Joined on May 23, 2012


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Cemal: What a difference from the Canon M5 review!

"Good enough," "it's an iPhone camera," "The iPhone 7 Plus can do bokeh. Kind of." The standards of evaluation should be applied to all the equipment the same way. Cutting this much slack to iPhone and calling it good enough, but judging Canon M5 "not good enough" and "disappointing" are hard to explain without getting a feeling of bias for or against the equipment. Not a good feeling to convey for a reviewer.

iPhone 7 Plus isn't the first smart phone to have two cameras. But it is the first where the second camera is the same resolution as the first but is equiped with a lens twice as long.

Think about that. If all cameras to date had been 35mm, and a 70mm comes along. It's a big deal.

LG's second camera is only 8MP and is super wide angle. I wouldn't have a use for that at all, although others might.

As for the Canon? Well it looks good — but is it a case of too little too late? There's no way I'd buy that over my X-T1 or the new X-T2. No physical controls like Fuji, no lens selection unless you use an adapter and put normal EF-S of EF lenses on. At that point why bother, run a normal crop Canon.

I'm really over PASM (PAvTvM) can't stand it anymore. Personally.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 10:26 UTC
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dl73: I have purchased the iPhone 7 Plus. Took it for a day out with my daughter and after reviewing the pics later that day, I was so enormously disappointed! Really! All seem overly processed by the noise reduction algorithm!? Where can I upload the pictures to have them reviewed by people? My iPhone 5 took better shot for Christ's sake! Anyone suggestions?

Have you shot on the iPhone 5 lately? I find that hard to believe.
I have installed the public beta of 10.1 to play with the (possibly not final) portrait mode.

Here are two comparisons with equivalent composition vs my Fuji X100 (original) note that the X100 is known to be soft at f2 but I left it there as any smaller aperture made the background blur look much stronger on the iPhone 7 Plus.


In my opinion, this is way better than my 6 Plus, which is way better than wifeys's 5s, don't have an original 5 anymore.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 08:55 UTC
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crazyryoga: I don't get it, why they didn't make a FF instead of this, they would have sold so many more...Can't they afford a large production number maybe? I'm not arguing about the quality of this medium format, I just think it will be a niche product.

Fuji has no FF lenses for digital.

If you're going to design a new series of lenses, why not go MF when the lack of a mirror can in some cases make the system comparable in size to FF from CaNikon. They're not going mirrorless on the high end any time soon.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 03:39 UTC

These comments are woeful.

Android is just (IMO) a really ghastly experience. But if you like it, more power to you.

So, which android phones has a second camera which is longer than the main one? Which have anything close to an f2.8 56mm lens inside?


Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 13:47 UTC as 126th comment | 9 replies
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (940 comments in total)
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DongaMogudu: Sensor with dual cam (7 plus) is suppose to be little smaller than one with single cam (7). That is a little bummer.

Where did you see that? In the presentation they started by saying it has the same camera as the 7, plus an extra 56mm one etc.

Hopefully the 28mm isn't worse, that'd suck because that's the workhorse.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 12:47 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (940 comments in total)
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ttran88: There's more talk of the iPhone 7 than the great Canon 5dmk4.


Alright, I'll bite. I'm certainly not paid by Apple and I love my X-T1 and 56mm 1.2, now dislike my EOS-650D but have the 100mm macro which is lovely. Anyway:

"Because apple literally has hordes of commenters and blog shills fighting the PR war around the web in order to protect stock prices."
No, they have customers who like their products and feel compelled to poke holes in crazy statements made by people who are irrationally anti-Apple, eg "dual cam, nothing new" when it's not be done with a longer lens before, which is pretty obvious.

"Like who cares, we only want to know whether the new iphone is awesome or not...This round, not so much, it's another very minor upgrade. "

Haptic feedback engine, force feedback API for devs. OIS in smaller model for first time. f1.8 up from f2.4. First quad core iPhones. Better battery life. First weather sealed iPhones. Twin primes at 28mm and 56mm, with software trickery to simulate dof effects based on depth maps generated from the two perspectives. Wide colour gamut through the whole pipeline, camera to display. All storage tiers doubled for the same price. How is this a minor upgrade?

"The next version has a high probability of being revolutionary though:
OLED screen, new form factor, wireless charging and VR capabilities."
This isn't revolutionary, it would be a catch up to Samsung features. OLED has terrible colour accuracy off axis. It does have other benefits though. But even my two year old iPhone 6 Plus is brighter than the Note 7.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 12:42 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (940 comments in total)
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noflashplease: It turns out that we're already past the peak of iPhone sales. Apparently, that peak was reached sometime in late 2015, so now the iPhone is going the way of the iPod and iPad...selling in ever diminishing quantities. The great irony is that Mac sales look more stable than any other Apple business line.


