Peter Galbavy

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Joined on Jun 1, 2001

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EvilTed: Can you use the USB port to copy files off the drive too?

I'm thinking a LaCie Rugged 4TB drive as a backup to a 2TB version of the WD?

Ah! Well the WiFi is going to be a limit for non-wired transfers and the USB Host port is only USB2- so limited to about 20-30MB/sec transfers.

The SD card slot though, when doing the automated copies, seems pretty fast to me. 11GB in a few minutes last time I tried. I have never timed it.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Best Camera Drones Under $1500 (69 comments in total)
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Aroart: This coming from a multicopter copter hobbies that has been flying for over 10yrs..
Nowhere on DJI'S website are calling there copters drones .. Even the military stopped calling them drones they are now called UAV'S.... I find it rather amusing ....

Just to add more confusion some authorities/countries like to call them RPAs (Remotely Piloted Aircraft). But at least the Aussies have more sensible rules than many other English speaking countries. Sigh.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 11:10 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Best Camera Drones Under $1500 (69 comments in total)
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Peter Galbavy: Hasn't 3DR gone bust? Or is that another drone maker?

Update: Not quite, but they are leaving the consumer market: http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Berkeley-s-3D-Robotics-launches-construction-10607141.php

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 11:03 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Best Camera Drones Under $1500 (69 comments in total)

Hasn't 3DR gone bust? Or is that another drone maker?

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 10:48 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 Roundup: Best Camera Drones Under $1500 (69 comments in total)
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Trek of Joy: No Mavic's to be found anywhere except for people on Ebay selling them for $3000. Come on DJI, ramp up production.

Still waiting... 30th Sept order (Combo) and it might ship in the next few days. Shame I'm travelling at the end of the week as I don't know if it will arrive in time.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 10:47 UTC
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EvilTed: Can you use the USB port to copy files off the drive too?

I'm thinking a LaCie Rugged 4TB drive as a backup to a 2TB version of the WD?

Not sure how it's 4x-6x slower for you. When plugged into a USB3 port and running as a normal drive I get exactly the same performance as any of my other 2.5" external drives, e.g. 100MB/sec read and write, or thereabouts.

On WiFi I can understand, but that is a special case for convenience. I did test Plex streaming a BluRay rip (at about 25Mb/sec) and it was fine.

SD card copying is about 20-40MB/sec but I have not measured it with any scientific test.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
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meanwhile: Could you put it in one of those ziplock, waterproof cases without causing any network issues? This product seems to be one crying out to be 'ruggedized'.

Yes but it gets quite warm while the drive is spinning so as long as it's not over insulated...

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 13:53 UTC
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EvilTed: Can you use the USB port to copy files off the drive too?

I'm thinking a LaCie Rugged 4TB drive as a backup to a 2TB version of the WD?

Dale, yes it can but ONLY at USB2.0 speeds. You just have to go onto the Linux OS via SSH to do so, so that easy, huh?

Seriously though, I have not tried but the Samba server should be able to do direct copy (not sending the data off the device via WiFi and back) if you move/copy a file from the main "Storage" share to the mounted USB device via CIFS - I would test but at the moment my drives are plugged into different things at work.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 13:52 UTC
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jonathanj: Just checking something that's not 100% clear to me, if I access the device from a Windows PC when the device is not on another WiFi network (I.e if I'm out and about and the two devices are connected directly) does the device show up as a normal drive, or do I need to use some kind of dedicated app?

The reason I ask is that I have a small windows 2 in 1 that does not have a full size USB port or SD card slot. It would be great if I could use this device to backup cards, but then separately connect to it with the computer to do basic tagging etc. using lightroom or another program.

Note that if the drive is "on" as a WiFi device and sharing media with devices that way then as soon as you plug it in to a USB port on a PC/Mac/etc. it turns off the internal OS and just looks like a drive, fast shutdown style. If you plug it into charge or just use external power it will detect a non-host connection and continue working - but it cannot charge (it will maintain battery level) while doing other things as there is not enough power over the USB it seems.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 13:48 UTC

I've had my 3TB one for a couple of weeks now. I also have the original 2TB one. Performance is better and the optional Plex server is a nice touch.

