Rishi Sanyal

Rishi Sanyal

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Deputy / Technical Editor
Has a website at www.rishi.photography
Joined on Feb 25, 2014
About me:

Although I'm a scientist by training, having recently completed my Ph.D in biophysics, photography has always been a huge passion of mine. It's been an incredible opportunity to meld these two interests together here at DPReview!

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On article Portrait mode shootout: iPhone 8 Plus vs Google Pixel 2 (131 comments in total)
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Kwick1: I’m curious how the iPhone X would compare.

Just updated the slideshow with some context and a sample from the X. Please check the last two slides. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 22:45 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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Sean65: Not a particularly memorable year for photography!

Sean65:

Exciting because the Sony a9 broke past some of the last remaining strongholds of DSLR showing us what the future professional camera will look like, and smartphones this year show us what the future consumer camera will look like.

And both of those futures look rather bright.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 10:36 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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caravan: Sony! It just works better.

I've had Sony TVs, projectors, walkmans and cameras for years. None of which have broken from 'usage'.

All products eventually die. Without objective comparative data, these anecdotal data points are just that: anecdotal.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 10:32 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: I think the zero-black out of the Sony A9 is very special. A game changer. It has to be tried to be believed how liberating it is to shoot with zero VF blackout. Blew me away.

I think this achievement should be recognised.

Awarding a camera that can out of the box shoot 10 fps - or 8 fps with live view - at a whopping 42MP resolution with AF is farcical?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 10:24 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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Rstysurfer: We own a Sony A6000 and it seems to be fairly reliable, however not as reliable as a Canon. After a year the sensor had dust spots on it and auto focus was failing. This may be the wrong thread for this but do all Sony mirrorless cameras suffer from these issues? I am interested in the A7 mk 111 but if this is the case forget it.

All mirrorless cameras need their sensors classes from time to time and dust spots.

No we've never had a Sony camera's AF start failing years down the line. Not a single one of our many bodies (we have every E mount model in the office).

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 10:18 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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umeet: So how much does Sony sponsor Dpreview? I mean come on. Sunstars? Really. Sunstars?

Also: sunstars matter to landscape photographers, a major target audience of this lens.

Why are you then mocking our praise of its sunstars? Simply because it's an aspect of a lens *you* don't care about?

Please excuse us for stepping out of our own shoes and considering the various needs of our diverse audience...

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 12:23 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: wow it seems the pixel 2 impressed you guys a lot

while its spec are impressive .... the loss of audio port and sd slot gives me pause

People who want expandable memory on phones are missing the entire point of phones: they're supposed to be cloud-based, it's literally one of their biggest advantages. The good ones manage to do so in a transparent manner, optimizing local storage on the fly.

If you wish to be building up and studying hundreds of gigabytes on a device that can get stolen or broken any minute, time to rethink your workflow.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 12:12 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1118 comments in total)
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roneybr: OK!

"Buttons and dials still need more feedback, especially with gloves"
???????????

We're not at all scratching for 'cons'. Pros rely on finger / muscle memory to activate buttons on their camera. If you can't even feel the button or feel it activate (if there isn't enough haptic feedback when you press it), that undermines this entire approach.

The AF-ON and AEL and C3 and most buttons on the Sony cameras absolutely need far more travel and haptic feedback. At least the rear jog dial has gotten far better.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 07:08 UTC
On article Nine things you should know about the Google Pixel 2 (117 comments in total)
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uMad: the dualpixel part isn’t really right.
To be precise it does impact image quality, liekely more than Apples version.
And it’s not automatically faster or better at focusing either.

If this was posted on the Verge it would be ok, but please do some research, this is a photographic site.
Oh, I forgot, it’s not, it’s dpreview...

Just to update this thread: after more testing, the DPAF on the Google Pixel 2 is orders of magnitude better at autofocus than any iPhone to-date, including the X. By devoting most of the sensor area to AF, the Pixel 2 get a high SNR, binned low-res output for efficient AF in even low light. The iPhone X OTOH devote less than 4% of its sensor area to AF and it shows: it's often trying to focus when I hit the shutter button in low light, missing the moment (particularly with moving subjects like active kids). The Pixel 2 focuses nearly instantaneously and is typically already pre-focused.

It's not even a competition - Dual Pixel AF far outperforms Apple's Dual PDAF 'focus pixels'. The small cost in FWC is easily overcome by the Pixel 2's 9-frame buffer used in all situations, which is why the Pixel 2 outperforms in most situations in terms of dynamic range as well.

With computational approaches, things aren't as simple as measuring Raw sensor characteristics.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 07:06 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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umeet: So how much does Sony sponsor Dpreview? I mean come on. Sunstars? Really. Sunstars?

umeet: "Well... if you do not manage to mention the price of the lens, but dig out praisal for its sunstars, you gonna get some criticism from me."

I'm sorry, let me fix that for you right here to set the record straight:

'The Sony 16-35mm F2.8 GM costs the same as the Canon equivalent, yet in our tests performs better'.

Does that help? I can update the text of the slide to indicate this if you insist.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 07:00 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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mujana: I don't understand those who are critizing DPreview here! Any hard proof of DPR being biased or anything like that??
If you think that's the case, then what are you doing here anyway?
I mean come on!

Sponsored content is labeled as such, not as 'reviews', and conflating our 'reviews' with our sponsored content is simply abetting the post-truth movement that plagues the internet.

