dccdp

Works as a software engineer
Joined on Apr 1, 2008

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Horshack: Seems kind of a waste to have one of the cameras dedicated to facilitate the portrait/background blur mode when Google has already demonstrated it can be done so well algorithmically with a single camera.

Yes, but those 7-15 dollars are paid by customers, not by Samsung.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2018 at 00:41 UTC
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Fly18: Gillette Mach 3.

Actually, those work pretty well, although your point is valid. This one is more like those "improved" versions with 5 blades. ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2018 at 00:38 UTC
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rcl100: This is so boring. Yet another wide angle. Seems people want a decent telephoto, but smartphones continue to give us wide angle. I guess wide angle is cheap and more profitable. A decent telephoto must be just too much engineering/money for smartphones as yet.

If you need a telephoto, use a camera. Almost any camera will do. Seriously, you shouldn't expect a general purpose device, such as a phone, to be that versatile while still working well. They are simply not built for that, and there is no reason for them to be built that way.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2018 at 00:34 UTC

So, this is the new thing after rounded corners and shiny glass backs. The number of cameras on the respective shiny gadget. A status metric, a bragging right.

Too bad those protuberances look like the phone was infected with smallpox.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2018 at 23:12 UTC as 10th comment
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multisystem: Nice and very useful gadgets, but Apple is forgetting the iPhone SE market. And so are the Android companies. There is still a healthy market for a high quality phone small enough to easily grasp with one hand even a small hand (eg, a lot of women out there )but that market has been abandoned.

@badi: I mentioned that one has to get over the "status" thing to enjoy a midrange phone for what it is. In my view, this means being less... naive ;) I don't think flagship phones feel that faster than midrange phones such as A series, at least not in tasks people usually do. You can feel the difference in games, but that's another story.

But hey, midrange phones are ignored by many mainly because advertisment pushes for the flagship prices. And people won't believe you that they should at least try one. I remember a friend that didn't even believe me when I told him the A and J ranges feature OLED screens. To the extent we had to check several "reputable" sites to make sure it wasn't a mistake or a prank. ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2018 at 22:30 UTC
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multisystem: Nice and very useful gadgets, but Apple is forgetting the iPhone SE market. And so are the Android companies. There is still a healthy market for a high quality phone small enough to easily grasp with one hand even a small hand (eg, a lot of women out there )but that market has been abandoned.

No, I don't think any phone equals a camera system. Flagship or otherwise. ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2018 at 18:02 UTC
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multisystem: Nice and very useful gadgets, but Apple is forgetting the iPhone SE market. And so are the Android companies. There is still a healthy market for a high quality phone small enough to easily grasp with one hand even a small hand (eg, a lot of women out there )but that market has been abandoned.

@badi: Samsung A is indeed considered midrange. But it is very well built, fast, has enough memory, expandable storage, etc. There is nothing you can do with a "flagship" phone you can't with an A series. Except probably for games, the only area where processor speed begins to show. But if you really need serious gaming on a phone (strange concept, really) you will also need a larger screen, so the point is moot.

Flagship smartphones are thoroughly overrated, if you get over that "status" thing, that is.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2018 at 19:08 UTC
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multisystem: Nice and very useful gadgets, but Apple is forgetting the iPhone SE market. And so are the Android companies. There is still a healthy market for a high quality phone small enough to easily grasp with one hand even a small hand (eg, a lot of women out there )but that market has been abandoned.

There are a lot of such phones out there, at least in the Android world. Just look, for instance, at the J and A series from Samsung. Small, high quality, OLED screens, even dual sim if you need that.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2018 at 00:49 UTC

It doesn't have a pen.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2018 at 00:47 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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Retzius: Bundling these cameras with the NON VR 70-300 will just result in soccer moms with blurry photos

@diffractionltd What's with the hate speech? Do you know them all, and their kids, or do you generally hate people having children?

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2018 at 09:31 UTC

And they still pay for this product...

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 20:30 UTC as 90th comment

Given the amount of publicity Nikon gets for this camera, it will be made a big step, even if it weren't.

Too many articles, just about the same thing, really boring, and really annoying. This is not equidistant journalism, it is just playing along Nikon's desperate marketing stunt. Inadvertently, probably, but still inappropriate.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 19:42 UTC as 174th comment
On article Smartphone image sensors are low in supply (70 comments in total)
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p51d007: Still amazes me when I see the term on a smartphone, "images just as good as a d-SLR". Makes me want to go postal. The PHYSICS aside from just the image sensor, not counting the glass. Looks like the tiny image sensor people found a way to increase demand...more sensors in their products. Shoot, I even heard that some phone makers are thinking of sticking 4 cameras on the rear! Psssssss....just make EACH sensor bigger, slap a 2-10 x retractable GLASS lens on the back and call it good. Most people ditched their pocket cameras for smartphones, so give them better image quality & range with a bigger sensor & real optical zoom 2-10X.
Oh, but I guess the fashion police would call foul and it would mess up the whole "slim, colorful, stylish" aspect of a PHONE. LOL a phone...fashionable...geez!

