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HowaboutRAW: So the new Air has no USB-A ports.

That's dumb.

And it uses the new "power" via port system. Also dumb.

Want to bet the battery is glued in and the SSD is soldered to the motherboard, unlike the old Air?

i5 only! Dumb.

USB-C ports have not been much of a problem on my MBP.
If you can afford $10, you can easily buy a two-pack of USB-C to USB-A adapters.

Using USB-C as a power port is a good thing for at least three reasons:
- If you break a power port, there is at least one more, since any USB-C port can be the power port.
- They support USB-C power delivery, so you can now easily extend battery life using any USB-C battery pack that does USB-C PD. In the past, the Magsafe connector blocked Macs from using most external battery packs, but USB-C is an industry standard.
- On the MacBook Pros with USB-C ports on both sides, you can choose which side you want to plug in the power, which makes a difference on some desks.

Do I miss MagSafe? Sure. Do I think it's a mistake? No, because even though we lose the MagSafe breakaway feature, USB-C power has its own long list of benefits over MagSafe.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2018 at 00:18 UTC
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radiokid2: Rounded ipad screen corners...

So every full frame photo & video will be cropped with a little rounded-out frame look?

Can someone please make on an app for a square corners option ?

No, it's the same non-issue (depending on your camera).

Pro cameras tend to be 3:2. They will also not fill the height of an iPad screen, so like movies, their corners will not reach the screen corners and will therefore not get rounded.

Now, if you shoot with a 4:3 sensor, like the iPhone camera or many point-and-shoots, then you might see rounded corners on your full screen images.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2018 at 23:32 UTC
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SushiCub: This is a little off topic, speaking of AI, I kind of noticed myself that I've been using "Auto" or some type of presets more often than before, I never use straight outcomes, I still adjust them but as compared with what those functions used to do years ago, they have been significantly improved and I can certainly use them as a tool to get inspired to expand the horizon, rather than doing my own boring routines over and over for the same looks

I think you're on topic. Any time there is a news story like this, the comments fill up with criticisms of photography being sullied by AI deciding everything for you. What you posted is an example of a positive way of using AI, as a guide or starting point, not as the end result.

Using AI to get going, or to be exposed to an alternative view, is not any more of a threat to "pure photography" than using auto exposure or autofocus properly. (There was that time when people said using autofocus and auto exposure wasnt' real photography.)

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2018 at 23:25 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Panasonic LX100 II review (174 comments in total)
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108: No tilt screen ?? c'mon Panasonic ..it's better to have a tilt screen and no EVF than an EVF and no tilt screen , and for a compact more than anything . Once you've experienced shooting at chest or even waist level with tilted screen , that's it , you never use EVF unless case of emergency .

I was recently at an event where I was with a bunch of people up against a guard rail. Arms out everywhere getting in the way of the frame. To get around the crowd, I held out my camera as far as I could and turned it 90 degrees to face the subject that was coming down along the rail. But there is no way to see the screen at that angle, so I simply opened the screen 90 degrees to face me straight on for an extremely clear and precise preview. I was simply not going to be able to see the screen if it was fixed.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2018 at 21:23 UTC
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PWPhotography: Still waiting iMac 8K :-)

The other reason for 5K is that it lets you view every pixel of a 4K video with some screen real estate left over for editing controls. If you only have a 4K monitor, you're compromising on that somewhere.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2018 at 21:19 UTC
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The Fat Fish: I was hoping the Mac Mini would be my entry back into the Mac world. I was an Apple fanatic from 2009 to 2015 but their business practices and complacency have pushed me away. What was once value for money is now overpriced and I'd hoped they could escape that trend.

They still make some good products but the value for money has dropped considerably in the past few years. Paying £100-£200 pounds as an Apple premium is one thing. Paying £800-£1200 as a premium is something very very different.

Well of course it's going to be €5K if you insist on using a Mac mini as a base for 64GB RAM and 2TB of 3000MB/sec PCI flash storage.

I priced out what it would cost to replace my Mac Pro and it was less than half that, since I don't need 64GB RAM and plan to keep multiple cheap drives in an external multi-bay DAS unit.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2018 at 21:18 UTC
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radiokid2: Rounded ipad screen corners...

So every full frame photo & video will be cropped with a little rounded-out frame look?

Can someone please make on an app for a square corners option ?

If I'm not mistaken iPads are 4:3, while most videos now are 16:9 or wider depending on the movie. The corners of the 16:9 videos will not reach the corners of the 4:3 iPads, so they will appear with their native squared-off corners.

But I guess if you're primarily into watching reruns of 1970s 4:3 sitcoms, the rounded corners are an aesthetic abomination.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2018 at 21:14 UTC
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Prognathous: The Mac Mini starts at $800 for the base model, which sounds reasonable. I then checked how much would it cost to order it with a 1TB SSD instead of the base 128GB one. Turns out that would be another $800. I guess there really is a sucker born every minute...

By what criteria do you think the price is out of line? Were you expecting a 1TB SSD upgrade to cost $200? If so, that would mean you don't understand the type of storage inside the new Mac mini. You're making the same mistake many others make with Mac storage prices.

