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Shlomo Goldwasser: It disturbs me that the studio comparison yet again does not have the option of comparing it to other smartphones, or real cameras for that matter.

I detect a hidden agenda as all this praise for the advances of smartphone cameras is misgiven if you consider that the Nokia Pureview, a 6 year old smartphone, would obliterate the pixel 2 in the standard studio comparison.

I'm sorry but this must be a joke. Anyone can easily download the jpeg files from the two phones and compare them, which I just did. Show me a single comparison where the Nokia even comes close to the Pixel. Look at some of the ISO 800 shots. It's not even close. The pixel wins in detail, sharpness, dynamic range, highlights, noise, color reproduction, literally everything that matters in a photograph.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 05:22 UTC
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anticipation_of: “Plus, all Pixel 2 owners get free Google Photo storage for photos and videos shot on the device through the end of 2020. After that point users will still get free storage but files saved will be high-quality compressed versions (full-res storage will still be available for a price).”

I hate this kind of thing, it’s a headache and worse than not offering a free service at all. Whst thry’re saying is that A) you don’t have control over your photos with this service and B) they’re going to give you just enough time to get used to having the service before they suddenly hold your photos hostage. It’s a Google-controlled time bomb in your photo collection.

I love when people complain about something that's free that they can easily turn off and/or not use at all. What kind of mindset is that!? "Here are some free pancakes." "I HATE pancakes! How dare you offer me something for free that I don't want. It's such an incredible inconvenience for me to have to know that you were giving me something for free that I will now not use. There is no possible way that anyone else might enjoy free pancakes, because my tastes and dislikes can be generalized to the entire world and if anyone else thinks they would like some free pancakes, they are both dead wrong and stupid."

Link | Posted on May 30, 2018 at 05:17 UTC
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zsedcft: This doesn't make sense. It costs millions of dollars to develop a lens mount, lenses and a gimbal. What customer would pay millions of dollars for a phantom 4 pro just to have interchangeable lenses? If the camera system is from the phantom 5, why would dji risk leaking their plans to competitors by selling part of their new drone? How much is that secret worth? Probably also millions of dollars, which brings us back to point #1.

This is a smoke screen from DJI. While this still may be a modified phantom 4 pro, it has been modified to test the new lens system internally. I don't think there is any way they would still this to a customer.

Isn't it possible DJI built a custom Phantom 4 to house this other company's proprietary lens mounts?

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 00:29 UTC

Gorgeous photos and a beautifully written article. Features like this keep me coming back to DPR.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 05:10 UTC as 17th comment
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (765 comments in total)

Very first was I think a beige plastic Minolta point-and-shoot with a built-in lens cover, pop-up flash, and braided wrist strap.

My first real camera was a Canon AE-1 with 50mm f1.8 inherited from my parents. A 1980 camera I started using in about 1998. I bought more FD lenses for it in the early days of eBay, including a 50mm f1.4 and 28mm f2, which are still just about the only lenses I use on my Sony NEX body today.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 16:59 UTC as 163rd comment
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)
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SRHEdD: I was about to complain about the lack of an SD card reader, but then I remember I have/use a 3" Lightning to SD card reader with my phone. Love this little guy.


Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 23:47 UTC
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h2k: The headline is about the new lens's price, but then in the teaser text you don't tell the price, the reader has to click onto the link.

I understand that websites want clicks, still i find it a bit funny - announcing a price information, which is a very tiny piece of information (not like a camera test conclusion) and then hiding that information from the introductory text.

Websites make money (pay their employees and continue being websites) only through people clicking on the website. Are you really arguing that this website, or any other, should organize itself in such a way as to minimize the amount of money they generate, and thereby their ability to pay their employees and continue being a website?

Yes, while we're at it, you should tell your local grocery store to stock their produce in the parking lot rather than the store itself, so you don't have to bother going inside or paying for it next time you want an apple.

The complaint is needing to actually click on an article to arrive at the information contained in the article? That is a serious epistemological crisis. Please consider the consequences of your argument. Why should you even have to open your computer to know the price of Voigtlander lenses? Simon Joinson could sleep on the floor next to your bed to whisper details of new product releases into your ear as you wake up each morning.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 01:03 UTC
On article New GF: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies (401 comments in total)
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AngryCorgi: This selfie nonsense is getting out of control. First off, people don't act the same way with legitimate cameras like they do with idiotic cell phones. Second, the average consumer of these products is NOT a 13 year old girl.

Camera industry: knock it off! Your market analysis is lying to you!

Everyone should calm down about the selfie screen. It's just a regular old articulated screen that flips all the way up to face forward. My Sony NEX does the same thing, along with about 40 other cameras. Should they limit the screen to flipping 90 degrees so it can remain a "true" camera?

