Impulses

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Androole: Another point that may interest users on this site is that based on the EXIF data, the wide angle lens uses the same 1/3" sensor size as on previous iPhones, while the 2x normal lens uses a smaller 1/3.6" sensor.

As a practical extension of that, the 1/3.6" sensor has a 1.55x crop compared to a 1/2.3" sensor on something like a Nexus 6P or Sony Xperia Z, which makes the value of the 2x optical zoom seem a little bit more underwhelming than originally suggested.

Why would it matter? I mean obviously for the purpose of IQ it's relevant, but they gave out the EFL of 28 & 56mm no? That already takes sensor size into account (or it should), most smartphones *used* to have modules just over or under 30mm EFL but they've been going even wider lately...

Either way, a 56mm EFL is still around 2x. I think it's kinda silly to market it largely as a 'zoom' rather than what it is, a second lens and a second choice of FL. Maybe I'm overestimating his marketing skills (biggest asset he had IMO) but I feel like Jobs would've tried to sell this differently.

Somehow that second FL would suddenly be 'magical' and sorely needed for smartphone shooters, rather than just 'hey we get a short little zoom, that's slower and has no OIS, hmm'. True value lies somewhere in the middle IMO but still...

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 18:44 UTC
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tofoko: I feel that image stabilization is rarely tested on smartphones, and just used as an selling point. I mean, how good is IS in general on phones, and how much does it differ between the models? And what about the cost in image sharpness?

I haven't been reading smartphone reviews much over the last year+, but I know Anandtech used to test IS with video particularly and they'd have a dual phone on stick setup to run comparison clips, etc. Dunno if they still do it, there's been some staff churn over at AT (do I think they still do some of the most comprehensive phone reviews, even tho they're very late at times).

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
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unsignedzero: So I'm buying a tote/backpack that can hold a small mirrorless body and a few lens for $175 when alternative bags such as the Thinktank Turnstyle 10 exist for less?

Love my TurnStyle 10! I need to write ThinkTank for an extra divider tho, two just isn't enough for tiny M4/3 lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 22:34 UTC
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Lan: On the basis that Lens Rentals say there's empty space in there, is there any chance of a 5D4 mini? I wouldn't mind a smaller camera, and I'm sure the Asian markets would love it.

I'm still waiting for the 5D4R non-AA version though; that's my priority Canon. Make the no AA filter version first please :)

It's possible, they're probably more willing to experiment with that model's form factor.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 22:28 UTC
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km25: Also more "air" would lend to a cooler running camera.

It's not vented... It might run cooler for a few minutes but once ambient temp inside it stabilizes more empty space isn't gonna do a thing for temps.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 22:25 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (916 comments in total)
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MeganV: The image processing power and "machine learning" driving the 7's new camera most intrigues (and troubles) me.

Apple is enabling its devices to make more and more automated creative choices *for* its i-photographers. We're getting very close to a future in which you point your iPhone in the general direction of what you want, and it decides everything else with impressive intelligence--what (or just who) the subjects are, where in the depth field they are, whether they should appear in motion or static--delivering a result intended to "delight" you.

There's already an iPhone "look." If you've spent a few minutes scrolling Instagram, you know it well. Clean, saturated, and contrasty with aggressive black points and steeply pulled, nearly-HDR highlights. Skin tones with wide-radius surface blur. So much of Instagram just looks the same, because it's driven by the same automated choices.

When Apple says they intend to "reinvent" photography, this is what they're talking about.

" First, I should've remembered that we live in a world of binary thought. As you suggest: either I accept what Apple gives me as "right" and "best," no questions asked, or I'm a luddite stereotype. "

You're wildly misinterpreting my reply... I was speaking to Job's vision (which I think you misconstrued) and Apple's policies, I couldn't care less for much of it. I had exactly one Apple product some 6 years ago, an iPod touch, and it didn't take me long to realize their walled garden, restricted ecosystem, lack of customization, and general principles just weren't for me.

