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davesurrey: PART TWO
Secondly the younger generation (who often have the disposable income) tend to use voice calls less and less and are reverting to IM, social networking and the like. They often would rather message their friends than call them. Certainly it's becoming the case in Japan where this is targeted but also in other Western countries.

And for the rare occasions if voice is needed that can go over an app like WhatsApp etc.

So they don't need a voice call contract and a data only is sufficient. As someone who has dealt with the mobile phone network providers I can tell you that it may be a lot easier for Pana to offer this. Data only contracts tend to be cheaper.

Note also that the revenue stream for the contract goes through Panasonic.

No doubt Panasonic are testing the market but it could be a sign of thIngs to come.

But does it support voLTE? That would kind of make it interesting..

I kind of agree with what you are saying, but in the real world of adulthood we still need to call real people who only have real numbers, not skype/WhatsApp etc..

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 12:47 UTC
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AD in KC: Phase One is such a dumb name for a company.

> Phase One is such a dumb name for a company

Like Google, or Apple..?

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 14:05 UTC
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tjobbe2: the ófficial statement of Samsung Germany reads exactly like that for laptops

19. November 2015
In Deutschland beobachten wir seit längerer Zeit einen allmählichen Rückgang der Nachfrage nach Digitalkameras, Camcordern und entsprechendem Zubehör. Wir müssen uns den Anforderungen des Marktes anpassen und haben uns daher entschlossen, Verkauf und Marketing dieser Produkte schrittweise auslaufen zu lassen. Hierbei handelt es sich um eine Entscheidung, die nur den deutschen Markt betrifft

Source: http://www.fotomagazin.de/technik/samsung-zieht-sich-vom-deutschen-fotomarkt-zurueck

So the rumors is correct as far as the European market is concerned where Sasmung went silent outside of Germany already some months ago

Well, that washing machine looking thing in my local electrical dealers shop (aka MediaMarkt) with Samsung on it must be in the wrong country then :-)

Yes, Samsung do sell washing machines in Europe..

(and in Germany too.., I checked..)

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 20:15 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-$1200 (153 comments in total)
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JKP: Full frame EOS 6D costs less than $1100 in some places. I would pick it up before any APC-C cameras in the same price range.

There is a shockingly long row of almost unused A7 bodies in my local dealer because they had a trade-in deal for the A7ii: $600each (and almost like new..).

But, now we come to the crunch, same with the 6d, have you seen the price of decent lenses for FF (compared to APS-C)..

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 16:37 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
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RichRMA: I guess there is still market for $6000 hulking DSLRs. However, if, pushed by mirrorless features they decide to try for a 14fps continuous shooting rate, I wouldn't stand too close to it when it's firing, the mirror could be a projectile.

so, in 2.5 seconds your whole 36 exposure roll is gone..

Definitely need that f250 drive.. :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 08:23 UTC
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DotCom Editor: "...made from a soft plastic that is optically similar to glass..."

Can you say #FAIL ? The samples are woefully out of focus. Make this sucker out of high-quality optical glass, like the Canon D500 close-up, screw-in macro accessory and I'd seriously consider it.

In fact, how about Canon itself making this product?

and you'd get it in 2020..

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 07:48 UTC
On article Readers' Showcase: Janne Voutilainen (38 comments in total)

I love them all, but especially No. 1 - words fail me..

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2015 at 10:57 UTC as 5th comment
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ThomasH_always: This is a shockingly tiny, outright microscopic amount. Just think of Apple's multi-billion spending for some no-name headsets called, Bits or Bids, whatever.

I would rather expect a price in the range of 50 Billion. Even than this would be bargain for Sony.

I think the Beats purchase is more an example of the stupidity of the perceived "value" of some brands, rather than a negative comment on the amount paid for Toshiba's sensor business.

Anyway, for me it's a production capacity purchase..

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 10:50 UTC
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Marcin 3M: While I like most of these images, I have to ask myself, when the term "photography" needs to be replaced by some other name...

Hasn't the same blinkered argument been used for paintings through the ages, how do you classify Da Vinci, Turner, Seurat or Picasso? Modernism v. realism?

Personally, I don't like Picasso or Da Vinci, but I wouldn't dream of denying that they are painters or artists..

And regarding your later point, do you deny electronic music is not music? There are no instruments used, it's all created on a computer, but it's certaily music..

We don't need new terms: you are trying to fit Colin Anderson's art into your narrow view of what photography "is", but clearly it doesn't work.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2015 at 21:14 UTC
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MikeF4Black: Manual focus? What was Voigtlander thinking?

You mean the 5% who will buy a MF only lens, or the 95% who want an AF lens..

