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Jeff Seltzer: I understand the idea of a very expensive, niche product/brand that's supposed to appeal to a small audience that truly can appreciate the expertise and craftsmanship and is willing to pay for the opportunity. I guess you can say that's the goal for any luxury brand. But, you expect those products/brands to truly set the bar and lead the way in terms of innovation. Is that we have in this case?

The thing is: where can you take pictures with this camera? Leicas are for street photography, but you can't use these beasts without a bodyguard. Well, if you can spend $10000 in a niche camera, you can probably pay $200 bucks each time you go out to take pictures.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 23:42 UTC
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King Messi: Spend more of your time taking pictures or finding a better camera instead of bashing Leica non stop. If Leica is not for you move on.

The sad thing is that we'll only see Monochrom pictures from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and so on, taken from their custom Gold Monochrom cameras.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 23:37 UTC

Does it come with a built-in anti-theft, GPS app?

Link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 23:29 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply

Also coming soon is the 50MP Lumia 1030. The mobile world is so 2010 these days, when Nokia N8 brought a premium, 1/1.8", 12MP compact camera packed into a smartphone body.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 20:59 UTC as 4th comment
On article DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras (370 comments in total)
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joao salvador: I have and use the iphone 6 and the Note 4. Samsung for everyday/work and iphone as second contact phone and for weekends. The Note 4 is clearly the best for pictures and video. The iphone lags beyond but takes fantastic panoramas and sometimes gives you more natural colours. Problem is the Note is sometimes awkward to use and always requires two hands to get sharp pictures even with ois. But when you manage to keep it steady it provides clearly better results than the iphone. My wife has the 6+ and despite the ois it has the same problems of stability as the Note. So, in my opinion, it's the iphone for panoramas and the Note for everything else (provided you can keep it steady). Maybe the S6 will be the best of both worlds. BTW: my RX 100 smokes all of the above and it's not much more difficult to carry than the Note 4 or 6+!

My old Pana LX3 smokes any modern smartphone, even the 808 Pureview (the benchmark in still pictures). However, I think Nokia 930 and 1520 are the current winners. As a bonus, you get HDR audio capture, that is, you can record a black metal concert without being annoyed with unwanted distortions (you'll only get the wanted distortion from the guitars :P).

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 17:51 UTC
On article DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras (370 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: For iOS, I am already using the best camera on iPhone 6+.

For Android, the only two broadly available phones I would consider are Note 4 and Galaxy S6. Other Android OEMs for some reason still don't care much about processing like Samsung before S4 and all the photos are low quality.

For Microsoft, I have no idea what they are doing. They abandoned high end markets to focus on mid and low-range phones leaving 930 a minor upgrade over 920/925 and 1520 as holdover from 2013.

Microsoft is doing pretty well in mid-end phones and reasonably well in high-end phones. There are construction issues, like loose physical buttons or badly installed internal mics. BUT you usually will be able to return your defective device and get a non-defective unit.

When you get a fully working unit, they're awesome phones. Even in the low end you get better audio capture than in the iPhone 6. I record my band at studio with my L930 without distortions, something that our bassist can't with his iPhone 6.

The DNG capture is also nice feature. The bad thing is that I can't copy the files easily (i.e. through USB) to my Mac, so I have to attach the device to my Windows 8 VM or send the files to the cloud.

Microsoft is also doing a good job on providing offline content like radios (up to four) and maps. I can't see a good reason for having an iPhone... Even AirDrop, an Apple-only feature, doesn't work when I try to transfer files from my wife's iPhone to our Macs.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 17:15 UTC
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Dré de Man: 28mm equivalent is mostly boring for landscapes and cityscapes and way too short for almost all pictures of people. It's the one focal length I hardly ever use. It is very good though for egg head and other ugly pictures you can only excuse for by saying your phone manufacturer is smarter than you are.

So don't buy it.

For street photography, I think it's a good compromise.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 03:40 UTC
On article Camera51 for Android guides your photo composition (47 comments in total)

Slow news...

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 03:38 UTC as 2nd comment

As an occasional amateur photographer, I'm much more interested on the Panasonic CM1 cameraphone. I don't want another expensive camera whose sensor will become obsolete in a couple of years. I'm still happy with my old LX3 in this sense. I just want a LX3 packed inside a smartphone.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2014 at 21:31 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
On article Amazon Fire Phone camera review (61 comments in total)
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Sonyshine: Quite possibly the worst mobile handset to be launched in the last couple of years.

To me it looks better than the over-sharpened pictures from the S5, which shows a lot of halos. It also resolves more detail than the S5 as we can see by looking the moiré test rulers.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 18:11 UTC
On article Relonch brings APS-C image sensor to the iPhone (41 comments in total)

Just put a 808 Pureview sensor on a modern smartphone and take my money.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 20:42 UTC as 7th comment
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white shadow: Interesting. Looks like Panasonic is trying to come back to the mobile phone market after years of absence by introducing this devise. However, the price is a big hindrance to its return.

How many users will want such a camera on a smartphone? How good is this phone by itself? The Panasonic brand for smartphone is not well accepted at this moment. Too much risk for the new buyer. Is Panasonic coming back to this market to stay? Is this a one off product?

Panasonic was in the handphone business in the 90s but left after a few years.

I wouldn't by the first iteration of this device because it's priced pretty high. But I can imagine Sony, Samsung or Nokia/Microsoft bringing more affordable models in the future.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 19:48 UTC
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