It turns out that we're already past the peak of DSLR sales. Apparently, that peak was reached sometime in mid 2010, so now the DSLR is going the way of the Polaroid and 35mm film...selling in ever diminishing quantities. The great irony is that point and shoot sales look more stable than any other Canon business line.

iPhone sales.
Draw 2012,2013,2015 figures. Nice even ramp upwards if you ignore 2014.
What happened in 2014? Apple made two large phones, which they'd never made before. The market jumped on it. Crazy sales. That's why the decline in 2014.

Those 2014 phones had 8MP rear sensor and a 1.2MP front.

If you think those buyers now out of contract won't jump on a twin camera weathersealed iPhone where even the selfie cam is now 7MP rather than 1.2... well. I think it's going to sell very well indeed.

Imagine if Canon had released the Fuji X-T2 as their camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 12:30 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (940 comments in total)
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marike6: Apple's desire to replace the ubiquitous 3.5mm stereo audio jack with a proprietary Thunderbolt adapter is turn off about this phone. It's like when companies started telling everybody that vinyl records were old-fashioned, that CDs sounded better. Same with those awful, compressed MP3 files that are about as fun to own as a broom. Of course we now know that tech companies like Sony and Philips lied about CDs, the gold standard for audiophiles is vinyl and records are selling for a fortune. Sorry I want to keep my analog audio jacks around, they work great.

It comes with an analogue output (and input) jack; it's just on a short cable.

Plus, if you're keen, go lightning onto an Appogee audio interface or similar.

Apple has never had Thunderbolt on any iOS device by the way.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 12:09 UTC
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sh10453: Impressive phone, and impressive images, but ...
Windows Phone is like a nice car, all the bells and whistles, great engine, great specs, but without a transmission box to take you where you want to go.

Microsoft needs to work harder with the OEMs, the banking, and the travel industries to get good apps and support for the WP.

Microsoft must also prove it can be trusted. A few years back, Microsoft suddenly dumped Windows Mobile, and left thousands of users without support. That act by itself made me say goodbye to Microsoft phones. I never looked back.
Once bitten, twice shy.

They had to dump windows mobile, it was the continuation of Windows CE. They should have axed it earlier. Windows Mobile didn't stop RIM from making Blackberry the corporate IT standard - Microsoft dropped the ball. Then when the iPhone launched, Balmer failed to recognise it as anything other than a fancy iPod / feature phone. 2008's iOS 2.0 added full enterprise support to the iPhone, exchange active sync, remote wipe etc - Windows Mobile and RIM began their steady decline. Google didn't have their blinkers on; early Android prototypes had a trackball qwerty keyboard and no touch screen. But they quickly went back to the drawing board and modelled Android after iPhone instead of Blackberry. As Microsoft should have done, they'd be in a much better position now.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 21:15 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (459 comments in total)

Fuji X-A3 just came out. Acclaimed sensor from the X-Pro2 and X-T2. As an EOS 650D and earlier who has switched to Fuji with the X-T1, well... each to their own but I'm not going back.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 08:10 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)

Some slight errors in the comparison table.
"Maintain zoom when changing image in playback"
X-T1 does this if you Zoom in (e.g. hit focus assist to move to AF point) then roll the front command dial to roll through photos. I use this often to compare AF on eyes across shots so I know it's there. "Unlike the X-T1, which lets you punch in to a 100% view of the AF point, but doesn't maintain it if you switch between images," Not true, maybe was true on old software.
X-T1 has 7 assignable buttons now, not 6. The Movie record button can be remapped.
Also the new advanced AF tracking modes aren't mentioned, the X-T1 and X-Pro2 both have these but X-Pro1 doesn't. These are pretty important IMO.
Also from page 2, there are 4 metering modes now, not 3.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 09:15 UTC as 389th comment | 1 reply

I am not dumping photos from a reliable SD card onto a spinning disk and then wiping the card.

Good product though.

Current setup works well:
Fuji X100 -> 32GB Eye-Fi mobi -> iPhone 5s with iOS 8 -> iCloud photos in the cloud.
They automatically appear on the iPad and Mac, if someone pinches my gear when travelling I still have all my pics.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2014 at 10:35 UTC as 26th comment
On article Apple iPhoto - iOS App review (26 comments in total)


The front facing camera limitation is a well known method to limit installation on incompatible devices.

The new iPad has 1GB ram. The iPad 2 has 512mb. The original iPad only has 256MB. iPhoto needs ram to load up a 19MP file and edit it, provide undo levels etc. That is the real reason for the limitation. When you multitask on an iPad 1 it keeps having to reload everything, it was ram crippled from day one unfortunately. I know this is frustrating, but what can you do.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 04:42 UTC as 16th comment
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