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Roland Karlsson: The lenses are too far apart. It is impossible to stitch nearby things seamlessly.

BTW - I do understand why they have made such a large disc. It is to avoid the tripod. But, on the other hand, the stone that the camera stands on will look rather strange after stitching.

There is not spherical camera that can fully replace a normal camera and a pano head. They are all, more or less, toys.

This is NOT a traditional pano camera. This is a 3D camera. If you want true 3D (stereoscopic) view in 360 degrees (with the strength of the 3D effect depending on the direction you're looking), cameras like this is the only way to go.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 15:27 UTC
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gleung: if the quality is decent, this will be interesting.. i got HTC Vive, and looking at shooting 3D VR options to capture my family, kids(imagine capturing your kids growing up in 3D so you can 'revisit' the moment later in vr). Currently thinking of getting a pair of GoPro Session to do the job, but if there's all-in-one product, it'll be great.

" a pair of GoPro Session " won't give you true 3D, only 2D. This is the problem with ALL current 360 VR cameras - except for custom-built, very expensive camera rigs, for example, the one at http://www.panocam3d.com/camera.html .

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 07:04 UTC
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Nobby2016: who buys this? and for what?

i can´t see the enticement.

i like shooting panos but all these things are toys with bad image quality.

The point in this is that this gives you TRUE 3D vision (in 360 degrees - with some restrictions, as up/down it won't have true 3D as it has no parallel cameras filming up/downwards) and not plain 2D. The latter is already supported by a lot of even cheapish cameras - for example, the Gear 360. (Which I also own.)

Up until now, only custom-built, very expensive camera rigs could do the same - for example, the one at http://www.panocam3d.com/camera.html . It's certainly GREAT to have a comparatively inepensive alternative. After all, it's only two times more expensive than the plain 2D Gear 360.

If you'd like to see the difference between 2D and 3D 360 VR, take a look at the "C1" app in the Oculus Store (with a VR headset / cardboard, of course).

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 07:00 UTC
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Chaitanya S: How much does it cost? and more importantly how much does it weigh? I can see it being used in field for taking photos of specimen.

'Folds up into supplied carrying case'

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 19:08 UTC
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BlueBomberTurbo: So far the best 360 video I've seen, in terms of corner sharpness and stitching quality. Been waiting for it to be released for a while now.

Me too. I'll purchase one too.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 08:02 UTC
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Autriche78: I'm not buying any version of any Samsung VR Gear until there is a level of technological maturity. I cannot afford to, nor do I want to, upgrade my phones on a yearly basis just to get the latest and greatest Samsung Gear - and likely camera - VR iteration (which, surprise surprise, tends only to work with the top end phone released the same year).

Neither PC / PS4-connected VR headsets are (will be) mature in 2016 as they all only have about Full HD total resolution - and definitely not 4K.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 08:01 UTC
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Wild Shooter: Tried the Gear VR headsets, absolutely terrible. How have we slowly advanced in VR realm over the past 13 years? Dedicated headsets I used in 1993 were better than these slap-in-phone attempts.

Still, Gear VR is pretty cool if you take into account that even PC / PS4-connected VR headsets (will) only have Full HD total resolution.

I too have one (with the S7 Edge) and love it.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 08:00 UTC
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EOS Paul: This is old news isn't it? I am in the UK and have had mine since the beginning of June.

It has been released in Europe a bit earlier than in the US.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 07:59 UTC
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qwaz: How about this?

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=pentax_k1&attr13_1=pentax_k1&attr13_2=sigma_dp1m&attr13_3=nikon_d810&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=100&attr16_1=100&attr16_2=100&attr16_3=100&attr126_0=normal&attr126_1=highres&attr126_2=highres&attr171_0=off&normalization=compare&widget=354&x=-0.7593889545113739&y=-0.7430288288653786

"If anything the K-1 in pixel shift mode matches it, whereas the DP3 Merrill accomplishes this resolution with one single shot, albeit at or near base ISO (ISO 100-200)."

No it doesn't, unfortunately. (While I'm a Foveon Merrill fan myself, having both the DP1M and DP2M.)

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 08:39 UTC
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Younes B: The real issue with Pixel shift is that it is useful on static objects only and you'd better shoot with a tripod

"If the speed of shutter fast enough, it could works by handle..."

