TrojMacReady

TrojMacReady

Lives in Netherlands Netherlands
Joined on May 17, 2010

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On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (101 comments in total)
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Jaythomasni: What is Samsung doing with so many patents?... Are they patenting copy cat techs stolen from others...-;)..Soon patent office will be flooded with Chinese tech patents.. Chinese and Koreans are clever in copying brands better than the original....-:).

Yes, what's one of the largest electronics companies, active in so many different fields and leading developer in some of those fields, doing with so many patents.

*rolls eyes*

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 11:50 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (219 comments in total)
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Joed700: I have a 5K monitor and there's hardly any media that plays 4K, so what is the point of 8K?

Wait what? This is a photography website and pretty much every half serious still camera sold today is capable of outputting >4K resolution. As is pretty much every recent OS and editing program capable of displaying 4K or higher resolution.

It's like asking: what's the point of cameras capable of shooting 8MP or more?

Never mind the fact that even most mid- and high end smartphones sold today already shoot 4K videos, never mind more serious video cameras. Editing your files on a monitor that natively supports those higher resolutions, is more than welcome. Same goes once 8K capable cameras are as widely available as current 4K cameras. The usual chicken/egg story.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 01:12 UTC
On article Samsung patent shows dual-camera tracking feature (28 comments in total)

Let's not get too excited. The first patent from Samsung describing a telephoto plus wide angle lens taking photos at the same time on a mobile communication device, dates back to 2006. That's over 10 years ago. Sure, we could see these now with software features as described above, but...

https://www.google.com/patents/US20070285550

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 01:18 UTC as 5th comment
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Sam Bennett: The Pixel may "show better dynamic range than most competitors in bright light" but that doesn't mean the photos look good. In my experience the photos generally look flat, phony, and really awful with skin tones in portraiture. This is an area Apple's processing, while it may technically yield less DR ultimately yields a more pleasant-looking photo. It's a shame, because due to Google's insistence on re-enabling HDR+ even after someone's turned it off means I ended up switching to a different camera app. That said, the Pixel is an excellent phone overall - the best Android phone I've ever used - but for now I prefer the iPhone 7 Plus as a photographer.

Do I need to if I see it in spades, in practically every test and comparison of out of camera images posted? It's an issue that's been plaguing them since the iPhone 6.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 16:59 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Sam Bennett: The Pixel may "show better dynamic range than most competitors in bright light" but that doesn't mean the photos look good. In my experience the photos generally look flat, phony, and really awful with skin tones in portraiture. This is an area Apple's processing, while it may technically yield less DR ultimately yields a more pleasant-looking photo. It's a shame, because due to Google's insistence on re-enabling HDR+ even after someone's turned it off means I ended up switching to a different camera app. That said, the Pixel is an excellent phone overall - the best Android phone I've ever used - but for now I prefer the iPhone 7 Plus as a photographer.

"This is an area Apple's processing, while it may technically yield less DR ultimately yields a more pleasant-looking photo. "

Absolutely disagree. The yellow veil that Apple throws into daylight pictures (probably to mimic the golden hours light for every shot), makes many people's skin look like they have a liver disease... The very samples taking for the iPhone 7 review on this website, are a good example.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 16:18 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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AKH: "currently offers the best image quality of all smartphone cameras" - can't agree on that. I have seen much better images even from older iPhones, Lumias and Samsung phones. It seems to have better high ISO performance than other mobile cameras, but that is about it.

The RAW files from the iPhone 7 are relatively soft (both lenses) and have more noise for the same physical exposure, for using a smaller sensor (especially the one in the tele module). So no, the iPhone does not have better RAW performance, au contraire.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 16:15 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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melgross: Well, for a supposed photo site, it's interesting that RAW quality images wasn't mentioned in real way. As we all know, the JPEG engine is better, or worse, in different cameras. But it can have little to do with the RAW quality of the image. As can be seen in the tests, moving to RAW shows that the iPhone 7+ camera is quite a bit better, even if the Pixel jpegs are somewhat better. This needed to be stated.

In reviews in Anandtech, the problems with Android cameras, in general, and particularly with video, are noted. That stuttering is considered to be a major problem in Android Phone videos. For some reason, whether it's based in the OS or not, all Android phones have problems with video, though Lars seems to have low standards for that (among other things).

There are other things in these reviews that are lacking.

I'll have to continue this in the reply to my own post because of character Number limitations here.

"iPhone is very competitive based on RAW data. Slightly less saturated, but details look similar."

It's not even close. The lenses (both the wide and the tele) on the iPhone 7 are MUCH softer. It's like the difference between a cheap zoom and a sharp prime. For jpegs, the heavy NR that Apple applies, adds insult to injury,

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 16:13 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (181 comments in total)
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Samuel Jessop: Having had the Nexus 4 and currently Nexus 5, I'd been waiting eagerly for this to launch. The pricing is impossible to justify however, at up to £819 for the 128GB XL.

I'm now faced with a difficult decision:
1. Buy a OnePlus 3T and make do with a camera which is a step down from my Nexus 5. Sobering that the 3T and a Ricoh GR is a similar price to the XL.

2. Buy a Galaxy S7, which has an excellent camera, is more weatherproof than the Pixel, and has impressive build quality. However using TouchWiz is annoying and I want lighter, cleaner stock android, plus ideally 64GB or more on board storage. It also has OIS which is welcome.

