miketala

Lives in United States bay area, United States
Works as a not photography
Joined on Jul 12, 2011

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On article Report: GoPro is looking for a buyer (160 comments in total)
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josh bailey: Why is it whenever a company is doing bad in the news, most people have the urge to comment on why as if they are all knowing? Backseat drivers lol. It reminds me of a "told you so" mindset which only covers up insecurities so the ego can have its quick fix.

I’m not surprised they want a buyer. They can’t compete anymore

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 22:54 UTC
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matt_j: My parents still use my Xiaomi Redmi phone (Android, with the MIUI customization). It is now 8 or 9 years old and still running the original battery. It lost some juice, for sure, but still gives them a full day of light use. The phone still has regular, automatic firmware updates and if it wasn't for the fact that I jumped into a swimming pool with it in my pocket (the screen has had a slightly yellow tint ever since) I would still use it for development purposes.

Sooo (Fry from Futurama meme) the iPhone 6S battery deteriorates how much 3 years after launch? Please... Apple users you have brought it on yourselves by being so gullible and buying everything by Apple regardless of price and number of extra dongles one needs to buy to make it work.

My kids use my old iPhone 4s still. It’s fine too. I replaced the battery once.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 01:24 UTC
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bootshoe: Why can't Apple reverse this update so Model 6 works fine again???
If they can make it slower, they can make it faster too.

Because then your phone will likely crap out in other ways. Like shorter battery charges and random shutdowns. Apple thinks one is much more preferable to the other. Maybe they’ve even done a study on it.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 01:18 UTC
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ChickenBalls: hmm...
no micro SD slot, gets slower with time, no AMOLED

It’s the battery tech. Batteries wear down over time. In any phoebe. Either a company throttles the performance as the battery slows down or batteries won’t last as long and unexpected shutdowns will eventually occur. It’s the same with any company.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 01:15 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1154 comments in total)
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jmahood: I'm looking to replace my D300s in the near future, possibly with the D500. But in the image quality page (7), the D300s is not included in the drop-down for comparison, in spite of the fact that the D500 is being billed as its replacement. It would be nice to compare the image quality of what I have with the D500.

Maybe you want a look here. Big difference between the two.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/nikon-d500/nikon-d500A.HTM#image_quality

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 02:05 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)
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dgmessenger: 'the most powerful 4-inch smartphone ever.'
With a 1.2mp 2007 front facing camera. Lol!!!!!

Maybe some don't take selfies. But tons of people do. Most parents I know take selfies with the kiddos when all are snuggled. Apple should have totally upgraded the front camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 21:06 UTC

From image 9 "No mention is made of Panasonic's excellent 'Depth from Defocus' (DFD) technology though, so we expect focus to be solely contrast-based."

I don't think any of Panasonic's lenses mention DFD. It's a camera body thing, not a lens thing.

"Basically, the camera has to have a detailed understanding of the lens' bokeh, across the full range of out of focus conditions, at all focal lengths (in the case of a zoom lens), and all apertures....By interpreting the change in bokeh from one "look" to the next, the GH4 [or whatever DFD-capable camera you have] can calculate how far it needs to move the lens, to get very close to the final focus setting."

Quote taken from this description of DFD:
http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/panasonic-gh4/panasonic-gh4TECH.HTM

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 19:49 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (328 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: Dpreview needs to rewrite the Samsung NX1 portion with the HUGE caveat that Samsung has abandoned their camera program and there is no future lenses or suipport.

http://www.androidheadlines.com/2015/11/report-samsung-exit-digital-camera-business-soon.html

I have no idea if it's true.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 07:18 UTC
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (556 comments in total)
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cgarrard: The new Sony... listening... love it :). Good for them, really... each step forward wins more and more respect and the hearts of photographers they court.

Good job.

Carl

buy a camera for what it does now, not for what you hope it may do someday. i think it's cool Sony's listening. everyone benefits.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 05:52 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review (503 comments in total)
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Galbertson: Oh, what seems like ideally packed camera...and actually with mic/headphone jacks. It is like they wanted it compared to A7/A7R. But that tiny sensor! My guess if it had a APS-C sensor, the price would be similar to A7.

The A6000 will not have mic jack...what happened to our upgrade of nex7?

Why not just give us all the better functions, as in tilting screen. Tactile DSLRish buttons/controls, HD 60p video, mic and headphone jacks, in a body size of A6000/A7, in APS-C sensor.

Sony why not just give us the camera we want and need, maybe in three models....
RX100R(with all above functions).
A6000R/A7000(with all above functions).
A7/A7R.

Just get it over with, don't dribble out models. Of course realize this is simply the world of marketing in modern technologies.

