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lucidum: Imagine every display we look at through the day has a hidden camera underneath

@Mr Bolton

Technically speaking, as long as your phone isn't cracked (rooted or jailbroken), an app can't use the camera without you have granted the permission. The indicator is controlled by the system, not the app, and thus will always come on whenever the app uses the camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2020 at 23:31 UTC
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M Lammerse: I have a small round sticker on my phones' front camera. Want to sticker off my future phones too wonder if that is still possible in about a year or 5

Maybe iOS / Android should provide an option that completely disables the front camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2020 at 23:10 UTC
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lucidum: Imagine every display we look at through the day has a hidden camera underneath

It's actually no different than the first phones that had front-facing cameras. Either way, you can't tell from the appearance if it's spying on you.

Just show a indicator like iOS 14 does, the privacy issue can be perfectly fixed.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2020 at 23:04 UTC
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Archer66: Phenomenon is the new bug.

I guess that's a direct translation of the Japanese word "現象", which is commonly called "issue" in English.

They really should hire a more competent translator.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2020 at 08:03 UTC

"微云台" should be translated as micro tripod head, not micro cloud.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2020 at 16:37 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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Hello123: China has stolen so much technology, it boggles the mind.


Chinese consumers are irrational and associate the grade of the brand they consume with their identity. They tend to think of foreign brands as more upscale (and this is often true) and so prefer to buy foreign brands even if it is beyond their own real spending power, for example, many lower income people choose to buy expensive Apple phones, and cars prefer foreign brands even if they are less cost effective.

This forces Chinese companies to abandon their brands and either imitate a foreign brand or pretend they are a foreign brand (a very interesting phenomenon). It is very difficult to adhere to business ethics under the existential pressure of inadequate funding, poor R&D strength, meager profits, fierce competition, and miserable expectations of startup failure. While not correct, this may be the path Chinese companies have to take.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2020 at 23:26 UTC
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Hello123: China has stolen so much technology, it boggles the mind.

@shigzeo Developing design talent is extremely difficult for less developed countries, but exterior design is critical to car sales. I believe that the appearance of a car is much more important today than it was a hundred years ago. With huge gaps, it is almost impossible for low-end companies to grow to the point where they can compete with the giants. Free competition may seem fair, but it's not.

On the other hand, there are indeed Chinese cars that are completely copied, but there are many that are not. More and more original car designs have emerged in the Chinese market today, which has been much more advanced than in the past. While still relatively behind, I believe Chinese automakers are making an effort.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2020 at 14:18 UTC
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Hello123: China has stolen so much technology, it boggles the mind.

Canon was founded to copy the LEICA camera. Canon's first product, the Hansa Kwanon, was nothing more than a deliberately cheaper copy of the LEICA of the day. When was this? 1933, when the LEICA was a very expensive hand-made precision instrument affordable only to the rich. Nothing has changed.

- Ken Rockwell

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2020 at 17:15 UTC
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mikegt: Let's look at everything we still don't know because Canon continues to withhold this information:

1. What the resolution of the sensor is.
2. What bit rates the video will be recorded at.
3. How much rolling shutter will there be.
4. How long the camera can shoot in 8K before it shuts down to prevent overheating.
5. How much the camera will cost to buy.
6. When the camera will ship.
7. What reviewers will find when they finally get a hold of this camera.

It's also important to note that no one outside of Canon has even seen a working prototype of this camera. No one has seen any sample photos or videos.

Canon fans and paid posters have already proclaimed this as the new king. With exactly zero evidence to go on. How about waiting until this mythical beast actually ships and gets tested by reviewers, before boasting that it will drive Sony and the other makers out of business ?

@worldaccordingtojim Who the hell in the world will make a camera capable of 8K RAW / 8K 10bit 422 log BOTH INTERNALLY for just ONE MINUTE?! You must be kidding.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2020 at 18:31 UTC
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StoneJack: I am interested, what segment Canon is targeting with 8k. Is it video shooters? I doubt, however, that usual YT crowd can actually afford this camera, except maybe Peter McKinnon. My price projection is 6499 - 6999 dollars for body, but I am not a Canon shooter, so I might be wrong. With their recent excellent lenses, could be a killer combo.

