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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On article LG V30 camera review (34 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 21st comment
On article Google Pixel 2 sample gallery (141 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 (141 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 (141 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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SamTruax: I think the software version of these type of images are almost getting as good as what the Lytro light field cameras are producing...doesn't bode well for light field cameras.

I think that is the big thing missing from the Lytro cameras...the backgrounds are just 'smoothly' out of focus. Not everyone likes bokeh or certain types of bokeh but for those of us who do, the light field blur just doesn't cut it. I guess we will see what the future brings.
A light field camera with a four thirds mount might be interesting...if it were possible. Best of both worlds with the use of legacy glass.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 19:20 UTC

I think the software version of these type of images are almost getting as good as what the Lytro light field cameras are producing...doesn't bode well for light field cameras.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2014 at 14:24 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On article Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 (148 comments in total)

The only drawback to the 1020 is it's DR and overall operational speed.
The ignorance of some of the responses here is astounding. I am guessing that most of you don't realize that the sensor in the 1020 is larger than almost all point and shoot cameras including some of the higher end ones...never mind being larger than every other camera phone (except the original Nokia 808).
The fact that I have a large sensor and RAW capabilities with me at all times and I don't have to carry an extra device is invaluable.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 18:05 UTC as 25th comment
On article Photographing Thailand with the Nokia Lumia 1020 (148 comments in total)
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MichaelIsGreat4: Honestly, going to Thailand and ending up taking pictures in black and white is the stupidest idea possible!!
It is like some stupid idiot who would decide to still watch a black and white TV today when there are now only color TVs available, not to mention 1080p color TVs!!

More, these pictures would be SO MUCH BETTER IN COLOR!!!

There is this false idea (most of the time even snobbish, falsely "hip" idea) that quality pictures ought to be in black and white! Wrong!! It is much worse when a good picture is in black and white than if it would have been in color.
Why? We live in a world full of colors, WE DO NOT LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS BLACK AND WHITE!!!!!!

When I see black and white pictures from a photographer, I think to myself "another idiot who thinks he wants to pretend being an "artistic photographer" by using black and white pictures instead of color pictures!!!"

Thanks for sharing anyway these pictures but I stopped watching them as soon as I saw that they were in B&W!!

The Lumia 1020 shoots in RAW so I wouldn't cry too much about the photographer being "dumb" enough to only take black and white photos.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 17:54 UTC
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