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On article Kamerar Lens Zoom Kit for iPhone 7 Plus review (24 comments in total)

When did the word "zoom" lose its meaning of continuously variable focal length? This is like having a couple of fixed focal length lenses and calling them a zoom. I hate this marketing inflation which, like its monetary equivalent, devalues the currency.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 15:52 UTC as 10th comment
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Dazed and Confused: I loved this camera's design - I think it was genuinely great. It definitely had advantages over a flip out screen, as you can have the controls at a more comfortable and secure angle too. It was so versatile, and great for macros low to the ground. I would love to see a modern version.

It's a real shame that camera design has become so much more conservative recently. All these retro looking cameras are copies of cameras that were shaped by the limitations of film and mirror boxes and rangefinder mechanisms, not because they were the very best shape they could be.

Designers have been freed from those restrictions, yet the public now associate that classic shape with a 'proper' camera.

I agree 100% about how camera designers, being now freed from the historical demands of film spools, pentaprism, mirror box, etc, perversely shackle themselves ever more tightly to these constraints.

Every time I see a digital mirrorless Olympus or whichever sporting an oh-so-retro pentaprism hump I just groan. Where is their imagination? Somebody, give these designers a clean sheet of paper already!

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 22:13 UTC
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wetsleet: Loads of posts suggesting it's a hardware problem ergo can't be fixed in software. Like chromatic aberration? Like pin-cushion/barrel distortion?

I'm not suggesting software is the ideal fix, and Google's homily on flare seems designed to infuriate. But in any other camera we'd be reaching for a lens hood first, and maybe wiping the fingerprints off too, before telling the manufacturer how to do their job. But somehow with mobile phones, especially at launch, it is popular to be seen to have identified some "killer flaw" and suggest that it is all for want of two words, "product testing". If it makes some armchair experts believe they could do a better job, so be it.

How would you know? Maybe those others also fixed it in software - right off the bat.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 12:45 UTC

"Samsung investigation blames battery for Galaxy Note 7 fires"

So now they've used that one up, what headline will DPR run when Samsung actually publishes their investigation?

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 23:24 UTC as 13th comment
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Boky: Shame, I loved that phone... Will be waiting for the next Note. Hopefully it will come with a miniature fire extinguisher:) in place of a stylus.

http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/your-next-smartphone-battery-will-feature-an-inbuilt-fire-extinguisher

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 23:21 UTC

Samsung should just have consulted some of the experts here, saved themselves a load of bother trying to work out the cause.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 23:01 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: Did people really believe the footage was from the actual drone when they hadn't even got funding to produce it? I always assume footage from these crowd funded start ups is a representation of what they plan for it to do.

Yeah, I always liked the oft-used tag-line "Picture for illustration purposes only."

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 21:41 UTC
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)
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damian5000: Next up, Lily can't repay backers because money used to pay court fees.

just so long as the vultures get their share

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 21:39 UTC
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LJ - Eljot: So, prints from commercial version be less permanent?

That had me wondering also. So you can send out proofs in an attractively wide colour gamut, giving a promise that won't be delivered by the final print. Or is it just that the proofs are designed to fade down to the final gamut during transit to the client? ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 21:29 UTC
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (140 comments in total)

"... By protecting consumers, we protect confidence in our system of commerce."
Is that not exactly what they failed to do? Consumers were left unprotected to the tune of $34 million because the "system of commerce" was left wanting. Now that the horse has bolted (or more truthfully dropped dead in the stable), they take "action".

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 21:14 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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PazinBoise: Man, that lens looks unbalanced on this body.

What does that even mean? Is the body supposed to 'balance' the lens? I never knew that.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 19:30 UTC
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Peiasdf: It is just some glitch with the SONY camera module. By design it shouldn't over heat and from experience, it won't. I recorded 50 minutes straight of my father making dinner last week and no overheating issue. That's 4K with OIS in a warm kitchen and my hand(s) holding the phone.

I hope dinner was good!

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 18:46 UTC

All phones get warm. But no screen, that takes courage. Of course Apple will claim they were the first with this, but we photographers know that Leica beat them to it!

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 18:44 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

As well as not revising for spelling tests, it seems like they did not pay attention in maths class either, and have made a classic error in probability.

