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On article Olympus working on 8K video for Micro Four Thirds (219 comments in total)
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JoeWall: And who will watch 8K videos? Nobody who uses a m43 camera has an 8K monitor

Tommi, the big difference with the Google Pixel is the automatic processing it does to combine the frames to get a higher quality image than is possible with a single frame. This is possible in other cameras with post-processing or even in-camera options, but requires the user to make those decisions and is not a seamless, automatic process. The point is that computer processing can really do a lot to increase the image quality that's possible with a given sensor, and it's becoming more automated.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 16:37 UTC
On article Olympus working on 8K video for Micro Four Thirds (219 comments in total)
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JoeWall: And who will watch 8K videos? Nobody who uses a m43 camera has an 8K monitor

RPJG, it's not just the battery capacity, but also the efficiency of the sensor and processing. That's where a lot of the advances have been coming lately, particularly with Sony's stacked sensors. Also, with live view displays we're doing a certain amount of continuous readout already.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 16:16 UTC
On article Olympus working on 8K video for Micro Four Thirds (219 comments in total)
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JoeWall: And who will watch 8K videos? Nobody who uses a m43 camera has an 8K monitor

That's already happened in phone cameras -- the Google Pixel camera is constantly recording by default and then just combines a few frames when you press the shutter and saves it as an HDR image. It has its limitations, but the results are usually better than I would have thought possible for such a small sensor. Applying the same approach with a m4/3 sensor could be really impressive.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 00:16 UTC
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Lan: Is anyone else getting bored of this "oh look how great our product is, it's selling out" malarkey? As with any other manufacturer they control the amount of inventory available at launch, so it's really easy to engineer these "shortages".

I do wish companies would learn from the positive things that Apple brought to the marketplace, not the annoyances like the fake "shortages".

Olympus, Nikon, Sony, and Fuji have all introduced cameras in the last few months that arguably are competing for the same customers. How long should Panasonic hold off while potential customers are wooed by the shiny new stuff from the others?

Not everyone can rest on their laurels the way Canon can. And arguably many of their customers put more importance on lens selection, build quality, usability, and shot-to-shot performance than bleeding edge technology. Panasonic and micro 4/3 need to stay ahead of the curve with new innovation to keep people interested.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 05:14 UTC
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Lan: Is anyone else getting bored of this "oh look how great our product is, it's selling out" malarkey? As with any other manufacturer they control the amount of inventory available at launch, so it's really easy to engineer these "shortages".

I do wish companies would learn from the positive things that Apple brought to the marketplace, not the annoyances like the fake "shortages".

Not that long ago Panasonic had a big intro for their GX8 camera and it was a flop. I bought one at intro and I quite like it, but they've been on fire sale pretty much ever since, so I can't imagine they've made much money on that one.

So clearly they don't have a crystal ball for this stuff. And while I expect the GH line is more predictable, you also have to consider that there have been recent supply problems for lots of Japanese manufacturers due to uncontrollable things like earthquakes. So which is better, delay intro until supply is full, while competitors are introducing new products, or get your product to market while it's still relevant?

Your view of this is overly simplistic and cynical.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 01:30 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1204 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I thought the GH4 had auto ISO in manual mode? Does the GH5 have Auto ISO in manual mode plus exposure compensation?

@Miki, the specs say the GH5 does 4K with no crop. Every other mirrorless or DSLR that I'm aware of uses a significant crop. The result is that for 4K video the GH5 has effectively as large a sensor as those other larger format cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 21:30 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1204 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: A long awaited feature (still ?) missing from Panasonic cameras is MF Assist while recording. I wonder, if this camera, first in Panasonic's life, is supporting that damn function at last? I have an FZ2000, and it's excellent, but terribly infuriating that MF Assist doesn't work, when I start recording. MF Assist along with the excellent focus peaking WHILE recording would be so great. It's great that the hilarious 4K crop was gone. Unfortunately, I still have a crazy 36mm 4K crop on my FZ2000. With all these bells-and-whistles the GH5 should have included an APS-C sensor, just like JVC did with the LS300. That would have been a Sony/Canon killer. This way the GH5 is just a very strong competitor with a hell lot of limitations. Low-light wedding videographers with their brutal A7Sii's, will not get very enthusiastic, I guess, but a GH5 with an APS-C 12M 4K (low-light) optimized sensor, that would have been a king. As Andrew Reid would write, Panasonic again missed the opportunity.

