bigley Ling

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On article Apple iPhone X review (377 comments in total)
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randalusa: 1. In the "cons" the reviewer mentions a lack of sharpness. Ehhhhh! That's it. End of review. So the camera is worthless for all but those not in need of quality looking pictures or willing to post-process.

2. On a side note, did he mention whether there is a charging light / message indicator? Apple is too stupid for my personal owning, but I do like to keep track of just how stupid they remain. And it seems to me that prior models force users to fire up the screen and look to see charging or messages.

My device has a clean LED that can be either red, green or blue depending on purpose. So from across the room after re-entering the house, I can within 1/5th of a second save the bother of walking over to check.

Plus like nearly all recent phones (and why I am keeping my Note-4), apparently you just get to throw these away when the battery dies? Okay, maybe pay the apple store (and for me, drive 65 miles to find one).

+ Apple loves minimalism, which is idiotic.

Anyway, the LED,?

The lack of an LED is indicator can be considered also a design feature. Having an LED may interfere with the sleek lines and curves.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 20:18 UTC
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AlanWatson: "Until third-party Raw apps can take advantage of HDR+, we'd suggest you stick to the default camera app."
That possibility was added with the February update, i.e. last week.
Though presumably the apps have to choose to use the feature as well, so it might be a little longer until your favourite third party app does actually use this.

How about Lightroom CC?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 20:14 UTC
On article Portrait mode shootout: iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 (155 comments in total)
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Sam808: I don't think both Iphone 8 and Pixel 2.can produce a better blured photo than my old Nokia 808.

The 808 does fit in your pocket Mark Turney. Infact the overall footprint of the 808 is less than the pixel or iphone.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 04:06 UTC
On article Portrait mode shootout: iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 (155 comments in total)
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noisephotographer: By the way Google's Pixel 2 probably uses approximately the area of a 5.4 megapixels 1/3.8" sensor in portrait mode whereas Apple uses a 1/3.6" sensor. (Google uses 1.5x digital zoom in portrait mode https://research.googleblog.com/2017/10/portrait-mode-on-pixel-2-and-pixel-2-xl.html ) .
This shows that sensor size isn't the most important specification of a smartphone camera.

I think pixel size is though...

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 04:05 UTC
On article Portrait mode shootout: iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 (155 comments in total)
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Igor Pro: The second lens of the iPhone is better for portraits with the perspective distortion and the perspective. But the quality of photos from the Pixel much better, especially in terms of color and contrast. Photos from the iPhone are often too yellow and often have highlights.
It would be nice if Google used the second lens in the following Pixels. That would be the best portrait camera in smartphones.

Yes,a second tel lens would benefit the Pixel as by applying 1.5x crop, there is alot of wasted pixels not being utilized. Wonder if there is a hack to use the whole sensor to achieve defocused backgrounds...

Although I do like the colors rendering better from the Pixel, the ability to display it properly is also quite important, and the horrible blue cast is quite unforgivable.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 04:02 UTC
On article Portrait mode shootout: iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 (155 comments in total)
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noisephotographer: "it's immediately obvious that the camera on the X does a better job at 'cutting around' hair, people and objects than the 8 Plus"
Not very surprising as the tele camera has a shorter focal length.

It does... 8+ is 56mm effecting while the X is 52mm effective.

Also the tele lenses have different apertures, 8+ f2.8 and X 2.4

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 03:58 UTC
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Stitzer23: "oversaturated inaccurate colors are not what a photographer wants" Haha proof that DPR doesn't read its comment sections

What is more of an issue in my opinion is that blue color shift in the pixel 2 XL! I know the camera hardware and software in the pixel2 series is excellent, but how could they let that screen to be used on the Pixel 2 is beyond me

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 23:21 UTC
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mr_landscape: Agreed with micsmics. Article is lying, this is not the best camera-phone.
6 yo Nokia PureView808 is STILL a best camera for daylight.

Check tests 2 and 3 to see messy over-sharpened and over-saturated output of GP.

http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/features/item/21787_PureView_vs_the_Pixel_the_808_.php

See? That's the difference between real optics and cheap picture computing.

More to read:
http://allaboutwindowsphone.com/features/item/22562_camera_head_to_head_lumia_950_.php

Periodically using N808 for stock photography.

@franzfifty. The reason to use an 808 over a traditional point and shoot is for pure resolution. For landscapes it is hard to beat the 808's 41MP.

@mr_landscape. The pixel2 has a different sensor from the first generation pixel. From what reviewers are stating, the pixel2 sensor is smaller than the pixel1.

@vv50 The 808 is indeed quite archiac, and no form of HDR algorithm or multishot stacking capability. That being said the 808 can achieve very good dynamic range in good light by deliberately setting -1 or -2 EV depending on the scene, then in post recover shadow detail. When capturing at ISO64, the recovered shadow detail is surprisingly good and has minimal digital noise, whist retaining excellent shadow detail.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 23:18 UTC
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AKH: The portraits are completely smeared and look cartoonish. Even worse than the iPhone presented recently.

