Impulses

Lives in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
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Joined on Apr 7, 2013

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Kharan: Such a shame that there's no talk of sensor sizes or planned lenses. A 1" device with a C-mount would be incredible, especially if it didn't add much to the price. There's tons of incredible glass already available for it, and would truly make it into a cinema camera.

Way too much hype for something that's still being prototyped yet also on preorder IMO, and I don't tend to shy away from crowdsourced stuff or anything but seriously... OTOH I do think a modular system is the next big leap for smartphone cameras so I'm curious to see where they take it.

To me it feels like all the previous attempts focused way too much on adding zoom capabilities (Sony QXs, Moto Hasselblad mod) Or on adding a mount (Olympus air)... The mount would probably be ideal for serious videographers which I guess is what they'll go after, but a 1" sensor with a prime can be made really svelte (even as a mod).

Basically I'd like to see the mod version of a Panasonic CM1's camera, which looked nice as is but was chunky for a phone and already kinda outdated when it launched.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 23:07 UTC
On article Galaxy Note 8 to feature 3x zoom dual-camera (25 comments in total)
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Impulses: Sigh, every single Android OEM will feel compelled to go with dual camera modules now, even when they don't have the R&D to make it work successfully. Hopefully at least a couple go down LG's path, I'd still rather have the UWA than a 50mm EFL "portrait" module.

My Nexus 5 easily made it past the 2 year mark without any major issues, after that I had to swap the battery to stretch it to 3 years... Prior to that I had upgrade my phone on a yearly basis for about three years in a row since my first smartphone (all three HTC EVO models)...

I fully expect my Pixel to last me at least 2 years. If you ask me phone longevity is getting stretched all the time as the hardware gets better and the usage cases remain mostly the same, we're way past "good enough". It's pretty much the same natural progression PCs went thru, but on a more accelerated time table.

Hopes of a better camera are one of the few reasons people still list after phone upgrades (well, and gross misuse + clumsiness), and that has been plateau'ing too... Hence these features.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 07:41 UTC
On article Humor: The 'horrifying' truth about radioactive lenses (176 comments in total)
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Yake: Some kinds of radiation will go right through the camera. The camera is not protection.

It's not so funny to make fun of things that may cause cancer. His calculations are silly because while one lens may seem trivial, start adding up the thousands of carcinogens in your environment and you have a very high chance of getting cancer from them. Carcinogens are cumulative and create a constant burden. They don't exist in their own world by themselves.

That's why we ALL know people who have died of cancer, or are fighting it currently, or will get it in the future. Cancer steals lives.

Even Mickey will give you the big C, go figure.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 16:10 UTC
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Impulses: Sigh, every single Android OEM will feel compelled to go with dual camera modules now, even when they don't have the R&D to make it work successfully. Hopefully at least a couple go down LG's path, I'd still rather have the UWA than a 50mm EFL "portrait" module.

That would be interesting, tho I'm not sure they'd risk such a wild setup (by smartphone standards)... My guess is they either got to actual tele/portrait FLs somehow, or 3x is just marketing bs that takes into account software trickery.

You have a point about the impact of smartphone photos and their effect of faces portrayals over time tho, I've suggested it too...

After a while it's bound to start changing innate preferences and aesthetic leanings. I mean, it's not gonna overpower a few thousand years of evolution and urges born out of self preservation, but still, it's gonna have an impact...

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 16:07 UTC
On article Galaxy Note 8 to feature 3x zoom dual-camera (25 comments in total)

Sigh, every single Android OEM will feel compelled to go with dual camera modules now, even when they don't have the R&D to make it work successfully. Hopefully at least a couple go down LG's path, I'd still rather have the UWA than a 50mm EFL "portrait" module.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 15:43 UTC as 10th comment | 7 replies

What are the odds they pay out the damages? I'm surprised the trial only took a week after they spent so long trashing the photog (or maybe because they did?), you would've thought they'd have an attorney ready to drag it out.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 15:40 UTC as 84th comment | 4 replies
On article Humor: The 'horrifying' truth about radioactive lenses (176 comments in total)
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Yake: Some kinds of radiation will go right through the camera. The camera is not protection.

