monkeybrain

Lives in United Kingdom Stirling, United Kingdom
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nwcs: Kind of silly but if they had a Bluetooth shutter activation button it would be more usable.

I've no idea about iPhones, but most Android phones let you use a volume button as the shutter button, so a cut out for the button would probably work fine.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2018 at 19:21 UTC
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RootX: 👍 https://www.ippawards.com/2018-winners-landscape/

There are some nice images there. Second choice seems quite weak, it's a very cliched shot of a tree that has been shot millions of times (even in Robin Hood!)

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2018 at 22:06 UTC
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upptick: It's interesting that computer programmers are able to achieve with computer code what camera makers do with complicated mechanical / optical devices, namely permit some objects to be clear and in-focus while de-emphasizing / blurring other stuff. It can't be too much longer before you will be able to have everything in every photo in perfect focus or selectively choose to have just some stuff in focus and everything else blurred / de-emphasized or just plain removed with a few mouse clicks.

My cheap Huawei phone does what I think you're describing already. The 'bokeh' mode lets you change the focus point after the shot and adjust the 'aperture' (bokeh blur). I assumed all the phones with fake depth of field could do this?

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2018 at 19:32 UTC
On article You can now favorite images in Google Photos (69 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: You can now favourite images.
What kind of English is this?!

😂

I suppose we have to go back and blame Internet Explorer, that used 'favorite' rather than bookmark (as Netscape did). The idea of having more than one 'favorite' was fought against for a long time, being against the original intention of the word, but we've lost that fight too.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2018 at 08:51 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (176 comments in total)
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Yannis1976: There is a Greek rhyme which I will try to translate in English: "From all the blinds the man with the one eye distinguishes himself". In other words underwater IQ in all of them is not that good due to their small sensors. Olympus is simply the best due to its faster lens but only marginally, since it shares the same tiny sensor. In good light they are all fine.

The phrase in English is: "In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king." See the H.G. Wells' story 'In the country of the blind' for a twist in understanding.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2018 at 19:42 UTC
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TragicLantern: If Samsung wants to beat Sony, they should make a deal with Canon. It would be a win-win situation for both. Canon getting the dynamic range and excellent ISO qualities of Samsung sensors while Samsung can sell huge quantities.

Canon has used Sony sensors in the past and will in the future (e.g. 1 inch sensors). I don't think any camera manufacturer has an exclusive sensor contract with Sony. They all buy what they need or can't get elsewhere at a better price. Canon make their own sensors when it matters and buy in when it doesn't.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 22:34 UTC
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Charrick1: What I find to be "racist" is the term "people of color" (used here and elsewhere), as it assumes that a Bushman, a South Korean, a Saudi Arabian, and a Nepalese person all share the same basic characteristics...namely being "noble savages" and "never-ending victims" of "the man" (i.e., the person of "non-color"). (Sorry...you Korean person who objects to the term and says that you worked hard and have a doctorate and a six-figure income...get back down into that catch-all nonsensical category that our modern culture has put you into!) We can forget that the Arab slave trade started earlier and lasted longer than the European one, or that there are black slaves right now being sold in Libya...because Arabs and sub-Saharan Africans are all "people of color", so it's all good. Remember...race doesn't exist, but "people of color" do. Of course this comment will soon go bye-bye...because "this site is purely about camera gear...well, when we want it to be". Prove me wrong.

The statement that "people of color" is a poor choice of phrase has credit. It is an acceptable term in the US but would often be considered racist in the UK.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 21:14 UTC
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mgblack74: I distinctly remember an issue of NatGeo where they asked the hypothetical question “what does the average human look like”. They based it on country population and gender. In the end they said that if an alien landed on Earth asked what the average human looked like, the answer is a 32 year old male from China. So if the average Earthling is that skin tone, then everyone else is of colour or non-colour. Europeans had to lose something to acquire a light complexion. But what is most amazing is that NatGeo is not using their platform oncorrect the term racism. Chimpanzees and humans are a different race. We cannot interbreed. All humans can interbreed. We are the same race, we just have formed adaptions to regional stresses. There is no such thing as race among humans. If anything society is “culturalists” or “pigmentists”. The word racism is a convenient word but highly inaccurate.

RazorTM, I see your point but you are painting with too broad a brush. For example, if taking the genetic view, it would be more logical to group Europeans and Asians into the same group and subdivide Africans into numerous 'races' because of the vast genetic variation within Africa (the genetic differences between someone from western Africa and southern Africa could be much larger than the differences between someone from France and someone from India). The Africans may have similar skin colour (although probably not from their perspective) and similar regional adaptations but that is just because of similarities in climate it does not mean they are of the same 'race'. This is probably more confused in the US, since the majority of the black population in the US comes from western Africa, i.e. a single region of a vast continent containing huge genetic and cultural diversity.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 21:10 UTC
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matthew saville: It's getting kind of annoying that these cheaper compact cameras aren't using the X-trans sensor. Is it really that much more expensive to make? Is it really that critical for product line differentiation?

All I want is an ultralight walk-around camera that has the best possible APS-C image quality at both ISO 100 and ISO 6400.

That would probably be the discontinued Samsung NX500. Old but actually probably still better performing than this Fuji. They've held their value extremely well.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 12:13 UTC

Never mind the PC, it's the positioning of the desk half over the corner of the wall that bothers me... And he's a designer...

