JordanAT

JordanAT

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avatar77: I'd like to see the Galaxy Note 7 results. Perhaps the exploding battery will help it ace the low-light test?

I think the camera is identical in all ways to the S7. That is to say, still the best camera phone on the market.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 04:29 UTC
On article Teardown reveals Sony image sensors in iPhone 7 (167 comments in total)
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TOF guy: Looking at his comparison:
http://www.cnet.com/special-reports/cameras-compared-iphone-7-plus-vs-galaxy-s7-vs-iphone-6s-plus/#7-vs-galaxyS7
I do not see where using a Sony or Samsung (or whatever sensor manufacturer Samsung uses) sensor makes a difference. The colors are very similar and the differences are mostly about differences in exposure. They (IP7+ IP6s+ or S7) can take good photos in good light, pretty much of similar quality.
Does any of these have any support for raw (I've read somewhere the IP7+ does, not sure) ? Now *that* is a significant advantage?

I think they all support RAW now.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 15:20 UTC

iPhone 7 jokes aside, this might be better as a USB C / Lightning device, as the mic circuit on most phones is horribly noisy. I've had several Android handsets, and the G3 and G4 were almost passable if you went into Airplane mode. The iPhone 5 and 5s I've tried were all so noisy it's not worth recording anything but rough guide tracks. Even with the radios off the iPhone digital circuity running parallel to the audio path produced both low level noise and burst noise on the channel.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 19:15 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Neez: Can it stamp the GPS speed in your video?? That would be awesome.

Or incriminating....
;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:55 UTC
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JordanAT: There has also not been a single instance of an iPhone 7 exploding on a commercial aircraft. That's a big step up from the last three versions...

iPhone 4 - https://www.yahoo.com/news/iphone-4-explodes-midflight-australian-airline-224014583.html?ref=gs
iPhone 5 - http://www.cultofmac.com/291864/iphone-5-catches-fire-mid-flight-causes-emergency-evacuation/
iPhone 6 - http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/iphone-6-fire-flames-explodes-on-flight-plane-hawaii-washington-anna-crail-a6944416.html

As with the bokeh discussion, we don't really know because nobody has one yet. But, hey - no news is good news, right?

"There is unmistakable progress being made around the technologies inside our phones" Indeed there is, and Apple is firmly on the trailing edge of that technology. Then again, they also say that the early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 19:10 UTC
On article This film camera is 100% 3D-printed, including the lens (142 comments in total)
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PerL: I think 3-D printing is overhyped. Massproduction and economy of scale is the key to low prices. Just compare the cost per page of printing with an ink jet vs a real printed page. And the limitations of the material/plastic vs complex constructions with many different metalls, glass, electronics etc.
Fantasy seems to be running wild.

You didn't mention how much you make from your photography. How much time do you spend shooting and post processing? You don't count it because you enjoy it. But I don't tell you that your silly digital camera thing is an utter waste of money and nobody would every bother because it costs too much.

Pretty much all modern technology started out as a hobby or interest for someone - even digital imaging. But you go on thinking that 3D printing is useless. The industries which use it will continue to make millions and the tech will creep into everyday life. And I'm sure you'll be there to say how you've always supported it.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 19:08 UTC
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apiron: How about 769 or more reasons not to ?

Wait for a year - I'll bet you a dollar one does catch fire. Dirty secret - the ALL do; not just iPhones but pretty much all phone. Electronics fail, batteries overheat, shorts happen. We're all sitting with little bombs in our pockets...we just accept the risk because it's low.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 17:13 UTC
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JordanAT: There has also not been a single instance of an iPhone 7 exploding on a commercial aircraft. That's a big step up from the last three versions...

iPhone 4 - https://www.yahoo.com/news/iphone-4-explodes-midflight-australian-airline-224014583.html?ref=gs
iPhone 5 - http://www.cultofmac.com/291864/iphone-5-catches-fire-mid-flight-causes-emergency-evacuation/
iPhone 6 - http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/iphone-6-fire-flames-explodes-on-flight-plane-hawaii-washington-anna-crail-a6944416.html

As with the bokeh discussion, we don't really know because nobody has one yet. But, hey - no news is good news, right?

My point was...the article is lauding digital interpolation and manufactured bokeh as two of the "top ten" reasons we should laud the iPhone 7, neither of which have even been tested, and neither of which anyone here on DPR should be at all excited about if quality is the goal. The best these phones can do without digital post-processing is 28mm/f12 and 56mm/f22. How much bokeh are we really expecting, and how much false information are you going to add to try and get a 12MP image from a 28+56, when you may as well just have settled for 5-10MP image with a straight digital crop from the 28 and had enough resolution for most phone camera uses (also, as noted in the article).

On a photography site, it feels very disingenuous. I'm sure the cameras will be "very good" - they usually are, just like all the other flagships. Lauding digital processing to make up for improper gear isn't really what this site is about, is it?

