S Yu

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Peiasdf: I think this DPReview article is getting it backward, this is not AI controlled rack focus, this is AI controlled bokeh effect (a.k.a., portrait video on Samsung)

The original DOF is much deeper than what the video shows and the phone applies real-time portrait effect to the video which is why its limited to 1080p 30fps. What you are adjusting afterward isn't the changing the focus but the applying different portrait effect to the original pre-portrait effect video saved in the file.

This assumes that DoF is deep enough to have both faces sharp in the first place, but with the sensor size, aperture, and subject distance I highly doubt that...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2021 at 09:46 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Question about ios...

Can they record phone calls?

My old Panasonic and Huawei recorded excellent. My current Samsung note 21 ultra can only record with speaker phone and bad quality.

Looking for alternative.

I think you could get any phone to record your calls as long as you root it, and it's a very simple software feature that shouldn't even require "looking for".

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2021 at 19:00 UTC
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DavidVogt: The G14 lasts 2 hours when used for its intended purpose: photo and video editing. In my eyes, that's completely unacceptable and a huge Achille's heel. Sure, the G14 might be a bit faster overall, but an M1 MacBook will do 6 hours of video editing with ease, probably more. So for any serious workload, you'll need to be plugged in with the ASUS, kind of defeating the purpose of a portable machine.

The M1 takes no more than 30W at any given time.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/16252/mac-mini-apple-m1-tested
The Asus, well, obviously 60W+.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 15:55 UTC
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Hubertus Bigend: While Samsung may be one of the rare exceptions of an Android phone maker that delivers security updates for a sensible period, unlocking the bootloader is not just "for those who want to install a custom ROM to get extra features or access to various components". Many people actually install custom ROMs to keep them secure, because such Android-based custom ROMs like LineageOS tend to get Android security updates very much longer than stock ROMs do. They can extend the secure usage of a phone substantially. Also, for many devices which have been rendered unsupported by their manufacturers, more recent Android versions are available through custom ROMs.

While there are custom ROMs which completely change what a phone is, like Sailfish OS or Ubuntu Touch, projects like LineageOS mainly do what all manufacturers should have been doing in the first place, supporting their devices for a sensible period of time with current versions of the operating system, fixes and security updates.

Nothing except Gcam does a proper stacked DNG, not even Apple's "ProRAW" comes close to the quality of Gcam's DNGs. In the past there was a less stable but sometimes superior Adobe's HDR DNG mode in LR Android but they perplexingly removed the feature instead of improving its stability, so Gcam is now the only smartphone app that provides color tones and (usable, malleable, in the DNG container)DR matching current smallish format ILCs. And the fact that you're asking means you're ignorant enough that you shouldn't be arrogantly dismissing state of the art Gcam with "Manual Camera".

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 13:37 UTC
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Laurens: "All Android phones ship with a locked bootloader as a security measure, but for those who want to install a custom ROM to get extra features or access to various components of the device will need to unlock it first."

A lot of people want to install custom ROMs to be able to remove crapware /spyware installed by the manufacturers, or later on, to provide up-to-date versions of Android to maintain device security after the manufacturer stops releasing updates.

Mad Kiwi, I'm sure the number of people wanting to do something with unlocked bootloaders is higher than the number of people with government handout phones.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 13:28 UTC
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Ruairi: That's communism - you don't own the gear if the manufacturer still has control over it and can punish you for doing whatever you wish with your device.

"Phones need to be as secure as possible"
Which nuclear bunker do you live in?

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2021 at 15:31 UTC
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Hubertus Bigend: While Samsung may be one of the rare exceptions of an Android phone maker that delivers security updates for a sensible period, unlocking the bootloader is not just "for those who want to install a custom ROM to get extra features or access to various components". Many people actually install custom ROMs to keep them secure, because such Android-based custom ROMs like LineageOS tend to get Android security updates very much longer than stock ROMs do. They can extend the secure usage of a phone substantially. Also, for many devices which have been rendered unsupported by their manufacturers, more recent Android versions are available through custom ROMs.

While there are custom ROMs which completely change what a phone is, like Sailfish OS or Ubuntu Touch, projects like LineageOS mainly do what all manufacturers should have been doing in the first place, supporting their devices for a sensible period of time with current versions of the operating system, fixes and security updates.

No, you said "nobody needs GCAM when there are apps like Manual Camera available" which is nowhere near "as long as the images roughly show what I pointed the phone at", because nearly all default camera apps on the planet do that, and those don't require an extra fee. By claiming "nobody needs GCAM when there are apps like Manual Camera available" you suggest that "Manual Camera" is a valid substitute for Gcam. It's not.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2021 at 15:29 UTC
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Hubertus Bigend: While Samsung may be one of the rare exceptions of an Android phone maker that delivers security updates for a sensible period, unlocking the bootloader is not just "for those who want to install a custom ROM to get extra features or access to various components". Many people actually install custom ROMs to keep them secure, because such Android-based custom ROMs like LineageOS tend to get Android security updates very much longer than stock ROMs do. They can extend the secure usage of a phone substantially. Also, for many devices which have been rendered unsupported by their manufacturers, more recent Android versions are available through custom ROMs.

While there are custom ROMs which completely change what a phone is, like Sailfish OS or Ubuntu Touch, projects like LineageOS mainly do what all manufacturers should have been doing in the first place, supporting their devices for a sensible period of time with current versions of the operating system, fixes and security updates.

