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The way Sony has come up from practically no presence in cameras to being a leader is nothing short of impressive.

But I also remember a time when my dad and his friends worshipped Sony audio and video products, and when the Sony Trinitron was the world standard in CRTs. Sony lost all of that when the industry went digital and Sony invested too much in proprietary formats like ATRAC and MemoryStick. Let's hope that the same minds who lost Sony's lead in audio and video aren't transferred over to the camera division.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 00:03 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (224 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Interesting how your poll currently running has less than 10% of voters thinking a touch screen is important. I guess the testers at DP are more used to phones than proper cameras and downgrade cameras which don't have their favorite interface.

A touch screen is great when it adds without subtracting. I would never want a camera to remove all dials and switches in favor of a touchscreen, but for example, there is no better or faster interface for rack focusing video than a touchscreen (just tap the start and end focus points).

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 23:15 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (224 comments in total)
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rrccad: is there a point to doing a 2016 roundup in April?

They are this month's Cameras of the Year.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 23:13 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (224 comments in total)
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elefteriadis alexandros: What an ugly beasts is all the Canon.

I actually care about how my camera looks in that I would like it to be nondescript and lacking shiny "bling" on it, to be a less attention-getting theft/mugging target when I'm out shooting on trips.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 23:12 UTC
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Petrogel: No. 2 photo is……"creative " ?????????
i've got tons of creative photos !!!!!

You're not accounting for the context. The rest of that paragraph explains what he means. Most concert photographers only get to shoot for a short amount of time, maybe 3 songs. In that time you are under tremendous pressure to get "The Shot" especially if you are competing to sell against the other photographers who got permission to shoot that show.

Under those circumstances, you have no time to take chances or play around fiddling with settings. You have to be 100% on the ball and use every second productively.

That shot is "creative" because if you were at that same show but not with the luxury of shooting the whole show, you wouldn't have time to try many non-conventional shots like that one. Read the paragraph in the article again to understand.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2016 at 23:45 UTC

Imagining the DPReview Field Test Checklist:
Beer
Wineries
Ferry ride
Beach
Baseball game
Beer
Beer

Just kidding, great gallery! Appreciate the high contrast, into the sun, and night scenes.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 23:40 UTC as 9th comment

What is it with people in the thread blaming Nikon incompetence for this? Do you have any idea how bad the Kumamoto earthquakes were? The video coming out of it was shocking...4-lane highways wiped out by landslides, bullet trains derailed, hundreds of thousands homeless due to destroyed buildings... and this is in a country with excellent earthquake preparedness as you can see in the much higher death toll in comparable earthquakes in other countries.

Remember the 2004 Asian tsunami? Hard drive production was severely constrained by factories knocked offline, and prices went way up for a while. This is that type of situation.

I have no vested interest in defending Nikon other than being interested in the DL. My SLR is Canon and my compact is Panasonic.

There will be a slight delay in the arrival of your new toys, cranky Westerers with disposable income. You'll live...

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 01:58 UTC as 13th comment | 13 replies
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noflashplease: I really wonder if this is the last gasp for the Coolpix camera line? The point-and-shoot camera is effectively an extinct product in the current market.

But these are hardly "point-and-shoot" cameras. They are enthusiast compacts, with a relatively large sensor, raw format, fast lens, manual exposure and other advanced controls that you never see on a simple "point and shoot".

I've been waiting for this camera as my next "can't take the huge DSLR" camera because my phone, a true point-and-shoot, is not good enough.

Some of the capabilities of the latest "enthusiast compacts" exceed the digital SLRs I've owned. It is wrong to think they are in the same category as the point-and-shoots being replaced by the smartphone.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 22:33 UTC
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noflashplease: I wonder how much longer Lytro can stagger along with the $50 million in funding raised back in February of 2015, when they fired 50 of their 130 employees? Maybe they've raised more money? Maybe they are revenue neutral or somehow profitable, although I'd be very surprised?

This new product looks absolutely ridiculous, a bit like a TV camera from the early 1950s. Unless they already have it sold and in service, I don't see any future for it. It's a cumbersome implementation of a kooky concept.

Looking back, Lytro did produce real products and even had a retail presence. Oh well, so long and farewell.

If many of the 50 employees laid off were related to consumer-oriented product development, marketing, PR and sales to retail distributors, those people are no longer needed, and their loss not a problem, in a business model where your market is a tightly defined group of cinema production rental companies.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 22:29 UTC
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Cameracist: Ignoring Windows Phone vol. 14356768

Well, at least we were spared the "Why do all these companies do iOS apps first?" complaints in these mobile app threads

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 23:34 UTC
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happy guardian: Overpriced for what it offers. True, it looks like a man's diaper bag.

