Impulses

Lives in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
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TheDarmok74: I'd like to buy it but it's not available in Austria and getting it via Germany is about 1,000$- way too much even for such a nice phone.
Funny strategy from Google.

Yeah Google sucks at making things available across borders sometimes, don't feel too bad tho, keeping it in stock even in the US has been a whole ordeal. I got mine in November and it doesn't seem like it's been any easier to score one since, specially if you want the XL rather than the smaller one (what I got).

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 04:00 UTC

Meh, that blog post was surprisingly light on details... The most interesting thing in the whole post was that the team leader used to work in animation at Hanna Barbera. Maybe I've just read one too many articles about the Pixel camera origins; I *was* pleasantly surprised by it's results and I didn't even buy the phone because of it.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:58 UTC as 5th comment
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kristof93: Camera manufacturers should implement this sooner rather than later. Bit embarassing that a phone has better iq than few years old dslrs.

Olympus has a lot of neat software tricks, but seamless/instant hand held HDR off a constant image stream isn't one of them... Doesn't mean I actually prefer my Pixel to my E-M5 II for much, but I was pleasantly surprised by the former (didn't really buy it for the camera; updates, performance, and even USB PD over Type C were all a higher priority for me).

I do wonder if camera manufacturers haven't gone down this computationally heavy route because of hardware constraints (much easier to capture and mash a couple of JPEGs from a small sensor than larger files off a larger still sensor), or because they just don't have the resources and know how. The worst thing of all would be if they aren't doing it just to not break with convention.

Then again, it did take like 3 years for them to perfect HDR+ to the point where it became a standout feature, almost at the exclusion of the rest of their cameras features... A whole lot of exciting things have happened in the camera world in the last 3 years.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:45 UTC
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rafaelinux: Class leading? About the worst Imaging on flagship available!

Bad trolls can still troll, welcome to the interwebs. DPR needs a comment downvote (again?).

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 03:36 UTC
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Favorable Exponynt: Pick up a cheap Nikon 1 AW1 Dude. It's a no brainer and you can take it on your board with you.

Good heads up indeed, that's the only reason I would've ever bought one to begin with, but it seems even on clearance it'd be a waste.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 20:06 UTC

Street price is ok, rated speeds are pretty low tho... If you don't need a 'tough' drive there's far faster options for the money.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 20:04 UTC as 14th comment
On article Oberwerth launches Donau line of leather lens pouches (55 comments in total)
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dbm305: Leather! Zeiss advises never to keep lenses in leather pouches, for fungus related reasons...

If nothing else, at least grab some tightly locking plastic bins and the rechargeable EVA Dry portable desiccants... They're like those silica packs you get in the box with stuff sometimes but larger and easy to plug into an outlet in order to recharge (it heats up and releases it's humidity)...

I've been using the 333/500 here in Puerto Rico and I end up having to recharge them every couple months, which means they're doing their job. It's another chore on the to-do list but they're cheap enough that you can use them in a variety of places. They have color indicating beads to tell when it's time to recharge.

Grab a battery powered hygrometer while you're at it, and/or those paper indicators so you don't have to rely solely on the tiny window on the EVA Dry.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 01:31 UTC
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jf_tea: The LX-3 was great.
The aspect ratio switch was very useful :
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/6963226641/photos/188372/intersection-huaykwang-ratchadaphisek-9pm
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/6963226641/photos/214395/illumination-18-28-wat-chai-wattanaram
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/6963226641/photos/188375/fortune-telling-sticks-in-a-thai-temple
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/6963226641/photos/224941/lac-monroe-qu-bec-canada (yes, I did learn to use RAW and avoid burnt out sky later).

Sadly, I gave it away after getting a GF1+20/1.7 (then GX1) later.

I miss the small size, "24mm" PoV and that aspect ratio switch.

PS: Please write a Throwback Thursday about the GF1 & 20/1.7 :)

There's the pancake 14/2.5... Had the pancake 12-32 zoom never come out I would've bought one... Between that and my 12/2 I didn't have much use for it tho.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 20:46 UTC
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cSalmon: imho mobile devices are still about what type of computer you have on your desk. Why have an iPad if you have an HP tower? Until Apple either builds a new computer or announces it's out of the desktop business, why even bother?

I'm no Apple fan, but that makes no sense... Tons of people have a PC and an iPad, or an iPhone and a Surface, or an Android phone and a MacBook... The way web services work these days it's really not a big deal. Not like HP or MS make any decent phones, nor does Google make a high powered laptop/desktop. The only one with a real semblance of vertical integration in their lineup is Apple.

Again, j personally couldn't care less... DIY desktop here and Android phone.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 23:12 UTC
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munro harrap: There's however a big snag that explains its low cost: It has only got the old 8MP camera. This is 2010 technology, and even then the Nokia N8 , also 8 megapixel, was using a much bigger sensor. When it is that price with the new 12MP camera it will match the iPhone &, which has the newish 12MP sensor. Dont waste your money!

