RC

Lives in Germany Bavaria, Germany
Joined on Mar 1, 2000

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Botifarro: :
"iPhone 12 Pro Max review round-up":

Basically 98% the SAME EXACT PHONE as the 11 Pro Max. Apple's marketing BS, real-world bore and lavish laziness has no boundaries.

I do not HAVE to always get the latest iPhone but since this is the device I use most on a daily basis (work and privately), it makes sense to get the latest device.
It is tax deductible (work) anyway, so... ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2020 at 12:46 UTC
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Lassoni: Not impressed by the lack of periscope lens. Huawei has P/Mate 40 Pro+ models that each have a 240mm 10x zoom lens. That's insane tele reach for a camera you will be carrying in your pocket 24/7 . Androids are currently in a race for periscopes, most other manufacturers have 5x, but next year Samsung and Yiaomi are confirmed to bring at least 10X's to match the Huawei's two flagships 240mm, and it's entirely possible Huawei or some other manufacturer will bring longer than 10x next year.

This all, while there's tech journo articles saying, that Apple's bringing periscope lenses in their own smartphones in 2022. So it goes without saying that even Apple acknowledges the periscope lenses to have merit, it's just that Apple is late to the party / falling behind in smartphone trends. For that reason, I cannot quite understand anyone paying high dollar for these phones, when there're alternatives with better feature set and lenses.

Or maybe Apple thinks that the quality of periscope lenses isn't right "there" yet?

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2020 at 14:12 UTC
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Botifarro: :
"iPhone 12 Pro Max review round-up":

Basically 98% the SAME EXACT PHONE as the 11 Pro Max. Apple's marketing BS, real-world bore and lavish laziness has no boundaries.

Sorry to disappoint you but this isn't true.
I have the iPhone 11 Pro Max, just got my daughter the 12 Pro (not Max) and there are many differences, some subtle but others more noticeable.
My daughter had the 11 Pro before the 12 Pro and she is very happy with her new phone. I would call my daughter an iPhone "power user", she really uses 99% of the phone's capabilities, unlike me.
I won't go into details what is better and what not, there are various reviews you can read, with details.
My 12 Pro Max should arrive this Friday.
Some phones, I also have the S20 Ultra here, 16GB RAM version, may have a better zoom but overall, the camera of the 12 Pro (and my current 11 Pro Max) is excellent.
Of course the next iPhone generation will be better than the old one but what's your point? I always buy the latest iPhone because it is the device I use most on a daily basis.
So why wouldn't I want to have the latest one?

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2020 at 14:10 UTC
On article Opinion: Camera names are getting ridiculous (706 comments in total)

Why would the author think that Camera makers don't know what they are doing?
The name/model confusion is often intentional, so people, who are not too well informed, buy the lower end and/or older products as well.
Easiest model designation would be to name the cameras 2020-1, 2020-2, 2020-3 and so on, the first four digits indicating the year and the other digits the rank in the model line (1 = high end camera, 2 = mid end camera, 3 = lower end camera, etc.).
Just a simple and maybe stupid suggestion but of course this will never happen because nobody wants to buy an "old" camera (2018-1). LOL

Bottom line is: The camera manufacturers know what they are doing, the confusion is not without benefits for them.

No, I am not into conspiracy theories but I know how many companies think and market their products. Not all of them but most of them.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2020 at 15:18 UTC as 86th comment
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hf3: Are there any news about overheating problems with this new GPU? The "old" 16-inch model already struggled with those problems.

I have the new MacBook 16'' (64GB RAM version) with the Radeon 5500M and no overheating issues, no throttling, no excessive heat. I like this laptop a lot but I bought in a couple of weeks ago and now they already offer another upgrade (5600M)? Disappointing. I would have loved to get the 5600M for my MacBook, the performance gain is substantial, especially for video editing/rendering.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2020 at 09:08 UTC
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calson: Instead of providing healthcare workers with PPE the government spends it funds on jet fuel for a bumch of young guys to joy ride over the skies of our cities. Does anyone really believe that a nurse who is risking their life to work face to face with Covid-19 patients is at all impressed by some kid flying overhead at 10,000 feet in a jet? Talk about misplaced priorities.