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 21:08 UTC as 84th comment | 2 replies
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princecody: I don’t want to pay for an Adobe subscription or be in the cloud. Any good alternatives? Adobe took away the single download that frustrates me 🙄
#BringBackSingleDownload

princecody, although you are right to lament Adobe's greedy subscription model, you really need to work on your understanding of communism.

You might want to look at the open source alternatives, which (ironically given your comment) actually quite communist in being free and open source.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 22:04 UTC
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Atomez: Leica cameras and lenses are 90% made in Portugal. Then they're shipped to Germany where they insert the imaging sensor from Japan (Sony), the red dot and "Made in Germany" logo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMGKEdn4ULk
(the video is portuguese spoken, but you'll get it)

HowaboutRAW, does CMOSIS have a fab in Europe or does it design in Europe and have sensors manufactured in Asia (in a similar way to ARM operates)?

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2017 at 12:05 UTC
On article Canon EOS M100 review (787 comments in total)
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Jylppy: Looks a nice & capable camera, but I think this category of cameras should shoot 4k video. For a DSLR I do not care about video at all, but this camera is not a DSRL replacement, but a "casual upgraded smartphone camera".

And yes, I shoot Canon and like Canon products.

I think that only really matters to a small subset of people posting to sites like Youtube, and even then most will just upload in 1080. I've got a 4k camera, RX100iv, but have never used it to shoot 4k. Why? It's a pain to process it and share it with friends and family. I have used it to shoot 1080, but again not very often because it is just much easier to use my phone to record video and then share it with people (automatic upload to Google Photos or whatever).

Having 4K would probably assist sales though, as people will think they might need it (but actually never use it).

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 12:05 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1623 comments in total)

Richard, can we look forward to DPR doing reviews of alternative software? There seems to be a lot out there and it would be useful to have your assessment of it, for both amateur and professional need.

I know you do some software reviews, but it would be handy to have all the alternatives in a single comparison article.

Apologies if this has been asked before.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 10:42 UTC as 328th comment | 2 replies
On article Google Research explains the Pixel 2 portrait mode (78 comments in total)
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desertsp: Just finished reading the Google Research blog post. Man, that stuff is pretty impressive.

Some of these concepts could definitely be applied to "regular" cameras, but I imagine it would be very expensive to do so, due to the complex research and programming involved.

But why would camera manufacturers do that? Canon, Nikon, Sony etc. could have poured R&D into developing such technologies and applied it to compact cameras, however that would of course have destroyed sales of interchangeable lens cameras which is where the big money is made. They wouldn't apply this type of research to interchangeable lens cameras because, again, it would hurt sales of fast lenses. Why buy a F1.2 lens when the F2 or even F4 plus some inbuilt software can produce the same effect at a fraction of the price?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 10:36 UTC
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FelixC2013: Why is DPR even posting stuff like this? Where does this post meet any one of you criteria in your mission statement? Does it have anything to do with photography? Nope. It is a cool video of some a-hole but there are plenty of sites that he will get press from.

Or are you guys trying to be like Petapixel which posts tons of crap like this? Your site was more respected than some of the other sites, but I think you guys lost some of your mojo now.

I absolutely agree with this. There seems little difference between DPR and Petapixel lately, down to the tabloid-esque headlines. At least with Petapixel I expect this sort of content. If DPR wants to maintain its reputation for professional photography journalism then a video like this needs to be accompanied by some actual journalism, for instance a piece of drone dangers, discussing recent legislation etc.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 17:25 UTC
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trainingpants: What's never mentioned about trash in the oceans is that this is a problem in poor and developing countries. It's no surprise that this picture was taken in Indonesia.

Dumping trash in the oceans has been banned for decades in most post-industrial countries; the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, etc. The waste is either recycled, incinerated or buried in landfills and doesn't end up in waterways or the oceans unless it's tossed there by careless people; the thoughtless ones who leave their trash in parks, picnic areas and the wilderness for others to pick up.

trainingpants, although it's true that such regulations exist in Western countries now, for many decades they did not and much of that plastic waste is still 'in circulation'. Also, remember that ships also dump a lot of waste at sea, not to mention the many containers that are lost at sea each year and deposit their contents into the oceans.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 21:49 UTC
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Androole: So, reading this in depth a bit more, it seems to have an incredibly small market.

No internal 4K.
Narrow 24mm equivalent FoV.
No stabilization.
$700 USD.

Using an external recorder for 4K utterly negates the size advantages of the design.

Shooting in 1080p, coupled with the f/4 lens and (apparently) reduced effective sensor area means that the image quality is unlikely to come out ahead of a GoPro shooting 4K.

All of that combined with the $700 price tag effectively means that this is a very niche product, likely for professional productions that can use a 24mm FoV and need ultra-high frame rates.

Can anyone think of a real consumer market for this product?

The dynamic range of the Sony should be substantially higher than the GoPro, cropped sensor or no cropped sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 09:11 UTC
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Adam Sharp: Dpreview . Really please post something interesting . Some of the things you post of late are complete rubbish .

A lot of the stuff is just recycled from PetaPixel, who recycle it from other news sites themselves. DPReview is a lot more respectable than most of those sites, but I think they are slowly eroding that respectability by reposting these 'trending' stories without further journalism attached (and by that, I mean they may find themselves reposting a story to follow a trend when the story is actually entirely fictional).

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 08:35 UTC
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Tomasz_S: It definitely looks interesting and way more affordable than, say, Nikon's R1C1. I'm intrigued.

They're really incomparable. These LED macro lights are just not very bright. May be fine for taking shots of something like jewellery for ebay but certainly not for subjects like insects.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 16:51 UTC
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