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On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (215 comments in total)
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EasyClick: I didn't jump on the 2013 trash can bandwagon. Back then, I knew full well it was going to be too expensive and painful to upgrade. Having seen and tested the 2017 iMac Pro, I'm still choosing not to jump on that one. Again, same reasons. My 12 core 2012 mac pro has now been relegated to answer emails and watch youtube videos. Why? Because I've built a PC workstation far more powerful and price competitive than what Apple is offering. So far, I can't see any proof they are listening to pro users. And if they are, the price will be so prohibitive that I'll have to make the same choice all over again: build my own PC.

One more thing, I don't understand what was wrong with the old cheese grater design? I mean were we complaining to Apple about it that they had to forego that design? All we asked was for them to keep upgrading their internal hardware to match current technology. But no...they had to be too clever for their own good.

Hi EasyClick, I think Apple read your comment I heard they have plans to build their own processors !

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2018 at 01:15 UTC
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (215 comments in total)
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Quantum Scientist: Early on in computing, Apple was THE computer for graphics and design professionals. It is now painfully apparent that Apple has abandoned the professional and turned to selling iPhones and iTunes music to gum-chewing dweebs with tattoos.

Hi brycesteiner, you can make a live bootable usb drive with a Linux operating system very easily, such as Ubuntu, and boot that in your Windows PC having immediate access to ALL drives, files and folders without the need of any passwords. Yeap, any Windows system is that easy to crack, unless it is encrypted of course ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2018 at 01:10 UTC
On article Does sensor size still make a difference? (1050 comments in total)
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breschdlingsgsaelz: What a stupid question. I just came back from vacation. Did some photos with my phone (Nokia 8), some with that of my wife (iPhone 7s) and some with RX100. Took with me my 5DII and never used it, not even for a single shot - useless ballast.

Looking at the results I would say whoever needs to ask this question should apply for an ID for disabled/blind people. The pictures from the phone are horrible, everyone with two working eyes sees huge difference even in bright daylight. Especially when you need a telephoto lens.

I use iPhones and still use the Nokia Lumia 1020 1/1.5" 41MP sensor, not exactly small for a phone, mostly for small 5MP computationally processed (averaged) final images. But all of those pictures just pale in comparison to the IQ that I can achieve in the same conditions with my OM-D M10 with 14-42mm EZ kit, or better with the 17mm f1.8 lens which is a small/light camera system.
No phone will also give you anything close to what this small cam with a 14-150mm zoom can. Even with they toy lens cap 9mm f8 results are far better than using any of the phones with lens adapters, so there is absolutely no question that image quality no matter who or how you look at it is still way better for larger sensors with faster lenses. However, the gap is surely closing down. At least until camera makers start including the same processing techniques with larger sensors.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2018 at 00:58 UTC
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (215 comments in total)
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Quantum Scientist: Early on in computing, Apple was THE computer for graphics and design professionals. It is now painfully apparent that Apple has abandoned the professional and turned to selling iPhones and iTunes music to gum-chewing dweebs with tattoos.

That is actually right, iPhones saved Apple !

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 13:48 UTC
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (215 comments in total)
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EasyClick: I didn't jump on the 2013 trash can bandwagon. Back then, I knew full well it was going to be too expensive and painful to upgrade. Having seen and tested the 2017 iMac Pro, I'm still choosing not to jump on that one. Again, same reasons. My 12 core 2012 mac pro has now been relegated to answer emails and watch youtube videos. Why? Because I've built a PC workstation far more powerful and price competitive than what Apple is offering. So far, I can't see any proof they are listening to pro users. And if they are, the price will be so prohibitive that I'll have to make the same choice all over again: build my own PC.

One more thing, I don't understand what was wrong with the old cheese grater design? I mean were we complaining to Apple about it that they had to forego that design? All we asked was for them to keep upgrading their internal hardware to match current technology. But no...they had to be too clever for their own good.

Maybe they don't want us to upgrade components because they think they'll make more money by selling a entire new machine ?

I ended up doing the same, building my own up-gradable PC rig with top quality components for a fraction of the price :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 13:42 UTC
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Triplet Perar: CHALLENGE — If one can take a serious photograph with a 9fps 12MP Nikon D3 or 16MP D4 to be on the cover of National Geographic or Vogue, then that person can surely take one more serious photograph with a 8.6fps 16MP E-PL to be on the cover too.
CONCLUSION — If one whines about the EPL's specs being "inadequate", then that same person would fail miserably with D3 or D4 or any other professional's choice.

Just watch this on computational photography, the gap between phones and cameras+lens (costing less than U$2000) is truly closing :

https://www.dpreview.com/videos/5549134738/dpreview-on-twit-tech-trends-in-smartphone-cameras?comment=2873987321

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 00:20 UTC
On article DPReview on TWiT: tech trends in smartphone cameras (36 comments in total)
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Nic727: Sad to see that cameras, especially compact one don’t evolve that much compared to phone cam.

What I mean, is that even with this tiny sensor and small lenses, they can can take fast picture (f1.8-2.8), have a zoom (x5 or more numerical zoom or optical depending of phone), good night capabilities and amazing HDR colors.

