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Impressive technology for sure. Just need to add a smartphone as well. Interesting how Sony is pumping money into imaging products when reports I have read (maybe wrong) show little or no profit in other product segments, like TV and not much presence in phones or computers,tablets.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 15:14 UTC as 280th comment
On article Google Pixel tops DxOMark's Mobile rankings (116 comments in total)

Nice but expensive phone. Not all of us need $600+ phones with loads of bells and whistles to call, text, check the WEB, and take pics. Would like to see some reviews and comments about phones in the $150 - $200 sale price range. For posting on social media, etc. the highest quality is not really required. Pics are viewed and soon forgotten, like a text message.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 01:38 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies

For an interesting and disturbing view of the near future, watch the movie Ex Machina. HAL was just a child. Turing test anyone?

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 15:13 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

If I had bought the OMD MK II that I was considering, this would be an very nice all around lens. Don't really care for primes for my travel photography. $1300 seems a bit steep for a smaller image lens. This price is in the range for some very good APS-c and even full frame glass.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 19:01 UTC as 51st comment

A couple of months ago, we upgraded from 5s to 6s. Almost considered top Samsung model but the wife wanted to stay with what she knew. Fair enough. Deals were about the same. If I had to upgrade now, I probably with go with the Samsung. Why? Expandable memory so I can carry my extensive music and photo collection and swap memory cards easily. Longer battery life I believe. More water resistance. Headphone jack. I have several very good headphones and don't care to use another adapter to lose. Micro USB charging like several other devices. No need to learn and use Itunes and its logic for managing music, photos, etc to the device. Android supports sound equalizers apps that can be used for all music including streaming. important feature for my ears. Has Apple added this feature yet. Preset adjustments just don't cut it for a music player. Phone photos are mostly used for emails, etc. Also, too easy to drop a phone compared to a camera with a wrist strap or should strap. My .02

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 20:15 UTC as 107th comment | 2 replies
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (712 comments in total)

I think I'll stick with my 70D, SL1 and t4I. They all take excellent photos and enlargements to 13x19 with cropping if the lens is sharp and focuses reliably. Interesting all the comments about 4k video. I shoot video with a very good HD camcorder. I live in a heavily touristed city (San Francisco) and I see few people shooting video except maybe with a smartphone to send a short clip to social media, I suppose. Most video shooters I see are for weddings, events, and news. Other than these uses, I wonder how many people shoot video, edit it, make a movie, etc. I am sure 80D is good camera. What about dust spots during video? Can they be fixed like stills?

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 03:07 UTC as 67th comment

While I am all for technological improvements, I think market forces and not just a lack of new features etc are involved. From what I see in a photo oriented city and region, smartphones are plenty adequate for many people. Pictures aren't enlarged or mostly not even printed but viewed on phones or tablets via social media. Smartphones are now good enough. The same trends exist with smartphones themselves. My Iphone 5s is completely adequate, I am just replacing the battery and not upgrading for $600+. PC and tablets, same trends. I have several tablets that are just fine for my needs. My 2 year PC is plenty powerful. In fact, my 6 year old PC would still be adequate except for editing HD video and the Vista OS. Even my 2 year old 55 in. HD TV and very good camcorder are just fine. No hurry to rush to 4k, and no value in the older gear. Also, economics are at work. The majority of population has less disposable income so purchases must last.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 19:57 UTC as 31st comment
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plantdoc: Does this mean that Sony will disappear from AV receivers, headphones, movie disk players etc? More of a concern to me than cameras because I don't own any Sony cameras and probably won't buy any at retail price. Do they still make TVs? Another market they were going to abandon.

They can continue by selling their name to unknown manufacturers like Philips, but I become suspect of the quality and support compared to the "real" brand product. I had a Philips (real Philips) HD tv that received excellent reviews for HD tvs some 6 years ago and it performed very well for 6 years. Haven't read anything about the rebrand Philips in recent years. There are several other well known names that have gone this route, and the products are in the lowest priced bargain lots. Not where I would shop.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 20:21 UTC

Does this mean that Sony will disappear from AV receivers, headphones, movie disk players etc? More of a concern to me than cameras because I don't own any Sony cameras and probably won't buy any at retail price. Do they still make TVs? Another market they were going to abandon.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 20:47 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On article Canon PowerShot G7 X Review (485 comments in total)

