The director's comment about the NX1's video AF matches my experience. It's the only big-sensor camera I've ever used where the video AF is good enough to be a workable replacement for manual AF.
Canon is rumored to be spinning off its sensor division as well, with the name 'Demode Sensor Technologies, Inc'.
Robert Holloway: Weird how I can watch the videos and enjoy hearing about the thoughts, efforts and photos of a talented woman. Her camera body and lens were never on my mind. Then I read some of the garbage comments. On the one hand we have a woman who is dong something very well and on the other we have people sitting at ther computers complaining she gets air time. Thank you team DPReview! When will people ever realize that the most important thing in photography is not the brand on the front of the camera, but the person behind it.
Agreed. What's interesting is that she sprinkled in a few "new sensor technology" comments, correlating it to what it has enabled her to do. Those were the only parts of her presentation that didn't seem genuine to me - they almost seemed like afterthoughts to appease the sponsor. Which is fine, I take no issue with that - the perfunctory mention of technology in her speech only serves to further support your comment that technology isn't really what photography is about.
cantanima bis: "We suspect the reason Sony is offering uncompressed Raw, rather than losslessly-compressed Raw that some users would like, stems from the limitations of working with the cameras' existing processors, rather than any misunderstanding about consumer demands."
On the face of it, lossy compression requires more processor power, not less. A bare minimum of lossless compression can be achieved merely by bit packing, a well-known, common, efficient technique. This would get them ~74MB/file.
That's still huge, so perhaps that's one reason for it -- the other being that their lossy compression could be implemented in hardware, which would be a lot faster.
It's not a matter of the algorithm but whether Sony's Bionz processor in its current design can implement it. This is a function of how programmable the processor is. The general-purpose CPU is programmable enough but almost assuredly is too slow to participate in the image processing chain.
gskolenda: I don't know why, but every year all these Photo and Video events are always in early October. I can never make them because the last week of September to the 3rd week in October is Prime shooting time for both Photography and Video.
They're probably in October to serve as a lead-in for the Christmas buying season.
Scott Wilson: My computer keeps blocking the site for malware and malicious attacks. I hope this is resolved. Sound like the software is the answer to a problem we all wish Nikon would have addressed long ago.
Update: Bitdefender appears to have processed my false-positive support ticket - it's no longer flagging my site. The only security firm still flagging is Webroot's Brightcloud - I submitted a support ticket to them earlier this morning.
From http://community.norton.com/forums/clarification-wsreputation1-detection :
"WS.Reputation.1 is a detection for files that have a low reputation score based on analyzing data from Symantec’s community of users and therefore are likely to be security risks. Detections of this type are based on Symantec’s reputation-based security technology. Because this detection is based on a reputation score, it does not represent a specific class of threat like adware or spyware, but instead applies to all threat categories."
I saw the same thing when I first released rawshack, my raw file analysis utility. I resolved it then by submitting the executable to Norton for inclusion on their whitelist. Looks like I'll have to do the same for Airnef.
It's a shame I'm spending my entire morning submitting tickets to security vendors. Would rather be spending my time working on new features for Airnef :(
I've checked every security package and the only one I've found that flags my site is bitdefender. I've submitted a false-positive support ticket to them and received an auto-responder message saying the site will be removed from their blacklist within 72 hours once they confirm it's a false-positive. I'm guessing my site is being flagged because of the unsigned downloadable executables it contains (Airnef included).
Here's a site that aggregates URL-based checks from the various security providers:
Eric Glam: Thanks for the app!!Works with my D5300 and Windows 7 x64.
Would it be possible to add an option to auto-download every time a new file is captured on the camera's card (instead of pressing the big "Start Download" button)?
Yep, it's a feature I have planned for a future release.
Studor13: I tried to connect my J5 to my Mac but gave up after about an hour.
The Mac connects to the J5 but the J5 says "Waiting for WiFi connection" and just hangs there.
