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Don Sata: Too bad, I loved the Microsoft UI but last month I got a Motorola instead because the system seems to be abandoned: terrible instagram app and mediocre FB app for example.

I think the same way about WinOS.

Ubuntu Phone is having the same problem, even being more powerful OS than Windows Phone, Android and iOS. Also having a more efficient, actually working, convergence than the similar (imitation) 'MS Continuum' mode, since it is the complete real PC Linux system with the GUI in Phone or tablet mode, including wireless-convergence which is a big plus :

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/06/ubuntu-phone-wireless-convergence

None of the technological advances seem to be enough for most users against the inertia coming from the huge app ecosystem of the older iOS and older/inefficient mess of Android.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 02:32 UTC
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Osa25: Nokia cameras are a bit the "Sigma DP compact" of the smartphone world. It's a bit of a masochist's taste for pain as pleasure....

OH yeah, Nokia N8 was a great device but the OS really bad, the newer Symbian Belle was very good and running smooth on 808.

Windows OS runs excellent on 1020 and newer Lumias, very fast GUI, really like it and got used to it immediately. Even Steve Wozniak preferred it over the traditional (aging) iOS and Android GUIs.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 02:08 UTC
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DStudio: "Unfortunately, slightly slower than usual camera processing speeds and the high cost of the technology meant the devices never really caught on in the mass-market."

You've *got* to be kidding me! It was because they were running mobile Windows (and possibly distribution issues)!

I actually like the Windows phone Tiles GUI more than the traditional iOS and Android ones. Switched to iPhone because it talks easily with my other iOS devices and NOKIA finished plus Microsoft is killing their phone business.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 01:58 UTC
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DStudio: "Unfortunately, slightly slower than usual camera processing speeds and the high cost of the technology meant the devices never really caught on in the mass-market."

You've *got* to be kidding me! It was because they were running mobile Windows (and possibly distribution issues)!

DStudio, 808 used Symbian Belle which was a solid OS, much better than previous versions, but as you pointed out it came late to the party, iOS and Android were already more mature and with more apps. Never understood why NOKIA released that camera on Symbian OS that was almost retired. I guess it was ready and they just released it as a proof of concept.

Win8 on 1020 runs perfectly and has all the main apps, all camera apps come with the phone, PhotoShop Express free and what else most of us really need ? Basics come preinstalled such as music app, the great OneNote (that I use on my iDevices instead of Apple's Notes that is a joke), Skype, Viber, WhatsApp, etc. all there. Navigation software is way better than Apple and Google, including the quality of their maps which you can download to your phone for off-line navigation. My Nokia1020 works today as an excellent car navigation and media center. Don't miss any iPhone app every time I switch to 1020 when traveling.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 01:52 UTC
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (159 comments in total)

Excellent tips Chris !
Great photos, my favorite ones are 3, 7 and 8.
I used your advice and shot each scene with 4 to 6 different shutter times so I could decide later the one I liked.
One thing I always use for long exposures is the 2 second timer, practical and all cameras have it.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 01:25 UTC as 19th comment
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DStudio: "Unfortunately, slightly slower than usual camera processing speeds and the high cost of the technology meant the devices never really caught on in the mass-market."

You've *got* to be kidding me! It was because they were running mobile Windows (and possibly distribution issues)!

Hi Lars, he was right on that interview !
I own a 1020 and the Windows8 experience is very fast, perfectly suited for today's demands, but the camera processing of the huge 38MP files is really slow, nothing that a newer processor couldn't fix of course.
IQ from newer Lumia devices just pale when compared to the 1020, still a great camera specially when paired with optional camera battery-grip with tripod mount.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 05:26 UTC
On article All about control: Huawei P9 camera review (90 comments in total)
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Dpreviewmember: NOKIA 950 seems to have better IQ.
NOKIA1020 and the ancient 808 far better IQ, all with full manual controls, RAW+JPEG, IOS for 950/1020, real flash for 1020/808.
So what is the novelty about this Huawei again ? ;-)

Yeah garyknrd, I read NOKIA is making a comeback ! Let's see.

Insideja I don't know which one of those NOKIAs do you have but I can tell you their colors have nothing wrong, specially the older 808 and 1020 are not supersaturated like most current phones including Windows10 phones.

WB and DR on my 1020 works perfectly well in most situations, in fact DR on the 1020 is better than my iPhone6 which is not bad. Check some of my photos in my gallery and you will see that DR even surpasses many compact P&S cameras with 1/2.3" sensors by far. It is almost as good as the Fuji HS50EXR in EXR ISO100 DR200% mode !

