doak

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On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 First Impressions (558 comments in total)

What is Sony's past record of making functional improvements via firmware updates that we might expect some of these issues (mainly touch screen menu use) to be addressed?

I'm only just starting to look at mirrorless and am trying to figure out which has the better AF for action & tracking.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 19:16 UTC as 97th comment | 13 replies
On article Samsung announces ruggedized Galaxy S7 Active (36 comments in total)

AT&T is the slowest to release Android updates. The Active versions of flagships are the last in the queue. I have an AT&T S6 active. Nice phone, durable, etc. But most other carriers have rolled out S6 Marshmallow updates. AT&T only very recently. Not yet for the Active version.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 20:46 UTC as 11th comment
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marc petzold: 16 MP onto a very small 1/2.4" Sensor is a heavy load of MP onto that small surface area. Much better would be an 1/1.7" Sensor with 10 to max. 12 MP, like the Pre-2012 (before Sony RX100 1"Sensors became Standard into Prosumer Compact Cams) Cams , for instance Samsung EX-1 from 2010. With nowadays processing algorithms, IQ can be even better.
I'd ask for 1" Sensor Standard into better Smartphones, say S7 Series, LG G5, and so on...

Understanding larger pixels help with IQ on a smartphone i appreciate the higher resolution for cropping the images shot through a fixed wide angle lens.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 17:08 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (116 comments in total)
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christiangrunercom: I guess that happens when you try to milk your established products and don't really innovate.

But how many people are using those high end GoPro features that require purchase of multiple cams? I don't know, just asking. But it would seem to me that many more people likely want just one cam that works well at a reasonable price.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2016 at 20:19 UTC
On article Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter (73 comments in total)
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JohnEwing: The sample pics show perfectly why you're better off without.

Maybe the phone flash fired as well as the flasher flash?

But yeah, I like the pic w/o the flasher flash better.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 17:31 UTC
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stratplaya: I am not impressed. The photos from the Viking missions in 1976 were much better.

The Viking cameras were one pixel line scanners. They used a tilting mirror to scan the vertical on a rotating mount to allow scanning of the horizontal. Every image is assembled or stitched. Truly amazing the quality that came back.

Once the transparent dust covers are removed (they were in place for the image at the top of this article) from Curiosity's cameras one 2 MP images from Curiosity will be better than any single 'image' from Viking. Stitching will produce even better final images.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2012 at 15:13 UTC
On article Why 'droid is the OS Samsung is looking for (27 comments in total)
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JohnnyWashngo: Its a great idea and one that I have been espousing since Android become relatively mature around version 1.5/1.6.

All digital cameras have operating systems and I imagine the cost of development of such software is not inconsiderable for a company building a camera. To have an off-the-shelf OS which is suitably amenable to configuration and extension would provide a massive cost saving. It would also mean that the camera could make use of existing software for the OS as this article suggests.

The question is then, is Android suitably amenable for real-time operation?

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2012 at 23:33 UTC
On article Depth of Field in Macro Photography (158 comments in total)
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doak: Could an installment of the macro series be written about lighting? Like use of diffusers, off camera flash, ring flash, etc.

Thanks! Looking forward to it.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2012 at 15:08 UTC
On article Depth of Field in Macro Photography (158 comments in total)

Could an installment of the macro series be written about lighting? Like use of diffusers, off camera flash, ring flash, etc.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 16:02 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
On article Depth of Field in Macro Photography (158 comments in total)
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lajka: Yeah, focus staking is the solution. Hej, big industry, macroshoters are waiting for the camera that has focusbracketing where you can define- DOF according to lens used (from 1mm to whatever), number of shots taken and the FPS (10 or higher.

Or a Canon point and shoot with the hacked CHDK firmware installed. Its possible to focus bracket and even write custom scripts that'll step through a user defined desired DOF.

The smaller sensor of the P/S lends to greater DOF also.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 15:58 UTC
On article Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 (132 comments in total)
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abolit: Hey, Samsung ! Don't you think it's time to stop sniffing apple's ass and come up with something new? Apple will always be ahead because it does it first and it does it right. Please stop replicating iphone. Thanks!

Regarding sandboxing and iOS5 cleanup... It can be hazardous to your data: http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=busav&id=news/bav/2011/10/31/07.xml&headline=iPad%20Upgrade%20Causing%20Data%20To%20Disappear

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2011 at 18:42 UTC
On article Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 (132 comments in total)
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abolit: Hey, Samsung ! Don't you think it's time to stop sniffing apple's ass and come up with something new? Apple will always be ahead because it does it first and it does it right. Please stop replicating iphone. Thanks!

@Radovan, i was responding to abolit's assertion that there were no original features on the Nexus.

Cydia, does that mean your iphone has to be jailbroken? And then the user has to load a 3rd party app for a feature that will be stock on the Nexus, no root required?

So the stranger that has my phone is going to have a picture of me?

Sandboxing has a purpose: to vector users to apple cloud services and pay. If i don't have a data connection and want to read some offline content and it isn't there i'll be bummed.

And what about multitasking? Also the nexus has a barometric pressure sensor. Does iphone?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2011 at 20:44 UTC
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yiannakas: Terrible rolling shutter, no stabilizer, no 60p at 1080p
The official videos are all fixed.

There are sw tools that stabilize in post processing.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2011 at 20:05 UTC
On article Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 (132 comments in total)
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IeraseU: I think the larger screen is a great feature. It's almost like a 'mini-tablet'. However, I do feel that the 5MP camera will be a little bit behind the times when compared to the competition, in particular the iPhone 4S.

How did you come to that conclusion?

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2011 at 14:36 UTC
On article Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 (132 comments in total)
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John007: "...like the Nexus S, the Galaxy Nexus doesn't come with SD card support..."

That is a bummer. I use micro sd in my cameras so that I can plug it into my Galaxy S to do minor edits and upload while traveling. Don't even have to power down the phone to load the card.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2011 at 14:34 UTC
On article Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 (132 comments in total)
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abolit: Hey, Samsung ! Don't you think it's time to stop sniffing apple's ass and come up with something new? Apple will always be ahead because it does it first and it does it right. Please stop replicating iphone. Thanks!

So funny how people bicker over iOS/android who's on first nonsense when Palm and others were clearly in the smartphone market first.

@abolit: does iphone 4s include face recognition unlock (which sounds awesome!)? true multitasking? And how bout the new ios feature of making the sandbox memory temporary so offline content may not be available when you want it most... genius.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:55 UTC
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