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On article Apple iPhone 13 Pro sample gallery (477 comments in total)
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Michael Piziak: As someone that mostly enjoys macro photography with my DSLR, I can tell you that the macro images from this smartphone are way behind cameras in image quality....

As someone who hasn't even a macro lens or a mirrorless camera at home anymore, I can tell you my 13pro will make decent macro shots for the few situations I need it.

The decision here is: macro or no macro, and not macro with deticated gear vs. iPhone

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2021 at 10:36 UTC
On article Apple iPhone 13 Pro sample gallery (477 comments in total)
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FujifilmXT3: Great images how long before an iPhone replaces your camera?

At least for me, the iPhone 12pro (and now the 13pro) already replaced my Fuji X100V in most situations.

And the iPhone Xs I had before, already replaced my Fuji X-E3 with lenses in many situations. But the step in IQ from the Xs to the 12pro was (IMHO) that huge, that I used it more and more instead of the X100V. The Xs was the reason I sold my Fuji mirrorless equipment for the X100V, because I did not want to carry so much gear with me anymore.

If I look at my photo collections for our yearly photo books, calendars etc., most of the images have been taken with my phones, even in the time I used the iPhone 8 max.

Yes, they are not that "clean" as the Images taken with the Fuji. But I was able to capture more memorable family images with the phone cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2021 at 10:14 UTC
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Jon555: IMHO NYT review was interesting:

"The problem with so much great innovation is that upgrades are now so iterative that it has become difficult to know what to write about them each year. That’s especially the case with Apple’s iPhone 13, which may be the most incremental update ever to the iPhone.

The newest iPhone is just 10 percent faster than last year’s models. (For context, in 2015, the iPhone 6S was more than 70 percent faster than its predecessor.)"

"What better way to illustrate that slow march than with smartphone photos? To put the iPhone 13 cameras to the test, I bought a special tripod to hold two phones side by side so I could snap roughly the same photos of my dogs at the same time. I compared shots taken with the new iPhones, last year’s iPhone 12 and a three-year-old iPhone XS.

When I got the results, I was genuinely surprised by how well the iPhone XS camera stood up against the newest models. And the iPhone 13’s camera was just barely better than the iPhone 12’s."

I used the iPhone Xs for 2 years, and the camera in my 12pro was so much better! Not only in low light conditions, but also in regular light.

The 13pro i own now is even a step forward compared to the 12pro, especially in critical light conditions but also in overall tonality because of Smart HDR 4.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2021 at 08:45 UTC
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mick232: There you go. Your shiny new M1 is an outdated model already. Time to upgrade.

@Mick

Since one one besides Apple knows what will be the name of the upcoming chip, it's nitpicking. You also don't know if Apple will take another approach to it's different chip classes than intel does.

Maybe there is the M1 for entry level Macs, and M2 for the high end Macs. And in a year it might be M1x and M2x. Who knows?

Link | Posted on May 4, 2021 at 05:25 UTC
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mick232: There you go. Your shiny new M1 is an outdated model already. Time to upgrade.

@Mick

No, not outdated.
In the same way, Apple sold Intel i5, i7 and i9 Macs, there will also be different performance classes with the Mx-Macs available. The M1 is designed for the entry level Macs. Everyone knows this.

The difference to Intel is, that even the entry level M1 is faster than most Intel i7 chips.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2021 at 08:19 UTC
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BrexitDefCom3: And Android & Apple are copying Microsoft whose Nokia & Lumia cameras have run RAW dng natively since 2013. It has taken Apple 7 years (their vanity mirror broke on your selfies, maybe?) to manage RAW in a 12 MP image. The Nokia 1020 (2013) manages RAW on a 41MP sensor that is so much bigger fashionistas object to the small bump even though it is still easily pocketable AND has a wriststrap supplied & a hole on the actual camera to thread it through so you never ever drop your lovely camera! & though not listed as waterproof I have used mine in real downpours carefully and it still works. And it has a first-class FM stereo radio, as does the Lumia 950. Should we allow Apple 7 years to fit a wriststrap & another 7 to manage to include an RDS FM radio in its OS like Microsoft already did all those years ago?

The 950 Lumia series sport 20MP sensors whose resolution is far greater than Apple's $1200 Pro Max 12MP can manage, even in JPEG, so wait 7 years more?

@BrexitDefCom3

You totally lost the point in your rant about Apple and Android copying MS.
The point in Apples "ProRAW" format is, that it contains all the additional informations like depth-map (for portraits), multiple images for deep fusion and night mode etc.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2020 at 08:31 UTC
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Brev00: I finally upgraded my Mac after nine years. Got a 2019 which replaced the 2017 versions. Then Apple decides to upgrade in 2020 with this M chip a couple of months later! I will have to wait another nine years to get this software.😆

It's a universal app.
So it can use all the new things from the M1 Chip natively, but it also works on Intel based Macs.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2020 at 08:18 UTC
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Boss of Sony: New ultra-wide-angle lens? Where is the evidence that it's new? It has the same aperture and focal length. From what I read, only one of the camera modules in the 12 Pro Max has a larger sensor, and that's the main one.

