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Paid $1,000 for a DC290 in 2000 or 1999, or well, my father did... That was my first digital camera, and that's still the most we've paid for one since then (I guess the Oly is over it by MSRP but I got it for $700). Kodak actually made pretty solid digicams for a while, shame the concepts of scripting and programmability were dropped like a rock by everyone. Nothing's really gone close to that since...

Android cameras from Samsung et al were severely locked down (but had huge potential), Sony never built a proper API/SDK for their apps, and everyone else is allergic to the concept unless it's in highly experimental fashion with things like the Oly Air (which just guarantees their obscure nature and less development interest).

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 16:57 UTC as 8th comment
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Terry1010: any technical guys here? why there is NO ( fully ) scriptable camera in the market from the big companies right now? I remember Nikon and Samsung had released Android based cameras. however, I dont know if they were scriptable.

Is it becoz of real technical challenge? eg slower to operate, or unstable? I really want cameras to be more scriptable or customizable! Make the work flow of photography easier!

Those Android cameras were less hackable than your average phone, never mind scripting. It was basically an Android device with a camera app that happened to control a camera bolted to in. There's no technical reason we can't have cameras with scripting or an SDK, or at the very least a decent API so developers can add apps (Sony flirted with the concept but never delivered and the execution of even their in-house PlayMemories apps could be much better).

It comes down to politics and company policies really... For one reason or another cameras have trodden down a much much different path than your average consumer electronics gadget, in both a technical and philosophical sense. Companies treat them like black boxes and never fully disclose a ton of internal specs, and the press and the consumers at large have allowed them to get away with it.

If reviewsers can't even press a company to reveal why X model can do A and Y model can't, or what's readout new in Y beyond "faster processing", then things like scripting and SDKs are a pipe dream, they're happy to keep selling new models with software features that could be implemented in old ones, etc.

A new phone comes out and within a week we know what processor it uses, at what speed it runs, what components are used for wireless signals and things like audio (like, the specific chip models, which often come from various different companies, as in a camera), whether the bootloader can be unlocked, etc etc. That's just one random example, but we don't know that much about the vast majority of cameras out now.

So yeah, in a sense cameras turned into appliances very quickly rather than gadgets, for all the complaints about digital and "non-camera companies" entering that fray, the truth is cameras are treated more like your washing machine than your laptop (even by the older camera companies, perhaps more so). You probably trust what Sears tells you implicitly and it just works how it's made to, period.

Not that the current approach doesn't have it's advantages as far as things like stability, reliability, and possibly even sustaining a niche market with more players that might otherwise be possible in a market where everyone knows more about what's really going on inside that black box... Smartphone makers are falling like flies in a commoditized and saturated market, whereas we have what, 5-6 major camera companies in a far far smaller market?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 16:51 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (544 comments in total)
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steelhead3: I can't believe Rishi is confused by the differences between the 3 models

They really should've called it the a7000... Might've been slightly less recognisable to the average consumer but it probably would've meant less whining around here. :P

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 08:58 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (544 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: That part about the touchscreen is extremely disappointing. Why does sony give us half the touchscreen features when the hardware is there already?

Makes perfect sense Richard, although adding touch for image review shouldn't turn off anyone and it enhances that process (zooming around and moving the zoomed in box on an image) as much as it enhances the AF point selection process. Menus I'd give them a pass on tho...

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 08:55 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (544 comments in total)
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SteveY80: It's a bit odd that the menus can't be controlled from the touch screen, but does anyone really consider that a big deal?

To me 99% of the reason for a touch screen is to quickly change the focus point, especially on a camera that lacks a dedicated joystick. I change the focus point far more often than I change menu settings that don't have a physical control assigned.

As long as touch AF is implemented well, I think this is a really significant usability enhancement. Hopefully it'll appear on the A7 series too.

