Biowizard

Biowizard

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On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1218 comments in total)
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WhiteBeard: I know I'll be blasted for this by all the Oly fans and I also know dpreview is not Consumer Reports but before giving such an outstanding "Build Quality" score, I would either a) disassemble the camera to see how its predecessors reliability woes have been addressed or b) wait a few months (after all, DPR waited long enough for a GX8 review, but I disgress).
I find it odd - and slightly disturbing - that reliability is never addressed by DPR, especially in case of "Pro" items fetching an impressive price tag.

My oldest Olympus body is an OM-1n that I bought in 1976. Still works perfectly. My E-1 is about 12 years old, and has never shown any sign of bad behaviour. And my OM-D E-M1 is fairly recent (2 years), and beautifully made, working perfectly. It even feels a little like my OM-1n in the hand.

Definitely cameras made with care, and extreme quality. Anyone who breaks three of them, is either massively unlucky - or less than careful with their gear.

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 10:46 UTC
On article PogoCam is the world's smallest wearable camera (40 comments in total)

Excuse me - this is late 2016.

Just a 5 MP sensor and up to 100 still images? Or worse, up to 2 minutes of 720p video at 30 FPS?

I have a micro-SD card smaller than the size of my little finger nail that contains 256Gb of memory. Why this pathetic capacity?

Gimme 12Mpx, 2000 uncompressed RAW images, or 60 mins of (at least) 1080p @60fps, and then I might say, WOW!

Perhaps it's time to begin a KickStarter on this one ...

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 01:31 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
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Slouch Hooligan: I recall a Star Trek episode wherein Kirk and Spock are pinned down by enemy fire. They use their phaser batteries as hand grenades.
High energy density has its uses, and hazards.

It's called the SAMSUNG effect ...

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 18:18 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1218 comments in total)

I have a BIG problem. I still LOVE my OM-D E-M1 (mk 1), and look smugly "down" at those toting big Canikon beasts, knowing that in nearly every situation, I can take the better photo with my gear. Hand held in failing light, or critically focused by hand.

But this Mk2 has SO much extra, I am very tempted to update. I can't justify owning both, but my Mk1 is nowhere near ready for "recycling".

Bother.

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 17:58 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies

The new Oly would be my absolute camera of choice if I was only just upgrading from my 10-plus year old E-1; everything about it is delicious.

But I did the E-1 upgrade a couple of years ago, and totally love my OM-D E-M1. Not sure the Mk 2 version has enough for me - as a 99% stills, 1% video photographer - to want to upgrade. YET.

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 22:29 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
On article DJI announces new Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 drones (63 comments in total)
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stefanforster: For all my english speaking friends I've now finished my Photography Review of the new Phantom 4 Pro in english.

http://stefanforster.com/photography/en/content/phantom-4-pro-review

Cdembrey, sounds like a wonderful camera - but it would also need a Chinook helicopter to fly it remotely! Somehow I can't see DJI getting a spinning mirror/shutter into the GoPro-sized camera on its consumer drones!

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 10:52 UTC
On article DJI announces new Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 drones (63 comments in total)
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stefanforster: For all my english speaking friends I've now finished my Photography Review of the new Phantom 4 Pro in english.

http://stefanforster.com/photography/en/content/phantom-4-pro-review

Peiasdf, yes I did ...

60 frames per second,
60 seconds per minute,
60 minutes per hour ...

... is 60^3 frames per hour!

And 300,000 / (60^3) is 1.38888..

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 17:28 UTC
On article DJI announces new Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 drones (63 comments in total)
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stefanforster: For all my english speaking friends I've now finished my Photography Review of the new Phantom 4 Pro in english.

http://stefanforster.com/photography/en/content/phantom-4-pro-review

otto K - I would hope so. Any mechanical shutter in a camera that size, opening and closing 60 times a second, would not last long! Give it a generous (say) 300,000 actuation cycles (same order of magnitude as a pro-level DSLR), and with 60fps, 3600 seconds in an hour, let's see:

300,000 / 60 / 3600 = 1.388 hours of life!

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
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beavertown: I may consider Microsoft notebook as my future computer, one factor stops me from doing so is the vulnerability to viruses. Are there any MS Surface users who know if a surface book comes with a built-in anti virus program, I don't mean third party or trial version, I mean something like Apple does that will take care of it and you don't have to spend extra money to get an anti virus program.

Windows 10 includes what used to be called, "Microsoft Security Essentials", a fairly comprehensive A/V package that is updated daily if you want. I use the above on Windows 7 upwards, and don't feel the need for additional A/V programs from third parties.

