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dazed1: I'm really sad that people on this site or at least 95% of them haven't seen what Mi 11 ultra with optimized gcam port especially for it does in photography, you would literally forget about any other phone camera, its 2 gens ahead, iphone 13s are a joke compared with.

... one could bother with installing unofficial apps on a phone, with no guarantee of compatibility, and all that. Or simply use the phone as is.

My current phone is an old LG V30 (with my wife having the V40). While i did bother to search and install gcam for both, and while it produces vast superior IQ compared to the default app, it is simply not as smooth and fast as using the default one.
I still use it here and there, when i remember about it .... but my point was that simply most people (even photo-inclined) use the phones for their #1 feature: ease of use. Complicate it and it just might be easier (and here especially so for the aforementioned photo-inclined people) to use a dedicated pocketable cam.

And by the way, if you specifically compare with the 13pro max super giga ... or whatever the best model name is, the cameras are really comparable, and apple software does the same of computational multi-shot as the gcam app.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2021 at 14:26 UTC
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zodiacfml: great add to a rich guy's property. however, does it really need to be fixed to a floor?

:) just a joke ... as was the post i was alluding to.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2021 at 07:11 UTC
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Gollan: Who is the target market for this telescope camera? I can't help thinking that people who are interested in astronomy and photography would find it more versatile to own a separate camera and telescope. It certainly some interesting technology.

I guess people/companies interested in easy producing good quality astro-photos without having the human resources/skills for the more complex traditional approach. Now if it makes sense at that price point, i guess it is just a matter of marketing decision.
Also, as some pointed, might be a interesting decoration/conversation piece on a rich guy's high-tech style mansion.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 10:08 UTC
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zodiacfml: great add to a rich guy's property. however, does it really need to be fixed to a floor?

it's a private mountain - no people walking there :D

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 09:59 UTC
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mermaidkiller: Let's first fix the light pollution, satellite pollution (Starlink, OneWEB, etc.) and wildfire haze (the latter in some areas).
Then you get a decent sky. And a decent sky watching with binoculars, small scope or even naked eye is much more rewarding. Even electronics can be much cheaper with a full fledged dedicated astronomy camera (e.g. ZWO) setup.

i guess the wildfire haze is the least of the problems caused by wildfire...

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 09:55 UTC
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papajohnny: In that tiny 200MP sensor pixel size is just 640nm, that's a wavelength of red/yellow photons. The diffraction in visible spectrum is running rampant on that sensor. What can be a MTF50 for that sensor? Probably not much different than for a 20MP sensor of the same size.

"f they always do pixel binning then it's not different than a sensor with a smaller number of pixels."

Yes and no.
Yes, because the overall diffraction and lens resolving power.
No, because they can do a bit of fun stuff with the subpixels: for example instead of a single color pixel they have a 4x4 (or whatever the setup) grid of colors, and additionally could apply different gain on different subpixels (according to the hardware design). And probably lots of other gimmicky stuff.

In my opinion a faster sensor readout (say read 8 x 12MPx in the same time it takes to read a single 200MPx one) would be a better data source for computational stuff. But who knows...

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 07:49 UTC
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PNad: Thx for confirming that it works with basically any studio strobes. Sometimes Canon reminds me of Apple, while they might not always be the first to bring a tech to the market, their first implementation is often pretty much stellar. I worked about 2years with the A9 and its incredible how Sony gave us stacked tech 4 years ago, but only with the A1 about 3 years later were we able to sync eshutter with flashes and offer flicker reduction in electronic mode as well. Not a bash against Sony, just that to me Canon got it right the first time.

But then again, Sony can only electronically sync TTL strobes wich is a wierd limitation,

Agree, as I said - overall, from a lot of points, canon did a really fine job with R3 (actually I consider with the R5 too - if I had the cash for throwing that much in only one of my hobbies, the R5 will be my choice). A lot of nuances and ease of use, like the ones you mentioned prove that.

But I was mentioning just the sensor thing alone. Specs-wise the sensor, while surely great, is underwhelming. Geeky-peaky speaking, I think at 24MPx it should at least match the speed readout of the A1. Sure Sony is on 3rd iteration, but what matters is the products today on the market.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2021 at 14:41 UTC
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PNad: Thx for confirming that it works with basically any studio strobes. Sometimes Canon reminds me of Apple, while they might not always be the first to bring a tech to the market, their first implementation is often pretty much stellar. I worked about 2years with the A9 and its incredible how Sony gave us stacked tech 4 years ago, but only with the A1 about 3 years later were we able to sync eshutter with flashes and offer flicker reduction in electronic mode as well. Not a bash against Sony, just that to me Canon got it right the first time.

