Biowizard

Biowizard

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Duncan D: What is the battery size ? cause we all know that half of the people out there are already looking for those battery ...

Can they JUST for once make it a tiny bit thicker and give us a normal battery ?!!

Totally agree - although I use a skin on my iPhone, which is just about thick enough to recess the lens. I really would prefer the back of the phone to be completely flat, however.

Brian

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:51 UTC
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Biowizard: The quoted screen resolution - does it take into account the notch at the top for the face sensors, and the rounded corners? In other words, what's the actual resolution (and aspect ratio, for that matter) of largest _rectangle_ the iPhone X can display? I don't want my photos - or movies - cropped and crimped!

Brian

I disagree, Rambalac. I find partial obstructions VERY distracting. I cannot stand watching my TV if a piece of furniture or somesuch is blocking my sightline to part of the screen; I will not go to a theatre if my seat has "restricted view"; even one dead pixel in the middle of (an old-style, non-retina) computer screen has had me return the device for replacement under warranty. I will most certainly NOT stop noticing that intrusion, so I very much hope there is an option to scale the image to give true rectangular outline.

Brian

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:35 UTC

The quoted screen resolution - does it take into account the notch at the top for the face sensors, and the rounded corners? In other words, what's the actual resolution (and aspect ratio, for that matter) of largest _rectangle_ the iPhone X can display? I don't want my photos - or movies - cropped and crimped!

Brian

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 11:11 UTC as 60th comment | 10 replies

Any schoolboy knows how to burn things with a magnifying glass, focusing the sun into a small spot. Surely the grown-up versions of these boys understand that a lens is effectively nothing more than an expensive magnifying glass? Just HOW stupid are some people?

Brian

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 13:29 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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nir-vana: It could have been better if they upgraded the camera to the 1" of the P4P.

The Spark is still a LOT cheaper than the Mavic, especially if you consider the "Fly More" package, which gives you the remote control, a spare battery, multi-battery charger, prop guards, carry case and more. After buying this, and a third battery, compared to the equivalent Mavic package, I have enough money left to buy an iPad mini should I so wish.

Brian

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 09:05 UTC
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Biowizard: I would prefer my brand new drone (Spark!) NOT to fall out of the sky, and inasmuch as I trusted DJI with my £700 purchase, I also trust them with firmware updates. And if they have found a bug which could cause half a kilogram of spinning plastic props and LiPo battery to crash to the ground, and FIXED it, I think it very responsible of them to make the update "compulsory"!

Brian

Not quite so HowaboutRAW - unless my iPhone is online when I am flying, there is no way for my RC or the Spark Drone to communicate with DJI. The Drone itself "knows" where it is, because it picks up GPS, and it has a built-in, frequently updated list of "no-fly" zones, designed to stop me flying over the Gatwick runway, or dropping drugs into prison compounds. But these are pre-loaded, NOT administered in real time by some overseeing uber-lord! And yes, when I reconnect my phone, the DJI app can report, retrospectively, where I have been - as if ANYONE in China actually cares!

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 16:17 UTC

I would prefer my brand new drone (Spark!) NOT to fall out of the sky, and inasmuch as I trusted DJI with my £700 purchase, I also trust them with firmware updates. And if they have found a bug which could cause half a kilogram of spinning plastic props and LiPo battery to crash to the ground, and FIXED it, I think it very responsible of them to make the update "compulsory"!

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:27 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
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Biowizard: HEADLINE: Muppet packs fine optical gear in sh1tty unpadded bag. #FAIL

Brian

That really depends upon what 250lb flight case the loaders drop onto your bag from a height of several feet, I would suggest.

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 09:03 UTC

HEADLINE: Muppet packs fine optical gear in sh1tty unpadded bag. #FAIL

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 22:42 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
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M Chambers: Unless he can show what packaging he used it's hard to know whom to blame. I have to wonder what the lens came in contact with that broke it.

I suspect the guy didn't put his $11,000 lens in the proper container, probably just a backpack.

Absolutely. Show be the CRUSHED Pelican Case. Or MANGLED plywood and alu Flight Case. Not interested in seeing your torn-up rucksack.

Jus' sayin'

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 22:41 UTC

My first thought is - what kind of CASE was this in? Surely if properly padded and inside an appropriately proportioned Pelican case, this could NEVER have happened. Guess it was in a regular floppy, crushable bag.

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 22:39 UTC as 35th comment
On article DJI launches Phantom 3 SE entry-level camera drone (81 comments in total)
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Biowizard: I was about to buy a Spark as my first camera drone, then this comes along and (apart from being much bigger) seems to blow the Spark out of the water in terms of value for money! So where's the catch?