I use touch for image review (and AF obvs) but not for menus, on my 3 very different M4/3 bodies... Maybe occasionally for menus but I like the dials and buttons enough on my bodies that they feel quicker and more precise... Camera menus, even in the best of cases, aren't fully optimized for touch targets IMO.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 08:52 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (544 comments in total)
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thx1138: Hook line and sinker, the Sony price extortion continues unabated. Expect the A7RIII to be close to $4K and the A9 $5K.

Eh, price seems ok for what's now their ToTL APS-C body with some very real and all new advantages. The biggest issue seems to be the name, if they called it the a7000 there'd probably be less whining... I'm guessing they think there's enough mindshare around a6xxx that it's worth the marketing trade-off.

Body style is a different matter IMO, it seems clear between the a5/6xxx line and A7 that Sony just likes their tilt screens and somewhat smaller bodies... Whether it's by design or a matter of saving on R&D. Dunno whether they'll opt for an X-T2/GH4 body size/style/shape with an articulated screen anytime soon, but you can do such a thing on the cheap just as well (see G7/G80).

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 08:49 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (544 comments in total)
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Nigel Tafferham: A touchscreen but why so crippled ? These days touchscreen should drive any/all functions that make sense - Strange !!

How much $ was the touchscreen, $50 of the increased MSRP ? That IBIS has to be most of the increased costs.

Touchscreen a nice addition but still half A$$ solution, no ?

Is the battery upgraded capacity wise to power the IBIS & new processor and the Touchscreen - didn't think so !!

IBIS and a touch layer actually add a negligible amount of power draw. We've had M4/3 bodies with and without IBIS for years and the former aren't pulling ahead in battery life in any significant way, nor has disabling touch ever resulted in significant savings.

Even AF operations with larger lenses places a very distant third/fourth on the list of things that draw the most power, the two biggest culprits are by far the constant sensor feed and the act of lighting up the displays (be it EVF or rear screen).

I mostly only use my touchscreen for image review and AF point selection btw (on three different M4/3 bodies), somehow I still find it quicker to operate most other functions and menu selections thru buttons and wheels, I was weaned on console/PC video games tho...

I imagine those that grew with touch before button laden controllers might be more adept at the former.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 08:44 UTC
On article Aura is a next generation digital picture frame (75 comments in total)

$400 is too much, might as well just buy a tablet and set it up in exactly the same fashion... If they're smart they would've cut their whole sync/service/software backend and simply supplied HDMI in for a $35 Chromecast to play a slideshow, then just have a motion sensor turn the screen on. Although HDMI certs add their own costs...

The glut of second hand tablets and the immediacy with which people peruse photos had as much to do with the digital picture frame's demise as their race to the bottom.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 19:36 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On article Ballot-selfies are now legal in New Hampshire (48 comments in total)
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Impulses: How exactly do they ban cameras in half the states? Are they checking people's pockets for phones at the entrance or something?

Then the ban is gonna do absolutely zilch against the thing people are seemingly most scared of (in these comments at least), anyone buying votes and requiring selfie proof would just demand the pic be texted/emailed/etc and anyone one else would be none that wiser.

In effect it's not even a ban on ballot selfies, it's a ban on broadcasting who you voted for which is probably why it wasn't upheld. If we're that paranoid about security there's probably better means to prevent voter fraud/bought votes, I'm sure a specially made paper that's harder to photograph or an electronic voting system could be made so it can't be photographed.

Technology isn't the issue, it's misuse is, and there's always ways around it.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 16:26 UTC
On article Ballot-selfies are now legal in New Hampshire (48 comments in total)
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mosc: There's always pressure to enforce voting on other people. Employers saying things like "submit your Donald Trump ballot pictures here" is closer than most people like to think. Disclosing who you voted for is free speech but being able to PROVE who you voted for is more than that, it's disclosure and then it's not a secret ballot system any longer.

I understand people taking selfies of everything and being proud of both voting and (sometimes) who they're voting for but they have to keep in mind the rights of others to privacy. If disclosure becomes too common then those who do not want to disclose can be retaliated against and then democracy doesn't work.

