miketala

Lives in United States bay area, United States
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Joined on Jul 12, 2011

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Pierre Louis: Fantastic news! Hopefully global shutter and a stepless 'ND filter' can be added to the GH6 (probably will have 4k or 6k max) 8k is needed, but moreso for 360 cameras IMO.

Creating highly detailed VR worlds, heh.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2018 at 18:06 UTC
On article iPhone XS / XS Max sample gallery updated (150 comments in total)
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Kevin Barrett: These are ok for the intended use. I am wondering if you can throttle back the smart HDR? Some of it looks a bit heavy-handed in some of these examples.

DG
Your complaining about a $1000 phone’s camera?
These aren’t merely cameras, don’t forget. They can edit video, makes phone calls, tune a guitar, adjust my sprinkler system, surf the web, and a zillion other things. They’re a full blown computer. You’re fetting way more than just a puny camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2018 at 17:02 UTC
On article Google Pixel 3 XL sample gallery (376 comments in total)

cameras aren’t just for stills. More and more people use them for video. Video capabilities are as important as photo. I think this is where google will fall short. In elementary schools and higher, kids are learning to make videos bc that’s seen as the future of everything.

I’m not sure googles software, which looks useful for stills, does anything neat for video. I’ve seen 2x zoomed video from an iPhone Xs and and it looks fantastic; I don’t think the pixel 3 would be able to match it at all bc it only has the one lens..

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2018 at 17:54 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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Lotari: Rishi: Did you check the EXIF of the Night Shot comparison pictures? One is from Pixel 3 XL, the other from.. iPhone XS! Might be worth a mention in the article. You can see shadows of both phones in the 3 XL image.

Also comparison gif of the max super res zoom vs resized normal wide-angle: https://i.imgur.com/KYvUBNh.gif

There's significantly more detail in the super res version. Of course it's not perfect pixel level sharpness, but a noticeable improvement compared to ordinary digital zoom.

The iPhone Xs night photo is lame bc they forced the flash off. It would have been better than the Pixel pic if it wasn’t.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2018 at 21:29 UTC
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tkbslc: These computational features would be even better with a second 56mm camera like most of the Pixel's peers have added.

Agree, and so what if the sensor in the zoom is smaller. You know google is smart enough to be able to combine zoomed images from both lenses to net something superior than what one lens would allow

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 02:57 UTC
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vadims: Many of these techniques are not implementable in DSLRs in principle. For instance, try "going back in time to the last 9 frames captured right before you hit the shutter button".

It's a real pity MILC manufacturers are so slo-o-ow in adapting any of this. Sony currently has an edge because they're "electronics company" and compete with HW manufacturers... But whenever it comes to software, they are simply incapable (e.g. my Huawei Mate 9 takes panoramas *way* better than my a6500; PlayMemories is a joke, etc. etc.).

Canon has excellent dual-pixel tech, but they don't want to use it for anything but AF. They want you to buy their 1.4kg f/2 behemoth.

If only some software manufacturer hired photography experts and started producing "conventional" ILCs, it could change everything. Or, better, if a camera manufacturer fired all their SW devs and bought a good SW company to replace them.

The gap in SW quality between conventional cameras and mobiles has become truly frightening.

Vadims: “Many of these techniques are not implementable in DSLRs in principle. For instance, try "going back in time to the last 9 frames captured right before you hit the shutter button".”

Panasonic has implemented this in some of their M43 cameras. They did it a while ago. Prob a few years ago.

It’s neat what they’re doing with software these days. Every phone company is doing this stuff one way or another. The thing is, why not add a second camera? It would make better images still. Eg, you can zoom in 2x with zero loss on an iPhone. No amount of software can make up for that.

And I’m skeptical that OIS is really doing as much as they say except in tightly controlled scenarios. Eg, the camera is mounted and not moving. Sensor shifting to increase resolution works, but I’m not sure the tech is there when held by naturally shaking hands.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 02:42 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3286 comments in total)
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Thoughts R Us: Good reviews provide balance and perspective. This unfortunately lacks perspective the most.

That Touch Bar is treated as the main item of the camera; that's laughable. First, it will work for some. Second, even if it's bad for someone, it's just one feature.

No mention of the control ring on the RF lenses: perhaps it's because this is about the camera only, but that's one problem about considering a camera outside of its system.
But that one feature alone is an advancement in controls and ergonomics and is loved by all who use it.

So here's the real first impressions: it takes great images, has great lenses, has the usual Canon build quality, but none of that matters because of the multi function control bar.

Here's a better review from a working photographer:
https://www.slrlounge.com/canon-eos-r-official-review-more-than-just-a-spec-sheet/

All cameras take great pics. It’s about how well the camera lets one do it, not whether it can take great pics.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 17:32 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3286 comments in total)

$190 for a adapter that costs under $10 to make, and maybe even just $1. When others essentially have the same feature built in at no additional cost.

I will never complain that Apple charges the most for adapters again. Their adapters are cheap by comparison.