That being said, AFAIK the iPhone still has manual controls, I'm sure the most enthusiastic mobile photographers will always find ways to go beyond point and click be it thru manual modes or extra apps... The casual photog has always been about point and shoot, this isn't new, it was disposables two decades ago and it's (disposable) phones now.

My point is photography will survive regardless, the future isn't that bleak, it may just not have anything to do with what Cuppertino is doing, even if they make the best selling camera (cough Samsung tho). ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 04:54 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Compared to CPUs and memory capacity that run this iPhone camera, the CPUs and memory from real cameras are from the age of dinosaurs. Most cameras freeze after ten shots, and then choke to death. When will camera manufacturers stop thinking like in film age?!
1. Get rid of cards, or at least, install huge memory disk in the camera and the card too.
2. Work on UI. Seriously.
3. Learn from smartphones and from what makes them popular — memory cards, pathetic buffer and slow performance ain't that!
4. Innovate!

Let iPhone 8 install a third lens, some 90mm, camera manufacturers may kiss their entire camera ranges goodbye!

" Most cameras freeze after ten shots, and then choke to death. "

Uhh, maybe ten years ago? My humble mid tier E-M5 II, which isn't even marketed as an action/sports camera, can shoot indefinitely at 5 fps w/C-AF until I fill my 128GB card... So can the cheaper E-M10 II IIRC.

Oh and that card only cost all of $50, how much does Apple upcharge for each jump in capacity? They've charged as much as $100 for about extra 16-32 GB in the past.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 04:47 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (916 comments in total)
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Triplet Perar: The iPhone is the mirrorless camera market killer. iPhone — the scourge of the mirrorless. A wide lens plus normal lens, then in a year or two, a telephoto lens at some 80-90mm (which will enable comfortable 180mm digital zoom) — and that's it. iPhone, available at easy monthly plans, will wipe out the entire mirrorless market.
Thank you God; then we'll have two proper kinds of cameras: good DSLRs and the iPhones.

There can be only one...

Wait no, what kinda market operates like that? Laptops never killed desktops, SUVs never killed pickups and hatchbacks, headphones didn't kill speakers... I can only conclude you're all a bunch of cannibals.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 04:42 UTC
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noflashplease: It turns out that we're already past the peak of iPhone sales. Apparently, that peak was reached sometime in late 2015, so now the iPhone is going the way of the iPod and iPad...selling in ever diminishing quantities. The great irony is that Mac sales look more stable than any other Apple business line.

The iPhone still makes the bulk of their profits tho, by a huge margin... I'm no business analyst so I dunno what that means for their long term success, but it can't be great.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 04:39 UTC
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MeganV: The image processing power and "machine learning" driving the 7's new camera most intrigues (and troubles) me.

Apple is enabling its devices to make more and more automated creative choices *for* its i-photographers. We're getting very close to a future in which you point your iPhone in the general direction of what you want, and it decides everything else with impressive intelligence--what (or just who) the subjects are, where in the depth field they are, whether they should appear in motion or static--delivering a result intended to "delight" you.

There's already an iPhone "look." If you've spent a few minutes scrolling Instagram, you know it well. Clean, saturated, and contrasty with aggressive black points and steeply pulled, nearly-HDR highlights. Skin tones with wide-radius surface blur. So much of Instagram just looks the same, because it's driven by the same automated choices.

When Apple says they intend to "reinvent" photography, this is what they're talking about.

You mean you don't focus manually, shoot manual mode w/o auto ISO, and carry a light meter and WB card everywhere? Egads where's the creativity in that?? ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 01:33 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (916 comments in total)
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MeganV: The image processing power and "machine learning" driving the 7's new camera most intrigues (and troubles) me.

