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On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best consumer drones (3 comments in total)

Have any suggestions for drones that don't transmit GPS data back to China?

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 02:52 UTC as 4th comment
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grasscatcher: As opposed to many of the comments here, I will say something positive. The application of tripod legs on the outboard edges of the platform should greatly enhance stability and reduce vibrations, as opposed to the typical tripod setup where the three legs meet at a (relatively) single point. Physics and all that. Each design has their own advantages, however.

Now for something negative: the video production seems to be more about selling a lifestyle than a product idea.

I like it, accepting some of it's limitations. There is just one issue I have with it. It would be a pain to adjust on anything but a flat surface. It can take the place of a tripod (again, with limitations), but it doesn't take the place of a tripod head.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 01:17 UTC
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CameraLabTester: I hope this is not a wrong move by Nikon... because there is such a big market there.

Only time will tell if this move was the right choice.


dash, the level of protectionism in Brazil is detrimental. I had to support a Brazilian company, who's business practices were not up to US standards. To make peace, we sent a team that would normally be $250/hr per person (plus expenses) to Brazil on our own dime. They were refused entry, because they were "American businessmen", even though they were there to assist a Brazilian company.

There are so many negatives about Brazil, that one could go on and on. It's not a good place and I feel sorry for the people.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 03:47 UTC

Brazil makes it very difficult for outside companies to do business in Brazil. If Brazilians want to buy Nikon, they still have Lojas Americanas.
which is where they were probably buying from anyway.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 01:01 UTC as 108th comment | 1 reply
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CameraLabTester: I hope this is not a wrong move by Nikon... because there is such a big market there.

Only time will tell if this move was the right choice.


Brazil makes it extremely difficult to do business in their country. Big market or not, good for Nikon. Brazil can go fly a kite.

There's always gray market.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 00:55 UTC
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Scottelly: I'm glad someone is competing in this space. The bags like Ewa Marine's cost WAY too much.

If you price out a usable setup, you'll see Outex is in the same price range as what you linked to. I agree that if there are more in the marketplace, maybe they'll all come down.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 00:37 UTC
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Richard B99: Just be careful. That $99 ($100) pledge referenced above only seems to get you a clear cover that (if you have them) fits to your existing front & back covers. In other words, for existing owners.
If you are new, you need to pledge $375 minimum for the full kit that will keep your camera dry. Sure, a lot cheaper than a hard case but a fair bit to pledge up front.

Just priced out a minimal setup on the old sleeve, not the new clear sleeve, for my nikon and it came to $365. I'm sure for some, it's worth it. For me, yikes!

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 03:00 UTC
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brn: To cause that kind of reaction, I can only assume it was a large military drone.

WT21, do they shut down airports when they spot a bird?

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2017 at 03:12 UTC

To cause that kind of reaction, I can only assume it was a large military drone.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 23:23 UTC as 46th comment | 5 replies
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Dash29: I was walking on the beach at weekend when a drone came within 20ft of me. If it had come any closer i'd have slapped the guy and smashed his drone into the ground.

Officer, I felt threatened.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
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eddie_cam: If a camera can create fake details, will pictures then ever be trustworthy to be used for serious media stuff? Who is to regulate that, and how? Will these pics be eligible for contests?

This is my concern. If a photograph takes textures from other photos, the result is a great reduction in accuracy. There are certainly situations where that's OK, but it needs to be understood.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 22:20 UTC
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xeriwthe: enhance until it matches a known criminal license plate/face/fingerprint/adversary boom done

I appreciate where you were going "enhance, enhance, enhance".

In your example, the plate, face, or print, could come from the sample images fed into the system. I'm seeing a lot of false positives.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 22:18 UTC

This case is hypocritical, but social media has certainly changed what people consider acceptable. How many people are making money off of youtube videos filmed in a Target (or pick any other retail outlet)? What are the odds they got permission? People film, photograph, and copy photographs of protected / private areas all the time. When I took a film class, doing such a thing would get you expelled.

Social media has allowed the pendulum to swing too far. It needs to recenter.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 22:14 UTC as 44th comment
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devonjk: "will absolutely continue investing...for a while...until we don't."

That's the way I read it. Make the claim, half hearted followup until the bad press is forgotten, then drop it.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 01:30 UTC

Collusion between a Chinese company and US law enforcement? What could possibly go wrong?

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 20:16 UTC as 33rd comment
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Dheorl: Although I agree with the sentiment, I'd personally much rather just see exclusion zones that can't be circumvented. If it's hardwired into a drone that it can't fly in an illegal manner, then there's no need for such tracking technology.

And let me broadcast that same signal.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 20:15 UTC
On article Video: Meet the world's fastest camera slider (34 comments in total)

I want to give anyone credit for being creative, but I just hate it. Well, the video anyway. Obnoxious within the first three seconds. Granted I stopped watching half way, but none of the effects were interesting.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 02:32 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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Wye Photography: Dear DPR PLEASE change the title to "Congress is considering a copyright small claims bill you should know about - US Only"

It you want to be a US only site then that is OK, us gringos will just FK off. But if you want to be international it would be more appealing if you could drop being so ego-ethnic and egocentric.

99% of those reading the headline knew it was US only.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 21:13 UTC
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Mike CH: And again - what do those numbers of DxO’s actually *mean*?

A bazillion-and-one on the Kauderwelsch-scale *still* doesn’t mean anything...

It must be nice, to be able to get people to swoon and moan over a n-point difference - when nobody actually knows what such a point means.

Remember that every time you read any rating. JD Powers, Consumer Reports, it's all bunk.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 13:50 UTC
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Michael Ma: I think this article is a good representation of the wrong perception of quality when it comes to photography gear. As people learn more about photography, they realize the ability to capture an image that can capture and hold your interest is far more important than capturing per pixel sharpness or color accuracy. But those voices are drowned by novices that only rate gear by per pixel sharpness, lack of vignetting, CA, etc. because they don't have the acuity to understand requirements of a good photograph.

Unfortunately, DPReview has always been the home to pixel peepers.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
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