It's not so funny to make fun of things that may cause cancer. His calculations are silly because while one lens may seem trivial, start adding up the thousands of carcinogens in your environment and you have a very high chance of getting cancer from them. Carcinogens are cumulative and create a constant burden. They don't exist in their own world by themselves.

That's why we ALL know people who have died of cancer, or are fighting it currently, or will get it in the future. Cancer steals lives.

So you know a lot of retired photogs with retinoblastomas?

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 15:22 UTC

Interesting story, his personal journey that is... That schools have been emptying out isn't a big secret tho, even private schools are seeing lower enrollment every year. My elementary school nearly closed down a couple years ago and the Jesuit high school I graduated for (just a year later than the photog in the article) was actually building new facilities as I graduated, their tuition has gone thru the roof. The island is still pretty densely populated tho.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 15:19 UTC as 5th comment
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steelhead3: Poor PR, treated as a colony by Washington and not allowed economic benefits of a State will continue to wallow. The safety valve of immigration is causing a diaspora of a proud people.

Let's be honest now, it's not solely the US' fault, local government has screwed up plenty of their own accord... And the biggest waste of every politician's time is the one that's not going away anytime soon, since it's the core of what makes the established political parties, debate over the status of the island.

The independentistas got the US Navy out of Vieques (with good reason) but in the process every area around every other US military base that closed down on the main island probably suffered too. There's layers upon layers to the overall screwed up situation here

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 15:16 UTC
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steelhead3: Nikon continues to abandon its faithful; where will it all end?

There's a difference between unsuccessful and uninspiring or not critically acclaimed, you can still sell the latter if you know how and have the established costumer base and retail chain... Tho you can argue Nikon had all that.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 15:07 UTC
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dcolak: Well, the problem is, that radiation is focused on your eye and not the whole body (as in walking in sunshine).

Stop taking your eyeball out and putting it in lenses, it's not healthy. Seriously tho, there's camera in between the lens and your eye, or you're using it wrong... Maybe that's what he was doing with the lens in the shower? :s

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 15:05 UTC
On article Humor: The 'horrifying' truth about radioactive lenses (176 comments in total)

That's pretty funny... There's a lot of common things that people aren't aware contain innocuous amounts of radiation (besides, y'know, most of the known universe).

EXIT signs often use tritium to glow in the dark sans electricity, even if you took a bat and shattered one the radiation/gas would dissipate in a second. Also, the zipper pull/fob on my camera bag and the one on my best flashlight. :D

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 15:03 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
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justmeMN: With the cancellation of DL, and the alleged cancellation of Nikon 1, Nikon is the only one of the Big Three Camera Companies that has no offerings in the 1" sensor category.

Sony probably sells more 1" sensor cameras than anyone else, but Canon recently reported "significantly expanded unit sales of our G-Series brand of premium models".

It's kinda weird, Sony seems to sell RX100 models hand over fist and even get away with raising the price every year and keeping old models as the step down option... Yet Nikon wants nothing to do with 1".

Panasonic's 1" compacts seem to be doing well too, Oly doesn't have any 1" sensor cameras either do they? Nor Fuji for that matter? Which is kinda bizarre since both of those mostly use/buy Sony sensors... Whereas Canon/Panasonic could make* their own but still buy from Sony (*maybe not so much anymore for Pana).

I would've really liked to see that UWA 1" DL, it's the only small travel camera replacement that might've lured me away from investing further into M4/3.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 14:52 UTC
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newe: Any discounts?? Good travel camera? Don't know much about this system

Small, and with C-AF capabilities that seemed to be well ahead of their time... But lacking in lens selection, with too many bodies and UI decisions geared for beginners, and overpriced.