If they used an apsc sensor the lens would be 2x the size and the price 50% higher. And then it would be totally unappealing.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 06:40 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary (471 comments in total)
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joexu: 100Mbps is very high compression rate for 4K, let's see how it perform against Sony's XAVC-S which can reach up to 150Mbps

you're comparing the GH4 with a $4500 handicam with a 1/2.3" sensor that is in many ways crippled compared to the GH4.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1002485-REG/sony_fdr_ax1_4k_camcorder.html

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 05:58 UTC
On article Consumer SLR Camera Roundup (2013) (113 comments in total)

DPR's categories are outdated thus far less useful than they could be.

Mirrorless compete directly with DSLR's and have the same image quality (or near enough so for m43). The biggest difference is the viewfinder and body size.

Say I've got $700 to blow on a camera for my kid who's getting into photography & video. What do I get? DSLR? Mirrorless?

Throw out the mirrorless/dslr/dslt distinction. Use the umbrella description "System Cameras" and then break them down by average price points or desired use: Entry / Intermediate / Prosumer / Pro / Video.

It makes so much more sense, and is far more useful.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 02:36 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2013) (233 comments in total)

Don't quite understand why something like the Panasonic GM1 isn't on this list.

It's interchangeable, but so what? With the kit lens it's still more compact, I believe, than some of the cameras in this list. It's too compromised to get mention in a normal mirrorless category. This is where it belongs. One simply gets the added bonus of being able to put on other lenses with it - including some small bright primes.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 03:57 UTC as 56th comment
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2083 comments in total)
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harold1968: Inexplicable scoring.
Dpreview's own partner DXOmARK has Nex 7 (just about to be replaced) significantly better then EM5 on every score.
Sure the Olympus sensor (now they are using sony) is better then previous versions, but the quality of picture is still far behind APS-c. I know, after editing both, the Nex pictures take far more battering in pp.
It is simply misleading to say otherwise

1) sensors are actually pretty close.

http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare-Camera-Sensors/Compare-cameras-side-by-side/%28appareil1%29/909|0/%28brand%29/Olympus/%28appareil2%29/736|0/%28brand2%29/Sony#tabs-2

2) Surely there is more to a camera than just a sensor? Ergonomics, viewfinder, weatherproofing (and level of weatherproofing), focus speed, continuous shot speed, native lenses, stabilization, etc.
Sony does some neat stuff, and in some ways their cameras push boundaries, but in other ways they're playing catch-up.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 16:46 UTC
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miketala: Was thinking yesterday that Apple is perhaps the most innovate camera maker in the world. For example, the 5s is the only camera in the world to have:
1. dual flashes to help get proper white balance regardless of ambient light (1000+ variations of how the flashes fire).
2. ability to take 10 pics/second, camera then chooses the best and potentially eliminates remaining motion blur using the remaining pics.
3. ability to take slow-motion video (120fps at 720p) and, at any point in the video, speed that part of the vid to real time on the fly.

Not only are these new, but they're totally accessible and useful, even to the lay person.

Thom Hogan speaks directly on all of this at bythom.com.

You're being silly, an iPhone is no more a phone than it is a camera or videocamera. It's also a calculator. A gaming device. A GPS. A computer. etc.

And you've utterly missed the point of my comments: Apple, a company that really isn't known as a camera company, is doing more real and useful innovation on the photography front than the major camera makers. Apple's innovations can easily be applied to P&S cameras, mirrorless, and DSLRs. Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, etc, are probably kicking themselves today for not implementing these ideas first.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 20:56 UTC

Was thinking yesterday that Apple is perhaps the most innovate camera maker in the world. For example, the 5s is the only camera in the world to have:
1. dual flashes to help get proper white balance regardless of ambient light (1000+ variations of how the flashes fire).
2. ability to take 10 pics/second, camera then chooses the best and potentially eliminates remaining motion blur using the remaining pics.
3. ability to take slow-motion video (120fps at 720p) and, at any point in the video, speed that part of the vid to real time on the fly.

Not only are these new, but they're totally accessible and useful, even to the lay person.

Thom Hogan speaks directly on all of this at bythom.com.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2013 at 18:06 UTC as 41st comment | 5 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Real-world Samples (148 comments in total)
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Ullrich72: This GX-7 raises expectations, it comes with nice ingredients. But as a "mostly daylight shooter" these first samples are disappointing to me. As a APSC User with 2.8 Zoom there is nothing in these (daylight) pictures that attract me in any way.
High Iso Performance seems to be good but what I see in bright light or orange saturated evening light is just not a reason to change system. A DSLR might be heavier, but takes just the better picture.

"A DSLR might be heavier, but takes just the better picture."

A few shrunk jpegs from an otherwise untested camera and you've already cast judgment that all DSLR's are better, especially in bright or evening light? Surely you're joking.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 22:50 UTC
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