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On article Lumee Duo is an iPhone case with built-in illumination (22 comments in total)

Well, I do not know how 'new' this is - the other day in Blacktown shopping center (Australia, Sydney) the discount store is selling these covers for some <$10 for most popular models, prominently new iPhones. The same technical data (up to 36 hours light etc). But this is a discount store, usually selling the end-of line stuff and clones. If it was a clone, then whoever made them was really quick.....

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 22:52 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article LG G6 comes with dual-cam and 18:9 FullVision display (69 comments in total)

I must admit I am a bit of LG phone fan. But I think they are making one step forward and 2 back. LG G Pro had great HD screen but more importantly home button panel. LG G4 got great screen, great back camera and very decent selfie one. Yet it lost home button (occupying the screen so the useful area got smaller. The screen though is awesome, so the whole family got one (3 to say, I have Samsung S6 as CO provided). G5 got great dual camera at the rear but the front went to lower pixel count. At least still removable battery. G6 has the same camera setup (and still OS on wide angle only, why?), same low res selfie cam and the battery is now sealed in. The other poster is right, 2-3 years and the battery will swell....

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 08:49 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (243 comments in total)
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Donald B: The d80 was the first dslr I looked at at camera house, but sadly I couldn't justify $2000 au on a camera so I picked up a pentax k100d twin lens kit for $1100. never looked back as the Nikons and pentax cameras used the same sony sensors.

@Donald - I bought Pentax iST and returned it 3 days later in favour of D80, which I still have and is used by my daughter *which reminds me the charger died just a few weeks ago, time to get a new one...because D80, despite almost 90K clicks (for a 50K shutter) still works 100%

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 09:13 UTC

Will that extend the battery as well? It should if the IS was on all times..

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 21:42 UTC as 15th comment
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bubblyboo: Well at least lens design and construction look much better than those from half a decade ago. Same with Sigma. God those old 3rd party lenses looked and felt cheap.

No, my 10-24 SP DII looks good and solid - but Oh My! it is soft until f8... and for THAT it wasn't cheap....

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 12:23 UTC
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (150 comments in total)

So we finally know what those billions of photos people uploaded to picassa and google photos (and other cloud based image storage solutions going through various servers) will be used for - pure guesswork based on random pixels to generate some 'enhanced' image. Hopefully none could be used for legal purposes as we are all, collectively, guilty if they start 'enhancing' security video grabs for police to catch the crims....Second to this, we will finally know the identity of the Minecraft character....well done Google.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 02:19 UTC as 45th comment
On article Apple selling more Plus models than ever (63 comments in total)
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otto k: There is an obvious trend to go big or go home. Most phones I see today are ~5.5" and that's as big as the original Note phablet (remember how weirdly huge that was back then?)

If you prefer smaller phones <5" (one hand use anybody?) you're so out of luck - even when you find them (xa, a3 2017, etc) they are actually lower grade or at best midrange phones, nowhere near the flagships. Oh well...

Some of my Apple friends finally gave up on saying 5.5" is 'too big, cumbersome etc' and are in love with big screen (and the camera, of course). I think Apple was silly insisting on 'small is good' while everyone moved on. Good for them as now they can catch up with the screen resolution (LG4 screen is much better IMO, which is much older device). IPhone 7+ screen appears to be the same as used in LG G Pro (2013)... Like the iPhone 7+ cameras, though..

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 22:01 UTC
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (303 comments in total)
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springsnow: Bought the mark 3 as an upgrade from RX100 1. Expensive, but one of the best compact camera I've ever used. Excellent photos and videos. Although I wish the newer models would shift the price downward instead of adding up, I kinda understand why Sony can do this. They simple got no competition. The others in the class are usually bigger, or missing features. I think one solid competition now is the Canon GX7 mark 2. Would've gotten the Canon if it was out when I bought the mark 3.

True, Nikon DL concept gave it a flash of hope there would be something worth looking at. Magnesium flash, sadly.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 22:17 UTC
On article Canon is selling a gray version of the Rebel T6 (147 comments in total)
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Mark B.: Sorry, but that is one ugly camera. It looks like they got halfway through the design and just...stopped.

Agree - half dressed. Like wearing the jacket with no pants....something is wrong with the 'big two' lately.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 02:08 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (190 comments in total)
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Fujica: Compared to the new Google Pixel this iPhone 7 performs pretty bad.

Its a sad week for us Apple users. :(

@OLDSCHOL68 - LG wins win removable battery and the screen plus UWA lens (for someone who has two UWA lens that may be kind of important). Pity DPR doesn't have the LG review yet. I am not arguing anything here as all 3 have their weakness and strengths. Either way, the phone cameras are really getting good and no surprise p&S are almost gone.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 08:09 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (190 comments in total)
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Fujica: Compared to the new Google Pixel this iPhone 7 performs pretty bad.