Assuming most pros do use a Canon/Nikon you could say that taking a pro at random they probably use a Canon/Nikon. However the reverse is not true, since the population of pros is dwarfed by the amateurs, albeit their ownership of Canon/Nikon is less likely. So taking a Canon/Nikon user at random, they probably are an amateur. Hence looking at their use of Canon/Nikon is no help in deciding whether a photographer is a pro.

You could even get the reverse scenario. If it were true that a few pros used (for example) MF whereas almost no amateurs did, then it could be the case that taking a pro at random they probably do not use MF, but taking a MF user at random they most probably are a pro.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 18:46 UTC as 72nd comment | 2 replies

Just ask them what they would shoot with a cannon. I wouldn't want it to be my intended!

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 18:11 UTC as 76th comment
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Bobthearch: "comes with 2x optical zoom" No it doesn't. It has two cameras, each with a fixed focal length.

It's the use of the word "optical". It's bad enough on the generic tech blogs, but I expect better on DPR. Some kind of digital zoom, fine, but the headline specifically chooses to use the qualifier "optical".

Even the word "zoom" is becoming bastardised, now coming to mean simply a somewhat longer focal length than whatever passes for the standard. Thus a recent iPhone clip-on-lens product offered a "macro" lens and a "zoom" lens attachment, supposedly.

Does it all matter? Don't we all know what they really mean? I just don't like this inflationary process which continuously erodes the value of words and actually relies on the reader discounting it back down to reality.

What will be the reward when they finally crack the problem and introduce a genuine 2x OPTICAL zoom on a mobile. Chances are it will fail, because most people will think, yeah, nothing new here, saw all that years ago, on DPR.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 16:07 UTC
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DVT80111: Only the name. It is all engineered and made by Honhai (Foxconn). The same people who made iPhone.

But that's ok as long as it has stock Android.

What is so good about stock-still Android? Sure, it keeps getting better, but only because it grows through the innovation pioneered by all the non-stock Androids. Many of the features excitedly anticipated in the next Android were already enjoyed in TouchWiz (and I guess others) years ago. Back then they called it "bloat". of course.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 17:54 UTC
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wetsleet: Never mind the storage medium, let's just call it B. To get a week's worth of mobile power transferred from A to B in a matter of seconds is going to need either very high voltages (hence with the kind of isolation you see in high voltage installations) or very high currents, which means very fat wires. Actually, cables would be a better word. Or superconducting wires, yes, that would do it also.

And as others have mentioned, if you've ever shorted out a large capacitor, you know what can happen. The Note 7 will seem like popping candy in comparison.

So no shortage of obstacles to overcome. I just don't get why they keep promising the idea of charging "in seconds" however, it's just promising disappointment. The rest of it, yeah, great stuff!

It's like you say, IF the connecting wires are thick enough. When they cry that there is not even enough spare space to accommodate a headphone socket, squeezing in a couple of car jump leads is going to be problematic.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 20:25 UTC
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wetsleet: Never mind the storage medium, let's just call it B. To get a week's worth of mobile power transferred from A to B in a matter of seconds is going to need either very high voltages (hence with the kind of isolation you see in high voltage installations) or very high currents, which means very fat wires. Actually, cables would be a better word. Or superconducting wires, yes, that would do it also.

And as others have mentioned, if you've ever shorted out a large capacitor, you know what can happen. The Note 7 will seem like popping candy in comparison.

So no shortage of obstacles to overcome. I just don't get why they keep promising the idea of charging "in seconds" however, it's just promising disappointment. The rest of it, yeah, great stuff!

@joelbedford - I answered your question already, in the last sentence of my post.
@dr.noise - agree 100%
@Scottelly - 12v x 5amps won't deliver a week's worth of power "in a few seconds"

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 15:34 UTC

Never mind the storage medium, let's just call it B. To get a week's worth of mobile power transferred from A to B in a matter of seconds is going to need either very high voltages (hence with the kind of isolation you see in high voltage installations) or very high currents, which means very fat wires. Actually, cables would be a better word. Or superconducting wires, yes, that would do it also.

And as others have mentioned, if you've ever shorted out a large capacitor, you know what can happen. The Note 7 will seem like popping candy in comparison.

So no shortage of obstacles to overcome. I just don't get why they keep promising the idea of charging "in seconds" however, it's just promising disappointment. The rest of it, yeah, great stuff!

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:17 UTC as 9th comment | 6 replies
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