@Boss of Sony
No, the UWA is the same. But the images are now automatically corrected (distortion etc.). The sensor has a bit better ISO, but not that much.

The sensor of the normal lens (wide angle) seems to be new, because it has a much higher iso sensitivity that the 11pro sensor. And the lens and OIS is also new/better.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2020 at 08:05 UTC
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Fotoni: There is about 3-4 MP worth of details in very sunny photos. Overcast photos have about 2 MP or a bit less. Low light photos have about 1 MP or even less. The rest of the pixels looks crafted, artificial, muddy.

It seems that typical phone camera sensor sizes have reached their technical limitations and now it is just software processing to make them look more convincing or cool. If you think that the reality is boring, it is a good thing then.

@Slideshow Bob

The D7000 may be better in terms of a "cleaner" image - on pixel level.
But if you look at dynamic range and all the other computational stuff that is going on in todays smartphones, I bet an actual iPhone image looks better (or call it more pleasant if you want) out of the cam.

Or look at the "night mode". To get the same results with the D7000, you need a proper tripod and some time on post processing to get the same results that an iPhone can do hand held.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2020 at 07:56 UTC
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Silviu Gheorghe: - slow lightning usb 2.0 port
- old design from 4,4s and 5
- fast craging with 18w lol
- the big ugly nodge is not gone
- no chargerr included
- no optical zoom
- telefoto lens has 62mm equivalent in comparison with p40 pro 82mm or samsung note20 ultra 120mm
- Li-Ion 3687 mAh vs note 20 ultra 4500mAh or Huawei P40pro + 4200 mAh
- and is the most expensive LOL!

+ as a plus... it has a very good procesor

Where is the Iphone that showed the world the new trend and new tehnologies that we want to see?
Who wahts to buy a new phone with 64Gb of memory ? LOL!

***I am totally disappointed ***

But just looking at the mAh of the battery doen't tell anything about the real world battery life. It's the efficiency of the whole system AND the mAh that has to be considered.

I agree, that longer batter life is always better. But again, the mAh alone doen't reflect that.

Regarding the cable/charger

I bet almost every iPhone user doesn't just have several USB-Chargers at home, but also several Lightning to USB-A cables. I didn't even took the cable and charger of my iPhone Xs out of the box, because I have several older cables that still last.

So even if you don't have a USB-C charger, chances are high that you won't have any problems to charge your iPhone 12.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2020 at 06:09 UTC
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Handsome90: Apple hasn’t showed the performance capability of the new ARM chips. I think the performance of the Intel chips were not the limiting factor in the Macbooks. Rather it’s the cooling, which Apple never addresses. The only advantage of the new chips will be that the computers will run cooler but Apple being Apple they will negate the savings by making it even thinner or put even a less adequate cooling system.

But in the end - isn't the result more important than the way to get to there?
As a user I don't care why a certain task is faster, but I like that it's faster.

For video editing/rendering, Apple is using deticated cores in it's ARM processors.
And Apple is also providing many system based technologies, that make certain tasks really fast. Like metal graphics etc. So if all goes hand in hand in the future (optimised hardware and software), the users will benefit. Maybe Apple even want's to force developers, to use these newer technologies, if they already optimise their software for ARM.

I agree that there is a lot of software out there, that is really bad opimised.
But as a user, I only care for the result. If it's fast, I'm fine, no matter how they managed it to be fast.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2020 at 13:49 UTC
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Handsome90: Apple hasn’t showed the performance capability of the new ARM chips. I think the performance of the Intel chips were not the limiting factor in the Macbooks. Rather it’s the cooling, which Apple never addresses. The only advantage of the new chips will be that the computers will run cooler but Apple being Apple they will negate the savings by making it even thinner or put even a less adequate cooling system.

@Handsome90

There are also comparisons in video exporting.
iPad Pro 4k video export with Luma Fusion was much faster than with the MacBook Pro running Final Cut.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2020 at 13:03 UTC
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forest dream: Now Mac computer will based on ARM. Smartphone (Android/iOS), camera (Sony BIONZ X, Fujiflm X-Processor), smartwatch (WearOS), Android TV box also ARM. Seem like Intel begin lost the market.

@HowaboutRAW

The iPad Pro is already faster in exporting 4k video with luma fusion than many MacBook Pro with final cut. And this is given the fact, that a MacBook pro has better cooling capabilities than the iPad, and more battery power.

In the presentation they showed 3d animations in Maya, that where even with a x86 coded app. So emulated with rosetta 2. And they where pretty smooth.

And do you really think that Tim Cook will present a new ARM Mac this fall, that is 20% slower than the Intel one? It is either as fast as, or even faster.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2020 at 12:35 UTC
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Handsome90: Apple hasn’t showed the performance capability of the new ARM chips. I think the performance of the Intel chips were not the limiting factor in the Macbooks. Rather it’s the cooling, which Apple never addresses. The only advantage of the new chips will be that the computers will run cooler but Apple being Apple they will negate the savings by making it even thinner or put even a less adequate cooling system.

