ottonis

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At first, phonecameras cannibalized the compact point & shoot camera sales. Next, I guess, will probably be the 1" and m43 markets to lose share to the cameraphones.
As I see it, in the not so distant future, the marjet will dichotomize and consist of advanced (multi-sensor, multi-lens) phonecameras on the one side and people carrying their FF / MF cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:16 UTC as 52nd comment | 6 replies

Apple lowering prices of the new iPad means that iPad sales must be in serious trouble.
Moreover, why are they using a CPU from yesteryear?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 05:49 UTC as 18th comment | 6 replies

Glad to hear about these new enhancements on flickr. Hope they work out well and prove useful.
Flickr is kind of a "dinosaur", since most young people tend to use mainly facebook or instagram to share photos. However, for old-school guys like me who want to use the cloud only for sharing photographs and not their entire social life, flickr is still golden and I hope it will continue to prosper.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 18:27 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On article OPPO to announce 5x zoom smartphone technology at MWC (65 comments in total)

I would't hold my breath. Hasselblad made an add-on module with 3x zoom for the Motorola Z, but the lens was very slow, some f/3.5-5.6ish. Add this to a tiny 1/3" sensor. That's maybe good enough for sunny beaches and mointains at noon, but any other scenario of available light will be beyond the capabilities of this add on zoom module.
Oppo did either invent some disruptive new optoelectronic technology or this 5x zoom is going to be slow as hell.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 19:12 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (368 comments in total)

Just wanted to chime in to say that quite a few of the gallery images are adorable. It is brilliant how the photographer is making full use of negative space in some shots.
Well done and inspirational!

Best,

David

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 05:30 UTC as 25th comment
On article Adobe Creative Suite 6 has been officially retired (351 comments in total)

Does that mean that I won't be able any more in the future to install and activate my C6 production suite (that I legally possess)?
I do have the setup files and CS6 is running on my current desktop PC but sooner or later I will have to upgrade to a new computer and would like to continue using cs6.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 06:20 UTC as 38th comment
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bluevaping: Extremely disappointed approach to this post. 1. Shooting 3:2 raw beta JPGS
2. Underexposing 2/3 of the samples, my OMD EM1 ii doesn't have a metering problem. 3. Over use of exposure latitude with a camera brand your not familiar with. It's as if you never full set out to use this gear properly from the start. Despite that you still got a few good keepers.

There are quite a few truly outstanding images in the gallery. So, no need to sniff at the pictures at all.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 21:09 UTC
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AshMills: Who is Trump's Official Photographer? I look forward to seeing the transition of style.

Well, all the pictures taken by Souza (that I have seen so far) are characterized by some distance. There is always plenty of context and background, making the POTUS a part of the scene. Souza's photos do tell what is going on rather than glorifying one person.
From all I know about Mr. Trump, I am more than doubtful that this style of photography would match his personal taste.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 10:57 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm X100 (172 comments in total)

I was pretty new at dpreview back in the days when the x100 was introduced and I remember drooling about its super low-noise performance at higher ISO values. I used to watch the dpreview studio scene (the old one with the globe and the blue watch) and the x100 somehow managed to produce the least amounts of visual noise between 800-3200 ISO among virtually all its peers. It was an RGB sensor before the new breed of x-trans sensors came out and I do still wonder whether Fuji had a special sensor at their hands of whether they maybe baked some in-Raw noise reduction algorithms...

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 22:15 UTC as 44th comment

If it is possible to read fingerprints from 3m away, then ot should be even more possible to make an iris scan from the same distance.
Maybe we should al start wearing gloves and sunglasses now?

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 06:22 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies

Thanks a lot for this hugely informative and entertaining interview. Please more of that!

Best

David

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 10:25 UTC as 24th comment
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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VadymA: Honestly, I don't see a market for this thing. I, personally, would be embarrassed using it in public. What's the catch? Is it super cheap? Is it producing something really special? I don't even remember what super 8 is anymore. Is it supposed to be like vinyl record in music? Can someone shed the light?

From: http://fortune.com/2016/04/16/vinyl-sales-record-store-day/

"Flash forward to 2015. Fueled by that unique sound quality and a nostalgia wave, sales of vinyl records were up 32% to $416 million, their highest level since 1988, according to the RIAA. (CD sales, while much higher in total income, were down 17%.)
Put another way: Revenues from vinyl sales last year were higher than those of on-demand ad supported streaming services, such as YouTube, Vevo and Spotify's free service, which only accounted for $385 million, according to the RIAA. (To be clear, though, paid subscription services and Internet radio services, like Pandora, greatly exceeded LP and EP sales.)"

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 16:38 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
In reply to:

VadymA: Honestly, I don't see a market for this thing. I, personally, would be embarrassed using it in public. What's the catch? Is it super cheap? Is it producing something really special? I don't even remember what super 8 is anymore. Is it supposed to be like vinyl record in music? Can someone shed the light?

