nicoboston

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pepeta: Extremely fun camera to use across all ages...

And extremely expensive.
Up to $1 per photo.
Does not include the fact that most pictures printed with Instax cameras are unusable. Sometime fun, but the yield is low.
For fun, the Instax printer is a much better choice IMO. It's not cheaper but at least you can print whatever you want.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 16:12 UTC
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nicoboston: I went to a brick and mortar Best Buy store and the digital camera section is virtually gone... I could see only a few old (and broken) DSLRs and about 5 cheap compacts. The "high end compacts" section is completely gone.
Well, now I have to admit that digital cameras are about to become a niche market. I remember the same BB store (not such a long time ago) with at least 50 cameras displayed.
My recent Panasonic camera is probably the lat member of its family! It's unbelievable though. Even my oldest functional compact camera makes much better images that my iPhone 7! And I'm not even talking about my DSLR.
QUALITY : 0 - QUANTITY : 1
On the positive side, let's hope that there will be room in the niche only for really good cameras.

@Gesture
They sell tons of smartphone accessories, wireless mono speakers, soundbars and magical 4K TVs...
Well, clearly I'm just an old fart. I like cameras that can help me to acquire decent images, and speakers that sound great. These stores are not for me anymore!

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:32 UTC
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newe: Interesting comments here about phones vs cameras. We just got back from Mexico with our aged D300. Saw Coba, Cozumel and a ton of other stuff. I was the tiny, tiny, tiny minority of those with "real" cameras. People would come over and see just how much better the pictures were. They'd actually ask how they could be so good on a 10 year old camera. I said camera phones don't have good lenses. They cannot zoom or work nearly as well. Pretty much everyone who had a camera phone said they could zoom, and immediately showed me a digital zoom. When I explained what is going on, they shrugged their shoulders. Hey I love my Nexus 6p, it has a cool camera and I use it. Camera phones certainly have helped to get more pictures taken. But they have also dumbed down the general population. Most people don't have a clue how to take pictures anymore. Convenience has taken over and people don't care if their pics are blown out, noisy, blurry or digital zoomed...they just don't.

If people still don't understand the difference between an optical zoom and a digital zoom, and if they don't understand that big lenses capture more light that pinholes... then they get the crap they deserve.
Whatever the topic, people always get what they deserve when they don't THINK.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:27 UTC
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zakaria: Sad news. second electronics company to leave the cameras market after Samsung. I think the market will push Olympus and to a similar situation.

+ Nikon abandoned the DLs, suggesting that the market will also push the "big" brands.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:18 UTC

I went to a brick and mortar Best Buy store and the digital camera section is virtually gone... I could see only a few old (and broken) DSLRs and about 5 cheap compacts. The "high end compacts" section is completely gone.
Well, now I have to admit that digital cameras are about to become a niche market. I remember the same BB store (not such a long time ago) with at least 50 cameras displayed.
My recent Panasonic camera is probably the lat member of its family! It's unbelievable though. Even my oldest functional compact camera makes much better images that my iPhone 7! And I'm not even talking about my DSLR.
QUALITY : 0 - QUANTITY : 1
On the positive side, let's hope that there will be room in the niche only for really good cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:15 UTC as 85th comment | 9 replies

🤔
Isn't USB-C supposed to be the new "standard"?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 17:23 UTC as 1st comment
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Peiasdf: I love people with their short memories. Every year Apple came out with something new and everybody wants it but between the announcements, people forgot what Apple just did and start talking about no innovation, falling behind Google, etc.

iTune pay-per-track
iTune backup
Touch UI / swipe / pinch to zoom / Multi-Touch
Sealed in lithium polymer battery
Apps
Retina display
60fps UI
Metal frame / glass back
FaceTime
Aluminum unibody
Micro & Nano SIM card
Unidirectional plug
Siri
Touch ID
64-bit SoC
True-tone flash
Low motion video
3D Touch
NVMe storage
Apple Pay
Stereo speakers in waterproof body
2x optical zoom

And of course iPhone and iPad, products that started entire markets.

Name one other company that introduced an iPhone or iPad like revolution or a list half as long as Apple's.

Inventing an object is one thing. Making the object affordable and popular is another story. I don't remembers seeing a lot of digital music players in the street before the iPod. I don't remember seeing a lot of smartphones before the iPhone. I don't remember seeing a lot of tablets before the iPad. Do you? So we are certainly not on the same planet!

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 20:37 UTC
On article Canon EOS 77D / 9000D sample gallery (127 comments in total)
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SaltLakeGuy: Yet another nice "consumer" offering from the worlds largest manufacturer of digicams. No biting sharpness, No superb low noise, just nice average pleasing results. Right where Canon seems to like to be for the masses. Oh well.

@SaltLakeGuy
Almost 15 years ago I got a Canon 300D, the first affordable DSLR.
It gave me tons of "average pleasing results", tons of memories.
Despite 6MP. Despite a noisy ISO 200.
Of course "a few folks that actually want more serious results and capabilities", but:
- first, "want" does not mean that they should, and will get better results
- second, cameras and lenses "capabilities" disappear before human capabilities

The way you talk about "just nice average pleasing results" does not make any sense IMO. And, FYI, the average results generated by the 77D would have blown away any professional photographer just a few years ago.

