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On article 2016 Roundup: Best Camera Drones Under $1500 (69 comments in total)
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LukeDuciel: I fly a Phantom 4 and a Mavic Pro (and the wait for delivery was pretty desperate).

DJI rules the market between $500 to $4000, in stability, feature, performance AND value for money. All the alternatives such as Yuneec or Parrot suffer from critical stability or performance issues.

We have a small group of RC fans. Several observations from my trials and others':
- 6 motors do not guarantee flight stability nor redundancy. Yes I am looking at you, Typhoon. This thing can NOT come back with 5 rotors. In fact, it barely lifts itself with all the 6 rotors, and flies poorly against gusts of wind .
- Intel's real-sense camera module is a joke on drones. Don't trust it. The underlying mechanism (IR structured lighting) is inherently myopic in day light. And there is a clear lack of co-development between Intel and Yuneec resulting in unnecessary dead weight, which worsens the already poor operability of Typhoon. My friend almost got hurt when demonstrating the feature against himself.

Thanks for your input. I am considering getting into this.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 07:17 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Casio QV-4000 (58 comments in total)

Wow, camera in 2001 beats smartphone image quality. I mean, the resolution is poor in this old camera but at this web image size, it packs a punch. The shadows can do some noise reduction but the 2nd and portrait photo looks great.

It could have been easier for us if the images were rotated.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 06:33 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (202 comments in total)

I don't understand the negative tone of the review. It is 95% of the performance of the Canon for half the price. The build quality is also around 85% of the Canon.

They just can't beat the Canon now though because they couldn't make the lens any bigger. The ART line was successful because they were significantly larger and heavier than the Canon/Nikon equivalent where size/weight is a factor in lens design.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 05:27 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply

I prefer the first photo. Flash power should be controlled to ambient light.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 06:19 UTC as 3rd comment | 4 replies

Not news....just to attract investors. Moving on.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 06:14 UTC as 32nd comment

Ricoh, can you give some love to this camera. Give an update to the sensor. Better video specs would be great too.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 06:13 UTC as 3rd comment

Is the Samsung NX1 still for sale?
For the price Oly is asking, it could have come with some of NX1's hardware. That's a year 2015 camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 04:46 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)

Quite impressive considering these are JPEGs from the camera.
The high ISO photos are also impressive as the IQ which seems to me as ISO 1600 or 800 photos were actually taken at ISO 6400.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 05:53 UTC as 39th comment

I would like to see a smaller version using flash based storage to make it a lot smaller and use less power.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 09:11 UTC as 9th comment

Missed opportunity there. They could have done that while the camera is taking a video.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 18:17 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies
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moizes 2: So what is the practical target of this barbarically made test? Power of overpressed water gear? Dead camera body turned inside out? Why?

yup. it wasn't a test. there are plenty Youtube channels just for the destruction of anything under the sun.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-3040 Zoom (119 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: Year 2000?! Images look great in good light even for today's standards. That portrait looks awesome, almost too good to be true. I really wonder where imaging technology went considering all these years. Here I am again with the CCD sensor comments. Someone should continue CCD technology for stills and base ISO photography.

That E1 improves the IQ further of the Camedia.
This is the reason I have a quirky camera, the Sigma DP2. Its image quality is almost similar to CCD where it works well in good light but not in the shadows.
I can live with poor shadows as I usually crush them to black in post.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 06:17 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-3040 Zoom (119 comments in total)

Year 2000?! Images look great in good light even for today's standards. That portrait looks awesome, almost too good to be true. I really wonder where imaging technology went considering all these years. Here I am again with the CCD sensor comments. Someone should continue CCD technology for stills and base ISO photography.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 16:18 UTC as 50th comment | 5 replies
On article Xiaomi Redmi Pro quick review: dual-cam on a budget (41 comments in total)

Interesting. OLED, metal body, microSD slot, fast CPU performance, and at an aggressive price. Unfortunately, that excellent price is only in China.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 05:45 UTC as 12th comment
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (535 comments in total)

Expand the business guys. What's wrong with building smartphones even if it is not profitable for a few years. The experience and R&D from this venture is invaluable if it doesn't succeed.
The dedicated camera business is shrinking but not in other imaging related devices.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 09:32 UTC as 87th comment | 4 replies


Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 11:59 UTC as 5th comment

Hitting two birds with one stone.
As an Apple hater, I agree to their design change. I love simplicity and the philosophy of one fast, interface for everything. The next step higher to this is use the ridiculously more bandwidth fiber optic systems.

Unfortunately, they also did this for the money as they implemented it too early for its time and without a single port for an older interface. I still can't get over their decision on a single USB-C for the Macbook which should have at least two, for redundancy.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 11:47 UTC as 59th comment

It is simple why modular smartphones don't work. Smartphones are what they are because of integration; makes them compact and cheaper. Modules is the opposite of that trait.
The only thing I can see modular attachments will have success is in industries. Smartphones are portable computers with nice screens, attaching an instrument/sensor will work wonders for professionals.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 11:21 UTC as 6th comment
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (406 comments in total)

Impressive tech and specs but I place higher value more on IQ than its FPS or video capabilies. For a dedicated digital camera, I feel going bigger than a 1 inch system justifies the hassle of cost and separate device from a smartphone.

Good job DPR on mentioning the USB charging feature. One can simply connect a battery bank and its battery life shoots through the roof. One can also connect it to a laptop for charging as I do with my smartphones. I want to see more compact cameras to have this feature. Even better, they should employ the USB-C standard for charging and external video output.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 10:02 UTC as 37th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D40 (174 comments in total)
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Redandwhite: Great camera. My first ever DSLR, and one that I will always treasure. I wasn't a beginner at the time, but was attracted mainly by the price and size.

I used it again recently and was blown away by what a great camera it is to pick up and shoot. 10 years later, it's still super-responsive (faster in operation than my mirrorless), with fantastic controls and great, highly ergonomic handling.

Also, the spec sheet doesn't reflect what it was like to shoot with. It was tiny but extremely well-made. The shutter was delightful: vibration-free, quiet, and sophisticated. The 3 AF points weren't really a problem in day-to-day use. Just focus and recompose! The viewfinder still holds up today.

The 2.5" screen is still decent a decade later, and the camera still looks relatively modern.

There's also something about the CCD-based D40's colours that are richer and more appealing than modern CMOS-based Nikons.

A true classic.

Count me in that CCD sensor comment. The image is not flat and has that punch than modern sensors. I still don't know what to do with the image quality of my once used Nikon d3300. It's fun to use but the images are underwhelming despite having the best in class DR.
I used to have a strong desire for this camera when I was a student. I can't count how many times I viewed the downloaded sample images back then. I also desired it for its 1/500 Flash Sync Speed.

DPR, good post! Thanks for the nostalgia of those sample images.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 17:35 UTC
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