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RUcrAZ: The "comparison" itself was a transparent excuse for self-exposure/promotion of the videomaker. Very clever ad, I hope some producer looking for "video-collages" hires him and he gets an Oscar (or whatever statue-made-out-of-junk would be appropriate for this genre.) :)

Every cult figure, no matter how silly or ridiculous, or lacking in taste or talent, has followers.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 02:46 UTC

Look: Someone decided to create an assignment to write a "reverse article," that is to focus on the telephone instead of its camera. In a camera gear forum! OK, the article was duly written - and it's hardly a literary blockbuster, in my opinion. Besides, DPR has not tested the phones as phones, so why the article? That's the end of my comments regarding the article.
As for me, I wanted a "camera that's always with me" and as an added feature, have a phone attached. Starting from a Nokia N95-8G, which had a "giant" 5 Megapixel cam (tops for its time) now I'm trying to select among the top contenders - as cameras. All these phones (as phones) sound pretty much alike to me.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 02:37 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies

The "comparison" itself was a transparent excuse for self-exposure/promotion of the videomaker. Very clever ad, I hope some producer looking for "video-collages" hires him and he gets an Oscar (or whatever statue-made-out-of-junk would be appropriate for this genre.) :)

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 21:13 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies

Are we approaching the "asymptotic" curve? Used to be that new generations of chips would double (or more) their previous speed. Now I read in this article that they are talking about "only" 51% higher speed than their predecessors.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 11:26 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ (61 comments in total)

Poor review even at "hands on." No mention of 4k capability, as an example. But I am curious about the 0.2 seconds of slo-mo. Seems to me that "touching" the screen to start the video will jiggle the cam, and the 0.2 seconds would be over before the cam can steady itself, even on a tripod of sorts.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 00:23 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

The posted photos indicate that, with the latest smartphones, one can take decent "tourist snapshots." (I plan to buy one of them.) But for a trip of a lifetime, to leave behind the incredibly refined tools, because of their bulk and inconvenience, is to pay a price - significantly lower quality results. The posted pics reveal the reality - and as the article alludes - the worse, low-light pics are not shown.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 04:39 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies

I was looking forward to the video...but about 2.5 minutes into the 5-minute video, you "guys" were still saying "we're gonna..." and hadn't shown anything yet. So I quit. Sorry.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2018 at 23:52 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply

1. How long will it take to fill my (typical) 16GB "400x speed" SD chips?
2. Does in come in blue color?

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2018 at 00:19 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On challenge Miss Korea Universe/World (15 comments in total)

How about "Miss Lichtenstein?" (The point is: That's pretty "exclusive," meaning not many people are likely to be able to enter, with such restrictive titles.) In my opinion, a very bad choice for a challenge.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 13:01 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On challenge H is for ... (1 comment in total)

Does the brand "International Harvester" come within the limits of this challenge?

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2018 at 19:24 UTC as 1st comment

Should be sent to those "newbies" in DPR that ask advice about becoming Wedding Photographers.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 04:04 UTC as 74th comment
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1093 comments in total)

It's great that there are two separate "systems" competing, each backed by substantial companies. That's how the breed improves & users get the benefits.
It's also obvious (to me anyway) that the mechanical mirror system is being severely challenged by the non-mechanical mirrorless system. What's different, I think, is that the long-term experience of photography is in the hands of the DSLR makers, and that the electronics people (mirorless) still have a ways to go, to provide a superior "tool." But they seem to be caching up.
I'm concentrating on taking decent pictures (with a Nikon D5100 and D5500) but would certainly consider a mirrorless if I were buying today.
Cameras are really just a tool, but, like motorcycles, they each have their devotees, that appreciate their features far beyond their basic function. DPR serves that issue well. (I ride a little Yamaha 80cc scooter that's 18 years old.)

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 12:23 UTC as 87th comment

The fee for photography at Positano is cheaper there, than in Napoli. There, mere "looking" has a killer price: "Vedi Napoli e poi muori" they say.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 02:57 UTC as 8th comment
On article Canon patents a huge, hinged and reversible DSLR LCD (175 comments in total)

Would it make more sense to work with a cellphone company to make the proper connections, and simply attach a "matching" big-screen cellphone to the cam's back? (Keep the -rather flimsy- tilt/swing mechanism, however.)
Also, the article is not clear as to whether a patent has been applied for, or has been granted.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2017 at 15:18 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

I want to see them remove a telephone cable in front of brick walls with shiny windows. What they showed was very simple, can be done (with a little extra work) with current "magic."
As an aside, it's also interesting to watch a company essentially "trash" their own previous creation ("content aware") in order to promote the new one. They would certainly not have shown this type of result, while "selling" their "content aware."

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 19:37 UTC as 61st comment | 5 replies
On article Video: Meet the world's fastest camera slider (33 comments in total)

If the distance traveled is to be limited to only about 2 meters, a bungee cord could serve as the spring-load power behind the slide. It's results are cute in a "niche" sort of way, but hardly rocket science.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 09:12 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Google shares high-resolution Pixel 2 sample photos (171 comments in total)

Photo quality in Smartphones is still regrettably behind; I would have thought that, with such fierce competition, their photos would be even better. (We haven't seen the "culls," of course, either.) But I'm glad of the improvement; now I can have a half-way decent "always with me" cam and a DSLR or equivalent for "photos of a lifetime" for trips, or special events, or "artsy stuff".
Now...if they can keep their batteries from exploding......

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:58 UTC as 9th comment
On article Google shares high-resolution Pixel 2 sample photos (171 comments in total)
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jmmgarza: It's amazing what a professional photographer can capture on an expensive smartphone with the help of a crew and several damn good looking models. Congrats! say nothing of the unsuccessful photos that never made it on the showing...

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 10:36 UTC
On photo 2017-10-07 Naval sailing ship in the Warship challenge (1 comment in total)

Beautiful ship, but just because it - administratively - may be used by a war-navy, does not make it a warship, any more than a military truck is the same as a tank. There are no apparent fixed weapons on it, or other indications such as gunports, that would qualify it as a "warship."

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 09:05 UTC as 1st comment

Much less risky than the Nike hanging people off sides of buildings, with unsuspecting walkers below.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2017 at 17:56 UTC as 5th comment
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