Prognathous

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On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)
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CE3: Of all Sony's cameras, I feel like the A6 lineup is the most well-rounded and offers the best bang for your buck. I was thinking of selling my A6300 and upgrading, or just keeping it as a second body. The IBIS looks great and you'd be hard pressed to find another APS-C that offers frame rates and buffer speeds this insanely fast. But after watching a couple new reviews on YouTube, I've decided to cancel my preorder. I love my A6300, but there are a few things about it I don't want to deal with on my next camera body, and many of those compromises are still present on the A6500.

What compromises are you referring to?

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 19:49 UTC
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)

Very nice pictures from a nice camera. I have no issues with the colors or any of the other things people here are complaining about.

Although this would be a very capable replacement for my A6000, it won't be at this price. I'm willing to pay early adopter prices when I feel I'm getting an upgrade that's worth the money (that's why I bought A77 Mk1 so quickly), but with the A6500 I think I'll just wait until it reaches the end of its life cycle and is sold at closeout price. Patience is a virtue.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 06:18 UTC as 38th comment
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Otto Van De Steene: A note phone without pressure sensitive pen? Come on and look for a better name! (I could sadly imagine this is a pattent issue, but...)

I think you mean trademark issue, and you'd be right. You can't effectively protect a trademark of a regular word, even if it is (mistakenly) granted to you initially.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 20:19 UTC
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Rhawi Dantas: Ricoh, if you are listening bring a GR with an 35mm equiv. lens. While at it slap a 24mp sensor and we are done.

I volunteer as tribute for testing. (hard job but someone has to do it.´).

How about, gasp, a 28-40mm zoom? Must be super difficult to design one.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 17:12 UTC

The AF limiter is a nice improvement that's not mentioned in this announcement for some reason, and several of the other changes are nice too. Are they worth a $400 price hike? I'm not so sure.

Also, disabling the CV on A-mount is a disgrace. It's not like this lens is intended for kit-lens crowd who can't be bothered to learn how to keep only one stabilizer active.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 17:43 UTC as 26th comment

With some processing there's a lot of potential here, already with these files. Instead of trying to shift focus, the software should merge the areas with the highest amount of detail from each image into one composite image. The result should be more impressive and detailed that the default "0 (no adjustment) version.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 18:28 UTC as 77th comment
On article Pentax K-70 added to studio test scene (36 comments in total)

As expected, the K-70 in pixel-shift mode spanks APS-C cameras costing 2-3 times as much.

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=pentax_k70&attr13_1=canon_eos7dii&attr13_2=nikon_d500&attr13_3=sony_a6300&attr15_0=jpeg&attr15_1=jpeg&attr15_2=jpeg&attr15_3=jpeg&attr16_0=100&attr16_1=100&attr16_2=100&attr16_3=200&attr126_0=highres&attr171_3=off&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.5283741471217425&y=0.309959408843544

Very impressive.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 07:54 UTC as 7th comment
On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (46 comments in total)
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Leandros S: I can't find the relevant info on their website, but buyers beware: AfterShot 3 is most likely a "lite" version of AfterShot Pro 3.

The differences between AfterShot Pro 3 and AfterShot 3 are documented in this table:

http://www.aftershotpro.com/en/landing/as/#compare

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 02:46 UTC
On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (46 comments in total)

I'm still (happily) using PSP X7 and will likely skip X9 (just like I did X8), as I don't find features that make much of a difference for me. Here's what I'd like to see:

- Option to automatically tag RAW and JPEG files with location names (based on GPS coordinates embedded in my Sony A77 files)
- 100% Photoshop plugin support
- Tool to create a sheet of passport pictures
- Option to hide all toolbars and palettes with a keyboard shortcut (like Tab in PS)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 18:32 UTC as 24th comment | 5 replies

It seems Nikon deliberately designs ugly entry level cameras to avoid cannibalization of the more expensive models. I don't have any other explanation.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 12:46 UTC as 57th comment
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Prognathous: I just bought a Note 4 Edge to replace my Note 2 and I love it. I decided to skip the Note 5 and 7 because they lack a replaceable battery, which is a must for me when traveling. On foot navigation is a challenging use case for typical phone batteries. I can get to 100% battery capacity in 10 seconds, without having power packs dangling from my phone or similarly-awkward power case monstrosities. Replacing the battery when it ages (instead of sending the phone in for service) is another nice benefit.

I don't see a single feature in the newer models that's more appealing than a replaceable battery, maybe because I use a proper camera and don't get excited by any "camera" with a 1/2.5" sensor.

At least the Note 7 brings back microSD support. This was a huge disadvantage of the Note 5 compared to previous models.

