SamTruax

Lives in Canada Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Works as a Art Director
Joined on Jul 2, 2008
About me:

Own or have owned...
Casio QV 300
Canon A5
Casio EXlim7
Nikon Coolpix 5000
Nikon Coolpix 8800
Panasonic Lumix FZ18
Canon G9
Canon A570 IS
Canon A720 IS
Olympus E510 - w/kit lenses, 70-300, Panny Leica 14-50 f 2.8
Panasonic Lumix LX3
Fuji S100fs
Fuji S2 Pro
Fuji S5 Pro
Nikon 50 1.8, Tamron 90 2.8 Macro
Olympus E330
Olympus E520 w/kit 40-150 (new), Zuiko 18-180, Zuiko 50 f2
Canon G11
Pentax K-x w/kit 18-55, 55-300, FA 50 1.4, multiple old K and screw mount manual lenses
Canon G7
Sony R1
Canon EOS 10D
Olympus E-PL1
Panasonic G1
mZuiko 14-42, 17 2.8
Panny 20 1.7, 45-200
Sony TX5
Sigma DP1s
Fuji S200EXR
Panasonic LX5
Olympus E620, kit lenses, 50 f2, 14-54 Mk I, FL36R
Olympus E420
Sony HX100V
Olympus XZ-1
Panasonic G2
Panasonic 14-45

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Mercury273: these guys?... :-(

I find their delivery irritating...although I'm sure they know a lot about cameras...is it a Canadian thing maybe?

Yes, yes we are irritating... sorry ;-)

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 19:27 UTC
On article Huawei launches MediaPad M5 Pro tablet with M-Pen (36 comments in total)
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Ingo70: Software is the key to any good Computer System, isn't it? So, how many developers will jump the train?
In my opinion if there ist an App like Affinity Photo or fast Raw Converter it will be a serious Instrument for Photographers.
Else, ist might just be a nice gadget for writing Notices and drawing lines on the Display.

But it doesn't matter because most devices will run some version of all the different apps. And if the device has a decent processor, like this one seems to have, it will be able to be updated for about 3 years. Either way we're talking about a lot of apps available. If the American market can get past the spying it should be successful :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 20:20 UTC
On article Huawei launches MediaPad M5 Pro tablet with M-Pen (36 comments in total)
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Ingo70: Software is the key to any good Computer System, isn't it? So, how many developers will jump the train?
In my opinion if there ist an App like Affinity Photo or fast Raw Converter it will be a serious Instrument for Photographers.
Else, ist might just be a nice gadget for writing Notices and drawing lines on the Display.

It runs Android... the operating system that powers half of all mobile devices. I'm pretty sure you'll find plenty of "software" for it.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 05:37 UTC
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GabrielZ: I love this store’s YouTube channel. The best camera review channel around IMO. Although it seems their review output seems to have dropped of late. With more emphasis it seems going to their live broadcasts which I don’t watch much.

They seemed fine in the end of year best and worst gear video. They went through a pitcher of gin and tonic and played Battleship. Maybe that's why he seemed unwell :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2018 at 20:17 UTC
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Kashim: It's strange they had to rely on someone spotting the loot on Kijiji. Why was there no video of the thieves breaking in? I mean, it's a camera store and there was no video surveillance system? hehe

I don't think the thieves were wearing name tags so, even if there was video, it wouldn't lead them to someone's door. It might have 'eventually' lead to the right culprits but social media is a lot quicker than most investigations.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2018 at 20:14 UTC
On article LG V30 camera review (141 comments in total)

These used to be the phones of choice for serious phone photography but, other than some decent low light results, the images and videos here are really poor. The video is especially poor. It has a lot of great manual controls but what's the use if the results are so poor?

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 15:00 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
On article Google Pixel 2 sample gallery (138 comments in total)
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mckracken88: holy smokes (and mirrors), this is supposed to be the groundbreaking image quality of phones these days?

I just zoomed in to 100% (grassy hill with people) and its shockingly bad. Grainy, smeary low detail totally oversharpened and saturated. People want their pics, their captured moments to look like that? Unbelievable....

That was an hilarious rant. Imagine if the world only revolved around YOUR opinion.
Question is... why would anyone want crappy photos of their loved ones? For years the cameras on smartphones took muddy, pixelated, dark photos where you wouldn't even be able to tell which relative you were standing next to at a family event. You wouldn't be able to tell whether one photo was downtown Seattle or downtown Hong Kong. With today's phones you get great images that are properly exposed and have almost no noise compared to just a couple of years ago.
The most used photographic tool of the past few years has been the Apple iPhone. That's just one type of smartphone. You can imagine how many other smartphones make the list.
If a smartphone is the only device you currently have on you for taking a photo and you want good images then you want the best tech that will get you those images. Most of the world doesn't bring their good camera gear with them wherever they go.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 18:42 UTC
On article Google Pixel 2 sample gallery (138 comments in total)
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matthiasbasler: If this is the "cutting edge" of smartphone image quality, then I as an enthusiast photographer will happily continue shooting with my "real" dedicated cameras. Even my compact old Olympus XZ-2, easily beats the Pixel 2 in terms of image detail, and its images don't look half as "smeared" at low ISOs. NR effects are still much too strong for my liking on the Pixel 2. Just look at the black cat sample photo - no fur details at all ... the high resolution is wasted in most scenes.
But then, the phone seems to get useful and well-colored photos even at night, which is good to see.

