed up somewhere down the road and it had to end in maybe the worst accidents for devices in cellphone history.

Since I really like the S-Pen and am one of the few people actually using it on a regular basis, there are virtually zero options available. I got my Note Edge out of the drawer again and keep using it until Samsung gets out the next generation.

"Can you try to securely replicate the accidents?....i am very curious"

Apparently not which is why Samsung has not been able to correctly identify and fix the core problem.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 18:32 UTC
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grasscatcher: @Samsung: your solution may be to utilize two or more batteryears packs within the phone, and draw from them concurrently using multiple pipelines. This will reduce the amperage draw per battery pack so that they don't overheat so readily. Also, add better heats inking around the battery packs while you are at it.

Hurry, before Apple patents this idea!

wcwan: We, both Android and iOS users, all wish the phone battery can last longer. The point is Apple's 7-Plus uses a battery rated at just 2,900 mAh to achieve the same if not better battery life than the Note 7, which uses a battery rated at 3,500 mAh, the highest ever used in a phone.

Speaking of personal anecdotes, my 1.5 yr old iPhone 6 uses a battery rated at 1,810 mAh, and I have 40% juice left before going to bed at 11 pm. I consider my usage medium-high since nowadays I spend a lot of time reading news and watching Youtube news clips to follow the election.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 04:13 UTC
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grasscatcher: @Samsung: your solution may be to utilize two or more batteryears packs within the phone, and draw from them concurrently using multiple pipelines. This will reduce the amperage draw per battery pack so that they don't overheat so readily. Also, add better heats inking around the battery packs while you are at it.

Hurry, before Apple patents this idea!

Apple has consistently been able to deliver outstanding performance with a modest battery and RAM configuration due to innovation in the chip set and software. As a result, in order to compete with Apple in terms of performance, battery life, battery charge time, and a thin form-factor, many have speculated that Samsung has gone too far to push the design of the battery, which kind of, you know, back-fire. Unless Samsung can address the lack of efficiency issue, just making the battery bigger is not going to solve the problem.

Samsung has also boasted its ability to charge the phone wirelessly. However, as it is currently implemented, the charging generates a lot of heat apparently because this is not yet very efficient. This is another potential heat/hazard for Samsung's phones.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 20:38 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (353 comments in total)

No sound?

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 18:17 UTC as 64th comment | 4 replies
On article Fast and light: Nikkor 24mm F1.8G ED lens review (158 comments in total)
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Daniel Hoffmann: As a street photographer and Nikon d7200 owner - I hope NIKON will produce a DX version of this lens. A 23 or 24 mm 1,8G DX - just like the 35 mm 1,8G DX, which I own and like very much. A have a 24 mm 2,8D but it is not so Sharp like the 20 mm 1,8G, which I sometimes have borrowed. To solve this problem I have to use a zoom lens like my Sigma 17-50 mm 2,8 and fix it on 23 mm, which makes Sharp Photos, but the lens is too heavy compared to a similar DX prime lens. Hope Nikon will think of us street photographers - or else we have to switch to ex Fujifilm

For APS-C sensor, you need a 16 mm lens to yield the same field of view of a 24mm with a FX sensor.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 18:53 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus real-world sample gallery (280 comments in total)
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martindpr: Wow, where did this come from? Iphone, you nailed the digital bokeh (fakeh)! Kudos! Photos with large aperture have a DSLR feeling, maybe fakeh-ised on wrong parts of the image, but it DOES give a 3D SLR feeling ! Fakeh or bokeh, for a telephone, the photos are nice on full screen, and it's a good alternative to the heavy photo equipment I lug around every day! We'll see what this new software tech has to offer in the next generations.

Keep in mind that the "Portrait mode" is still under beta-testing, if I recall, so be patient. Also keep in mind that most of dSLR lenses are not tuned to give smooth bokeh but focus instead on delivering sharper images. As a result, the bokeh from most lenses can be very "busy." Only the top of the line lenses, designed for people photography, such as the Nikon 85/1.4, the SONY GM 85/1.4, etc can deliver excellent sharpness together with very good bokeh. These lenses cost a fortunate. So when people are complaining about iPhone, think about what it can deliver to most people, normal people, that is, who will never spend >$2,000 just to buy just a lens, but they need a phone in their pocket.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 16:42 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus real-world sample gallery (280 comments in total)

Apple has put a lot of thought and effort into the flash to make low light shots look much better with low noise. Thus when shooting people in low light, the best way to judge the camera performance is to allow the flash to be in the Auto mode. Small sensors will yield more noise in low light, and without flash it is impossible to greatly improve the outcome.

In good light, the photos are fantastic. Keep in mind that this is from a phone that most of us need to carry daily any way. With such a great camera in it, the need to carry a "real" camera is decreasing with each generation of new iPhone, and this is the key issue here for all the casual users.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 16:28 UTC as 7th comment
On article Teardown reveals Sony image sensors in iPhone 7 (201 comments in total)
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CheersUK: Camera phones are so yesterday. Instant film is where its at!

can you make a call with that camera? Surf the web, watch a movie, text, ... etc?

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 05:08 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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tom1234567: Apple should pay there TAXES 13billion they owe the Irish Gov:
so why is DPR promoting crooks, Tax evaders
and the IPhone 7 cost no more than £50 to make
Apple is just a Greedy, Greedy spyware company
how much they paying DPR for pushing there extortionate priced phone
like many others just not interested.
where is the Latest review on the Fuji X-T2 a proper camera

Tom G

"Apple should pay there TAXES 13billion they owe the Irish Gov:"

In case you miss it, the Irish government is appealing this decision by EU because they don't want the money. According to current law, not set by Apple, it is legal to do what Apple, and many other international companies, do.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 18:50 UTC
On article ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open (354 comments in total)
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steelski: I honestly think the pictures look oversaturated, oversharpened and a bit crappy. I guess it's good for a phone. But for the price, I still think people are getting mugged by their loyalty to this overhyped brand. A decent point and shoot would be better for these photos IMO.

Do you know it is a phone, first and foremost, that happens to have a fabulous camera? If you get the dual lens 7 plus, you can take portaits with shallow depth of field and a great bokeh. Which pocketable P&S can do that and how much does that cost as a camera "alone?"

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 15:06 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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KW Phua: If Canon and Nikon employ Apple software engineer, we will have a much better camera.

I also think that Apple understands photograph's needs better and they design their software and hardware to specifically address those. Nikon and Canon have camera engineers who think like geeks and their top management has no clue how to make photography easier and better for all.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 20:37 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 comments in total)
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Cdog: Looks awesome. Strange why there wasn't a mention of RAW when so much emphasis was made on image quality.
And did I hear that only the iPhone 7 is capable of RAW DNG? That doesn't make sense. It's a software/firmware issue, not hardware. All phones capture RAW already of course as that's the info it uses to process the JPEG's, if it's in the new IOS there's no reason why it wouldn't work on the old phones.
This RAW functionality is the most exciting part of this all and yet little to no mention. Strange.

"And did I hear that only the iPhone 7 is capable of RAW DNG?"

Yes. And they also point out how fast the Adobe software can process RAW in the new iPhone. Thus Apple has waited until now to introduce RAW processing because they believe they have the processing power, app support, and software to make this as easy and efficient as possible.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 22:00 UTC
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