As with the MacBook Pros, the new Mac mini uses PCIe flash storage. This is not the same as the 1TB SATA SSDs you get for $150 on Amazon. PCIe flash is roughly 6x faster than a common SSD and costs about double.

If I spec out a Dell XPS tower and want to upgrade from HD to 1TB PCIe, Dell wants $350 for a $275 part. Apple's margin is higher, but we knew that.

If you want to expand Mac mini storage but with the slower SSDs or HDDs, take advantage of the Thunderbolt 3 or 10Gb/sec Ethernet port, for fast data transfers to an external DAS or NAS with a bunch of cheap drives in it.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2018 at 21:07 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Panasonic LX100 II review (174 comments in total)
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108: No tilt screen ?? c'mon Panasonic ..it's better to have a tilt screen and no EVF than an EVF and no tilt screen , and for a compact more than anything . Once you've experienced shooting at chest or even waist level with tilted screen , that's it , you never use EVF unless case of emergency .

While it's possible to not need a tilt screen and then dismiss the needs and preferences of others, that attitude could also be interpreted as an inability to conceive or allow for photographic points of view other than directly behind the camera at eye level.

Having a tilt screen on my recent cameras has completely opened up new compositional possibilities that were simply impractical on cameras where you are either forced to look through a viewfinder, or where the screen is fixed flat.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 22:22 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Panasonic LX100 II review (174 comments in total)
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Jeff Fenske: Sadly, the review doesn't explain the tremendous artistic and practical advantages of the multi-aspect ratio sensor that only this camera now has, except for Panasonic's micro-4/3rds camera that is tweaked for video.

Svein, as Jeff explained, you have it backwards, or at least, saying it "doesn't use the whole sensor" doesn't tell the whole story. One thing I always liked about my Panasonic is that if I compose in 3:2 and wish I had more width, switching to 16:9 will acquire that width without having to zoom out or step back. This is especially useful when I cannot step back any further due to a wall or railing. And switching to 4:3 or 1:1 gives me more height. With other cameras, switching to other aspect ratios is strictly subtractive.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 22:20 UTC
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RedFox88: People still print?! 🤔😲

I'm about to put up a photography show, and I am not buying 15 large screen monitors to hang on the walls.

I am going to print the images.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2018 at 23:52 UTC
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Eugene A: Smartphones brought a fast food approach to photography. Look closer, every composition above looks like a mish mash of color effects, there is nothing natural to it.

Computational subject seperation in Apple’s latest phones is equally ugly, turning people’s hair into cotton candy.

A generation now grows up believing this is photography.

Two generations before that, people thought that photography was a visibly grainy photo due to the low chance of creating a clean photo above ISO 400 film, with unavoidable motion blur artifacts due to complete lack of image stabilization on practically all cameras, and chronic underexposure because you ran out of flash cubes.

This is an improvement.

This is a BIG improvement..

for everyone...

...except the incurable photo snobs.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2018 at 23:31 UTC
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Wildabobalore: Sounds like good news for camera companies, but will this affect professionals and freelancers? We already live in a world saturated by the “my friend with a camera will do it for free/cheap.” What happens when 30% of smart phone users jump into the enthusiast camera world and label themselves photographers?

It's true that there is more competition based on technical merits. I don't get angry about that. Photography shouldn't just be about mastering technical minutiae. Otherwise we should just take tests and frame the technical certificates instead of the photos.

In the past the field was unfairly tilted to photographers with a mastery of manual techniques. Today the delta between vision and completion is smaller, since skills like focus and exposure and printmaking have been democratized by technology.

I would rather see interesting photographs from a less technical photographer than a technically spectacular photo of nothing much. I hope that contests are adapting to this. I hope they are looking hard for real visionaries who transcend the equipment, and tell whole stories than just a one-hit wonder photo.

But many contests are only there to raise money, so the judging may not try so hard. Worst case, they pick some Instagram-friendly winners and cash the checks for the entry fees.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2018 at 23:24 UTC
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Wildabobalore: Sounds like good news for camera companies, but will this affect professionals and freelancers? We already live in a world saturated by the “my friend with a camera will do it for free/cheap.” What happens when 30% of smart phone users jump into the enthusiast camera world and label themselves photographers?

"What happens when 30% of smart phone users jump into the enthusiast camera world and label themselves photographers?"

The same thing that has happened for the past 10-15 years. They will be judged on the quality of their work, and 90% of them will fall out of the industry within three years because just pushing the button with the mode dial on Full Auto did not produce a level of work sufficient to attract enough clients, leaving the business to the true professional photographers who understand how to meet market demands consistently over a long period of time.

Unfortunately, the other thing that's been happening for the last 10-15 years will also remain true: While those wanna-bes are in the period that culls them out, they will underprice us all by not valuing the work properly, hurting the incomes of all photographers.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2018 at 19:49 UTC
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graybalanced: Just to clear up a recurring joke theme in these posts, while it's funny that the site title sounds like the English (original English, not American English) word for "rear end," since it is not spelled the same, that's not what it is.