Its a sad week for us Apple users. :(

@Fujica - it should not be. iOS/Apple ecosystem suits many people (I am not one of them, yet do understand different people have different preferences). By saying that, it is a very interesting piece of hardware and I hope it will further influence Android system. For people like me, who do not buy every single new generation (I'm using S6 and my family is LG crowd) this means that the stuff we are going to eventually buy when upgrading is due, will have some of its own and some borrowed technology built in. Just imaging the blend of LGV20 screen and most of the guts and both rear cameras but equipped with Pixel gyro, front camera from LG5 and - let's add the third camera at the back and some smart logic from i7 into a mix ...

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 21:30 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

Nikon F - I am the fourth owner (from late 70s'): American marine sold it to a guy when withdrawing from Vietnam on the stopover at Mediterranean, who then sold it to a family friend who sold it to me. Still have it as the first camera I bought with my own money. That one earned some more money - to buy a second one. I have that one too.....bought and sold many cameras since - but those two, no, never....I couldn't possibly think of it.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 14:10 UTC as 577th comment
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SwissSwiss: Had to see what a battery fire looks like so went to Youtube. Must say I was imagining it to be lot smaller.


I have to say whoever made that video is an idiot. The 3.7V Li-ion batteries all have writing that the maximum charge voltage is 4.2V. So hooking car battery charger (which is 13.5V BTW and after actually removing the small plastic cap all battery packs have which contains circuitry, including protection from doing stupid things to it) will blow the battery apart purely because it is 3 x maximum charge voltage (plus several Amps on the top). For non believers, try to charge NiMH battery the same way to see how spectacular that gets....

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 12:03 UTC

They should just re-integrate Snapseed as image editor in Photos, that would be newsworthy. Even on desktop version they killed it - you could upload photos in Picasa Web, click 'edit photos in Google +' and it would open the Snapseed editor, saving edits in Google Photos. Maybe the long way around but usable. "Cosmic filters' as editing tolls in Photos are just rubbish taking space. We could forgive them 'data collection' if something works for us...

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 00:03 UTC as 12th comment
On article Ballot-selfies are now legal in New Hampshire (50 comments in total)

Ballot selfies are great point of conversation after the elections - I often wonder who voted for idjots on power and I want to have the proof it wasn't me who put them there......
(sarcasm off)

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 00:26 UTC as 12th comment

I know one thing - it will be a nice camera with great optics which will not come cheap.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 23:28 UTC as 106th comment
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adegroot: Seems a bit expensive.

As a photo scanner, yes. It is certainly on par with Xerox Documate 4440i which is a 'document' scanner and its bundled software is more document oriented. I actually believe this Epson has the Visioneer engine (as well as Xerox and few other scanners out there) so should be good. The only annoying thing is how marketing twists the data in their claims. Many ADF document scanners are rated based on US Letter/A4 size media. Epson in its claim chose 4X6" as the base instead, saying 'lower speed when scanning 8.5X10' - which I guess would end up somewhere around the same mark as other scaanners built around the same engine. BTW, Visioneer One Touch software (bundled with for example any Xerox DocuMate) has as well all those 'auto rotate, auto fix' options - in other words and again - nothing new. But, competition is good for consumers.
edit: the proof it is a 'generic' scanner is the fact it has double scan-heads, normally not required for photography scanning.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 00:36 UTC

Sadly, without 'hands on' following the announcement DPR has stepped on the blind advertising, trying to do 10.5 steps convincing to ditch whatever we are using and buy the new iPhone. This is a bit disappointing - we know the new smartphones are getting better and better, iPhone has always been a solid choice (at least for anyone who does not want to dwell in detailed technical specifications and comparisons). Likewise, Apple always sets the benchmarks in many ways, yet the innovation is actually elsewhere. Twin cameras, screen size and resolution, absence of the headphones jack, 4K and water resistance are already out there. I am expecting DPR to tell us how good it actually is, not to interpret advertising material. Be it phone or the camera, the same. In all fairness and still staying on the same front page it would be interesting to see preliminary iPhone 7 VS LG V20 'comparison' which one to buy because it is 'actually' better....

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 04:45 UTC as 315th comment

Just what Dilish Parekh needs for his camera collection. The only problem - he would have to move to China to find the wall big enough to hang them ...

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 01:35 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply

Good idea - that is where most of the drones belong to. Just a few days ago one smashed into the car 'parked' on the Sydney harbour bridge (rush hour in Sydney makes most places parking lots), of course none to claim it being his drone. If you watch the video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHd0o7PAyg8) you can see one of the arms with motor being stuck in the car bumper - it it can penetrate that, it can surely do one's skull. Drones should be licensed and registered with compulsory 3rd party insurance. Like it or not.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 01:16 UTC as 1st comment
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