And which lenses would you propose to use with your imaginary APS-C GH5?

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 21:13 UTC
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SteveY80: I'm not sure anyone else will care, but to me it's a bit of a shame that the 45-175mm hasn't been updated too. It's a great little lens and doesn't extend when zooming - it must be one of the few lenses that doesn't support dual IS.

I wonder if there'll be some bargain 35-100 f/2.8 mk1s appearing on the used market any time soon?

Also Panasonic promised a dual-IS firmware upgrade for the 45-175 that's now going on two years late. I bought the lens specifically with that feature in mind, so it's very frustrating that they seem to have forgotten about it.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 21:03 UTC
On article Google publishes gallery from upcoming Pixel smartphone (158 comments in total)
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(unknown member): For a phone, those are pretty darned good! If my phone took pictures like that I would be very happy. One question though - why are the skateboard's wheels square? Is that rolling shutter in action or some other anomoly?

They actually look that way in person. It's an interesting optical illusion. You can get a better look at https://sharkwheel.com/

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 01:30 UTC
On article Google's Pixel phones: What you need to know (122 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Some additional less obvious details:

- Storage is UFS 2.0
- 192kHz/24bit Audio
- Uses 18W charging through a USB- C power specification rather than Qualcomm quick charge 3.0
- Google optimized its HDR algorithm to run on the SD 821 Hexagon 680 DSP (instead of the CPU), using vector instructions to handle HDR processing with no shutter lag. This also saves battery life.
- The sensors just below the ear piece are for ambient light and proximity
- The free Google Photo storage includes original quality 4K video
- The highly impressive electronic video stabilization does not work with 4K (1080P/60 max)
- Even the Pixel's front/selfie camera uses a larger sensor than the iPhone 7 Plus' telephoto camera
- It has a notification LED
- Water resistance is IP53

I'm pretty sure that's 192 kbits per second data rate, not audio frequency.

edit: also, 20kHz is pretty much the max audible frequency, and people my age it's more like 16kHz.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 18:28 UTC
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newe: In reading numerous Android forums there SEEMS to be a lot of hate towards these new phones. Many think this is Google wanting to be Apple. Price is insane. Some have posted Canadian prices are $1,100. Who in their right mind would pay that for a phone with no SD card? I'm wondering if this will turn out to be a bad move for Google pricing this way. I bet OnePlus is happy!

I've had the Nexus 4 and 5 and loved them...won't be getting the new Google phones, the price/value proposition is not there for me in the least.

@tkbslc, I'm not aware of any prepaid plan that provides comparable service for $20/month. $10/GB for data is expensive, but I've never used that much data on mobile.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 03:42 UTC
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newe: In reading numerous Android forums there SEEMS to be a lot of hate towards these new phones. Many think this is Google wanting to be Apple. Price is insane. Some have posted Canadian prices are $1,100. Who in their right mind would pay that for a phone with no SD card? I'm wondering if this will turn out to be a bad move for Google pricing this way. I bet OnePlus is happy!

I've had the Nexus 4 and 5 and loved them...won't be getting the new Google phones, the price/value proposition is not there for me in the least.

@GodSpeaks, do you live in the US? With T-Mobile I paid $40/month for unlimited everything (but slower data after 5GB), and now pay $50/month which includes service in Canada. The Project Fi service will be between $20-$30/month based on my current data usage, but more expensive when visiting Canada, i.e. $0.20/minute for calls not using a wifi connection, but with free texting, and mobile data is the same as the US. Also calls from US to Canada are free.

Mobile data on Project Fi is $10/GB, so it's not as good for people who use a lot of mobile data, but I get most of my data on wifi so it's not an issue for me. Also, the whole point of Project Fi is that it seamlessly transitions to wifi whenever it can and has a large network of wifi hotspots in place.

I know lots of people here who pay upwards of $70/month. And these rates are actually much better than my brother in Canada pays. He was looking into visiting the US to sign up for the $50 plan I have so he could use it in Canada.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 03:34 UTC
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newe: In reading numerous Android forums there SEEMS to be a lot of hate towards these new phones. Many think this is Google wanting to be Apple. Price is insane. Some have posted Canadian prices are $1,100. Who in their right mind would pay that for a phone with no SD card? I'm wondering if this will turn out to be a bad move for Google pricing this way. I bet OnePlus is happy!