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 23:12 UTC

It's telling and tragic that this photographer survived through years of a deadly, chaotic war, only to be killed carrying ballots to a "free" election.

Shocked and sad to read about this. Thank you for your good and difficult work.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 18:15 UTC as 65th comment
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Saffron_Blaze: Killing in God's name. How civilised.

Yes, because the "Great" civilizations have certainly never killed in god's name.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 18:11 UTC
On article Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 (118 comments in total)
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Musicjohn: So when are manufacturers going to design a photo-camera which excells in taking photographs (just as the word PHOTO-camera implements) instead of concentrating on video features? If I want to make superior video images, I'll buy a video camera instead.

Amen to that, EOSHD.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 18:16 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Hasselblad CEO Ian Rawcliffe said:
"There are growing numbers of very keen and often extremely talented amateur photographers and photo-enthusiasts all over the world that are willing to invest in the kind of high performance capture products that elite professionals enjoy"
These 'talented' amateurs better choose the A99 instead - Then keep the money in their pockets to buy good Zeiss glass.

Makes more sense then buying this Hassy.

Translation: global income inequality has created a market in which people at the top end buy things simply because they're the most expensive, and selling to them becomes a viable strategy. It's like the art market; the low end dries up, the middle stagnates, and the number of works selling for $75-100 million+ skyrockets.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 21:08 UTC
On article TIME's top photos of the year (148 comments in total)
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cpkuntz: Disaster snuff porn is the best of 2013? I understand the journalistic value of such images, but not really the artistic value. To me, this is the most beautiful image captured by humanity in 2013:

First Runner up:

Second runner up:

Time is a news magazine, so their selections are clearly weighted towards photojournalism and global news events. At the same time, you wouldn't expect Scientific American to choose war images for a best-of series. I am a huge fan of scientific images as well, but I also feel that photographing war zones and conflicts is incredibly important, especially when photographers can present them in such a way that both humanizes the events and allows a point of entry and identification for the viewer.

sebastian huvenaars: Saturn looks dim/tiny from earth because we're looking at it through the relatively dense filter of the atmosphere, which filters and diffuses its light. If you were able to look from outside the atmosphere, it would be much brighter and clearer.

One of my personal favorite images of the year isn't even a photograph:

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 21:00 UTC

Circular Lenses and Rectangular Photos

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2013 at 04:20 UTC as 14th comment
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LaFonte: good thing: - sharp fonts and sharp images, crisp display
bad thing: now it takes twice as much power and the battery also has to be nearly twice larger to keep with last year MBP - and nothing inside is now user replaceable or upgradeable, everything is soldered.

I see this retina craziness really counterproductive with the much increased energy consumption..
The ipad 2 has 25w/h battery for 10 hr run, the ipad 3 needed 45w/h battery to drive the power hungry retina so it can still get 10 hours.
Now an ipad 3 with non retina display would easily run 18 hours.
If I have choice I would choose 18hr run time over retina display any time.

Same for MBP, yes retina is nice to look at but now we need to run the devices with twice as much power!

Or you could have a Kindle with 380 hours of battery life! I'm not sure I understand your complaint. There are plenty of tablets out there with lesser screens and longer battery life. If that's what's important to you, you're more than covered. For those of us that want high performance field photo/video monitoring and editing applications, we're covered too! Everyone wins when you have a choice.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2012 at 03:20 UTC
On photo Is Waterspout a 'Bad weather'? in the Bad weather - shot from a Panasonic Camera challenge (7 comments in total)

That is an amazing photo/story. I especially love how calm everything else looks in comparison to the waterspout.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2012 at 21:09 UTC as 4th comment
On photo DSC00009 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

Softness? Come on now. Just how deeply do you want to see into his pores? Viewing a 21MP image at full resolution is like looking at a wall-size print from a few inches away. If you need more detail than this camera is producing, don't plan on using a compact.

I'm a Canon/Olympus shooter but this Sony looks to be the compact/fixed focus camera to beat at the moment.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 21:08 UTC as 2nd comment
On a photo in the Sony RX100 preview samples sample gallery (5 comments in total)

Softness? Come on now. Just how deeply do you want to see into his pores? Viewing a 21MP image at full resolution is like looking at a wall-size print from a few inches away. If you need more detail than this camera is producing, don't plan on using a compact.

I'm a Canon/Olympus shooter but this Sony looks to be the compact/fixed focus camera to beat at the moment.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 21:08 UTC as 2nd comment

Does anyone have trouble pressing the shutter button in portrait mode? I wasn't aware this was a problem requiring a solution.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2012 at 22:48 UTC as 66th comment | 3 replies
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