John Koch

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John Koch: Cat lovers note: the FZ1000 and FZ2500 both have a little kitty that "purrs" when shooting video in quiet settings. It is the sound of the image stabilizer or something. If you don't like the pussy's snoring, you must doggedly turn down the audio gain or mount a dead cat (with mic) atop the shoe.

I saw two YT videos that purported to compare the FZ1000 and FZ2500 audio capture, but both were riddled by ambient distortions anyway.

The audio of wildlife video is hardly ever what was captured on-camera, but it would be nice not to rely entirely on stock audio clips or one's own animal imitations: ow-ow-aaaaauuuuuwww, tweet-tweet, grrrrrooooowwwwl.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 00:40 UTC

Cat lovers note: the FZ1000 and FZ2500 both have a little kitty that "purrs" when shooting video in quiet settings. It is the sound of the image stabilizer or something. If you don't like the pussy's snoring, you must doggedly turn down the audio gain or mount a dead cat (with mic) atop the shoe.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 22:15 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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xoio: OF course, one jumps straight to the 'image quality' tab and dials up the FZ1000 ... After all, this IS really the camera that everyone wants to compare against..
As is mentioned in the review, the FZ1000 not only holds its own, it STILL surpasses the FZ2500 in sharpness, has slightly less noise destruction at higher iso levels, and i personally think retains colour saturation better than the FZ2500.
So.. After nearly 3 years.. my FZ1000 is still THE keeper!

"... the FZ1000 ... After all, this IS really the camera that everyone wants to compare against.."

Maybe against the RX10iii or (inexpensive, weather-sealed) FZ330.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 21:42 UTC

A 360-degree camera, worn at the crest of the PE's hair, might register something of interest, provided it runs 24/7 for four years without deletions or gaps. However, older tools of access to power, and spotty chronicles, will likely prevail.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 16:49 UTC as 28th comment
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (105 comments in total)

People tossed money, and off it flew, up and away.

Very likely, production of the Lily was going to cost more than the projected sales prices, and the performance was not going to match the amazing features boasted in the promo videos. Actual video would be shaky or jello-like. Follow-me would be fickle, particularly without obstacle avoidance or GPS return-home protection. Survival through many seawater plunges would be difficult.

Unless Lily files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and the court obtains Lily's balance sheet, there is no way to know if the firm has enough cash to repay anyone. If the equity investor and pre-purchase funds are co-mingled in accounts pledged to creditors, all stakeholders might face losses.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 23:34 UTC as 19th comment

Anyone receive pre-ordered Snap drones made by Vantage Robotics? This was another selfie drone, announced in 2015 with impressive specs, whose delivery suffered delay after delay.

I'd guess it is very difficult to deliver a drone which lives up to claims, sells for under $1,000, and makes a profit. The "apps" and control systems turn out to be difficult to make work well enough to offset all the attendant risks: trees, walls, wind, water, severed fingers, signal loss, mis-calibrations, dead batteries, and naïve or reckless purchasers. Meanwhile, there are now $400 selfie drones with GPS, and perhaps 2017 will see cheaper ones with rudimentary follow-me camera functions. Just don't expect the video to be as good as seen in the promos.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 18:04 UTC as 8th comment
On article DJI reportedly takes majority stake in Hasselblad (191 comments in total)

Synergy unclear: a drone manufacturer buys a company best known for heavy cameras the drones cannot lift and which require heavy-duty gimbals too. Might the big DJI-HASS UMAVs be for non-civilian clients?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 18:42 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies

Technique? A guess: heavy (some graduated) ND filters, 50 ISO, f/8, 120 second exposures, SF area fogs, shoot from above fogs, many variations, patience. Hard to know, in advance, what conditions will be. Many trips to the summit will not yield anything: perhaps no fog or all fog. Work, chores, and other to-dos also preclude ventures. The real world will judge "go watch fog" a nebulous pastime.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 14:22 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
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T3: The flipside of this is that there are a lot of wanna-be pro wedding photographers who go out and buy Canon or Nikon gear, and suddenly they think they are experienced pro wedding photographers, or attempt to pass themselves off as such. The same goes for "full frame". There are people who go out and buy a FF camera, and they try to pass themselves off as excellent, experienced wedding pros because, obviously, a FF camera is a great indicator of photographic talent, right? It kind of reminds me of "Stolen Valor" fakes who dress up in military uniforms, or carry certain badges or medals to garner respect and praise, even though they never earned it and are just frauds.

