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I like the idea of "standard terms of bug-bounty program". Very clever way of finding bugs in your system. I hope it has clause that only company approved bugs are available to hunt.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 19:49 UTC as 41st comment | 4 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (483 comments in total)

In every panasonic I had the battery would deplete when left in OFF.. is the G85 any better? It drove me nuts, any time I wanted to quickly grab FZ1000 without preparation, the battery was dead. My fuji or canon seems to sit on charges forever if I don't use them.... ultimatelly that was why I sold the panasonic, I always had to grab my other cameras or think in advance.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 19:39 UTC as 9th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (483 comments in total)
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NZ Scott: I managed to pick up a brand-new G85 for the equivalent of USD $495 and I'm very impressed with it.

However, my favourite M43 camera remains the tiny GM5 that I bought two and a half years ago.

Clever clock!

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 19:32 UTC
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wed7: I do not understand why so many negatives against the K-1 on the closing remarks vs the Sony? That Pentax must be truly amazing despite its flaws.

I don't have pentax anymore but have very soft spot for them. Pentax is in my mind the photographer centric camera. I have few sony alpha cams but view them more like an electronics with rapid depreciation.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 19:21 UTC
On article Corephotonics sues Apple over dual-camera zoom patents (97 comments in total)

The tech is not secret nor hard to make. But I assume the other company apple bought had better patent portfolio than Corephotonics or were cheaper. They can now easily file countersuit claiming Corephotonics infringe on the Linx patents that they own and it will be resolved beyond closed door, mostly for apple benefits.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 18:20 UTC as 1st comment

I am a bit confused, isn't this a repackaged and cheaper M6?

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 00:23 UTC as 8th comment
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2223 comments in total)

Interesting how new cameras are getting more and more expensive than previous models. I don't think it is because the manufacturing is getting more expensive every year, I think it may be a reflection of slowly falling sales but still that would only slow down the sales more.
In CAD the T2 body alone is now $2000. That is really significant price hike.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 16:59 UTC as 182nd comment | 3 replies
On article Macphun offers Aurora HDR Pro 3-month payment plan (39 comments in total)

Looks nice, but a bit expensive for my taste. Does the soft have adjustment layers like Dynamic Photo HDR 6?

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 05:15 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Macphun offers Aurora HDR Pro 3-month payment plan (39 comments in total)
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avidly lucid: Sounds like not enough people are buying it> It may be good, but how do they expect to make money if it is only available in a Mac version?

Downloaded and sold is entirely not the same...

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 05:11 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2498 comments in total)
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Thematic: Impressive results imo.

Hover the image loop over the asian girl and look at the balanced skin tone vs other cameras - or even the older 16MP XT1. Detail and no red color shift. Pleasing results.

IMO the new Pro-2 is the most accurate and pleasing results of any camera in the test.

Portrait photographers will love this camera and system and the results will only get better once Capture One Pro supports these files.

Well done Fuji. Its on my buy list this summer for sure. Thank you Dpreview for sharing these findings.

The "much improved" would work if the previous Fuji cameras were pretty lousy to start with. But they are not. I'd say the standard settings looks exactly like the standard settings on T1 or PRO1.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 02:02 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2498 comments in total)
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M H S: Pretty photos and nice form factor.

Does anyone think fuji will ever create a full frame cousin.

Why not to go even bigger. I mean 1900's big formats. that will show them, them pesky pixels, who is the boss.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 01:55 UTC

But wouldn't importing cats from china pose some administrative nightmare? Think about the certificates and required shots. They didn't think that through, did they?

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 04:02 UTC as 11th comment
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DodgyPhotog: Waiting for a 4K Xiaomi. Most commenters probably haven't owned anything by them before, but recently in the UK we've had access to their products really cheap. The build quality is better than anything bar Apple. Massively surprised. Shocked actually.

FWIW. All designers rip off other designers. Look at Ive and Dieter Rams.

I forgive Xiaomi because they're a force for good (as far as any firm using up rare earth minerals to make things we don't need can be). They're going to make big waves in the next 5 years. No reason why companies need 8 billion in the bank when folk are starving.

As I understand Rams was actually pleased by the apple flattery following his design and Ive would mention Rams influence anytime they let him speak.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 04:00 UTC
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Mike FL: Interesting finding:

"Xiaomi CEO"net worth is estimated to be 35 billion US dollars. In 2011, Lei was ranked #201 on Forbes list of China’s 400 Richest. In 2014, he was named Businessman of the Year by Forbes."

"Xiaomi was co-founded by eight partners on April 6, 2010. In the first round of funding, institutional investors included:

- Temasek Holdings, a Singaporean government-owned investment vehicle,
- the Chinese venture capital funds IDG Capital
- Qiming Venture Partners,
- mobile processor developer Qualcomm.
- ...

The company has over 8,000 employees, mainly in mainland China, Malaysia,and Singapore, and is expanding to other countries such as India,Indonesia, the Philippines and Brazil."

"According to IDC Xiaomi is now the third largest smartphone maker."

I am just wondering, if they start doing big R&D, creating their own unique gizmos and we start copying their stuff, will they become furious, running around like mad and crying "intellectual theft"? Because this may happen.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 03:56 UTC
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(unknown member): I'll skip reading the article and jump to conclusion ignoring (possible) facts that may contradict my poisition.

I think of industrial espionage. Japan and most of the western industrialized world has set shops in China for the cheap labor. South Korea has joined the cheap labor venture and will soon be a victim on stolen intellectual property and patent infringement.

Am I biased? Of course I am.

What would they do when they run out of countries with cheap labor? War, to create new cheap labor frontiers?

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 03:51 UTC
On article Google launches Cardboard Camera VR app for Android (20 comments in total)

At least google seems to have sense of humor with their new "cardboard" line of products. Well after all that nonsense how everyone will be already wearing google glass by now... the cardboard VR is more coupled with the reality.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 03:45 UTC as 1st comment
On article Apple launches battery case for iPhone 6 & 6s (143 comments in total)

I bet the chinese are now getting furious. Someone is copying their own design.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 03:40 UTC as 5th comment
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cinemascope: GoPro is the biggest marketing scam ever. Action cameras with massive rolling shutter? WTF? If you are going to sell specialised gear, then at least do it properly? The whole of the last decade is now tainted with defective videos and there is no end in sight, as it gave other manufacturers the excuse to sell crappy gear too. How fitting they've picked the name Karma, really hope it does its job.

You may be onto something. Not even commenting on the whole ultrawide lens idiocy. You can't even watch it on bigger screen without becoming sick. It is just for totally self pleasuring youtubers because no-one else is willing to watch that.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 03:36 UTC
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