I will always remember an article from the Luminous Landscape in which they compare a Powershot G10 ($500) with a $40,000 Hasselblad. It does not make sense, right? It says a lot about "nice average pleasing results" IMO. And it was written in 2009.

https://luminous-landscape.com/kidding/

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 20:31 UTC
On article Canon EOS 77D / 9000D sample gallery (127 comments in total)
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SaltLakeGuy: Yet another nice "consumer" offering from the worlds largest manufacturer of digicams. No biting sharpness, No superb low noise, just nice average pleasing results. Right where Canon seems to like to be for the masses. Oh well.

"just nice average pleasing results" 🤣
Bloody stupid consumers happy with pleasing results !
Canon please... Don't please consumers ! How self-proclaimed "professional photographers" will survive if John Does manage to generate pleasing images with a Costco camera ? Oh well.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 16:40 UTC
On article Canon EOS 77D / 9000D sample gallery (127 comments in total)
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toni2: Another DSLR without microAF? Another toy? It's time that Canon and Nikon know what are they selling...

0.01% DSLR buyers know what "microAF" means.
And it's a very generous estimate.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 16:33 UTC
On article Canon EOS 77D / 9000D sample gallery (127 comments in total)
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maxnimo: Let's see if I got this right ... Canon now has the Rebel, the 77D, the 80D, the 7D, the 6D, the 5D, the 1D and the M series, not counting all their toy point-n-shoots. It's getting a bit crowded and confusing, don't you think?

And shouldn't the EOS 77D sit between the EOS 70D and EOS 80D? ... even more confusing.

The 78D will be just perfect. Between the 77D and the 79D.
I think it's really worth waiting one more year.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 16:31 UTC
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Debankur Mukherjee: Problem is we all want our tablets and netbooks to run like a corei7 desktop......

Because developers roll up their sleeves when they write apps for iOS or Android. They need to be small and efficient. For computers, they are lazy and we still have mammoths like MS Office 😮

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
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Peiasdf: I love people with their short memories. Every year Apple came out with something new and everybody wants it but between the announcements, people forgot what Apple just did and start talking about no innovation, falling behind Google, etc.

iTune pay-per-track
iTune backup
Touch UI / swipe / pinch to zoom / Multi-Touch
Sealed in lithium polymer battery
Apps
Retina display
60fps UI
Metal frame / glass back
FaceTime
Aluminum unibody
Micro & Nano SIM card
Unidirectional plug
Siri
Touch ID
64-bit SoC
True-tone flash
Low motion video
3D Touch
NVMe storage
Apple Pay
Stereo speakers in waterproof body
2x optical zoom

And of course iPhone and iPad, products that started entire markets.

Name one other company that introduced an iPhone or iPad like revolution or a list half as long as Apple's.

And iPod before!

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 21:16 UTC
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Fujica: Who cares about the iPad these days..
Its just another iteration of a tablet that can't replace a laptop even though Apple tries to promote it as such..

The hype is over.

@james s. kennedy
What about the floppy disk drive?
😬

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 21:14 UTC
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Debankur Mukherjee: Problem is we all want our tablets and netbooks to run like a corei7 desktop......

While being thin and lightweight, with never-ending battery life.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 14:32 UTC
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Fujica: Who cares about the iPad these days..
Its just another iteration of a tablet that can't replace a laptop even though Apple tries to promote it as such..

The hype is over.

I agree, the iPad cannot fully replace a laptop.
It's an interesting complement though. I use my iPad (pro) more and more often to take notes, write, read pdf documents, access the web, read and write emails etc. Many basic tasks do not require a laptop. In addition, iPads are convenient in planes precisely because they don't have a keyboard. The quality of the iPad pro display is amazing IMO. Sometime I still consider it's a gadget but, as a matter of fact, I use the gadget a lot. iCloud and iCloud Drive have improved. Dropbox works great on the iPad, so storage is not a major issue.
However, if tablets and laptops are banned from airplane cabins, something is going to change.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 14:30 UTC
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Martin Crombie Photography: An iPad that runs OSX EL Captain would sell by the millions.

Wow! Too bad El Captain Cook did not think about this before.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
On article GoPro to cut 270 jobs as part of restructuring effort (79 comments in total)
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dinoSnake: I just read all of the comments and, as a non-GoPro user, I don't understand all the GoPro hate. Can someone please share?

Many "mediocre" GoPro products have very good ratings, though. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater !

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 15:28 UTC
On article GoPro to cut 270 jobs as part of restructuring effort (79 comments in total)
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Pho Tography: Action cameras are a bit useless. especially when the mass market doesn't do much "action."

They need to change their market to consumers. get rid of the fisheye and target the moms who need to shoot videos for birthday parties and family get togethers. Sure, they can use their phone top shoot, but the for factor is too clumsy. It should be super small and wearable so you can easily snap it on and off.

Not everyone is jumping out of planes and flying thru mountains on a jetpack and if they continue to go after this market, they will be out of business in a year or two.

@Pho Tography I somehow agree, but actions cameras are a decent way to get a really waterproof camera for stills and video at the beach etc. For many years I've been desperately looking for a "rugged" waterproof camera and I have spent hundreds of $ on sickening and leaky JUNK. Even for those who are not really into "action", e.g. those who just have fun with kids at the beach, a $200 Hero Session is much better than garbage like the Canon PowerShot D30 (among many other expensive toys), which is bad for stills and movies !

Skydiving might be less exciting that playing at the beach with toddlers (GoPro does not know mine, though), but I think GoPro would make more $ if they were also targeting our ordinary action!

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 15:26 UTC

Very interesting tour, thanks. It's nice to see people making great products with passion.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 15:10 UTC as 87th comment
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