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Fuji_FTW: Is it 10-bit video?

On review I saw says 8bit.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2022 at 14:31 UTC
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Horshack: Interesting choice of music for the video. Frank Sinatra, a man of taste, class, and grace, now used to hawk a glorified selfie stick to a generation of self-obsessed youth who are convinced every moment of their lives is important enough to share with the world, facilitated by a rapacious corporation that takes advantage of human vanity and dopamine engineering to monetize their lives to the highest advertising bidder.

Or maybe it's just been a long week...Have a great weekend everyone!

Good point. I actually think you'd get better results buying a second hand 360 camera attached to a long selfie stick.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2022 at 02:24 UTC

This will be hyped by an army of influencers convincing a few hundred thousand people that they desperately need this. It will then be used once with disappointing results and send to land fill.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2022 at 02:23 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

This my concern with every single piece of hardware and subscription software. Just look at DJI drones and 360 cameras. Almost all of them rely on some sort of online activation via a mobile app. Once the manufacturer ceases to exist or decides to decommission a product you are pretty much sitting on a piece of bricked hardware.

Same goes for subscription cloud software. How many cloud companies in the past have gone out of a particular product segment with only 4 weeks notice or no notice at all. Imagine having to re-tool your workflow in the middle of production with only short notice.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2022 at 02:29 UTC as 48th comment | 3 replies

The big selling point of this done over the Mavic 2 pro is the 4k/120 ... but it's not included yet. In one marketing material I read "will be updated with firmware at launch" which is around November the 12th. Then somewhere else I read available mid December. Now DJI themselves say sometime in January.

This feels a bit like the product was rushed out for the pre Christmas window. Which makes me wonder what else was rushed.

As for the new sensor/ camera module. From what I have seen in video reviews the video quality in low light is better on the Mavic 2 Pro and the 160mm module is a drop in quality while the video quality between the Mavic 2Pro and the Mavic 3 on the wide angle modules is only a small increase.

No word on how they have improved obstacle avoidance when flying over water. In the Mavic 2 Pro it's pretty much useless and you actually have to turn it off. Nearly lost mine on the first flight over water.

The price increase is regrettable.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2021 at 05:57 UTC as 85th comment

Just compared the 13 Pro Max to an 11 Pro Max... for some strange reason the screen on the 13 Pro Max has a slight yellowish tint to it. True Tone, auto brightness etc is all turned off on both phones. Especially when looking at the DPreview test image the skin tones are anything but natural and pure white isn't pure white on the 13 Pro Max. It's less notable when you don't have anything to compare but side by side it quite noticeable to the point were the 13 Pro Max screen looks like a step back.

Also, the auto white balance and exposure system on the 13 Pro Max in low light scenes with articial lighting is very inconsistent. When looking at photos from the 11 and the 13 side by side on a calibrated computer monitor sometimes the 13 images are better sometimes worse. Yes I could shoot raw but that defeats the purpose of having a point and shoot style phone.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2021 at 17:44 UTC as 32nd comment

Not entirely sure what market they are going after. The price and performance sits in the DJI Matrice segment rather then the Inspire. The Matrice platform can take almost any camera system including RED cameras. The Air Peak seems to be limited to Sony cameras only.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 02:39 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
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pwilly: This should prove that Rosetta is a temporary fix, all code needs to be rewritten to be fully optimized on M1.

I couldn't get Capture One to run under Rosetta 2. The Mac would become completely unresponsive. This was a vanilla MacMini straight out of the box with latest version of MacOS. All fixed with this new version of Capture One

Link | Posted on May 28, 2021 at 00:34 UTC

I just ran some side by side tests with 1000 raw images between a Mac mini M1 with 8 GByte of Ram and 16inch MacBook Pro with i9, 32 Mbyte RAM and 8 Mbyte GPU.

Import and preview generation ran a slight bit faster on the M1. Navigating from image to image was about on par. Export was about 15% faster on the MacBook Pro with i9. MacMini was quite. MacBook Pro fans were running at full throttle.

I am assuming Capture One uses the GPU to speed up export.

Still these are pretty impressive numbers given the MacBook cost over 3 times as much as the MacMini.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2021 at 00:11 UTC as 17th comment
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Shadowfox3141: I have very mixed feeling about this. On one hand AZ certainly copied to an unmethodical extend. On the other hand, a "genuine" way of designing is not too far from this, especially for a something like a bag. What would you do if you start a business to make bags? Look at you (or everyone's) favorite bag and see what part can you improve. Look for a cheaper supplier, etc. That's not so different from AZ doing it. Or you want to claim that unless you have some fundamental innovation (which I doubt exist in bag designing), you can not start a business?
BTW, people are saying the AZ-basic bag won't last long as the PD one, I am not sure this is based on any experience. However, my backpack is from them, and I didn't have any problem with its quality in the last five years.
All that being said, I don't like their practice, but I also thing this is unavoidable thing in the world we are living.

It's one thing to take inspiration from other products. It's another to copy it down to the same design pattern.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2021 at 01:56 UTC

Unless Insta360 fundamentally changed this camera since June/ July a couple of things worth noting:

1) With the 360 module the camera will overheat and shutdown after 25 to 40 minutes. I even stuck mine in the freezer and it still shutdown after 45 minutes.

2) With the 360 Mod the camera is not waterproof. You need the dive housing to 100% water proof the camera for activities such as wakeboarding, kiteboarding or windsurfing.

3) Some 360 modules seem to have issues with fogging inside the lens in cold condition when recording extended clips. I had two modules. Both had the problem.