2. Your Note 3 will not last 3 days of on-foot navigation with the screen turned on for maximum legibility in daylight. In fact, it would not last half a day, regardless of whatever manual tweaking and process babysitting you wish to do. The solution is simple - use your phone and let it serve you, rather than the other way around. And when faced with a use case which is ultra battery intensive, just pop in a fresh battery mid-day. Coming from someone who used power packs and power cases, I can tell you that this is a far superior solution that makes traveling so easy.

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BTW, I'm only splitting this post to three because of the character limit DPR imposes on review comments.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 07:35 UTC
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Prognathous: I just bought a Note 4 Edge to replace my Note 2 and I love it. I decided to skip the Note 5 and 7 because they lack a replaceable battery, which is a must for me when traveling. On foot navigation is a challenging use case for typical phone batteries. I can get to 100% battery capacity in 10 seconds, without having power packs dangling from my phone or similarly-awkward power case monstrosities. Replacing the battery when it ages (instead of sending the phone in for service) is another nice benefit.

I don't see a single feature in the newer models that's more appealing than a replaceable battery, maybe because I use a proper camera and don't get excited by any "camera" with a 1/2.5" sensor.

At least the Note 7 brings back microSD support. This was a huge disadvantage of the Note 5 compared to previous models.

1. I tried power packs with both long and short cables, as well as power cases. The former is very inconvenient, as the cable is always in the way. It disconnects unintentionally and bring unneeded strain on the connector. It's far less convenient to quickly take the phone out and put it back in your pockets when something is connected to it. There's just no way for it to fit as nicely as a phone without cables attached.

There's a reason why, unlike some studio strobes, no phone is sold with a cabled power solution. They all include batteries that are placed *inside* the phone. People just want to use their phones with kludgy contraptions attached to them. Similarly, power cases increase the size and weight of the phone significantly (typically double) and you have to carry that all the time, unlike a battery which you just replace and maintain the original size and weight of the phone.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 07:34 UTC
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Prognathous: I just bought a Note 4 Edge to replace my Note 2 and I love it. I decided to skip the Note 5 and 7 because they lack a replaceable battery, which is a must for me when traveling. On foot navigation is a challenging use case for typical phone batteries. I can get to 100% battery capacity in 10 seconds, without having power packs dangling from my phone or similarly-awkward power case monstrosities. Replacing the battery when it ages (instead of sending the phone in for service) is another nice benefit.

I don't see a single feature in the newer models that's more appealing than a replaceable battery, maybe because I use a proper camera and don't get excited by any "camera" with a 1/2.5" sensor.

At least the Note 7 brings back microSD support. This was a huge disadvantage of the Note 5 compared to previous models.

@eschelar, the fact that you cannot make a point without ad hominem attacks says more about you than me. I'm not going to stoop down to that level, but I will refute what you are saying. Point by point.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 07:34 UTC
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Prognathous: I just bought a Note 4 Edge to replace my Note 2 and I love it. I decided to skip the Note 5 and 7 because they lack a replaceable battery, which is a must for me when traveling. On foot navigation is a challenging use case for typical phone batteries. I can get to 100% battery capacity in 10 seconds, without having power packs dangling from my phone or similarly-awkward power case monstrosities. Replacing the battery when it ages (instead of sending the phone in for service) is another nice benefit.

I don't see a single feature in the newer models that's more appealing than a replaceable battery, maybe because I use a proper camera and don't get excited by any "camera" with a 1/2.5" sensor.

At least the Note 7 brings back microSD support. This was a huge disadvantage of the Note 5 compared to previous models.

@Alexramos, if you enjoy bulky battery covers for your camera (that is, phone), good. Maybe you'll be able to convince camera companies to use this as a solution instead of replaceable batteries (which for some reason, *all* camera companies still use in all of their models). And what you're describing is not how using multiple batteries workd. You would normally do it once, it takes 10 seconds and a bit more for the phone to start up, and when you're back in the hotel you just connect your phone to the charger and put the battery in its own charger. So simple. No extra thickness and weight to carry with your phone for half a day.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 06:42 UTC
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Prognathous: I just bought a Note 4 Edge to replace my Note 2 and I love it. I decided to skip the Note 5 and 7 because they lack a replaceable battery, which is a must for me when traveling. On foot navigation is a challenging use case for typical phone batteries. I can get to 100% battery capacity in 10 seconds, without having power packs dangling from my phone or similarly-awkward power case monstrosities. Replacing the battery when it ages (instead of sending the phone in for service) is another nice benefit.

I don't see a single feature in the newer models that's more appealing than a replaceable battery, maybe because I use a proper camera and don't get excited by any "camera" with a 1/2.5" sensor.