Compact cameras have a bigger lens and sensor, but they hardly achieve that. Why?

If they put the CPU and software they use in current top phones inside most compact cameras, 1" and M43, they will probably have even better performance and IQ. On the other hand, that CPU will add a considerable amount on the price point and then not many people will buy them, simply because the increase in IQ doesn't compensate that phones are always with you, much more portable, internet, apps, WhatsApp and they make calls !

The future of compact cameras is to go into oblivion.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 00:15 UTC
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Triplet Perar: CHALLENGE — If one can take a serious photograph with a 9fps 12MP Nikon D3 or 16MP D4 to be on the cover of National Geographic or Vogue, then that person can surely take one more serious photograph with a 8.6fps 16MP E-PL to be on the cover too.
CONCLUSION — If one whines about the EPL's specs being "inadequate", then that same person would fail miserably with D3 or D4 or any other professional's choice.

I believe Tedolf is right, Apple calls that macimun ressolution density Retina Display

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 15:50 UTC
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tonyz1: I'd love to see a comparison from DPR of the TG-5 vs the GoPro Hero 6 vs the iPhone X. I recently purchased this from Costco and found the image quality lacking in my quick 15 minute test compared to my iPhone X and returned it. Would love to see how this compares given that an iPhone X has a 28mm and 56mm optically stabilized lens with extremely high ease of use. Also, would be interested in seeing how the TG-5 with fisheye attachment compares to a GoPro.

Even if these are not directly comparable, I would think most consumers would either take a GoPro + iPhone in a waterproof case or buy a TG-5 + fisheye.

For videos I liked more the GoPro Hero 5 Black than tg4, would go for a TG5 if it is really better than the TG-4 in that. Test them riding my bike in various light conditions, city and dirt trails, and also skiing. Much better in the GoPro :
- adapt quickly and efficiently to changes in dynamic range
- automatic video stabilization
- size/weight
- battery life
For pictures I don't think Tg-4 Tg-5 is going to be much better than current iPhones really. Check zoomed samples, specially in tree leaves and you will see how mushy they look ! If you look outside the center of the image then it looks as terrible as any smartphone to me.
My phones are NOKIA 1020 and iPhone6 + Ztylus revolver adapter having fish-eye, wide, macro and circular polarizer. But when I want good IQ I use my Olympus OMD 10 which is far far superior than TG-4 sensor-lens combo or phones, there is simply no comparison and is quite hard to like smartphone and small sensor IQ after using a better M43 camera ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 01:03 UTC
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Jefftan: I can't believe anyone would say TG-5 has bad IQ unless defective
Of course for a small sensor camera if u take dark pics at ISO 1600, IQ is bad

Actually in bright well exposed ISO 1600 pics, IQ still OK, I turn NR off in camera for maximum detail

for low ISO 100/200 those famous nice Olympus color is worth the money, also good detail (with NR turn off in camera which is a new feature in TG-5, make big difference in detail)

The jpeg color has noticeable improve from my TG-2 which is already decent

I like TG form long time ago since TG-2
I wish there is a big sensor version but for now I recommend anyone to buy it

Hi Jeff,

Last year I was in doubt between TG-4 and GoPro Hero 5 Black which I ended up buying, since at the time I did like the fullHD video dynamic range and IQ of the GoPro much better than the TG-4.

I found that for choosing an adventure/travel/action camera main points are :
- video with good fast auto dynamic range adjustment, you can then use frames as stills if needed.
- portability / wearability , so you could almost forget you have a camera on you and concentrate more on the activity.
- battery life, GoPro's last much longer and spare one is minuscule.
- accessories, no comparison here.

Is the TG-5 considerable better in video IQ and auto DR than TG-4 ?
Would you still recommend it over the GoPro Hero 5 or 6 if it's just for video & high speed bursts considering the points above ?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 00:28 UTC
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JhvaElohimMeth: I really don't see the point of such lenses. I think m43 is meant to be super portable and not too expensive. Then, ok, this lenses are up to Canikon top notch primes, sure, but only in good, soft light. The weak point on smaller formats is always backlight (purple) hazing. In that condition my Canon 50mm 1.4 behaves better than this super expensive Oly lenses, and is way lighter.

All the m43 lens I own are weak at that. And, judging this samples, this lenses are weak too. At this point I would never spend more than thousand euros in a lens so weak in harsh light. My panny 20mm is very similar to my canon primes in good light, where the difference starts to appear is with bad light. And there's nothing to do, bigger format lenses wins there.

However this is not to criticize m43 format, I love and use it every day. Just stay light and snappy. Leave the expensive big heavy boring job to full format bigger brothers.

Well I can't really comment on that, I'm not a pro. However I'm happy to see that Oly is still expanding their offerings.