Where is your data on high sample variation compared to the competition on the Sony 16-35 GM?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 06:58 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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Jan Chelminski: Seems fair enough to me. I admit I learned a bit about the computational phone here, even in my casual browsing of it, as this type of thing (tech) is normally well under my radar. The Godox stuff (I mean, pretty much all of it) seems like a fantastic value to me right now. They make a few nice radio flash units for m4/3 as well, I'm about to order the one with the Li-Ion battery, its surprisingly affordable!
Jan

You may or may not be dismayed to learn I used the principles behind equivalence to calculate the >3 EV improvement in noise performance due to 9-frame image averaging.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 06:55 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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itsme35: lists the Tamron 24-70 as a possible winner but DP review hasnt tested the lens. nor dit it test the sony's.

We've tested every product we've awarded, including the Sony lenses. Just because we haven't published a review doesn't mean we haven't tested it. The Sony 12-24 and 16-35 were subjected to rigorous (unpublished) shootouts, and we also reviewed our friend Roger Cicala's data on the lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 06:52 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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Marc dbr: Funny awards... the 5D mark IV and 1DX mark II are not even mentioned while those two cameras are what most professional photographers use.

It's not about what professionals use, it's about what products push the status quo further.

Those cameras were in the running last year, and won nothing, precisely for this reason.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 06:48 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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AKH: Canon is the big winner and sells, by far, more cameras and lenses than anyone else and Nikon is the clear number two after Canon :-)

Sales have nothing to do with our objective evaluation of the *performance* of products.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 06:44 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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LessMirrored19: No award for the Sony A9 ??
The Sony A9 marked a new era of mirrorless .... From laggy evf ... Short battery life ... Slow Af/tracking to a product that can be compared the high-end fast pro DSLRs .....
I would give the award of the best camera in 2017 to the Sony A9.

The a9 was very close to winning 'Innovation of the Year', but smartphones have brought too much to the table this year to ignore.

That said, the Sony a9 gives us a glimpse into the future ILC (which will not be DSLR, in my opinion). The new imaging format Apple is supporting, and the computational approaches Google is developing, however, gives us a glimpse into the future of imaging *generally speaking*, which is why those technologies won in place of the Sony a9.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 06:43 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: I'm surprised that the D850's silent live view shooting and 8K time lapses (that you stitch yourself) didn't win any innovation awards.

Pretty sure the OP was being sarcastic here.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 06:41 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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David Bo: It's a big fault the Samsung Note 8 is not here. It's better than the LG and HTC and on par or better than Pixel and IphoneX.

@ozturert: Care to provide us with some objective data behind your insinuation we're paid off? I'd like to see it, b/c if it's true, I will quit my job. Your crass comment, btw, makes a caricature of the actual intensive testing we *do* do, & is incredibly insulting.

OP: Samsung Note 8 isn't here b/c of three very simple reasons:

1. Its Portrait Mode is rife with errors that makes it nearly unusable next to the Google or iPhone.

2. It has no color management whatsoever, making it one of the most color-inaccurate devices on the market.

3. It doesn't push imaging forward like the iPhone X does with HDR display of photos or the HEIF format, nor does it render as noise-free images in low light or high contrast scenarios as the Google Pixel 2 does thanks to its intelligent 9-frame buffer with tile-based image alignment and noise averaging.

Why do you think it should even be in the running here? In all our testing, it's generations behind the Google or the iPhone, for different reasons.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 06:40 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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photog4u: SWEEPS! Sony SWEEPS! Has any other gear manufacturer EVER been so dominant in one calendar year? How about Sony's 5 year run? Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo would be proud.

Right... right... just like how we gave the Google Pixel 2 two substantial awards of the year, despite Amazon yanking Google products off of its storefront.

Clearly, we're controlled by our corporate overlords. We're definitely not editorially independent, recommending products not even sold on our parent company's store.

Post-truth much?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 06:33 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (501 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: choosing t`abysmal pixel phone as POTY has personally brought me to a new low in my opinion of DPR`s ability to report on technology objectively
so lets assume the audio ports dead, as your transparent agenda suggests,
what, pray tell, will replace it? lets see, will it be the latest 2nd rate usb port connector with a lifespan of perhaps 5yrs? or will it be some apple propriety nonsense? also with a lifespan measured in a few years?

does DPR or engadget or some of the other pathetic brainwash factories that seek to control the buying behaviorof techno-illiterate consumers even consider what you are doing the future of cellphones ?
this is a nice game youre playing. & I'm sure it works well in people who dont know the difference between religion & technology.but for those of us with our snorkels still attached and oxygen reaching our brains? enough is enough

your corporate master's agendas are transparent
you should be ashamed of yourselves
SD ports?... sigh.

ok im done

OP: I've undeleted your comment b/c I want the irony of your conspiracy theories to endlessly delight our readers:

"your corporate master's agendas are transparent... you should be ashamed of yourselves"

You realize that Amazon (apparently our corporate master) and Google are in a bit of a spat right now, right? With Amazon yanking Google products of its storefront and Google yanking services off of Amazon devices?

Can't wait to hear your logic about why we're suddenly now promoting products our 'corporate masters' are now shunning... reverse psychology? Insanity? Please, enlighten us.

As for the headphone jack - what does that have to do with our evaluation of 'best mobile *imaging* device'? Is it possible you're taking your discontent of one aspect of a particular device out on everyone else?

Btw, you realize the Xbox transmits lossless audio wirelessly to its controllers, right?

One guess as to the future of personal audio devices... That's right: no wires.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 06:30 UTC
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