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SolidMetal: I literally can't wait the day when big MILC manufacturers go after computational photography. They could widen the gap again with smartphones, and - let's face it - they have to, if they don't want to go extinct. Give me at least a decent in-camera HDR for a start, without mechanical shutter between each shot and lots of artifacting.

But can the camera firms build good enough computing platforms to keep up with Apple, Google, and the open source software world? Camera manufacturers haven't yet mastered the art of software platform development. It's very hard to build great software unless (among other things) you are building it on a scaled platform that serves a very large market, justifying massive ongoing investment and iteration.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2020 at 16:58 UTC
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Chillbert: There is no inherent reason the benefits of DSLR or MILC can't be combined with the computational photography methods pioneered in smartphones. I would be interested to learn more about what computational photography capabilities and platforms camera manufacturers have developed or are developing.

@mermaidkiller, I disagree that smartphones are overhyped - you can take great pics with them in many conditions, in a format that you always have with you, with instant sharing, etc. But even so, computational photography has many applications beyond smartphones including using all the powerful capabilities of larger cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2020 at 16:55 UTC

There is no inherent reason the benefits of DSLR or MILC can't be combined with the computational photography methods pioneered in smartphones. I would be interested to learn more about what computational photography capabilities and platforms camera manufacturers have developed or are developing.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2020 at 15:49 UTC as 86th comment | 3 replies
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Yxa: Where will it end?

@MyReality you misunderstand the problem with covid19. Aside from the fact it is already in fact the leading cause of death in the US, in parts of the country where there have been significant outbreaks, they were recently on the brink of their hospital systems collapsing. That would greatly increase the mortality rate beyond its current lethal rate. No other current leading causes have the potential to cause that level of devastation. None of us *want* to be socially distanced, but many of us understand it's necessary to prioritize disease management over virtually everything else, or both health and economic damage will be that much worse.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2020 at 15:24 UTC
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spider-mario: Frankly, I am rather appalled by the amount of victim blaming and lack of empathy in this comment section. (Not by everyone, fortunately.)

Completely agree

Link | Posted on May 22, 2020 at 18:40 UTC
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AlterZgo: Part of passing this AP test is to see if you are smart enough to know how to change the setting on your iPhone to submit your answer as a .jpg file.

Utter codswallop

Link | Posted on May 22, 2020 at 18:38 UTC
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dccdp: "Your next computer is not a computer". It is a tablet. Which is a computer.

Marketing will never look the same.

I laughed at your comment... and at the same time I think it's worth noting that the shift to tablets (Apple or other) is a pretty significant step, partly evolutionary and partly revolutionary. Aside from touch and pen input, mobile operating systems provide much greater isolation between apps (with both pros and cons) and much better energy use/battery life. I am not ready to take this step yet myself: I'm a UX designer and still need a Mac to do my job. But it's definitely different. z

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2020 at 14:44 UTC
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Gesture: Let's re-invent the compact ILC.

I guess Moment beat us to it.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2020 at 04:04 UTC
On article Seagate is planning to release 18 and 20TB HDDs in 2020 (114 comments in total)

My first hard drive was 20MB. This should be (barely) sufficient for another couple of years.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2020 at 13:32 UTC as 2nd comment
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starbase218: iPhone: 1 camera button.
Camera: camera buttons, dials, switches, etc.

Am I the only one who doesn’t get why phones supposedly threaten cameras?

Perhaps a more relevant metric than number of buttons would be number of photos taken per day, globally, by smartphones vs dedicated cameras.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2019 at 04:06 UTC

As a non-professional, I have found this scanner awesome. I have used it to scan about 1400 family pics (mainly prints but some old transparencies as well) starting in the 1920s, lots of Instamatic prints from the 70s, etc., resulting in a digital archive that is sharable online. Great results given the relatively low quality of the originals! I used an iMac, and the software is definitely a bit flaky but functions OK, per the review.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2019 at 13:20 UTC as 152nd comment

Although $73.50 sounds cheap, the article notes that the camera is the single *biggest* item on the menu. One reason for this may be that it is not a solid-state device (with autofocus).

However, the iPhone's cameras would probably cost a lot more if they weren't part of the iPhone, which means they can be optimized for a far greater scale of manufacturing than traditional cameras. For example, the lenses are relatively low-tolerance items, but they are dynamically positioned by very special optical robots during assembly that optimize their optical alignment, resulting in more precise optics than could otherwise could be achieved with those same lenses.

Finally, the cameras can also be cheaper because much of the camera function really lies in the general-purpose computer and software at the heart of the iPhone. Computational photography makes those very cheap lenses and small sensors far more effective than they could be in a less computationally powerful dedicated camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2019 at 03:59 UTC as 22nd comment
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(unknown member): "The RX100 VII is, in many respects, the best family camera ever made"
What a joke. How many families know how to expose correctly, want to waste time by editing raw photos or want to waste time due to Sony's crazy menu? The Rx100 cameras might be the most overrated cameras ever made.
A good smartphone camera would be a better choice for an average family.