I shoot mostly manual mode, JPEGs not RAW, and color is very easy to change if you don't like the defaults, specially saturation.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 05:40 UTC
On article All about control: Huawei P9 camera review (90 comments in total)

NOKIA 950 seems to have better IQ.
NOKIA1020 and the ancient 808 far better IQ, all with full manual controls, RAW+JPEG, IOS for 950/1020, real flash for 1020/808.
So what is the novelty about this Huawei again ? ;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 23:18 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
On article All about control: Huawei P9 camera review (90 comments in total)
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marc petzold: When would smartphone manufactors build-in at least an 1/1.7" sensor...size does matter...you can't overcome laws of physics with newer processing algorithms and faster cpus...Sony for instance decided it right back into 2012 with their very first RX100 iteration - the 1" sensor is so much better than a usual 1/1.7" which all other prosumers and highend compacts have had back at this day...and now smartphones...12.16..20 or more MP...it doesn't matter...the sensor size is still a mess, JPEGs in 1:1 100% mode look really mushy & like watercolors....they'd never compete with digicams if they wouldn't get a better, bigger sensor for better light gathering ability, low light performance and image quality after all....i am tired of all these smartphone cameras...it's been 2016 - and still no RX100 IQ into a smartphone besides the CM1 Lumix from Panasonic.

Manufactors should do it right that way - bring it on, or just fade away. The typical smartphone cam can never compete with an 1" sensor

I have the Nokia1020 and Fujis HS20EXR / HS50EXR cameras.
NOKIA 1020 does a good job with software image oversampling technique on a 1/1.5" sensor, "real flash", great optical stabilization and full manual control, so nothing really new with this Huawei phone right ?

1020 sensor gives better results than iPhone6 and 1/2" EXR sensor on my Fujis, specially in low light situations iPhone6/Fujis don't come close. Not for zoom of course, 1020 software trick is good but can not compete with the amazing 600mm and 1000mm reach of Fuji's quality big glass.

Right now, with these current phones, I see no point in buying small sensor point and shoot cams, except super zooms and tough P&S for sports.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 23:08 UTC
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (451 comments in total)
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unbelievable: I kindly have to disagree on calling the RX10 III an ideal hiking camera. It definitely ticks quite some proper boxes: reach, image quality, weather resistance. But at 1kg+ it is simply too heavy (at least for me, considering that my total long trail pack weight is 7.6kg including backpack, tent, sleeping gear, clothes, raingear, snow clothes, cooking stuff, electronics, navigation stuff, medkit, etc).
Having had several lightweight superzoomes (FZ20, FZ7) but let down by image quality I moved on to enthusiasts camera (rx100, xz1, lx3). These are capable of making acceptable pics, but unfortunately do sacrifice reach to the extent that you can capture a bird in just 2 pixels.
In my opinion the optimal hiking camera is currently the tz100. It has respectable reach, decent image quality and most and for all, it is truly portable (small and lightweight). It neither excels nor fails in any field

Don't miss the 24mm that much, 28mm is perfectly fine, when I want something truly wide I stick the 9mm f8 body-cap which has low distortion if you know how to point it. This body-cap has an IQ far better that any add-on converter lenses I tried on the Fuji fixed lenses and is extremely compact and light.
If I really want to travel light, as when biking, then I switch to the 14-42mm ez pancake lens, very light and small.

I didn't believe people that told me that humongous fixed lens bridges were not really bringing any advantage for hiking and traveling over smaller M43 until I switched to this system. Not going back definitely ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 21:11 UTC
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (451 comments in total)
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unbelievable: I kindly have to disagree on calling the RX10 III an ideal hiking camera. It definitely ticks quite some proper boxes: reach, image quality, weather resistance. But at 1kg+ it is simply too heavy (at least for me, considering that my total long trail pack weight is 7.6kg including backpack, tent, sleeping gear, clothes, raingear, snow clothes, cooking stuff, electronics, navigation stuff, medkit, etc).
Having had several lightweight superzoomes (FZ20, FZ7) but let down by image quality I moved on to enthusiasts camera (rx100, xz1, lx3). These are capable of making acceptable pics, but unfortunately do sacrifice reach to the extent that you can capture a bird in just 2 pixels.
In my opinion the optimal hiking camera is currently the tz100. It has respectable reach, decent image quality and most and for all, it is truly portable (small and lightweight). It neither excels nor fails in any field

Agree, I used to hike and travel with the Fuji HS50EXR 24-1000mm but was too heavy and ended up not taking it anymore with me and using my phone instead.
Now I found a better and less expensive solution in the OMD-M10 + 14-150 II, don't have the humongous reach but again I rarely used anything beyond 400mm so no real problem there. As a bonus much better IQ.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 23:10 UTC

Apple should follow Meike and Ztylus ideas and sell something even better,
a case with lens accessories, sold separately of course, that :

- connect to the phone port, no bluetooh lags.
- still offers a port for charging etc.
- extra battery, like their current battery-case.
- camera grip + button + tripod tread.
- accessory attachment systems for kickstands, holders, LED lights and lenses.
Something like Microsoft's case for NOKIA 1020 combined with Meike or Ztylus ideas.

What are they waiting to make some extra money ?

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 17:22 UTC as 7th comment

Hummm....