All the trillions spent to shock and awe people around the world with our military might and 750 plus military bases overseas is money that is not going to feed or clothe or house or provide medical care for our own people who desperately need it. It is a good part of the reason why the USA with 4.25% of the world population has 31% (at last count) of the Covid-19 deaths. We are definitely Number One when it comes to killing people - nobody does it better.

@calson: I actually know a lot of people who appreciated the flyovers. I guess you're not working in the healthcare system but you speak for those working there?! Oh boy.

Regarding the drone pilot who filmed this: Put him in jail for two years and a fine of one million USD wouldn't hurt either. Otherwise we are going to see other idiots doing the same. He endangered the lives of the pilots and people on the ground (just imagine the planes would have crashed inside the city because of the drone).

Link | Posted on May 22, 2020 at 13:18 UTC
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RvEL: @Dpreview, Since when are you advertising this much for Apple? We have already seen several video posts, like this, on your website. Other cameras aren't receiving nearly as much attention as the iPhone 11...

I had my iPhone 11 Pro Max with me during my last US vacation (I'm from Germany), I usually use it as a selfie camera for me, my kids and my wife and it works pretty well. Also had a Sony A7R M4 with me, with a Sony 24-70 2.8 G lens, sometimes I use my A9 with the same lens during trips.
What can I say? I got some very nice results with the Sony A7R M4 but some of the iPhone 11 Pro Max shots, I did more non-selfie shots than I had initially planned, were quite spectacular as well, especially in lower light conditions but also during daytime. So in the end, I seriously asked myself: Why do I carry a heavy and somewhat expensive camera with me if I could nail at least 90% of the shots I want(ed) with an iPhone?! I am serious. Looking forward to the next gen iPhone 12.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 11:16 UTC
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JochenIs: Now lets see a regular upload of consumers in comparison. 🤣

Actually, believe it or not but my videos look better but I have to admit that they are shot entirely under very good lighting conditions (sunny, blue skies, etc.).
The new iPhone 11 Pro Max (the one I have and use) delivers excellent photos and even better videos, in my opinion the best videos you can (currently) get from a smartphone.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2019 at 12:32 UTC

Got the Gnarbox 2.0 512GB a few weeks ago and I have to say I am impressed. I wish it had a built-in high res display but I also get it why it doesn't (being a rugged device and all). I used many different portable photo viewers with HDD/SSD in the past, started with the Epson models many years ago.
The Gnarbox 2.0 is actually the first photo viewer/storage device to offer the speed I expected from such a device. Browsing works very fast, images load fast, there is basically no delay, even with larger format pics from a camera like the Sony 7R IV for example. I am no professional, so my opinion may not be very valuable but from my perspective as an amateur and as someone who has a lot of experience with photo viewers/storage devices, I am very pleased with the Gnarbox 2.0.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2019 at 11:22 UTC as 4th comment

The first version was quite OK but now it barely works, doesn't get past the photo taking. No error message, it just doesn't seem to work (it gets to one or two circle bars and then it stops and doesn't take any photo at all).
I am using an iPhone Xs Max with iOS Beta 13.1 (latest version) which could explain why I have issues.
When the app works, the results are nice but not even close to the night pics I get out of my secondary phone, the Huawei P30 Pro (using the latest software update which also included an update for night mode).

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2019 at 15:15 UTC as 6th comment
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mr.izo: that's one ugly nigha.
casey, grow up.

It makes me sad to say that someone else needs to grow up and no, it is not Casey. ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 11:33 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: Dubai draped in fog (63 comments in total)
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Nikoncanonfan: Very good. Better than the stupid bear picture last week

Bears aren't stupid... ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 15:51 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: Dubai draped in fog (63 comments in total)
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Real Ramona: Its fantastic shot, almost looks like a CGI render. Well done.
That city will look so much better though when it is reclaimed by the desert and ends up looking like Las Vegas in Blade Runner 2049. Cant wait to be honest.

"That city will look so much better though when it is reclaimed by the desert and ends up looking like Las Vegas in Blade Runner 2049. Cant wait to be honest."

