ottonis

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wolfgangpichler: So many new cameras, but not even one mirrorless system with built-in GPS. That's what I'm missing.

GPS eats battery. Many if not most mirrorless systems do already suffer from poor battery life due to small camera bodies restricting battery size. I guess that GPS simply was not a sufficiently important feature that would justify to compromise battery life even further.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 12:41 UTC
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karlkk: all top cameras use basically the same 12 mpixel sensor.be it samsung , xiaomi or iphone.differences are very small between them regarding picture quality.overall , iphones have the best software - therefore will fare better in extreme situations regarding focus and exposure.
nothing has really changed since the iphone 3.picture quality is about the same .sorry guys.

@BattleBrat: It is definitely not too far fetched to assume quite similar IQ performance from flagship cameraphones of recent years. Even the combined dual sensor approach (as executed by Huawei/Leica) did not reveal any breakthrough. Combining several RAW Image files has ist limitations, too, as shown in the full DxO report. Actually, the current BSI sensor technology seems at its peak, and there are physical limitiations as to how many photons can be captured by sensors of a certain size. Emphasis is on sensor size here. All These sensors being miniscule (1/3"-1/2.3") in size, they all perform pretty much the same, the software being the main differentiating factor between different cameraphones. That's why I think the OP (karlkk) was spot on with his post.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 12:19 UTC
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (91 comments in total)

First of all, I like Flickr a lot. It is a great site to upload and share photos, to get in touch with other photgraphers and their work, to get feedback and to comment on photos you like. And all that for free.
I started on Flickr in 2011/2012 and since then the site has evolved quite a bit: the user interface has been vastly improved (in particular for use on mobile devices).
I have never cared about their recently introduced and now abandoned licencing program but I truly hope that Flickr is going to stay for as many years as possible because it is timeless and a fairly well executed service for free.

Best

David

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 09:58 UTC as 7th comment
On article 6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (175 comments in total)
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ottonis: There really is one thing (among many) that Panasonic did right about their GH-line, in particular the GH4 and presumably the GH5 as well:
The "oh-so-boring" design of the camera body seems to be hugely beneficial for the internal thermal properties aka heat dissipation.
In comparison: most Sony APS-C E-mount cameras and some of the A7 series do greatly suffer from rapid overheating, thus limiting video recording far before the (European) legal 30-min recording limit.
That's not too important for those shooting short sequences and putting them together in post, but if you have to record a long lecture or interview in one piece, then you NEED a camera that will NOT stop recording due to overheating. That's why I applaud to Panasonic for doing this thing right. I really wish and hope that Sony will follow and fundamentally improve thermal properties of their smallish APS-C cameras as well.

Best

DAvid

cont.: I just hope that the SNR of the GH5-sensor will be significantly better than the GH4. I have read somewhere (I think it was on 43rumors) that the sensor used in the GH5 might outperform the GH4 by a full stop with regards to low-light / high-ISO performance. However I couldn't find any indication of that in the official press releases so far. Since I am totally an "available light"-guy, I would love to see such an improvement in the GH5.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:43 UTC
On article 6K here we come: Here's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 (175 comments in total)

There really is one thing (among many) that Panasonic did right about their GH-line, in particular the GH4 and presumably the GH5 as well:
The "oh-so-boring" design of the camera body seems to be hugely beneficial for the internal thermal properties aka heat dissipation.
In comparison: most Sony APS-C E-mount cameras and some of the A7 series do greatly suffer from rapid overheating, thus limiting video recording far before the (European) legal 30-min recording limit.
That's not too important for those shooting short sequences and putting them together in post, but if you have to record a long lecture or interview in one piece, then you NEED a camera that will NOT stop recording due to overheating. That's why I applaud to Panasonic for doing this thing right. I really wish and hope that Sony will follow and fundamentally improve thermal properties of their smallish APS-C cameras as well.