If you are just interested in the case, no QX, it could make sense.
A good case with little lenses that are better fixed than the common clip ones on the market. Just don't expect any miracles in IQ.
In that case here is another option :

http://ztylus.com/collections/revolver-kit

Does the proper RX100 or Ricoh GR also cost U$65 ?

Can't compare apples with oranges man.

Just a thought ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 17:08 UTC as 8th comment

Olympus TG-Tracker or Ricoh WG-M2 ? That is the question !

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 01:02 UTC as 1st comment
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Mariano Pacifico: 204 degrees angle of view !!! Neon Green !!! Awesome looks !!! $350.00 !!! Geo-tagging !!! F2.0 !!! Tell me, who can beat that?

Yeah, it seems the camera allows a reduction of fisheye angle to the one used in underwater situations if you don't like the strong distortion 👍

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 00:58 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: 204 degrees angle of view !!! Neon Green !!! Awesome looks !!! $350.00 !!! Geo-tagging !!! F2.0 !!! Tell me, who can beat that?

Yeap, agree.
I was just waiting for this cam to replace my beaten Pentax WG-1

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 00:55 UTC
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DavidsfotosDotCom: Looks great except I would rather pay hundreds of $ more & have a sensor bigger than a cell phone! How big of a print can you make with this size?

It seems finally camera makers got it right with a reasonable pixel count that is compatible with sensor size : 1/2.3" is about maximum 8MP effective resolution.

Cell phones are usually not as good with dynamic range, specially important if you are filming a scene with shadows and strong light, happens a lot in outdoors sports. I'm sure this camera will handle this situations far better than ANY current cell phone and handle changes in light far better too.
Plus a 204 degree good quality lens, better than any of the 24-28mm equiv tiny phone lenses, even the f2 one on iPhones. I tried different ultra-wide fish-eye adapters on both iPhone6 and Nokia1020 (1/1.5"sensor) and none are better than a current good compact camera.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 00:49 UTC

Is this camera so much better than a 1/2" sensor bridge with powerful lens and manual zoom, like the Fuji HS50exr 24-1000mm equivalent, to justify such high price tag ?

Or a smaller, lighter and less expensive M4/3 like Panasonic G series or Olympus OMD with 28-300 equivalent telephoto zoom combo ?
(Shorter zoom range but probably better IQ )

I gladly traded the longer reach of the HS50exr by the much lighter and better IQ of OMD-10 + zoom in my recent hikes and travels

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 03:24 UTC as 46th comment
On article Fujifilm FinePix S1 real-world sample gallery posted (41 comments in total)
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Dpreviewmember: Fuji doesn't understand the market for bridge cams !

After shotting a lot with my Fuji HS20 and HS50 bridge cams, only in 8MP mode, (16MP EXR 1/2" sensor) I wouldn't expect anything but awful IQ for the S1's 16MP 1/2.3" even at 50% crops as is definitely confirmed by these samples. Unless you are an impressionist artist and enjoy mushy pictures ;-)

Why camera manufacturers don't realize that 16MP is a lot for a sensor of this size, 8MP would give better IQ specially in low light, faster processing of files and would be perfect for small to medium size prints as well as showing on 2MP fullHD and 4K TVs/monitors, which is what most buyers of this kind of cam actually do. So why insisting on MP counts ?

It is curious that they seem to understand this for premium cameras but not for bridges, maybe is because they want to increase the zoom even more with digital zoom (in camera crop).
Look for example the Olympus Stylus-1, XZ-1 and XZ-2 with their 1/1.7" sensor, as well as Fuji's X10, 20 and 30. They respect the sensor MP limit to 12MP on these premium cams but yet insist on 16MP on smaller sensor bridges. That is what doesn't make any sense to me.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2015 at 15:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm FinePix S1 real-world sample gallery posted (41 comments in total)
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Dpreviewmember: Fuji doesn't understand the market for bridge cams !

After shotting a lot with my Fuji HS20 and HS50 bridge cams, only in 8MP mode, (16MP EXR 1/2" sensor) I wouldn't expect anything but awful IQ for the S1's 16MP 1/2.3" even at 50% crops as is definitely confirmed by these samples. Unless you are an impressionist artist and enjoy mushy pictures ;-)

Why camera manufacturers don't realize that 16MP is a lot for a sensor of this size, 8MP would give better IQ specially in low light, faster processing of files and would be perfect for small to medium size prints as well as showing on 2MP fullHD and 4K TVs/monitors, which is what most buyers of this kind of cam actually do. So why insisting on MP counts ?

Agree, Nokia 1020 1/1.5" sensor performs this trick with quite good results. What I'm saying is that going to 16MP in a 1/2" sensor does not gives better IQ that the same sensor with 8MP since the effective ressolution of this sensor is about 10MP, so you don't gain anything extra except noise by increasing the MP count beyond the limits imposed by physics. Unless of course some sort of oversampling is used like Nokia's Pureview or Fuji's EXR trick, the latter being not so effective as the former.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 00:53 UTC
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