Different strokes for different folks, so the saying goes. If you like it, buy it. No appeal to me for several reasons. Price, no external flash attachment, no EVF. Yup, I am one of those old folks with variable glasses who don't find using an LCD to be a pleasant way to take pics except the occasional grab shot, and for that I use the S110 or G15. For a bit more $$, I bought the SL1 with the 2 stm lenses and just added the 10-18mm. Of course, it won't fit in your pocket, but it still a light weight, very versatile kit.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 00:12 UTC as 78th comment
On article Canon PowerShot D30 real-world samples gallery (14 comments in total)

I have the d20 and I think the ultra compact folded optics lens is limitation for IQ. Also the video has an odd jitter and wobble. Curious to see the full review

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 02:17 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores (195 comments in total)

Living in the photo mecca of San Francisco, I was disappointed with Calumet. I expected a well stocked, B&H type store. However, the store always seemed very light on merchandise but with plenty of space. I expect this is the handwriting on the wall for all brick and mortar stores. Even my clothing and shoes must be ordered online because I have special needs and no one stocks anything suitable.Change always happens...good or bad... time will tell I suppose. Now it's order, wait for shipping, and hope you get what you want deliver safely.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 01:51 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply
On article Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review (108 comments in total)

I miss being able to select individual pics instead of transferring all to my phone or tablet.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 22:42 UTC as 30th comment

I find my g15 to be a serious camera beyond the p&s category but a serious limitation for me is poor OFV. With my vision, using a LCD is not as pleasant. I wish canon would have made a significant upgrade by adding a good EVF OR optical with info. The other improvements are not very important to me to consider upgrading.


Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 16:36 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon Powershot N first impressions (112 comments in total)

Interesting concept for the social media folks. Most camera phones work fine for many people because the pics are just viewed on another phone or perhaps a tablet or smaller image on a PC. You don't need much image quality for such output. Few are printed and saved. Nice to see pics spread around in a very short order, but how many will be saved or available in the future... 6 months, 5 years, more? Technically, digital images may last forever, but only if they are saved and the files upgraded and preserved. I think many people, not all of course, will not be able to show the pics of Sue's birthday 5 years ago, let alone pass along the pics to the next generation. Of course, this isn't a concern of the hardware companies.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 20:42 UTC as 45th comment

Interesting device and probably what the "1" should have started as. However, for me, it's too expensive and too large to replace a modest sized Canon Rebel. Could be a good choice if moving from a P&S priced and sized camera without an investment in other lenses and accessories. Sensor would be nice in a RX sized camera.


Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 23:30 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies

Yes, the Kindle Fire HD has ads but they hardly "bombard" you. Actually, very unobtrusive and sometimes interesting. Some web sites are far worse. While I am not knocking Apple (I have an Iphone), I find the Fire has just about all the apps I really need for a tablet. Who can shift through several hundred thousand apps? Note, I don't usually play games. Pick your product as there are plenty of good choices these days. Up next, Windows 8 tablets.


Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 02:15 UTC as 21st comment

Rather overpriced and somewhat disappointing. Other than the overwhelming app store, the new Kindle Fire HD is quite impressive for just $199, especially if you buy into the Amazon Prime for videos, storage, and 2 day shipping. Also, the Kindle doesn't require managing everything through Itunes or similar "locked down" software. Photos on the Fire look quite good, but the wide screen does leave black bars unless you re-crop. With Flash memory virtually dirt cheap, buying a high memory model must be a big profit bonus.


Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 00:11 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies

If people like and buy, fine, but as a long time Canon user, I won't be one. Why? No viewfinder for hefty price, new lenses or $200 for an EF adapter.. Should be included. With an EF lens the camera is no longer compact enough to bother with as new camera. Exposed sensor without a canon supported cleaning system. If I was considering or suggestion a new smaller camera in would the mini slr Panasonic g3 or new g5. Plenty of IQ to 1600, ex. EFV, rotate LCD, ex. Video, ex features, fast. However not buying anything because I have too many suitable camera from minis to d-slr. I think the "young

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 20:53 UTC as 151st comment
On article Photoshop CS6 Beta: New Features for Photographers (154 comments in total)

I recently upgraded to CS5 from CS3 when Adobe announced no upgrades unless you had the previous version. I was waiting for CS6, but under this policy I would be ineligible. What's the upgrade policy now? I don't think I'll being paying another $200 this soon. I would rather wait for the CS7.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 20:31 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
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