I've had the Nexus 4 and 5 and loved them...won't be getting the new Google phones, the price/value proposition is not there for me in the least.

I was with you guys, but then I checked out the Project Fi service plan (which is only available with Google's phones) and right off the bat I'd be saving over $300/year over T-Mobile while getting better network coverage (the main drawback I've had with T-Mobile). So I figure this way the phone pays for itself in a couple years. With this service plan there really is no other high-end phone that can compete on price/value.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 00:11 UTC
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SeeRoy: Wow, new bags! Awesome! Trific! Kwool! Up to now there have been so few to chose from!

And yet I can never find one I like.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 20:18 UTC
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Marc Ramirez: What pictures could be more important than ones of your kids? Of course that is where you want to use your nicest lenses.

The dyslexic in me thinks you're a horrible parent.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 20:31 UTC
On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (680 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Want to produce 4K video on the cheap, complete with all of those wonderful overheating moments, then buy any 4K capable Sony mirrorless ILC. Want to produce and also star in your very own 1080 HD video, complete with pro level audio, AF, and zoom that you control remotely from your smartphone without the need for assistance from anybody and with total reliability from your kit? Canon, and only Canon can give you that. Pro level selfie stills and videos are easy to produce with this new Canon kit. Nobody else has anything like it at or even near its very affordable price point. :))

Panasonic does all that for less money and 4K video as well. Their G7 does it for half the price of this new Canon, and even their top end GH4 is a couple hundred dollars less. The GX8 also.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 13:16 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1494 comments in total)
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Flashback: Wow, you won't want to drop that on one of your toes!

Considering the cost, I think it would be worth sacrificing a toe to cushion its fall.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 19:09 UTC
On article Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... (1413 comments in total)
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Andreas Stuebs: Congratulation Olympus for this success!
I must admit, I did not vote for the OMD. Mainly because when I handled it in the shop I was not happy how it felt in my hand. And also, I do not really like electronic viewfinders preferring a bright optical viewfinder. But even so - it is a well deserved win for a nice camera even if it does not suit me.
The question of the poll is rather silly. As if there can be "the best camera". There are so many different uses that there can be for each use a best camera. A camera,which tries to suit all, risks becoming a jack of all trades and a master of none. Having said that, it is quite impressive for a fairly small camera maker (compared to the BIG TWO and their fanbase) to come top of the poll. A bit like Tottenham coming out on top of the polls in the UK vs. ManU, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea.

The use of the word "best" is certainly problematic, though it's actually stated as "best of 2012", which I think can be taken to imply an emphasis on newness and innovation. Maybe "most interesting new camera" would make a better title, but then maybe that's the Lytro.

edit: on second thought, I'm going to go with the Nokia 41 megapixel camera phone.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2013 at 22:40 UTC
On article Just Posted: Nokia 808 PureView Review (208 comments in total)
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WilliamJ: As far as I'm concerned, I do not care going out without my phone as I don't use it so much, but I absolutely can't bear being without any camera. Thus, I wonder if one day, we won't have such a news not about a phone that can be used as a "quite good" camera but about a camera than can be used as a phone. I think, by the way, that the time is near when the "phone function" won't be an independent one and it will be added on demand as an application to any item of your choice: a watch, a pair of sunglasses, a key holder, a shoe... It will get smart ! In that case only, I will maybe be interested in a "camera that can take good pictures". Otherwise, out of the question !

Polaroid tried to go that way: http://androidandme.com/2012/01/devices/polaroid-sc1630-phonecamera-is-a-great-on-the-camera-not-so-much-on-the-phone/

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 18:44 UTC
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vtinitus: Is there really a lumix 7mm-300mm lens? I couldn't find it anywhere...

@yabokkie That's nonsense. For exposure purposes it's 4.0-5.6. The "equivalent" numbers you give are only relavent for comparing depth of field. Just think of it as cropping the picture. If you have a full-frame camera w/300mm lens and you crop the image, that has no effect on exposure.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 18:34 UTC
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