Apple is enabling its devices to make more and more automated creative choices *for* its i-photographers. We're getting very close to a future in which you point your iPhone in the general direction of what you want, and it decides everything else with impressive intelligence--what (or just who) the subjects are, where in the depth field they are, whether they should appear in motion or static--delivering a result intended to "delight" you.

There's already an iPhone "look." If you've spent a few minutes scrolling Instagram, you know it well. Clean, saturated, and contrasty with aggressive black points and steeply pulled, nearly-HDR highlights. Skin tones with wide-radius surface blur. So much of Instagram just looks the same, because it's driven by the same automated choices.

When Apple says they intend to "reinvent" photography, this is what they're talking about.

Jobs was never about choices, let alone servers... He laughed and mocked the idea of a larger model (vehemently at that), and his philosophy hinged largely on the company knowing better than the users what they (the users) really wanted or needed. I'm not knocking the man, or your main point, but pinning it on Jobs absence seems off to me.

Then again, Jobs would've figured out a brilliant way of telling everyone and anyone why a 56mm EFL camera module on a phone is 'revolutionary' and why they just need to have it... Rather than dumbing it down to "hey it sorta zooms optically now!". Jobs was brilliant at marketing and pushing a concept hard, whether evolutionary or revolutionary.

Anyway, someone still needs to go somewhere, find something interesting, and point the camera at it; which is in and of itself a skill. I'm not terribly worried about automation or ease of use, the camera industry would probably be a lot less of a niche right now with a healthy helping of either of those things.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 00:20 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (916 comments in total)
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Roman_93: In Germany the 7 plus starts with 899€ W-T-F!

Why would it? Does any single component come from the UK? ARM is there but they're just licensing ideas and architecture concepts to Apple, and that Japanese are in the process of buying ARM anyway.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 21:37 UTC
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caver3d: Two cameras/lens? For a minute there I was hoping I could do stereo (3D) photography with it. Sigh...

Already been done by HTC and it flopped like most gimmicky dual module combos (those the chased fake DoF effects, etc). I think going with two distinct focal lengths is the smarter play in the long run, even if not really original (see LG etc). I don't think they're marketing it very effectively tho... Too bad Jobs isn't around to do so.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 21:36 UTC
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jmiller2032: Another gut punch to the camera makers. Of course the bokeh won't look as real as a nice prime lens, but it's yet another barrier that will cause many phone photographers to never get an enthusiast camera. As Tony Northrup said, camera companies need to become software companies or they're going to get eaten alive by one. To fight back there needs to be instantaneous, automatic transfers from a camera to a phone. Cameras need to be open and allow 3rd party developers to put their apps on them. The list goes on...

Uhh, there's still a big difference between a 56mm EFL and the long end of even the shortest zooming compacts, which is usually around 80-90mm. Never mind the long end of some 1" compacts which is faster and/or 120mm.

Apple calling a 56mm EFL a 'tele option' doesn't really make it one, Jobs' reality distortion field might've succeeded (I'm joking, he was brilliant at marketing, probably more so than at anything else) but their current sales pitch and zoom UI seems a little weak (as a sales tool).

Don't get me wrong, I still think having a 56mm EFL option on a phone is fantastic (I applaud the engineers and suppliers behind it), but it doesn't endanger even short zoom advanced compacts (1"), at least not any more than cropping from past 20-40MP phone sensors would.

The cheapest 1" compacts are also more like $450-600 which is less than $750+ flagship phones...

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 21:33 UTC
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jay jay02: Wow what a revolution! I mean my 2 year old HTC One M8 already has a dual camera with Bokeh simulation as well as "live photos"...Next..

To be fair, ALL of HTC's dual module implementations were terrible... From the even older EVO 3D (which I owned, 5 years ago) to the more recent M8. Something like LG's G5 with a wide + ultra-wide module combo was much more interesting and effective tho it hardly set the smartphone world ablaze.