When I click on Start Download I keep getting the message:
"airnef v1.00 - Wireless transfer of images/movies for Nikon cameras [GPL v3]Copyright (c) TestCams.com, App Launch Time: Fri Sep 18 09:12:06 2015
Connection established to 192.168.2.1:15740Camera Command Failed: MTP_OP_OpenSession, Error: MTP_RESP_InvalidParameter".
I think I will just stick to the cable from camera to Mac routine.
Nice idea though. A lot of hard work has gone into the project so best of luck for other cameras.
It works with my J4. I didn't have a J5 on hand to test before release unfortunately. Can you set the logging level to 'Debug' in Airnef and then send me the resulting output by copying the transfer report to the clipboard and pasting that into an email? You can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write airnef-support in the subject line. Thanks!
PL6012: I hope it is a true false: detection of possible malware by my browser on the website page !!!
I scan the site every day and have never had a malware problem. Some antivirus software apps will automatically flag unsigned apps if you received the warning when trying to download one of the executables. Here's a link anyone can use to scan the site:
Richard Murdey: Nikon releasing the SDK paying off here. It's impressive work.
All that navigation on the camera, selecting the images. That looked so painful. Click click, click. Select. Click, click click.... For the ten minutes that all took, I could have popped out the SD card, plugged it into my PC, downloaded several GB worth of files, put the card back into the camera, and still have had time to drink a coffee, finish my cookie, and write this post!
Selecting images in the camera is only one of the methods for transferring images. If you choose the 'Select on Computer' method you can download every image and video off the camera with a single mouse click.
Mike Sandman: Thank you, dPreview, for pushing this issue on our behalf.
Sony, you need to ramp up production.
And to Mr. Iliah Borg, who to my knowledge was one of the first to shed light on this issue, esp at the technical level.
For those who want to see how Sony's compression might be affecting their images, specifically whether the compression is causing visible artifacts, I recommend either RawDigger or my free utility, both of which allow you to see an overlay of the compression. Of the two RawDigger's is easier to use
Link about RawDigger's compression overlay:
And links on my utility:
And the specific post on how to download and use the utility:
PVCdroid: Why can't DPR take a shot of the same scene with a Nikon and either the A7R or A7Rii? What would be so difficult about that where we could see both images put through this underexposure and then pushed so far to show artifacts? I'm hearing myself and everyone else that is content with Sony RAW being called apologists. I'm not but if DPR wants to write an article on the debilitating effects of Sony's compression scheme then let's visually see the difference.
Here's a scene producing Sony compression artifacts on the A7r, compared with the D800 shot at the same time with the same lens and exposure:
Minor EDIT quibble Rishi - I would edit the following sentence:
From:"Cameras with lower dynamic range provide less of an ability to do so, meaning that pushed files look worse than files exposed 'properly' at the time of capture."
To:"Cameras with lower dynamic range provide less of an ability to do so, meaning that pushed files look worse than files exposed with the 'proper' higher ISO"
Because the first sentence implies a different exposure rather than just a different ISO, and a discussion of ISO-invariance is clearer when ISO is (correctly) excluded as part of the exposure.
I know 'ISO-invariance' is the more precise term but 'ISO-less' just sounds sexier.
Horshack: Isn't every delay 'unforseen' up until the moment you become aware of it?
If it's planned then it's not really a delay - it's just the originally scheduled time. Delay implies a change in expected scheduling and a change is never foreseen until someone starts thinking about the change :)
Isn't every delay 'unforseen' up until the moment you become aware of it?
Horshack: Question for Rishi or A7rII owners - Does the A7rII stop down the aperture when Exposure Preview is enabled, like on previous A7 generation bodies? (Sony calls it "Live View Display - Setting Effect ON"). If so, this would mean AF performance still degrades when smaller apertures are used.
It's kinda crazy how well Sony does with the hard stuff like sensors and miniaturization yet falls short on the small details that would likely require very little effort to get right. Might come down to hardware vs software prowess.