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sportyaccordy: I have a lot of guilt in all the pleasure I get from the SHEER PANIC articles like this generate. Now is not a good time for people who have tied their identities up in their camera gear.

Don't get me wrong- phones definitely are not there yet. But there's a lot more money and resources being deployed to close the gap. That gap is closing too. It's only a matter of time. I like my FF kit but I will be happy to get rid of it if a phone can generate convincingly similar results for my needs.

What I desperately want is that a lot of this computational photo/videography stuff get introduced in full-sized cameras with full-sized lenses and sensors. It really annoys me that my iPhone can do all kinds of stuff in camera, whereas with my dSLR I need to take dozens of photos manually, upload them to a computer, and then spend hours on external programs to achieve the same effect. The pixel counts should be similar, and a large camera with a large battery should be able to have the same processing power as a cell phone I would think.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 05:48 UTC
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Victor Gonzales: Today the Nikon Corporation published their financial results for the second quarter of this fiscal year (which ends in March 2018).

Reading it, one can learn that the Imaging Business Unit is the largest one (revenue-wise) generating 53.3% of the revenues and 67% of the Operating Profit. Over the past five years the revenue for this BU shrank more than 50%!

One can also learn that during this fiscal year, Nikon's strategy of "Improve profitability under market shrinkage" translated to:
- Focus on high margin products
- "Headcount optimization" of around 3,350 employees
- Closure of 1 manufacturing plant in China
- Closure of 4 sales subsidiaries in Europe
- Closure of the (small) e-commerce operation in Brazil.

Reading their presentation material left me pondering if the strategy of cutting costs and prioritizing shareholder's interests over customer expectations is sustainable for a shrinking company in an challenging market. If so, for how long?

What is your opinion?

Prioritizing short-term shareholder interests / share prices can very disastrously prevent a company from executing a longer-term strategy that would position it well in the market with future products, reputation and customer loyalty.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 21:22 UTC

Huh. For a while the FAA banned Li-Ion batteries not installed in a device from checked luggage, but nobody cared. Then they put in a limit to the size of the batteries. So in many ways limiting Li-Ions in checked luggage isn't even remotely new, and to me it's pretty prudent. Those things can be pretty nasty fire hazards.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 01:17 UTC as 11th comment
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SantaFeBill: Regardless of how well this service will - or won't - help protect your rights to an image, how can it remain free? Tracking the many kinds and instances of usage of a large number of images has got to be resource-intensive, and these resources have to be paid for.

This. What's the catch? How will this be monetized?

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 03:10 UTC
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BobT3218: Can anyone explain to me two things:
1. Why would one let the camera choose the focus point?
2. Having let the camera do the choosing, why would one need software to tell the photographer which point it chose?

Also, even if I did chose the focus point, it's useful to know which one it was when I'm checking for focus and sharpness. I definitely don't remember these things after the fact.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 21:48 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1154 comments in total)
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perry rhodan: 2K? Serious?
The D750 is less!

Looks like DOA.

We can agree to disagree. To me the ISO range, full (dx) frame AF coverage, SnapBridge, pro button layout are absolute winners. Even sitting on a pile of FX glass with my D600, this is clearly my next camera.

It really all depends on what kind of things you shoot. I don't see this as appealing at all to someone who does landscapes.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 21:24 UTC

As someone who maintains enterprise networks as another job, I cringe reading this is in the 2.4 GHz spectrum. Why does anyone in their right mind add any more pollution to that completely overcrowded spectrum?

I wonder if it's a zigbee or bluetooth derivative of some sort?

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 00:31 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
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Steve Bingham: . . . it cycles! And the light value cycles with it.

Slightly off-topic; new fluorescents are fine (aside from crummy CRI), but there are still nice 60 Hz fluorescents around. Trying to shoot martial arts (white uniforms) under mismatched fluorescents that cycle through color as well... not fun.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 03:08 UTC
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Renzokuken: Windows Phone. Next.

Best Phone camera award still goes to IPhone, Top of the line Sony Ericsson Phones and certain Samsung models.

I think the comparisons boil down to: a number of phones these days have surprisingly usable cameras. What's the "best" one may depend on your definition of "best" and use scenario. ZDNet compared a few, including the Amaze, and while I don't fully agree with their judgment it was better than the others in some things, not in others.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 14:54 UTC
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Renzokuken: Windows Phone. Next.

Best Phone camera award still goes to IPhone, Top of the line Sony Ericsson Phones and certain Samsung models.

I have the N8, and I'm sad for the demise of Symbian. The upgrades to the S^3 UI resulted in something that's just as usable, if not more usable than the iPhone 4s and my iPod touch. The actual apps were a bit half-baked, as usual, but I absolutely can't understand the hate of Symbian OS in this incarnation. (I've also had several older generations of Symbian, and can understand the hate on those... Even though they still were a lot more powerful and flexible than most other alternatives at the time.)
As to the camera in the N8, it's not going to substitute for my D300. It has, however, meant that I haven't touched my Finepix F30 since, and I actually find myself trying to do photography with it, and uploading it on the web. Also, the real flash has come in as a lifesaver more than once, so I have to echo the praise.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2011 at 20:54 UTC
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marike6: The design looks like an old iPod Nano but with a bigger screen. Being influenced by Apple is one thing, copying it another. Zeiss lens, that pretty cool. To bad it's a phone, but I guess the line between the 2 devices continues to be blurred.

Not really. The Nano was a rounded square. Pretty, but still flat surfaces. The Nokia designs specifically only look like a square when viewed from the front, they're actually much more complex flowing shapes without flat surfaces, and I have to say that Nokia's being pretty bold with that design.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2011 at 20:48 UTC
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