A Owens

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Thanks for a very useful review of the latest iteration of this device. I have the original one and have used it extensively for travel and now never take a laptop. A 6 inch phone and a Passport Wireless and I'm good to go. And with LR Mobile, Snapseed and probably others, RAW is supported.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 18:22 UTC as 5th comment
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (185 comments in total)
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Eugene CH: I am sorry, but: the smartphones are phones first. In second approach, they have an additional function: camera. Therefore, in my opinion, such devices have nothing to do in a specific photographic site. They could be analyzed in a specific site if that exists.

Sorry but that is plain wrong, especially for younger users. In fact they hardly ever use the phone functionality in these devices. Taking and sharing images, social media, navigation and internet access, you name it. But not making phone calls.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 17:09 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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Petrogel: Unfortunately since Steve Jobs Death, Apple is hiding more and more into the shadow of what once used to be. Both hardware and software are getting ridiculous (even more ridiculous than the golden drone)
The good thing is Microsoft is bridging the gap and i'm afraid we might have to change "boat".

@Trek of Joy Yes there is no arguing that Apple has made huge amounts of money from its phones. And that MS who used to occupy the top spot has declined a lot.

But most of Apple's profit comes from its phones. If it cannot maintain the margins and volumes from phones then it will decline like MS. Smart phones are now largely commodities and nobody has any real advantage. There is really very little to choose between the top 10 phones on the market. And personal religions aside there is little to choose between Android and Apple OS. Apple need to come up with something new if they want to persuade people to keep paying premiums for their products.

Google is not a phone company and if it stopped making phones tomorrow it's profits would probably increase.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 13:38 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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Petrogel: Unfortunately since Steve Jobs Death, Apple is hiding more and more into the shadow of what once used to be. Both hardware and software are getting ridiculous (even more ridiculous than the golden drone)
The good thing is Microsoft is bridging the gap and i'm afraid we might have to change "boat".

@Trek of Joy; That was then and now is now. For 2016 Apple has just reported its 3rd straight quarter of declining sales. Apple have a very narrow base for its phenomenal success. And it has not used its incredible earnings of recent years to continue innovation and broaden its base in the way Google has. Even iphone sales have started to decline and that is their biggest earner. It will be very interesting to see what they do over the next year or two. I hope they are working on something big.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 23:03 UTC
On article Field Test: Birds in flight with the Nikon D500 (92 comments in total)

I very much enjoyed this video. However the fact that it is a paid advertisement does somewhat diminish the value of opinions expressed about the subject equipment. Notwithstanding that DPR retains right of content veto.
It would be nice to include this format as part of the formal independent equipment reviews IMO.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 04:27 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article Field Test: Birds in flight with the Nikon D500 (92 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Fantastic! For the next one I vote we change it up and go for something a location that's urban, gritty, real...how about street portraiture with the new SB500 Speedlight or it's Canon equivalent? Miami? Philly?

OK, I will have a look at that movie. Looks nice. And Sean Connery acts in it. But I do think the D500 is aimed directly at nature photographers so the location for this video is good IMO. There are other cameras better suited to the street.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 04:02 UTC
On article Field Test: Birds in flight with the Nikon D500 (92 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Fantastic! For the next one I vote we change it up and go for something a location that's urban, gritty, real...how about street portraiture with the new SB500 Speedlight or it's Canon equivalent? Miami? Philly?

Urban environment the 'real' environment? So what do we call where this video was shot? Disneyland maybe. But would Barney wear that shirt to Disneyland?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 17:30 UTC
On article Teardown reveals Sony image sensors in iPhone 7 (201 comments in total)
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vFunct: The iPhone is best.

Android phones should be banned for being bad and trying to copy the iPhone all the time.

Apple is just too good, and they invented the smartphone industry.

Apple make good phones, as do many others. But there is something about the Apple brand that triggers childish consumerism in gullible people.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 18:11 UTC
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Arizona Sunset: That must be the largest female model hand ever.

I think it might be Barney.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 18:44 UTC

Wow, a mirrorless camera with a fast intuitive UI, a lens option for any application, great AF and no frippery. Who the heck is going to buy that?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 22:47 UTC as 171st comment | 3 replies
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Atomez: These phone, camera, computer combos are going to kill traditional cameras. The writing is on the wall. Because they can and will have better and much more powerful software processing data from sensors that not only capture light but lots of other information about light and image that can be processed in almost realtime. Possibly future imaging devices won't have light sensors that capture images like a digital negative as today but some other type of information. Cameras without lenses!

Excellent, no lens OR light sensor. A bat camera maybe. Can't wait.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 19:20 UTC

6 to 8 mp for a large wall print!!!!! Good enough. Kind of. It is obvious what market these devices serve. Very useful to have, but they still leave a big gap above them for more capable and/or specialised imaging tools.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 19:17 UTC as 113th comment

This is a brilliant concept. I always felt the darkroom experience lacked something. Inebriation just might be it.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 00:58 UTC as 10th comment
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (464 comments in total)

I could not get past "Unbeknownst". Who sayeth "Unbeknownst"?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 05:49 UTC as 90th comment
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Ruy Penalva: Two must cameras but I think Canon is better. From still to video, passing by GPS, Canon is better and cheaper.

Thanks for clearing that up. I don't need to read the reviews now.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 08:31 UTC
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rrrremus: I assume shooting wide open you would need to manually focus every time

Having had an 800e and now an 810 I can assure you they do just work. Some early 800/e bodies had problems but this was quickly fixed. If anything I think my 800e had more accuracy and quicker acquisition than the 810. The D4 through 4s, d5 and d500 are even better. It is far more productive to get the best out of equipment than to blame it.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 19:16 UTC
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rrrremus: I assume shooting wide open you would need to manually focus every time

Why do you assume that? Have you used a modern Nikon body with a good Nikon lens lately? AF will be spot on at 1.4 - no focus peaking needed! These things just work.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 07:12 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1988 comments in total)
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designdog: I have read this review several times, and have posted this question elsewhere on DPReview, but no one seems to get it:

Based upon the reviewer's observation of ISO 64 tonal range potential, what implications/suggestions to general use of the camera? I.E. set it at ISO 64, not auto ISO, and prepare to recover from the dark tones?

It is one thing to review a camera. Even better would be to tell us how to best enjoy it...

Well done. That is about the best explanation I have read on this subject anywhere.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 04:34 UTC
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (287 comments in total)

Clearly part of the ongoing trend to compact cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 10:45 UTC as 24th comment
On article Motorola Moto X Force / Droid Turbo 2 camera review (40 comments in total)
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Howard: Motorola smart phones are junk. I'm saying from experience (owned 2 Droid phones which I sorely regret).

I do not share your experience either. I really enjoyed the Motorola phone I owned. This one looks to be a very compelling package too. What is not clear to me in the review is whether it runs pure Android like a Nexus or whether it has additional UI overlay. Having used pure Android over the last year or so, I will stick with it in the future. I really like it as an OS and having updates as soon as they are released is fantastic.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 18:29 UTC
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