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This article needs a new headline, as many readers are mislead by the original one: the news is not specifically about the NX1.

Samsung is withdrawing _all_ its still and video cameras (except phones!) from several markets: so far, the UK and Germany, and I believe also the Netherlands.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 03:10 UTC as 71st comment
On article Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module (304 comments in total)
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bluevellet: Why do they keep updating their APSC SLT cameras but FF SLT is left out to dry?

Maybe a new APSC SLT is needed to provide IS for existing A-mount lenses - Sony moved IS out of thr boy into the lenses with its APSC mirrorless system. And IIRC, has moved it back to the body with its 35mm format mirrorless system, so those bodies can stabilize adaptor-mounted A-mount lenses.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 23:50 UTC
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fmian: Just as I've been saying for a while.
Digital sales are slumping, while analog sales are pumping.

fmian wrote:
"BJL wrote: 'Meanwhile sales of mobile phones other than smart phones declined'

and then he wrote: 'Mobile phone sales are not down'

So which is it?"

It's both, as is clear if you look at the numbers in the source that you cite:
- smart phone sales are well up
- "dumb phone" sales are down, but by less
- total mobile phone sales = "smart plus dumb" are up.

And by the way,
sales of "phones with digital cameras that get used a lot" are up.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 15:58 UTC
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fmian: Just as I've been saying for a while.
Digital sales are slumping, while analog sales are pumping.

Mobile phone sales are not down: they at worst were only slightly up in in that one quarter, with a shift in the mix towards more smart phones. Last I saw, mirrorless sales were about level or up slightly.

- Digital camera-phones (smart phone) sales well up: 13-20% and in numbers that overwhelm everything else in this list.
- Total mobile phone unit sales up a bit, revenues up more due to the mix shifting towards smart phones.
- Mirrorless ILC sales about flat.
- P&S sales going down for years now (as camera-phones largely replace them)
- DSLR sales down after a "bubble" of film to digital transitions, and not because of a move back to "analog" SLRs!

The bottom line is that your real and imagined downs are mainly shifts in the digital product mix towards different kinds of digital tool, with total sales and usage of digital photographic equipment going up.

P. S. Are analog photography sales up? A one-time uptick in one niche product line (Instax) does not quite show that.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 03:01 UTC
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tkbslc: Shrinking sales? Seems like a trend with all brands.

Not all brands; just the brands whose products fail to also handle phone calls, text messaging, music playing, email, web browsing, video games, internet connectivity, and so on. There is no point ignoring that fact that for the vast majority of camera users who are only interested in snapshots and little video clips, "smart phones" are now the dominant tool.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 05:11 UTC
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fmian: Just as I've been saying for a while.
Digital sales are slumping, while analog sales are pumping.

"Are digital sales not decreasing?"

No, sales of digital photographic equipment are not decreasing! They are just shifting to different product categories. (The same for digital music players; see below.)

And this is shown by data in the source that you cited. To repeat: smart phones ("digital camera-phone-music players") are now the dominant digital photographic tool (in fact the dominant digital tool, period – also for music playing, etc.) and even in that supposedly bad quarter, sales were UP by 13%, for an extra 40 million in a single quarter, which completely overwhelms the decrease in sales of other types of digital camera, which decrease is mostly people buying less of the low end P&S digital cameras.

P. S. Over the last six month or reported sales, the year-on-year in increase in sales of "digital camera-phone-music players" is even more impressive, at 21%, and 124 million more units sold.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 05:00 UTC
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fmian: Just as I've been saying for a while.
Digital sales are slumping, while analog sales are pumping.


Apart from the folly of inferring a trend from a single quarter's sales, the source you link shows about 13% *increase* in smart phone sales, from about 290,384,400 in 2Q2014 to 329,676,400 in 2Q2105. Meanwhile sales of mobile phones other than smart phones declined, keeping total mobile phone sales almost flat. So there is a continuing shift amongst phone users towards smart phones, which tend to be the phones most likely to be regularly used as a camera.

That is an increase of about 40 million sales in single quarter: how do you think growth in Instax and other film camera sales for 2Q2015 compare?

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
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fmian: Just as I've been saying for a while.
Digital sales are slumping, while analog sales are pumping.

You do know that these sale losses are due to less people buying P&S digital cameras because for more and more, their phone is all the P&S camera they need? Since phone cameras are digital, your digital vs analog claim is wide of the mark.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2015 at 23:33 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1494 comments in total)
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Jefftan: look at that huge size,847 gram without a lens
if not using a tripod, just hand holding , all fun of photography is lost

APS-C is the real successor of old 35mm film camera not these full frame

The weight of the body is not too bad: less than most DSLRs in the same 35mm format (only the Nikon Df is lighter AFAIK), and indeed less than the Canon 7D Mk II despite its 1.6x smaller format.

