Lucien

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On article Google Pixel XL camera review (185 comments in total)
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deandidthis: I've had this phone for about 6 weeks now (coming from several years of iPhone 4 to iPhone 6) and while the single pics are great, am hugely disappointed with the panoramic mode stitching errors. I love taking phone pano's and sharing; this phone has killed that for me and I am now searching for post-processing options, but that again kills my appetite for phone panos.

I recently captured about 20 mins of a family wedding on my wife's iPhone 7 Plus which had a great result and the iPhone does really well with pano -- while I like a fair bit about this phone and Android (my first time with this OS), I'm hoping a future update will fix the glaringly bad panoramic captures and give me iPhone-like results. Other still pics have been good though -- considering it's "just a phone" and not my Nikon gear.

Isn't there a better pano app in Google store you could use?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 19:46 UTC
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LiangMing: To me, spending $800 on a phone is ridiculous. Most of the phones over $300 are capable of taking good snapshots. If you really want to take better picture, put a compact camera in your pocket. It is not that big anyway.

Majority of compact (short-zoom) camera's have F1.7-F2.0. Difference in F1.7 and F2.0 is not really discernable. Other factors matter more than that (lens size certainly has huge impact on quality with good PP helping of course).

I don't think it's about whining it's too expensive, rather improvements weren't huge last few years so it's just not greatest value if you'd buy mainly for camera quality. It's not a difference like compacts going to 1" sensors. Maybe we'll see that one day...

And there are plenty of midrange smartphones that have very similar PQ...

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 21:16 UTC
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LiangMing: To me, spending $800 on a phone is ridiculous. Most of the phones over $300 are capable of taking good snapshots. If you really want to take better picture, put a compact camera in your pocket. It is not that big anyway.

@rwol1970 A decent $200 P&S compact is better than a S7 in my opinion in terms image quality. Especially considering you have zoom and better lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 16:30 UTC
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LiangMing: To me, spending $800 on a phone is ridiculous. Most of the phones over $300 are capable of taking good snapshots. If you really want to take better picture, put a compact camera in your pocket. It is not that big anyway.

Phones depreciate fast despite that every year improvements are typically tiny. There are compact camera's with at least 3x zoom that are not really much more volume than these phablets. And quality is way better.

Also I'd also say not a huge difference between smartphone camera's that cost half of the latest flagship models.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 16:22 UTC
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cprevost: I am also jumping ship. I've never owned anything but a Mac since the 90's. Microsoft is on a roll and seems to understand the needs of creative professionals better than Apple. Never thought I'd say that. This product is brilliant and transforms the way you work with pixels. My MacBook air is going up on eBay and the Surface Book will replace it soon. Wish I had the budget for the Surface Studio because I'd get one in a heartbeat.

I set 'close the lid' to hibernate and in device manager under keyboard I disabled 'Allow this device to wake the computer' for Surface keyboard. That works for me pretty well to avoid battery drainage.

Some people use the (newer) option in power options: Hibernate after ... minutes under sleep. That way it will start with sleep and then go to hibernate.

Not sure if that was added in 10 but there's a maintenance option that can wake up your computer. I disabled that one as well as I noticed my desktop woke up middle of night because of that.

I didn't have issues myself with upgrading to 10 despite Dell deciding to not even support a 2 year old computer. I took a big risk to upgrade anyway and working ok.

Different story with mobile. I happen to have a 640 and took long time before it was pretty stable. With latest updates battery life is pretty comparable. But not sure if there's any future left for mobile 10.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 22:46 UTC
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naththo: Well, either this or Macbook Pro new one come up, I just hope if they will pass the test as long as it is close to 6500K in colour temperature and sRGB must be at over 99%.
I go to the website to check

http://www.notebookcheck.net/

If they fail it is not going on my wish list.

If there's one criticism for AnandTech then I find it odd they never test the speakers or earpiece (on mobile phones especially). Also unfortunately they don't test many products.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 21:33 UTC
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cprevost: I am also jumping ship. I've never owned anything but a Mac since the 90's. Microsoft is on a roll and seems to understand the needs of creative professionals better than Apple. Never thought I'd say that. This product is brilliant and transforms the way you work with pixels. My MacBook air is going up on eBay and the Surface Book will replace it soon. Wish I had the budget for the Surface Studio because I'd get one in a heartbeat.

Yep got that update but I only use hibernate. I don't like sleep for multiple reasons (reduced battery life and potential for unexpected wake up) plus it only saves you few seconds for start up.

However I think this FW was rather about battery level being incorrectly reported to system causing reduced battery life.
As so often with updates it only affected small % of users so I can't tell any difference.