"Ars" doesn't mean "ars*" (couldn't spell it out due to DPReview word filter) any more than "sit" can be made fun of for being one letter shy of "s*it," or "fat" being one letter off from "fart." Nobody does that.

Ars is the Latin word for Art, and thus it becomes an acceptable name for any website concerned with aesthetic matters. Not necessarily defending the purpose of the site, there are plenty of sites on the Internet to be get your photography battered in the comments like a university art critique.

There. I hope we got to the bottom of it. ...aw man, I did it too...

Ars night not have been a swear word here if DPreview had started in the USA. The word Ars doesn't mean anything in the USA except for the Latin scholars who often use it.* But this website started in the UK, and that probably explains it.

*There are famous sayings like "Ars Longa, Vita Brevis" which no one reasonable makes potty jokes out of (it means "Art is Long, Life is Short"), but I think the basic idea is that when an American makes a web site with Ars in the name, like the respected Ars Technica, they are trying not to assume that Internet commenters are going to act like a bunch of giggling 8-year-old boys. Unfortunately, they do here.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2018 at 23:29 UTC
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Russar: The issues with Microsoft are:
- miserable OS, extremely low quality compared to Mac OS, which is based on super strong and secure Unix – my Macs have been working for many years w/o infections or any failures.;
- general low parts and manufacturing qualities; you may pay more purchasing a Mac, but it will outlast any Window machine.

And just look at this new Microsoft machine appearance: one bad imitation of iMac.

"4. and the best one - intentionally slowing down older phones to push its customer to buy new phones and getting away with it!"
This is the dumbest response of all.
All lithium-ion batteries, by any manufacturer, start putting out uneven power levels as they reach the end of their useful life. A spike in power demand can cause any old phone to shut down unnecessarily. What Apple did was dial back the power level to make these instant shut downs less likely. Which means...what Apple did was make it possible for an old battery to operate *longer.* Because for the majority of phone owners, it is much more important to run longer than to run at absolute top speed. That's the opposite of forced obsolescence. If you use a phone that does not do this, contrary to the propaganda, it is the Apple phone that will remain useful longer. Also, if Apple really wanted to force phone upgrades, they wouldn't be providing affordable battery replacements.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2018 at 23:21 UTC
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Russar: The issues with Microsoft are:
- miserable OS, extremely low quality compared to Mac OS, which is based on super strong and secure Unix – my Macs have been working for many years w/o infections or any failures.;
- general low parts and manufacturing qualities; you may pay more purchasing a Mac, but it will outlast any Window machine.

And just look at this new Microsoft machine appearance: one bad imitation of iMac.

"2. useless touch bar on MacBooks to select right emojis quickly"
That oversimplification would only be true if you're a dumb user who is too afraid to customize your own PC. I agree that the Touch Bar is not much added value overall, and I would not have chosen it if it was an option, but now, after using both the built-in and third-party customization options, my Touch Bar is now a somewhat useful always-on instrument readout,, macro launcher, etc. that can be customized context-sensitive to the active application. I use it in the same way I use keyboard shortcuts, the right mouse button, and touchpad gestures, as a parallel (not replacement) input device that complements the others available.

"3. removal of headphone jack"
I'd notice this more if I wasn't still using an iPhone with a headphone jack, but I'm getting tired of tangling cords anyway...my next pair may be wireless. The headphone jack is the last previous-century analog port on an otherwise high tech device.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2018 at 23:20 UTC
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Russar: The issues with Microsoft are:
- miserable OS, extremely low quality compared to Mac OS, which is based on super strong and secure Unix – my Macs have been working for many years w/o infections or any failures.;
- general low parts and manufacturing qualities; you may pay more purchasing a Mac, but it will outlast any Window machine.

And just look at this new Microsoft machine appearance: one bad imitation of iMac.

OK I'll give you #1, but some of the responses are laughable:

"1. the hideous notch on iPhones"
I think the notch looks stupid. But...the iPhone's competitors are quickly adopting the Notch in their latest models, much to my surprise. Perhaps they all see some intrinsic value in it that most of the industry now feels they have to copy Apple, rather than offer a better solution for a minimal bezel phone?

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2018 at 23:20 UTC

Just to clear up a recurring joke theme in these posts, while it's funny that the site title sounds like the English (original English, not American English) word for "rear end," since it is not spelled the same, that's not what it is.

"Ars" doesn't mean "ars*" (couldn't spell it out due to DPReview word filter) any more than "sit" can be made fun of for being one letter shy of "s*it," or "fat" being one letter off from "fart." Nobody does that.

Ars is the Latin word for Art, and thus it becomes an acceptable name for any website concerned with aesthetic matters. Not necessarily defending the purpose of the site, there are plenty of sites on the Internet to be get your photography battered in the comments like a university art critique.

There. I hope we got to the bottom of it. ...aw man, I did it too...

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 16:57 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
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ewelch: And it didn't occur to this person that ARS Technica might object?

I love Ars Technica, one of the best sites on the Web in my opinion.

But what are they going to say? "We commercialized the 3000-year-old Latin word for Art, so you can't" ?

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 16:50 UTC
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