I think its hard to tell... Its specs for photographing is appealing too! Imagine 40+MP at 20fps...

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2020 at 18:28 UTC
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TheChad: I'm ready to set an appointment to get my "Nikonian" tattoo removed, so long as Canon ships this beast with a sensor that has DR performance similar to SONIKON's. I've not heard much about this (often griped about) spec lately, so what do you all think?

Canon is moving forward in terms of DR, e.g. 1DX III is much improved. So I'm really looking forward to R5's performance.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2020 at 18:07 UTC
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StoneJack: Wow, Canon's move, finally. With the bar raised by Nikon Z6 and Panasonic S in the video space last year (also Fuji) , Canon's answer is just mighty. However, with BMP, Panasonic and Nikon approaching 6k, Canon's step to 8k was probably anticipated. What was unexpected, is the full AF (Dual Pixel) on 4k and 8k. 120fps for 4k is also a killer feature. I expect the YT crowd to follow Canon now for a year, perhaps until we have next wave of Nikon Z models and maybe GH6. Either way, FF ML video space just became quite crowded. IBIS (like Nikon Z6/7), interestingly that internal video seems to be better than external one (only 60fps in 4k in external), 8K internal video recording in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265). I guess price is also quite high, probably about 6-8k for a body (should rival Canon C line).

True, full AF for 8K is not easy.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2020 at 18:04 UTC
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riophae: If the 8K has a width of 8192 pixels, the total pixel count would be 8192 × 5461 = 44736512 in 3:2 ratio.

@beatboxa Maybe Canon has its own way to overcome this :) e.g. do the dual-pixel bining job inside the sensor and therefore reduce the bandwidth & computation cost, in other words, combining the dual-pixels inside the sensor should be much cheaper than on the DiGiC.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2020 at 17:55 UTC
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mermaidkiller: 119.88 / 59.94 / 29.97 ? Why these weird numbers and not just 120 / 60 / 30 ?

But is 8K not overkill ? Four times as much file size and difficult to handle, unless one buys an Apple cheese grater (Mac Pro) for $6K.

And in 2022/23 when 8K becomes useful, then Canon announces a 16K (16384x8640) with possible 14 bits video EOS R5Mk2..... The ever continuing rat race of unsustainable products with short economic lifetime.

But you still has the option to shoot 4K or 1080P right? With the benefits of high pixel count for stills at the same time.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2020 at 17:45 UTC
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worldaccordingtojim: Without recording limits none of this means anything. This is by far the shadiest announcement by any manufacturer.

At least 4K/60P should be not too limited, and that's already good enough.
It's likely they are still working on improving it and therefore haven't made the final announcement.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2020 at 17:33 UTC

If the 8K has a width of 8192 pixels, the total pixel count would be 8192 × 5461 = 44736512 in 3:2 ratio.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2020 at 17:30 UTC as 48th comment | 4 replies
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Carol T: I thought photo processing (I have no idea about video) mostly used the CPU, not the GPU? You are still stuck with a weak mobile CPU, no matter how many powerful peripherals you add. What you really need is a better motherboard/CPU, which of course you cannot build for Apple OS. But I guess if you are just set on that Apple logo and industrial design, go for it.

Mac mini uses desktop-grade chips. The thermal performance suffers though.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2019 at 16:54 UTC
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Chinese readers will know what I mean: 碰瓷的艺术

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2019 at 15:05 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply
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Fujifilm does way better than this.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2019 at 15:49 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
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Ken Aisin: I'm currently using a Xiaomi Mi 9. It's got great specs for the price. However, the built-in apps, which cannot be uninstalled, are filled with advertisements. Most of these built-in apps also come with a privacy message which states that Xiaomi will collect your personal info. You have to agree to such non-sense before you can open such apps. Seriously, I will never in my life buy a Chinese phone again.

@Ken Aisin I'll tell you the reason... Because those phones are too cheap, the advertisement income becomes very considerable to the phone manufacturers.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2019 at 19:40 UTC
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