>nobody needs GCAM
No half-serious photographer needs any other camera app than Gcam as long as the Gcam version fully supports their device. If you're mentioning anything else you haven't shot DNG on Gcam before.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2021 at 15:22 UTC
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tkbslc: Samsung really trying hard to let Xiaomi keep its lead.

You mean sheep, of course sheep are always relevant.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 12:07 UTC
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madeinlisboa: Now you see why do I have a 150€ phone for, imagine, phone related stuff and a camera for photography which lasts many more years than smartphone camera toys? ;)

I'd gladly spend twice the price of this Fold for an FF camera the same size as my phone, running Android(for Gcam), but that's probably physically impossible.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 11:58 UTC
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ExNewt: Name me all the times Apple disabled the camera when the glorious iPhone was “jailbroken.”
I’ll wait…

Well more than one vender locks the bootloader, but in the case of Apple realistically speaking I believe checkra1n has worked through quite a few system versions now?

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 11:51 UTC
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tkbslc: Samsung really trying hard to let Xiaomi keep its lead.

Actually I have to admit that we're irrelevant, if we were relevant we wouldn't even have let Samsung and the like get away with removing the headphone jack.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 11:49 UTC
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3pgrey: All these people on $20 androids raging about not having root access on a $1800 phone? Come on people, just be happy if it works out of the box before you break it

AFAIK international versions of Samsung shouldn't have much bloatware(i.e. bloatware is carrier-specific), but I didn't expect bootloader unlock obstruction on international versions either.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 11:47 UTC
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Mike Fried: I've been really really happy with my Sony XPeria XA2 for $300 in 2018 after 4 years of using a OnePlus 1 phone in 2014 for $350...

Seems like people paying $1800 for a crossover tablet phone should be treated with a bit more respect. I mean, I bought a $1700 custom 17" gaming laptop with an RTX 2060 back in 2019, and this is $100 more... Why would I spend so much money on an Android phone with this gadget factor only to be broken if I want to customize the software?

Who has $1800 for this kind of phone that isn't, say, some tech enthusiast / software engineer? You look at the market for this loading something custom onto this device, and you should find it's a lot higher than 1% of the market.

Even if I'm not going to install a tweaked OS, it's a matter of taste that the hardware I buy won't actively go out of their way to brick me if I want to do it. There's not approving and then there's taking steps to break me. Someone at Samsung actively did this...

I think it's become custom that people who buy high end devices are treated like sheep, at least in the smartphone realm.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 11:45 UTC

Unbelievable and incomprehensible.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 11:43 UTC as 18th comment
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Hubertus Bigend: While Samsung may be one of the rare exceptions of an Android phone maker that delivers security updates for a sensible period, unlocking the bootloader is not just "for those who want to install a custom ROM to get extra features or access to various components". Many people actually install custom ROMs to keep them secure, because such Android-based custom ROMs like LineageOS tend to get Android security updates very much longer than stock ROMs do. They can extend the secure usage of a phone substantially. Also, for many devices which have been rendered unsupported by their manufacturers, more recent Android versions are available through custom ROMs.

While there are custom ROMs which completely change what a phone is, like Sailfish OS or Ubuntu Touch, projects like LineageOS mainly do what all manufacturers should have been doing in the first place, supporting their devices for a sensible period of time with current versions of the operating system, fixes and security updates.

Does the reason matter? It already voids your warranty when you unlock your bootloader I don't know what it is they're trying to achieve putting more obnoxious obstacles in the way of the consumer.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 11:43 UTC

Execution is key, alignment and artifact removal.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2021 at 15:37 UTC as 40th comment
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Larzac: At last!
I don't really care for HDR which often the quicker way to ruin a photography, but panoramas is very very welcome.

HDR can just mean more DR to work with regardless of lighting, it doesn't have to be dramatic.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2021 at 15:36 UTC
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TheLinguist: LOL

Trash phones full of spyware.

DPR pushes Chinese products hard this year

5. Without Tesla’s involvement, China’s electrical vehicle industry would be stagnant with uncompetitive offerings twice the price of gas vehicles profiteering off the government’s heavy subsidies, and even so China is picking on Tesla through mass propaganda on state controlled media regarding Tesla’s safety issues while one local-brand electric vehicle exploded and another got crushed under a truck during autopilot this past month yet received limited coverage. 6. China just announced a ban on reduction of real estate prices >15%, meaning the government would rather let unsold developments "rot in the earth" than let people unable to afford a home live in one(which in certain cities may well mean price reductions of >50%), add that to the dozens of unsold "ghost towns" in smaller cities, that must be very environmentally friendly.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2021 at 08:23 UTC
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TheLinguist: LOL

Trash phones full of spyware.

DPR pushes Chinese products hard this year

3. China’s “diversified” energy plan is stagnant because of refusal to phase out coal-based energy, presumably due to local interest groups in coal-mining provinces. Some wind farms are actually shutting down due to overcapacity with all the coal still burning. 4. After more than a decade, China’s HSR continues to run on huge losses, and in some cases come at the expense of halting regular rail service because there isn’t enough demand for both, yet even with heavy subsidies the price of HSR is out of the reach of most Chinese (think the 600M people that make less than 1000RMB per month), and ultimately HSR does not have a lower carbon footprint per passenger/mile compared to regular rail.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2021 at 08:23 UTC
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