falconeyes

falconeyes

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AeroScope decodes an otherwise encrypted Wifi connection, using DJI‘s knowledge of the key being used. This is called hacking and requires a court order to be legal.

Summary: Using AeroScope with no court order or change of the law is an illegal activity.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 15:10 UTC as 2nd comment
On article DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty (124 comments in total)
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NameFinder: 2 points:

1. Living in a PAL country, I miss the 25p option, once again!

2. Given that there is no 1080/50p or 1080/60p, a corresponding 720/50p (720/60p) option would have been useful. It's all about capturing fast movements in good temporal resolution, isn't it?

@NameFinder the distinction (because of grid frequencies) made sense at a time where screen refresh rates were a multiple of it (i.e. CRTs). Flat screens however refresh at whatever rate, often 60 or 120 Hz (iPad) anyway and flat screens don‘t actually flicker (in a proper sense). A 25 fps video in the US, or a 30 fps video in the EU, won‘t flicker. It‘s a thing of the past.

Old fashioned camera companies, unfortunately, are afraid of confusing their customers and continue to offer the usual. With the Sony RX100 for instance, I get a PAL warning at every boot after I switched it to 30/60. And that the GH2 doesn‘t even allow 30 is a real reason to complain. Even though Youtube accepts 25/50 timelines, many even in Europe now prefer to upload in 24/30/60.

Some new fashioned camera manufacturers just ignore this legacy. Almost nobody actually complains anymore. Everybody who can should work with 30/60 timelines.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 12:52 UTC
On article DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty (124 comments in total)
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Lan: Given your target audience I would have liked more insight into it from a photography perspective?

What photographic tools do we get? Bracketing? WB? HDR? Panorama (sorry thinking outside the box there, we do have a gimbal afterall)? Are all feature available in both on stills and video, or..?

Also would have liked to see a full sample gallery, and some info in the article as to which shots were taken with the drone, and which weren't. Guessing all the shallow DOF shots weren't.

@Lan
Valid point. The Spark ships with a number sweet photographic tricks, like fake bokeh (drone moves to create parallax), wide angle, 180 pano, 360 VR, hdr, burst, ... Could have been looked at indeed. Incl. some critique as too narrow bracketing, or no bracketing in pano mode. Still the pano modes combined with an external stitcher can yield professional results. So far, two photographers bought a Spark after seeing some of my panos.

IMHO, a DPR review does normally also give feedback to the vendor, about what to improve on. Not this time, unfortunately.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 12:36 UTC
On article DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty (124 comments in total)
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NameFinder: 2 points:

1. Living in a PAL country, I miss the 25p option, once again!

2. Given that there is no 1080/50p or 1080/60p, a corresponding 720/50p (720/60p) option would have been useful. It's all about capturing fast movements in good temporal resolution, isn't it?

IMHO, this 25/50 PAL nonsense has to go away. There is no advantage with modern flat screens (used to be different with CRT). And content now is globally shared via social nets, at 24/30/60. Better to bring all your cameras to 30/60 and never look back. I live in a PAL country and never shot 25/50; which is a bit difficult with Sony ...

As a side note, some editors import Spark footage at 29.98 (e.g. FCPX). It then plays with stutter (in Youtube etc.). Import it manually (or alter the meta data) into a 29.97 timeline which is the standard anyway.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 12:17 UTC
On article DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty (124 comments in total)
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Gazeomon: Apart from being small and portable, this thing has very little going for it unless it's used for selfie giggles and low quality footage.

The Spark would be a boring thing for photographers wouldn't its footage be top notch.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 21:22 UTC
On article DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty (124 comments in total)
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lambert4: A nice review, as someone who constantly checks out the drone market but has only played with the "toy" category, this seemed informative and easy to understand.

I wonder how it compares to the Mavic Pro though, in my mind it was the compact DJI not the Phantom?

@zsedcft
The Mavic is a better tool overall, I agree. But it can't replace a Spark for two use cases:
1. Low profile missions where flying a Mavic or bigger gets people upset. For whatever reason, people seeing the Spark can't hate it ...
2. Long hikes with weight limitations (craft and batteries).
Biggest limitation is absense of RAW. Flight time, 1080p and gimbal are good enough for most use cases. Reach in EU is limiting, but can be "worked around".

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 19:39 UTC
On article DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty (124 comments in total)
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falconeyes: The absence of RAW for no obvious reason is unfortunate. And should have been heavily criticized by a photography portal!

> Raw is probably not a mission critical feature for the Spark's intended audience.

That's exactly why critique is so important. You (and DJI) assume photographers aren't the intended audience. Yet you praise it high which is illogical, for a photographer. The market decides what the audience turns out to be.

If your conclusion would have been that the Spark is a selfie drone only and no useful tool for a photographer, your rating would have had to be negative. It isn't, so please criticize the absence of RAW in the most visible way. Thanks!

Last point: As far as still photography is concerned, this IS a review of a Mavic. Because both feature the almost same camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 19:30 UTC
On article DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty (124 comments in total)

It got a 2.5/5 rating for rain/wind. Let me add a detail here:

In *heavy* *rain* where all photographers remained in shelter and nobody else flew his drone, I flew the Spark for 6 minutes w/o issues before I bailed out ;) (Also, the rain was very visible in the footage) Although no official feature, the Spark can withstand rain to a point. It helps it has a single closed top cover. I now fly it w/o hesitation in non-optimum wheather to max flight time (mild rain, snow, wind). I wouldn't do with a Mavic, Phantom or Inspire ...