My mom wanted a printer cartridge for her canon laser last week. Canon charges $82 for one. I bought two generic ones that work perfect, they were $25 total, or about $13 dollars each.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 17:30 UTC as 509th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS R review (3286 comments in total)
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ShaiKhulud: >The required adapter for USB charging will run you an additional $190
Good ol' Canon, the only company out there that is forcing you to buy a lens hood separately.

User936, all phones now have glass faces. They have for years. And apples is state of the art strong, just as everyone else’s is. Youre blaming apple for something that’s universal. Silly.

$190 for an adapter. That’s disgusting. Probably costs them $1 (one dollar) to make.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 17:22 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3286 comments in total)
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photosen: I think the images say it all. The touch bar thingy will just take some getting using to, and will probably prove to be fine. Seems like a very fine alternative to a 6DII.

USB charging, 4K, IBIS... Who cares.

All cameras take lovely images. It’s not whether it takes lovely images, it’s whether it can get the pics you really want or need.
The Touch Bar May end up impeding many pics and seems silly, it doesn’t appear to do anything more than what a dial can do more precisely.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 17:15 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3286 comments in total)
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Hautedawg: So it's the least capable camera yet somehow still costs more than competitors in it's class, just like with the 6DII

I honestly have no idea how Canon stays in business.

Jackspra
All cameras these days take lovely pics. Phones with puny sensors can take amazing pics these days. What matters more is whether the camera allows you to get the pics you need.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 17:11 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3286 comments in total)
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Thoughts R Us: It's a glass half full or half empty type of situation. I'm somewhat shocked that so much of the impression is driven by that multifunction bar. I haven't used one yet, it does seem like a good idea, but it might not be the best executed yet...but it seems that the main complaint of the reviewer is that item, and that to me seems a rather unbalanced perspective. It's one feature and it can be disabled. It may not be ideal, but come on, it's not the whole camera, and yet so much of this first impressions review makes it seem that it's the main thing.

For the glass half full, from everything I've read, one of the most outstanding features of usability is the adjustable control ring on the RF lenses. That could be a game changer, and most likely will be in the long run. My guess is that in a few years everyone will want or expect that feature from all manufacturers, since it is convenient.

You’re not making th case that the bar is great. Dials can do the same thing with better precision.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 17:05 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3286 comments in total)
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racin06: The EOS R is "owned" by the Fujifilm X-T3.

Carol is right. Leeroy Jenkins!

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 17:01 UTC
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bigdig4101: Has anyone noticed the language, "essentially it is 5 prime lenses in one", Its NOT going to be a smooth zoom. It really will be 5 prime lenses in 1. So you won't be able to get 17mm.

Sure you can. That’s how people talk about fast zooms.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2018 at 01:34 UTC

There is a pic with a guy showing his face smoother with the iPhone XS that ALSO has a map in the upper left.

The map is also smoother on the iPhone XS. Evidencing that faces aren’t being targeted, but rather it’s just a hdr thing being applied to the entire pic.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 23:27 UTC as 27th comment
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Jason: I noticed this when I made the change from my iPhone 6 to my current iPhone 7. I actually exchanged a the first 7 I got, thinking my mushy photos were the result of a misaligned, unfocused lens. Turns out, iPhone 6 photos look better in some ways than iPhone 7 photos. Sounds like Apple needs to add some settings to turn down the noise reduction.

Are you sure?

The iPhone 6 cameras are substantially inferior to the 7, esp the selfie one. The 6 has a 1.2 MP camera, the 7 has a 7 MP camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 23:23 UTC
On article Panasonic S1 and S1R: What we know so far (894 comments in total)
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petterf: So Nikon followed by Canon won the mount/flanged competition.
What ever anyone else creates - the optical performance and image quality possible on a Nikon and Canon will always lead the way for the next 10-20 years. :)

Nikon dominated DSLR and SLR markets with a crummy closed mount for decades. This mount is a lot better than that one.

And this new group will have some 20+ lenses in a couple years, and maybe more than 30 in that short time. Numerous already exist. Sigma is a volume lens producer and they’re fully on board. Panasonic says they’ll add 10 more lenses by 2020.

This system will prob have the most native lenses of any full frame system, except perhaps Sony. That’s really all that has ever mattered.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 16:50 UTC
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Photo_Genius: 1449 USD for the top model is just insane!

That comes with 1/2 a terabyte of memory. Which is more than a lot of laptops.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2018 at 21:08 UTC
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Loro Husk: The hardware, especially the A12 Bionic, is impressive as usal.

What i really don`t like is the generel comittment to big screen sizes. Why don't they bring a 5,2 inch iPhone with the size of an iPhone 6 OR smaller! WHY NOT??

My understanding is that though some people like you complain about the big screens, the bigger screens sell better and they also help **sell more apps and services.**

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2018 at 21:07 UTC
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crashpc: For sake Chr.... It´s a smartphone. Pockets, fingerprints and such. Why don´t they put lenses little deeper to cover it a little bit?
Ah, I see, to scratch it soon, so one must buy new device.
Not commenting on camera performance or price...

You’re complaining about a problem that essentially doesn’t exist. The lenses don’t scratch. They’re protected by sapphire. I beat the hell out of my phones and no lens scratches. Ever.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2018 at 21:00 UTC
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