ottonis

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The secret how mod add ons can be successful is that they will have to be compatible with present AND future phones. Otherwise nobody is going to invest into expensive mod hardware that will only work with a phone that will last no longer than 2-3 years.
Easy attach, easy connect...these are the rules for successful mods. They need to be super easy to operate.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 16:10 UTC as 10th comment
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(unknown member): Truly amazing imagery. Just wow!

Interesting to see some not currently state of the art gear get these winning photo's yet again - GoPro, Canon 7D Mark I, 5D Mark III, Nikon 18-105 (isn't that a kit lens?). But but but, what about pushing those exposures 5 stops and where is the 4K damnit??? According to the Sony fanboi's here you NEED the new tehcnical whizbang wizardry to take photo's. Which begs the question, why isnt Sony represented in the winners since it should be so easy to get maximum DR and super quick focusing, even with adapting EF and F lenses? Hmmmm.

It takes a great photographer in the first place to get amazing shots like those presented winner photos.
That being said, the vast majority of amateur and professional cameras of the past say 5-6 years are almost indistinguishible with regards to real life image quality.
People use what they have and what they got accustomed to. A new camera is only necessary if it is the camera and not your skills that limits your photos. This does probably not apply to the vast majority (maybe 95%) of photo hobbyists.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 06:02 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2174 comments in total)

Thank you for the great review!

There seems to be some controversy though among the commenters about high ISO performance of the X-T2.

I wonder how much dynamic range can be pulled from images taken at higher ISO settings, which is the third important aspect of low light performance beside SNR (great) and amount of preserved detail (on par with other upper class APSC cameras).

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 06:04 UTC as 99th comment

This disaster is sort of a just punishment for Samsung deciding to go the path of Apple and sealing their batteries so that they cannot be replaced by the user anymore.
Had the battery of zhe Note7 been user-replaceable (like in all Samsung devices up until Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5), this battery problem would have been solved with ease.
Now, the good folks at Samsung are going to pay up to 17 billion USD for this mistake.
Greed has never been a good consultant!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 06:07 UTC as 73rd comment | 6 replies
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Kostasm: sony should make dedicated aps-c lenses if they want to seriously support these cameras. It's like a joke showing this small body with a g lens.

@snapa: they are obiously reading user feedback because they finally introduced some features that most users have been crying for: touchscreen and revamped menu. Obviously, Sony appeal to user wishes only incrementally, which they must believe keeps their business up and running (because people would tend to buy new camera models with updated features and thus spend more money).

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:39 UTC

It gets increasingly obvious that the camera market is shifting towards the high-end, high-price segment.
Today's cellphone-cameras providing serious IQ and versatility, camera makers are under pressure to increase the incentive for carrying around a "real" camera in addition to one's cellphone by enlarging the technological gap that separates them . One the one hand, that's a good thing, because it drives technological development. On the other hand, this advanced high-level technology needs to get payed for - from a shrinking user base, which in turn increases the per-item-costs.
That's why the A6500 is about three times as expensive as its pre-predecessor, the A6000.
Being a mere amateur /enthusiast, I enjoy the accelerated technological evolution, but I also mourn over the affordable prices of mid-range/high-end MILCs.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:35 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
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ottonis: From ISO 1600 and beyond the PhaseOne is clearly inferior w/r to noise when compared to contemporary FF cameras such K1 etc., even when scaled down to equal resolution/size.
I really wonder why these MF sensors are lagging behind FF sensors in low light performance, considering their significantly larger size. Is that possibly caused by tuning them for highest DR at base ISO? Or are the most recent advancements in sensor technology just too vulnerable in order to provide sufficient (silicon wafer) yield rates?

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David

Sorry, my mistake! I looked at the low light studio scene, where the Phase One 100 mp is automatically switched to the Canon 5D. I didn't notice this exchange and so mistook the 5D for the Phase One. Looking at the bright light scene, the Phase One compares favorably to the K1 even at higher ISOs.

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David

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 22:52 UTC

From ISO 1600 and beyond the PhaseOne is clearly inferior w/r to noise when compared to contemporary FF cameras such K1 etc., even when scaled down to equal resolution/size.
I really wonder why these MF sensors are lagging behind FF sensors in low light performance, considering their significantly larger size. Is that possibly caused by tuning them for highest DR at base ISO? Or are the most recent advancements in sensor technology just too vulnerable in order to provide sufficient (silicon wafer) yield rates?

Best

David

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 19:32 UTC as 59th comment | 13 replies
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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.

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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 (173 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.

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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 (173 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 11th 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 279th comment | 1 reply
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (920 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 29th 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 (154 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 42nd 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 71st comment | 1 reply
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