Because using tablets for taking photos rocks! Wait no...

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 23:10 UTC
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webber15: Still not sure what "tracking" actually is?? I mean...I see a bif...follow it with the shutter half pressed - that's tracking in my book...(using zone focus btw)

Tracking is very often used sans tripod.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 13:50 UTC
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lunic: From my experience, Olympus ' C-AF+TR is rarely robust, except for the glorious flagship E-M1 series. And I'm afraid that most of E-M1 series users won't need this article to find out capabilities of their camera. It was Olympus that made subject tracking an issue in the mirrorless world, and.... see what they have done in their midrange and entry bodies.

Olympus has taken way wayyy too long in implementing OSPDAF on any midrange body. All the tracking in the world isn't good for anything if the camera can't focus fast enough on what it's tracking, meanwhile over the course of one and a half generations Panasonic managed to slap DFD on their entire line, grrr. I use both FWIW.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 07:26 UTC
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webber15: Still not sure what "tracking" actually is?? I mean...I see a bif...follow it with the shutter half pressed - that's tracking in my book...(using zone focus btw)

Why would panning make it useless? Camera movement doesn't kill the actual tracking...

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 07:22 UTC
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fedway: Ironic: the title pompously states, "it should matter to you." Yet, subject tracking only really matters depending on what subjects matter to you. Some of us couldn't care less about shooting weddings, hyperactive children moving around, BIF or sports. All the bandwidth spent on the topic is because of the technical geekiness factor not necessarily due to it's over-all relevance to many people.

Uhh, that's kinda the point... Really good tracking doesn't get in the way, it makes it way easier to capture active subjects like kids without worrying about the AF... Just let it track and focus on framing etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 07:21 UTC
On article Erez Marom: On causality in landscape photography (108 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: "maybe you're telling a story about the threat of global warming."

Sure, you can use photography as a propaganda tool. It's been used for decades for that purpose. A picture doesn't tell the story, and a picture is not worth 1000 words -- it requires a 1000 words to tell the actual story.

It can spark the conversation tho, just like music and other media.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 05:06 UTC

Excellent AF analysis, I like how you've fleshed out those sections over the last year or so... The varied real world tests are also very insightful. That being said, it would be nice to see at least a cursory remark about how it compares versus the likes of the E-M1 II, X-T2, and a6500.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 15:11 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
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HB1969: I really need to read the headline more carefully. For a minute I thought it said that Olympus were ending MICRO Four Thirds system...and after announcing they're working on 8K

They're not making Zuiko lenses anymore, they're making m.Zuiko lenses... ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 06:44 UTC
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Jefftan: I never understand if anyone is slightly interested in real photography
a dirt cheap RX100 first generation get u a 1 inch sensor and 4 times zoom
weight 240 gram

use a tiny sensor phone?
Those are the majority and don't really care photography

It is correct that camera companies are targeting real photographer
but with the sad reality of increasing price to compensate for much lower volume
after all maybe 90-99% of people are not photographer

Those said they got a new phone because of how good the camera is
I don't know if they are real stupid or just joking

That may be true in daylight, low light phone photos are another story... As to why, in the midst of a big photography boon, more people don't buy actual cameras? Two main factors IMO, the first one is sheer convenience, phones are just easier to use and quicker to get photos out of. It took wayyy too long for decent Wi-Fi implementations to show up on cameras.

Second, sheer ignorance. It ALSO took wayyy too long for 1" compacts to show up in numbers outside of the RX100, and the still haven't come down in price much. Meanwhile this pervasive (and true, to an extent) notion that smartphones could do everything a camera could do but zoom took root, P&S became passe because people thought (rightly so) there wasn't much of a point to them.

The whole camera market sat on their laurels for way too long. Had the RX shown up a couple years later, and had its competition shown up sooner, and had prices come down quicker, there might still be an actual P&S market. Camera makers were happy to rehash the same old models and maybe pump out a few travel zooms year after year tho.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 09:18 UTC
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falconeyes: A comparison of profit based on sales revenue would make much more sense.
Second to Apple was Samsung with Chinese makers known to have a low margin.
With Samsung recent issues it is clear that most profits 2016 have gone Apple. Also, Apple isn't buying other companies like crazy. Maybe, their attitude to keep their profits is a reflex left over from the days Apply went bankrupt, or almost so.

It just doesn't mean though that Apple's per unit margin is unusually high.

BTW, believe it ot not,in 3rd quarter 2016, the iPhone even had 104% of worldwide smartphone profits ;)

Umm, Samsung doesn't pay Google anything for Android.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 05:41 UTC
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Fizzunk: Does that profit include accessories and apps?

If so I guess that might explain things.

But if it's just for the phones itself that is an absurd profit margin. Especially considering the price point for an iphone isn't that far from its competitors.

It shouldn't, unless the report and article are blowing smoke... Apple reports those earnings under separate divisions. Apps and accessories are still a drop in the bucket compared to phone profits tho, if you've ever looked at their earnings reports.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 05:40 UTC
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