Francis Sawyer

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Pun1sh3r: if the holographic part of the phone works really well this is fantastic. there is no other phone that can do this and it could have a huge impact on the world as a whole. i suspect that apple and samsung would buy huge amounts of shares in Leia just so they can use it on their phones as well

Why? First of all, where are you going to get all of this "holographic" content?

And do you realize that there are no moving holograms? So this is for stills only.

And finally: It's still just a puny phone screen.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 09:42 UTC
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newe: Anyone paying over $1000 for a phone needs to have their head examined...then some volunteer time at a hospital.

Maybe you should do the math on how much your phone is really costing you under contract.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 09:39 UTC

It's unfortunate that Red decided to saddle its phone with this ridiculous gimmick (and others) instead of simply building a solid phone to challenge the increasing stupidity of competing products. For example, they should have simply built one with

1. Excellent battery capacity (with replaceability as an option). And the additional phone thickness necessary to house a generous battery would also facilitate...

2.Excellent camera. Thicker phone = better lens and sensor options.

3. It's pathetic we even have to say this, but: HEADPHONE JACK. And a line-level audio output, which the iPhone used to have (in the 30-pin dock connector). These connectors and the power connector should be on the BOTTOM of the phone for docking.

4.A body that actually withstand being used for its primary purpose, as a MOBILE device. See the new Samsung S8 "Active" for an example of what any phone should be built to take.

5. Pure Android that is updatable on the day of release. No BS "overlays."

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 09:09 UTC as 3rd comment
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panchorancho: Phone runs on Android? No thanks, I like keeping my data away from hackers! Lol

The problems with Android are

1. It's a mess. It's not one OS, but rather dozens or hundreds of hacked, proprietary versions the users can't update themselves on the day of release. They must wait weeks, months, or forever for their telco to dribble out a special version for every device, one at a time. Why do you think they use cutesy version names instead of numbers? To obscure the fact that the vast majority of devices are running outdated versions.

2. There appears to be no good syncing solution. iCloud, whatever its flaws, generally works. Your phone contacts and calendar sync with native apps on the computer, not Google-only "cloud" crap. The additional data propagated is also pretty handy, like saved Wi-Fi passwords and chat threads.

Anyone who knows of a good Android syncing solution that uses native PIM apps (like calendar and contacts) on the computer please let us know.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 08:57 UTC

This is DJI, the company that charges $1000 for a CinemaDNG "license," but CinemaDNG is an open-source format that DOESN'T REQUIRE A LICENSE.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 19:52 UTC as 2nd comment

F22? Looks OK in this small version, but wouldn't an ND filter be a better choice in order to avoid the image degradation due to diffraction at that tiny aperture?

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:39 UTC as 3rd comment

Shotoni phone?

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:34 UTC as 1st comment
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Francis Sawyer: If it has a headphone jack (on the bottom, of course), it's a win.

If you can update its OS, it's an even bigger win.

After all, the iPhone is approaching $1000 anyway, and it's pathetically crippled with no headphone jack and almost no battery.

"I consider Apple courageous in calling out the white elephant in the room and push the industry towards digital interface"

Ha ha, another apologist who doesn't want to admit he's getting ripped off.

That "logic" is specious. First of all, the phone has a SPEAKER, so it must always have a D/A converter in it; denying the user a simple connection to it is just petty. Second, the iPhone now has STEREO speakers, which is asinine. They're wasting space on "stereo" speakers but not the far-more-valuable headphone jack?

It is dumb to require a redundant D/A converter in EVERY listening device, instead of simply letting us use the one that's in the phone if we want. And they'll all be of varying quality. If anyone really wants a super-high-quality DAC to play back his dynamically compressed garbage, the presence of a headphone jack doesn't prevent him from using it.

But if all listening appliances go to digital interfaces, guess what? You no longer have the option of using a high-end DAC.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 00:25 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (417 comments in total)
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Greenalux: Adding a layer of collision prevention, If drones this days are so sensor smart and software smart, why do not develop a sensor that reads the transponder of any near by airplanes, in order to set a safety distance between the drone and the plane automatically, if the drone is in a dangerous collision course. Basically drones will move away from the planes path. Just a thought.

Transponders do not send position, direction, or speed information.

ADS transmitters will, but they're not required yet.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 09:16 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (417 comments in total)

DJI also rips users off for $500 for a CinemaDNG (raw) license, but CinemaDNG is a free standard that doesn't require a license.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 09:04 UTC as 17th comment

Perfect example of something that should NEVER be "in the cloud." Especially in an era where local storage is more spacious, cheaper, and physically tiny than ever.

Adobe continues to plumb the depths of consumer stupidity, which are clearly profound. Witness Apple managing to sell phones with no headphone jack.

People have no self-respect now, and willingly step up to become victims.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 09:43 UTC as 5th comment
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Matthew Bartok: "to give audiences new eyes with which to see our world," ... I only see one camera, therefore this is more like pirate vision. This would have been infinitely more impressive had it been shot in stereo3D.

"Virtual reality 3-D?" What are you talking about?

3-D is 3-D. There's no "virtual reality" 3-D.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 07:55 UTC
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(unknown member): Why fret over costs of these? They cost more than Samyang, but less than Zeiss cine or Leica or Cooke lenses. But more importantly, they are for pro video shooters, not still shooters.

Samyang/Rokinon are garbage. That's why we wanted Sigma to enter the market with a mid-priced, high-quality lineup. They didn't. Instead they're selling a lineup that's nearly as expensive as Canon's.

It's a mixed bag. Their lenses are faster, especially their interesting zooms.

This one is a bit more expensive than Canon's, but again faster.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 07:46 UTC
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GodSpeaks: The last time I got excited about a RED preannouncement was the original Scarlet, which I think was supposed to come in around $2000 as a ready to shoot package. THAT camera never materialized, what we did get was a modular system camera that ended up costing MUCH more.

So now I could care less what RED preannounces. When they have a shipping product I can buy, with a list price and full specs available, I will take a look.

You COULD care less? That means you DO care.

OK.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 08:03 UTC

If it has a headphone jack (on the bottom, of course), it's a win.

If you can update its OS, it's an even bigger win.

After all, the iPhone is approaching $1000 anyway, and it's pathetically crippled with no headphone jack and almost no battery.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 08:03 UTC as 28th comment | 10 replies

Let us know when it's not crippled to only work with Sigma lenses.

Until then: Up yours, Sigma.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 07:54 UTC as 5th comment
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Snapper2013: Atleast NASA knows how to focus their lenses. LOL

Mmmm, not really: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg12717301-000-the-testing-error-that-led-to-hubble-mirror-fiasco

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 08:43 UTC

And still no lossless codec. Apple: continuing to ignore the pro market.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 11:20 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (211 comments in total)
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Snapper2013: I still have my Elan IIE. It's a nice little camera for film.

I have one. Its cheesy construction was a tremendous step backward from the EOS 620.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 08:54 UTC
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (211 comments in total)
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Shlomo Goldwasser: Why do I feel that Canon could add this tech to a camera in a whim, but somehow they won't?

Is it because they could have also added 4k to probably every camera released in the past year, but didn't?

Canon doesn't even put intervalometers on its cameras, and that's an essentially free-to-implement feature.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 08:51 UTC
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