At least the Note 7 brings back microSD support. This was a huge disadvantage of the Note 5 compared to previous models.

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There are plenty of phones with replaceable batteries. So if Samsung doesn't bring back replaceable batteries, another company will get my money. Some of their major competitors have it. Samsung did wise up and brought back microSD support, so it’s not unthinkable. I was happily using my Note 2 for 3.5 years, so no rush. I don't replace phones for the sake of replacing them. I do it when there's enough value to justify the cost, as well as no regressions in functionality.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 06:42 UTC
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Prognathous: I just bought a Note 4 Edge to replace my Note 2 and I love it. I decided to skip the Note 5 and 7 because they lack a replaceable battery, which is a must for me when traveling. On foot navigation is a challenging use case for typical phone batteries. I can get to 100% battery capacity in 10 seconds, without having power packs dangling from my phone or similarly-awkward power case monstrosities. Replacing the battery when it ages (instead of sending the phone in for service) is another nice benefit.

I don't see a single feature in the newer models that's more appealing than a replaceable battery, maybe because I use a proper camera and don't get excited by any "camera" with a 1/2.5" sensor.

At least the Note 7 brings back microSD support. This was a huge disadvantage of the Note 5 compared to previous models.

@Tonkotsu, how does "a dedicated nav unit" makes any sense if my phone can do it all perfectly? Did I not mention that I do NOT want the inconvenience of a power pack (dangling cable) or power case (increases weight and size of the phone)? Another device would be even less convenient, not to mention that it would have zero integration with other applications I have on my phone (tripadvisor, mail, web browser). It’s also another device to purchase and charge. Really, a ridicules proposition.

Even if it takes a minute to replace the battery it's nothing compared to the on-going inconvenience of using an power pack or power case for hours. I simply replace the battery, and I'm done. Usually I don't need to replace it again, but I do have another spare (another 50 gram) just in case.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 06:42 UTC

I just bought a Note 4 Edge to replace my Note 2 and I love it. I decided to skip the Note 5 and 7 because they lack a replaceable battery, which is a must for me when traveling. On foot navigation is a challenging use case for typical phone batteries. I can get to 100% battery capacity in 10 seconds, without having power packs dangling from my phone or similarly-awkward power case monstrosities. Replacing the battery when it ages (instead of sending the phone in for service) is another nice benefit.

I don't see a single feature in the newer models that's more appealing than a replaceable battery, maybe because I use a proper camera and don't get excited by any "camera" with a 1/2.5" sensor.

At least the Note 7 brings back microSD support. This was a huge disadvantage of the Note 5 compared to previous models.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 07:49 UTC as 24th comment | 13 replies
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Prognathous: Nowadays cellphones have a camera as a second priority function. It's about time to release the opposite - a 1" high quality pocket camera with an optical zoom, with a cellphone as a second priority function. They'll lead this cellphone camera category for a while, and by a large margin.

Can you really not use a camera like this as your cellphone:

http://i.imgur.com/82SkLq8.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0FEsvrD.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3WqoQGy.jpg

28–84/2.0-4.9
1″ sensor, 20 MP
210 g including battery
"Slips in a pants pocket almost unnoticed" (to quote a review)

I don't think you're right, but let's just ask and see:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4034208

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 13:09 UTC
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Prognathous: Nowadays cellphones have a camera as a second priority function. It's about time to release the opposite - a 1" high quality pocket camera with an optical zoom, with a cellphone as a second priority function. They'll lead this cellphone camera category for a while, and by a large margin.

Can you really not use a camera like this as your cellphone:

http://i.imgur.com/82SkLq8.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0FEsvrD.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3WqoQGy.jpg

28–84/2.0-4.9
1″ sensor, 20 MP
210 g including battery
"Slips in a pants pocket almost unnoticed" (to quote a review)

If it "slips in a pants pocket almost unnoticed", it should be good enough for anyone who has an open mind. And when it comes to the form factor of cellphone it's good to have an open mind. Flip phones of the past were much smaller (lengthwise) that today's phones, yet people don't miss them. Just keep an open mind.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 08:06 UTC

Nowadays cellphones have a camera as a second priority function. It's about time to release the opposite - a 1" high quality pocket camera with an optical zoom, with a cellphone as a second priority function. They'll lead this cellphone camera category for a while, and by a large margin.

Can you really not use a camera like this as your cellphone:

http://i.imgur.com/82SkLq8.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0FEsvrD.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3WqoQGy.jpg

28–84/2.0-4.9
1″ sensor, 20 MP
210 g including battery
"Slips in a pants pocket almost unnoticed" (to quote a review)

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 07:33 UTC as 10th comment | 6 replies
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