If I was pushed I'd get the 3T, but for now I need to wait for either the price gouging to calm down or for someone like OnePlus to use a better camera module.

The regular Pixel starts at about $650, the S7 at around $500, so the former is about 30% more.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 16:11 UTC
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trainingpants: Interesting as art, but the "message" about plastic bottles fouling the oceans is aimed at the wrong audience. In the U.S. and Canada It's illegal to dump into the ocean plastics that can float. Probably true of virtually every affluent country in the world. Those plastic bottles end up in landfills or recycled. In China and many poor countries, that isn't the case. Here's a primer on U.S. EPA regulation of ocean dumping of waste.

https://www.epa.gov/ocean-dumping/learn-about-ocean-dumping

Fun fact: almost all U.S. waste dumped in the oceans is uncontaminated sediment dredged from our waterways to keep them clear for shipping.

Another fun fact, the internet is (mostly) worldwide.

But a large part of the plastic pollution comes from nurdles, a direct result of production. Less use/more recycling can lead to less production. Regardless of where that production happens, the oceans affect us all.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
On article Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Sample Gallery (84 comments in total)
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iamatrix: Definitely looks like the sharpest lens I have seen yet on the Sony system. Doesn't really have that 3D look, but the per pixel detail looks impressive.

Similar to the 70-200 f/4, 28mm, 35mm f/1.4 and 85mm, less sharp than the 55mm and 90mm.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 19:36 UTC
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Peter Del: The first three are wonderful.
I hope all the plastic is recycled!

@ nonflashplease:

Yes, after seeing this, my opinion of ocean waste has changed into the positive direction. In fact, I just want to throw all my bottles in the sea, right now.

Get real, this topic alone shows that aside from aesthetics, this feeds the discussion and awareness of plastic in the ocean, like any other project on the subject. The one trying to pollute this topic with crabby nonsense though, is you.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 22:40 UTC
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Old Cameras: I visited a Gatorade bottling plant once. Plastic bottles between 12 and 64 oz were injection molded and later filled, stacked and shipped. The raw material is polyethylene pellets and a certain percentage of recycled plastic (shredded rejected bottles). 2.2 million a day, every day, and that was just one plant and one product. They used a lot of compressed air to blow mold the bottles in their various sizes. The volumes just seemed staggering.

...or you filter the tap water yourself and recycle your own bottles by refilling them. I even do that when I stay in California a few months a year because I can't stand the horrible chlorine taste of their tap water. Simple carbon filter setup does the trick.

There's very little excuse to keep buying dozens of water bottles per week/month when the above option is usually cheaper too.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 22:32 UTC
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entoman: Greg Lecoeur's stunning composition stands head and shoulders above the other images here in terms of photographic skill, but in terms of pure relevance, the shot of the dead polar bear by Vadim Balakin is the one that hits hardest. So sad, and so preventable, is the impact of global warming on the wildlife of our planet.

Are you listening, Mr Trump???

" just goes to prove you see the world through one lens."

Or that some people fail to read, see the context of the picture.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5 added to studio scene comparison tool (87 comments in total)
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Phily: Well, judging from this tool, the difference between the M5 and the M3 is not night and day

And interestingly enough, that difference swings the other way when you look at deeper shadows (often the limiting factor in low light high ISO shots):
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=canon_eosm5&attr13_1=canon_eosm3&attr13_2=sony_a6300&attr13_3=canon_eos80d&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=6400&attr16_1=6400&attr16_2=6400&attr16_3=6400&attr171_2=off&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.13554147465437788&y=-0.9744162087912086

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 11:33 UTC
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TrojMacReady: The A99II is missing from the actual content.

Contradicted by both Sony and the release date in the US, which is two weeks away still.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 18:44 UTC

The A99II is missing from the actual content.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 17:16 UTC as 80th comment | 5 replies
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)

I wouldn't call skintones natural. There's still the infamous yellow veil in most daylight shots, which also affects skintones (the liver disease look). It's probably there to make every shot look like it's peak golden hour. In lower light, AF is much slower than on the S7. Like a factor 2 or 3. This is where dual pixel AF has clear benefits still.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 23:36 UTC as 29th comment
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G1Houston: Apple's point is that there are too many card formats and new and better ones keep coming, so it does make sense for the users to use an adapter instead to swap/update the reader(s) when needed.

An odd argument when having a reader built in does in no way stop people from using other external readers either.

The only real reason is margins, at the cost of convenience.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 23:51 UTC
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vFunct: Good. SD cards are slow and unreliable, and higher-end XQD cards aren't widely supported yet, so we need the industry to move forward to wireless.

The best way to do that is to remove the SD card slot, so people stop using that crap.

First, no camera will come close to those Wifi speeds when transferring to a computer.

Second, there are and have been SD cards with read and write speeds of up to 280 MB/s and 250 MB/s respectively
http://www.cameramemoryspeed.com/reviews/sd-cards/sandisk-extreme-pro-280-mbs-uhs-ii-32gb-sdhc-memory-card/

With the built in camera wifi of say a D5 or D500, you won't even get 1/10th that speed.

Best to leave the capitals at home if you haven't been paying attention to the subject the past years.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 23:37 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL real-world sample gallery (103 comments in total)

The "per pixel" sharpness goes up several times with the HDR set to auto. Gone is most of the smearing and thanks the temporal NR through stacking, noise is relatively low still.

Impressive.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 17:47 UTC as 11th comment
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