But then again, Sony can only electronically sync TTL strobes wich is a wierd limitation,

"They got stacked sensor right."

Well, sure... I mean it is right as in "not wrong" but it is nothing to be amazed either. Reading at 1/180" 24MPx, wile Sony offers around the same budget a 50MPx sensor that reads much faster (1/260") is not that "super impressive".

On the other hand, i must agree that they really got the R3 right, as a whole package. So yes, i agree with the apple analogy...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2021 at 08:35 UTC
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paulfulper: What modern cameras really need is also a personal assistant like "OK Google" , Siri etc.. where you can ask an immediate change of setting as you shoot , for example you are out shooting and suddenly the light changes 3 stops off your settings but you need to shoot right away and keep your eye on the subject ,you could say "OK Sony iso 8000" and it's instantly changed to 8000 without stopping,take time to fiddle with the settings and lose the shot
.have some cameras done something similar already?

imagine the noise in groups of photographers (sports, journalists, photo-trips, etc) all shouting commands at their cameras :D ... or in the silence of the church whey the bride is preparing to say yes, the photographer calmly "ok sony, burst mode high!"

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2021 at 08:08 UTC
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Jeff Greenberg: -----
> Eye Control AF isn't for everything...my eye is darting all over the place

Sure it is.
Eye Control AF can be 24/7/364.
For those who can control their eye 24/7/364.
Apparently you can't...?
And darting all over the place is OK
as long as eye is properly aimed
when shutter is tripped...
its that simple...

@Mike - missed my point (or maybe i failed to explained it).
I just meant that the eye AF might be as easy and intuitive to use with the viewfinder as is the finger on a touch screen.

So basically it would provide something similar in terms of freedom and ease, but with the traditional view-finder shooting approach (which i also use, by the way).

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 11:25 UTC
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3Percent: Eye opening article Carey, thanks.

yes, i know ... i was more trying to hint at the competition :D ... Because even if it has no integrated grip (which some see as a "lesser camera" but other see as an advantage), the truth is now the A1 sits in this "super pro" category.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 11:19 UTC
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Jeff Greenberg: -----
> Eye Control AF isn't for everything...my eye is darting all over the place

Sure it is.
Eye Control AF can be 24/7/364.
For those who can control their eye 24/7/364.
Apparently you can't...?
And darting all over the place is OK
as long as eye is properly aimed
when shutter is tripped...
its that simple...

I think the most simple way to put it, is as an way to move the cursor for initial tracking. If you use the camera's LCD you can simply use your finger for that (AF / Start Tracking) and then shoot.
This seems to bring at least the same level of convenience of placing the AF point (for AF or start tracking) with the camera at eye level.

It is not seamless - as in the feature just works, and you have nothing to do/think about it. But, as reported by many reviewers already seems to become a favorite way of using the AF, and it is very easy and intuitive to work with. And to be back to my analogy - as is placing the AF point with the finger on the LCD much simpler than having to move it with a joystick or similar.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 10:34 UTC
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gameshoes3003: I want this feature in all cameras from here on out. Many new users primarily use the touch-screen because it's just easier than using the directional pad or joystick. But it's not easy holding the camera out like that for long.

However, there's the caveat that the eye control needs calibrating which I don't think many users will put the time in to properly do. I already watch people get upset at how long the fingerprint scanning, or facial scanning, on a new phone takes them.

If Canon can further improve upon the calibration step to be done, and very complete, within one attempt, they've got themselves a winner.

@AVL - it works fine with blue eyes, canon said there that for people with *very pale* blue eyes (or glasses, for that matter) *may* experience inconsistent performance.

@Shaun - i think OP was speaking in the context of having the "feature in all cameras from here on out", not for pros/enthusiasts.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 10:07 UTC
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3Percent: Eye opening article Carey, thanks.

"first professional grade mirrorless camera" ... well, not even the first from Canon.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 09:59 UTC
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BrexitDefCom3: For you nerds out there, here's the thing. One of my daughters is doing a Masters in IT, and wont actually talk on the phone to any of the family any more, nobody knows why, but kids do stuff like that.

