Catalin Stavaru

Joined on May 19, 2009

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Flickr is the only Yahoo service that I am using. Hopefully they don't do something stupid to it.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 14:48 UTC as 7th comment
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (308 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: This is a capable camera, but Sony is churning out model after model of upgrades so fast that the buyers of the superseded models don't have enough time to enjoy fondling their high prized Tamagochis.

This also applies to Canon and Nikon who are obsessed with coming out with upgrades after upgrades with the slightest tweak of any feature.

Perhaps those are the burden of companies who try to innovate more than the competition, to translate it to increased sales and revenue.

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I think it's better to get something out to market if it's ready than wait 1+ year just to make some people feel better.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 15:08 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (183 comments in total)
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Catalin Stavaru: My bet is that Apple grossly overestimated the demand for a 4"-screen phone. However, the development costs for the iPhone SE were probably very small and it doesn't matter for them if it sells or not. The Chinese market is really out of question with this kind of screen size. The reason why iPhone 6 was such a huge success was that current Apple customers desperately needed larger-screen phones, you can't throw 4-inch phones at Apple customers in this age, let alone gain new customers. The design of the iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/SE is very nice in my opinion, and it would deserve to be used for a larger-screen phone like a 4.7" phone with smaller bezels. Now that would really sell.

Hopefully people realize that Apple's global smartphone marketshare is around 14% (source: IDC). And from that, the 4-inch iPhones marketshare is probably less than third or so. Of course that there are some people who like 4-inch phones, but the vast majority of phones have a screen bigger than 4" - and this state is a result of customer demand. I am not a fan of phablets, but it's clear from market data that most customers realized long time ago that the ideal screen size is much larger than 4".

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 22:18 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (183 comments in total)

My bet is that Apple grossly overestimated the demand for a 4"-screen phone. However, the development costs for the iPhone SE were probably very small and it doesn't matter for them if it sells or not. The Chinese market is really out of question with this kind of screen size. The reason why iPhone 6 was such a huge success was that current Apple customers desperately needed larger-screen phones, you can't throw 4-inch phones at Apple customers in this age, let alone gain new customers. The design of the iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/SE is very nice in my opinion, and it would deserve to be used for a larger-screen phone like a 4.7" phone with smaller bezels. Now that would really sell.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 14:16 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (895 comments in total)
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Zigadiboom: I was tossing up between the new Sony A6300 and this camera and decided to settle on this for two reasons. Firstly compared to Sony's new 24mp sensor the Canon 18mp sensor has stood the test of time which testifies to its greatness and reputation. Secondly even though the Sony A6300 shoots 8fps in live view, this feature pales in comparison and doesn't come anywhere near the ingeniousness of the new 'food mode' that has been added to the model dial of the new Canon. This 'exciting addition' is a testimony to Canon's innovativeness, originality and impeccable attention to detail that other manufacturers need to wake up and take heed in.

After I read your comment, i read the press release just for fun in order to see if there is a "food mode" mentioned. Lo and behold, the Food Mode is really mentioned...I can't believe it.

About the sensor, I really like the 18MP sensor more than the Canon's new 24 MP one, and this is not a joke. Color rendition is miles better.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 15:49 UTC

I am surprised that people do not realize why the 4:3 aspect ratio was chosen.

It is because in the same lens circle you can fit a larger area rectangle with 4:3 ratio than a rectangle with 3:2 or (even worse) 16:9 ratio.

For a circle of radius R, the area of a rectangle with 4:3 ratio is 1.92 * R^2. The area of a rectangle with 3:2 ratio is 1.84 * R^2. The area of a rectangle with 16:9 ratio is 1.709 * R^2. The area of a square is 2 * R^2, the maximum attainable.

So a rectangle with 4:3 ratio has 5% larger area than one with 3:2 ratio and 12% larger area than a rectangle with 16:9 ratio for the same lens circle.

So the 4:3 ratio maximizes the area occupied by the sensor in the lens circle.

Of course, Apple probably realized this first, then Samsung followed, but who cares :)

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 13:57 UTC as 10th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony Xperia Z5 camera review (111 comments in total)
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solarsky: And still no attempts by DXO or dpreview to examine the imagers inside Microsoft Lumia 950/XL. It even has DNG-output and you CAN choose to set EVERYTHING manually.

@solarsky Look at gsmarena blind shootout tests. People voted for pictures without knowing the manufacturer. Lumia 950XL came out last in both day-time and night-time pictures. They compared LG V10, Note 5, iPhone 6s Plus and Lumia 950XL.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 13:58 UTC
On article Sony Xperia Z5 camera review (111 comments in total)
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solarsky: And still no attempts by DXO or dpreview to examine the imagers inside Microsoft Lumia 950/XL. It even has DNG-output and you CAN choose to set EVERYTHING manually.

There are plenty of other sites that reviewed them and they are subpar. The Nokia 1020 is in a distant past and has nothing to do with today's Lumia phones. Best camera samples I have seen are the ones from LG V10.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 15:03 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2489 comments in total)

Quality looks great. I see less rolling shutter than with other cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 11:24 UTC as 238th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (306 comments in total)
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GCHYBA: If it isn't pocketable, wouldn't an SLR make more sense?

Of course it would. But the professionals and "serious photographers" are the ones who would pay lots of money for expensive cameras and lenses, that's where the money is, and a pro photographer does not like to be mistaken for a casual tourist, so he needs a huge camera and lens to differentiate, and Sony listens :)

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 22:11 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (617 comments in total)
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kingslayer: I am selling my car tomorrow so I can preorder this

You will need your car to carry it.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 22:02 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (617 comments in total)
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Raziel Orlando: The D5 seems to be more exciting for me than this 1DXII .

I suppose it is because "it has more character", right ? :)

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 22:01 UTC

That's where lack of innovation brings a company. After the failed "price increase" attempt, the next obvious step is going out of business.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 10:54 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon releases D500 4K UHD sample video (203 comments in total)

Looks stunning to me.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 14:18 UTC as 12th comment
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Catalin Stavaru: I really like the compactness of this camera. I wonder if it is the most compact APS-C to date (with lens attached, of course).

@rgump12 if it wasn't for this obsession, there would be no mirrorless cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2016 at 15:54 UTC
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