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On article iFixit tears into the Samsung Galaxy S4 (55 comments in total)
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knize10: And why would one want to repair a landfill tossable piece of electronic?. Just get a new Made In China one.

Are you joking? This will retail at ~500 euros. Just being able to replace the battery easily means it might last 5 or more years versus just 2; typically rechargeables lose their charge after repeated use; they're not eneloops :).

Incidentally I had to have my Samsung screen replaced due to a defect - they automatically have a 2 year warranty - so I just took it to a Samsung registered service centre and got it done for free. They bill Samsung. They wouldn't have been able to do that if it had been hard to repair. They'd have had to send it to Samsung lab, like they have to do for motherboard replacement, meaning 2 weeks without the phone.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2013 at 18:39 UTC
On photo Zebophrenia in the "Only when I larf..." challenge (8 comments in total)
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pen araneae: Congratulations for this winner. It is very clever manipulation. Very good thinking and execution. IMHO to make it even more convincing perhaps the zebra's left side could be brightened and the shadow to the immediate left of the left rock could be stamped out, shadows of the hind legs should also be added on the right.

I agree hindleg shadow would hace 'enclosed' the zebra in a dark line 'cage', confusing the presentation; what you have done creates instead a nice spiral running from the bottom of the picture to the top.

Did you think about cropping the left area slightly to make the zebra central?

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2013 at 07:22 UTC

Interesting review. As you can tell from previous posts I will - unless they change unexpectedly to be a much more open system - never buy Apple, yet the iphone appears to have much nicer noise characteristics than even the large sensor HTC.

I'm currently happy with my Samsung Note, and don't want to change. But I hope HTC continues to put pressure on competitors with larger sensors. Still they need to sort out the noise characteristics in my opinion. The only night shot I liked was Apple's though it pains me to admit it! :)

Edited to add: Scratch that, just looked at the actual photos and Apple's is way underexposed as you point out. The HTC is very good. It looks like my first digital camera Olympus C8080 would have at ISO 400!

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 20:21 UTC as 84th comment | 2 replies
On article Android was first designed for cameras (11 comments in total)
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joe6pack: Am I missing something? My ICS phone's stock camera app still cannot upload to the cloud.

Yes you are indeed missing something!!! You need to just download an app and make it sync / back them up . e.g. dropbox.

As for storing them directly to the cloud from the stock camera app, I don't know.

Google's own equivalent of Dropbox is called Google Drive.

Edited to add: If you set up shared network folders e.g. on a windows pc, then you can use an app called Sweet Home to backup photos and videos when you plug your phone in and when it is connected to the home wifi. ES file explorer will let you copy paste swap and drop files between pc and phone using wifi or ftp as well. I've been using sweet home and es file explorer for months and haven't had to wire the phone to a computer at all.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2013 at 21:42 UTC
On article Samsung Galaxy Note II camera review (83 comments in total)

Nevermind shutter speed indication ffs. How about Shutter speed priority mode, and optional EV indications?

There are times shooting toddlers and such that one needs to guarantee a fast shutter speed, e.g. 1/200th

With my original Galaxy Note, even with the sport mode enabled, it often fails to deliver more than 1/30th due to some auto iso nonsense thinking the IS can handle it.

I just want semi-manual control. I don't need Aperture priority unless they increase the size of the sensor dramatically (Which wouldn't hurt), but shutter priority is essential.

Dpreview seemed to help drive development in dslrs by mentioning the major negatives in every camera review, and generally expecting more.

Incidentally good review, and I didn't know that about the volume button. An app called CameraPro does the same thing.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2013 at 18:30 UTC as 48th comment

Most companies seem to think that what features counted as premium or nice to have last year can still be premium this year. In a competitive market, most such features if cheap to implement ought to be considered essential by consumers a few seasons after they are developed.

An example of this is wifi connectivity. Within a couple of years, most camera market segments will consider this a necessity and not a 'nice-to-have', forcing the manufacturers to include the feature in order to compete in that marketplace.

