wetsleet

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I found the guy! Here's the link...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39277940

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 17:52 UTC as 10th comment

"designed to ‘withstand life’s challenges'..."
Um, clearly not. The first challenge is how not to lose the damned lid.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 11:49 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies

OK, I haven't read the full case. Maybe I would find the answer there?

If this overfly by the drone was just a one-off passing incident, how did it get shot down? Is the property owner permanently at Defcon 1, gun loaded, safety off, ready to shoot anything at a moment's notice?

Otherwise there must be more to the story, enough for the property owner to have cause and time enough to prepare, fetch the gun, load, take aim, etc. That speaks of repeated incursions by the drone, or that it hung around long enough for the property owner to get annoyed and fetch his gun.

And if not, well kudos to the property owner, must be a special kind of guy who, when a drone passes at over 200 feet up, out of the blue without any warning, can take it out.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 09:15 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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Hanoise: Only in the USA......

Fortunately outside the 'land of the free' there is something called RESPECT!

Maybe that should be edited into ( and applied ) the bill of rights, preferably before the rights to bear arms...

Respect thy humans.

@Hanoise
"before the rights to bear arms...

Respect thy humans."

There is no suggestion the gun was aimed at humans. And there is certainly no imperative to "respect" a drone overflying your private property.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 09:00 UTC
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Biowizard: However popular the 360-degree look-any-way POV photo has become, I am sick and tired of it being called "VR" (Virtual Reality). True VR puts the user in a three-dimensional space, around which he can move, change viewpoint (not just view direction), including walking around objects, looking inside objects, and quite possibly even interacting with them. To call a 360 degree image "VR" is massively to cheapen the true potential of technology.

Brian

Actually it would be 180 degrees in one axis (eg vertically), 360 degrees in the perpendicular axis (eg horizontally). Even so, once we start calling these things "360-degree", we start to lose the ability to distinguish from an old-school 360-degree panorama.

Simply calling it spherical might be better, certainly more accurate than "360-degree", and simple to understand.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 22:53 UTC
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Biowizard: However popular the 360-degree look-any-way POV photo has become, I am sick and tired of it being called "VR" (Virtual Reality). True VR puts the user in a three-dimensional space, around which he can move, change viewpoint (not just view direction), including walking around objects, looking inside objects, and quite possibly even interacting with them. To call a 360 degree image "VR" is massively to cheapen the true potential of technology.

Brian

@Biowizard - I'm sick of it being called 360-degree. That is like measuring area in centimetres.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 22:46 UTC
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shademaster: you guys should look up "logarithm" ;)

@fireplace33 - spot on.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 19:43 UTC
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Sangster: Wow, photography is more popular than ever and Japanese camera companies for the most part are missing in action except for Sony, which makes cell phone camera sensor modules.

Canon make smartphone camera sensors? I didn't know that.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 22:28 UTC
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Corkcampbell: Those are two of the worst graphs I've ever seen. Perhaps they should have found a middle school student who is learning Excel.

Two? I only see one graph.
@trungtran - Log scale might be mathematically 'correct', but the mouse scrolls tells the story here.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 22:23 UTC
On article OPPO 5x smartphone zoom system sample images (50 comments in total)
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digitalhecht: The 5x image isn't bad, considering these are indoor (likely tungsten) lighting conditions. In daylight, I would expect even better results. A step in the right direction for sure.

The 5x image ought to be good - it is simply the fixed focal length lens at one end of the configuration. The whole trick here is to magic up the focal lengths in between - the "zoom" bit of the equation.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 22:29 UTC
On article OPPO 5x smartphone zoom system sample images (50 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: I'm really shocked they haven't combined this form factor with a smartphone:

https://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/compacts/sony_dsctx20

This is nothing new at all.

"simulate optical zoom"? I admire the use of the word "simulate" instead of "not".

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 22:25 UTC
On article OPPO 5x smartphone zoom system sample images (50 comments in total)

So it steps between 3 fixed focal lengths. Never mind "5x optical zoom", this thing is not even a digital zoom, it is not a zoom at all.
Typical marketing engineering - just call it by what you wish it would be and there, fixed it!

And PDR themselves wrote it up previously as an actual 3x optical zoom with a bit of magic to make it a 5x optimagical zoom. C'mon guys.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 22:16 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Androole: This concept has already been implemented on the Asus Zenfone Zoom.

It has a 3x optical zoom with periscope optics.

That's the trouble here. The term "optical" zoom has been so bastardised, even by DPR, that once instantly has one's guard up. Once words don't mean what they used to mean, we are on shifting sands with all these marketing headlines. Sure, we all want the holy grail, but they need to stop announcing it until they get there.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 20:58 UTC
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chaos215bar2: Can someone correct the headline, or is OPPO actually calling this "5x optical" zoom? That's certainly not what's described here.

The best way not to sound like marketing BS is not to spout it.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 20:47 UTC
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cosinaphile: its cool hope its a better sensor than usually seen.... also 3x not 5 optical

...correct, so it is like the OP said.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 20:44 UTC
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wetsleet: "OPPO announces dual-cam 5x optical zoom technology for smartphones"
Really? I thought the optical zoom was 3x.
Who is responsible for the marketing inflation here, Oppo or DPR?

Of course it is marketing BS, because whatever else it might be, it is NOT 5x OPTICAL zoom. They have misappropriated the term optical for its marketing strength. If they are so proud of their tech, call it what it is (follow your link, whatever) and let it earn its own reputation, but don't pretend it is something which it is not.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
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IamJF: Why just don't make the light entrance to the side of the phone?
OK, the display ....

great for covert ("candid", ahem...) shots on the beach.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 20:16 UTC
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chaos215bar2: Can someone correct the headline, or is OPPO actually calling this "5x optical" zoom? That's certainly not what's described here.

so at least on a DPR headline, call it what it is - 5x interpolated zoom. Why stick the word "optical" in there where it is clearly not justified?

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 20:15 UTC

"OPPO announces dual-cam 5x optical zoom technology for smartphones"
Really? I thought the optical zoom was 3x.
Who is responsible for the marketing inflation here, Oppo or DPR?

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 20:13 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies
On article Kamerar Lens Zoom Kit for iPhone 7 Plus review (25 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 11th comment
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