Best

DAvid

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:38 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

Excellent write-up, Barney!
In particular, point #10 can't be emphasized enough: the better cellphone cameras get, the more pressure on traditional camera makers to further accelerate the IQ and versatility of their "real" cameras in order to maintain their technological advantage and their relevance for photo enthusiasts and professionals.
In other words: the better the latest iphone or galaxy etc camera get, the more we can expect from the next camera iterations by Canikon, Sony, Fuji and the m43 guys.

We are indeed living in a very excitingtime where technology and sciences are developing and advancing in an unprecedented pace. Isn't that cool?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 08:43 UTC as 276th comment | 1 reply
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (947 comments in total)

This might be the first really useful and meaningful innovation in cameraphone technology since Nokia N8 / 808 PureView .
Although several attempts have been made to make use of a dual camera Setup, none of them (HTC, Huawei, LG) was really convincing or sophisticated enough in order to provide a true advantage over traditional mono-camera setups.
For example: Huawei truly failed to reap the benefits (such as improved SNR, lesser noise etc) from combining Information from two sensors. HTC's implementation of computational bokeh from their own take on the dual camera setup was just underwhelming, and, dear folks at LG, who in their right mind is going to make use of an UWA lens that was added to a WA lens?
Now, let's get some popcorn and see how Apple's implementation of WA + short tele is going to work. Maybe it's gonna be the first sophisticated attempt in making use of an additional sensor/lens. I hope so!

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 13:44 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
On article Lenovo Yoga Book features unique 'on-demand' keyboard (90 comments in total)

Finally some innovation in the boring tablet / notebook / smartphone market. The only innovations during the last couple of years were faster CPUs/GPUs and slimmer form factors. Only time will tell whether this particular Lenovo concept will prove useful and become accepted by the market, but kudos for innovating and thinking out of the box!
I was under the Impression that technology focused more and more on better media consumption and connectivity experience, while there was Little to None real evolution in the productivity segment.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 18:35 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon announces the XC15 4K video camera (152 comments in total)

What exactly is the benefit of the Canon XC15 camera (3000 USD) over a Sony RX10 ii or iii (1499 USD) plus a XLR-K2M XLR microphone Adapter (499 USD).

Wouldn't the Sony combo deliver EVERY bit of audio and video capability of its Canon counterpart and then some for 1000 USD less?

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 09:37 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod hands-on preview (151 comments in total)

I am sorry to say, but this is fairly disappointing: the tiny sensor (1/2.3") alongside a very slow lens (F3.5-6.5 !!) renders this camera module pretty unusable outside of bright daylight / sunshine / flashlight conditions.

I mean, come on, an 1/1.5" sensor would gather significantly more light (appr. 3 stops) and provide shallower DoF; add a very bright 35mm-equivalent f/1.8 (+ 2 stops) lens and all would be fine. Such a system wouldn't be too bulky (definitely less bulky than the 1"-sensor Panasonic CM1) and would gain appr. 4-5 stops compared to this Hasselblad module.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 09:43 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply

First of all, DPReview did a great job here, testing the rolling shutter effect as objectively as it gets.
That being said, it is a fascinating to observe all those folks feeling seriously insulted whenever testing procedures unveil some faults on their favourite gear.
I vividly remember people here being upset when dpreview tests revealed the infamous banding and compressed raw issues in early Sony A7 series cameras. Now, people are crying foul because their favourite camera was shown to display some nasty rolling shutter effects.
I really hope that humanity will eventually, in the distant future, develop a sense for reality and take positive and negative test results for what they are.: pieces of data meant to inform people. The daily paranoia some people carry out whenever some gear is being tested is really mind staggering.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 05:54 UTC as 19th comment | 28 replies

Dear DPReview staff,

thank you for this very useful overview of Photoshop alternatives, but I truly missed Corel Photo Paint and Corel Paint Shop Pro in this collection.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 17:42 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply

Some very nice photos here! Even more impressive when considering that these pics were taken in the context of camera gear testing.