It was a hard pick between my current travel kit (17mm f1.8 + 14-150mm II) and the 12-40 f2.8 PRO, both same price at the time with instant rebates. Ended up deciding for the former for portability mainly, but boy it was a hard choice.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 23:45 UTC
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JhvaElohimMeth: I really don't see the point of such lenses. I think m43 is meant to be super portable and not too expensive. Then, ok, this lenses are up to Canikon top notch primes, sure, but only in good, soft light. The weak point on smaller formats is always backlight (purple) hazing. In that condition my Canon 50mm 1.4 behaves better than this super expensive Oly lenses, and is way lighter.

All the m43 lens I own are weak at that. And, judging this samples, this lenses are weak too. At this point I would never spend more than thousand euros in a lens so weak in harsh light. My panny 20mm is very similar to my canon primes in good light, where the difference starts to appear is with bad light. And there's nothing to do, bigger format lenses wins there.

However this is not to criticize m43 format, I love and use it every day. Just stay light and snappy. Leave the expensive big heavy boring job to full format bigger brothers.

Consider also Orly 17mm f1.8, great quality metal build and still really small, a beauty, 46mm filter thread. I did tested both the Pana 20mm f1.7 and this Oly and liked more the Oly for my OMD-M10 but both are great options.

Those new offerings are PRO but much larger and heavier so takes away the portability thing of M43 systems in my opinion.

Probably great for a pro photographer with the larger weather sealed OMD-M1.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 23:24 UTC
On article 10 macro photography tips for beginners (51 comments in total)

Great tips as usual Micael, thanks !

Macro-converters like the Rynox M150 or M250 ones are also good for beginners that already own a tele lens (more than 100-120mm) and don't want to invest on a dedicated macro lens yet.

What about the use of a LED light ring attached to the front of the lens instead of the flash+diffuser combo ?
Any pros and cons of using this ?
I've been using a very inexpensive Polaroid LED ring with good results.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2017 at 00:23 UTC as 18th comment
On photo Cosmic Lavender in the Best Photo of the Week challenge (23 comments in total)

Congrats Will !

Absolutely beautiful, amazing composition and I'm sure it was a lot of work.
Breathtaking.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 23:43 UTC as 2nd comment
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Duckie: Strange that no sample images.....

You can download 3 full images at the bottom of this page :

https://light.co/gallery

According to their web page processing is still beta.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 23:42 UTC
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PropaPH: the total sensor area of this camera, using 10 exposures, is just a little over one square inch. I doubt that the image quality will be as good as any of the better 1" sensor single lens cameras. The fact that there is a lot of merging and stitching guarantees that the images will be soft in comparison.

Exactly right, but having a 1" or M43 sensor cam with 16 lenses will certainly not fit in your pocket. That is the purpose of this toy not replacing your M43 or DSLR system.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 23:37 UTC
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Farmer in the Dell: I applaud the innovation and look forward to receiving my copy. I am an enthusiast, not a pro, and have fun trying new technologies. It is easy to attack innovators, but I would rather cheer them on and contribute to the efforts to make it better than to shoot it down and to forever stand with the status quo.

PropaPH I agree with you, comparing small sensors with large ones is nothing more than a marketing trick. You can download 3 full size images from the company site and see how the highs are clipped, like in any smartphone or small sensor P&S cam, some purple fringe defects etc.
Lots of megapixels is 2D resolution is not the same as dynamic range resolution. I guess some people are still impressed by large megapixel advertisement ?
What matters for IQ is the real effective resolution, measured by how many lines/area the sensor+lens+algorithms can resolve.
I seriously doubt effective 2D resolution would be any close to 52MP.
I believe this gadget could realistically compete with enthusiast P&S cams with the advantage of having several lenses in a small package.
I won't trade my OMD cam for this, don't think that is the point.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 23:33 UTC
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Farmer in the Dell: I applaud the innovation and look forward to receiving my copy. I am an enthusiast, not a pro, and have fun trying new technologies. It is easy to attack innovators, but I would rather cheer them on and contribute to the efforts to make it better than to shoot it down and to forever stand with the status quo.

Please let me know your experience with this new product.
It certainly seems like a great idea.
I always though that, for smartphones cameras, they could include 3 sensors and lenses one for each color and merge them in processing resulting in a compact camera module with better instant low-light IQ photos.
Lets see if the resurrected NOKIA does something like this for it's new flagship phones.
But this L16 gadget is that idea taken to the limit :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 02:37 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (306 comments in total)
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HeyItsJoel: That camera looks like it metastasized.

Beauty, as everything else, is a relative concept ;-)

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 02:42 UTC
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Michael_13: What's the point?
You can do this with practically any camera (p&s, SLR) to improve IQ. Some model even do this automatically in a special low noise mode.
My Lumia phone even lets me set imaging parameters like ISO, etc with the standard photo app.
And NO, it does not show what phone cams are capable of: it simply works around their flaws.

Hi Michael,
My Lumia 1020 in manual mode allows to take a photo with up to 4sec exposure time if I well remember, using a tripod I've got nice nocturnal photos. But it does 8x auto oversampling at about 27mm equivalent focal lenght resulting in 5 MP images, not 9 to 10MP like this article explains. Also 8x is far lower than 32x !
Of course the Lumia does this trick automatically but it would take it like an hour to do what the article says. ;-)

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 01:20 UTC
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