I am a happy Sony NEX-5n user (and envious of later models' AF speed)... Despite its many other virtues I can't imagine why I'd buy the RX100 VII when low-light candids are such an important part of capturing family life

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2019 at 20:48 UTC

How feasible would it be to program a drone to do this, thus avoiding the awkward arm-in-the-air part? Can drones be programmed? Can they fly fast enough and maneuver tightly enough? Just curious.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2019 at 15:39 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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Ingo70: Ha. Who calls the new Mac Monitor expensive?

@Francis Sawyer I have to admit you have a point - I'm actually avoiding upgrading my 4-year-old MBP because I don't want the current keyboard. But overall I'm still going to get another Mac. Ditto for my 3-year-old iPhone and prehistoric iPad. For the most part, they "just work".

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2019 at 03:24 UTC
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Ingo70: Ha. Who calls the new Mac Monitor expensive?

Apple's products are often objectively a very good price for what they offer. (I'll ignore the $999 monitor stand here for a moment.) For many years, no other functionally equivalent tablets could get close to the iPad on price, Apple had made such major strides in physical design and manufacturing. On top of that, the overall quality and life of Apple devices is typically very high, so they look even better value amortized over their life. Certainly Apple has had some quality issues in recent times, but these are divergences from the norm, and Apple typically offers free fixes on warrantee. Overall, Apple scores extremely high on Net Promoter Score, a measure of customer loyalty and reliability e.g., ...

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2019 at 02:17 UTC
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elmo: Can't you guys just check your politics at the door, here? Leave one place on the internet not Infested by such foolishness?

Politics, sure. Ethics, hopefully not.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2019 at 15:01 UTC

Maybe someone can write an AI to detect these fakes? Perhaps the developers of this algorithm should be challenged to provide it, a sort of inoculation against its misuse. There is a conceptual flaw in the results that you can see best in the Mona Lisa case. The Mona Lisa clips don't really look like Mona Lisa brought to life; rather, they look like the "driver" person wearing a Mona Lisa mask (and associated surrounding). Although this effect is less obvious in the photographic cases, it's always going to be there; there will always be a percentage of ersatz (substitute for the real thing) quality to such content. I hope an algorithm can detect that.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2019 at 14:10 UTC as 20th comment
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felix from the suburbs: It looks like, to me anyway, the only real "photography element" that seems to be left in photography is glass. Film has been replaced by electronics and therefore a chance for the electronics companies to step into the game. Companies like Sony, with a background in electronics, seem to be a natural player. I am not sure about the quality of their glass, but they seem to be allied with some major lens manufacturers. Fifteen years ago, I swore that I would never go digital because film would always be better. Then I claimed I would never go EVF because OVF would always be better. Now, I never use film and would never give up EVF. I think there is a change in the photography business and the electronics guys are the guys driving it.

Well, glass + chips + code. (Welcome to the digital era.) The pure camera firms seem to have had a harder time adjusting. But Sony and the other Japanese electronics firms that have pushed a more digital approach to photography with great mirrorless cameras should in turn look out: The Silicon Valley platform companies Google and Apple are leading a new wave of innovation with computational photography.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2019 at 12:02 UTC
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PhotoDiod: Personally, I don't get the criticism of Sony phones. I think that they are losing to Apple purely on hype. I stopped using iPhones because their font is too small, even after all settings are adjusted to the max. My Xperia, on the other hand, is a pleasure to use, an honest workforce. My Sony VAIO desktop served me for 13 years without a single hickup. Unfortunately, Sony got pushed out of that market by the Chinese on price, and by Apple, again on hype. In 5 years of owning my iMac, I had to replace its AMD graphics card 4 (thats FOUR) times, at $450 a pop. Every time Apple made up excuses. (Only recently have I found out that my iMac configuration was recalled... but only in Australia. Apparently, the US consumer laws are not as consumer - oriented.) I guess quality and honesty don't pay in this business. Still, I have a lot of respect for Sony.

Sony is an "also ran" in the phone business. Samsung as the leading Android device vendor would be a better comparison than Apple. At the device level, both Samsung and Apple (first and second in market share respectively) have extremely cost-efficient manufacturing and enjoy massive economies of scale. However, it's structurally much harder to make a significant profit on Android devices, with a free and somewhat fragmented OS, than for Apple with their unified and vertically integrated platform. "While Apple only captured 19% of smartphone shipments per IDC in the December quarter, it seized 87% of the profits" and "Apple’s profit share is over 4 times larger than Samsung, its nearest competitor" (see:

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2019 at 11:56 UTC
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