@Vadym
Analogue stuff is getting a renessaince...I just read that in the UK vinyl sales have reached a new high in years.
Digital stuff is all cool and exciting and easy to postprocess, BUT inforrmation digitally stored suffers from serious volatility. Many popular digital media decompose at much faster pace than analog storage. Quite a few CD-ROMs I burned back in the late 1990ies cannot be read anymore.
Moreover, digital content is increasingly reliant on internet access in these days and is vulnerable to external threats, e.g. viruses, malware of all sorts.
That being said, a backward trend to analog filming is not at all surprising. Not as a substitute but rather as complementary in our digital age.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 10:27 UTC
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)

Amazing photographs!
In particular, #2, #3, #7 stand out in my book and I like them a lot.
I do fully agree with the Notion that postprocessing is not only allowed but also part of the entire creative process of making a photograph. However, postprocessing can sometimes be pushed so far that it defies what I would consider a "natural" look. I might be wrong on that one, but #6 just appears to be way overprocessed. It is without doubt a great picture and the effects are superb but it just feels so unnatural that i have doubts about its place in a photo-competition.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 11:53 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies

Now, this is what I call a wet dream of videographers come true. Beside all the outstanding technical features, they actually removed the 30-minutes video Limit and they built the camera to not overheat during prolonged video recording.
So, Panasonic did really listen to ist consumers...wow!
Now if only Sony could listen to its customers as well: just Imagine all the electronic Magic from Panasonic combined with Sony's A7s-FF-sensor....

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 11:29 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Choice Awards 2016: the winners (49 comments in total)

Great choice! The D500 is for the APS-C world in 2016 what the D750 used to be for the FF world in 2014: a near perfect all-rounder.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 11:20 UTC as 17th comment
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (270 comments in total)
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ottonis: Great choices and a great read by DPReview!
Perhaps the only pick I would tend to disagree with is the Panasonic GX85 as best midrange ILC of 2016. While there is no denying that the Lumix is a heck of a camera, the gap between it and the Sony 6300 w/r to image quality / sensor performance is just too big (71 vs 85 points, see also https://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Panasonic-Lumix-GX80-GX85-sensor-review-Diminutive-design).

@TheMixman
thanks for the heads up, you are absolutely right. However, it seems that the G85 and GX85 share the exactly same sensor, if I am not mistaken, so my statement would probably apply to the G85 as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 16:14 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (270 comments in total)

Great choices and a great read by DPReview!
Perhaps the only pick I would tend to disagree with is the Panasonic GX85 as best midrange ILC of 2016. While there is no denying that the Lumix is a heck of a camera, the gap between it and the Sony 6300 w/r to image quality / sensor performance is just too big (71 vs 85 points, see also https://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Panasonic-Lumix-GX80-GX85-sensor-review-Diminutive-design).

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 16:44 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (270 comments in total)
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TN Args: Part 2
2. It's a sexist, 'boys-own' choice, and for that I strongly criticize DPR. Its forte is BIF and sports action, for which a minimum lens to reap the AF reward is something like the Nik 200-500 making a 3.2 kg / 7 lb package. That is not acceptable IMO and I discount macho stories of hand-holding such a combo for any length of time (and it is a minimum practical zoom for the job, many weigh much more). The occasional dedicated female staffer's willingness to tote such a weight is not an effective counter to the core seriousness of this problem. Far too many female photographers would be unable to consider this camera practical for hand-held use, and adding a tripod of the substance needed for this type of combo is actually an exacerbation, not a solution. The effective exclusion, or discounting, of the needs of female photographers (and by extension many male photographers too -- like I say, I discount macho/hero tales of strength and endurance) is sexist. It's as simple as that.

@TN Args
Well, I often like to browse the comments section just for some entertainment. However, your claim that DPReview hardware choices are "sexist" and "macho" got me the best laughter in years!!!
Dude,.... do you realize that the ONLY sexist thing here is your comment? It's sexist to insinuate what women generally don't or can't shoot fast action scenes. And it's sexist to insinuate hat women generally can carry only small-ish cameras.
I am a man but I prefer small camera bodies, not because I couldn't hold them in my hands but just because I prefer doing so. By the way: There are quite a few small cameras that are great at fast action shooting such as the Olympus OM E i and ii, the Sony A6x00 series and some others.
Although I am not a Nikon shooter I completely agree with the pick of the D500 as camera of the year 2016: it seems to be the most feasible jack of all trades with awesome AF, operational speed, sensor quality and body sturdiness and lens ecosystem.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 16:13 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from DPReview (150 comments in total)
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pwmoree: All the best to you all at DPR.
Enjoy your website almost daily.
Waiting for the android app!
Also, I see only ONE female in your crowd shot.
Is your company really so one track minded?

Cheers and a fantastic photography year for 2017

Peter

...so, your Christmas wish are more pretty ladies at your favourite website you visit almost daily ;-)

Just kidding, just kidding :)

On a serious note, I don't care for gender, skin color, or whatever. May the best and most dedicated do the job.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 16:04 UTC
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