The camera is great for short Instagram style clips but not suitable for B-Roll style long clip recording in tight situations. You are better off with a GoPro Max or GoPro 9 for that. Both the Insta360 and GoPro player software suck big time in their own way. The advantage of the GoPro Player software on Mac is you can quickly grab the segment you need and forget about using it again.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2021 at 06:39 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

Maybe I am doing it wrong but processing 100 Raw images from the Canon R5 and then doing basic corrections works faster in C1 20 than C1 21. This is on a fully spec'd 2019 MacBook Pro 16 working off the internal hard drive.

There is a noticeable lag in C1 21 when navigating between images. The lag increases to 4 seconds once I apply some image corrections. Never mind applying said image correction while in any of the develop menus has some serious lag.

All preference settings are the same in C1 21 and C1 20. Previews are the same size, hardware acceleration is set to auto.

Just for a comparison I loaded the latest version of Lightroom Classic. It's a about on par with C1 20. Navigating between images is a bit more laggy but not as bad as with C1 21.

I hope they fix this.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2020 at 16:01 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies

If the record time for 4HQ and 8K is hardwired in the Firmware and recover times are arbitrary as EOSHD suggest as the actual internal temperature doesn’t seem to exceed 45 degrees I’m guessing they don’t actually measure the internal CPU temperature.

If that’s the case the record time limits are probably the result of lab tests. It would also suggest this will never be fixed in the current design.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2020 at 12:54 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
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Trepverter: Canon’s main issue was hyping the video features too much. I shot 15TB of still photos last year with my 5DS but I don’t think I shot more than five minutes of video at one time. For still photographers like me this would be a great choice. This seems like an issue of a company marketing the wrong features to an audience, more so than an issue with the camera.

The problem is if you shoot photos for an extended period of time and then suddenly want to shoot 4k/120, 4kHQ or 8K you can't be cause the camera will most likely already be too hot. I think those 3 modes are the real problem. They should have advertised them as experimental features and offered a switch in the menu system to enable them as such. While I could live without 4K HQ and 8K the lack of usable 4k/ 120 is a bit annoying.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 02:33 UTC
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ScapingFeet: Does it overheat in Still Photography? Probably not, which I would presume is this camera's main intent ! ! !

The potential for overheating in photo mode is what concerns me. I have had several outdoor shoots in 30 degrees plus that go for 5 or more hours. With a lot to focus on while shooting the last thing I want to worry about is the camera overheating or worse image quality changing because the camera gets too warm.

They are marketing this as a mirrorless pro level camera and the price tag certainly suggests that it is. Yes some people on YouTube have been testing it and said it doesn't have temperature problems in photo mode but who long did they shoot for and what was the ambient temperature?

I think I'll wait till the start of next year before I consider upgrading. Maybe rent a body and test it out on a hot day.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 02:28 UTC

I think the big problem here is the marketing approach Canon took.

The key selling points really are: 45 Mpixel, IBIS, next level AF tracking and no crop 4k/30 all in a body slightly smaller then a 5D. I firmly believe that's what they started development with. Then while the camera was still in development Sony came out with a camera that had all those features.

Now Canon ran the risk of loosing customers. The move to mirrorless means professionals will consider upgrading lenses. At that point they might consider switching camera system all together. So the Canon marketing department probably said can we somehow pack in 4k HQ, 4K/120 and 8k RAW. Engineering probably pointed out the heat issues but marketing won the argument.

So they made a big announcement with those headline grabbing specs and everyone expected the camera to do that.

I wouldn't be surprised if in 12 months time we get the R5 Pro which is slightly bigger and has proper heat management.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 02:15 UTC as 326th comment | 10 replies
On article Canon EOS R6 added to studio test scene (401 comments in total)

The real interesting comparison is when you put the 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV and EOS R next to he R6. The nearly 10 year old 5d Mark III holds up incredibly well. I think unless you need a particular feature in the R6 there is no point upgrading even from a 5D Mark III.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2020 at 02:03 UTC as 18th comment | 7 replies

The first proper reviews once the camera is released will show how much of this is going to be a problem.

I have seen one preview video were they used the camera on 30 degree day for photos and 1080p video as well as a little bit of 4k 30 shooting and it overheated. There is also an interview video with a Canon rep in a Q&A were she says that the camera can reach it's temperature limit just by reviewing content on screen and navigating the menus as well as having the camera in standby. Hence she recommends people should turn it off if not in use.

Given the price tag this is a camera for professional use. As I professional I certainly would want to see some reviews in real world environments first before I drop money on this camera or wait another 2 to 3 years for MKii.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2020 at 05:30 UTC as 228th comment | 1 reply

I don't think this is pitched against the Mavic 2 Pro. Looking at the detailed specs on the Yuneec web site I would say this sits more between the DJI Inspire 1 and Inspire 2.

Will be interesting to see reviews that look at flight characteristics and handling as well as image quality.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2019 at 02:06 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1607 comments in total)
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Amando Hernandez Monge: I totally agree with RB. Seems like Adobe is taking the same expensive route of camera and lenses manufacturers: focusing on the pro market.

They are not at all focusing on the pro-market. I am a pro and I can tell you Lightroom has become slow bloatware. I recently looked at trial versions of Capture One and Photomechanic and was blown away how fast they were compared to Lightroom.

I think the Lightroom interface is superior and that's why it won over Aperture. But in light of the subscription model and difference in speed I mayas well have to get used to a different application.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 23:58 UTC
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