Brian

No disrespect Claudio NC, but I wrote very clearly! My English is based on over half a century of it being my mother tongue! ;-)

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 21:43 UTC
On article DJI launches Phantom 3 SE entry-level camera drone (81 comments in total)
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Biowizard: I was about to buy a Spark as my first camera drone, then this comes along and (apart from being much bigger) seems to blow the Spark out of the water in terms of value for money! So where's the catch?

Brian

No, they are not. Look at those FIXED landing legs, hanging down below the main body! Since about 1920, most aircraft have withdrawn their landing gear during flight. The existing Phantom 4 Body - but with the legs retracted, would be pretty aerodynamic. With its forward-facing body profile steeper-raked than its trailing edge, it could be VERY aerodynamic, especially when flying forward at speed. But it its current configuration, it's less Frisbee, more Cardboard Box.

Jus' sayin'

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 21:15 UTC
On article DJI launches Phantom 3 SE entry-level camera drone (81 comments in total)
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Biowizard: I was about to buy a Spark as my first camera drone, then this comes along and (apart from being much bigger) seems to blow the Spark out of the water in terms of value for money! So where's the catch?

Brian

Thing is, I **REALLY** fancy the Inspire. To me the entire Phantom range has always looked a bit ugly, a bit non-aerodynamic. But for a FIRST camera/drone, Inspire would be an insane outlay. Mavic Pro is very tempting - then along came sweet little Spark. Which DJI have just undercut with another Phantom?!!

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 23:12 UTC
On article DJI launches Phantom 3 SE entry-level camera drone (81 comments in total)

I was about to buy a Spark as my first camera drone, then this comes along and (apart from being much bigger) seems to blow the Spark out of the water in terms of value for money! So where's the catch?

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 15:41 UTC as 19th comment | 9 replies
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Biowizard: I can just imagine an A-10 Warthog Tankbuster taking on a DJI Inspire 2, missing, then sucking the drone into its engine and crashing.

"OF COURSE NOT", comes the "informed" military response, "a plastic toy like that is no danger to our aircraft".

EXACTLY! Something I have been saying for a LONG time. There is FAR too much "Drone Mania" about at the moment. How about the military taking out anyone seen carrying a GUN? That would do the world FAR more service.

Brian

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Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 10:16 UTC
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Biowizard: I'm still on GoPro 3 Black. When I got it, the included underwater housing was filthy inside (despite being new, factory sealed), and it took an hour or more before I could even get the inside of the glass lens cover clean of smears. I've used the camera in and under the water, but because sound is so badly attenuated with the housing, few of my videos are worth keeping. I still love the concept, but can't quite justify buying a newer one. Shame, because the 5 actually looks rather good.

Brian

Oh very interesting! I had no idea someone (let alone Sennheiser) had made an external mic that can still connect to a GoPro inside its waterproof housing. So comes with its own special back door?! VERY clever!

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 14:48 UTC

I can just imagine an A-10 Warthog Tankbuster taking on a DJI Inspire 2, missing, then sucking the drone into its engine and crashing.

"OF COURSE NOT", comes the "informed" military response, "a plastic toy like that is no danger to our aircraft".

EXACTLY! Something I have been saying for a LONG time. There is FAR too much "Drone Mania" about at the moment. How about the military taking out anyone seen carrying a GUN? That would do the world FAR more service.

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 17:48 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies

While their CAPTURE App continues to INSIST on registering an "Account" before it will connect to your own, private, off-line camera, GoPro can go STUFF themselves. Happy to stick with my Hero 3 Black and older iPhone, which runs an earlier version of their connectivity software.

Brian

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 21:06 UTC as 5th comment
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Biowizard: Sad to think that collectors in 90 years' time from now, on finding a Canon or Nikon DSLR, will find not film, but a little memory chip for which, likely as not, there will be no available reading hardware.

Brian

More to the point sh10453 - I still have a printed version, and reckon that these days, OCR will give me a better chance of getting it back into digital form, than ever finding a working RML 380Z Z80-based CP/M computer with functioning 8" drives! And though I never had the TI-99 in any form, I loved my HP-41C. And now, thanks to some amazing company, I have the perfect emulation of that amazing machine running as an app on my iPhone!

Meanwhile, KeithOwen, good point: but here's the thing, wax cylinders (and discs) are purely analogue. Spin them and drop in a needle attached to a paper cone, and you can hear what they have recorded. Same with film - simple photochemical reactions can be reproduced, we know the chemisty. But DIGITAL formats come and go in just a few years with no long-term readablity.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 20:21 UTC
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