The original comment was spot on.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2015 at 19:32 UTC
On article Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD review (20 comments in total)
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jeejay98: This is a great lens. I highly recommend it. Just don't buy it from DigitalRev. You would get charged tax and if they used DHL as shipper, there is a so called "payment deferment" charge for being a broker for Customs and Border Patrol.

The payment deferment charge is pretty normal for all private shipping companies like DHL actually, unfortunately..

And, much to my annoyance, as it's quite a fee sometimes, more than the value of the goods in occasional cases..

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2015 at 08:49 UTC
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photominion: The first ones almost had me abandon my looking through the gallery. Too much tonemapping for my taste.
But it got better and better and there are pictures that reminded me of how incredibly jealous I am of you guys living in countries where they actually leave abandoned stuff be.
Here in Switzerland it's incredibly difficult to find something that was abandoned and if they were, they usually get torn down after a few years before any charm develops.

Yes, the Historic Car Graveyard Gürbetal comes to mind..

The stupidity of political correctness which seems to rule this country.

I remember trying to explain why it was valuable to a work colleague, without any success whatsover. and to the point where I felt like burying him in the graveyard with the cars (almost..).

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2015 at 16:56 UTC
On article Polaroid Snap instant digital camera prints 2x3" photos (104 comments in total)
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RichRMA: A smart product. Offers a quick, likely inexpensive (unless you are so strapped for cash $0.50-$1.00 each will brake you, in which case stick to your phone) and fulfills a need not met by phones or other digitals. This will also be good to the people who the takers want to show images. They won't be taking hundreds so you won't be subjected to them frantically searching their phone for 20 minutes looking through hundreds of shots to find the one they want to show you.

I think it's perfect for things like fridge "magnets" or such mementos.

I agree it's likely to be left in a drawer though, would have been better as a clip-on to a smartphone, like the DXO thing or the sony lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2015 at 09:06 UTC
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jhinkey: Please shoot the same challenging scene in 12 bit and 14 bit modes and clearly show us the technical (100% pixel viewing super stretched shadows) AND the practical differences (typical viewing sizes and printed output).
Then the readers can decide if this matters to them.

Though I like these articles I find them not as focused/coherent as they could/should be - dpr can do better.

I second that i'd like to see examples of what difference this makes to me. I suspect little, but i'd like to know.

Thank you for the article, nevertheless.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 16:41 UTC
On article War Rigs: The tech used to shoot Mad Max: Fury Road (53 comments in total)
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Gollan: I've been reluctant to see the new Mad Max movie because I felt it would be swamped with cartoonish CGI in an effort to top the wonderful, practical special effects in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. These photos make it look like computer imagery is being used to complement acting, rather than replace it. If the whole thing is like that, I really should give the move a chance.

I hated it, too much like the ridiculous Beyond Thunderdome and little like the first two which I thought were excellent.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 19:27 UTC
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Randy Veeman: Wow, at ISO6400 RAW looks every bit as good as the latest Sony APSC camera and maybe a bit behind the D7200.
Well done!

IBIS makes this one the winner.


I think the only really 100% clear conclusion from that (other than splitting hairs..) is that I won't be taking any pictures at iso6400..


Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 19:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T10 Review (508 comments in total)
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CosminMunteanu: good review, great camera!

Seconded! Love the review

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 19:35 UTC
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batmatty: Im sure if it were using a Sony sensor it would reach ISO 40 million and have all the dynamic range!!!! Typical Canon. NO INNOVATION.

@dynaxx I agree, but 2015 is not finished yet, and I prefer facts rather than quarterly reports and seasonably adjusted estimations..

And I imagine no conclusion is actually possible from these figures I quoted anyway which are company-wide figures, as Sony and Canon have many other divisions which contribute to this (up and down) and which, of course, skew any picture we might wish to get of how well their photography division is doing based on some people's "slightly" biased opinions or preconceptions.. (like the Sony fanboy above making laughable statements about garbage..).

Personally, I am not sure Sony's clear technical progress is resulting in the sales they'd hope for - I just don't see that many about, although more than before. Similarly, Canons somewhat slow development might not be hitting their SLR sales as much as some might expect. (at least not for Sony's benefit, maybe Nikons..)

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 11:32 UTC
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batmatty: Im sure if it were using a Sony sensor it would reach ISO 40 million and have all the dynamic range!!!! Typical Canon. NO INNOVATION.

Financial results 2014: Sony group lost 1.26 Billion $, Canon group made a 2.9 Billion $ profit.

Obviously making garbage is more profitable than you think or, alternatively, the rest of the world doesn't really agree with you...

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 06:37 UTC
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