It won't as there's a significant pause (0.5s+) between each subframe shot, independent of the shutter speed.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 08:36 UTC
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Adam Palmer: That is some amazing tech. Sony if you are listening I want that in my a7rIII

Me too. The single thing that made me NOT get the A7R2 was the lack of any kind of SR mode. This is why Im still shooting landscape with Foveon (Merrills) and X-Trans. (Even the latter delivers significantly better pixel-level sharpness than Bayer filters, let alone the absolutely stunning Foveon Merrills.)

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 08:35 UTC
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vscd: Once again. Test it against a recent FoveOn and even the Pentax will look poor again ;)

Wrong. You can even do the comparison yourself using the studio comparator. Both Merrills and Quattros deliver significantly worse images than the K1. (Lens quality is another question - I'm only referring to noise and, with some decent lenses, possible resolution.)

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 08:33 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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SDPharm: Number 1 task: make the site retina display compatible. A photography gear site not able to take advantage of modern high resolution display is shameful.

"Again, that is perfectly OK but then it has to be an assumed option and it is not OK coming here to complain about the site's programmers prowess or lack of it, which was the crux to my original reply to SDPharm's comment."

Well, for casual Web browsing, an iPad is still great. I do most of my kitchen / bathroom / bedtime browsing on my iPad Pro. I could afford (and definitely could operate) the SP4 but I'm afraid I wouldn't use it as frequently in the above cases than my iPad Pro; for example because of the price difference. (it's not that big a problem if a 930 euro Pro breaks - as opposed to a 2000+ euro i7-based SP4.)

That is, even techies and photography fans (like me) may very frequently browse DPR / Flickr etc. wanting flawless for example gallery rendering support.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 10:29 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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SDPharm: Number 1 task: make the site retina display compatible. A photography gear site not able to take advantage of modern high resolution display is shameful.

"People like to buy Apple products to be "trendy" in spite of their consumer-abusing "walled garden" approach and their continued failure to deliver top-tech products."

It's both a pro and a cons. I can safely give my wife, my mother-in-law etc. an iPad / iPhone because I know they won't refuse them after some days of using them. This wouldn't necessarily happen with an Android and particularly not with a full-blown Windows tablet.

Of course, for us power users, restrictions are a PIA. This is why I'm jailbreaking to get rid of some of the restrictions.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 10:08 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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SDPharm: Number 1 task: make the site retina display compatible. A photography gear site not able to take advantage of modern high resolution display is shameful.

"The problem would then be a (non)clear one, yes, but on your end: Liking to be duped by Apple marketing."

A bit offensive today, aren't we? :) He may have not used the term properly, but he's still right: it's a PIA to browse the galleries with an iOS devices - low-res images and, when you zoom in everything gets misplaced.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 09:47 UTC
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nimrod1212: Now that we have the "pencil" why is there still no screen recording app for the iPad?

"Of course, it was removed by Apple after about 6-7 hours of the news getting published at, say, macrumors."

Fortunately, as I constantly monitor MacRumors and other, similar sites, I was able to promptly purchase the app from Apple and save the IPA.

As was the case in many of earlier tweaks: e.g., quickly (one tap) en/disabling Bluetooth from the Springboard etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 09:24 UTC
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Najinsky: Our monitors fill a good proportion of our field of vision (well, mine does) so our eyes are likely already adjusted to that.

Less likely for a tablet where much more of the periphery will be in the field.

This seems more of a comfort feature so there is less contrast between the device and the surroundings. A bit like the TVs that throw out ambient backlighting based on the content being viewed, but in reverse.

It's also used for the night shift feature to help you fall asleep quicker when reading at night.

I can't decide if it's a good idea to use it when processing images, I'll just have to wait and see when I get one. But at least it's a push in the direction of having more control over the viewing experience, which must be better than not having the choice.

PS: Remember to look away from your monitor frequently to the furthest thing away from you in the room. And at least 6 mins per hour get up and look at something outside far away. Exercise and protect your vision.

"So you have the new iPad Pro already then?"

Of course not. However,

1, I've been using 9.3 on, among other things, on my iPad Pro, ever since the first beta.

2, noone mentioned the Pro 9.7 does have an app whitelist. (It would surely have been mentioned by a lot of people, it being of extreme help to many power users.) That is, it doesn't have it either - similar to the 12.9 Pro.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 09:23 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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kingslayer: What's the compensation? You're looking at $140k/yr plus for the talent you are looking for.

"Can I work remotely from UK?"

In the last 4-5 years, all their job postings have been US-only. (I know as, being proficient in both J2EE and iOS programming - and knowing quite a bit about photography - have been constantly monitoring their announcements.)

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 09:19 UTC
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