Marcos Villaroman

Lives in United States San Jose, United States
Works as a Software Systems Engineer
Joined on Oct 31, 2003

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Price, ports, and upgradability are very compelling points.

If you can buy at Costco, you'll find an XPS 15" with 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD for $2000.

Legacy ports and a built-in SD card reader are great. I might still want to hook up the latest high-speed SD card reader; but, always having a built-in one is re-assuring. Sure USB-C is really nice; but, I still find interoperability issues with various cables and fast chargers.

Being able to use a small screw driver to remove an access panel to get to removable SODIMM memory slots and SSD is a welcome retro to how laptops used to be built.. Especially considering how acceptably thin the Dell XPS 15 is. I wonder how cheap 2TB M.2 sticks will be next year?

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 08:15 UTC as 175th comment
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Sarah Terra: 5 years and 100k fine seems appropriate

I want the 5 year punishment. That will get the attention of the rich who can easily pay the higher fine.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 13:55 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: Poor Nikon...once Nikon guy.

What system are you moving to made you free to sell your Nikon gear?

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 16:12 UTC
On article Western Digital launches its first portable SSD (143 comments in total)
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aramgrg: I don't see myself buyng ssd as backup device. I prefer reliability and space vs speed.

Long term, SSDs are turning out to be more reliable than HDDs.

I have had external HDDs die after a couple accidental drops from a table. Specs claim unpowered HDDs can survive very short impulses of high g; but, that doesn't always mean happy results.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 04:32 UTC

Great news. My mom's 5-year-old Powershot is about to die. This might be a great replacement.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 04:18 UTC as 17th comment

Very interesting topic indeed.

I've been into zooms most of my life. When I first used a Canon AE-1, it was with a 50/1.8 and a telephoto zoom. Going with the APS-C Canon Rebel, it was the 18-55, 18-135, 17-55/2.8, plus 70-200/4.

Only after I went FF DSLR and bought my base three L-zooms, did I discovered primes beyond the 50mm. Now on Fujifilm, I shoot now shoot 70% primes and 30% zoom.

Force me to go with a single lens, I would go for a zoom. Especially with better performing, high ISO cameras. I'll get more shots with the zoom and fast framing than I would with a prime in low light, shallow DOF, and the best image quality in the corners.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 16:29 UTC as 138th comment
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Marcos Villaroman: If Samsung does the usual, these units will be premium priced. At such high price points, I wouldn't buy a first generation product.

Wasn't last year's windows tablet core m3? I'm thinking of the i5 version of this galaxy book. I'm wondering about thermal related throttling getting in the way of performance.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 04:31 UTC

If Samsung does the usual, these units will be premium priced. At such high price points, I wouldn't buy a first generation product.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 05:15 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
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Aroart: Sony, put a touch me screen and a bit of a grip and you would make alot more people happy.. oh and give it a $699 price tag... screw the view finder.. Oh wait, Panasonic just gave us that..

I actually would hate a touch screen on the RX100 M4. It's so small that I would keep accidentally hitting the touch screen. Might be useful if the camera is on a tripod or you are reviewing images.

However, given how expensive the RX100 series is, yeah, it should have had a touch screen option.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 04:30 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (151 comments in total)
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Marcos Villaroman: What's nice about USB-C is that this docking station can be used by all laptops with a USB-C connector.

Pity it only has the one mini displayport. I wonder if two to three 4K monitors will require the bandwidth of a separate USB-C port.

Would the usbc port require another dongle to hook up to a displayport equipped 2nd monitor?

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 06:02 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (151 comments in total)

What's nice about USB-C is that this docking station can be used by all laptops with a USB-C connector.

Pity it only has the one mini displayport. I wonder if two to three 4K monitors will require the bandwidth of a separate USB-C port.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 05:20 UTC as 30th comment | 6 replies

Thanks for putting together this review with some good use case insights. I have a few questions:

How many amps is the included charger? Any idea how long it takes to recharge the battery?

Is there an option to perform a comparison between the copy on the drive vs. what's on the SD card to verify the copy was successful?

How are the transfer speed when copying data from the device to an attached computer via its USB 3.0 port?

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 13:24 UTC as 45th comment
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (556 comments in total)
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abortabort: Pretty hilarious that many of the same soothsayers from 10 months ago claiming that APS-C E-Mount was 'dead' because there was a new APS-C body to replace the A6000 after two years. Now they think it's all over because they have too many (dear lord I've never heard people complain so much for a brand having a whopping 3 APS-C bodies in a line up).