If you look at numerous last week SB reviews on Buffalo Tech, Engadget and The Verge they all mention it's pretty stable now unlike a year ago. SP4 & SB were more unstable when they were just released than SP3 due to driver issues. But both are pretty stable now (at least for most). Again with return policy it's easy to return.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 21:22 UTC
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cprevost: I am also jumping ship. I've never owned anything but a Mac since the 90's. Microsoft is on a roll and seems to understand the needs of creative professionals better than Apple. Never thought I'd say that. This product is brilliant and transforms the way you work with pixels. My MacBook air is going up on eBay and the Surface Book will replace it soon. Wish I had the budget for the Surface Studio because I'd get one in a heartbeat.

I'm talking about Surface specific issues, not software bugs. I use them daily. One work and one for private use mostly for web browsing. But again just return if you have issues....

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 15:16 UTC
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ShutterNot: It's pretty, but Windows 10 ?

What would be the point of this without Windows 10 touch and pen support?

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 17:42 UTC
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naththo: Well, either this or Macbook Pro new one come up, I just hope if they will pass the test as long as it is close to 6500K in colour temperature and sRGB must be at over 99%.
I go to the website to check

http://www.notebookcheck.net/

If they fail it is not going on my wish list.

For display testing AnandTech reviews are also very good. They might review it as well. I like NotebookCheck but their battery tests are bit off at times (compared to other tests). Not that that matters here of course.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 17:36 UTC
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cprevost: I am also jumping ship. I've never owned anything but a Mac since the 90's. Microsoft is on a roll and seems to understand the needs of creative professionals better than Apple. Never thought I'd say that. This product is brilliant and transforms the way you work with pixels. My MacBook air is going up on eBay and the Surface Book will replace it soon. Wish I had the budget for the Surface Studio because I'd get one in a heartbeat.

I have 2 SP3's and had never any issues (using hibernate instead of sleep as well which helps). That said if you have issues you can always return it. If you have Microsoft store in neighborhood it's even easier.

Regarding Amazon: SP4 gets a 4/5 with 1200 reviews which is pretty good. Of course there are always 1-2 star reviews of any product. That's true for any product including any Apple product.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
On article Nokia Lumia 920 promises PureView, but it’s no 808 (182 comments in total)

AnandTech low-light comparison to iPhone is pretty amazing:

http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6236/DSC_7972_575px.jpg

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6236/hands-on-with-the-nokia-lumia-920-lumia-820

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2012 at 19:14 UTC as 49th comment
On a photo in the Canon PowerShot G1 X Preview Samples sample gallery (10 comments in total)
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Nathebeach: To you naysayers, take a look at IMG_0363 (inside the airport terminal).
ISO 1600 and at full zoom, and not a lot to complain about. Nice.
My Olympus Pen Mini cannot do that unless I go down to 400 or better and then hand held is out of the question.

I wonder if that photo is fresh from the camera or if it was processed. Is there a way to find out?

I doubt dpreview post processes unless you mean in camera settings. jpg file looks normal with all EXIF data.

The file is small meaning high JPG compression. Hopefully it has super fine but you'd think dpreview would have chosen lowest compression if it would be available:-(.

You should be able to do this with Pen Mini since this is F5.6 (for some reason) which causes the slow shutter time.

This looks ok but I think SLR looks probably better at this ISO. But waiting for studio samples to do a direct comparison.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 00:30 UTC
On photo IMG_0363 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (10 comments in total)
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Nathebeach: To you naysayers, take a look at IMG_0363 (inside the airport terminal).
ISO 1600 and at full zoom, and not a lot to complain about. Nice.
My Olympus Pen Mini cannot do that unless I go down to 400 or better and then hand held is out of the question.

I wonder if that photo is fresh from the camera or if it was processed. Is there a way to find out?

I doubt dpreview post processes unless you mean in camera settings. jpg file looks normal with all EXIF data.

The file is small meaning high JPG compression. Hopefully it has super fine but you'd think dpreview would have chosen lowest compression if it would be available:-(.

You should be able to do this with Pen Mini since this is F5.6 (for some reason) which causes the slow shutter time.

This looks ok but I think SLR looks probably better at this ISO. But waiting for studio samples to do a direct comparison.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 00:30 UTC
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Peter Dhaeze: look at http://www.eoszine.nl/295893/Canon-PowerShot-G1-X-Preview.html for ISO 1600 and 3200 JPEG straight from camera. DPP not available yet. Also comparison with EOS 60D.

There's just more noise reduction with the G1X and you can see actually more detail is resolved in center for the 60D (due to less NR).

That said the 60D kit lens is obviously not best with lots of CA and softness at the corners. It's 1 stop slower as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 00:19 UTC
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