speculatrix

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On article Huawei P10 camera review (87 comments in total)
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speculatrix: this is 5.1" and you're calling it a phablet? By current standards, this is a below average size phone!

sorry, I misread it.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 19:39 UTC
On article Huawei P10 camera review (87 comments in total)

this is 5.1" and you're calling it a phablet? By current standards, this is a below average size phone!

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:05 UTC as 30th comment | 4 replies
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firemachine69: So... Why hasn't anyone talked about a mini umbrella that just attaches to the camera itself...

yeah, just make it clip into the flash hot-shoe.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 15:33 UTC

why isn't there a mini umbrella that attaches to a camera's hot-shoe?

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 15:32 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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Albert Valentino: They didn't help themselves by recently creating a different name for the same product depending on where they are selling it. That simply confuses consumers trying to figure out what't what. Which brings us to marketing, or lack of it. Unlike Sony, they never seemed to throw much money into marketing their line so name recognition for photography is poor. So now the question becomes, 'do we thow real money into marketing the line or not'.

Hopefully, the new management have a love of photography and want to make products they love to own. If bean counters get in to just mass produce widgets, then the line will have no soul and likely die off.

What could breath real life into the line is a miracle. That miracle is the mythical organic sensor, which has been 2-3 years away for the past four years ☹️

All I was asking was some figured to back up your statement on the comparative size of the market. So I thought I'd answer it myself.

I found some figures showing that camera sales have been in free fall since 2012. https://photographylife.com/a-few-thoughts-about-the-camera-market/

This suggests that mirrorless and DSLR market shares are growing at the expense of compact, but absolute sales numbers are falling.

So it's not just going to be m43, it'll be all makes, all formats, all brands,

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 21:07 UTC
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Albert Valentino: They didn't help themselves by recently creating a different name for the same product depending on where they are selling it. That simply confuses consumers trying to figure out what't what. Which brings us to marketing, or lack of it. Unlike Sony, they never seemed to throw much money into marketing their line so name recognition for photography is poor. So now the question becomes, 'do we thow real money into marketing the line or not'.

Hopefully, the new management have a love of photography and want to make products they love to own. If bean counters get in to just mass produce widgets, then the line will have no soul and likely die off.

What could breath real life into the line is a miracle. That miracle is the mythical organic sensor, which has been 2-3 years away for the past four years ☹️

sure, APS-C is a format, but it becomes a brand and proprietary format depending on the brand of camera it's in.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 17:02 UTC
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Albert Valentino: They didn't help themselves by recently creating a different name for the same product depending on where they are selling it. That simply confuses consumers trying to figure out what't what. Which brings us to marketing, or lack of it. Unlike Sony, they never seemed to throw much money into marketing their line so name recognition for photography is poor. So now the question becomes, 'do we thow real money into marketing the line or not'.

Hopefully, the new management have a love of photography and want to make products they love to own. If bean counters get in to just mass produce widgets, then the line will have no soul and likely die off.

What could breath real life into the line is a miracle. That miracle is the mythical organic sensor, which has been 2-3 years away for the past four years ☹️

@albert valentino wrote: "the m43 market is small".. small compared to what?

can you quote sales figures for all the m43rd cameras sold by Oly + Pan + Kodak + Yi ++,
vs Nikon vs Canon? I'd like to know.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:18 UTC
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fPrime: Another nail in the mFT coffin.

m43rd is a pretty popular standard. Now that Nikon have pulled the plug on their MILC products, and Canon being half hearted about theirs, I can see m43rd continuing well. There are quite a few companies, not just Panasonic or Olympus, who are in this space.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:15 UTC
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ovatab: no biggie if they slash 5 out of 12 "compact" models - http://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/lumix-cameras-video-cameras/lumix-digital-cameras.html

on the one hand I agree that Panasonic have too many models, trying to make something to please everything. On the other hand, many of them are much the same under the skin.
So I think they can afford to simplify their product range, to make it easier to explain to consumers and focus their marketing efforts (pun intended) to maximise sales.
And this applies to their compacts, bridge and m43rd ranges.

I think too they have neglected the smartphone-like features in some cameras. I have a Lumix G6 and the wifi feature for uploading photos to services like flickr is next to useless. The other use of wifi, allowing remote control by a smartphone is kind of OK, they should have dropped the former and made the latter work much better.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 21:12 UTC

Digital imaging has made so many things possible, from satellite imaging (though there have been spy satellites which took images on film and sent the film back down to earth) to space exploration, medical science, oceanography and uncountable other things.

I think it's fair to say that this invention and subsequent applied engineering have made immeasurable changes to human life.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 17:35 UTC as 1st comment
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KCDave: The story of the Java monitor at Bell Labs in UK was legendary. The coffee pot was on the first floor. If someone on an upper level needed coffee, they could see the level of coffee in the pot before making the trip downstairs.

are you sure that's the story? do you mean this?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_Room_coffee_pot

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 17:31 UTC
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Enginel: Oh no, heterosexual white males again. It's 2017, why not more diversity?

how many women were involved in the invention of CCDs and their use as camera imaging sensors? perhaps you can you pop back in time to the 1960's and check, or better, ask them to get some women working alongside them?