Apple going with a 56mm EFL is somewhat noteworthy because I don't think any modern phone has crammed a lens module quite that long into a slim chassis... So even tho I've got next to no interest in any Apple products I can still recognize it's a very interesting development even if it isn't revolutionary.

It'll literally change the look of smartphone photos, tho you could argue not quite to the extent that the G5 did. I think marketing it as a 'zoom' feature actually does a little disservice to the tech, Jobs would've pushed it as something a lot more novel (marketing things as attractively as possible was after all his greatest strength).

I couldn't really tell ya off that top of my head what would be the easiest way to sell the mass market on why they'd want a 50mm lens over or in audition to a 28mm tho, the mass market just doesn't care about perspective, distortion, etc. I guess Apple's marketing/software team couldn't do any better either, so a 'zoom' it is. :p

I'm also skeptical the fake shallow DoF effect (which isn't even ready) will be any better than the half dozen different implementations we saw on Android 2-3 years ago (they were all meh), on that we can agree, but we'll just have to wait and see.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 21:21 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (916 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: This is the first iphone that has interested me. It's so refined and feature packed. 28mm and 56mm are great FLs, not like the unnecessarily wide front and rear cameras on my galaxy s7 that distorts everything that's off center...

too bad the eco system is so closed off though...

Not inherently new, no... Tho the G5 had like an UWA plus a 30-ish, so wide or ultra wide. The iPhone 7 gives you the choice of wide or normal... So the fact that it's got two camera modules is hardly revolutionary, and they aren't touting any new or advanced software tricks thru the use of both modules as I half expected, but the choice of focal lengths is certainly noteworthy.

Having a wide and a normal lens is probably like, ridiculously obvious for anyone with some ILC experience, but this is the first time there's ever been a normal or standard FL equivalentl lens on a modern smartphone AFAIK. I've got zero interest in iPhones but I still find that to be interesting and probably genuinely useful. I think Steve would've tried to market it as more than a 'zoomed' lens tho.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 21:10 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (916 comments in total)

A 56mm EFL on a phone sounds pretty darn interesting to me (even tho I've got zero interest in an iPhone), didn't even think it was possible to go that long on a slim phone. I'm glad Apple has officially added weather resistance too, should put more pressure on other phone makers (besides Samsung/Sony) to do so on *all* flagship models.

The fact that the fake DoF feature is coming later via update makes it sound just as gimmicky as the dozen different implementations of it that graced Android phones 2-3 years ago, we'll see tho, I was expecting Apple to do some fancier software tricks with a dual lens setup so maybe it'll surprise even if it isn't ready at launch.

Having a 56mm EFL option tho, that's a lot nicer for social photography than the ever wider lenses on most phones (30mm used to be the norm but 24-28 is a lot more common now). At least it adds some variety to phone photography. I think my ideal combo would be an UWA like on LG's latest phones plus a 50-ish...

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 21:05 UTC as 171st comment | 1 reply

Hmm, both my GM1 & E-M5 II are supported... On iOS. How about an Android update for anything but DNG now?

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 20:44 UTC as 17th comment
On article Peak Design adds Range Pouch to Everyday lineup (22 comments in total)
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Dave729: The company has been using Kickstarter for at least a few years. Isn't it time for them to fund their own R&D? I have several of their products, and they're good, but the business should've matured some by now MN

They've written a couple posts about this in their blog/journal, if you're really interested in the why/how, but that's pretty much what it boils down to. As long as there's an enthusiastic costumer base to reach out to, KS gives them more freedom to do whatever they want, which might in turn be what generates that customer base. Seems like win/win to me...

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 03:37 UTC
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Impulses: The fold flat design (when empty) and built in divider are clever touches, I've got their Field Pouch for carrying a couple extra lenses when traveling but might switch to one of these in the long run.

I wouldn't really use it for frequent switching, and if I did I'd use a double sided cap (or two caps glued together instead)... In my case it'd be merely for transportation inside a non camera bag.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 22:39 UTC
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