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 17:07 UTC

There has also not been a single instance of an iPhone 7 exploding on a commercial aircraft. That's a big step up from the last three versions...

iPhone 4 - https://www.yahoo.com/news/iphone-4-explodes-midflight-australian-airline-224014583.html?ref=gs
iPhone 5 - http://www.cultofmac.com/291864/iphone-5-catches-fire-mid-flight-causes-emergency-evacuation/
iPhone 6 - http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/iphone-6-fire-flames-explodes-on-flight-plane-hawaii-washington-anna-crail-a6944416.html

As with the bokeh discussion, we don't really know because nobody has one yet. But, hey - no news is good news, right?

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 16:48 UTC as 24th comment | 6 replies
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mjbauer: It would be important if people actually used iPhones and other phones to take pictures with. Since no one uses their phone to take any pictures of course it isn't relevant.

No takes pictures with a phone, right?

You apparently forgot the /s sarcasm tag.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 16:43 UTC
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BobORama: I would, quite literally, risk a house fire with a defective Samsung product than give another dime to Apple for their uncreative intellectual thievery. I can always charge my samsung on an asbestos pad, the apple will still be just as crappy when its not on fire.

Apple generally shows you what has been successful in other phones. Lower pixel count, large aperture, RAW, waterproof, dual sensor/lens, 4K optically stabilized were all buzzwords in phone cameras last year and, to some extent, the year before. The good thing is that Apple has made this standard, the bad thing is that it makes it standard. When Apple made the boneheaded move of moving the headphone jack to the bottom, the Android lemmings followed. Now that jack is gone, and I am not amused. (note: they deleted it because they couldn't figure out how to shield it from EMI). This fake bokeh thing...also not a fan based on implementations from Sony (from 3-5 years ago, no less).

iPhones are not bad hardware, by any stretch. Still, I'm sad because others follow in their missteps.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 16:42 UTC
On article This film camera is 100% 3D-printed, including the lens (142 comments in total)
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PerL: I think 3-D printing is overhyped. Massproduction and economy of scale is the key to low prices. Just compare the cost per page of printing with an ink jet vs a real printed page. And the limitations of the material/plastic vs complex constructions with many different metalls, glass, electronics etc.
Fantasy seems to be running wild.

A small part broke on my blender. A new blender is $100. A new carafe (off which the part broke) is $56. It took about 30 minutes to model the part, and 75 cents worth of filament (if you count the two initial failures) to print.

I lost a faceplate/screw cover on my truck's door handle, I'm about to sell the truck, and I want it to look as nice as I can, so I looked up a replacement cover. They don't sell it. I would have to buy a $126 door handle assembly. Again, 30-40 minutes of modeling and 20c in ABS filament and it looks just about good as new.

I've printed a bunch of other things (special jar caps, audio mounting brackets, custom project box, a/c grille mechanism repair for a car), and have hobby projects that I can use it on from time to time. They're not useful for everything - just as cheap digital cameras were not useful for much in 2001, but it comes in handy. You don't need industrial-strength sintering. Sometimes you really do just need a bit of plastic.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 20:41 UTC
On article This film camera is 100% 3D-printed, including the lens (142 comments in total)
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PerL: I think 3-D printing is overhyped. Massproduction and economy of scale is the key to low prices. Just compare the cost per page of printing with an ink jet vs a real printed page. And the limitations of the material/plastic vs complex constructions with many different metalls, glass, electronics etc.
Fantasy seems to be running wild.

And yet most people have home printers, making prints at astronomincal prices, instead of getting their letter to Aunt Betty or that science report or the ad for their lost cat printed in qty 10,000 at a printing house for a fraction of the price per sheet.

3D printing isn't for everyone, but for those who have the skills, it's a useful tool. Look back 15 years to what was said about digital photography compared to film. There was no need for digital, it was expensive, the quality was nowhere near film, and the limitations made it unsuitable for almost everything. How many pros shoot film these days? How many amateurs?

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 13:30 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (947 comments in total)
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Impulses: A 56mm EFL on a phone sounds pretty darn interesting to me (even tho I've got zero interest in an iPhone), didn't even think it was possible to go that long on a slim phone. I'm glad Apple has officially added weather resistance too, should put more pressure on other phone makers (besides Samsung/Sony) to do so on *all* flagship models.

The fact that the fake DoF feature is coming later via update makes it sound just as gimmicky as the dozen different implementations of it that graced Android phones 2-3 years ago, we'll see tho, I was expecting Apple to do some fancier software tricks with a dual lens setup so maybe it'll surprise even if it isn't ready at launch.

Having a 56mm EFL option tho, that's a lot nicer for social photography than the ever wider lenses on most phones (30mm used to be the norm but 24-28 is a lot more common now). At least it adds some variety to phone photography. I think my ideal combo would be an UWA like on LG's latest phones plus a 50-ish...