Or you can use your phone and record whoever is coercing you instead; then blackmail him, take it to the authorities, put it up on FB, etc... :p I know the whole argument for this is more about stopping the one coercing from even having that option but still, how do you even enforce it either way? Are they patting people down for phones before they're allowed to head to their booth or something? That seems like a good way to dampen voter turnout in a country where it's already an issue.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 05:28 UTC
On article Ballot-selfies are now legal in New Hampshire (48 comments in total)

How exactly do they ban cameras in half the states? Are they checking people's pockets for phones at the entrance or something?

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 05:20 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
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ShatteredSky: "That’s what I was hoping we’d see more of this Photokina: mirrorless lenses." Well, for me the 12-100, 25, 30 Olympus and especially the juicy Panasonic 8-18, 12-60 and 50-200 are enough to ponder for the moment. Though granted, except the 30 nothing will be coming well-priced. But ok, this is just m43 ...

M4/3 is actually already littered with more inexpensive lenses...

With M4/3 you don't get something quite as cheap as nifty fifties for DSLR (which are old designs and an odd FL on crop bodies anyway), but in most other regards you have plenty of affordable options, more so than other systems (even vs APS-C DSLR if you actually want wider primes).

I'm very much looking forward to that 8-18 as a step up from my 9-18... If I didn't have the means to spend more on some higher grade lenses I'd be totally content with the M4/3 kit I already have tbh. The 8-18 will be a splurge, and the 7.5/2 an indulgence. :p

I'm actually glad Oly and Pana are focusing on some higher end lenses to broaden's the system's appeal and versatility.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 04:03 UTC
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Rhawi Dantas: Ricoh, if you are listening bring a GR with an 35mm equiv. lens. While at it slap a 24mp sensor and we are done.

I volunteer as tribute for testing. (hard job but someone has to do it.´).

I'd be very interested in a WR version, be it 35 or 40, I'm already used to the latter with my GM1+20mm but it's no big deal either way... Something more pocketable would be appealing tho.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
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Rhawi Dantas: Ricoh, if you are listening bring a GR with an 35mm equiv. lens. While at it slap a 24mp sensor and we are done.

I volunteer as tribute for testing. (hard job but someone has to do it.´).

That'd be lovely, haven't people been asking for that for eons tho?

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 19:43 UTC
On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (152 comments in total)
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princecody: Wonder why Panasonic didn't release any alternative to the Olympus 25mm Pro or Olympus 17mm?

They probably will at some point, considering the Nocticron was followed by the PL12 f1.4... Tho they do have the PL15 f1.7. I guess the three new PL zooms took precedence, they'll definitely fill out Panasonic's zoom catalog quite nicely...

I do hope either Oly or Pana make a Pro/PL 17 at some point tho. The Oly 17's IQ is inferior to the pancake 20mm's, which has it's own AF quirks, and thus there's basically no 'ideal' 35mm EFL prime despite the gluttony of options M4/3 offers overall.

Anything else in that range is either notably wider (PL15), tighter, or MF... I'd argue Oly should've started there actually, for 25mm we already had two f1.4 alternatives with AF (Sigma and the PL), an f1.7 (Pana), and an f1.8 (Oly).

I guess they figure a 50mm EFL is still popular enough to even out the increased competition at that FL, tho I personally disagree... Even those with means will still eye the f1.4 alternatives (never mind the 3x f0.95 alternatives), a Pro 17 would've stood alone basically.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 19:12 UTC
On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (152 comments in total)
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bmwzimmer: EOS M5 does have a certain charm to it. If I was to recommend an all around camera for someone like a soccer mom who doesn't know photography very well and also likes to shoot some video, I'd highly recommend the M5. This is the same customer who will never use anything other than the kit lens and perhaps add a slow telephoto and shoot in Auto all the time. It will likely outsell the next closest competitor 5:1 if not more as this camera will be available at every Costco/Walmart/Target

I'd argue Panasonic's G80 is just as capable a contender, with a well thought out touch UI as well, and much better lens selection... Plus 4K, sealing, etc. Panasonic marketing in the U.S. is atrocious tho (even by the low standards of other mirrorless players), I wouldn't be surprised if anything (even Oly M4/3 bodies) outsell it 1:5 and the price ends up slashed in half by next summer.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 16:57 UTC
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Jim Salvas: Micro four thirds seems to have had a pretty good Photokina, not only with the announcements of new cameras and lenses from the two leaders, but also from the entry of new players. The announcement of the Laowa 7.5 f/2 lens had a lot of people on the m43 forum excited and it doesn't hurt that there is now another body manufacturer with the YI M1.