That said, as an emergency camera or for people who just shoot images for social media, the quality is well enough for sure. I'm just not that person.

If you can't take decent photos with this phone then I don't think the device is the problem.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 19:06 UTC
On article Google Pixel 2 sample gallery (138 comments in total)
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mckracken88: holy smokes (and mirrors), this is supposed to be the groundbreaking image quality of phones these days?

I just zoomed in to 100% (grassy hill with people) and its shockingly bad. Grainy, smeary low detail totally oversharpened and saturated. People want their pics, their captured moments to look like that? Unbelievable....

But it is still better than any other phone out there. So if all you have is your phone to take pics then this is the best choice currently available.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 19:02 UTC
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Peiasdf: Like the sensor size and range but f/2.8-5.6 is too dark. f/2.8 constant or f/1.8-2.8 would be amazing

It is disappointing. Considering other companies are managing to put brighter lenses in their fixed lens cameras...and not massive ones.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 17:33 UTC
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (203 comments in total)
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avicenanw: Fantastic images for sharing on social media. If you are addicted to pixel peeping at 100%, use something else. Your phone was not meant for it.

However, there are a lot of other new phones on the market that look a lot better at 100%...and perform better in low light. Hopefully the X will actually catch Apple up to the rest of the crowd.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 13:50 UTC
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (203 comments in total)
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wabre: it's just too much of a hype around the iphone and it's qualities. technically, it's just another smartphone with a camera. nothing spectacular. other smartphones are similar - some worse, some better. there seriously is nothing special about these pictures - even if taken by an iphone 8. really, there's nothing special about these. stop making an iphone the steve jobs cult gadget...

I think Steve Jobs would have told them to go to a larger sensor a long time ago as well. Overall the details in these images are severely lacking.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
On article DxOMark Mobile Report: Lenovo Moto G Plus (15 comments in total)

I think some of the negative comments here are from those who have been left behind.
Have a look at the smartphone forums on the web and you will see the incredible amount of interest in the latest and greatest devices.
I read the regular camera reviews AND the smartphone reviews... I want the best device for every occasion... including when I don't have a 'real' camera with me.
Keep ALL the info coming. If I don't want to read it I will scroll past it.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 21:52 UTC as 1st comment
On article Apple iPhone 6s Plus camera review (158 comments in total)

Wow... I can't believe how bad the images are. I was really hoping for something better this time around but I guess there are better options these days that produce much better images.
I have tried almost everything and it looks like devices that are a few years old (like the Nokia 1020) or at least 1 year old (like the Panasonic CM 1) are still leaps and bounds above the image quality of the iPhone. The iPhone 6 is better than this.
For low light people shots (which most cell phones are used for) you really need the Xenon flash. More companies should be incorporating it.
I guess Apple gets by on how well the rest of the phone performs and the fact that most people don't care too much about the quality of their images.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 18:13 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
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tedwill48167: It seems more of a stop gap than anything else. Later this year Apple will have a new iphone with the super quality sensor that they acquired from LinX:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-buys-israeli-camera-technology-company-linx-1429037790

If it were less expensive, I'd consider getting one, but it seems overpriced.

People are going to be sorely disappointed when the new iPhones come out and this new LinX technology is still using a tiny sensor. Sure the images might be better than the old iPhones but they are still going to be terrible compared to even a 2/3 sensor...and this DxO One has a full 1" sensor (or, at least, what they call a 1" sensor these days). It's also more likely that the new technology will show up on the iPhone 7...not the upcoming 6s.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 14:35 UTC
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peppermonkey: Can't really get excited about this. And this is not because I don't have an iPhone because even if I did...I would feel the same. Personally I feel the Sony way is the way to go even if current gen is a clumsy affair. The problem with this is that...well, you need to physically connect via a tiny protrusion that, frankly, I can see many people breaking off. Even if you don't, you can easily, accidentally, slide it off. What happens when you accidentally disconnect while transferring data between devices? iPhone connectors can change rendering this useless. You must hold with two hands at all times because of the connection (being too fragile). With the Sony, at least it's wireless. The ergonomics, performance and general clumsiness will presumably be refined to the point of being seamless. Besides, Android guys can't use it. Sorry, from a future proof POV, Sony seems to be on the right track.

Hi Rishi... did you try it with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? I am wondering if the larger sized iPhone makes it easier or harder to work with.
Thanks

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 14:15 UTC
On article Going solo: DxO introduces 20MP 'ONE' connected camera (127 comments in total)

All I see here are posts from people who are seriously stuck in the past.
It's a new design, it looks very easy to hold and it will likely take great photos. The price certainly isn't as ridiculous as the $999 they are asking for an RX100 M4 here in Canada.
When the price settles down a little it will probably do well... which is a shame because I would rather it not do well so I can pick one up super cheap when the stores are trying to dump them.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
On article Going solo: DxO introduces 20MP 'ONE' connected camera (127 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: My 6.44" Sony Xperia Z Ultra smartphone with 20mp APS-C QX1 takes any of my E /FE mount lenses or any APS-C/full frame lens on the planet using low cost adapters.
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7641/17078756579_cc55275451_o.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7657/17078756529_e33652c25d_o.png

Put that in your pocket :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 21:15 UTC
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