Go live in the desert... LOL

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 15:51 UTC
On article The DJI Spark is a $500 HD mini drone (94 comments in total)
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Mike Davis: Interesting specs:

"Despite its small footprint, Spark can fly up to 50 kph, offers a 100 m range (when controlled by a smart device) and has a 16 min flight time."

At 50 kph, it would fly beyond its 100 m WiFi range in 7.2 seconds, but will likely consume a good portion of its maximum range, just accelerating to its maximum speed from a hover.

Update: If you started from a hover at the edge of its 100 m range, you could fly it across your position to a point on the opposite side of a 200 m circle. Now I'm thinking it might actually be capable of 50 kph, in that scenario.

You know there is a remote controller which improves the range of the Spark to over one mile?!

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 07:57 UTC
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santamonica812: I'm a liberal (generally). But for something like this, I'd like to see a 20 year prison sentence. To rape the environment, only because it feels good to behave like a complete @sshole, and to ruin the vista for tens/hundreds of thousands of people, for years to come . . . it makes me see red.

A pity that $5,000 and 6 months is the most they can give.

What a waste of sperm and egg this person is.

20 years for that and 5 years for murder right?! LOL
Yeah...liberal...got that.

On a more serious note: I love the national parks in the US and I think that there are enough legal ways to travel there with a car without damaging nature.
If someone is dumb enough to ignore the signs, he should be punished.
Jail? No. 10000 bucks instead of 5000? Hell, yeah.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 13:35 UTC

As a security expert, I can assure you guys that this is basically UTTER NONSENSE!
First, it is pretty difficult to get detailed fingerprint images from a selfie (try it, you'll see, the fingers are usually slightly blurred in selfies). Then, it is pretty difficult to get the finger ridges in high res, also it would require molds and models once the fingerprint has been digitally "lifted".
While technically theoretically possible, it is very unlikely. If you aren't exactly Bill Gates or someone who fears that some professional criminals would be interested in your fingerprints for whatever (financial?) reasons, just relax. It isn't that easy.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 11:11 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies

The big question, for RX10 Mk1 owners like me, is: Is the RX10 Mk2 worth the switch or not? I really like my RX10 Mk1 but I wish the camera had a faster operating/focusing speed and better low light capabilities.
So here's the big question: Is the new one worth a switch from the old one, or not? I just wish DPreview had a review ready.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:40 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On article A closer look at the Nikon Coolpix P900 megazoom (191 comments in total)

I received my Nikon P900 today. Wow, I also have a Sony A7S but the P900 is bulkier and feels heavier. Overall, the build quality is quite good for a "bridge camera", nothing feels like cheap plastic or a cheap build. The camera feels rocksolid.
The zoom is amazing, though not fantastically fast (zooming in and out). Focusing speed is very fast though and shutter release time is very short, quite unexpected for such type of camera.
I didn't have any time to evaluate the photo quality but in auto mode, everything seems to work quite well and the photos look good at first look.
Only problem I encountered so far (could be a serious one): The battery compartment hatch opens too easily, I accidentally opened it two times. Not really great. The battery cannot fall out and the camera still stays on and operational but I'm afraid the battery compartment hatch could be damaged in the process.
Overall, a good camera for the 619 EUR I paid for it.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 10:38 UTC as 19th comment
On article Sony Alpha 7S Review (500 comments in total)
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RC: The 7S is a great camera, I used it during last new year's eve without a flash and the resulting photos are just amazing.
HOWEVER: What I am missing, from an amateur's photographer point of view, is a decently fast zoom lens (24-105 or 18-200 mm).

Well, the Sony SEL-24240 is available now. Not cheap but definitely worth getting as a travel zoom. Ordered mine today.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 14:02 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7S Review (500 comments in total)

The 7S is a great camera, I used it during last new year's eve without a flash and the resulting photos are just amazing.
HOWEVER: What I am missing, from an amateur's photographer point of view, is a decently fast zoom lens (24-105 or 18-200 mm).

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 12:07 UTC as 42nd comment | 4 replies
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