Yeah...looking like a diaper bag has distinct advantages, as this comic clearly demonstrates:
http://www.whattheduck.net/post/140276249883/wtd-553-the-ol-switch-a-poo-2008-aaron-johnson

:)

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2016 at 05:55 UTC
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AlinaMacphun: Hey folks! This is Alina from Macphun. In case you have any questions or concerns regarding Tonality, feel free to drop us a message at support@macphun.com. We will be waiting ;)

I saw an interview with one of the MacPhun head developers, and that told me a lot. He has been writing Mac apps since the dawn of the Mac (mid-1980s, like good old SuperPaint), so that's his environment.

But to get at the real reasons why photo dev go for Mac first, you should ask Serif. Serif is a long time Windows-only photo/graphics application developer. They know the profitability numbers better than any of us. They have a new line of graphics software on all-new modern code, including the very impressive Affinity Photo. This new line, by this veteran Windows developer...is Mac-only.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 23:23 UTC
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AlinaMacphun: Hey folks! This is Alina from Macphun. In case you have any questions or concerns regarding Tonality, feel free to drop us a message at support@macphun.com. We will be waiting ;)

BaldCol, photography companies do not base their business modes on the general market. That would be a mistake. They base it on the market share in the photography market specifically, where the percentages have been reported to be closer to 50/50.

Another factor is which share is growing. Stats out today (recode.net) show 2016 PC sales are on track to continue the decline they saw in 2015. Apple, however, grew Mac sales 5% during the same period.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 23:29 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: Did anyone use it?
Any advantages over Lightroom + RNI BW Films presets?

Hi paul simon king, I haven't compared Tonality to Nik, even though the Nik Collection is now freeware. If I do, ColorEfex is not Nik's competition for Tonality since Tonality is B&W only. Nik SilverEfex is the B&W plugin in the Collection, and it's supposed to be as good or better than Tonality, at least its users are very devoted.

The color programs that compete between Nik and MacPhun are Nik ColorEfex vs MacPhun Intensify.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 23:25 UTC
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newe: no windows version = no news

What's with all the Mac hate? Some of the "only people using Macs" land space probes on other planets...
http://osxdaily.com/2012/08/06/nasa-mars-curiosity-with-macs-ipad/

Or maybe you should ask the developer of Android, the iPhone's arch enemy, who needs Macs? Oh wait...Google manages one of the world's largest corporate Mac installations, with 40,000 in use.
https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa13/managing-macs-google-scale

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 07:50 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: Did anyone use it?
Any advantages over Lightroom + RNI BW Films presets?

More examples for paul simon king: Where LR has Exposure, Tonality has Standard Exposure and Adaptive Exposure. Where LR has Contrast, Tonality has Standard Contrast and Adaptive Contrast. Where LR has Clarity, Tonality has Clarity with a Protection silder to help limit the effect.

I see the similar differences with MacPhun's Aurora HDR. LR has a very good set of controls, but for HDR, Aurora HDR has additional options that are purpose-built very well for the HDR niche in the same way that Tonality has additional options that are purpose-built very well for the B&W niche.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 07:39 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: Did anyone use it?
Any advantages over Lightroom + RNI BW Films presets?

paul simon king, in Lightroom you can manipulate B&W contrast with color channel controls, Brightness/Contrast, Shadows/Highlights, Clarity, Sharpening, and a Tone Curve.

In Tonality, you have more controls. If you think of LR's Clarity and Sharpening as essentially the same tool but at different ends of the continuum of microcontrast processing (a concept that goes back to the darkroom), Tonality has additional sliders like Structure and Microstructure which can be seen as filling in the middle of that continuum.

What that means practically: When you adjust B&W microcontrast with Tonality, you realize you can make fine B&W contrast adjustments not possible with Lightroom sliders or presets.

To the others...I do not buy software that is redundant with what I already have. I bought Tonality because I could easily see that the results were not something Lightroom could do on its own. To replicate Tonality sliders you have to drag out big ol' Photoshop and start stacking masked layers.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 07:36 UTC
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Karroly: Are these filters for photographers who prefer to carry loads of expensive accessories rather than spending (losing ?) their time in post-processing ?
Or do I miss something ?

Fair enough Karoly. If you are taking bracketed exposures you are overcoming the limitations of the sensor. At that point the only problem is possible ghosting from movement of water or leaves between exposures, but I'll assume you have a way of automatically or manually de-ghosting in software.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 23:38 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: Did anyone use it?
Any advantages over Lightroom + RNI BW Films presets?

I use and love Lightroom, and have done B&W with LR. Tonality is a worthwhile addition. Tonality has finer control over, like the name says, B&W tones. You cannot duplicate all of Tonality's results using LR controls because LR just does not provide the same level of granularity over tonal quality.

Tonality is like the now-free Nik SilverEfex, but with the advantage that Tonality is the one that is going to get updates and support in the future...

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 23:27 UTC
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Karroly: Are these filters for photographers who prefer to carry loads of expensive accessories rather than spending (losing ?) their time in post-processing ?
Or do I miss something ?

Because that control and choices have a price. Unless your sensor can really capture the entire dynamic range needed, you will have to expose for highlights so then in post you have to dramatically boost shadows, meaning your shadows will have far more noise than if you had just used a filter.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 22:50 UTC
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