steve ohlhaber

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Finally. I think the curved sensor is the next real breakthrough allowing better, smaller, and cheaper lenses for any size camera, not just a phone.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 17:17 UTC as 6th comment
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (115 comments in total)
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christiangrunercom: I guess that happens when you try to milk your established products and don't really innovate.

Yeah, that's not the only camera sony sells either. If it was they would be struggling too. And its after gopro lead the way there. Cant do 3d with the Sony at all. Dual hero setup, nope. Gopro had all these features first. Sony has the stabilizer, thats the only big benefit. They have been one step behind for absolute sure. So as far as innovation, clearly not Sony here. They innovated the stabilizer into an action cam. ok got it.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 16:14 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (115 comments in total)
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christiangrunercom: I guess that happens when you try to milk your established products and don't really innovate.

Disagree. Gopro pretty much doubled its resolution and frame rates at least every other year. Its unreal how fast they moved forward. 4k came out on a gopro before MOST other cameras had it at all. Protune is one of the highest video bitrates you can get in any action cam and still higher than most other cams. They do synced 3d with the hero 3+black. Its an action cam, its not going to make toast, they are improving pretty fast. Its just that the market is saturated and competition is high. Its still the best action cam, its just pricey and most people have one already.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 04:29 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (115 comments in total)
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Frank C.: GoPro is getting trampled on by the larger players like Sony, Apple just like Tesla will get (is getting) trampled on by GM, BMW etc...

Cheap gopro knock offs are killing gopro too. I mean, even the comparison videos are so close you cant even tell. The gopro does have the best set of features and quality if you buy their top model though. Its just getting hard to swallow $500 for an action cam.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 04:21 UTC

I would love this for surf videos. I just hope they have a mode which is simply 2 videos, one forward and one backward facing. And I hope the price isn't over $400, but I feel like it will be.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 18:10 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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GPW: Made my own. Went to Bass Pro Shop, got a pair of warm gloves and cut the fingers that I use to operate the camera controls. I had a beer while I sewed the edges where I cut, and there you have it.

Me too, I didn't sew anything backup though. Its a must have for winter shooting.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 02:40 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: The algorithm for the procedure is simple:

As soon as the half press confirms the focus, and full press shutter release is made, the lens mechanism rotates 15 steps behind focus and captures 30 frames in 1 second, ending at 15 frames in front of focus. The DOF distance will not be constant because of focal length variations per lens or zoom setting. The key is the incremental rotational "steps" that would be triggered by the "stepping" motor.

There is no patent for this, so other brands would quickly come out with their own updates and software fixes of basically the same thing.

Panasonic was the first to come out with this kind of free firmware update.

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This easily should buy Lytro out of business if it works well. Macro photography would be massively improved. That's an area where focus is a nightmare.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 16:01 UTC
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: The algorithm for the procedure is simple:

As soon as the half press confirms the focus, and full press shutter release is made, the lens mechanism rotates 15 steps behind focus and captures 30 frames in 1 second, ending at 15 frames in front of focus. The DOF distance will not be constant because of focal length variations per lens or zoom setting. The key is the incremental rotational "steps" that would be triggered by the "stepping" motor.

There is no patent for this, so other brands would quickly come out with their own updates and software fixes of basically the same thing.

Panasonic was the first to come out with this kind of free firmware update.

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Why on earth would it burst at 60fps??? What if you need a half second exposure.

This seems like a simple concept that could have come out 10 years ago. Just get the nearest and furthest focal point, and do a focus bracket. You could use burst or whatever. Not 30fps though. I am baffled why I never see aperture bracketing either. I mean, come on, cameras should all do all these options its just software.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 19:36 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)
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pgb: There's also other changes being proposed with 4K other than resolution. A far greater colour gamut with the proposed rec 2020 colour space -

currently rec 709 35% of the colours we can see
Cinema DCP 54%
rec 2020 76%

and HDR monitors. These combined with 4K will make a bigger difference for those not convinced. There's also 100fps primarily intended for sports.

http://www.flatpanelshd.com/focus.php?subaction=showfull&id=1435052975&rss

More techy -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLBPUN_S-ms

I am just as excited about the expanded pallet as the extra pixels.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 00:53 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)

There should be some mention about the new color standards available in 4k. These 4k displays are not JUST about more pixels. Its a wider color pallet also. FINALLY we are getting a wider pallet, that is huge news, but absent from this article.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 00:51 UTC as 18th comment
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tonybelding: I don't see any possible way that this is a useful device -- or at least, not for anything recognizable as "VR".