They already show the performance in the iPad Pro.
These are already faster than many of the actual MacBook Pro models.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2020 at 12:27 UTC
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matsonfamily: I'd feel more comfortable with a performance arm solution if there was already performance arm solutions out there. All I see are hobbyist projects and supercomputer projects that can't really be downsized. Also, because of the obscurity of their new platform, I expect some of the few aspects of MacOS that are open and/or accessible to be locked down more, thus loosing it's appeal to developers.

The actual iPad is faster than many of the MacBook Pro option, so there is already a performance arm solution.

Given the fact, that there are hardware limitations with an iPad, like battery power and cooling possibilities, that limits the actual possible power of the arm chip inside, I expect that these Chips will perform even better in an MacBook Pro.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2020 at 12:20 UTC
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Peetz: Ansel Adams and Brett Weston used to say that (I paraphrase): a cheap junk lens on a tripod gives better images that a superb lens with camera shake. In 2020, stabilization goes part of the way of delivering an electronic "tripod" when you don't have a real tripod with you.

Fuji argues that adding stabilization will add bulk to the lens. But I have personally owned the Leica/Lumix LX5, and Sony RX100 series that have stablization in the lenses. Sure, these are smaller sensors, but I think it can be done.

Fuji said IBIS could not be done in their X-Mount. Fuji said they could not make IBIS smaller than in the X-H1. All these, with time, they did it. So Fuji should not say it cannot be done, but just say it'll take time to figure out.

The X100 series is not just used for street photography. It is also used by people in a wide range, e.g. travel, portraits etc that could benefit from lens stabilization. No need for IBIS in a fixed lens camera. Just in-lens stabilization.

Ricoh has much longer experience with IBIS technology. And they have patents pending, just like other manufacturers. fujifilm had to find a way to implement IBIS, without affecting the pending patents of other manufacturers.

And as you have seen - Fuji managed it to make their IBIS smaller, with the new generation in the X-T4. But it will probably take one or two new versions, until it fits in their smaller cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2020 at 09:53 UTC
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Peetz: Ansel Adams and Brett Weston used to say that (I paraphrase): a cheap junk lens on a tripod gives better images that a superb lens with camera shake. In 2020, stabilization goes part of the way of delivering an electronic "tripod" when you don't have a real tripod with you.

Fuji argues that adding stabilization will add bulk to the lens. But I have personally owned the Leica/Lumix LX5, and Sony RX100 series that have stablization in the lenses. Sure, these are smaller sensors, but I think it can be done.

Fuji said IBIS could not be done in their X-Mount. Fuji said they could not make IBIS smaller than in the X-H1. All these, with time, they did it. So Fuji should not say it cannot be done, but just say it'll take time to figure out.

The X100 series is not just used for street photography. It is also used by people in a wide range, e.g. travel, portraits etc that could benefit from lens stabilization. No need for IBIS in a fixed lens camera. Just in-lens stabilization.

Fuji never said that it's not possible in general.
They said that it's currently not possible, with the their IBIS technology.

The X-H1 was significantly larger than the X-T series.
And the X-T4 is also larger than the X-T3, even with their newer (smaller) version of their IBIS.

It's the same with the X100 Series.
They said in an interview, that it's currently not possible, because it would make the X100 larger. And since they want to keep the size the same, they didn't add it.

With a newer generation of their IBIS it will probably be possible. But not now.

Regarding the Ansel Adams quote; We have digital sensors with a great high ISO performance now. So even without a tripod, they have plenty of room to deliver great images without having problems with camera shake.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2020 at 10:01 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1491 comments in total)
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LevAizik: At this price range, it is very difficult to recommend a newcomer crop sensor camera unless he really, really needs XT-4's additional features.

The X-T4 is the high end product of the X-Series, with higher specs than the FF cameras in the same price range. So of course people who buy this camera know what they need.

And in the end you also have to look at the whole system. With Fuji-X, you always have the option to build a compact system, even with the X-T4. So it's more than the camera itself.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 09:02 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1491 comments in total)
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LevAizik: At this price range, it is very difficult to recommend a newcomer crop sensor camera unless he really, really needs XT-4's additional features.

Well. you forgot to mention, that you can get other Fuji-x cameras for way less. The X-T3 has basically the same Sensor and Processor, T-T30, X-E3 or even the X-A7 are alle great cameras, that have basically the same IQ like the X-T4.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2020 at 08:01 UTC
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pro photo 2011: Fuji claims that it did not add IBIS or OIS to the X100V because it would have increased the size of the camera.

Well, take note that the Ricoh GR III has IBIS and is considerably smaller and lighter than the X100V.

I deem the real reason is increased cost. $1400 is already pretty expensive.

You should also take note, that Ricoh has patents on their IBIS technology, so Fuji has to find another way to implement the functionality in their cameras. As you have seen, Fuji’s first IBIS camera, the X-H1 was considerably larger than the X-T3. And the X-T4 is still larger than the 3.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2020 at 20:09 UTC
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