I'd say a non-weather sealed smartphone, or the controller, fails long before the Spark in rain.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 19:10 UTC as 31st comment
On article DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty (124 comments in total)

The absence of RAW for no obvious reason is unfortunate. And should have been heavily criticized by a photography portal!

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 19:02 UTC as 32nd comment | 7 replies
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falconeyes: Now, this really smells.
Identical sensor, still publishing 1point better result before this test delayed by 2 years. Without offering an explaination.

DxO, please reveal the commercial incentive for doing so, otherwise you’ll face a hard time to be considered an objective source of information ever again.

I do not question that DxO results are legit.
I do however, acknowledge that DxO is not obliged to publish anything and that they are rather short in funding. It would be naive to assume that “to be published early” is free. I only ask DxO to make it more transparent, and to stay clear from spooky “explanations”.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 13:35 UTC

The safety of LiOn batteries varies, according to research. E.g., some have vents and internal support structures (within the cylindrical base cell) such that they don’t literally explode with this thermal run-away reaction which is the root cause.

However, this isn’t a matter of make, oem etc. I had my original Mac battery swell, for instance. Therefore, I wished an industry test became standard and be part of a batteries published properties. It can be tested, after all (in a 250 degrees C chamber).

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 13:17 UTC as 16th comment
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Quantum Scientist: Interesting how the camera battery always waits until it gets to an airport to explode.

This is the generalized quantum theoretical observer principle. After 9/11, a simple observer doesn’t suffice (to let the wave function collapse), it now requires a “heavier observer” like a homeland security officer ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 12:34 UTC
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Mike CH: News would be - if there was an explanation why the publication was retracted in the first place, respectively a critical examination.

No, it has not. If true, DxO would have published Hassy and Pentax in reverse (read correct) order.

There’s almost certainly money flow involved, esp. DxO now testing DJI and DJI owning Hassy ... We must remember DxO is rather short in fundng and has no obligation to publish anything. So, paying to be published early would be to be expected and there is nothing wrong with it. I just wished DxO would make all this more transparent, rather than providing spooky “explanations”.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 12:05 UTC

Now, this really smells.
Identical sensor, still publishing 1point better result before this test delayed by 2 years. Without offering an explaination.

DxO, please reveal the commercial incentive for doing so, otherwise you’ll face a hard time to be considered an objective source of information ever again.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 12:02 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies

In a global world, vendors don't need presence in every country. That's a thing of the past anyway. Dealers can still import and sell from whatever countries they like, customers can always buy from a vendor's global website.

And Nikon's national outlets are rather painful anyway, with the huge premium prices they try to enforce in local markets. It is ridiculous if 90% of a global company's workforce is located abroad to serve some local markets.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 13:31 UTC as 6th comment
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falconeyes: I read in the comment's section that pretty much every interesting place on Earth has a similiar policy and fee in place.

How then is this a news worthy story?

@DPR, maybe you can explain?

It is certainly way better than living in Europe exactly 100 years ago ...

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 13:06 UTC
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falconeyes: I read in the comment's section that pretty much every interesting place on Earth has a similiar policy and fee in place.

How then is this a news worthy story?

@DPR, maybe you can explain?

Yeah, I remember the turmoil about Freedom of Panorama. A member of the Ecologist Party wanted to make the German ruling (Freedom of Panorama is granted) an EU rule. And someone from France flashed back wanting to make the French rule (no such freedom) EU wide. AFAIK, now the EU rule is that every country is free to do it their way ...

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 11:30 UTC

I read in the comment's section that pretty much every interesting place on Earth has a similiar policy and fee in place.

How then is this a news worthy story?

@DPR, maybe you can explain?

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 09:38 UTC as 18th comment | 6 replies
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paulfulper: That's why I left Italy , . The Italian government takes all your money and gives you back miserable third world services.
The triumph of socialism is Italy bankruptcy
And the 40.000 unelected european socialist bureaucrats impose rabid liberalism to all Europe

It's interesting how a discussion about Italy turned into one about Germany. OTOH, that's a common phenomenon now, blame the ones who pay the bill ...

As far as Italy is concerned ... How can Italian people complain about their own country? It is them who made it what it is now. I worked with several (not North) Italian companies and I know what I am talking about.

There is a saying: every country has the government it deserves ...

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 09:26 UTC
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User3366538285: I love my new drone. I am waiting for the weekends to go out and create safely. Idiots (μαλάκες in my language) such as this guy in London might take away the magic. I am already frustrated that my drone is castrated by strict(er) EU rules that limit it to a 500m range although it has the hardware for triple that.

In most countries, flying a drone over a populated beach would be prohibited. Additionally, if the drone was low enough to be annoying, it would break privacy rules for photography in most countries too. And what drone was it that the batteries lasted for hours anyway?

Flying a drone at a beach can be done properly and nobody would be annoyed. I've done drone beach photography at sunrise and nobody was actually there, except for a single runner running down the beach. Gives the most stunning imagery too.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 09:05 UTC
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