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 13:13 UTC

To be fair, it is not just post Jobs, and it's not even just Apple. All types of computer interface have disappeared, to be replaced, over the years. When was the last time a new computer shipped with a 25-pin (or even 9-pin) RS-232C plug? Or a Centronics/Parallel printer port? Where are the 8-inch (late 1970s), 5.25-inch (early 1980s) and 3.5-inch floppy drives now? My MacBook Pro (2012) still has a DVD-drive and Ethernet port, both of which vanished in the first "Retina" model. And so it has always been.

I actually quite like the idea of USB-C/Thunderbolt 3. If only all my audio interfaces, cameras, and more had the right connectors on. 5 years from, I suppose all my stuff will be USB-C - just as Apple changes once again.

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 16:03 UTC as 162nd comment | 1 reply
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Biowizard: The big killer for me, is the loss of function keys and a physical escape key. There is SO much space on the top-plate of the Mac, surely they could have included a full keyboard AND the toy-graphics OLED strip?

Brian

Yes, I know you can get an icon up on the touch bar - but I did say, "physical" ESC key. If I wanted to type on a screen, I'd use an iPad!

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:46 UTC

The big killer for me, is the loss of function keys and a physical escape key. There is SO much space on the top-plate of the Mac, surely they could have included a full keyboard AND the toy-graphics OLED strip?

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 22:49 UTC as 285th comment | 2 replies

QUOTE (DpReview): "The CMRA band for the Apple Watch comes with a upward-facing 2MP camera and a front-facing 8MP shooter. "

Wow, a camera AND a "shooter"? Do you need an FAC for this? ;-)

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 17:43 UTC as 6th comment

PS: That thing is going to get HOT without adequate heat-sinking.

Brian

[edit] - and for me, a surfboard and the ocean does not qualify as heat sinking ...

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 19:55 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies

OK, so it's an LED in a box. Where is the important info that justifies its price? Optically coated glass lens? No info. Method of waterproofing? No info. But lots of beach dudes with surfboards and skateboards acting like - er - dudes.

I like bright LED light. But I have lots of it already - what's the USP here? For a not-beach-bum kinda dude?

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 19:53 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Oh Well Done Apple! (NOT)

Now you have a top-flight phone (iPhone 7) and a top-flight laptop (New MacBook Pro) that cannot connect to each other out of their respective boxes, until you pony up for some bodge-adapters.

And no ESC key, to get out of unwanted web pages and dialog boxes?

And ditching of the brilliant, saved my Mac more than once, MagSafe charging port?

Never has my current, 2012 model MacBook Pro felt MORE important. And that's before the 20% price hike you've just added across the board for us poor UK residents.

Brian

Brian Slater - I was looking for the Lightning to USB-C cable on the Apple website, and couldn't find it. Is this what now comes with the iPhone 7? Pretty sure it doesn't: the only bodge they do give you is the Lightning to 3.5mm Stereo Jack, which actually I approve of, having loathed the 3.5mm Jack with a vengeance for years.

darngooddesign - I actually keep my iPad and iPhone plugged into my Mac via USB at all times, for syncing (quicker and more reliable than WiFi) and charging (saves travelling with a bag full of mains adapters).

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 09:40 UTC

A metalic coating is SO going to help the GPS reception! NOT.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 16:22 UTC as 26th comment
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)

Oh Well Done Apple! (NOT)

Now you have a top-flight phone (iPhone 7) and a top-flight laptop (New MacBook Pro) that cannot connect to each other out of their respective boxes, until you pony up for some bodge-adapters.

And no ESC key, to get out of unwanted web pages and dialog boxes?

And ditching of the brilliant, saved my Mac more than once, MagSafe charging port?

Never has my current, 2012 model MacBook Pro felt MORE important. And that's before the 20% price hike you've just added across the board for us poor UK residents.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 16:02 UTC as 78th comment | 7 replies
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brycesteiner: Please do not touch my screen.

I do not need any fingerprints on my screens, including laptops. The touchpad on the Macs are incredible and therefore don't need me to have my hand in eye view constantly and getting sore from holding it up. Going back and forth from the keyboard to the screen doesn't make sense.

I'm glad that MS if getting into this business to light a fire under other computer mfg's. Apple needs this too to innovate. If Apple does put in a touchscreen, fine, but please don't touch!

This looks very good but there should not even be an option for 8GB, especially at this price.

I wonder who will be the first to install Mac OS on it?

Agreed. Anyone who touches one of my desktop or laptop screens, DIES.

Ok, perhaps not quite death, but they get a severe bollocking, and are told to wait while I get some moist, lint-free cloth to repair the damage, before they are allowed to continue their point, with hands firmly NOT on my screen.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 11:55 UTC
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Robert: Is it intentional that I can not compare phones to cameras? I really like to see the difference with DSLRs!

Absolutely! I want to see Phone vs Compact vs 4/3rds, all on the same web page ...

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 13:58 UTC
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