Hey, that could be a great business niche: portraits of you clients in assorted garb or zesty poses, next to their own (bogus) private jet, historic celebrities, saluting minions, trophy big game kill, or harem. Dreams often trump truth.

Aren't weddings, and their mementos, heroic dress-up stories anyway? Whoever pays the bill must at least play hero. The valor needed to reach a 50th anniversary demands more abnegation than appetite for praise.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 20:45 UTC
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AstroStan: "top speed up to 75MPH" could do some serious damage.

Competition for faster drones is probably on the horizon.
I wonder if there are FAA restrictions on speed? (not that it would deter the self-entitled).

Newton's first law may apply. 75mph would be hazardous, except in a wide deserted field. High speeds defy lagged controls or obstacle avoidance. Collision damage rises geometrically. Battery life would also diminish.

OTOH, cops looking for a safer alternative to road pursuit of suspects might need something faster.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 20:10 UTC
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JurijTurnsek: Nice, 4K60p! Hopefully, the prices stays the same or very similar.

Where have any YI 4k 60p samples been posted?

The YI YT channel features some professional promotions of various products, but not yet of the drone, 4k 60p, nor any outside beta testers.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 19:57 UTC

Several months ago, Xiaomi launched a tri-copter called the YI Erida. Is this the same thing?

No indoor CES demonstration can mean much. Tests of controls or obstacle avoidance could lead to calamity.

Not aware of any hands-on, independent field tests of any Erida. Drone tests, apps, and production versions seem to trail the prototype unveilings by many months.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 19:40 UTC as 10th comment

Bite the hand that feeds?

Many photographers owe their incomes to the fees that magazines like Bride help support, at least indirectly. Were sanity to prevail, and wedding expenses limited to roughly the value of gifts a young couple receives in return, the percentage available for the photographer would be a very small sum. If, however, people can be goaded to spend the equivalent of a home down-payment, then the change left for the photographer--after settling with the florist, caterer, DJ, dressmaker, baker, and cleric--might amount to something.

Cannons at weddings? Why not? Aren't shotguns often present? Full format cameras have a venerable history too.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 19:19 UTC as 111th comment

No 4k video, 120 fps mode, 5-axis stabilization, or ND filters? Can't one find an FZ330, with richer features, for about the same price?

Curious to see if Sony rolls out an rx10 iv, similar to the rx10 iii, but with internal ND filters and 5-axis stabilization that works in 4k video mode. Sony has to beat the FZ2000 / FZ2500, not merely offer longer zoom apt to be shaky and impair IQ.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 19:54 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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jaydubbs15: Once battery life has been extended and noise reduced, I would think that drones could become very useful photographic tools, such as photographing outdoor social or sporting events. I would like my son's baseball games videoed from the outfield or homeplate. He made a catch last year in left field that might have been captured if I had a drone to do it with. Each year my high school gang get together for a football game and tailgating party. My friend's son used a drone to capture some footage of the party, and because of the large number of participants, that footage was quite nice and useful.