Keep on the good work, guys!

Best

David

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 18:56 UTC as 16th comment
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ProfHankD: I wonder how many actual DEATHS have been caused by people taking photos? You know, backing-up into traffic as you try to fit everything into the frame or falling off a cliff while striking a pose for a selfie.... it's at least hundreds -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_selfie-related_injuries_and_deaths . After all, tens of thousands have died because of texting or making calls on a cell phone; 16,000 between 2001-2007 according to http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cellphones-driving-idUSTRE68M53K20100923 .

Photography - more dangerous than commonly believed!

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about th’universe!"
(A. Einstein)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 05:51 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (61 comments in total)
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WilliamJ: Oh my ! I've stopped just after reading "Choose the right gear for the job" thinking in myself: oh no, not again !!!

Do people writing for dpreview readers think we are all dumbs like stones, or what ? I can't bear any longer this sort of stupidity. And what's next ? The as well spoiled "do your homeworks" ?

Just because you are a professional who may (or may not) know everything, doesn't mean that others (like me) could not benefit from such basic articles. The advice given was sound and the examplary shots were pretty - a great little basic resource that has definitely enlighted me quite a bit and that will help me take better wildflower photos.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 06:22 UTC
On article 6 tips for better wildflower photos (61 comments in total)

Thanks for this great little article and the beautiful shots. It's an excellent introduction for beginners like me.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 05:40 UTC as 14th comment
On article An introduction to our studio test scene (110 comments in total)

Dear DPReview team,

thanks for sharing background information on what is certainly one of the best studio scenes for IQ comparisons. While I always consult different sources, your reviews and in particular your studio scene are among those I appreciate most.
Kudos for the good work and your dedication.
Keep on the good stuff and never stop improving on what is already an excellent tool.

Best

David

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 19:28 UTC as 34th comment

The idea of a Hasselblad camera module is great. However, a 10x zoom lens THAT small as shown in the render means two things: a very very tiny sensor, a truly slow lens (in terms of f-stops), or both.
So, I am excited and anxious about that announcement but also quite sceptical. Time will tell....

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 19:57 UTC as 13th comment
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elefteriadis alexandros: Its a same and sad that Microsoft destroyed NOKIA brand with their pathetic software.
NOKIA is one of the best - if not the best - phone manufacturer out there. I have the 1520 and the quality of hardware is top notch.

@3DSimmon: absolutely right, Nokia software developers simply didn't manage to advance Symbian OS to a state where it would offer similar user experience as iOS or the (back then) emerging Android OS. Moreover, although everybody is prasing the great Nokia "hardware", I think that their major cameraphone flagships (e.g. the Nokia N8) were massively underpowered and limited by choice of subpar CPUs. The camera modules, however have been industry-leading and pushed the envelope of what cameraphones can do. The Nokia N8 IQ easily destroyed point-and-shoot-cameras of that time. The Nokia build quality was also legendary.
The inability of the Symbian OS to allow for screen resolutions greater than 640 x 400 pixels was inexplicable. Nokia, THE mobile phone industry leader until ca. 2010, should have taken their billions of revenues and hire the best OS programmers, even if they had to headhunt them from Apple, Google, Microsoft etc. Instead, they relied on their own developers...

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 17:09 UTC
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Osa25: Nokia cameras are a bit the "Sigma DP compact" of the smartphone world. It's a bit of a masochist's taste for pain as pleasure....

Have you ever used the Nokia N8? In terms of camera functionality and usability it was excellent; it was the first offering of lossless digital zoom on mobile phone cameras and the IQ was just stunning. It was also reasonably easy to operate.
So, with regards to "camera"-functions the Nokia N8 was not at all painful. However, the underlying Symbian OS has so badly implemented basic internet and email functions that the "smartphone"-functionality was indeed a major pain to use.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 16:53 UTC
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