I think it's funny the YI M1 is now at the top of the DPR "Most Popular Cameras" list, ahead of the Canon 5D Mark IV, but as an m43 user it is nice to see new competition in this format.

The 7.5/2 & PL8-18 f2.8-4 (both supposedly coming out early next year) were probably the most interesting announcements for me personally since I got into M4/3 3-4 years ago... That probably has more to do with my FL preference than anything else tho.

I'm somewhat disappointed Oly didn't disclose a roadmap for other f1.2 primes tho, I'm hoping that prospect isn't intrinsically tied to the 25/1.2 sales... Keeping the faith for a fast/sealed/no compromise 17mm! Either in an Oly Pro or PL guise, has to be inevitable... Pretty please?

Bodies keep advancing, that's just par for the course, specs for both flagships were somewhat vague tho (Pana more so, not surprising) and the hand held HR I was skeptical of but many swore was coming is still missing in action...

I really hope those ultra wides don't disappoint, my wallet disagrees, he might be hurting ad the start of 2017!

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 16:41 UTC
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Achiron: "alongside the new dual quad core TruePic VIII Image Processor with four CPU cores and four image processing cores that achieve image processing speeds approximately 3.5 times faster than the TruePic VII Processor."

I'm not sure what Olympus meant in their releases and I'm not sure I'm getting to the bottom of this sentence - Does it mean that actually it is akin to a BIGlittle octa core? or it's an SoC with 2 cpus, each oh them has 4 physical cores, (in arm I suppose), and there is gpu with "just" 4 cores?

I asked on m43 forums, but reply here will get more exposure - does anyone got reliable information regarding how our cameras work in hardware level? what SoC does the D5 uses? Is the buffer a DDR3? 4? clocking? I effectively got an incredible machine near me, my Olympus pen. It can record MOV and encode it at 24mbps, and write it, and provide live view and FW that allows me to rotate knobs in video without interrupting - yet I got no clue what's really under the good.

Do you?

I think it's more their ideology than patents, camera makers source as many components from other outside manufacturers as say, a phone or laptop maker, yet those still find plenty of ways to differentiate.

I dunno that hacking would really reveal much, cameras just aren't built to expose that kinda info thru any software means... I'd argue the PC interface is one of the more primitive and closed down aspects of cameras.

iFixit/LensRentals style tear downs with detailed shots of all chips would probably reveal more... To take it a step beyond that we'd need Chipworks style scans of the chip internals and/or the press to actually PRESS the manufacturers to disclose more details.

Most camera makers aren't gonna allow you to disassemble loaners tho and even LensRentals seems somewhat tied down by NDAs and manufacturer relationships.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 16:31 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (295 comments in total)
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exapp: Any word as to how user customization's will be backed up? And will this feature be extended backwards to the rest of the OMD range?

Have Oly any firmware feature announcements for the OMD E-M5 Mark II :)

Probably thru a PC application, I wouldn't get my hopes up for further updates of older OM-D bodies tho I'd certainly welcome them.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 16:18 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (295 comments in total)
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photomedium: If you pitch an M43 camera as being small and super fast I wouldn't show it looking like a D5 with huge f1.2 lenses. The whole setup seems to be the size of a d810.
I am not sure if the iso is good enough for sports either.
Other than that is a fantastic piece of hardware.

It's not the size of a D810 at all, even looking at it from the front where the difference is far smaller than from profile, 'end of story'.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 16:17 UTC
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