Charlie Jin

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Joined on Mar 27, 2008

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winkalman: If only there were any current phone options with a single, bigger sensor rather than 3 small terrible ones.

Bigger sensor means bigger lens elements. 1" sensor means 5 times bigger lens elements than 1/2.5 " size. And I don't believe that Apple or Samsung will make their smartphones 5 times thicker than the current models just because of the camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2018 at 04:03 UTC
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Charlie Jin: My previous (fully charged) iPhone 7 Plus ran out of battery power 5 minute after I took it out from my pocket in last January. I don't think that it will work in Annapurna.

Inside the pocket, It had 100%. As far as iPhone remains in good temperature it works OK. When I warmed it up inside my pocket for a while I was able to boot it up but batter was like 5% or so. I had to recharge. When you take pictures using iPhone In cold winter weather, you have to be ready for everything (frame, etc...) and take the picture very quickly in a few seconds and then bring it back to the warm pocket. Otherwise, it will drain very quickly.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2018 at 02:01 UTC

My previous (fully charged) iPhone 7 Plus ran out of battery power 5 minute after I took it out from my pocket in last January. I don't think that it will work in Annapurna.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2018 at 08:49 UTC as 147th comment | 2 replies
On article Apple iPhone X review (379 comments in total)
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Charlie Jin: I had iPhone 6 Plus, and then upgraded to 7 plus (mainly because of the dual lens). Unfortunately I dropped 7 plus from a 25th floor by mistake, and I had to watch it falling and hear the crashing sound :-(
Leaving the regrets behind, I immediately bought iPhone X, which was a great mistake. I should have bought iPhone 8 Plus or 7 plus. iPhone X is really annoying in every way. It is anti-ergonomic. I am not sure whether I would ever get used to this stupid device.

If you liked the big screens of iPhone 6/7 plus, let me say this - iPhone X is like putting two iPhone 4 screens up and down. And I just want the home button back. Everything is so ugly and unnatural. The quality of my mobile life became so low, which probably will probably improve my real life. But for my next iPhone upgrade will be iPhone 8 Plus (or 9 plus if it is available). 7 plus camera was good enough.

@falconeyes
Removing the bezel was achieved years ago by Samsung. As a matter of fact, Apple did not have the capability of remove almost completely as Samsung did. And Samsung still have bigger screen with bazel completely removed. But technology blah blah aside, I like having some margins around the screen (not to big but reasonable spaced). I think that 7/8 plus and previous Samsung Note models are perfect.

The really annoying stupidity of iPhone X ( I am almost certain that Apple engineers are idiots) - whenever I put iPhone X into my pocket it turns ON, since I had "tapping on the phone ..." setting on (just slight touch around the screen make the phone awake). I know I could turn it off, but if I do so, it's almost useless to use the Face ID and swipe up (in this case, it is better to use the home button with finger recognition - just one touch and it's done !).

I am amazed by the people who love to use devices "just because" it is a technology wonder.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2018 at 02:27 UTC
On article Apple iPhone X review (379 comments in total)
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Charlie Jin: I had iPhone 6 Plus, and then upgraded to 7 plus (mainly because of the dual lens). Unfortunately I dropped 7 plus from a 25th floor by mistake, and I had to watch it falling and hear the crashing sound :-(
Leaving the regrets behind, I immediately bought iPhone X, which was a great mistake. I should have bought iPhone 8 Plus or 7 plus. iPhone X is really annoying in every way. It is anti-ergonomic. I am not sure whether I would ever get used to this stupid device.

If you liked the big screens of iPhone 6/7 plus, let me say this - iPhone X is like putting two iPhone 4 screens up and down. And I just want the home button back. Everything is so ugly and unnatural. The quality of my mobile life became so low, which probably will probably improve my real life. But for my next iPhone upgrade will be iPhone 8 Plus (or 9 plus if it is available). 7 plus camera was good enough.

I don’t want to argue either. The thing is that with the same settings, I cannot read as easily as I was in 7 plus. Obviously, since the screen size became smaller, it should be sharper, but the sharpness doesn’t matter unless I use stronger glasses. And when I read or watch movies I don’t do pixel-peeping. 6/7/8 plus are as good as X (of course unless you pixel-peep). Incidentally I’m also a iOS developer.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 21:07 UTC
On article Apple iPhone X review (379 comments in total)
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Charlie Jin: I had iPhone 6 Plus, and then upgraded to 7 plus (mainly because of the dual lens). Unfortunately I dropped 7 plus from a 25th floor by mistake, and I had to watch it falling and hear the crashing sound :-(
Leaving the regrets behind, I immediately bought iPhone X, which was a great mistake. I should have bought iPhone 8 Plus or 7 plus. iPhone X is really annoying in every way. It is anti-ergonomic. I am not sure whether I would ever get used to this stupid device.