Most consumers are daft when it comes to camera specs so the market has fed us non-usm lenses for example for decades when they should have been standard even on budget models years ago.

But stuff like wifi and connectivity, I think more people understand, or I hope so. I think Canon is looking like its asleep.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 08:00 UTC as 37th comment
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JavierDiaz: A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of France states that a photo lacking an element of "originality" nor having any "artistic creativity" does not allow the photographer to claim copyright protection.

(in French)

Actually this sounds sensible to me. The photog took a boring shot at the right time. He was compensated for being there already. Now, years after the event, he wants more money for a snapshot where lets face it all the star quality comes from the star in the shot, not the photog behind the lens. The law needs to catch up like it seems to have done in France. Most (not all) photojournalism is not artwork. A machine could do it, and it seems more and more sports photogs use clever devices to machine gun the photos from a distance.

Note I think they should get paid for doing this arguably skilled job, but I don't think they should have a right not to sell at a fair, pre-set price and image of a celebrity which many stakeholders - the players, the teams, the newspapers, the fans - arranged /willed to be taken.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2013 at 15:31 UTC
On article Samsung launches Galaxy S4 superphone (108 comments in total)
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knize10: What will be the life expectancy of this new Made In China gadget., 3 months, 6 months.....
What another waste.

Enough with the racism and prejudice already. My Galaxy Note N7000 is about 18 months old and as new, my original Galaxy S now works as a upnp music streamer so I can push music to my hifi over wireless with Bubble UPNP; you know, like Apple Airplay but much cheaper. The Galaxy S is also great condition. And unlike many other options, with Android you can usually flash a new firmware to keep your device up to date after the manufacturer eventually disowns it.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 13:26 UTC
On article Samsung launches Galaxy S4 superphone (108 comments in total)
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sammy_j: make the image sensor larger. thats the obvious step here. I don't care about megapixels.

But I'm sure samsung knows the general public does.

Yawn. Go buy a camera that stays in your pocket 24/7 and can be used for reading, browsing, music, upnp, movies, tv, old console games roms, children's games and instruments, email, text and phone.

It's feasible for Samsung to make a variant with double depth and battery life and in doing so, also have more room for a bigger lens.

I cannot fit a 5D or G series in my pocket; and in 2013, why would I?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 13:18 UTC
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tazmac: Big brother? :)

it will watch you when you get up and insist you do a few press-ups before letting you use it...1984 style.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 15:33 UTC
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HopeSpringsEternal: Stupid LCD monitor manufacturers like Panasonic will put 1080P on 5 inch cellphones,1200P on a 10" tablet and 4K on a 20" "tablet" but refuse to produce and sell affordable 4K monitors for use by normal people.

I find this quite amusing. People are buying 'retina' tablets but there's still no affordable 24 or 27" monitor with anything like the pixel density offered by smartphones and tablets.

If I were Microsoft I would be pushing demand for / commissioning and / or investing in the development of higher resolution 'Everyman' monitors so that Windows desktops recover their viewing size advantage over 'retina' tablets.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2013 at 08:33 UTC
On article CP+ 2013: Interview with Canon's Masaya Maeda (490 comments in total)
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rpensotti: I agree with mpgxsvcd, Masaya Maeda should be fired now!
The statement about the doubtful future of the APS-C is irresponsible.
With the improvements in sensor technology, this format is still the best compromise for quality, bokeh and low light.
What about the hundred of thousands EF-S lenses out there?
The EOS-7D should have been ready before Xmas.
His comments about the Sony RX-100 are ridiculous
An RX-100 lookalike with a better hand grip and a little longer, wide zoom made by Canon will conquer a large share of the serious enthusiast market as the ideal take anywhere, or second camera.
Let's keep in mind that with a good in-camera panorama feature, a really short wide angle is not a must anymore.
Shame on you Canon, you are letting your constituency down!

Oh dear. I'm guessing you have some ef-s lenses :) There's nothing quite like schadenfreude when it has to do with non- life and death cruel though this may be...

...hahahahahah! You should have bought full frame lenses like me. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 16:03 UTC
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