I thought it was an interesting path to go for a "normal" focal length as the second camera, especially given that LG tacked the opposite direction and added a super-wide. I guess this is just the first step towards the Light 16 sensor camera on phones. I know that I'd prefer the wider angle to the narrower simply because it's not uncommon for me to find myself in tight spaces where WA would be far more useful than a panoramic (though I'm sure the ability to pano weighed in their decision to go narrower).

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 01:44 UTC

Gosh, this would be perfect. I could not only store all of my images and media in one place, but it would have enough for both live backup AND be able to take the place of my two offsite backups all in one place!!

(I'm kidding)

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 14:35 UTC as 19th comment
On article Epson's 4K home projectors to go on sale next month (59 comments in total)
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halc: 2300-2500 lumen (c. 2000 calibrated) is nowhere enough for proper HDR peak brightness. Yes, better than 1300 lumen, but nowhere near what it should be.

HDR is really the game that breaks home cinema projectors. Next year will start getting >1000 nits local peak brightness (with near 0 nits black level) 4K UHD HDR TVs with FALD control at screen sizes over 60" and prices below $2000USD.

No home cinema projector can match this. Not even the Sonys. You need insane lasers (probably with water cooling), prof high gain screen and a sound box to isolate the insane fan noise of cooling.

And no, the Epsons in question are not a real 4K UHD resolution projectors.

Under what conditions do you want a projector with 300+ ft-lamberts? And if you decide you are going to do a backyard movie in the afternoon, you're probably not going to be worried about getting a zero black level.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 23:34 UTC
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Turbguy1: Neat! What's the frame rate? Based on the exhaust plume internal details and ground dust movement, it's really fast.

And I always question: "Why test horizontally when a rocket is used vertically (most of the time)?

It's easier to strap a rocket down horizontally instead of vertically - less superstructure to deal with. Many test fires on smaller rockets are done vertically with the engine pointed upwards so that it just pushes into the ground. Amateurs occasionally just dig a hole if they want to see burn characteristics and overall rate and aren't taking data.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 00:49 UTC
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Alexramos: I don't understand the whole think with extra batteries.
I use to travel a lot and I stopped using my DSLRs and now my Note (4 and 5) has been my only tool. Even having removable battery in the Note 4, I always think this is the most unpractical way for extra juice.
When going on a trip, a 4000 mAh battery cover is attached to my phone, plus a external fast charging battery if needed. From the Note 4 to the current 5, this has been the most practical, simple and faster way to keep my phone going on.
I still don't see how an extra battery is the "best solution" for power limitation on smartphones especially for people that state they are going to remote areas.
Extra batteries for the note 4 require to switch batteries if both wanted to be recovered after a full day usage, but a battery cover just needs to be plugin for charging the whole system.

Zerolemon batteries are usually external, with an expanded back. By the time you add on the back, you may as well put on a case (imho, of course). My last two phones were the G3 and G4, and the spare battery option has saved my bacon a couple of times. I'm getting a Note 7, as I recently found (while playing Pokemon, of all things) that carrying an external 37mWh battery is not much more cumbersome than two extra 12mWh spares, the external can stay in my pocket and be connected to a 1m wire and still be usable as a phone, and I don't have to manually power down my phone and wait for it to cold reboot. That reboot seems trivial in a vacuum, but it's forever if you're in a hurry - like trying to find your gate if you're connecting flight is super tight, or you need to pull up a mobile ticket or payment, or your battery dies in the middle of a conversation and the other person is trying to call you back.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 17:27 UTC
On article Huawei's Honor Note 8 comes with 6.6" Quad-HD screen (54 comments in total)
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BigBen08: Seems odd they use the name Note. Samsung has a line of Note phones.

Yeah, but this is the Note 8, so it's a whole generation better than Samsung's Note 7. You can even get the Huawai with more gee bees.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 10:52 UTC
On article Microsoft Pix aims to capture better people pictures (56 comments in total)
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Michael - Visual Pursuit: I'd be more impressed if Microsoft would roll out an option to uninstall
all those apps that they enjoy to cram down our throats in Windows 10.

TANSTAAFL again, the "free" system comes at a high price.

get-appxpackage *alarms* | remove-appxpackage
get-appxpackage *calculator* | remove-appxpackage
get-appxpackage *camera* | remove-appxpackage
get-appxpackage *photos* | remove-appxpackage
get-appxpackage *maps* | remove-appxpackage
get-appxpackage *soundrecorder* | remove-appxpackage
get-appxpackage *xbox* | remove-appxpackage
get-appxpackage *solitaire* | remove-appxpackage
get-appxpackage *officehub* | remove-appxpackage
get-appxpackage *skypeapp* | remove-appxpackage
get-appxpackage *getstarted* | remove-appxpackage
get-appxpackage *3dbuilder* | remove-appxpackage)
get-appxpackage *windowsstore* | remove-appxpackage

Source: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=powershell+uninstall+windows+10+apps

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 13:17 UTC
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