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On article The Leica TL is an upgraded Leica T mirrorless camera (123 comments in total)
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albert2014: a Leica cheaper than an olympus?? i must be in some parallel bizarre universe

This Leica model compares closest to the Olympus EPL8, a camera you can buy for around one third the cost of the Leica.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 20:48 UTC
On article Xiaomi Redmi Pro quick review: dual-cam on a budget (41 comments in total)

Creating a better camera phone is pretty much a fool's errand.

We camera geeks think the world is demanding better camera phones. Ones with enhanced fake bokeh, and dual cameras for "real optical zoom" and all sorts of modular snap on gadgets for a more "camera like experience."

But the truth is.... camera phones were good enough for ordinary users two years ago. Good enough for snap shots. Good enough for facebook. Good enough for web sharing, and for selfies.

And making them even better won't sell very more of them. This is just a fantasy promoted by the camera geeks. The numbers tell the real story. The market for cheap P&S cameras has collapsed, but it is stable or growing for ILCs, superzoom cameras and rugged cameras. Beyond that point, market declines are due to the maturity of the technology and market saturation, and not because "enthusiasts want smart phones instead."

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 12:55 UTC as 21st comment | 5 replies

The next generation Macbook will probably require their own proprietary Apple WIFI™.

And it will only cost $100 per month for a limited time. Many men with Victorian beards have left Starbucks, and are currently lining up at Apple Stores to sign up for this exciting new service!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 10:52 UTC as 153rd comment
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Stereodesign: Quite frankly these adapters should be included in the box.
they are still over priced.

Or even better... built right into their laptops. Just like they used to be.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 10:45 UTC

Yes... having all those dongles hanging off your laptop is part of the Apple mystique, and adds to their advanced style!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 10:44 UTC as 155th comment | 2 replies
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grasscatcher: I am wondering when this great technology will start showing up on standalone cameras that have good lenses.

I suspect it will show up on m43 cameras first, because they have fierce competition and not afraid of tech. The mirrored camera stalwarts, Canon/Nixon, are conservatively slow to adopt the latest tech.

Next, I would suspect the tech would show up on Super zoom compact cameras (I wonder how many people will mention that super zooms are not compact?). What better place to utilize tiny sensor tech and long lenses? Competition is stiff in that field, also.

I suspect you are right, and simply because smaller sensors benefit MOST from software technology that overcomes the inherent disadvantage of a small sensor. So M4/3 and bridge cameras are likely targets.

You probably could apply a lot of this mobile camera tech to larger sensor cameras, but the results might not be as dramatic an improvement.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 12:57 UTC

Is it really "digital zooming" when you have two different lenses, with two different focal lengths?

I had always thought that "digital zooming" referred to in camera cropping.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 12:54 UTC as 28th comment
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barrym1966: Looking at the sample photos on my phone, doesn't look like anything a phone camera can't do

God help us!

This cameraphone thing has become a cult!

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 21:42 UTC

The camera seems OK, but the most impressive thing is Carey Rose's skill as a photographer. He has a great sense of composition.

This is why we gearheads prefer cold blooded test shots of color charts, wine bottles, and coins and currency for pixel peeping!

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 21:38 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

"For now, users are advised to keep the protective film covering on the camera glass in an effort to avoid cracks."

Yes, and this will surely enhance the image quality of photos taken with this device! Or perhaps you could sell the idea as a "free soft focus filter" for taking portraits?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 21:20 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies

What is interesting is that your comparison tool only allows comparing phones to phones and cameras to cameras.

It might be useful to be able to compare phones to cameras, especially for those who insist that the phones "are just as good as cameras are."

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 12:00 UTC as 49th comment | 8 replies

I saw the title and assumed it must be an auction for a Nikon 1 J1.

But then the expected price would have been around $150. With lens and case included.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 19:24 UTC as 42nd comment
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match14: Wonder if the component costs for other manufacturers flagship phones are similar.

I think most people don't understand that once you reach a certain quantity, any further discounts are just a fraction of a cent.

Apple sells more phones than Samsung does, but they both sell in the tens of millions. They both get the same, or very similar volume discounts.

This is why small car companies like Suzuki or Kia can compete with Toyota. Toyota certainly does sell more, but once you order 50,000 of anything, you are paying the rock bottom price, and it doesn't get very much better if you order 500,000.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 20:20 UTC

You really can't blame Leica.

They know their customers well, and they know how to extract as much money as possible from them. They can make every new camera into three or four special editions for the affluent people who collect these things.

If Pentax could get away with it, they would do it too!

Wait.. they tried it with the K20D Titanium Edition. It was only $500 more, but they didn't sell very many of them. And Olympus tried it with their Elite Black Edition of their OMD-EM5.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 14:53 UTC as 28th comment
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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Ayoh: How do they justify a $600 price premium over a Sony a6300 when they essentially have the same specs?

If all that mattered was "value" then Leica couldn't sell any cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 00:10 UTC
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Marty4650: No flip up selfie screen.... no sale!

They do this a lot in Scotland. For their strong man competitions. Here's a photo of a man carrying a selfie stick to prove his strength...

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 09:41 UTC
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Marty4650: If you really want to get your bag stolen, just place a huge sticker on the outside saying:

"Warning: This Bag Contains $18,000 worth of Camera Gear. Any Pawn Shop Will Gladly Give You $3,000 for it"

@ ventur..... I agree.

Your $279 Ona Prince looks just like a $15 ladies handbag you can buy at Walmart. That might discourage theft. Or you could just buy the $15 handbag instead. It's your money.

But then you might have to worry about purse snatchers.

Well done indeed!

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 11:15 UTC

If you really want to get your bag stolen, just place a huge sticker on the outside saying:

"Warning: This Bag Contains $18,000 worth of Camera Gear. Any Pawn Shop Will Gladly Give You $3,000 for it"

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 19:34 UTC as 40th comment | 6 replies
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2eyesee: These phones are a waste of space as far as photography is concerned. It's all very well having these accessory modules, but that camera will always be constrained by the limitations (i.e. tiny sensor) of squeezing it into a wafer-thin phone.

Why not just make a fat phone that will support a camera with a larger sensor, better speakers and better battery? I'm sick of this pursuit by manufacturers of making phones thinner and thinner.

The Hasselblad mods do absolutely nothing for me.

I have no need to turn my phone into a better camera. Especially if buying all these add-ons makes them more expensive and less convenient than buying a better camera.

I prefer using cameras for taking photos. The camera phone is very convenient for taking shots of street signs so I can remember where I parked. It is a wonderful device for lots of good reasons. But you won't see me walking around with a $900 phone with another $600 worth of attachments in my pocket so I can "transform" it into a better camera, or a better Bluetooth speaker.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 17:46 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm F10 (121 comments in total)

And today we are spoiled by tiny cameras with 1 inch sensors that can do just about anything. Including taking 4K video! All it takes is around $900 today, and you have better image quality than some high end cameras produced back then.

It is truly amazing how far the technology has come in just ten years.

And now that virtually all cameras are "pretty good" or at least "good enough" the consumer market has moved to more convenient devices like smartphones. And the high end models keep getting better, to the point where they are way beyond the needs of the average user.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 12:31 UTC as 82nd comment
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