@BlueB... No, smartphones cannot come close to a DSLR 10 years ago. One may think so only by ignoring a lot of the main qualities of such DSLRs (like lens quality, DOF, sensor size, versatility, etc.)

If you think of a picture only as a casual, quick daylight snapshot, then yes, all cameras are the same.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2018 at 05:18 UTC
On article The Lexar brand makes a return (156 comments in total)
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dccdp: This selling and reuse of brands has become too extensive, and in many cases brands don't mean anything anymore.

I believe that serious review sites like dpreview should switch from analyzing brands to analyzing actual manufacturers. Instead of reviewing, for example, a new Lexar card, the headline should include the Chinese company's name.

Brands have become just words, they don't depict manufacturer expertise, tradition and standards anymore, therefore customers should be educated in this respect through quality journalism.

I never said dpreview didn't represent the news correctly. It was only an example, fit in context, and my statement was about the misleading brands and how we and the review sites should become more aware of them in the future.

Why does everybody need to nitpick one's statements, just to show they are "smarter"? Is it an addiction, continuously seeing others as inferior?! Can't we discuss things in a civilized manner before someone jumps and brands posters as incapable of understanding a written text?

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2018 at 18:42 UTC
On article The Lexar brand makes a return (156 comments in total)

This selling and reuse of brands has become too extensive, and in many cases brands don't mean anything anymore.

I believe that serious review sites like dpreview should switch from analyzing brands to analyzing actual manufacturers. Instead of reviewing, for example, a new Lexar card, the headline should include the Chinese company's name.

Brands have become just words, they don't depict manufacturer expertise, tradition and standards anymore, therefore customers should be educated in this respect through quality journalism.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 13:28 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On article Kodak distances itself from failed Bitcoin scheme (83 comments in total)
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Dragonrider: And then they will translate the tiny piece of a bitcoin you earn to Icelandic currency, which is about as stable as a rowboat in a hurricane. To paraphrase PT Barnum, "so many suckers, so little time".

Waw, Mr Bolton, but why didn't your country jail the crooked bankers?

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 14:14 UTC

A long time ago I wanted a small camera, with good IQ and interchangeable lenses. Bought a Nikon entry DSLR, been happy with it for a while. Then mirrorless cameras showed up and they looked like an interesting idea: small combos, easy to carry, versatile, promising. The problem? There were only two players that offered such systems with (at least) APS-C: Sony and Samsung. The big guys, Nikon and Canon, were nowhere. If Nikon had an APS-C mirrorless at the time, I would have bought it instantly. They didn't. So I bought a Sony, having a slightly better sensor than Samsung. A NEX3, great for the time.

What happened next? Sony kept improving, building a great system, going full frame. Samsung exited, surprisingly. Nikon insulted us with the thing they called "1". Now, Nikon wants and teases a mirrorless, after an entire age has passed.

Sorry, Nikon, but Sony is right to show you sales figures. If you were there in the beginning, you would have been a leader in this market. You missed.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2018 at 00:04 UTC as 63rd comment | 3 replies

If this came 10 years ago, I would have been impressed. Now I'm just amused, because I made the switch to mirrorless long ago, and Nikon wasn't there.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 23:38 UTC as 83rd comment
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chibachan: The new camera system should go to compete with high-end smart phones.

The selling point of these phones is camera and the price is almost close to A7II so camera makers should think it again about what is required by customers.

Camera is not dying. Market is shrinking just due to maker's lazy in adopting new technologies. As long as makers are more active to bind smart phone's computational capability and flex of programming to good image quality and ergonomics of camera, there is still good future for camera. At least, I can see that more and more youngster are getting more and more interested in good camera after realized limitations of small phone camera.

Nikon should run by two legs: high end for reputation and status, entry level for sustainable profit.

Are you kidding? They already did the smartphone-educated consumer game with the "successful" 1 series.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 23:35 UTC
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Arcimboldo: Well, to say that "Nikon will continue to lead imaging innovation" almost five years after Sony launched their 35 mm mirrorless system is somewhat impertinent.

Right, got it, deserve it ;)

No, I find that too. But hey, I'm also an engineer... :-) Language is a multiple-edged sword. And indeed, it is also my experience that even technical language can sometimes generate misunderstandings, despite our expectation of it being precise and rigorous. The thing is, we cannot talk only in mathematical equations all the time. And we probably shouldn't either... :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2018 at 23:26 UTC
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