That said, the WiFi is not as stable as it should be and looking at this further I have found that a combination of user-level WPA (it's Linux underneath) and priority given to other tasks means that my work laptop will often get "Can't connect to this network" as a typical example of slow connection set-up. It eventually recovers and I found that if I ensure that the outbound 'net WiFi is forced to the other band from the one used to connect the client things are better.

Overall, good but need more competition to drive improvements for the next gen.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 13:02 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply

Gold (or any conductive) plating and antennas. Let me know how that goes.

This is obviously a marketing ploy, click bait for the company and never intended to either exist or fly.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 10:25 UTC as 33rd comment
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Peter Galbavy: Very big "meh?"

I have had my Panasonic DMC-CM1 for almost a year, it's a two year old model and the only negative versus this is the version of Android. It's got a better sensor, it's cheaper, it's proven tech. I was hoping for so much more.

Why can't any of this hoofwomble companies at least add a real mini flash? AFAICR only one old Samsung phone/camera has a xenon flash. These LEDs are awful.

Thanks son, I know how to use a camera. I was actually more concerned with the colour and variability of the LEDs. On the CM1 there is almost NO condition in which the LED "flash" will balance with any indoor lighting (that isn't daylight balanced). So I simply don't use it.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 15:20 UTC

Very big "meh?"

I have had my Panasonic DMC-CM1 for almost a year, it's a two year old model and the only negative versus this is the version of Android. It's got a better sensor, it's cheaper, it's proven tech. I was hoping for so much more.

Why can't any of this hoofwomble companies at least add a real mini flash? AFAICR only one old Samsung phone/camera has a xenon flash. These LEDs are awful.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 13:18 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies
On article DJI goes portable with the Mavic Pro (162 comments in total)

Have folks looked at the side-by-side size comparison of the Karma vs the Mavic? Ignoring the features, the Mavic wins on portability by a factor of 2 in length and width at least. It can sit in your camera bag next to your DSLR ...

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 14:43 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
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Aroart: Digital Rev has a great video about the image quality. It looks good but not as good as the Pantom 4 .. It has a smaller sensor. One great thing though is that the blades do not show up on the video footage in sport mode. Really hope they kill off the Phantom design It looks to much like a toy..

Pre-prod review units with pre-prod firmware? We don't know yet. The optics are smaller - much smaller if you look at the gimbal versus the P4 - but I'm probably still going to get one simply for the travel convenience. And keep my P4.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 14:40 UTC

I bought a Phantom 4 a few weeks ago having had a Parrot AR...2 for a few years. I am not disappointed with the P4 nor am I feeling anything but "meh" toward the Karma based on the launch materials. It's 2x the price point it should be at given the proposed features and performance.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 12:31 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies

They sound perfect. I have been flying a Phantom 4 for a couple of weeks now and I am getting more and more impressed with the device and the video and photo possibilities. I have been looking at some kind of FPV headset solution and they all seem quick kludgly, so this comes as a nice option.

I am currently flying using a borrowed iPad Air 2 as my Nexus 7 (2013) doesn't quite cut it and have been looking at the nVidia K1 when it starts shipping again with some sort of FPV headset. Reading between the lines of how these will work I may not need the tablet either, so while there may be a premium and an big unknown in terms of functionality, given the declared partnership it may just work.

UK site says £629 and October 2016 with a £100 deposit. Which I've paid.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 10:24 UTC as 2nd comment

How a company shoots itself in the foot, lesson 2.

If they wanted to go out of business on bad faith they should just have declared bankruptcy rather than drag themselves and their customer base through this kind of nail-pulling torture.

I have an X2 Pro from a few years ago and I used to use it a lot but as shot sizes increased I had to return to normal flash and I was hoping for newer, updated, larger cards. Whatever they do in the future now though, they have lost my business and any good will that I may have had toward them.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 08:52 UTC as 11th comment

If there was a photographic record over time of public areas, roads, buildings (with and without permits and the safety requirements that go with them) and shared spaces (wildlife parks, nature reserves etc.) then it might be much easier to spot endemic corruption, especially as it develops over time.

So of course a number of states and their elites don't want this.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 15:36 UTC as 23rd comment

WTF? I have the CM1 (Amazon UK were doing a few daily deals for £399) and I like it, but without it being a phone too, why? Save some licensing costs? Not going to make it sell better.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 10:47 UTC as 33rd comment
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