I'm glad to hear APS-C E mount is not dead. Could you help me find a comprehensive list of APS-C E mount lens, including a road map of future ones?

A quick google gave me this article:
http://briansmith.com/aps-e-mount-lenses-for-sony-mirrorless-cameras/

I'm not seeing anything really new since I last looked, especially longer primes.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 15:45 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (556 comments in total)
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d3xmeister: I know I'll be trashed for this, but for me this must be the poorest system ergonomy wise. Touch screen finally but poorly implemented, lack of direct control, and look at that 24mm f1.8 prime lens, it's bigger than my 14-140mm ultrazoom. Yes Sony has a 1 stop better sensor than m4/3 but there are many sacrifices for that.

That said, I love what Sony is doing in the past years. It's pushing the whole industry and we all are going to benefit from it.

Good to hear that you can double-tap to zoom into an image. What's the probability Sony would release firmware updates to make the A6500's touch screen more useful vs. saving such feature enhancements for A6500's successor to be released less than 12 months from now?

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 15:36 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (556 comments in total)
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Volkan007: I felt myself lucky because i already sold my a6300 and 16-70mm 2 months ago because i didn't feel comfortable when i use and AF was not that fast as my GX8.

If it is beyond the return for full refund date, better sell it in 6 months than sell it in 1 year for maximum return. Especially if you plan on upgrading to A6500; plenty of A6300 will be on the used market now.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 15:32 UTC

I wonder if Sony improved the length of time you can shoot 4K video before the camera overheats.

I also wonder if Sony improved the cameras connectivity for use as 4K video.

4K video on my RX100 M4 really wasn't implemented that well. It was also disappointing that the M4 didn't support snapping a still image while recording 4K video.

OTOH, I do appreciate that Sony has kept the form factor relatively the same as the earlier cameras. That water proof enclosure that's backward compatible with my RX100 M4 looks interesting for beach/pool use. Should also mean that the more expensive 3rd party enclosures suitable for diving would also work.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 15:21 UTC as 68th comment | 4 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (259 comments in total)
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loafer: The camera is fine, but Canon needs a lens roadmap if they want enthusiasts or prosumers to buy into this system. Canon's track record for releasing useful lenses for the APS-C sensor is not encouraging. The irony is that they cover the wide end very well but have little to offer in the (relatively easy to design) normal fast lens category.

agreed. a road map with products coming out within a year and going out two to three years to prove Canon is serious. Fuji's lens roadmap convinced me to go Fuji for my MILC needs; I had faith Fuji woukd improve camera body performance over time.

attaching DSLR kens on a small camera is no more than a financial stop gap. the resulting kit is too big/heavy.

Don't know why Canon is not agressive in releasing new lens designs. I finally gave up waiting.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 03:00 UTC

Fujifilm built up a considerable lens system in five years since the X100 was released. I would think Fujifilm will have a solid number of excellent lens for its MF system in a few years as well.

It's nice to know that we've identified the "next step" in the evolution of my GAS affliction by going big with MF. It'll finally justify getting that RRS tripod I was lusting after as well.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:23 UTC as 15th comment

After reading the article, I personally don't understand the criticism. The article is marked "opinion" and not "first impressions".

The author says: "The EOS M5 is a fine product, and one that I think arguably represents Canon's most sure-footed move in the non-professional space for years. But it is also a massive disappointment."

So I expect the M5 to work as a great EOS-M camera using the 80D's tech. I might even buy one if it goes on fire sale pricing.

My interpretation of the article is that Canon isn't being innovated enough to indicate that Canon is at all serous about MILC compared to the competition. Hence the disappointment.

Personally until Canon comes out with a larger, more compelling lens line up, I don't think Canon is serious about going after the MILC market --- at least the market for smaller/lighter MILC system.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:11 UTC as 71st comment
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Marcos Villaroman: If these new cameras focus as slowly as the G7X, I'm not interested.

I tried a friend's G7X and compared it to the too expensive RX100. The G7X's AF is too sluggish for me, making it worth spending the extra money for the RX100 --- and giving up on the G7X's longer reach. This also resulted in my first Sony camera purchase in a very long time. *sob*

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 17:27 UTC
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