wetsleet

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On article Teardown reveals Sony image sensors in iPhone 7 (130 comments in total)
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rfsIII: If Sony is the Kodak of image sensor makers (because they seem to produce the majority) then who is the Agfa? Or the Fuji or the GAF or the Ilford or the Bergger or the Adox?
Why do I care? I'd like to be able to pick my phone based on sensor characteristics, rather than brand. Apple phones make nice images and all, but they feel a little too nice...

And Fujifilm, who are they like?

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 20:07 UTC
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Francis Sawyer: So Apple stabilized the lens that needs it LESS.

You know what? Apple should just remove the lens from the camera. I mean.. lenses are "old" technology, just like the headphone jack. Then they could sell a lens dongle, to "adapt" the camera to taking pictures. Just like the headphone dongle adapts the music player to play music.

Well, it would certainly fit with their reasoning of allowing the phone to be thinner. That camera/lens assembly bump has always been something of a carbuncle on the back of the iPhone.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 21:11 UTC
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tireur: Wrong, Apple Germany told me: both cameras have image stabilisation.

@5inchfloppy
OK, but how does that fit with:
“Note that for the dual-camera of iPhone 7 Plus, wide-angle CCM is equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS) VCM, while telephoto CCM only comes with general VCM."
I don't see how a voice coil motor implementation of image stabilisation would not be classified as optical image stabilisation, which was the implication of the article. Maybe they got it wrong?
Put another way, what is the difference between "general" VCM and OIS VCM?

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 21:05 UTC
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tireur: Wrong, Apple Germany told me: both cameras have image stabilisation.

but was it clear from the Gremans that it was OIS for both lenses? The report above acknowledges that both lenses have image stabilisation of some sort, but only one is OIS, the other is VCM, which I take to mean vibration compensation in software?

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 20:46 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (946 comments in total)
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ShreedharHegde: It is pretty sad, how Apple is in its way to kill the real meaning of depth of field and creating its own legacy. What iPhone came up with is called as selective focus and not the depth of field. Does having a f/1.8 aperture make it any different? As we all know, Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 already had F/1.7 26mm earlier.
The basic understanding here should be the aperture control, to create depth of field while iPhone 7 plus has the fixed f/1.8 (wideangle) and f/2.8 (telephoto).

In a real world scenario, you would use the aperture eye change the depth of field, just like the human eye. As an example to a newbie, if you place an object near your eye and focus on that object, your pupil expands (lets say f/1.4 and you may observe the background is blur - which is shallow depth of field) and when you stare at a 100ft distance your pupil contracts (lets say f/8.0, and you may observe no more blur). That is how the aperture control works.

And they have also misappropriated the word "zoom", deliberately dumbing down the word to apply it to a step jump between two fixed focal length lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 17:12 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (946 comments in total)

When did two fixed focal length lenses start being called a "zoom"? Especially on DPR!

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 17:08 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies

Would it not have made more sense to make the wifi card CF shaped, as most people will have loads of SD memory cards they want to use for storage, but not so many CF cards of decent capacity.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 10:45 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply

" User error is far more likely [than the sensational AF system] to be the reason for a missed shot "

Ultimately a missed shot is a missed shot. How much of "user error" is down to the design/ergonomics of the camera, and how much to sheer cussedness of the pro photog? Where I'm getting to here is, to what extent does the camera get in the way of taking a perfectly focussed picture?

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 18:37 UTC as 24th comment
On article Motorola Moto X Force / Droid Turbo 2 camera review (41 comments in total)
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wetsleet: "The Moto X Force comes with Qualcomm's current top-end chipset Snapdragon 820 ..."
If only! But I thought it came with the 810?

And thanks for reviewing this phone. It has not received much limelight, so it is good to read a solid camera review. I never buy phones anywhere close to launch price, so your slow but thorough approach to getting things done is fine by me!

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 12:31 UTC
On article Motorola Moto X Force / Droid Turbo 2 camera review (41 comments in total)

"The Moto X Force comes with Qualcomm's current top-end chipset Snapdragon 820 ..."
If only! But I thought it came with the 810?

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 12:09 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies

These bags should come with a built in and properly designed hip belt. I want the weight carried as low a possible, not supported unequally on my aching shoulder and all the way down my spine.
I do like the lighter coloured lid - I find the black bags get very hot out in the sun all day.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 18:41 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Huawei clarifies Leica-involvement in P9 camera design (54 comments in total)

Strange that the statement is not likewise co-authored.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 19:53 UTC as 8th comment
On article Huawei P9 Leica-branded dual-cam made by Sunny Optical (81 comments in total)
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kewlguy: LOL, hopefully the M bodies/lenses are made by Leica, not Sunny Optical... because then Leica is just a certification company

but what experience anyway do they have of miniature lens design and assembly, where size is such a dominating constraint??

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 22:07 UTC
On article Samsung announces in-house 12MP dual-pixel sensor (48 comments in total)
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hydrospanner: Samsung's Marketing VP is Ben Hur?

That's pretty awesome.

Yeah, that's why TouchWIz comes with so many extras.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
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Reilly Diefenbach: Just what the world needs, more blurry water pics!

Well, there is the other one - get rid of people and traffic from a street scene.
Maybe I'll try a solid old tree with leaves fluttering in the breeze. That might look sweet, especially in early spring where the trunk and branches are also visible. There should be an interesting continuum from sharply defined trunk down to to blurred tips of the twigs, and the leaves

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 21:48 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Things we found that had been cut in half (135 comments in total)

... Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 300mm F4 IS Pro, which offers an equivalent focal length of 600mm in full-frame terms...

Er, no. This one is only 300mm FF equivalent ... it's cut in half

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 21:12 UTC as 17th comment
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probert500: "Eviscerate" has a very strong negative connotation - misleading headline.

Interesting, but I've honestly never seen eviscerate used to mean to criticise a person heavily. I could see how it might be used that way in a highly metaphrical context. What surprises me is that you readily accept that usage, yet rail against its usage in the more proximate context of removng the innards from a device.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 07:26 UTC
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