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Thanks for the studio test scene pictures, dpreview. Glad to see them again.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2013 at 02:30 UTC as 64th comment
On article Samsung Galaxy Note II camera review (83 comments in total)
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TheProv: Are you serious? Really? Are you the same of DPreview or are you stealing only the name?
It takes bravery to call this "camera review".
Even I could do this "camera review".

Please be serious and start doing cameraphone reviews at the level I can see on your mother site (?) and for wich I know you are able to.

+1. They need to call this place dp blog or something, because its lack of uniform testing is getting annoying. They need to backdate to the Nokia 920 and start shooting their test scene on every phone since then.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2013 at 16:56 UTC
On article Samsung Galaxy Note II camera review (83 comments in total)
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Gadgety: DP Review. It makes sense to launch a DPReview mobile site, provided you are able to keep some of your key qualities. One of those is sharing a format among the reviews. Having checked this review out I looked into the Nokia Lumia 920, but unless I'm mistaken it follows an entirely different layout, sections are different, making comparison difficult. You want to have a large audience I suggest you get your review format aligned so that I can tell all reviews are off the same site. In addition, comparisons with various mobile phones within the article would provide some value as well. Good luck.

Agreed. I'm completely loss on this site. The reviews on this site are all over the place since the two Nokia 920 articles.

Dp should at least shoot the test scene for every phone.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2013 at 16:55 UTC

Meh. So they're trying to be the "Apple" or "Beats/Bose" of photo printing? In this day and age, I don't think I'd go out to get a picture printed. Perhaps they expect to market to the masses and hope they create a printing craze. I simply don't think the market is there. And those who do print aren't likely to go to what seems to be an overpriced print center.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2013 at 07:36 UTC as 1st comment

Heh, can we get a Pentax Q mount (1/2.3) to Pentax K (Full Frame)? If they can pack the whole lens image into that tiny sensor, what'd the gain be? 5 stops?

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 11:41 UTC as 137th comment
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MonkRX: Design clearly implies sensor will be on the body, not the lens. (Sensor cut out on the body, and a lens opening on the rear of the lens barrel). So I'm assuming Polaroid themselves said that the lenses would carry the sensor, not the body. If not, I have no idea why this is reported the way it is.

Checked with other sources, and they also confirm the mismatch between the mockups and the actual design plan. Polaroid intends to place sensors in the lens. Meh. Hopefully the Android hardware is respectable. Any idea if the LCD was any decent? Better or worse than the Galaxy Camera? Or was it something out of some junky device.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2013 at 17:37 UTC

Design clearly implies sensor will be on the body, not the lens. (Sensor cut out on the body, and a lens opening on the rear of the lens barrel). So I'm assuming Polaroid themselves said that the lenses would carry the sensor, not the body. If not, I have no idea why this is reported the way it is.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2013 at 17:33 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Yeah that's terrible. Wacom and N-Trig are probably the #1 and #2 industry standard for active digitizer pens too. Its probably just an Android limitation. There probably isn't a standard "Pressure" level for touch points yet. If Android natively supports pressure, I bet it would be easy for apps to support universally.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2012 at 09:34 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
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CyberAngel: So the back plane or display is basically a Galaxy SIII
but you can't make any phone calls
At least you can download and install any Android application for pictures
thus doing some manipulation directly in the camera
Maybe Skype works?

The only problem is that it appears that it has no traditional voice microphone or earpeice. I'm sure there is a loud speaker for video play back and microphone for the video recording, but its not really the same. I suppose a headset would solve those issues.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 02:00 UTC

I hate it when dpreview uses the phrase "the same sensor". Its been thrown around in reviews like the when comparing the K-5/K-x/K-r to the Nikon series.

If dpreview tosses around that phrase again, they should really back it up. Like, "The K5 II uses the same Sony IMX139LQJ Exmor CMOS (this is actually the model number for a smaller sensor) as the K5. Pentax reps say they've chosen a higher bin.." etc. Even something as simple as "Pentax confirms this is the same sensor". Or if dpreview has no idea, something simplier like "same resolution sensor as the K5". At least you leave the readers thinking "hey, it could perform better if they kept the resolution the same".

Otherwise, dpreview is potentially hurting the K5 II's press release. Many people attribute "same sensor" with "same performance". It could be very likely that this is a slightly better sensor. Combine that with the new processing, it could be half a stop or better in noise performance.

Anyway, just pointing that out.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 23:09 UTC as 81st comment | 8 replies
On article Review: Nokia 808 PureView (349 comments in total)

Bleh. Nokia should have just asked Sony to develop an 8MP BSI sensor of the same size. I bet it would have performed better.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 17:17 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply
On article Scientists demonstrate 'paint-on' batteries (108 comments in total)
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Alizarine: This development is a true innovation!

I can now see SLRs coming back to their old form... now lighter without the bulky batteries. It's going to be a hassle should they be sprayed on inside the bodies, I guess it should still be a removable part, albeit much, much thinner, like some SD or CF card. That way the camera would not become a "disposable" one...

The thin cells aren't going to hold the same capacity as larger cells. DSLRs have bulky batteries because the consumers want the capacity over the size advantage.

This new painting battery idea is still based on Lithium Ion. It probably holds a similar amount of power for its size compared to conventional Li-ion cells.

This is probably better suited to LOW power devices, such as E-readers (Kindle, Nook), Smart watches, bluetooth heaadsets, etc.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2012 at 19:14 UTC
On article Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review (355 comments in total)
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MonkRX: Just going to echo some comments here: I was a bit taken back after reading the first page of the review. Totally different style writing, so I went and checked and who wrote it. Jeff Keller is a great reviewer, but I expected a dpreview review. That's why I like this place, the style of writing, the analysis, and the objective point of view.

Jeff's writing is filled with "I's" and opinion-like statements. Its a bit off putting. While I appreciate dpreview's recruitment of Jeff, I'd prefer if future reviews of "popular" cameras (like Pentax's first APS-C mirrorless) be written by dpreview staff. I value the opinions and observations they make. I don't mean to discount Jeff's observations... I think he should be left to do compact round ups or other more minor reviews, where people only read those reviews to check for dp's robust lab/objective tests.

Barney, its unfortunate that you wouldn't have time to release the review of the K01 in a timely manner if it was done in house. Still, I'd love to see reviewing priority on new designs/interfaces, and perhaps leave Jeff to review "old bodies with new sensors".

I can't help but feel that dpreview staff would have been slightly more detailed, more descriptive, and more analytical about the handling of the K01. Like the K7 and K5, there were key sentences that described and compared its grip and handling, commending its small design yet comfortable grip. These are things I'm looking to find in the K01 review, but they remain absent, or under described.

If you guys intend to have Jeff review new bodies/interfaces (Like the Pentax Q), I highly suggest expanding on the interface/handling parts of the review to give users a better view of the camera as a whole. I'd love to see the collaborative opinion of the handling of such bodies.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2012 at 23:53 UTC
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