The only available lens looks "solid" though: at 1140g, that 24-90 f/2.8-4 weighs significantly more than the longer and brighter Olympus 50-200/2.8-3.5 (my heaviest lens, so I use it for comparison.)

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 15:31 UTC
On article RED unveils RAVEN, a lightweight and portable 4K camera (158 comments in total)
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photomedium: 16.5 stops DR...damn! Can we have that on a stills camera?

TL;DR We all agree that how RED sensors differ from most others is being able to handle several more stops of brightness than other sensors, not having several stops less noise.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2015 at 02:23 UTC
On article RED unveils RAVEN, a lightweight and portable 4K camera (158 comments in total)
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photomedium: 16.5 stops DR...damn! Can we have that on a stills camera?

@Wild Light: Red's promised 8K sensor is four times as big in area (about 40x20mm, almost "Vista Vision") along with having four times the pixel count, so about the same pixel size. So same DR seems reasonable. Though either way, I am skeptical of these DR claims – has anyone confirmed them in independent tests? If it works, it is probably expanding highlight headroom by something like a sub-linear response as a photosite gets close to full.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2015 at 02:23 UTC
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snapa: Great news, now maybe we can see a 1" sensor XZ-3 in the near future :)

@snapa: As a compromise, how about the new "even better" Sony 20MP 4/3" sensor, as is probably used in the 20MP Panasonic GX8?

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 13:48 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Now all mirrorless camera manufacturers are profitable.
Sony, Fuji and now Olympus all presented black figures recently for their imaging business.

While Nikon and Canon are suffering. Its not that these DSLR manufacturers make losses on selling systems, but they do loose heavily in profitability and marketshare over the recent years.

Times are changing.

Or at least three mirrorless systems have moved into profitability (Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus) and those three systems are taking distinctly different approaches, so combined with the financial health of at least two DSLR systems (Canon and Nikon; don't know one way or the other about Pentax) the prospects are improving for continued diversity of choice and real competition in the ILC market.

Why some people seek to put a negative spin on this run of good news is a mystery!

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 13:41 UTC
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Michael Ma: 5mm. I never knew sensors had to be so thick. I've had a Note 2, 3, 4 and S2 and S4. The bump never bothered me, especially with a S View (flap) cover which evened it out. I would much rather have that space filled out with a bigger battery. 2.5x of what it is now.

"... thinner, more compact, camera modules. At under 5mm thickness, these new modules ..."
It is the whole camera module with lens that is now 5mm thick.
Part of the downsizing is the smaller focal length lens needed with the smaller sensor at equal pixel count.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 14:35 UTC
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falconeyes: Ok, the RWB Bayer CFA is real, I researched it a bit.

If anybody wonders how it can work, well, the green channel can be easily computed from white when already knowing the red and blue channels. However, there is a problem with increased color noise (because the color matrix now contains large negative factors -- the difference of two noisy signals is an even noisier one) and early saturation of the white pixels. At least, conventional demosaicsm applies with just a modified color matrix table. Converters should have no problem to support it.

I found a 2006 research paper where Samsung discusses their ideas related to the RWB Bayer CFA:


That reference proposes a method to avoid blown out white pixels: read the charge in each white pixel partway through the exposure and again at the end (without reset?) Then combine the two readings, or just extrapolate from the first one if the later one is blown out.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 14:25 UTC
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joe6pack: 5mm for a sensor is thin?

What about the lenses? And the screen in the back? All that has to fit under 7mm.

5mm is the whole camera module height, from back of sensor to front of lens: that is the height that has been thinned down.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 14:13 UTC
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1290 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: All this technology. But it seems that when they try to get the best quality from a compact camera it still ends up pretty big.

I agree with the above two replies: as a telephoto photography enthusiast, I like bodies just big enough to provide a good handgrip (also comfortable for carrying the camera one-handed with a long lens attached) and controls that are not too small, too few or too close together.

The smaller format size advantage comes in the shorter focal length _lenses_ need for a given telephoto reach. This is helped by having an abundant pixel count, to allow loose framing and cropping.

For those priorities, this new body, its 20MP 4/3" sensor, and the new 100-400 lens are very appealing. (I like the Olympus OMD EM1 in hand too, but have only tried it in shops so far.)

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 20:02 UTC
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