If you liked the big screens of iPhone 6/7 plus, let me say this - iPhone X is like putting two iPhone 4 screens up and down. And I just want the home button back. Everything is so ugly and unnatural. The quality of my mobile life became so low, which probably will probably improve my real life. But for my next iPhone upgrade will be iPhone 8 Plus (or 9 plus if it is available). 7 plus camera was good enough.

Mike, font sizes ARE smaller. Of course you can make them bigger in Settings, but it will make the narrower screen even more crampier.
Screens are also wasted in all photography-related apps (and I have no idea why iPhone X is good for photography - doesn't make slight difference comparing 8 plus or 7 plus), most entertainment apps, including games and movie viwers, such as Netflix and YouTube.

So, if you watch TV’s or movies, read ebooks, or play games on smartphone, don’t downgrade to iPhone X ! You are essentially making screen size smaller by wasting spaces...

Anyway, I am trying to upgrade from iPhone X to iPhone 8 Plus. First, I need to get rid of iPhone X, but people seem to know about it already and it is really difficult to sell it off unless I go really down :-(

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 20:19 UTC
On article Apple iPhone X review (379 comments in total)
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Charlie Jin: I had iPhone 6 Plus, and then upgraded to 7 plus (mainly because of the dual lens). Unfortunately I dropped 7 plus from a 25th floor by mistake, and I had to watch it falling and hear the crashing sound :-(
Leaving the regrets behind, I immediately bought iPhone X, which was a great mistake. I should have bought iPhone 8 Plus or 7 plus. iPhone X is really annoying in every way. It is anti-ergonomic. I am not sure whether I would ever get used to this stupid device.

If you liked the big screens of iPhone 6/7 plus, let me say this - iPhone X is like putting two iPhone 4 screens up and down. And I just want the home button back. Everything is so ugly and unnatural. The quality of my mobile life became so low, which probably will probably improve my real life. But for my next iPhone upgrade will be iPhone 8 Plus (or 9 plus if it is available). 7 plus camera was good enough.

Having used iPhones for 8 years, it took less than an hour to get used to the new iPhone X’s way. But I still hate it. With 7 plus it was almost possible to use one hand only. With X, you have to use two hands almost all the time because it’s so long. Especially the two most important ones - home button (replacement) and top control panel. Home button replacement is located now so low that you cannot do in one hand.

Besides, esthetically, so ugly. And since the screen became much narrower than 6/7 plus, now I need a stronger glasses just because of X ~!

It does not use the screen effectively. Most of the time, top and bottom parts are wasted any way -see the camera apps for example.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 18:53 UTC
On article Apple iPhone X review (379 comments in total)

I had iPhone 6 Plus, and then upgraded to 7 plus (mainly because of the dual lens). Unfortunately I dropped 7 plus from a 25th floor by mistake, and I had to watch it falling and hear the crashing sound :-(
Leaving the regrets behind, I immediately bought iPhone X, which was a great mistake. I should have bought iPhone 8 Plus or 7 plus. iPhone X is really annoying in every way. It is anti-ergonomic. I am not sure whether I would ever get used to this stupid device.

If you liked the big screens of iPhone 6/7 plus, let me say this - iPhone X is like putting two iPhone 4 screens up and down. And I just want the home button back. Everything is so ugly and unnatural. The quality of my mobile life became so low, which probably will probably improve my real life. But for my next iPhone upgrade will be iPhone 8 Plus (or 9 plus if it is available). 7 plus camera was good enough.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 16:45 UTC as 89th comment | 14 replies
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Jesse_Just_Him: until they have a 1 inch sensor like on the CM-1 in a reasonable sleek chassis, the rest I say is quite negligible

Even with smaller aperture, think about how thick the system (lens thickness and the distance from the sensor) has to be in order to project the image on 1 inch area - unless you can avoid the law of physics (in a 6-dimension world ???) ...

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2018 at 02:25 UTC
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Jesse_Just_Him: until they have a 1 inch sensor like on the CM-1 in a reasonable sleek chassis, the rest I say is quite negligible

A 1/2 inch sensor would be a miracle...