The computational portrait mode is pretty descent and can only get better. As time goes on, the portrait mode I am guess will be further improved to a point where fast aperture full frames lenses will become obsolete.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 23:08 UTC
On article Apple iPhone X review (377 comments in total)
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randalusa: 1. In the "cons" the reviewer mentions a lack of sharpness. Ehhhhh! That's it. End of review. So the camera is worthless for all but those not in need of quality looking pictures or willing to post-process.

2. On a side note, did he mention whether there is a charging light / message indicator? Apple is too stupid for my personal owning, but I do like to keep track of just how stupid they remain. And it seems to me that prior models force users to fire up the screen and look to see charging or messages.

My device has a clean LED that can be either red, green or blue depending on purpose. So from across the room after re-entering the house, I can within 1/5th of a second save the bother of walking over to check.

Plus like nearly all recent phones (and why I am keeping my Note-4), apparently you just get to throw these away when the battery dies? Okay, maybe pay the apple store (and for me, drive 65 miles to find one).

+ Apple loves minimalism, which is idiotic.

Anyway, the LED,?

To alleviate this Apple has indeed made a way to detect battery charge, notification, etc without the use of a dedicated LED.... The Apple watch. It may add to the cost, but it does allow for a complete remote method to check notifications, battery charge etc, just by glancing at the watch.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 21:24 UTC
On article These are the best smartphone cameras you can buy (163 comments in total)
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Jefftan: Can Google pixel do RAW?
Anyone know? thanks

but of course!

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2018 at 21:17 UTC
On article These are the best smartphone cameras you can buy (163 comments in total)
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supeyugin1: The best camera in smartphone (in 2017 models) is HTC U Ultra. Same sensor as Google Pixel 1st gen (1/2.3"), but with OIS. The rest of the phones went downhill from there, including Pixel2, HTC U11, Samsung S8*, etc. iphone never had a good camera, and always used tiny sensors. Huawei and LG are in the same class.
BTW, Pixel 2 sensor size is 1/2.55", same for Note 8, Huawei Mate 10 uses 1/2.9", LG V30 1/3.06", iphone X 1/3"

Can the GCam app be used in the U11? If so, this would make give the U11 an even greater advantage!

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2018 at 21:17 UTC
On article These are the best smartphone cameras you can buy (163 comments in total)
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james s. kennedy: The best iPhone overall is the iPhone 8+.

X is better as it has a similar camera setup as the 8+, but a better larger display in a smaller formfactor. The notch at the top is a love or hate relationship. For those that really cannot get past the notch on the top of the X, the 8+ is the better contender.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2018 at 21:15 UTC
On article Apple iPhone X review (377 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "28/56mm equivalent focal lengths", and the next APPLE will be nice to add a 14mm to make it "14/28/56mm equivalent focal lengths".

Or LG can add 3nd lens/56mm to its currently two focal lengths.

actually the focal length of the iPhone X tele lens is slightly less than the 8+ tele lens, so in essence the X tele is 52mm equivalent approx

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2018 at 23:44 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (395 comments in total)
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dansclic: The problem with this Canon M series is the samė as Sony a6xxx series : no good lenses to,match the bodies. This is where Fuji , Olympus and Panasonic win

Rather than say there are no good lenses one should ask Canon to make more native lenses for this mount.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 02:37 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (395 comments in total)
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The Davinator: Could have had a pop up EVF....but alas, nothing. Pass.

They say this camera is smaller without the EVF. How does this reduced size compare to the likes of the old Nex-5 series Sony mirrorless cameras ?

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 00:59 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (395 comments in total)
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(unknown member): The dual pixel autofocus alone makes it a lot more usable than any other mirrorless camera since it actually works well. Combined with the touchscreen that makes for the most convenient and efficient way to focus

How does the AF performance compare to the likes of other mirrorless offerings from Panasonic, Olympus, and Fuji?

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 00:53 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (447 comments in total)
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Joed700: IMO, the jpeg performance is not as important for prosumers; most of us do post processing anyway. Nonetheless, my iPhone does a good job in the jpeg area, so why can't a camera costing $4500 get the jpeg colors right?

for fussy White balance users, just capture RAW :)

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 02:31 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (447 comments in total)
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VadymA: Sony just cancelled movie rental service on their smart TV's with no alternative app. Easy movie rental was one main reason I bought their smart TV in the first place. Speaking of Sony customer care...

planned obsolesce

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 02:29 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (447 comments in total)
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sirhawkeye64: Honestly, I think the only people that will see a benefit from this camera (versus your DSLR from Nikon or Canon) is those who need really high frame rates for burst shooting (ie. sports or nature photographers). And videographers. For everyone else (landscapes, portrait) I'm not sure that the price is justifiable if you're coming from, say, a Nikon D750 or Canon FF DSLR. That's just the way I see it. For fast moving subjects, the a9 might be the ticket, but for everything else ("stills" or still subjects) I don't see the benefit for the price you pay to upgrade or just to buy the body.

"kreislauf

how can you even ask for better low light capabilities?"

You can never have enough low light capabilities!!!

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 02:27 UTC
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