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 17:30 UTC
On article Olympus working on 8K video for Micro Four Thirds (219 comments in total)
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NameFinder: If I recall this news from Sept. 2015, nothing seems impossible:

"Canon turbo boosts the pixel race with 250-million-pixel APS-H sensor"
https://www.dpreview.com/articles/9255490800/canon-turbo-boosts-the-pixel-race-with-250-million-pixel-aps-h-sensor

Calculated pixel pitch:

wide: 29200 / 19580 = 1.49 µm
high: 20200 / 12600 = 1.60 µm
If the given numbers are correct, the pixels aren't quite quadratic.

Max. frames per second (full sensor readout): 5 fps

For comparison:
Sony HX90 Travel Zoom Cam (30x)

1/2.3 inch BSI-sensor with 18.2 Megapixels (4:3):
Calculated pixel pitch (1inch=16mm) : 1.14 µm

Canon writes about its (almost) 250 Megapixels sensor:
".. despite the exceptionally high pixel count, Canon applied its sensor technologies cultivated over many years to realise an architecture adapted for miniaturised pixels that delivers high-sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance. .."

=> Sounds good !

and how does that resolution compare with the capability of their best lens?

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 20:24 UTC
On article Olympus working on 8K video for Micro Four Thirds (219 comments in total)
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Mariano Pacifico: Photos has now become an afterthought. Digital camera's primary function nowadays is video that is why DSLR behemoths are losing sales over cellcams because cellcams take better videos and photos and readily available at moments notice. There are technologies that are present in cellcams that are bewilderingly supiciously missing from DSLRs. Anyways only DSLR owners care so much about aberrations not the cellcam users.

some makes have taken video seriously for longer than others. Panasonic have had models capable of taking 1080p60 or 1080p50 for years now in even their budget micro4/3rds models.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 20:24 UTC
On article Olympus working on 8K video for Micro Four Thirds (219 comments in total)
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Matt1645f4: I just like taking nice photos :-)

pshaw, you and your taking photos! what kind of site do you think this is???
:-D

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 20:22 UTC
On article Olympus working on 8K video for Micro Four Thirds (219 comments in total)
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Reactive: Has anybody here stood very close to a 4K TV and tried to see the individual pixels? Want to try 8K? Whether its a 60" home TV or a 60 ft stadium screen, 8K is pointless for human eyes. Its only purpose (just like the '3D revolution') is to give something 'new' and 'better' for manufacturers to sell us. I'd much rather Olympus stopped at 4K and devoted their R&D budget to improving image noise and dynamic range.

indeed... I have a, now ageing, 42" 1080p Plasma. One day I'll replace it with a 55" OLED set with 10-bit HDR or Dolby Vision etc, but whether it does 4K won't matter because I simply won't be sitting that close to it.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 17:08 UTC
On article Olympus working on 8K video for Micro Four Thirds (219 comments in total)
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Reactive: Has anybody here stood very close to a 4K TV and tried to see the individual pixels? Want to try 8K? Whether its a 60" home TV or a 60 ft stadium screen, 8K is pointless for human eyes. Its only purpose (just like the '3D revolution') is to give something 'new' and 'better' for manufacturers to sell us. I'd much rather Olympus stopped at 4K and devoted their R&D budget to improving image noise and dynamic range.

totally agree. even 4K is overkill for a TV if you're sitting watching rather than standing up close.
8K "full dome" video does have a purpose if you're doing VR.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 13:39 UTC
On article Olympus working on 8K video for Micro Four Thirds (219 comments in total)

Akira Watanabe, manager of Olympus Imaging's SLR planning department, said in 2009: "Twelve megapixels is, I think, enough for covering most applications most customers need"

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 13:37 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
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melgross: Let's get something correct here. It isn't the "very high margins" Apple gets, though their margins are very good. It's that the on,y time you see their phones selling for a lot less is when a cell company is trying to get to to come to them, or right before the new phones come out.

On the other hand, other manufacturer's phones are almost always on a big sale. A friend recently bought two Edge 7 phones on a two for one. This is normal for most other manufacturer's flagship phone sales. In addition, the average Android phone sells for about $210 worldwide. Apple doesn't compete in that money losing market.

So while their margins are about the same for their flagship phones as most other manufacturers, they don't resort to major continuous sales, and don't compete in the low cost market where margins are almost non existent.

the US phone market is almost surreal in the way that phones are subsidised in order to get consumers to sign up to a monthly contract.
the retail price of the phones bear no relationship to their actual costs.

you need to look at the European off-contract market to see what the phones would actually sell for.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 22:28 UTC
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Coliban: I will believe that this lens is good when i see the first test results because even 600/800$ seems to be cheap for 11mm "FF".

Although i like the idea of coating the lenses with neutrinos. I once saw a documentation where they detected neutrinos in deep mines, some thousand meter beneath surface or in a deep russian sea where they used shining spheres to collect the neutrinos. I can imagine that it is a very high sophisticated technique and cumbersome to collect all those very small and very fast neutrinos from the middle of the earth in order to coat the lenses and it must be extreme expensive because neutrinos have no mass at all, so 600/800$ for so many neutrinos seems like a bargain.

I wonder how they transport those neutrinos, maybe in a nuclear fusion basket? Perhaps i buy one Irix lens to watch all those tiny neutrinos with my magnifying lens. Or can i see the neutrinos already with my Nikon Makro 105mm?

I too saw that marketing bull****, and guessed that someone would write a suitable acerbic comment about it, and rightly so. I despise pseudo-scientific claptrap like that.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 18:01 UTC
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