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On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (142 comments in total)
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emxgarcia: This is called reaction. Canon has to stop the practice of surgically selecting features for each model and most of the time leaving just one feature out so that you have to consider their top of the line model. That pick and choose attitude convinced me to drop all my Canon APS-C gear and go with Olympus. This is too little too late, at least for me.

Too true. Leaving out 4K on the 80D looked very bad - even if almost nobody in that camera's demographic actually uses or edits 4K yet! I expect most of these patents are the frivolous type: "Mmmm... that might just about be a good idea, maybe not... well, let's patent it just in case, we can afford it."

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 13:05 UTC
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Leonp: Of course many people hate the idea and say they can do it faster by keyboard. So it must be optional for some guys here and those who can't spare a MHz of processing power.

I think the idea has great potential when implemented cleverly, very programmable and definetely only when voice and keyboardcontrol work simultaneously.

For instance what I dislike in PS is the tiny buttons you need presiing to create layers. I would like to use the command 'curvelayer' to create this layer. Quite simple and straightforward things.

I hope Adobe does not try to make it too clever.

It would be hilarious if they tried to make the full PhotoShop voice controlled. How would you request one of those hidden "Alt+Shift+click microscopic grey icon in the corner of that panel just there" functions? And if it's not entirely voice controlled, still needing a keyboard, what's the point at all? It's quicker to click that meaningless but familiar icon than try to remember what Adobe call it and then say the right word.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 12:51 UTC
On article Meet two nomadic photographers who travel full-time (151 comments in total)

I think I must have missed something. What funds their massively expensive lifestyle? It sounds just like the many articles I've seen in weekend supplements, about the family who "...just chucked it all in and went travelling around the world with their kids, giving them an education in life." Slightly irritating for the rest of us who have to work for a living rather than play.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 12:34 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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Reactive: I like the magnified inset picture above.. it looks like the diggers are rolling an enormous joint! The process described seems very complex. I'm surprised a drone couldn't be programmed to fly an exact grid pattern and do this sort of mapping work by itself.

Well yes, so a drone carrying a 5Ds could take many more shots at *much* closer range and end up with an even more crazy resolution super-shot. Cheaper than going up 2000 ft and then having to use a very high-res camera to claw back a detailed capture of the ground?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 16:34 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (235 comments in total)

The problem with a screen this large is the viewing distance. If you have it near enough to enjoy the crazy resolution you quickly end up with a stiff neck and/or a headache since you have to physically move your eyeballs and neck far more than is natural to view the sides of the screen. If you have it far enough back to avoid this problem, the 8K resolution becomes pointless. I briefly used a 32" monitor and hated it - it was just too much too look at! I find a 24" monitor is all that's necessary for comfortable long term desktop usage, with extra monitors if more screen estate is required.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 12:51 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply

I like the magnified inset picture above.. it looks like the diggers are rolling an enormous joint! The process described seems very complex. I'm surprised a drone couldn't be programmed to fly an exact grid pattern and do this sort of mapping work by itself.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 12:35 UTC as 15th comment | 4 replies

"Suddenly I can shoots stills and videos of friends skateboarding, or snowboarding or an outdoor concert". Can you really? In the UK, flying a drone anywhere near other people in a public place is illegal. Flying over your backyard is not allowed as you are snooping on your neighbour. And so many idiots use them that even tighter rules are in preparation (e.g. licensing). And all that expense for what? More and more same-old aerial shots that are already becoming boring. Yes, drones are great tools for the occasional shot on a TV documentary, otherwise impossible movie action shots, or architectural surveying, but in amateur hands they're just an expensive one-hit wonder.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 12:44 UTC as 32nd comment | 5 replies
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Theelderkeynes: Should not DPreview be offering a value for money comparison? Given the high UK prices for this and competitor phones a more relevant to the consumer price and feature analysis would have been helpful. Perhaps consideration could be given...?

Agree. I am definitely not a phone watcher but surely the UK prices shown here are so absolutely crazy they must be in Apple territory? Why exactly is it 5x the price of a full featured phone like the Moto G? Is it full of military spec components and covered in 24ct gold?