I asked her to answer calls so we know she is OK, still alive etc, for starters. Her response was to email me what she said was a file of recordings of her voice talking, and when I said that's no good because you are not there physically on the phone talking to me, answering questions or responding to me, & I deleted the file for that reason without opening it at all. It has NO value in the REAL WORLD.

I wrote this back to her, to which came the response. It was interesting though nauseating. She asked me what was the difference between me hearing her voice on the phone to me, or hearing a recording of her voice talking?

The voice and the person are real, but a recording is not real, and it has NO value as proof of life, nor as evidence that it was sent by my child. Like an NFT

You also can't have the print (at least from a digital sensor) without, so it's a stalemate, i guess.

But you actually can hang a digital frame on the wall ... and maybe that can scroll through the NFTs :D

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 07:48 UTC
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Andyyy: That's what I call innovation! Couple of firmware updates can make it almost perfect.
Then i hope it will appear in cheaper cameras too but i have a feeling it will be always a top-end 1D feature.

After all, it is mainly a way to initialize tracking. We have good tracking in the R6 as well. So (unless the hardware needed is quite expensive - which i doubt) we'll most likely see it around the R lineup. But it might not catch the R5/6 mk2 ... and till mk3 there's a lot of years :D

The top models will always have faster sensors and CPUs, so they will clearly be always in advantage in the tracking in itself.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 15:07 UTC
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Jacques Cornell: Why on earth did it take Canon 20+ years to bring this over from the EOS 3 film body to the digital lineup? I was begging for this for years. Too late. I've long since left Canon behind. Panasonic's Touchpad AF won me over.

"It's quite obvious it needed the sensor readout speed, processing power..."

well, not really: The eye tracking sensor/system is clearly a separated thing. The input (the result from analyzing the eye) is essentially a pointer on the viewfinder used to initialize tracking. The tracking in all 1DX series was pretty great... so i don't think there was any reason not to have it in a 1DX camera for example.

But clearly better late than never!

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 14:55 UTC
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BrexitDefCom3: For you nerds out there, here's the thing. One of my daughters is doing a Masters in IT, and wont actually talk on the phone to any of the family any more, nobody knows why, but kids do stuff like that.

I asked her to answer calls so we know she is OK, still alive etc, for starters. Her response was to email me what she said was a file of recordings of her voice talking, and when I said that's no good because you are not there physically on the phone talking to me, answering questions or responding to me, & I deleted the file for that reason without opening it at all. It has NO value in the REAL WORLD.

I wrote this back to her, to which came the response. It was interesting though nauseating. She asked me what was the difference between me hearing her voice on the phone to me, or hearing a recording of her voice talking?

The voice and the person are real, but a recording is not real, and it has NO value as proof of life, nor as evidence that it was sent by my child. Like an NFT

@Brexit

Speaking on the phone is digital, so when doing so you use the zeros and ones (the software and digital hardware) that lots of people put a lot of hard work into producing.

99% of the photographers these days use zeros and ones (from sensor to final edited and delivered image)

Don't care about the NFT or crypto currency or whatever, but zeroes and ones make possible the life you live, and most often they *ARE* the result of human labor and creative effort.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 08:41 UTC
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BackToNature1: Every NFT is a unique token on the blockchain. That has very littlie with the reality that what it's tied too may not be unique at all. In fact, There are people who are spending tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on NFT pet rocks in which the rocks serves no other purpose other than being classified as tradable and limited.

So apparently history hasn't taught some folks any lessons(Minority). One would have thought differently after things like the DotCom Bubble, an or things like the 2008 Derivatives bubble which caused the global financial crisis via creating artificial demand for underlying assets such as mortgages, credit card debt, and auto loans.

"You are being sold a certificate that says you are the owner of that piece of art"

The fact that the said piece is in digital form rather than print is somewhat irrelevant. People pay for software, digital books, movies and music, games - which made the "digital collections" a very real thing.
Also, another interesting example is Netflix and the like ... where Netflix is the owner of the digital art, and people pay subscription to enjoy it.
Personally I am the "hold the paper guy", but the word is changing and the digital is much more present and complex than you (or me) might want to admit.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 08:06 UTC
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The Silver Nemesis: Pulse survey - how are the comments today (just checking)?😅

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Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2021 at 15:29 UTC
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