nitroman

Lives in United Kingdom London, UK, United Kingdom
Works as a Pro Photographer
Joined on Jan 11, 2009

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Steve Swayne: After some sleuthing I have managed to obtain a link to a Nikon KeyMission 360 still image. It has been reduced for the internet to 4500x2250 (10mp), but the image clearly shows superior resolution to the Ricoh Theta S. However, the stitching seam is noticeable to me (I have been using my Theta S for several months and the seam is far superior). The image has not been tinkered with by a Photoshop wizard either, which is good for Nikon's ethics. The image is available on the Nikon UK website. I have no idea what stage the software or firmware was at when this image was taken. All the EXIF has been stripped away. Apparently it stitches in-camera. It perhaps could result in a better seam join if stitched later in PTGUI or similar? But I have no idea if it is even possible to export the original unprocessed captures...

Here is the actual image URL:
http://www.europe-nikon.com/resources/rwd/images/landing/actionhub2016/product/photosphere/nikon_keymission_360_still_image.jpg

@steveswayne Thanks for the link ... Wow, that stitching seam is atrocious, even at that resolution ! :/ I shouldn't even be a tricky subject and i know my Theta S would have been perfect.

Any idea when the Theta S+ or the successor is likely to be released ? I was hoping it would have been at Photokina but not seen any news.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 18:52 UTC
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nitroman: This is a 360 i shot of the Racetrack back in 2009 when it was still hard to get to unless you had 4 wheel drive.

Link : http://rodedwards.com/interactive-files/Racetrack2009/index.html

I went back in 2012 and several of the rocks had been stolen and the road was then passable with a family car.

Thanks Miles Green ! You can see the rest of my Redneck Road Trip trip here : http://www.rodedwards.com/interactive-files/Redneck_Road_Trip_VT/HTML5/index.html

Tourism is sadly a double edged sword ... :/

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 19:29 UTC

This is a 360 i shot of the Racetrack back in 2009 when it was still hard to get to unless you had 4 wheel drive.

Link : http://rodedwards.com/interactive-files/Racetrack2009/index.html

I went back in 2012 and several of the rocks had been stolen and the road was then passable with a family car.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 17:39 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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Steve Swayne: Thanks for the news. Many of the people posting comments here are derisory towards 360 cameras, or action ruggedised cameras in general. Fine, each to their own. Personally, I travel the world a lot and the idea of small ruggedised cameras with quality optics and ability to catch 360/180 action is compelling. DPreview, can you please at the earliest get you hands on the new Keymission 360 camera. I am keen to see a sample gallery of straight out-of-camera video and still images, as well as your expert opinions. The still images are of size: 7,744 x 3,872 (30 Megapixel), which is twice the resolution of the Ricoh Theta S.

Yep ... the website specs are a little confusing ... guess we'll just have to wait and see what the output resolution actually is. I'd have thought it would be better than the Theta S 5376 x 2688, but how much better ...

It's also how it stitches the two fisheye views, the dynamic range to hold shadows and highlights etc. I do like the robust build but the sample videos on Youtube show the horizon level all over the place which is not good.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 07:07 UTC
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Steve Swayne: Thanks for the news. Many of the people posting comments here are derisory towards 360 cameras, or action ruggedised cameras in general. Fine, each to their own. Personally, I travel the world a lot and the idea of small ruggedised cameras with quality optics and ability to catch 360/180 action is compelling. DPreview, can you please at the earliest get you hands on the new Keymission 360 camera. I am keen to see a sample gallery of straight out-of-camera video and still images, as well as your expert opinions. The still images are of size: 7,744 x 3,872 (30 Megapixel), which is twice the resolution of the Ricoh Theta S.

@ Steve Swayne - where do you get the resolution from ? The Nikon website says 23.9 megapixels not 32 mp :

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/action-camera/keymission-360.html?icid=action_cat:button_specs:2:action:360:091916:specs_pdp#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 03:20 UTC
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XeroJay: This seems kind of pointless and gimmicky to me. Basically you can now choose to turn slight miss-focus to absence of anything in focus.

And why Adobe have said they will even bother to support this feature in Lightroom & Photoshop is beyond me. Total waste of time.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 17:35 UTC
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Bershatsky: No support for 5ds, Fuji X-pro2, or Sony a7r2

Meh

I'm guessing the raw files are too big for the Apple iOS. Limited ram / processors etc.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 21:07 UTC

I like the look of Snapseed images.
Shame they don't do this app for Apple OS X (not iOS) and maybe then it could support my 50mp Canon 5Ds.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 20:08 UTC as 20th comment | 7 replies
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1914 comments in total)
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Dester Wallaboo: My only disappointment is that the camera doesn't use CFast 2.0 cards. It may limit the ability for MagicLantern to do 4K RAW video.

Canon shoot themselves in the foot by not giving us what we need ... Better DSLR video capabilities would hardly affect sales on pro range video cameras and would keep Canon users loyal to their brand.

I'm thinking of switching to Sony A7Rii for video ...

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 22:31 UTC

Innovative idea and great that it's free for us all to watch.

Wonder what it was shot on ? I'm guessing a GoPro rig of sorts ...

I still find 4k 360 video poor quality when viewed on computer, but 8k has problems with download speed and display. Seems there is still no perfect solution ...

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 22:29 UTC as 6th comment
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1914 comments in total)
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Dester Wallaboo: My only disappointment is that the camera doesn't use CFast 2.0 cards. It may limit the ability for MagicLantern to do 4K RAW video.