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 13:10 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)

What ridiculous prices.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:53 UTC as 51st comment
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photophile: Utterly pointless - unless the cameras are destined for the Outer Planets market. Even then.

Agreed: completely pointless. None of the internal components will have been guaranteed by the manufacturer to survive those temperatures, even if they are mil-spec versions, so if the camera fails, so what? You broke it. How clever you are. Perhaps I'll ask my son to throw my camera out of the window to see if the manufacturer designed it to be thrown out of windows?

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:49 UTC
On article Canon patent shows curved sensor design (105 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: Is vignetting really such a huge issue that it requires a whole new sensor technology to be developed? I thought it has stopped being a problem since the moment cameras went digital, because it is probably THE easiest optical artifact to correct. Never have I seen a person who went "oh no, all that vignetting my camera produces completely destroys my photos. I wish manufacturers came up with some awesome new sensor to solve that..."

Curved sensors could be useful for things like reducing the size of lenses and thus making gear more compact, but it's really not worth developing them only to "reduce vignetting".

Exactly. This article is interesting only because it is camera related. It would be impossible to market the mild image improvement caused by this sensor versus any flat sensor. This is more of precautionary patent in case it ever becomes a useful concept.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 13:01 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1296 comments in total)
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PRohmer: Gold award?! Really? I don't even see the point of this camera at this price point.
How can this favorably compare to X-t2, X-pro2, M5 or even G85?

The point? Olympus are backed into a corner with MFT, so they have done a brilliant job by creating a blazing fast tool like the EM1-MKII that represents the best of everything for the format. But sadly it but will sell in relatively tiny numbers due to its price (for amateurs) and lack of interest/take-up (from pros already heavily invested in Canon/Nikon). Such a shame; I'd love Olympus to get back to equal competitive status with Canon/Nikon.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 15:31 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1296 comments in total)

Ultra quick summary: A very nice Olympus camera for those buyers that can afford it, and who also have an overriding interest in sport / high-speed photography. However in the vast majority of cases it will be ignored in favour of better value Canon / Nikon / Sony / Fuji / Panasonic offerings.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 13:35 UTC as 136th comment | 4 replies
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Nixyz: We can now conclude that the E-M1 mk2 alone has more haters than the whole m43 system.

Lots of us would love to own an Olympus (my first camera was an Olympus SLR) but the price v. image quality / spec problem means we never will. I fear Olympus will sink unless they can offer a more enticing and competitive range of products. Personally, I've only ever seen an Olympus camera in a camera shop, never around anyone's neck.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 13:03 UTC
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S Edwards: Olympus promised image quality exceeding all APS-C. The results speak for themselves, what a disappointment. I still like the camera, especially as a system, but they're a stop away from delivering the sensor they promised.

Agreed. I compared it with several much cheaper APS-C cameras at ISO 1600, RAW, and it simply cannot justify its price.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 16:42 UTC

Surely this type of con must sour Leica's reputation (if they have any credibility left) even amongst the rich investors who choose to add these items to their portfolio of trinkets?

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 13:35 UTC as 19th comment | 7 replies
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barrym1966: nothing special. photography competitions seem to be about the story behind the photo and not the photo itself. This kind of shot could easilly have been captured by an amateur with an iphone

Precisely! It is astonishing that an average school photo can win a major prize. The photographer didn't even ask the kid to tuck in his tie neatly. FAIL! Perhaps every one-child-per-minute school snapper will now receive a gold-embossed invite from Magnum.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 13:03 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (150 comments in total)

If one Thunderbolt port can do all of this, then why did the MBP need to sacrifice all traces of real-world practicality to host four of them?

Just imagine if Ford made a car that had four separate fuel filler ports, boasting "You can now refuel four times quicker!" - except that all the filler necks were too small to accept a standard fuel pump nozzle ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 13:17 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies

Can we have a plasma cutter next time please? They're really impressive ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 11:41 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-3040 Zoom (119 comments in total)

The Olympus C1400 was the first digital camera I ever used, at work. It was a real privilege to 'get a go' and have a chance to marvel at its stunning[ly bad] 1.4MP images, not least because the battery died after 20 minutes ;-) This C-3040 looks like luxury in comparison.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 13:14 UTC as 27th comment
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