As a 3D stereo camera, okay. . . I already have a Fuji W3 that does that (and it's very nifty). But in VR you need head tracking, and you need the view to change when they look around, and it's hard to see how you get that out of this gadget.

With 180 degree lenses, you could allow some head movement under the guise of being zoomed in by default. Its a stretch. Basically they have made a 3d camera. It may be nice for something like the Oculus Rift that has that type of wide angle display. Oculus said they want to release a camera too, I suppose it would be very similar to this.

The gopro dual hero 3d system is really good. I have been using it for a while, for just normal 3d videos.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2015 at 04:04 UTC
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JameOl: Would be nicer if it was a phone holding platform, just a stabilised handle with connector, not a camera.

How durable is the TRD Beholder or Feiyu? I really need to stabilize some of the stuff I shoot. I see lots of people review that they fail within 1 month.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 22:23 UTC
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Archiver: About seven years ago, I would have been salivating at the prospect of a new Canon compact camera. I own the S45, S70, G7, G10, and S90. My credit card would have been ready for Canon's latest camera. It's a little sad that either my interests have moved past a once-favourite brand, or that they no longer produce cameras that suit me as well as they once did.

I agree Archiver, i also was going through the G and S line. Canon jumped way forward and made unaffordable pocket cams. ILC can do anything, but pocketcams have to have more of a zoom range for me.

What baffles me is why I cant get a bigger sensor than 1/2.3" with a decent zoom range. You get either tiny sensor massive zoom, or huge sensor no zoom and massive price. WTH. Does anyone know of a 24-200mm zoom, 1/1.7" sensor that shoots at least 1080p 60fps video, and fits in your pocket.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 20:47 UTC
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aut0maticdan: Sorry, if it has a dedicated record button, it should have 4K these days. Its like not including raw in a stills camera. They aren't priced low enough to exclude it. These cameras are all dead to me.

I still don't take a pocket camera that seriously. I love one for travel video mostly and stills in a pinch, but who uses one of these for "serious" photography. That's why I want 4k in it. Its already NOT my choice for serious photos. I think the only serious photos are from people that own a dslr that want some backup, great, stick 4k in it and we can all be happy. Canon ALWAYS lags behind on the video side of things for their pocket cameras. The G and S series were always about 4 years behind everyone at creeping up to full HD video. So people will buy Sony.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 23:50 UTC
On article #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE (277 comments in total)

No optical stabilizer? There goes any reason you could have had to buy this thing.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2015 at 16:03 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
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mpgxsvcd: GoPro has pretty much saturated the market. Everyone who wants one has one now. Everyone who wants a better one probably can't afford the better one.

They have dominated the market but now the market is drying up. They need to come up with a new form factor and also figure out how to make the highest resolution and frame rate modes available on the less expensive cameras.

I love my gorpo, but there are so many things they can add to improve the camera still, like global shutter, stabilizer, go to h265 encoding, bring 3d sync back, manual zoom lens, shorter wifi preview lag. I think they can easily keep going for many more releases that hopefully wont drive the price up any higher.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2015 at 23:44 UTC

You can already get a housing on ebay for $20 that has a 37mm filter thread, a strap and tripod mount base.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Metal-Aluminum-Alloy-Protective-Case-Skeleton-Housing-Shell-For-GoPro-Hero-4-/171737796886?var=&hash=item27fc5ed116

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2015 at 20:18 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
On article Kodak PixPro SP360-4K 360-degree camera unveiled (79 comments in total)
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otto k: That's some pretty creative use of 4k term, not that I blame them, it has around the same number of pixels, it just feels weird to call something 4k that's shorter than 3k on either side...

Anything over 1920 pixels wide is going to be called 4k because you have to leave the HD max pixel width.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2015 at 19:01 UTC

I hope this opens the door for a FF mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 01:19 UTC as 56th comment
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