And by coincidence, the 1D series which does have CFast will never be tweaked by Magic lantern guys.
Canon have deliberately crippled the 5D4.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 18:46 UTC
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widgetbox: Better that than being mugged for it....

And that happened to another friend of mine on Copa Cabana beach at knife point.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 18:53 UTC
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razadaz: When you work as a professional photographer anywhere this is an occupational hazard. You are such an obvious target for thieves and it is so easy to be distracted. I have always been obsessive about keeping hold of my bag, but the problem is that distractions can be more than just being engaged in conversation. If someone spills hot coffee on you or tries to pick a fight with you on some fictitious basis, it is very hard to stay focused on what is happening with your equipment.

Yep, this happened to a friend of mine at Barcelona Airport. He had £50k of camera equipment and a local started an arguement with him at the hire car point - as he was packing his gear in the back. Whilst he and his assistant were distracted the thieves ran off with all the equipment. Just before big car shoot. You gotta watch out as their are villains about.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 18:52 UTC
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (156 comments in total)
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miles green: How does it compare to the Ricoh Theta?

Personally, I prefer the quality from the Ricoh Theta ... This Ponono doesn't look any better at 100% zoom even with all those extra megapixels.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 06:15 UTC
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (156 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: This is a very difficult gadget to make into something that has high quality. For several reasons.

1. The lenses are on the surface of a sphere. They should have the same entrance pupil. Which is impossible. Therefor it is impossible (without some serious rendering) to stich nearby objects at the same time as far away objects. Which can be seen in several images.

2. There is a lot of cameras. They have to be small and cheap. So - true - they are stitched together making it higher resolution. But - small sensors and small lenses have problems. No matter how many they are. Clipping, blooming, etc. In particular since they have to be cheap.

3. How to keep it clean and scratch free?

So, the conclusion is that it is a toy.

These universal 360 cameras are all gimmicky ...

To shoot a good quality 360 image you have to shoot it manually with a good quality dslr.

End of story.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 19:54 UTC
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (156 comments in total)
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Achiron: Great review, but honestly the stitching of the boxes on the first examples is awful. Back to the drawing board IMO.

I agree, and these are good samples. I've seen far worse examples of serious stitching errors on their website.
At the end of the day, this is just a gimmick and not up to proper commercial uses ...
I also read a lot of reports on their Facebook page of the company on the edge of bankrupcy and lots of people were not getting their cameras.
These 360 vr products change so fast that they are old as soon as you buy them. Shame as fun idea.
Back to the drawing board IMO too ! ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
On article Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera (156 comments in total)
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Achiron: Great review, but honestly the stitching of the boxes on the first examples is awful. Back to the drawing board IMO.

I agree, and these are good samples. I've seen far worse examples of serious stitching errors on their website.
At the end of the day, this is just a gimmick and not up to proper commercial uses ...
I also read a lot of reports on their Facebook page of the company on the edge of bankrupcy and lots of people were not getting their cameras.
These 360 vr products change so fast that they are old as soon as you buy them. Shame as fun idea.
Back to the drawing board IMO too ! ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
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marcio_napoli: This is (of course) off topic and way too deep stuff for a comment session somewhere in DP review, but watching this video, it's crystal clear why professional photography is a dying craft.

Look at those techniques, simply wow! That looks like deciphering ancient hieroglyphs which were mixed with alien culture, for the eyes of the younger iphone generation.

BTW, I'm 35 yo, include me in the "younger generation". I would never have become a pro photographer if producing photography was still like that.

What I'm saying is that becoming a photographer today is ridiculously easy compared to those days.

It's so easy that it takes away (at least part of) the merits of the craft.

No wonder you bump into a "photographer" at every corner nowadays.

Guys like AA, not only had to be art geniuses and technical masters, but also inventive explorers, creativity masters and very pacient.

Back those days, to be a photographer was actually a very bold thing to do.

Marcio i agreee ... I've been a pro for 25 years and it just gets harder to beat the competition. To be honest, there is no future in commercial photography unless you are extremely lucky and hang out with the right crowd who get you the jobs. Even then, somebody else is happy to work for nothing just to get pics in their portfolio and steal your clients. I wish you all the best in whatever career you're now persuing ... :)

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 17:59 UTC
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marcio_napoli: This is (of course) off topic and way too deep stuff for a comment session somewhere in DP review, but watching this video, it's crystal clear why professional photography is a dying craft.

Look at those techniques, simply wow! That looks like deciphering ancient hieroglyphs which were mixed with alien culture, for the eyes of the younger iphone generation.

BTW, I'm 35 yo, include me in the "younger generation". I would never have become a pro photographer if producing photography was still like that.

What I'm saying is that becoming a photographer today is ridiculously easy compared to those days.

It's so easy that it takes away (at least part of) the merits of the craft.

No wonder you bump into a "photographer" at every corner nowadays.

Guys like AA, not only had to be art geniuses and technical masters, but also inventive explorers, creativity masters and very pacient.

Back those days, to be a photographer was actually a very bold thing to do.

Totally agree Baba ... Digital photography is so easy these days ... Most have lost the black magic skills of film and darkroom production.

I went back into my old darkroom last year and it was wonderfully nostalgic. Traditional chemical printing is now more of a craft than contemporary digital darkrooms techniques. Now anyone can do it and everyone seems to call themselves a photographer. It's a shame as the playing field has indeed been levelled and traditional analogue skills are now much more niche..

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 22:12 UTC

I also think the novelty has worn off ... The public are fickle. Personally, I'm bored with a lot of social media that doesn't give interaction.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 20:51 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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