At least that's what I gathered from the outside looking in over the years. Samsung briefly had a 1" system too didn't they? Seems like at least for Nikon there was a lot of potential there... Had they ever been any cheaper I might've tried a body for the AF abilities alone, and they had that waterproof model too.

Nikon is just killing 1" cameras left and right this year between the 1 and the DL series... It's a shame, as a semi recent adopter of ILCs and higher end cameras, those are the only Nikons that ever grabbed my attention.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 14:45 UTC

So Nikon will still not call an official time of death even tho they pulled the plug? Kind of the antithesis of news... ;P

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 14:40 UTC as 88th comment
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Johnmw58: Most of the people I see using both Apple and android smartphones for video
seem to be holding their phone in portrait mode.
these phones shoot HD they must be losing out on a lot of image quality.

Or they're posting it and viewing it exclusively on the likes of Instagram (ie destined for other phone screens)... Not that it doesn't make it any less obnoxious when one of those videos and up in any other media space.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 11:18 UTC
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Thermidor: That's rich. People bragging about iPhone bokeh, when they're just badly done gaussian blur effects. I'd rather take a cellphone shot with no background blurring than obviously fake bokeh. Try shooting with a light source in the frame and you'll start seeing just how awful and tacky it looks. Worse still when people take an obviously wide shot and blur everything else out but themselves.

At least the Huawei P9/P10's dual cameras uses one camera to take an in-focus shot, and the other way out of focus to composite them together to generate real background blur.

Fake DOF effects were actually all the rage on Android phones several years ago. Google had you move the phone sounds like a doofus to create the depth map, HTC used 2 modules way before it was trendy (and for the 2nd time, their first attempt was for stereoscopic 3D), LG had some sort of implemention as well... This was back around the time of the first One and the Nexus 5 IIRC.

Nobody really seemed to care, it went by the wayside within one generation of phones, then Apple repopularized it... At least with the slightly longer focal lengths it makes a little more sense, but yeah, it still seems gimmicky to me. Their barbershop comercial does a pretty good job of hyping it up tho. They gotta do something tho, smartphone cameras really aren't advancing at the rate some people think they are, they're kinda plateau'ing.

Features like this and computational heavy processing are the only ways to work around the small sensor and space constrained non-modular form factor.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 09:45 UTC

Sounds like sour grapes to me... What if you care more about dynamic range or low light performance than a fake DoF effect? Google is still "crushing it" with their latest implementation of HDR+ on the Pixel line... They arguably took the software based computational approach farther than anyone has.

Talking about all of the Android market like it's one homogenous soup is kinda pointless, if you're gonna make a comparison you need to get down to specific phone models. I'm pretty impressed with what Google has done on their own/latest phones and I didn't even buy it for the camera, there just aren't a lot of great choices <5.5"...

If OnePlus made a smaller phone I'd probably buy that instead (or maybe not, proprietary fast charging is one of the few turnoffs on the otherwise excellent OP line, USB PD is the future). Still, the quick multi frame grab and processing Google has managed is quite effective, to a much higher degree than any similar implementation.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 06:17 UTC as 41st comment
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Impulses: That Phase One body actually has a seismograph-like sensor that waits for the moment with the least amount of vibrations to fire or did I totally misinterpret what the guy said? That's really interesting if so...

Shooting the car with a pretty long tele was also an interesting choice... The rest of the clip was pretty bland advertorial stuff.

The end results do look fantastic tho, the shots with a few beams of light shining attached an angle are superb.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 06:08 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: If the subject is stationary in good light can't you just shoot a bunch of 20 Megapixel images of it and make a 10,000 Megapixel image?

Well, the light might be changing some as traffic moves nearby, and I imagine they wouldn't wanna risk any reshoots if the stitching doesn't go absolutely perfect... Just guesses tho. In this case it probably just came down to the photog's personal choice and/or the marketing dollars involved in all angles of production.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 05:59 UTC
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