A drone positioned to get an optimum view of one player's hit, catch, or base steal would be on-field interference little different than Dad running around with a camera. Drone shots taken from 200' in the air would resemble traditional blimp shots: an entertaining segue to a beer ad, but no substitute for traditional viewer perspective. Any on-field, eye-level or 20' height shots would have to be for staged action only, perhaps team PR stuff.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 19:38 UTC
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Reactive: "Suddenly I can shoots stills and videos of friends skateboarding, or snowboarding or an outdoor concert". Can you really? In the UK, flying a drone anywhere near other people in a public place is illegal. Flying over your backyard is not allowed as you are snooping on your neighbour. And so many idiots use them that even tighter rules are in preparation (e.g. licensing). And all that expense for what? More and more same-old aerial shots that are already becoming boring. Yes, drones are great tools for the occasional shot on a TV documentary, otherwise impossible movie action shots, or architectural surveying, but in amateur hands they're just an expensive one-hit wonder.

Reactive: "Flying over your backyard is not allowed as you are snooping on your neighbour."

Google Earth, Streetview, or Zillow exempt? Drone or R/C craft ordinances usually apply to public places. Noise ordinances might also apply to mowers and blowers. What one does above one's own property under 400' is restricted mainly by trees and power lines. Drones' wide-angle lenses pose tiny relevance to "snooping" compared to a zoom camera or the old-fashioned busy-body or Peeping Tom. Think of all the dog-walkers that spy on neighbors' deliveries lr disposals. Think of web usage tracking!

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
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Reactive: "Suddenly I can shoots stills and videos of friends skateboarding, or snowboarding or an outdoor concert". Can you really? In the UK, flying a drone anywhere near other people in a public place is illegal. Flying over your backyard is not allowed as you are snooping on your neighbour. And so many idiots use them that even tighter rules are in preparation (e.g. licensing). And all that expense for what? More and more same-old aerial shots that are already becoming boring. Yes, drones are great tools for the occasional shot on a TV documentary, otherwise impossible movie action shots, or architectural surveying, but in amateur hands they're just an expensive one-hit wonder.

Selfie drones like the $400 Dobby will entertain people more than landscape flyovers. Market appetite for aerial selfies will also saturate. Use in public places is also an issue. But anything is better than endless bokeh-portraits of pets, plants, and junk, or high ISO shots for pixel-peeper use only.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 14:17 UTC

Foldable propellers make a drone vastly more portable and usable. During 2017, every DJI competitor will introduce an answer to the Mavic Pro. Improved obstacle avoidance, and shielded propellers, will also he helpful.

Of course, as shown by the ill-fated or long-delayed Karma, Solo, Snap, and Lily, it is not so easy to manufacture reliable drones that also make money. The market has half-crashed barely after take-off.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 14:08 UTC as 30th comment
On article 'Ethereal' takes you to Iceland in 4K (80 comments in total)
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PhotoRotterdam: I'm getting a bit blasé with all these drone films and their epic score soundtracks. Which is a shame, because the Icelandic scenes are beautiful.

Ahem, what (royalty free, inexpensive) musical alternatives might you suggest? Perhaps the 1966 Neil Hefti TV show ditty, chanting "Iceland" instead of "Batman"?

Exactly, what sounds do rocks and ice evoke? Flutes, aah choruses, Peer Gynt sunrise, Country & Western, Heavy Metal, Rap, Winter Wonderland?

Epic strains have yet to fail Ron Howard flicks, at the box office, since they convey drama even if the audience does not understand or like the dialog or plot. Hence, there are abundant imitations for sale, and they are relatively innocuous.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 19:14 UTC
On article 'Ethereal' takes you to Iceland in 4K (80 comments in total)
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marcio_napoli: Just a thought. I know you're all a bunch of good people, but isn't Iceland getting too much exposition? Emphasis on "too much".

I mean, on this site alone, you see articles at an almost monthly rate.

Expose too much somewhere beautiful, and you may ruin it. I hope you know what I'm talking about.

Would be nice to hear an Icelander commenting on this.

The Icelandic tourism councils appreciate the revenues and jobs. Herring stocks are down. Vodka can't feed everyone. How else to pay for public services, even salaries for eco-advocates?

The cave dwelling trolls complain, but don't vote or pay taxes.

Even so, the attention is bit stretched. Canadians or NY Upstaters should promote their own vast icelands for tourism.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 18:42 UTC
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