Biowizard

Biowizard

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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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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

OzarkAggie - weirdly, YES! I am still running an HP Kayak Workstation, with MS-DOS and Windows 98SE, that has a functional floppy drive! Oh, and I still have two Mavicas upstairs somewhere! :-)

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 18:18 UTC
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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

Agreed, sh10453. I have some 8" hard-sectored floppy disks, with my MSc Thesis (possibly) still encoded upon them. But NO way of reading them!

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 16:41 UTC

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

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 11:32 UTC as 19th comment | 16 replies

TSA Intelligence ... the Ultimate Oxymoron.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 23:35 UTC as 8th comment

Are they also demanding registration of model aircraft (planes, helicopters, etc) and kites (larger ones which can carry heavy cameras aloft)?!

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 21:17 UTC as 12th comment
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (404 comments in total)

I am on the verge of buying my first camera drone, having only played with "toy" quads up till now, to learn my physical flying skills - which, of course, one hardly needs any more with DJI's quasi-autonomous flight. But draconian software with which you cannot reason is putting me off laying down a couple of thousand pounds on something which may very well refuse to function, without warning, on any given day or mission.

Those that want to cause trouble with (real) aircraft and/or the Whitehouse Lawn, can still do so with impunity, by buying a basic radio controlled quadcopter (or model helicopter, plane, you name it) with no GPS functionality and fly it whereever they want.

All DJI is doing is punishing those who want to be serious about aerial photography, while the trouble makers can go and opt for cheaper, unrestricted platforms.

BAD move, DJI.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 11:14 UTC as 143rd comment

A Total Eclipse is a rare event for any given point on the surface of Planet Earth. And if you are lucky enough to be in umbral path on a clear day, I say this: ENJOY THE MAGNIFICENCE of the Eclipse, and then download other people's photos from the web if you want a momento. DON'T WASTE THIS RARE EXPERIENCE fiddling around with your camera gear.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2017 at 17:55 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies

I still use a 2012 MacBook Pro - the non-retina version, and therefore the last one Apple made which you CAN open up to change/upgrade the RAM, the SSD, or even replace the built-in optical drive with a second SSD if you want. Oh, and lots of ports. Simply, this is the best, nicest Laptop I have ever owned.

And I speak as a die-hard Windows (and MS-DOS) user, whose day-job still involves writing commercial software for Windows. Indeed I'm typing this comment on my Lenovo S10 workstation under Windows 7.

What will be my next PC? I'm torn between a 27" iMac or the Microsoft Surface Studio. I have a feeling the Mac will win: beautiful as my existing Surface Pro 4 is, I prefer my iPad Pro (13", 1st gen) as a day-to-day tablet.

Dunno why, despite being a DOS/Windows programmer with a rather scary 33-year pedigree in the subject, there is something intangibly better about Apple kit. It's about care and quality in design. And as Steve Jobs once said, "It Just Works".

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 08:31 UTC as 174th comment | 1 reply
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Biowizard: Just to underline the point for all those naysayers who've been blasting Hasselblad for releasing a free bug-fix-plus-new-features update, saying Hassy should have got everything 100% right before releasing ...

... compare to Nikon, who have serious HARDWARE issues with their D750 shutters (see article about the recall here on DpReview).

Simple thing folks, modern gear is SO complex, both hardware and software, that things are bound to go wrong from time to time. All I say is Kudos to those companies that actively work to fix these problems, and release updates from time to time.

Brian

HowaboutRAW, see above link.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 12:26 UTC
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Biowizard: Just to underline the point for all those naysayers who've been blasting Hasselblad for releasing a free bug-fix-plus-new-features update, saying Hassy should have got everything 100% right before releasing ...

... compare to Nikon, who have serious HARDWARE issues with their D750 shutters (see article about the recall here on DpReview).

Simple thing folks, modern gear is SO complex, both hardware and software, that things are bound to go wrong from time to time. All I say is Kudos to those companies that actively work to fix these problems, and release updates from time to time.

Brian

https://www.dpreview.com/news/5252259585/nikon-expands-d750-shutter-recall-yet-again-more-cameras-affected

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 12:25 UTC

Just to underline the point for all those naysayers who've been blasting Hasselblad for releasing a free bug-fix-plus-new-features update, saying Hassy should have got everything 100% right before releasing ...

... compare to Nikon, who have serious HARDWARE issues with their D750 shutters (see article about the recall here on DpReview).

Simple thing folks, modern gear is SO complex, both hardware and software, that things are bound to go wrong from time to time. All I say is Kudos to those companies that actively work to fix these problems, and release updates from time to time.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 12:10 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies

One thing I've always liked about Wacom, is their use of battery-free, magnetic resonance pens/pucks/styli. What I haven't liked so much, is the extortionate cost of their Cintiq line (meaning I've had to make do with plain tablets).

Now that I have both an iPad Pro and a Surface Pro 4, I feel a lot less need ever to invest in a Wacom tablet. And with the cost of the larger proposed model, I'd be far more inclined to buy the Surface Studio if I wanted a large, draw-on screen.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:12 UTC as 8th comment
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Marty4650: You really have to wonder why an $8,000 camera requires bug fixes so soon after introduction. Was this camera hastily rushed to market, and not thoroughly tested prior to introduction?

I can understand getting new features via firmware, but any new camera that costs this much should be bug free.

Even things like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the NASA Space Shuttle, required tweaks after initial production. So why be so bone-headed about a mere camera? The point is, rather than tell you you are stuffed, Hassy FIXED the issues for free once they had been discovered.

Brian

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
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