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2018 at 13:53 UTC

The most important measurement is missing - a BitCoin mining capability measure...
Just kidding ;-)

(but I would be interested ;-) )

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 13:55 UTC as 9th comment

I don't think that it is a replacement for a stable tripod, since the legs are too short. Then, why don't you just have a portable chair and a monopod separately ? That way, it's more portable and flexible. And probably cheaper. Also, if tripod is really needed, there'a a product, called trekpod that can be monopod as well as tripod with short legs.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 03:16 UTC as 24th comment
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vscd: Nikon or Canon. Please give me a SQUARE sensor right now, I can choose the Aspect Ratrio by myself like back with 6x6. Would be nice and is a no-brainer in a Lightcircle of any mount. MFT users could use their 4x3, Fullframe would be 3x2 and so on... most new cams have free aspect ratios anyway. Especially in videomodes.

You always can crop from the non-square format into the square.
Personally, I would never buy a camera in square format.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 09:49 UTC
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vscd: Nikon or Canon. Please give me a SQUARE sensor right now, I can choose the Aspect Ratrio by myself like back with 6x6. Would be nice and is a no-brainer in a Lightcircle of any mount. MFT users could use their 4x3, Fullframe would be 3x2 and so on... most new cams have free aspect ratios anyway. Especially in videomodes.

Then, you may think of this way: the current senor format is already oversized for the square format (in order to fit the non-square format fully on the semsor), and you are already paying the extra. Now, you must be very happy 😊

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2018 at 16:16 UTC
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vscd: Nikon or Canon. Please give me a SQUARE sensor right now, I can choose the Aspect Ratrio by myself like back with 6x6. Would be nice and is a no-brainer in a Lightcircle of any mount. MFT users could use their 4x3, Fullframe would be 3x2 and so on... most new cams have free aspect ratios anyway. Especially in videomodes.

Either the sensor should be oversized or, selected non-square format would not utilize the full sensor area - which is not good.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2018 at 14:20 UTC

Great~!
Full frame mirrorless market needs some competition~!

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2018 at 14:15 UTC as 39th comment
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PieterB: Suppose I have shot several pictures and some small video fragments and I want to make a small video out of it and I want to publish this on social media. Nothing fancy, nothing too complicated, nothing really professional.
On my Samsung S8, this will take me ten minutes and it is up and ready to upload.
If I shot the same stuff on my Sony a6300 (or practically every camera on the market), I would a pc, some editing software to get the same result. Admittedly, the end result would be better but facebook and instagram are real quality killers so I doubt anybody would spot the difference once post on said social media.
I can even edit dng pictures on my mobile phone. But I need a pc to do the same with pictures taken with my camera.
The camera manufacturers still don't get what most casual shooters need and want.
They want to share stuff easily and without fuss.

BTW, it doesn’t need to be apps under android. It may be a simple “agent” that posts to facebook or instagram. And a little bit of basic photo editing would be very nice.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 13:10 UTC
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PieterB: Suppose I have shot several pictures and some small video fragments and I want to make a small video out of it and I want to publish this on social media. Nothing fancy, nothing too complicated, nothing really professional.
On my Samsung S8, this will take me ten minutes and it is up and ready to upload.
If I shot the same stuff on my Sony a6300 (or practically every camera on the market), I would a pc, some editing software to get the same result. Admittedly, the end result would be better but facebook and instagram are real quality killers so I doubt anybody would spot the difference once post on said social media.
I can even edit dng pictures on my mobile phone. But I need a pc to do the same with pictures taken with my camera.
The camera manufacturers still don't get what most casual shooters need and want.
They want to share stuff easily and without fuss.

This means... DSLR will someday be equipped with Android and instagram and facebook apps.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 12:15 UTC
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Fujica: Everybody can do this. In fact it is nothing more then writing a text file into an image file. Those who are in the know can see the message, those who are not aware will never see it. They will never search for it either.

The way it works is actually quite simple, and its easy to find how to do this yourself via a Google query.

Don't waste your money on serverspace you don't need.
The scripting to make this 'watermarking' is available for free.

I think that the point is whether someone can remove the watermark (easily).

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2017 at 01:24 UTC
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golfhov: A lot of good cameras. I voted for one I do not even plan on owning. The a9. It is the only camera in this lineup that I see as groundbreaking. Most of the other entries are very nice follow ups

Completely agreed. Besides, a9 has contols on both sides so that I can use two hands, and a9 looks more professional. A7RM3 looks more like a point-and-shoot full frame - novice user use only one hand with fewer buttons preferring screen menus.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2017 at 04:26 UTC
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